PC Hockey Friars Grounded by Air Force in Ledyard Classic

PC hockey news release…

HANOVER, N.H. — The No. 4/5 Providence College men's hockey
team dropped a 3-2 decision to Air Force in the title game of the 2013
Ledyard National Bank Classic at Dartmouth's Thompson Arena on Monday

The Falcons (9-5-4, 4-2-3 AHA) took a 2-0 lead through two periods of
play and held on as the Friars (13-3-3, 6-2-1 HEA) tried to mount a
third period comeback that included an even strength goal by Steven
Shamanski (Carberry, Manitoba) and an extra attacker tally by Noel
Acciari (Johnston, R.I.).

In net, freshman Nick Ellis (Millersville, Md.) made a career-high 27
saves for Providence, while Air Force goaltender Jason Torf finished
with 29 saves, including 17 in the third period.  

The Falcons took a 1-0 lead when Chad Demers scored a power-play goal
at 17:25 of the first period. While tangled with a Friar defenseman
down low, Demers got his stick on a Cole Gunner shot from the point and
the puck deflected past Ellis. Scott Holm was also credited with an
assist. Ellis finished the first with 10 saves for the Friars.

In the second period, Air Force killed off back-to-back power play
chances for the Friars and then extended its lead to 2-0 at 12:41 when
senior Mitch Torrel picked up the puck in the neutral zone and let a
wrist shot go from the bottom of the circles for his fifth goal of the

In the third period Shamanski broke up a play in the neutral zone and
Kyle McKenzie (Aston, Pa.) picked up the loose puck and passed it back
to Shamanski, who let a wrist shot fly from the blue line that beat a
screened Tolf. Scored at 4:57, it was Shamanski's fourth goal of the

The Friars continued to control the play in the offensive zone for
long stretches, but the Falcons restored a two-goal lead when Tony
Thomas' snapshot from the top of the circles found the back of the net
at 12:21. A.J. Reid and George Michalke picked up assists on the play.

The Friars continued the offensive pressure and with the extra
attacker on cut the lead to 3-2 when Noel Acciari buried a wrist shot
from the slot with 30 seconds left. Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.)
and Shamanski assisted on the goal.

Providence had two more quality looks at the net but Tolf made a save
and Kevin Hart's blast from the point was blocked by a diving Jason
Fabian as time expired.

The Friars finished the night 0-for-5 on the power play, while Air
Force was 1-for-4 with the man advantage. Following the game, seniors
Derek Army (Kingstown, R.I.) and Shamanski were named to the
All-Tournament Team.

The Friars return to the ice at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4 when
they play Merrimack in a nonconference game at Fenway Park. Taking part
in Frozen Fenway 2014, it will mark Providence's first outdoor game in
program history. The game will be televised live on the New England
Sports Network (NESN).

Nick Ellis made his third consecutive start in the Friar net and turned
in a career-high 27 saves … Nick Saracino's career-long point streak was
snapped at nine games (3-7-10) … Ross Mauermann extended his point
streak to seven games (3-6-9) … Mauermann's assist was his 14th of the
season, one shy of his career-high mark of 15 set as a freshman … The
Friars saw their season-long unbeaten streak end at six games (4-0-2) …
With a goal and an assist, Steven Shamanski had his second multi-point
game of the season … Noel Acciari set a career high with his seventh
goal of the year.