PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Kevin McCarey (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal at 2:07 of overtime to lift the University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team to Saturday night's 3-2 win against Providence College in Hockey East action at Schneider Arena.
UNH, which moved into a sixth-place tie with the Friars, improves to 11-14-2 overall and 8-11-1 in Hockey East. The Wildcats extended their unbeaten streak vs. the Friars to 17 games 15-0-2 and their win streak in the series to 10 games. PC is now 10-14-2, 8-10-1.
McCarey collected the rebound of a Connor Hardowa (Edmonton, Alberta) shot and spun around firing a backhander that beat PC netminder Alex Beaudry. Austin Block (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) also earned an assist on the game-winning tally.
Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) stopped 34 shots including 14 in the third period. He improves to 5-5-0, while his counterpart Beaudry is 9-14-2 with 25 saves including 10 in the middle stanza.
In a fast-paced first period it was UNH that broke the ice just 2:53 in as Hardowa roofed a slapshot over Alex Beaudry's glove side from the right point. McCarey fed Hardowa from behind the net to setup the one-timer. Mike Borisenok (Watervliet, N.Y.) also assisted on the goal by winning a loose-puck battle behind the net. PC answered with a goal of its own just two minutes later. Stefan Demopoulos potted his fifth goal of the season by finding a loose puck in front of the Wildcat net after a scrum. Ross Mauermann assisted on the goal at 4:53. New Hampshire regained the lead on a Greg Burke (Lee, N.H.) power play goal at 8:31 of the first. Burke knocked home the rebound of an Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) slapshot from the high point. Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) slid the puck to Knodel, who blasted a slapshot that bounced out to an open Burke in front of the net. PC held a slim 11-10 shot edge in the period.
In a scoreless second period both teams had chances. UNH outshot the Friars 10-9 including a grade-A bid by Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) in the final minute of the period. Both teams were 0-1 on the power play in the period.
Providence got it tied up early in the third period as Demopoulos scored his second of the night just 1:16 into the period with assists from Mauermann and Shane Luke. The Friars would have the better of chances in the third outshooting the 'Cats 14-5 in the frame.
Prior to McCarey's game winner each team had a pair of shots on net over the first two minutes of the extra frame. Overall, the Friars held a 36-28 shot advantage for the contest.
UNH was 1-3 on the power play, while PC was 0-1 in its extra-skater opportunity.
UNH returns to action Friday, Feb. 10 against Northeastern University. Puck drops at 7 p.m. at the Whittemore Center for Operation Hat Trick Night. The contest will be televised live on WBIN-TV. For more information on Operation Hat Trick Night or for tickets to UNH home games log on to www.UNHWildcats.com.