Two Goals Late in First Period Push #15 Providence Past Vermont

Parker Ford and Matt Koopman scored in a 1:15 span in the first period and Tyce Thompson added a third period insurance goal as the No. 15 Providence College men’s hockey team defeated Vermont, 3-1, on Saturday night (Jan. 2) at Schneider Arena.

Providence – 3 | Vermont – 1

Providence – 3-3-2 (3-3-2 HEAM) | Vermont – 0-4-2 (0-4-2 HEAM)

Schneider Arena – Providence, R.I.

Jaxson Stauber (PC) – 20 saves
Tyler Harmon (Vermont) – 46 saves

-Vermont’s Vlad Dzhioshvili scored early against the Friars 2:30 into the opening stanza. Assisted by Owen Grant and Jacques Bouquot. This was the first time Vermont has scored had held a lead all season.

-Parker Ford broke a Friars scoring drought with the equalizer at 15:32 of the first period, firing a quick wrist shot under the glove of Harmon.

-Matt Koopman followed up 1:15 later on a rebound with what proved to be the game- winning goal, giving the Friars a 2-1 lead. Craig Needham and Ben Mirageas earned the assists.

-Both teams were scoreless in the middle frame and went into the second intermission at 2-1 in favor of the Friars.

-Tyce Thompson joined in on the scoring 6:32 into the final period and gave Providence a two-goal cushion at 3-1. Nick Poisson slid a backhand feed to Thompson cutting through the left circle and his quick release went between the pads of Harmon. Jason O’Neill also assisted on the play.

-The Friars outshot the Catamounts in all three periods, including 20-5 in the final period to stymie a Vermont comeback bid.

-Jaxson Stauber recorded 20 saves for the night and improved his impressive season totals to a 1.30 GAA and a .946 save percentage.

– Matt Tugnutt posted a game-high seven shots on goal.

– Providence’s penalty kill improved to 25-of-26 this season (.962).

– Shot attempts were 78-36 in favor of the Friars.

Goals: Koopman, Ford, Thompson (1)
Assists: Mirageas, Printz, Poisson, Needham, O’Neill, Crozier (1)
Points: Mirageas, Printz, Poisson, Needham, Koopman, O’Neill, Ford, Crozier, Thompson (1)
Shots: Tugnutt (7)

Providence – 0/2
Vermont – 0/3

Providence – 49
Vermont – 21

The Friars are slated to play Boston University next weekend, Friday, Jan. 8 and Saturday, Jan. 9 for a home-and-home series.

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