Friars sweep UMass-Lowell with win at home

Provided by Providence College

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Trailing by a goal after one period of play, the No. 18 Providence College men’s hockey team scored four goals in the second period on their way to a 4-1 win over fifth-ranked UMass Lowell on Saturday night at Schneider Arena.

Providence (16-8-1, 8-5-0 HEA), which swept the River Hawks (15-7-3, 8-4-2) for the first time since 2005, had four different goal scorers, including power-play tallies by Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) and Anthony Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.). The Friars totaled five power-play goals in the weekend sweep, while their penalty kill was 11-for-11 on the weekend.

Junior Noel Acciari (Johnston, R.I.) finished with a goal and an assist, while freshman Jake Walman (Toronto, Ontario) capped off the Friars scoring with his first career goal. Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced to post his 50th career win in a Friar uniform.

UMass Lowell’s first period goal came at 7:49 when forward Adam Chapie followed up on a blue line shot from Tyler Mueller and knocked the loose puck past Gillies for a 1-0 lead.

Mauermann opened the scoring for the Friars with a power play goal at the 10:00 mark of the second period. Walman was playing the point when he setup Mauermann with a perfect pass for a one-timer. Mauermann’s shot from the face-off circle beat River Hawks goaltender Jeff Smith on his glove side to even the score at 1-1. Acciari also assisted on the power-play goal.

Acciari responded less than a minute later to put the Friars ahead 2-1 with his eighth goal of the season. After a shift in the River Hawks’ zone with junior Brandon Tanev (Toronto, Ontario) and senior Shane Luke (Dauphin, Manitoba), Acciari was stationed at the side of Lowell’s net when he was able to tap a loose puck past Smith for the eventual game-winning goal at 10:57.

Sophomore Anthony Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.) added a second power-play goal for the Friars at the 13: 45 of the second period. Florentino’s second goal of the season came off of a blast from the blue line after passes by juniors Mark Jankowski (Dundas, Ontario) and Nick Saracino (St. Louis, Mo.).

Walman capped off the scoring with his first collegiate goal at 18:16. Jankowski and junior Trevor Mingoia (Fairport, N.Y.) started the rush up the ice, eventually dropping off a pass for Walman. Walman took the pass and fired a shot that beat Smith high for a 4-1 Friars’ advantage.

The Providence special teams had a strong showing as its penalty kill went 8-for-8 while and the power play netted two goals (2-for-9). Providence outshot the River Hawks 32-23 in the meeting.

Gillies earned his 50th career win, as he stopped 22 shots. Lowell goaltenders Smith (19) and Olli Kalkaja (9) combined for 28 saves in the game.

The Friars continue Hockey East play with the second half of the regular season series against No. 19 Boston College on Friday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Chestnut Hill, Mass. at Boston College’s Conte Forum. The Friars notched a 1-0 win in the first game of the series on Nov. 29 at Schneider Arena.

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