Jan. 4, 2014
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BOSTON, Mass. - The No. 4/5 ranked Providence College men's hockey team skated to 1-1 overtime tie against Merrimack in non-conference game at Fenway Park on Saturday, Jan. 4 as part of Citi Frozen Fenway 2014.
After two scoreless periods both teams tallied a goal in the third period. Merrimack (4-9-3, 1-5-2 HEA) struck first when Mike Collin connected at 7:23. Providence College senior captain Steven Shamanski(Carberry, Manitoba) tied the game at 9:49 on a highlight reel goal.
Freshman goaltender Nick Ellis(Millersville, Md.) finished with a career-high 30 saves, while Rasmus Tirronen made 32 stops for Merrimack.
With tonight's non-conference tie, the Friars (13-3-4, 6-2-1 HEA) are unbeaten on the season against Merrimack (2-0-1). Providence improved to 7-1-3 in non-conference games this season.
The action picked up in the second period as the teams continued to battled back-and-fourth. At the 18:46 a tripping penalty was called on Kevin Hartto give Merrimack's Connor Toomey a penalty shot. Toomey missed the shot wide as Ellis came out to cut down the angle at the top of his crease.
In the third period Merrimack had a four-on-three advantage at the 6:28 mark when Collins scored a power play goal to give Merrimack a 1-0 lead. The goal was assisted by Brendan Ellis and Vinny Scotti.
Providence retaliated 2:25 later as Shamanski scored his fourth goal of the season, when he deked past Merrimack goaltender Rasmus Tirronen from behind the end line. Sophomore John Gilmour (Montreal, Quebec) and red-shirt sophomore Trevor Mingoia(Fairport, N.Y.) assisted on the play.
Providence went on the power play with 2:35 remaining in the third but went scoreless in the stanza. Merrimack had another four-on-three advantage with 18.2 seconds left in regulation and came up blank to send the game into overtime.
Merrimack opened the overtime still on a power play. Both teams returned to full strength with no score change. Providence recorded all three shots that were taken in the extra period.
The Friars were one-for-five on the power play and the Warriors were one-for-four.
Providence's next game will be a home match-up at Schneider Arena against Hockey East opponent No. 17 Northeastern on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. The Friars battled to a 3-3 tie in their last meeting against the Huskies on Dec. 6.
Playing in the third installment of Frozen Fenway, the Friars and Warriors each made their first appearances in the event ... Providence debuted throwback uniforms in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1963-64 Friar squad that won the ECAC Championship and advanced to the Frozen Four, marking the first Providence team to win a conference title and advance to the NCAA Tournament ... That 1963-64 team also featured the program's first All-American, defenseman Larry Kish '64 ... Puck drop took place with a temperature of 25 degrees and a wind-chill of 12 degrees ... Merrimack's Connor Toomey earned the first penalty shot against the Friars since Oct. 15, 2010 when Minnesota-Duluth's Travis Olesuk scored on a penalty shot ... Steven Shamanski has a three-game point streak (2-2-4) ... Nick Ellis stopped a career-high 30 shots.