PC Hockey Friars Skate to 4-4 Tie with UMass

Providence
College Men's Hockey And UMass Skate To 4-4 Overtime Tie

Four different Friars
score.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. —
The Providence
College men's hockey team and the University of Massachusetts skated to a 4-4
overtime tie Thursday night in a Hockey East game played at Schneider
Arena.  In a back-and-forth contest, the Friars scored with 1:39
left in the third period to take a 4-3 lead, but the Minutemen forced overtime
as they scored with 37 seconds remaining.

 

The
Friars (8-8-2, 6-4-1 HE) took a 1-0 lead at 12:05 of the first period as they
scored while short handed.  Senior Daniel New (White Plains, N.Y.)
wrapped the puck around the boards to freshman Ross Mauermann (Janesville, N.Y.)
who played it ahead to senior Andy Balysky (Randolph, N.J.). 
Balysky had a two-on-one rush and fired a wrist shot past UMass goalie
Kevin Boyle.  It marked Balysky's fourth goal of the season and the
second short-handed score.

The
Minutemen (6-8-5, 2-6-4 HE) evened the score at 17:21 when Conor Sheary netted
his eighth goal of the season.  Brandon Gracel set up Sheary who
tapped the puck into the net from in close.  UMass grabbed a 2-1
lead at 7:52 of the second period when Michael Marcou scored from the
point.

 

The
third period featured five goals.  The Friars evened the score at
2-2 just 2:38 into the period when senior defenseman Steven Shamanski (Carberry,
Man.) scored on a slap shot from inside the blue line as freshman Shane Luke
(Dauphin, Man.) collected his first career assist in his first career
game.  Patrick Kiley helped the Minutemen regain the lead (3-2) at
6:19 as he tallied his first career goal.  Just 1:43 later,
Providence junior Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) tapped the puck into the net
for his 10th goal of the season to make the score 3-3.

 

With
1:39 remaining freshman Stefan Demopoulos (La Mesa, Calif.) scored on a wrist
shot from the right circle as the Friars led 4-3.  The Minutemen
then pulled Boyle for an extra skater and the Friars nearly scored an empty-net
goal.  However, UMass' Danny Hobbs pounced on a loose puck in front
to tie the game at 4-4 with 37 seconds remaining.  In the overtime
period, the Friars had a power play for the last 1:24 but could not
convert.

The
Friars finished with a 33-32 advantage in shots as Boyle stopped 29 of
them.  Providence senior Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) totaled 28
saves.

 

The
Friars are back in action at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11 when they host
the University of New Hampshire at Schneider Arena.