PC Hockey Friars Upset UMass-Lowell, Tie Riverhawks for First
PC news release…
LOWELL, Mass. — Freshman goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) turned aside all 31 shots he faced and a goal in each period by the Friar offense led the men's hockey team to a 3-0 win at seventh-ranked UMass Lowell's Tsongas Center on Friday night.
Sophomore Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.), junior Kevin Hart (Cumberland, Maine) and freshman Tom Parisi (Commack, N.Y.) scored for the Friars (15-11-7, 13-7-6 HEA), who snapped UMass Lowell's nation-long, seven-game winning streak. River Hawks' (21-10-2, 15-9-2 HEA) freshman goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 23 stops in the loss.
With the win, Providence moved into a tie for first place in the Hockey East standings with the River Hawks.
The Friars got on the board at 12:50 of the first period. Following two Gillies saves at his near post on UML's Ryan McGrath, Providence broke out of the zone and freshman Nick Saracino (St. Louis, Mo.) hit a streaking Paul de Jersey (West Vancouver, B.C.), who fired a shot from the near side that Hellebuyck was able to stop. The rebound bounced out in front and Mauermann buried the rebound at the far post for his 12th of the season at 12:50.
Providence went up 2-0 at 6:16 of the second when freshman Mark Jankowski (Dundas, Ontario) took a feed from freshman Parisi and let a wrist shot fly from the high slot. The rebound from Hellebuyck's save popped in the air to his left and Friar Hart was driving hard to the net and knocked in his third of the year.
Later in the second, after back-to-back penalty calls against the Friars, the River Hawks had 1:58 of a five-on-three power play but a save from Gillies followed by several blocked shots from seniors Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.) and Kyle Murphy (Fairhaven, N.J.) saw the Friars kill off the chance.
Then while on the power play in the middle of the third, Parisi gave the Friars a 3-0 lead at 5:49 when he drifted in from the point and let a slap shot fly from the bottom of the slot that followed a Stefan Demopoulos (La Mesa, Calif.) shot on goal. Senior Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) also assisted on the goal.
The Friar power-play was 1-for-5 on the night, while Providence's penalty kill held the River Hawks to a 0-for-5 mark with the man advantage.
The Friars and River Hawks close out the regular-season, tomorrow (March 9) with a 7:00 p.m. game at Schneider Arena. A win by either team would clinch the regular season Hockey East title, while a tie would result in at least co-champions, while the possibility for up to a four-way tie would also exist.
Prior to the game, there will be a “Senior Night” ceremony to honor Providence's six graduating seniors.
The Friars snapped UMass Lowell's nation-best, seven game winning streak and handed freshman goalie Connor Hellebuyck his first loss in 14 starts … Defenseman Tom Parisi registered his first multi-point game as a Friar with a goal and an assist … Nick Saracino has a three-game point streak (2-0-1) … Ross Mauermann has three goals and an assist in his last four games … Defenseman Kevin Hart became the fifth Friar to play his 100th career game this season … Senior defenseman Myles Harvey returned to the Friar lineup after missing the previous five games … The Friars are now 12-0-2 when leading after two periods this season and 13-2-4 when scoring first … Providence's 13 Hockey East wins are tied for the third most in program history (13-11-2 in in 1988-89 & 13-8-3 in 2000-01) … PC has posted back-to-back seasons with at least 10 Hockey East wins for the first time since 1999-2000 (10-13-1) and 2000-01 (13-8-3).