Nov. 2, 2013
Box Score | Postgame Comments - Coach Quinn
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The No. 18 Boston University men's ice hockey team struck first but came up short in its attempt to earn a weekend sweep, as No. 3 Providence came away with a 3-1 victory on Saturday evening at Schneider Arena.
The Terriers move to an even 4-4-0 on the year with a 2-1-0 Hockey East mark while the Friars improve to 5-1-1 overall and 1-1-0 in league play.
Sophomore Ahti Oksanen continued his strong start to the season with a power-play marker to give the visitors a 1-0 lead late in the second.
The Friars notched a power-play goal of their own before the middle period came to an end and then got the go-ahead goal early in the third. PC tacked on an empty-netter in the final minute.
Sophomore Sean Maguire recorded 34 saves for BU, which went 1-for-3 on the power play. Providence got a 28-save performance from Jon Gillies to help them earn a weekend split. Junior Ross Mauermann scored the Friars' final two goals.
BU turned in a much better first period than it did on Friday, when the Friars got 19 shots on goal and took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission. The play was back and forth this time around and shots were an even 9-9 before PC got a power play late in the period and recorded three shots during it.
The Terriers got their first power-play chance of the evening midway through the second period and created a handful of strong chances during the two minutes, but could not get a shot past Gillies.
A couple minutes later, BU got another opportunity with the man advantage and took advantage of it, as Oksanen's one-timer from the right circle opened the scoring in the 36th minute of regulation. Freshman Nick Roberto and sophomore Danny O'Regan assisted on the play.
BU, however, was unable to stay out of the box and eventually gave the home team a 5-on-3 advantage that it quickly cashed in on. Derek Army elevated a rebound at the left post at the 18:03 mark to make it a 1-1 contest.
PC got the game winner at 3:28 of the third after winning a 50/50 puck in the neutral zone. Mauermann collected it and got past a BU defender on the right side before skating in and tucking a shot under Maguire's legs. Mauermann also provided the late empty-netter with 46.6 seconds left.
The Terriers will return to action on Friday (Nov. 8) when they host No. 7/8 Boston College at Agganis Arena. Game time for the archrivals' first meeting of the season is set for 7:30 p.m.