DURHAM — The No. 10 Providence College men’s hockey team scored three times inside the final 10 minutes to secure a 3-1 victory over the University of New Hampshire Saturday night at the Whittemore Center.
Providence freshman Jay O’Brien’s first collegiate goal was the game-winner. The forward from Hingham, Mass., scored with 2:32 remaining on a breakaway following a neutral-ice pass from Brandon Duhaime to break a 1-1 tie.
Providence defenseman Spenser Young, a junior from Brentwood, capped the game’s scoring with 1:14 remaining with his top-shelf, power-play goal.
UNH goaltender Mike Robinson, a sophomore from Bedford, made 30 saves and held the Friars scoreless on 25 shots over the first two periods. Providence (8-4-3, 5-2-1 Hockey East) finally solved Robinson when senior defenseman Vincent Desharnais scored his first goal of the season with 9:01 left, knotting the score at 1-1.
UNH (2-7-5, 1-4-3 Hockey East) was tied with Boston University and Providence for the third-most third-period goals allowed in the conference (12) entering Saturday.
Wildcats senior Ara Nazarian opened the game’s scoring with his power-play goal that came with 5:04 remaining in the second period. The forward gathered the puck in the left circle and floated into the slot before going top shelf on Friars senior goaltender Hayden Hawkey (22 saves).
Angus Crookshank and Liam Blackburn assisted on Nazarian’s tally.
The Friars mustered just one shot on goal during their 1 minute, 22-second five-on-three advantage beginning at the 6:04 mark of the third period. Providence went 1-for-5 on the power play.
The Friars owned the second-best power-play percentage in Hockey East entering Saturday (21.4). They entered the two-game series with UNH ranked No. 12 in the country in the category. UNH owned the No. 8 penalty-kill percentage in Hockey East (81.8) entering Saturday.
Providence outshot the Wildcats 25-11 over the first two periods 33-23 overall.
UNH defensemen Richie Boyd, Benton Maass (shoulder) and Matt Dawson (shoulder) and forwards Jackson Pierson (upper body) and Charlie Kelleher (lower body) were inactive with injuries. Boyd sustained his injury in the first period of the Wildcats’ 1-1 tie at Providence on Friday night.
UNH played three freshmen (Ryan Verrier, Will MacKinnon and Drew Hickey) and forward Kohei Sato on defense. Hickey made his collegiate debut in Friday’s draw with Providence.
Dartmouth 2, Colgate 2 (OT): In Hanover, Matt Baker and Cam Strong had Dartmouth’s goals. Trevor Cosgrove and Josh McKechney scored for Colgate. Adrian Clark stopped 19 shots for the Big Green (4-3-1). Mitch Benson made 30 stops for Colgate (3-8-2.)