PC skates to 2-2 tie with BU

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BOSTON – The Providence College men’s hockey team got goals from Scott Conway and Jake Walman as the Friars and No. 5/6 Boston University skated to a 2-2 tie at Agganis Arena on Saturday night.

Providence improves to 5-6-3 (1-4-2 HEA), while the Terriers move to 8-4-2 (3-1-2 HEA).

Hayden Hawkey blanked the Terriers through nearly 48 minutes of play to record a career-high 34 saves. Jake Oettinger turned aside 30 saves for the Terriers after a 38-save performance on Friday night.

The Terriers controlled the pace in the early minutes and looked to grab a lead as a misplay behind the Friar net led to a wide open look by Patrick Harper, but his shot hit the outside of the post to keep things scoreless.

The Friars cashed in with a pair of goals in the latter half of the first as Scott Conway struck on the power play for his fourth of the season at 12:46 and Jake Walman added his third of the season just 5:30 later to give the Friars a 2-0 cushion heading into the locker room.

The special teams units were the story of the second period as the schools combined for eight minor penalties. Hawkey stood tall in stopping all nine shots he faced, while Providence offense out-shot the Terriers 16-9 in the middle stanza. The sophomore’s best effort of the period came as Jakub Forsbacka Karlsson wired a shot from the top of the slot that Hawkey got a glove on and deflected wide.

Hawkey continued his strong play in the third as the Terrier power play went to work with 8:25 remaining, as he robbed Jordan Greenway point-blank with the right pad to keep the hosts at bay. Moments later, the Terriers drew within one on Brendan Hickey’s rebound goal at 14:50 as the hosts continued to press the Friars’ zone. Nikolas Olsson knotted things up for BU at 17:11 with his second goal in as many nights.

Conway nearly put the Friars ahead with under 30 seconds to play after he wired a wrister off the crossbar.

The Friars concluded the overtime session on the power play but couldn’t get anything through Oettinger. Hawkey had to be sharp in the final seconds as he stoned Bobo Carpenter on a breakaway right as the buzzer sounded.

Up next, Providence will hit the road for a pair at RIT next weekend in Rochester, N.Y.