No. 11 Providence College used an 8-second spurt in the second period to dump No. 16 Boston College, 4-1, last night in Hockey East play at Kelley Rink.
The Eagles were clinging to a 1-0 edge entering the middle stanza but the Friars received goals from Kasper Bjorkqvist and Brandon Duhaime just eight seconds apart starting at 12:29. Senior captain Brian Pinho of North Andover and Josh Wilkins added late empty-net goals to cement matters.
“I thought we came out real slow in the first period. We struggled to get our feet moving. Then we had a great second period. The third period was a pretty even period. I thought the two goaltenders played well,’’ said Friars coach Nate Leaman.
Last night marked the rubber match in the season series. BC took a 4-3 overtime decision at Schneider Arena on Oct. 15, with the Friars returning the favor at Kelley Rink, 2-1, on Oct. 27.
BC (10-9-3, 10-4-0), whose Hockey East lead shrunk to one point over Northeastern (5-3 winners over Maine), were stymied early and often by PC goalie Hayden Hawkey (19 saves).
The Friars (15-7-1, 8-4-1) got in trouble with a bench minor for too many men at the 10:40 mark. The Eagles capitalized when Logan Hutsko tipped home a blast from the left point by defenseman Casey Fitzgerald at 12:03 for his fourth goal of the season.
The Friars, who were outshot 7-2 in the opening frame, displayed more energy in the second, outshooting BC, 22-6, the most shots on net allowed by BC in a period this season. At 1:15, North Andover’s Pinho toe-dragged before firing the puck low off the left post. BC goalie Joe Woll (29 saves) followed with stops on Wilkins and Scott Conway as momentum shifted in the visitors’ favor.
“The thing we did better in the second period was shoot on our chances, stay on our toes, hunt down rebounds and get second pucks,” said Leaman.
The Friars’ relentless pursuit paid dividends in the second. Sophomore left winger Bjorkqvist roofed home a second rebound to knot the score at 12:29. Eight seconds later, Woll lost possession of the puck behind the net to Greg Printz, who passed to Duhaime out front for the tap-in at 12:37.
Harvard 3, Princeton 1 — Ryan Donato scored twice and Merrick Madsen registered 35 saves as the Crimson (8-6-2, 7-3-1 ECAC) dropped the Tigers (6-10-3, 3-8-1) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
Northeastern 5, Maine 3 — At Matthews Arena, Adam Gaudette tallied twice and the No. 10 Huskies (13-5-3, 9-3-1 HE) beat the Black Bears (11-8-2, 5-5-1)…