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Providence Remains Perfect, Tops Miami in OT

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Highlights of Providence-Miami include Jankowski's goal at about the 58-second mark of video.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Freshman Nick Rufo scored a 5-on-3 goal at 1:38 of overtime to give Providence a 3-2 win over Miami at a sold-out Schneider Arena on Friday.

Providence got the two-man advantage after Miami's Chris Joyaux was called for a five-minute for contact to the head late in regulation. With 23 seconds left in regulation, Miami's Trevor Hamilton was called for elbowing, creating the two-man advantage.

The win kept Providence perfect on the young season. It's the first 4-0 start for the Friars since 2003-04.

Miami dropped to 3-2.

Providence had a 2-0 lead after a dazzling goal from NHL first rounder Mark Jankowski, but surrendered two power-play goals in the third period — to Blake Coleman and Riley Barber — to relinquish the lead before winning in overtime. The Friars had killed off the first 23 power plays it faced prior to that.

Jon Gillies made 17 saves in the first period for Providence, keeping the Friars in the game until they could build a lead.

Elsewhere

Clarkson was 0-11-3 all time against Colorado College, including some big NCAA tournament games. But that skid ended with a 2-1 win at Cheel Arena. Senior Allan McPherson and sophomore Pat Megannety led the Clarkson offense with one goal and one assist apiece.

"We want to be aggressive offensively," Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. "If you're going to be aggressive offensively, you need good backside presure. There are times they might have odd-man coming out of the zone, but we want to have that neutralized by the time they get back. ... We talk about stalling them so we can get back on the backcheck."

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Maine defeated Massachusetts in overtime on freshman Ray Pigozzi's first career goal, 3-2, in a non-conference game between the Hockey East rivals.

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St. Cloud State got a goal from Nick Oliver to break a 2-2 deadlock on the way to a 4-2 win over Colgate.

“I thought it was a really good game and I thought both teams played well,” Colgate coach head coach Don Vaughan said. “They had a couple more bounces go their way. We had a couple of chances around the net that didn’t go our way. I thought we did a lot of really good things tonight, but we got a find a way.”

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Denver scored three power-play goals en route to a 5-1 win over Niagara. Meanwhile, the Pioneers penalty kill was 7-for-7.

“I loved our first period because we really pushed the pace and we made great decisions, we were making plays, we were protecting pucks, we were getting a lot of 5-on-5 chances,” DU coach Jim Montgomery said. “It’s taxing on a team when you spend the whole time at your own end and then on the power play especially.”

Said Niagara coach Dave Burkholder, “I think with the early penalty trouble that we got ourselves into didn’t allow us to get our feet under us. I thought the first 10 minutes of the second period 5-on-5 we played really well, but when you’re going to come in and play a team like Denver we’re going to have to work a lot harder than we did.”

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