WORCESTER, Mass. – Erik Foley’s third period goal gave the Friars the lead but a late strike in regulation and an eventual overtime winner by Johnny Coughlin gave the Holy Cross Crusaders a 2-1 win over the Providence College men’s hockey team in front of 2,142 at the DCU Center on Saturday night.
With the loss, Providence falls to 1-2-0 this season while Holy Cross remains unbeaten at 2-0-1. Hayden Hawkey made 19 stops for the Friars with counterpart Paul Berrafato stopping 33-of-34 shots on goal.
After a slow start offensively for both teams and an early penalty kill, the Friars started to find some rhythm offensively. After a strong individual effort by sophomore Scott Conway (Basingstoke, England) drew a penalty, Providence was able to register six shots on goal during the man-advantage. Jacob Bryson (London, Ontario) had one of the better opportunities on the power play as he wired a wrist shot but Berrafato flashed the glove to deny the freshman.
The Friars continued strong work in the offensive zone in the second period but couldn’t cash in. A strong performer in his first collegiate game, freshman Shane Kavanagh (East Providence, R.I.) nearly gave the Friars a lead when a loose puck trickled along the goal line, but was swept away before he could get a stick on it.
Brian Pinho looked to ignite the Friars in the latter stages of the period as he broke in on a pass through the seam from Jake Walman (Toronto, Ont.) and ripped a low shot that was kicked out by Berrafato.
Looking for success on the power play after a 1/17 weekend against Miami, the Friars finally cashed in on Erik Foley’s second tally of the season with just 5:41 to play. Assisted by Scott Conway and Josh Monk, Foley worked his way down the right wing and stuffed home a shot after a strong net drive to put the Friars ahead.
The Crusaders knotted the game just 2:16 later as Neil Robinson re-directed a point shot from Spencer Trapp over the shoulder of Hawkey.
After Providence killed off a penalty in overtime, Coughlin beat Hawkey to the post on a wrap-around to give the host Crusaders the victory.
The Friars are back in action next weekend with a North Country doubleheader against Clarkson (Oct. 21) and St. Lawrence (Oct. 22). Both games are slated for a 7:05 p.m. faceoff at Schneider Arena.