PC Hockey Falls To Lowell 4-1

PC Release

 

In the final game of the regular season, the No. 18 Friars fell to
No. 7 UMass Lowell, 4-1, as the two teams faced off with the Hockey East
Regular-Season Title on the line Saturday night at Schneider Arena.

Tim Schaller
scored early in the third period to tie the game at 1-1, but Josh
Holmstrom put UML back on top six minutes later and Connor Hellebuyck
made 32 saves to lead the River Hawks to an eventual 4-1 win.

With the victory, UMass Lowell (22-10-2, 16-9-2 HEA) took the 2013
regular season Hockey East title, while the Friars (15-12-7, 13-8-6 HEA)
finished in a three-way tie for third – their best showing since tying
for second in 2001.

Friar Freshman Jon Gillies
(South Portland, Maine) stopped 22 of the 25 shots he faced, including a
great toe save on Michael Fallon in the second period to keep the game
at 1-0.

Riley Wetmore provided the River Hawks with the lead at 3:08 of the
first period after capitalizing on a power play opportunity. Scott
Wilson carried the puck through the Friars zone before circling around
the PC goal and dropping the puck to Wetmore, who was positioned right
in front of Gillies and scored his 15th of the year.

Heading into the third period, the score remained 1-0. However, it
did not take the Friars much time to even the score thanks to a goal by
Schaller. Only 19 seconds after the period began, Schaller took control
of a Stefan Demopoulos
(La Mesa, Calif) chip and while striding into the UML zone and got off a
shot on Hellebuyck. After Hellebuyck made the initial save, Schaller
drove to the net and stuffed in his own rebound for his seventh goal of
the season.

At 6:41 of the third period, UMass-Lowell broke the tie when
Holmstrom scored the eventual game winner. Joseph Pendenza fired a point
shot that Holmstrom deflected while the puck made its way through
traffic, beating Gillies.

Scott Wilson then registered the River Hawks second power-play goal
of the game at 10:29 of the third when he found a way to stuff the puck
past Gillies after a large scrum developed in front of the Providence
goal.

In the final few minutes of regulation, the Friars had some great
chances in the UML zone while skating on a 6-on-4 advantage, but a
shorthanded empty net goal at 19:47 by Christian Folin capped off the
win for the River Hawks.

The Friar power-play was 0-for-10 on the night, while the River Hawks were 2-for-6 on the power play.

The Friars finished tied for third in the Hockey East standings with
New Hampshire and Boston University. By virtue of Hockey East
tie-breaking procedures, the Friars will be the fourth seed and play
host to the fourth-ranked Wildcats in the best-of three series beginning
on Friday, March 15. It will be the first time since 2003 that
Providence will play host to a home Quarterfinal Hockey East series.

Notes
The Friars
will host a home playoff series for the first time since 2003, as they
ended the regular season tied for third and with the fourth seed for the
playoffs based on tie-breakers  … Tim Schaller now has a two-game point streak (1-1-2) … Stefan Demopoulos
also has a two-game point streak with two assists … Providence's 13
wins against Hockey East opponents are the team's most since winning 14
in 2005-06 … the Friars went 2-0-1 against New Hampshire this season.