Top Ranked PC Friars Defeat 4th Ranked Boston College in Florida Holiday Classic Consolation Game

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ESTERO, Fla. – Nick Saracino and Brandon Tanev notched goals 44 seconds apart midway through the third period to spur a 2-1 come-from-behind victory for the top-ranked Providence College men’s hockey team over No. 4 Boston College in a bizarre ending at Germain Arena.  The Friars will finish in third place in the Florida College Hockey Classic, while the Eagles come in fourth.

The game was delayed nearly 45 minutes after a light above the Boston College bench ignited, causing the arena to cut off the remaining lights with just 8.2 seconds remaining in regulation.

After suffering its first setback on Monday, Providence rebounded to improve to 13-1-3 overall with the non-conference win over the Eagles.  Boston College falls to 13-4-1 with the loss.

Nick Ellis made 26 saves for the Friars, including a brilliant post-to-post save on BC’s Chris Calnan early in the third period to improve to 12-1-3.  Thatcher Demko made 27 stops for the Eagles to drop to 13-4-1.

The Hockey East rivals played through a scoreless first period thanks to solid goaltending from Ellis and Demko.  Ellis’ best work of the period came with a glove save off of Adam Gilmour’s snap shot from the right circle, the junior netminder made eight saves in the opening frame.

A scary moment late in the first saw Mark Jankowski collide with BC’s Alex Tuch, as the senior remained down on the ice for a few minutes before skating off under his own power.  Tuch was assessed a five-minute major for interference and Jankowski was able to return to the power play unit on the following shift.

Through two periods, the teams remained scoreless but a couple of banner chances for the Friars came up empty.  On an odd-man rush, Nick Saracino feathered a pass to Trevor Mingoia but the senior couldn’t get the puck to sit flat as Demko smothered it.

BC’s Teddy Doherty finally broke the ice 6:56 into the third after a Providence turnover gave him room to operate at the top of the slot, before he fired a wrister over the blocker of Ellis.

Undaunted, the Friars responded with a big power play goal off the stick of Nick Saracino as he blasted home a one-timer from the point past Demko at 9:07.  Just 44 seconds later, the Friars grabbed their first lead of the game on Brandon Tanev’s sixth strike of the season.  Tanev camped out at the top of the crease, tipped in Josh Monk’s point shot at 9:51.

After the delay, Providence battled to win the defensive zone draw and cleared it out of the zone to secure the win.

Up next, the Friars will look to take home the 30th Mayor’s Cup on Sunday afternoon against Brown at Meehan Auditorium beginning at 4 p.m.

HOW THEY SCORED

1-0 (BC) Goal scored by Teddy Doherty (Calnan): Wrister from the top of the slot.

1-1 (PC) Power play goal scored by Nick Saracino (Gilmour, Mingoia): One-timer from the point.

2-1 (PC) Goal scored by Brandon Tanev (Monk): Re-direct at the top of the crease.

NOTES

Providence has killed off 17 consecutive penalties dating back to Nov. 28 … Nick Saracino is now tied for second on the team with 18 points … the Friars are 2-0-1 when facing a third period deficit this season … Tanev notched his third game-winning goal of season … Power Plays: Providence – 1/4, Boston College 0/4 … official shots on goal: Providence 29, Boston College 27.