Tait's Three Points Send Providence Past RIT, 5-1
Sophomore forward Ryan Tait posts two goals and assist for Friars

Sophomore forward Ryan Tait scored two goals and an assist for the Friars
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 6:50  PRV1-0 EV Brian Pinho (5)Josh Wilkins/8, Ryan Tait/2
1st 9:33  PRV2-0 PP GW Jacob Bryson (3)Brian Pinho/8, Anthony Florentino/6
2nd 15:12  PRV3-0 EV Ryan Tait (1)Josh Wilkins/9
3rd 1:14  RIT1-3 EV Chase Norrish (6)Erik Brown/6, Ryan Kruper/6
3rd 11:43  PRV4-1 EV Ryan Tait (2)Jake Walman/9, Brian Pinho/9
3rd 14:14  PRV5-1 EV Conor MacPhee (1)Robbie Hennessey/3, Anthony Florentino/7
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Providence  2125
RIT  0011
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Providence  17101744
RIT  722837
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Providence (6-6-3)  1/3 1/2 0
RIT (8-8-1)  0/1 3/6 0
Providence Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Hayden Hawkey (W, 6-6-3)60:001 722736
RIT Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Mike Rotolo (L, 8-8-1)60:005 1591539

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Sophomore Ryan Tait notched two goals and an assist and junior Brian Pinho chipped in with three points as the Providence College men's hockey team (6-6-3) defeated RIT, 5-1, on Friday night at the Gene Polisseni Center in Rochester, N.Y. With the win, Nate Leaman recorded his 250th career win as a head coach (112 while at Providence).

Hayden Hawkey made a career-high 36 saves for the Friars, while Tigers netminder Mike Rotolo turned away 39 shots as RIT fell to 8-8-1 this season. The loss snapped RIT's five-game winning streak.

Providence also got two-point efforts from Josh Wilkins and Anthony Florentino who each tallied two assists on the night.

A strong opening period on the road boosted the Friars to a two-goal cushion after 20 minutes of play. Brian Pinho got things started at 6:50 with his fifth strike of the season as he finished off Josh Wilkins' rebound at the top of the crease. Just 2:43 later with the Friar power play unit going to work, Jacob Bryson teed a shot up from point the rebounded off the end boards and banked in off the back of Rotolo to put the Friars up 2-0. Pinho and Anthony Florentino got credited with the assists on Bryson's third of the season.

RIT generated momentum in the later stages of the period, but Hawkey was up to the task as he denied Caleb Cameron on a breakaway after a turnover at the offensive blue line. The sophomore also needed to be sharp as he smothered Danny Smith's 2-on-1 bid down low around the Friar net. Providence outshot the host Tigers by a 17-7 margin in the opening period.

Hawkey was tested multiple times in the second period as the Tigers pressured the Friars' zone for a majority of the period as he turned away all 22 shots he faced. The Friars got more insurance 4:48 to play in the period on the first goal of the season by sophomore Ryan Tait. Josh Wilkins notched his second assist of the night as he fed Tait at the bottom of the circles and his wrister beat Rotolo under the blocker to put Providence up 3-0. Pinho was credited with the secondary assist for his third point of the evening.

The Tigers made things interesting early in the third as Chase Norrish got the hosts on the board just 1:14 in the final period. Undaunted, the Friars held strong in the defensive zone and tacked on two more insurance goals in the latter half of the period. Tait added his second of the game after Jake Walman's shot from the point deflected off his leg and senior Conor MacPhee added his first goal of the season to round out the scoring.

Up next, Providence and RIT will faceoff in game two of their series Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.


1-0 (PC) Brian Pinho (Wilkins, Tait) - Finished off a Wilkins rebound upstairs at the top of the crease.

2-0 (PC) Jacob Bryson (PPG) (Pinho, Florentino) - One-timer off the end boards that banked in off of Rotolo.

3-0 (PC) Ryan Tait (Wilkins, Pinho) - Centering feed from Wilkins to Tait at the bottom of the circle, wrist shot to the blocker side.

3-1 (RIT) Chase Norrish (Brown, Kruper) - Shot from the bottom of the circle under the arm of Hawkey.

4-1 (PC) Ryan Tait (Walman, Pinho) - Re-direct of a shot from Walman at the point.

5-1 (PC) Conor MacPhee (Hennessey) - Put-back of a rebound from the top of the crease.

Notes: Power Plays - RIT (0/1), Providence (1/3) ... final shots on goal: 44-37 in favor of the Friars ... shot attempts: Providence 59, RIT 66 ... Ryan Tait recorded his second career multi-goal game ... Friday night was the first-ever meeting between the two schools ... Conor MacPhee's goal was his first since his freshman year (Jan. 18, 2014 vs. Colorado College) ... Erik Foley led the team with five shots on goal ... the Tait-Pinho-Wilkins line combined for three goals and five assists.