#4 Providence Swept by #9 UMass Despite

Anthony Del Gaizo tipped in a point shot with 1:49 remaining to give the No. 9/9 UMass Minutemen a 3-2 win over the Providence College men’s hockey team on Saturday night at Schneider Arena.

No. 4/3 Providence – 2 | No. 9/9 UMass – 3

Providence – 5-3-1 (2-2-0 HEA) | UMass – 8-1-0 (5-0-0 HEA)

Schneider Arena – Providence, R.I.

Hayden Hawkey (PC) – 10 saves
Matt Murray (UM) – 29 saves

– Similar to Thursday, the Minutemen struck early on the power play as Philip Lagunov notched his fourth goal of the season at 3:35 of the first period.
– The Minutemen extended their lead to 2-0 shorthanded after Brett Boeing forced a turnover behind the Friar net and put a wrap-around into an empty net.
– The momentum swung towards Providence in the second period as they struck twice to tie the game at 2-2 after 40 minutes.
– Jack Dugan registered his third goal of the season and team-high ninth point at 5:56. Josh Wilkins and Jacob Bryson earned the assists.
– Greg Printz notched the equalizer at 12:02 streaking down the right wing and whistling a shot past the blocker of Murray. Ryan Tait and Bryson assisted on the play.
– Brandon Duhaime nearly gave the Friars the lead late in the period on a 2-on-1, but his attempt rang off the post.
– Despite a 15-2 edge in shots in the final period for the Friars, it was the Minutemen who found the back of the net as Anthony Del Gaizo scored with 1:49 remaining.
– The Friars erased a 2-0 deficit for the second-consecutive game.
– Providence surrendered a season-low 13 shots on goal.
– The Friars held a 62-25 advantage in shot attempts and a 34-26 edge at the faceoff dot.

1-0 (UMass) – 3:35/1st – PP – Philip Lagunov (Trivigno, Del Gaizo) – Pass to a streaking Lagunov who fired a wrist shot under the arm of Hawkey.
2-0 (UMass) – 17:34/1st – SH – Brett Boing – Turnover behind the Friar net led to an empty net tap-in for Boeing.
2-1 (Providence) – 5:56/2nd – EV – Jack Dugan (Wilkins, Bryson) – Wrist shot from the high slot.
2-2 (Providence) – 12:02/2nd – EV – Greg Printz (Tait, Bryson) – Coming down the off-wing, Printz beat Murray under the blocker to the far side.
3-2 (UMass) – 18:11/3rd – EV – Anthony Del Gaizo (Felix, Boeing) – Point shot from Colin Felix re-directed in front by Del Gaizo.

Goals: Dugan, Printz (1)
Assists: Bryson (2)
Points: Bryson (2)
Shots: Conway (5)

Providence – 0/7
UMass – 1/4

Providence – 31
UMass – 13

The Friars are back in action next weekend for a home-and-home series with Merrimack beginning Friday night in North Andover.

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