PC Friars Blanked by Irish in Game One of their Quarterfinal Series in South Bend
PC news release...
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The 10th-ranked Providence College men’s hockey dropped Game 1 of the Hockey East Quarterfinals in a 5-0 defeat at the hands of No. 12 Notre Dame on Friday night at the Compton Family Ice Arena.
- The Friars jumped out to a quick 5-1 advantage in shots in the opening minutes as the four Providence lines possessed the puck in the attacking zone for a majority of the first five minutes.
- Notre Dame gained momentum and nearly took a lead, but Hayden Hawkey sprawled across and robbed Cam Morrison with the glove on an apparent empty net.
- The Irish did cash in first at the 9:31 mark as defenseman Jordan Gross let a shot go from the point through a maze of players and over the shoulder of a screened Hawkey to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
- Notre Dame connected for three goals in the second period to take a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes.
- Jack Jenkins beat Hawkey with a wrist shot on the short side at the 4:24 mark of the second period.
- Despite out-shooting the Irish by a 17-9 margin in the second period, Notre Dame extended its lead to 3-0 after a Providence turnover on a goal by Joe Wegwerth.
- Jake Evans added the fourth Irish tally at 17:04 as the Friars faced a four-goal deficit for second time this season (Nov. 18 at Northeastern).
- Andrew Oglevie gave Notre Dame a 5-0 lead on the power play at 2:11 of the third period.
- The Friars had a chance to snap the shutout late in the game, as freshman Shane Kavanagh was awarded a penalty shot, but his attempt went wide of the net.
- Providence was shutout for the first time since Feb. 13, 2015, a span of 87 games.