#19 Providence Gets First Win Of The Year Over #8 UMass Lowell
A three-goal outburst in the third period paced the No. 19 Providence College men’s hockey team to a 4-2 victory on the road against No. 8 UMass Lowell on Sunday night at Tsongas Center.
Providence – 4 | UMass Lowell – 2
Providence – 1-2-0 (1-0-0 HEAM) | UMass Lowell – 0-1-0 (0-1-0 HEAM)
Tsongas Center – Lowell, Mass.
Jaxson Stauber (PC) – 12 saves
Logan Neaton (UML) – 25 saves
– The River Hawks grabbed the lead with a goal from Matt Brown in the middle of the opening period on the power play, assisted by Carl Berglund.
– Providence got on the scoreboard four minutes into the middle stanza with a goal by freshman Nick Poisson. Unassisted on his first NCAA goal, Poisson tied the game at 1-1 after forcing a turnover and firing a quick wrister over the glove of Logan Neaton.
– Reid Stefanson put UMass Lowell back in the lead just 14 seconds into the final period to kick off an action packed third. Barton was assisted by Carl Berglund.
– Tyce Thompson answered Stefanson’s goal six minutes later with a one-timer right off the draw on the power play, tying the game up at 2-2. Michael Callahan and Parker Ford earned the assist on Thompson’s first goal of the season.
– The Friars capitalized on the power play for their second time of the night with a goal from Callahan, giving Providence a 3-2 lead. The game-winning goal was set-up by Thompson and Ford, as Callahan walked down the slot and fired a shot over the shoulder of Neaton.
– Greg Printz capped the scoring with an empty-net goal with 1.5 seconds remaining in regulation, locking in the win at 4-2.
– Sophomore goaltender Jaxson Stauber made his first career start for the Friars on Sunday night and earned his second career NCAA win after transferring from Minnesota State this season.
– The Friars killed off two power play chances for the River Hawks in the second and third periods.
– Poisson, Thompson, Callahan, and Printz all notched their first goals of the season.
– Tyce Thompson and Parker Ford led the team with three points each.
– Providence extended its winning streak at Tsongas Center to five games.
PC GAME HIGHS
Goals: Poisson, Thompson, Callahan, Printz (1)
Assists: Ford (3)
Points: Ford, Thompson (3)
Shots: Printz, Poisson (5)
Providence – 2/6
UMass Lowell – 1/3
Providence – 29
UMass Lowell – 14
The Friars return to action next weekend for a home-and-home series against UMass. Providence travels to Amherst on Saturday (Dec. 19) and will host the Minutemen at Schneider Arena on Sunday (Dec. 20).
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