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Providence vs. Northeastern score update: Friars lead 2-1 after two periods

The Northeastern Huskies and Providence Friars traded early goals in the second period as the visitors maintained their one-goal lead after 40 minutes of play at Boston's Matthews Arena, 2-1.

BOSTON -- The Northeastern Huskies and Providence Friars traded early goals in the second period as the visitors maintained their one-goal lead after 40 minutes of play at Boston's Matthews Arena, 2-1.

Huskies captain Vinny Saponari knotted things up at 1-1 at the 4:14 mark of the second period as he took the feed from junior Cody Ferriero and unleashed a wicked slapper past PC freshman Jon Gillies for his sixth goal of the season. The goal was created as the Essex, Mass. native burst from the penalty box after serving a holding call.

Providence was quick to jump back ahead as sophomore Ross Mauermann beat NU's Chris Rawlings between the wickets from a very bad angle near the goal line - his tenth strike of the season.

NU had its best chance to re-tie the game with 6:15 left in the stanza as rookie Mike McMurtry, who was placed into the top-line right wing spot in the "precautionary" absence of freshman classmate Kevin Roy, walked to the front of the net and was stopped on a backhander by Gillies.

Joshua Kummins covers Hockey East for SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaKummins.