Providence takes series finale with CC, 7-2

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A sleeping giant awoke at Colorado College's expense on Saturday.

No. 7-ranked Providence College, held in relative check for the weekend's first 85 minutes of play, erupted for five goals in the second period and cruised to a 7-2 victory over CC in the finale of the teams' two-game non-conference series at the World Arena.

The triumph snapped a five-game winless drought (0-3-2) for the visitors from the Hockey East Association, who improved to 14-5-5 overall this season.

The Tigers, who got a goal and an assist from senior left wing Alexander Krushelnyski for the third consecutive outing, dropped to 2-16-4. All 12 of their remaining regular-season games, starting at home next week against Miami University, are against fellow members of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Colorado College, which settled for a 2-2 with PC after leading late in Friday's series opener, played a strong first period on Saturday when Krushelnyski's seventh goal of the season on a nifty backhand at 11:17 wiped out an early 1-0 deficit.

But Providence struck twice within a span of 99 seconds early in the middle frame to take control, added a pair of power-play tallies a minute apart midway through the period and built a 6-1 lead before freshman winger Alex Roos would score again for CC.

"You got a sense of our year all in one weekend," said Tigers head coach Scott Owens. "We played pretty well on Friday and couldn't close the game out. Then tonight we had just another one of those tough bad stretches. We actually skated pretty well. We moved pretty well tonight. We had a little bit of jump. I thought the new guys (three lineup changes from Friday) gave us some freshness. But we were 0-for-3 on the power play in the first period, without a shot, and we probably should have been up 2-1.

"Then they (the Friars) got on a roll. They're a good team."

Seven different players lit the lamp for Providence. Fourth-line center Noel Acciari, a sophomore who clicked for their fourth goal, added a pair of assists to record a three-point performance while goaltender Jon Gillies finished with 28 saves. CC out-shot the Friars by a 30-24 margin.