PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The No. 10 ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was defeated by No. 12 ranked Providence College, 3-1 in Hockey East action on Friday night at Schneider Arena.
Providence sophomore forward Jon Rheault scored his second goal of the night at the 10:04 mark of the final period to seal the win for the Friars. Rheault has totalled 11 goals on the season in 23 contests.
Freshman blueliner Jamie Fritsch (Odenton, Md.) gave UNH a 1-0 lead at the 11:45 mark of the first frame with his first collegiate goal on a slapshot from the left point, which sailed over PC goalie Tyler Sims' left shoulder. Junior forward Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ontario) got the puck in the left corner and fed it to sophomore forward Brian Pouliot (Hooksett, N.H.) who passed it out to Fritsch on the power-play.
With the win, Providence improves to 14-9-1 and 11-5-1 in conference play, while the Wildcats drop to 13-9-4 overall on the season (9-5-3 HE). The Friars now take over sole possession of second place in the Hockey East standings with the victory.
The Friars headed into the locker room at the end of the first frame with a 2-1 lead on a goal by Nate Meyers with just 24 seconds left in the period.
Rheault tied the game at 1-1 on the power play at the 12:55 mark of the opening period. The teams skated to a scoreless second period with both teams notching 10 shots apiece.
Freshman forward Greg Collins (Fairport, N.Y.) had a great scoring chance with 16 minutes left in the final period as hit the right post on a breakaway, the puck bounced out towards Sims and he fell to the ice covering the puck with his body.
Senior netminder Jeff Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.) registered 35 saves in the loss, including 17 saves in the final frame. It marked Pietrasiak's 40th collegiate start and fifth start against the Friars.
Sims posted 21 stops in the win for PC. PC outshot the Wildcats, 38-22 for the game.
New Hampshire returns to action on Friday, Feb. 3 against conference rival Maine. Game time at Alfond Arena is 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on College Sports Television.
The next Wildcat home game is Feb. 10 vs. Merrimack College. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.
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