PC hockey blanks New Hampshire 1-0

DURHAM, N.H. – Nick Ellis stopped all 29 shots he faced and Trevor Mingoia scored at 8:00 of the third period to lift the No. 19 Providence College men’s hockey team to a 1-0 win over New Hampshire on Saturday evening at the Whittemore Center (6,005).

It marked the first career shutout for Ellis (Millerville, Md.) as the Friars improved to 5-5-1 (4-3-0 HEA) on the season. In the New Hampshire (4-7-0, 1-4-0 HEA) net, freshman Adam Clark finished with 22 saves. The Friar penalty kill also helped key the win by killing off all four New Hampshire power plays.

The Friars and Wildcats traded a few chances in the first period, with both goaltenders shutting out the opposition. Ellis made one of his best saves of the period on a Collin MacDonald shot from the slot at 10:30. At the other end, Mingoia (Fairport, N.Y.) had one of Providence’s best chances of the period when he cut in from the goal line to test Clark down low while the Friars were on the power play, but the freshman made the save with Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) looking for a rebound.

It was much of the same in the second period as neither team could solve Ellis or Clark. Ellis made a great right pad save on Gaudreault from the top of the crease at 9:44 of the second, while Providence’s best scoring chance of the frame came when Brian Pinho (North Andover, Mass.) and Mauermann worked a give-and-go from the top of the blue line through the slot, but Mauermann’s shot was deflected just outside the post by Clark’s right pad.

Ellis then made back-to-back saves on New Hampshire chances to start the third period, but he successfully denied Dan Correale and Casey Thrush.

The Friars broke the scoreless deadlock at 8:00 of the third. Tom Parisi (Commack, N.Y.) kept the puck in at the offensive blue line and fired it down low, where Shane Luke (Dauphin, Manitoba) made a quick pass to Mingoia in the slot for a one timer that he put past Clark for his fourth goal of the season.

With one minute remaining, the Wildcats pulled Clark in favor of the extra attacker but the Friar defense limited any chance for a tying goal.

Providence finished 0-for-2 on the power play, while New Hampshire was 0-for-4.

The Friars have a quick turnaround as they play host to Army at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25. It will mark the Black Knights’ first trip to Schneider Arena since a 6-2 Providence win on Feb. 12, 1999.

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