|1st||7:31||PRV||1-0||EV DP||Brandon Duhaime (4)||Tommy Davis/6|
|1st||16:20||MER||1-1||PP||Jared Kolquist (4)||Sami Tavernier/6, Brett Seney/13|
|1st||19:37||MER||2-1||EV||Ludvig Larsson (6)||Cole McBride/4, Derek Petti/4|
|2nd||15:48||PRV||2-2||EV||Brian Pinho (9)||Hayden Hawkey/1|
|2nd||18:35||PRV||3-2||EV GW||Kasper Björkqvist (8)||Jacob Bryson/15, Brian Pinho/11|
|3rd||10:51||PRV||4-2||EV||Erik Foley (12)||Vincent Desharnais/5, Brandon Duhaime/11|
|3rd||18:25||PRV||5-2||EV EN||Kasper Björkqvist (9)||Brian Pinho/12, Greg Printz/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Craig Pantano (L, 6-6-2)||58:55||4||9||8||5||22|
|Hayden Hawkey (W, 14-7-0)||60:00||2||3||4||3||10|
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Kasper Björkqvist notched two goals and Brian Pinho tallied three points as the No. 11 Providence College men's hockey team surged past Merrimack, 5-2, on Saturday night at Schneider Arena.
No. 11 Providence - 5 | Merrimack - 2
Providence - 14-7-1 (7-4-1 HEA) | Merrimack - 6-11-4 (3-7-2 HEA)
Schneider Arena - Providence, R.I.
Hayden Hawkey (PC) - 10 saves
Craig Pantano (MC) - 22 saves
- Brandon Duhaime got the Friars off and running at 7:31 of the first on a highlight-reel end-to-end rush as he split the Merrimack defense, drew a penalty, and chipped a shot over the glove of Pantano for his fourth goal of the season.
- The Warriors responded with a pair of goals late in the first period as Jared Kolquist and Ludvig Larsson gave Merrimack a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play.
- Providence limited the Warriors' chances throughout the game and finally knotted things up at 15:48 of the second period on Brian Pinho's ninth tally of the season. Hayden Hawkey's home-run pass sent Pinho in alone on a breakaway, it was the goaltender's second career assist.
- Erik Foley gave the Friars some insurance as he buried a rebound at the top of the crease for his team-leading 12th marker of the season. Foley now leads the Hockey East with 15 points in league play (8-7-15).
- Björkqvist notched his second-career multi-goal game with an empty-net goal to seal things at 5-2 with 1:35 to play. The sophomore now has two game-winning goals in his last three games.
- Providence currently rides a season-high four-game winning streak.
- The Friars have surrendered just three goals in four games in the second half of the season, out-scoring opponents by an 18-3 margin over that span.
- Greg Printz extended his career-long point streak to four games with an assist on Björkqvist's second goal of the night at 18:25 of the third period. (2-2-4).
- Duhaime currently rides a career-long four-game point streak (1-5-6) and has recorded two points in each of his last two contests.
- Pinho has registered eight points (3-5-8) in four games since the start of the second half.
- The Friars concluded the season series with Merrimack at 2-0-1.
- The streak of consecutive penalties killed ended at 17 on Kolquist's goal in the first period. The Friars closed the game with three consecutive kills.
HOW THEY SCORED
1-0 (PC) - 7:31/1st - DP - Brandon Duhaime (Davis) - Duhaime split the Merrimack defense and snapped a shot over the glove of Pantano.
1-1 (MC) - 16:20/1st - PP - Jared Kolquist (Tavernier, Seney) - Picked up a loose puck and fired a shot over the blocker of Hawkey through a screen.
2-1 (MC) - 19:37/1st - EV - Ludvig Larsson (McBride, Petti) - Centering feed from McBride to Larsson at the near post.
2-2 (PC) - 15:48/2nd - EV - Brian Pinho (Hawkey) - Stretch pass from Hawkey to Pinho on a breakaway and he beat Pantano glove side.
3-2 (PC) - 18:35/2nd - EV - Kasper Björkqvist (Bryson, Pinho) - Bryson found Björkqvist streaking down the left wing and sent a wrist shot through the five-hole of Pantano.
4-2 (PC) - 10:51/3rd - EV - Erik Foley (Desharnais, Duhaime) - Rebound off a point shot from Desharnais right at the top of the crease.
5-2 (PC) - 18:25/3rd - EN - Kasper Björkqvist (Pinho, Printz) - Empty-net goal off an odd-man rush.
PC GAME HIGHS
Goals: Björkqvist (2)
Assists: Pinho (2)
Points: Pinho (3)
Shots: Duhaime, Mirageas (4)
Providence - 0/7
Merrimack - 1/5
Providence - 27
Merrimack - 12
The Friars hit the road up in Boston for a pair of road games next weekend against Boston College (Jan. 12) and Boston University (Jan. 13).