PC Friars Lose Season Opener in OT at Ohio State

PC news release…

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In a back-and-forth game that featured five ties, the No. 3/4 Providence College men’s hockey team fell in overtime at Ohio State, 5-4, on Friday night at Value City Arena.

Ohio State’s Anthony Greco netted a hat trick, including the game-winning, power-play goal 32 seconds into overtime. Tom Parisi (Commack, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist to lead Providence, while freshman Brian Pinho (North Andover, Mass.) netted his first career goal for the Friars.

Providence took a 1-0 lead at 13:44 of the first period. While behind the net, Mark Jankowski (Dundas, Ontario) touched the puck over to Nick Saracino (St. Louis, Mo.), who carried it out front and finished from in close for his first of the year. Parisi also assisted on the play.

Just 19 seconds later, Greco and the Buckeyes answered. Tanner Fritz sent a cross-ice pass to Greco, who skated down the far side and let a wrist shot go from the faceoff circle that made it 1-1 at 14:03. Drew Brevig also had an assist.

The Friars regained the lead at 17:27 of the first when Pinho finished off a give-and-go with Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) for his first career tally. Niko Rufo(Stoneham, Mass.) started the play at the offensive blue line to notch his first assist of the year.

At 6:48 of the second, Greco netted his second of the game with another wrist shot from the faceoff circle, tying the game 2-2. Matt Johnson and Sam Jardine notched assists on the play.

The Friars took another lead at 18:39 of the second. Anthony Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.) forced an Ohio State turnover at the Friar blue line, skated into the offensive zone and found Trevor Mingoia (Fairport, N.Y.) in the slot, who deked Frey down low and finished at the near post for his first of the year, making it 3-2 in favor of the Friars.

Tanner Fritz tied the game, 3-3, at 3:15 of the third when he knocked in a rebound in front following a Jardine shot from the point while the Buckeyes were on the power play.

Parisi gave the Friars a 4-3 lead at 8:18 of the third when he broke into the offensive zone, started to skate around the Ohio State net but then jammed a shot back in front that kicked off Frey’s feet and in. Brandon Tanev(Toronto, Ontario) recorded an assist on the play.

Fritz then struck again while on the power play when he let a slap shot fly from the top of the slot to tie the game, 4-4, at 12:10, with Weis and Brevig earning assists. The teams traded chances the rest of the way but could not break the tie.

Then 32 seconds into overtime with Ohio State on the power play, Greco netted his third of the night to give the Buckeyes the win.

Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) made 20 stops for the Friars, while Christian Frey made 26 saves in the Buckeye net. Ohio State finished 3-for-7 on the power play, while Providence was 0-for-4.

The Friars and Buckeyes close out their two-game series at 7:05 p.m. tomorrow night (Oct. 11) at the Value City Arena.

Nine Friars notched points on the night … Freshman Brian Pinho scored his first career goal in his first career game … With a goal and an assist, junior Tom Parisi tied a career-high mark by posting his third career two-point game … Freshmen Jake Walman and Logan Day also made their Friar debuts.