Friars’ Six Game Unbeaten Streak Ends in Loss to Merrimack

No. 16 Providence College men’s hockey was edged by the Merrimack Warriors on Sunday afternoon, 3-2, despite a late comeback bid by the Friars in the closing minutes.

SCORE
Providence – 2 | Merrimack – 3

RECORDS
No. 16 Providence – 8-6-4 (8-6-4 HEAM) | Merrimack – 3-10-1 (3-10-1 HEAM)

VENUE
Schneider Arena – Providence, R.I.

GOALIES
Jaxson Stauber (PC) – 24 saves
Zach Borgiel (MC) – 26 saves

NOTES
-Merrimack got off to a quick lead 3:00 into regulation, 1-0, with a goal on the power play by Liam Walsh. It was just the sixth power play goal Providence has given up this season.

-The Warriors struck again for a 2-0 lead with a goal from Chase Gresock with 8:45 remaining in period one.

-Liam Walsh scored his second of the night and the game-winning goal just 1:30 later to give Merrimack a 3-0 lead, which they carried into the first intermission.

-The teams were scoreless in the second period and Merrimack carried their three-goal lead into the second intermission. Stauber recorded six saves in the period.

-Merrimack’s Max Newton buried one in the third with 8:50 remaining in regulation, but the goal was wiped out due to goaltender interference.

-Jaxson Stauber was pulled from net at 17:48 for the extra attacker.

-Michael Callahan’s third goal of the season put Providence on the board, 3-1, with 2:31 left in regulation. Callahan was assisted by Patrick Moynihan and Jason O’Neill on the man-up goal.

-Jason O’Neil cut the deficit to 3-2 with only 55.8 seconds left in regulation, assisted by Brett Berard and Ben Mirageas.

-Providence’s final push fell short and Merrimack held its 3-2 lead at the buzzer.

-The Friars’ six-game unbeaten streak came to end on Sunday.

PC GAME HIGHS
Goals: O’Neill, Callahan (1)
Assists: Mirageas, Moynihan, O’Neill, Berard (2)
Points: O’Neill (2)
Shots: Mirageas, O’Neill, Ford (4)

POWER PLAYS
Providence – 0/3
Merrimack – 1/5

SHOTS
Providence – 28
Merrimack – 27

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