PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Sophomore forward Torry Gajda (Westfield, Mass.) scored two goals to lift the Providence College hockey team to a 7-4 upset victory over second-ranked New Hampshire on Friday, November 14 in front of 2,878 fans at Schneider Arena. The win marked PC's first Hockey East victory at home this season and UNH's first defeat in league action.
The Wildcats looked to have the momentum from the start as they went on a five-minute power play just 1:34 into the game. However, senior Jonathan Goodwin (Taunton, Mass.) gave the Friars a 1-0 lead as he fired a slap shot from outside the right face off circle, which beat UNH netminder Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) at 1:49. Less than a minute later, the Wildcats tied the game at 1-1 when Sean Collins tapped in a loose puck for his fourth goal of the season. Providence regained the lead at 13:30 of the first period on senior Peter Zingoni's team-leading seventh goal of the season.
In the second period, junior Chris Chaput (Pawtucket, R.I.) and Gajda each scored for the Friars as they went ahead, 4-1. Eddie Caron brought UNH within 4-2 when he slipped the puck past PC goaltender Bobby Goepfert (Kings Park, N.Y.) with 2:42 remaining in the period. Providence exploded with two goals within a 12 second span early in the third period to make the score, 6-2. Senior Stephen Wood (Sudbury, Mass.) scored on a hard slap shot from the blue line on the power play at 1:05. Gajda, who also had one assist in the game, scored his second goal of the night at 1:17.
Steve Saviano and Patrick Foley each scored to bring the Wildcats within 6-4 at 7:47. However, the Friars were able to kill off a power play and freshman Bill McCreary (Howell, Mich.) added an empty-net goal with 38 seconds to play to secure the win. For, McCreary, it marked his first collegiate goal.
Goepfert made 35 saves in net for the Friars, who improved to 6-2-2 overall and 2-2-2 in league play. Ayers and sophomore Jeff Pietrasiak combined for 18 saves.