PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The 16th-ranked Providence College men's hockey team got third period goals from Craig Needham and Albin Nilsson en route to a 3-2 win over Maine on Saturday at Schneider Arena.
Providence - 3 | Maine - 2
Providence - 5-5-2 (5-5-2 HEAM) | Maine - 2-5-1 (2-5-1 HEAM)
Schneider Arena - Providence, R.I.
Jaxson Stauber (PC) - 21 saves
Victor Ostman (Maine) - 30 saves
-Cam McDonald got the Friars on the board early (6:54) with his first goal of the season as he beat Ostman to the short side off the post. Parker Ford and Greg Printz earned the assists.
-Providence killed the game's first four penalties before getting its first crack on the man-advantage, but it was the Black Bears who struck shorthanded to even the score on a goal by Eduards Tralmaks.
-Providence pulled ahead 2-1 with a goal from Craig Needham in the third (7:41). Set up by Chase Yoder, Needham finished off his third goal of the season on a re-direct at the top of the crease.
-Sophomore Albin Nilsson gave the Friars insurance with his first career goal, extending the lead to 3-1. Nilsson cleaned up a rebound off of a Jason O'Neill shot after Max Crozier got the puck down to the net.
-Tralmaks tallied his second of the game with just over a minute left in regulation with the extra attacker.
-The Friars snapped their two-game losing streak with the win and improved to .500 this season at 5-5-2.
-Providence outshot the Black Bears by a 15-3 margin in the third period and 33-23 overall in the game.
PC GAME HIGHS
Goals: McDonald, Nilsson, Needham (1)
Assists: Koopman, Yoder, O'Neill, Ford, Crozier (1)
Points: McDonald, Nilsson, Needham, Koopman, Yoder, O'Neill, Ford, Crozier (1)
Shots: Yoder (4)
Providence - 0/3
Maine - 0/4
Providence - 33
Maine - 23
The Friars are slated to play the UMass Minutemen in a home-and-home series next weekend Friday, Jan. 22 and Sat. Jan 23.