UNH men's hockey falls to Providence, 5-2

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Graduate Peter Fregoe (Massena, N.Y.) scored two goals, including the game winner and senior Nolan Schaefer (Yellow Grass, Sask.) made a career-high 46 saves to lead the Providence College men's hockey team to a 5-2 victory over No. 4 New Hampshire on Sunday, February 9 at Schneider Arena. The win was the third consecutive victory for the Friars, who improved to 16-12-1 and 9-9-1 in Hockey East action. The Wildcats fell to 18-7-3 overall and 12-5-1 in league play.

After a scoreless first period in which UNH outshot the Friars, 16-8, Providence was again outshot in the second period (19-10), but it was the opportunistic Friars that made the most of their chances. The Friars got on the scoreboard first when junior Jonathan Goodwin (Taunton, Mass.) fired in a shot on a two-on-one breakaway at 12:14 of the second period. Just 12 seconds later the Friars struck again as Fregoe redirected a shot past UNH netminder Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) to give PC a 2-0 lead.

Just 33 seconds into the third period, the Wildcats cut the lead in half as Lanny Gare (Vernon, BC) scored on the power-play. Fregoe tallied what proved to be the game winner at 6:45 when he scored off a pass from senior Devin Rask (Parkside, Sask.) for a 3-1 lead. The lead increased to 4-1 as junior Stephen Wood (Sudbury, Mass.) fired a slap shot from the blue line that was deflected by a UNH defender past Ayers. Gare cut the Friar lead to, 4-2, at 13:52 with his second goal of the day and his 19th of the season. However, senior Jon DiSalvatore closed out the scoring 44 seconds later as he managed to score on a high wrist shot while being hauled down by a UNH defender.

Schaefer was named first star of the game as he made a career-high 46 saves. It marked the second time this season that he has stopped 40 or more shots. Ayers made 21 saves in the loss.

The Friars will return to action on Friday, February 14 at Maine.

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