#16 Providence Keeps Poise, Beats Maine 3-2

The 16th-ranked Providence College men’s hockey team got third period goals from Craig Needham and Albin Nilsson en route to a 3-2 win over Maine on Saturday at Schneider Arena.

Providence – 3 | Maine – 2

Providence – 5-5-2 (5-5-2 HEAM) | Maine – 2-5-1 (2-5-1 HEAM)

Schneider Arena – Providence, R.I.

Jaxson Stauber (PC) – 21 saves
Victor Ostman (Maine) – 30 saves

-Cam McDonald got the Friars on the board early (6:54) with his first goal of the season as he beat Ostman to the short side off the post. Parker Ford and Greg Printz earned the assists.

-Providence killed the game’s first four penalties before getting its first crack on the man-advantage, but it was the Black Bears who struck shorthanded to even the score on a goal by Eduards Tralmaks.

-Providence pulled ahead 2-1 with a goal from Craig Needham in the third (7:41). Set up by Chase Yoder, Needham finished off his third goal of the season on a re-direct at the top of the crease.

-Sophomore Albin Nilsson gave the Friars insurance with his first career goal, extending the lead to 3-1. Nilsson cleaned up a rebound off of a Jason O’Neill shot after Max Crozier got the puck down to the net.

-Tralmaks tallied his second of the game with just over a minute left in regulation with the extra attacker.

-The Friars snapped their two-game losing streak with the win and improved to .500 this season at 5-5-2.

-Providence outshot the Black Bears by a 15-3 margin in the third period and 33-23 overall in the game.

Goals: McDonald, Nilsson, Needham (1)
Assists: Koopman, Yoder, O’Neill, Ford, Crozier (1)
Points: McDonald, Nilsson, Needham, Koopman, Yoder, O’Neill, Ford, Crozier (1)
Shots: Yoder (4)

Providence – 0/3
Maine – 0/4

Providence – 33
Maine – 23

The Friars are slated to play the UMass Minutemen in a home-and-home series next weekend Friday, Jan. 22 and Sat. Jan 23.

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