PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Ben Poisson scored twice, including the game-winner in the third period as Maine edged by No. 16 Providence College, 4-3, on Friday afternoon at Schneider Arena.
Providence - 3 | Maine - 4
Providence - 4-5-2 (4-5-2 HEAM) | Maine - 2-4-1 (2-4-1 HEAM)
Schneider Arena - Providence, R.I.
Jaxson Stauber (PC) - 26 saves
Victor Ostman (Maine) - 37 saves
-Max Crozier scored first against the Black Bears 11:16 into the opening stanza on the power play. Assisted by Nick Poisson and Brett Berard, it marked Crozier's second goal of the season.
-The Black Bears netted the equalizer less than five minutes into the middle stanza with a goal from Ben Poisson, brother of Providence's Nick Poisson. Veli-Matti Tiuraniemi and Eduards Tralmaks earned the assists on the play.
-Michael Callahan's second goal of the season handed Providence a one-goal lead, 2-1, with 9:42 remaining in the second period. Matt Tugnutt dished the puck to Callahan off the boards who fired it to the top corner.
-Maine's Brady Gaudette evened the game at 2-2 with 9:52 remaining in final period, assisted by John Mulera.
-The Black Bears took the lead for the first time of the night with a goal from Ben Poisson with 6:08 to go in the regulation. On his second goal of the night, Poisson was assisted by Adam Dawe and Jakub Sirota.
-Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup scored the game-winning goal for the Black Bears into an empty net with 1:40 to go in regulation.
-Uula Ruikka cut the deficit to 4-3 with only 20 seconds left in regulation, assisted by Tyce Thompson and Greg Printz.
- The Friars nearly tied it at the buzzer but Michael Callahan's wrister from the point struck the crossbar.
- Maine snapped a 12-game losing streak at Schneider Arena dating back to 2010.
PC GAME HIGHS
Goals: Ruikka, Callahan, Crozier (3)
Assists: Printz, Poisson, Berard, Thompson, Tugnutt (1)
Points: Printz, Poisson, Berard, Thompson, Tugnutt, Ruikka, Callahan, Crozier (1)
Shots: Mirageas (5)
Providence - 1/4
Main - 0/3
Providence - 40
Maine - 30
The Friars will return tomorrow (Jan. 16) at Schneider Arena for the series finale against Maine. Puck drop is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.