Pierce Norton scores two goals for Friars

Pierce Norton scored two goals for the Friars

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence College men's hockey team rallied from a 2-0 deficit and defeated No. 11 Northeastern, 5-2, Saturday night in a Hockey East game at Schneider Arena. With the win, the Friars improved to 11-9-2 overall and 8-5-2 in league play. In addition, PC moved into a third-place tie with the Huskies in the Hockey East standings. Northeastern fell to 11-8-3 and 8-7-2 in conference action.

Junior Pierce Norton (South Boston, Mass.) led the way for the Friars with two goals, while sophomore John Cavanagh (Warwick, R.I.) had one goal and one assist to help PC complete a home-and-sweep of the Huskies.

The Huskies scored two goals in a span of 48 seconds to take a 2-0 lead in the first period. Wade MacLeod scored on the power play at 9:19 off a deflection to make the score, 1-0. Jimmy Russo added to the lead when took a pass from Tyler McNeely and fired in his sixth goal of the season at 10:07. However, the Friars responded with two goals in a 2:03 span to even the score. Norton potted his 10th of the year at the 15:00 mark. Cavanagh tucked in a power-play goal at 17:03 to tie the game, 2-2.

The Friars took a 3-2 lead at 6:50 of the second period when freshman Ben Farrer (Calgary, Alberta) scored his first career goal. Cavanagh slipped a pass down the left wing to Farrer who rifled a slap shot from the left circle that beat NU goalie Mike Binnington. Norton scored his second goal of the night at 10:35 to give the Friars a two-goal cushion (4-2). Sophomore John Mori (Westport, Conn.) completed the scoring at 12:57 on a breakaway for his second goal of the season.

PC goalie Tyler Sims (Fort Wayne, Ind.) finished with 25 saves to earn his 10th win of the season.