DURHAM, N.H. -- Marc Suderman scored twice and Providence College withstood a third-period rally from No. 3 New Hampshire to post a 4-3 victory in Hockey East action Sunday afternoon at the Whittemore Center.
Providence improved to 9-11-2 overall and 5-7-1 in Hockey East. UNH, which missed an opportunity to retake first place in the standings, fell to 15-4-2 and 7-2-2. It was the Friars' first victory in Durham since Jan. 27, 1996 (5-4).
UNH trailed 4-1 entering the final period but got a quick goal from sophomore Nathan Martz (Chilliwack, British Columbia) early in the period to pull within two. Junior Josh Prudden (Andover, Mass.) made it a 4-3 game when his soft wrister snuck over the shoulder of Providence goalie Nolan Schaefer and under the cross bar for his eighth goal of the year at 7:10.
UNH nearly evened the score with 12 seconds left when Schaefer let a rebound shot slip under his pads. The puck, however, rested on the goal line before it was covered up and whistled dead.
Up 1-0 after one period, the Friars went ahead 2-0 at 3:41 of the second on Suderman's first tally of the night. The goal came shortly after the 'Cats had killed off a 5-on-3 Friar power play for 1:13 to begin the period. UNH cut the deficit in half on a power-play tally by junior Jim Abbott (Mars, Pa.) at 9:44, but the Friars regained their two-goal edge on Doug Wright's goal just 27 seconds later. The bulge grew to 4-1 at 15:50 of the middle stanza when John Luszcz found Suderman on a 2-on-1 for his second goal of the game.
Providence took a 1-0 lead in the opening period on a power-play goal by Devin Rask at 8:05.
UNH senior goalie Matt Carney (Bridgewater, Mass.) left the game in the third period with an unknown injury. Sophomore Michael Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) replaced him and played the last 13:47 of the third period, making four stops without allowed a goal. Carney finished with 19 saves before leaving. Schaefer made 32 saves in earning his eighth win for the Friars.
UNH is back in action next weekend against UMass-Amherst. The two teams square off at the Mullins Center on Friday (1/18) before concluding the two-game set Saturday night (1/19) at the Whittemore Center at 7 p.m.