3 quick hits from PC-RIT

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PROVIDENCE — Another Saturday, another Saturday loss for Providence College.

For the fourth straight weekend, the Friars were unable to build on a Friday victory.

Last night’s 4-0 loss to the Rochester Institute of Technology — 24 hours after PC routed the Tigers, 8-3 — left a particularly sour taste.

Here are three quick hits on the game.

GROWING PAINS

PC is young — four freshmen and seven sophomores were in the lineup last night. Their  immaturity as a team is a factor in repeatedly failing to string 120 good minutes together over two nights.

“It’s disappointing again, equally as disappointing as it was last Saturday night (when PC lost to UNH, 1-0, 24 hours after beating the Cats, 5-2). Everything that we did well last night, we didn’t want to do well tonight. It’s the thing we’ve been fighting all of the first half,” a frustrated Nate Leaman said.

“I asked (captain) Brian (Pinho in Saturday morning’s meeting) to be the leader and I thought Brian did a great job. I just didn’t think we had enough followers tonight. So, at the end of the day, I’m the head coach and we’ve got to figure it out.

“I thought Brian had a really good game, but we had some guys that had really good games (Friday) night that didn’t follow it up with a good game (on Saturday). It’s disappointing.”

NOT THEIR NIGHT

Defensemen Spenser Young and Jacob Bryson are both terrific skaters, two of the best in Hockey East. Within 24 seconds during the second period, both inexplicably fell down, leading directly to RIT’s second and third goals.

By that point, PC had been playing from behind for over half the game.

“Their first chance (in the opening three minutes of the game) goes in. That’s the same thing that happened at UNH. And then you’re chasing the game a little bit. We give up 18 shots and four goals,” Leaman said.

“The other thing is, I thought we lost momentum on the power play (0-for-8 with only four shots) every time tonight. You work hard, you get chances, you get a power play. We failed to execute in those situations.”

TAKING A FALL

This loss stings. The Friars fell from eighth to 13th in the PairWise. They are 10-7-1, but that record could be better.

“I think we left some (wins) out there. When we play, we can play. The ceiling for this team is a good ceiling,” said Leaman.

“We have to grow up – I think that’s the biggest thing. We have to understand what makes us tick and we have to stay with it because every time we have success, we immediately forget what gave us success. That’s what we’re frustrated about. Maybe this one stings enough that it sinks in. I thought the same thing last week about the UNH game.”

And so the Friars head into exams this week knowing they bombed Saturday night’s test. Much bigger tests on the ice are ahead: Eight of PC’s final 13 Hockey East games will be on the road.

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