Feb. 14, 2009

Courtesy of Providence

DURHAM, N.H. - The Providence College men's hockey team rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie 12th-ranked New Hampshire, 4-4, in overtime Friday night in a Hockey East game played at the Whittemore Center. With the tie, the Friars moved to 7-16-4 overall and 4-12-4 in Hockey East. The Wildcats are now 13-9-5 and 9-7-4 in league play.

The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead at 9:42 of the first period when Alan Thompson scored his second goal of the season as Kevin Kapstad and Bobby Butler assisted on the goal. The Friars evened the score at 9:42 when sophomore Kyle MacKinnon (Walnut, Calif.) recorded his fifth goal of the season. Classmate Ben Farrer (Calgary, Alberta) played the puck towards the net to a streaking MacKinnon who re-directed the puck past UNH goalie Brian Foster. The Wildcats scored a power-play goal just as time expired in the first period to take a 2-1 edge. Peter LeBlanc was able to re-direct a shot from Bobby Butler for his ninth goal of the season.

UNH added to its lead at 3:31 of the second period when Jerry Pollastrone played a cross-ice pass to Blake Kessel who fired in his fifth goal of the season. The Friars pulled to within 3-2 at 12:54 as senior defenseman Matt Taormina (Washington Township, Mich.) connected on his fifth of the season. Classmate Nick Mazzolini (Anchorage, Alaska) won a face-off back to freshman David Brown (Centennial, Colo.) at the left point. Brown then slid a pass over to Taormina who ripped a shot from the right point past Foster.

The Wildcats regained their two-goal lead (4-2) at 1:09 of the third period as Bobby Butler scored on the power play. The Friars again cut the lead to one goal (4-3) at 5:06 when MacKinnon scored his second of the night. Sophomore Eric Baier (North Kingstown, R.I.) played the puck to MacKinnon who skated the length of the ice before firing a shot that glanced off the right post and into the net. It marked MacKinnon's third career two-goal game. MacKinnon helped the Friars tie the game as he set up senior Pierce Norton (South Boston, Mass.) who scored his eighth goal of the season at 15:28. Norton took the face-off win from MacKinnon and fired a shot from the slot to even the score (4-4).

PC freshman Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) finished with 36 saves, while Foster stopped 20 for UNH.

The two teams will complete the weekend series on Saturday, February 14 at Schneider Arena.