PC Hockey Completes Weekend Sweep Of UMass

Providence College Press Release

AMHERST, Mass. – Behind Noel Acciari and Mark Jankowski
goals, the Providence College men's hockey team turned in a 2-1 road
win over the University of Massachusetts (8-21-4, 4-13-3 HEA) on
Saturday night at the Mullins Center (4,217) to complete a weekend
Hockey East sweep of the Minutemen.

Sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies
(South Portland, Maine) turned aside 25 of the 26 shots he faced as
Providence (17-9-6, 9-7-2 HEA) moved into a tie for fifth-place in the
Hockey East standings with New Hampshire.

The Friars took a 1-0 lead at 5:59 of the first when Brandon Tanev
(Toronto, Ontario) forced a turnover on the half boards to Mastalerz's
right and fired a pass to the top of the near circle where Acciari
(Johnston, R.I.) buried his 10th of the year through a screen set by Derek Army
(North Kingstown, R.I.). With an assist, Tanev had four points in the
weekend series, including a goal and three assists, and Acciari netted
goals in both games versus the Minutemen.

After a long shift of offensive pressure, the Friars took a 2-0 lead
at 5:06 of the second period when Jankowski (Dundas, Ontario) finished
into an empty net from just outside the goal crease after Stefan Demopoulos (La Mesa, Calif.) made a nice cross-crease pass. Sophomore Tom Parisi (Commack, N.Y.) also assisted on the play.

UMass cut the lead to 2-1 at 9:01 of the third as Colin Shea's high
shot through a screen in front from 10-feet inside the blue line found
the back of the net. Shea walked in from the blue line after taking a
pass from Evan Stack. Patrick Kiley also assisted on the play.

In the UMass net, Steve Masteralz finished with 23 saves. Both teams finished 0-for-2 on the power play.

With 17 wins, Providence – which finished 2012-13 with a 17-14-7
record – has turned in back-to-back seasons of at least 17 wins for the
first time since the 1999-00 (18-18-2) and 2000-01 (22-13-5) seasons.

The Friars close out their regular-season slate with a pair of games
at Maine next weekend on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1. Both
games at slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. at Alfond Arena.