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.
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.