Eight seconds in all spelled doom for Boston College on Friday night.
The Eagles led 11th-ranked Providence on a Logan Hutsko power-play goal after one period of play in a Hockey East men's game at Conte Forum, before the visiting Friars connected for two goals to take the lead for good. Providence also won the regular-season series between the two schools, two games to one.
Kasper Björkqvist roofed home a rebound on a Providence power play to tie the game 12:29 into the second stanza. On the ensuing rush, BC goaltender Joe Woll was pick-pocketed of the puck behind the Eagle net, and Brandon Duhaime subsequently put home a shot from along the goal line to give the Friars the lead for good. Providence also outshot BC, 22-6, in the middle 20 minutes
Brian Pinho and Josh Wilkins both scored empty-net goals for Providence in the final minute of regulation for the final margin. Woll finished with 29 saves for BC, while Hayden Hawkey made 19 stops for the Friars, who finished 1-for-5 on the power play compared to BC’s 1-for-3 success rate with the man advantage.
Providence (15-7-1 overall, 8-4-1 HEA) will visit Boston University on Saturday, while BC (10-9-3, 10-4-0) hosts New Hampshire on Sunday. The Eagles, who are 1-3-1 in their last five contests overall, still remain in first place in Hockey East, one point ahead of Northeastern and two ahead of Providence, both of whom have one conference game in hand on BC.