New Hampshire men's hockey defeats Providence, 6-3

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence College men's hockey team was defeated by No. 5 New Hampshire, 6-3, on January 11 in Hockey East action at Schneider Arena.

The Wildcats quickly jumped ahead as Sean Collins scored on the power play at 1:43 of the first period. Less than four minutes later the Friars tied the game at 1-1 on a goal by freshman Nate Meyers (Maple Glen, Pa.). UNH regained its one goal advantage as Patrick Foley scored his fifth goal of the season at 16:07. The Friars again tied the game when sophomore Jeff Mason (Northampton, Mass.) scored his first goal of the season at 2:50 of the second period. However, five minutes later the Wildcats took a 3-2 lead on Lanny Gare's first goal of the evening. Friar senior defenseman Shawn Weiman (Marshall, Sask.) fired a slap shot that eluded UNH's Mike Ayers at 14:20 to tie the game at 3-3. The Wildcats took the lead (4-3) for good at 15:26 of the second period when Colin Hemingway scored on the power play.

The Wildcats increased their lead to 5-3 early in the third period as Jim Abbott scored on a 4-on-3 power play. Gare added an empty-net goal to complete the scoring. The Wildcats went 3-8 on the power play, while the Friars converted one of six power play chances. Ayers made 37 saves in net for the Wildcats, while PC's Nolan Schaefer (Yellow Grass, Sask.) stopped 31 shots in the loss.

New Hampshire returns to action against Dartmouth Jan. 15 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH. Game time is 7 p.m.

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