PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior netminder Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) turned away a career-high 52 shots as the fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team played to a 1-1 tie with Hockey East foe No. 14 Providence College at Schneider Arena on Friday night.
UNH moves to 18-7-2 overall as it remains unbeaten in its last 10 against Hockey East foes (9-0-1) and is now 14-4-2 in the league. PC is now 13-10-4, 10-6-4. The Wildcats increased their first-place lead to six points by virtue of the tie and a Boston College loss.
Regan, who became the program’s all-time leader in games played at 102, surpassed his previous career-high of 46 as he turned away double figures in all three periods and four in the overtime period, his 20 first-period saves was also a career-high. Regan remains unbeaten in his last 10 against Hockey East foes (9-0-1) as he moves to 16-5-1. Regan’s counterpart Tyler Sims moves to 12-9-3 as he stopped 28 shots including 10 in the first stanza.
The Wildcats got on the board first as Danny Dries (Lake Orion, Mich.) converted on a power-play opportunity at 6:45 in the first period. Brad Flaishans (Glendale, Ariz.) took a pass from Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) at the left point and fired it on net. The rebound came out to the right-side of the net where an opportunitistic Dries converted the tally from the bottom of the right circle. The goal was Dries’ second in as many games as he has recorded a point in five-straight games. UNH held the 1-0 advantage after one despite being outshot 20-11 thanks to a career-high 20 first-period saves by Regan.
Providence tallied the equalizer at 13:39 in the second period when John Cavanagh converted on an even-strength goal with assists from Ian O’Connor and John Mori. The Friars once again peppered Regan outshooting the Wildcats 19-9. The teams went into the second break tied 1-1.
Neither team could capitalize on several opportunities in the third period. The Friars held a 10-7 advantage in shots, but the Wildcats also had a handful of scoring chances.
PC once again had a 4-2 shot advantage in the overtime period, but it was UNH that had the best scoring opportunity. Radja received a pass from Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta) just outside the offensive zone and skated in firing a shot wide of the net.
New Hampshire and Providence complete this home-and-home series on Saturday night (7 p.m.) at Whittemore Center. The game, which will be broadcast live on NHPTV, will be the Wildcats first home game since Jan. 25 against Boston University.