The Providence men’s hockey team won its home opener for the fourth consecutive year, with highly touted freshman center Mark Jankowski scoring the Friars’ first goal of the season and paving the way to an 8-2 pummeling of Sacred Heart at Schneider Arena.
After the early first-period goal by Jankowski, the 21st overall pick in the 2012 NHL draft (Calgary), the Friars didn’t score again until 6:53 into the second period. But two quick goals by Stefan Demopoulos made it 4-0 midway through the period, and the lead was up to 6-0 less than two minutes into the third.
Jankowski wasn’t the only newcomer to shine. Paul de Jersey had an unassisted goal and a helper, and John Gilmour had two assists.
Providence gets back to work tonight with a trip to Agganis Arena to take on Boston University in the Terriers’ season opener.
New Hampshire 5, St. Cloud State 3 — At Durham, N.H., Dalton Speelman broke a 2-2 tie 31 seconds into the third period and added a goal less than three minutes later to pick up the Wildcats in their season opener.
Greg Burke and Trevor van Riemsdyk gave UNH a 2-0 lead in the first period, with Connor Hardowa notching assists on both strikes. Speelman also assisted on the second goal.
Casey DeSmith made 20 saves for the Wildcats.
Vermont 1, UMass-Lowell 1 — Colin Markison’s goal midway through the third period provided the equalizer for the Catamounts (0-0-1) in Lowell. The sixth-ranked River Hawks (0-1-1) got on the board late in the first thanks to Josh Holmstrom.
Notre Dame 1, Maine 0 — In the IceBreaker Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., the 14th-ranked Fighting Irish (1-0-0) pulled in front on T.J. Tynan’s goal 2:59 into the third period. Dan Sullivan stopped 33 shots for the No. 20 Black Bears (0-2-0).
AIC 3, Penn State 2 — Ben Meisner made 61 saves, the most ever by an Atlantic Hockey goalkeeper and a record in the Division 1 era for AIC, in a memorable season opener for the Yellow Jackets. The overtime contest was the first Division 1 game for the host Nittany Lions.
BU 3, Rensselaer 2 — The third-ranked Terriers (2-0-0) piled up three first-period scores at Walter Brown Arena and turned back the Engineers (1-1-1). The goals were by Jenelle Kohanchuk, Sarah Lefort, and Dakota Woodworth.
Northeastern 4, Union 1 — Kendall Coyne had a natural hat trick in the third period and Casey Pickett provided a goal and two assists for the host Huskies (3-0-0), who are ranked eighth.