A goal for each team as the Huskies get swept by Providence on the weekend. Nice effort tonight but the Friars are a hell of a team.
The Huskies are down by two after giving up nearly identical goals off the stick of Calgary Flames prospect John Gilmour, who also hit the post in the first period.
The Friars broke the tie right after the hitting the post at the end of a solid power-play attack after a Derek Pratt boarding penalty. Gilmour fired one at net and there was too much traffic for Rob Nichols to see the puck.
Providence doubled its lead at the 18:58 mark with Steven McParland and Kevin Rooney getting the assist, and are generally playing much better in the game. Though the Huskies put some opportunities together in the first period, there seemed to be fewer in the second stanza.
The score is tied after one period as the Huskies weathered a solid attack from Providence, who managed nine shots, while producing some offensive opportunities of their own.
The Huskies got the first power play of the period after the Friars' Kevin Rooney was called for interference. But the man-advantage was cut short by a Spencer Naas penalty. Shortly afterward Joe Masonius was called for hooking but the Huskies were able to kill both penalties.
Providence is executing at a high level, with its best chance coming on that second power play as a John Gilmour shot hit the post. UConn's best chance came when Tage Thompson took a feed ahead of the defense and tried to put a shot past Providence goaltender Nick Ellis, who was up for the challenge.