After trailing for almost the entire game against second-ranked Boston College, freshman Nick Saracino (St. Louis, Mo.) scored his first career goal with 11 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 3-3 and send it to overtime. Neither team could find the back of the net in the five minute OT as the game ended in 3-3 tie in front of a sellout crowd at Schneider Arena on Friday night.
In the last game for either team before the break for finals, the Friars (7-6-2, 5-4-1 HEA) showed resiliency coming back from deficits three times in the Hockey East match-up to earn the tie and also denied Boston College coach Jerry York his 925th victory, which would make him the all-time wins leader in NCAA hockey.
After trailing 2-0 going into the third period, Providence responded with goals from junior Derek Army (North Kingstown, R.I.) and Noel Acciari (Johnston, R.I.) before Saracino's goal capped the comeback for the Friars. Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) had a strong showing in net for the Friars stopping 26 shots, including a six save performance in overtime. Goaltender Parker Milner p made 34 saves for Boston College (11-2-1, 9-2-1 HEA).
In the first twenty minutes, both teams were playing a fast-paced, hard-hitting style of play. Boston College scored the lone goal of the frame at 12:39 after a faceoff win led to a shot from Pat Mullane that Gillies saved. Johnny Gaudreau found the loose puck and got it past Gillies for his 11th of the year. The Friars had a chance to even the score when a two-on-one developed between Acciari and Steven McParland (Schreiber, Ontario). McParland got off a shot that Milner saved and then McParland's second shot went just over the net. As the first period was about to expire, Brandon Tanev (Toronto, Ontario) had an opportunity for the Friars on a shorthanded breakaway. He skated in close before getting a shot off on Milner, and followed up with a shot from a bad angle behind the net but could not get the puck past the BC netminder, who made 13 saves in the first.