Friars Top Northeastern in OT

The Providence men's hockey team picked up a key 2-1 overtime road victory over Northeastern University at Matthews Arena in Boston Tuesday night.

The game was won with a goal by freshman defenseman Cody Wild of North Providence, R.I who scored an overtime power play goal 53 seconds into the overtime period leading the Providence College men's hockey team to the 2-1 victory.

The Friars were the early aggressors in the first period, and out shot the Huskies by a margin of 11 to 9 despite being slowed by two foolish penalties which slowed the momentum that the Friars were building. The second period saw the home team demonstrate the better play and momentum, taking advantage of numerous Friar mistakes.

While PC goalie Tyler Sims was having a solid game (29 saves), the Friars passing lost some of the sharpness that they exhibited in the 1st period of play. Providence was a little flat and turned the puck over too often and while Northeastern didn't get an excessive amount of shot opportunities, the Friar turnovers provided the Huskies with enough 2 on 1 breaks to eventually put one in the net at the 15:24 mark of the 2nd period. Providence went into the 3rd period down a 1-0.

The final period saw much more aggressive play from the Friars. The Providence defense was pushing forward and keeping consistent pressure on the Huskies throughout the period. Despite some inspired play by Tim Army's team, it was not until the 3:14 mark that the Friars were finally rewarded with the equalizer. Junior wing Jamie Carroll intercepted a Northeastern pass in the Huskie zone and fired a wrist shot to beat Geragosian, the NU goalie.

The final few minutes of the 3rd period were a scramble for the game winner, but it was a key Huskie cross checking penalty in the NU zone that set up the win for the Friars. Providence went on a power play in the last 30 seconds of regulation but began the sudden death overtime with a man advantage. The Friars quickly took advantage as another Carroll shot on a PC rush caromed off of Geragosian and freshman Cody Wild wristed in the OT game winner.

While the Friars still have a long way to go this season, the win over Northeastern is good enough for first place in the Hockey East standings and Providence is quietly building up and impressive number of road victories (4-5 in league road games).

If the Friars can take care of business at home during the heart of the Hockey East schedule, Tim Army's squad will have a great opportunity to secure an home ice and excellent seeding for the Hockey East playoffs. That would mark an impressive first year campaign for Coach Tim Army's team which was predicted to finish near the bottom of the league in the preseason.

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