PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Fourth-seeded Providence College scored two power play goals 44 seconds apart in the second period and went on to win 3-2 over No. 5 seed UNH in Game 3 of their Hockey East best-of-three quarterfinal series.
Providence will play in the Hockey East semifinals for the second straight year and the 11th time in program history.
Providence (17-13-7, 13-8-6 HEA) will play No. 1 seed UMass-Lowell (24-10-2, 16-9-2 HEA) in the first semifinal on Friday at 5 p.m. at the TD Garden. The other semifinal, which will be at 8 p.m. Friday, is between No. 2 seed Boston College (22-10-4, 15-9-3 HEA) and No. 3 seed Boston University (20-15-2, 15-10-2 HEA).
Providence went 4-1-1 against UNH this season, including an undefeated regular season record (2-0-1). The Friars have played seven consecutive games against opponents ranked in the top seven nationally, posting a 4-3-0 record.
PC led 1-0 early yesterday but then fell behind 2-1 by the halfway mark of the second period.
But soon after, senior Tim Schaller and freshman Nick Saracino responded, scoring Providence’s two power play goals.
Friars freshman goalie Jon Gillies made 30 saves, including 11 in the third period. UNH netminder Casey DeSmith stopped 22 of 25 shots he faced.
The Friars took a 1-0 lead 1:31 into the game when Mark Jankowski netted his seventh goal of the season.
The win marks the first time the Friars have won a Hockey East quarterfinal Game 3 at Schneider Arena since March 11, 2001.
Providence is 4-3 all-time in Hockey East quarterfinal Game 3s.