#19 Providence Splits Weekend Series with #16 UMass Lowell

The No. 19 Providence College men’s hockey team raced out to a 3-0 lead and held on for crucial 3-2 victory over No. 16 UMass Lowell on Saturday night (Feb. 19) at Schneider Arena.

Providence – 3 | UMass Lowell – 2

Providence – 19-13-2 (10-11-1 HEA) | UMass Lowell – 17-8-3 (13-8-1 HEA)

Schneider Arena – Providence, R.I.

Jaxson Stauber (PC) – 33 saves; 2 GA
Owen Savory (UML) – 28 saves; 3 GA

– Matt Koopman got the scoring started for the Friars, 1-0, with a goal 3:14 into play. Michael Callahan and Uula Ruikka earned the assists on Koopman’s fourth of the season on a re-direct from the point.
– Guillaume Richard added another for Providence, 2-0, on the power play with help from Max Crozier and Kohen Olischefski. Richard wired a shot over the glove of Savory after a nice curl-and-drag maneuver at the top of the left faceoff circle.
– In the second period, Nick Poisson added to the Friars lead, 3-0, with a breakaway goal on a forced turnover off of the faceoff at 9:10.
– UMass Lowell got on the board with a power-play goal from Reid Stefanson, 3-1, after Poisson was sent to the box for holding with just 30 seconds remaining in period two.
– The River Hawks made it a one-goal game, 3-2, with a goal from Brehdan Engum at the 12:23 mark of the third period.
– Providence was forced to defend a full 2:00 of 6-on-4 to close out the game after Michael Citara was called off for holding at 2:02 and Lowell pulled their goalie for the extra-man. The Friars were able to hold off the River Hawks in the final stretch to secure a 3-2 win with crucial blocked shots from Chase Yoder and Kohen Olischefski.
– The Friars blocked a season-high 25 shots, led by Richard’s four blocks.
– Providence improved to 15-0-0 when scoring at least three goals this season.

Goals: Richard, Poisson, Koopman (1)
Assists: Olischefski, Ruikka, Callahan, Crozier (1)
Points: 7 Players (1)
Shots: Crozier (5)

Providence – 1/4
UMass Lowell –1/5

Providence – 31
UMass Lowell – 35

Providence will host Maine for a two-game home series at Schneider Arena. Game one is set for Friday, Feb. 25 at 7:00 p.m. with the series finale to follow on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 4:00 p.m.

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