On Friday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Providence College Friars defeated the Army West Point Black Nights 3-1. With the win the Friars advance to the Fortress Invitational Championship on Saturday night against the winner of Cornell-Ohio State.
Providence jumped on the board first with Golden Knights draftee Jack Dugan scoring his seventh goal of the season on a power play in the 1st period. Dugan’s goal was assisted by Tyce Thompson and Michael Callahan. This ended up being Dugan’s only point on the night but its enough to push his NCAA-leading point total to 36 on the season.
Luke Johnson scored seven minutes later for his second of the season. Johnson was assisted by Matt Koopman and Patrick Moynihan. Providence’s third and final goal of the game came in at 7:26 in the third period with Matt Koopman scoring off a filthy assist from Thompson. Callahan also picked up an assist on the goal.
For Thompson this was his 11th multi-point game of the season and he is now up to 16 assists and 14 goals on the season which is good for 30 points.
PC scored three unanswered goals before Army was finally able to add one of their own halfway through the 3rd period to make it a two-goal game. Between the pipes for Providence was Michael Lackey who stopped 22 of 23 shots on goal.
With the win the Friars are now unbeaten in their last four games and unbeaten in their last 13 games against Army West Point. Providence moves to an 11-5-4 record on the season. PC will be back in action on Saturday night when they play either Ohio State or Cornell at 8:30 PM EST.