|1st||5:37||PRV||1-0||PP||Erik Foley (1)||Josh Wilkins/1, Josh Monk/1|
|2nd||1:42||MIA||1-1||PP||Justin Greenberg (1)||Gordie Green/1, Scott Dornbrock/1|
|2nd||11:08||PRV||2-1||EV||Niko Rufo (1)||Robbie Hennessey/1, Josh Wilkins/2|
|2nd||17:07||MIA||2-2||PP||Scott Dornbrock (1)||Justin Greenberg/1, Gordie Green/2|
|2nd||17:30||PRV||3-2||EV||Garrett Gamez (1)||Jake Walman/1, Josh Wilkins/3|
|3rd||9:36||MIA||3-3||PP||Grant Hutton (1)||Zach LaValle/1, Carter Johnson/1|
|3rd||13:53||PRV||4-3||SH GW||Brian Pinho (1)||Spenser Young/1, Kyle McKenzie/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ryan Larkin (L, 0-1-0)||58:57||4||13||7||8||28|
|Hayden Hawkey (W, 1-0-0)||59:57||3||5||4||6||15|
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Brian Pinho scored shorthanded with under seven minutes to play in the third as the 10th-ranked Providence College men's hockey team ousted Miami University, 4-3 on Friday night at Schneider Arena in the season-opener for both teams.
The Friars improve to 1-0-0, while the RedHawks drop to 0-1-0. Sophomore netminder Hayden Hawkey (Parker, Colo.) made 15 saves for the Friars on Friday night. Ryan Larkin suffered the loss for Miami, turning away 28 shots.
Freshman winger Josh Wilkins (Raleigh, N.C.) had a game-high three assists in his collegiate debut.
The Friars applied pressure to the RedHawks' zone from the opening faceoff and nearly cashed in early as freshman Spenser Young (Brentwood, N.H.) took a cross-crease feed from Robbie Hennessey (Garnet Valley, Pa.) but Miami goaltender Ryan Larkin extended the left pad to turn away Young.
The Providence power play cashed in on their first attempt as sophomore Erik Foley (Mansfield, Mass.) got on the board at 5:37 to put the Friars up 1-0. Wilkins entered the offensive zone with speed and fired a wrister on goal with Foley driving the net to put back the rebound past Larkin.
Miami's Justin Greenberg tied the game just 1:42 into the second period after a back-door feed from Gordie Green at the post. The Friars continued to press the Miami end and were rewarded at 11:42 of the second period as senior Niko Rufo drove the net and stuffed a shot past Larkin. The goal for Rufo was his first goal since scoring against the RedHawks on Oct. 26, 2013.
The Redhawks drew even again at 17:07 as Scott Dornbrock hammered home a slap shot from the point after Hawkey robbed Greenberg at the doorstep just seconds earlier. Garrett Gamez (Chino Hills, Calif.) re-gained the lead for the Friars just 23 seconds later as he buried a rebound off a Jake Walman shot.
A penalty filled third period led to five power play chances by Miami and they cashed in to tie the game with just over 10 minutes remaining on a goal by Grant Hutton. Nearly four minutes later and still on the penalty kill, Young chipped out of the zone and Pinho beat a charging Larkin to the loose puck before firing a shot into the empty net from a tough angle at 13:53.
Rufo nearly notched his second goal of the game with under five minutes to play after being awarded a penalty shot upon being tripped up on a breakaway. Larkin stopped Rufo with the right pad on his attempt.
Key shot blocks by the Friars in the final moments, including one by Kyle McKenzie at the top of the crease preserved the Friars' win.
The two teams will go at it again tomorrow night at Schneider Arena beginning at 7:05 p.m.
HOW THEY SCORED
- 1-0 (PC) Erik Foley (Wilkins, Monk): Foley put back a rebound off a Josh Wilkins shot on the power play at 5:37.
- 1-1 (MU) Justin Greenberg (Green, Dornbrock): Centering pass from behind the goal from Green to Greenberg on the power play.
- 2-1 (PC) Niko Rufo (Hennessey, Wilkins): Rufo streaking down the right wing drove the net and finished off before crashing into the cage.
- 2-2 (MU) Scott Dornbrock (Greenberg, Lemirande): Slap shot from the top of the left circle.
- 3-2 (PC) Garrett Gamez (Walman, Wilkins): Rebound at the side of the net off a point shot from Walman.
- 3-3 (MU) Grant Hutton (LaValle, Johnson): Off a faceoff, Hutton's slap shot broke off the glove of Hawkey on the power play.
- 4-3 (PC) Brian Pinho (Young, McKenzie): Pinho beat a charging Larkin out of the goal and finished into an open net.
Notes: Power Plays - Miami (3/10), Providence (1/8). Final shots on goal: 32-18 in favor of the Friars ... shot attempts: PC 54, Miami 40 ... Providence is now 5-1 in season-openers under Nate Leaman.