Friars Battle To 1-1 OT Tie Against Merrimack At Frozen Fenway

BOSTON, Mass. – The No. 4/5 ranked Providence College men's
hockey team skated to 1-1 overtime tie against Merrimack in
non-conference game at Fenway Park on Saturday, Jan. 4 as part of Citi
Frozen Fenway 2014.

After two scoreless periods both teams tallied a goal in the third
period. Merrimack (4-9-3, 1-5-2 HEA) struck first when Mike Collin
connected at 7:23. Providence College senior captain Steven Shamanski(Carberry, Manitoba) tied the game at 9:49 on a highlight reel goal.

Freshman goaltender Nick Ellis(Millersville, Md.) finished with a career-high 30 saves, while Rasmus Tirronen made 32 stops for Merrimack.

With tonight's non-conference tie, the Friars (13-3-4, 6-2-1 HEA) are
unbeaten on the season against Merrimack (2-0-1). Providence improved
to 7-1-3 in non-conference games this season.

The action picked up in the second period as the teams continued to
battled back-and-fourth. At the 18:46 a tripping penalty was called on Kevin Hartto
give Merrimack's Connor Toomey a penalty shot. Toomey missed the shot
wide as Ellis came out to cut down the angle at the top of his crease.

In the third period Merrimack had a four-on-three advantage at the
6:28 mark when Collins scored a power play goal to give Merrimack a 1-0
lead. The goal was assisted by Brendan Ellis and Vinny Scotti.

Providence retaliated 2:25 later as Shamanski scored his fourth goal
of the season, when he deked past Merrimack goaltender Rasmus Tirronen
from behind the end line. Sophomore John Gilmour (Montreal, Quebec) and red-shirt sophomore Trevor Mingoia(Fairport, N.Y.) assisted on the play.

Providence went on the power play with 2:35 remaining in the third
but went scoreless in the stanza. Merrimack had another four-on-three
advantage with 18.2 seconds left in regulation and came up blank to send
the game into overtime.

Merrimack opened the overtime still on a power play. Both teams
returned to full strength with no score change. Providence recorded all
three shots that were taken in the extra period.

The Friars were one-for-five on the power play and the Warriors were one-for-four.

Providence's next game will be a home match-up at Schneider Arena
against Hockey East opponent No. 17 Northeastern on Tuesday, Jan. 7.
Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. The Friars battled to a 3-3 tie in their
last meeting against the Huskies on Dec. 6.

Notes
Playing in
the third installment of Frozen Fenway, the Friars and Warriors each
made their first appearances in the event … Providence debuted
throwback uniforms in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1963-64 Friar
squad that won the ECAC Championship and advanced to the Frozen Four,
marking the first Providence team to win a conference title and advance
to the NCAA Tournament … That 1963-64 team also featured the program's
first All-American, defenseman Larry Kish '64 …  Puck drop took place
with a temperature of 25 degrees and a wind-chill of 12 degrees …
Merrimack's Connor Toomey earned the first penalty shot against the
Friars since Oct. 15, 2010 when Minnesota-Duluth's Travis Olesuk scored
on a penalty shot … Steven Shamanski has a three-game point streak (2-2-4) … Nick Ellis stopped a career-high 30 shots.