AMHERST, Mass. - In a back-and-forth game at the Mullins Center on Friday night, the men's ice hockey team posted a 5-4 Hockey East win over Massachusetts. Sophomore Stefan Demopoulos (La Mesa, Calif.) scored two goals, including the short-handed, game-winning goal in the third period.
Junior Derek Army (North Kingstown, R.I.) also scored two goals in the win and freshman goalie Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) made 26 saves, including 12 in the third period, to help Providence improve to 8-8-3 (6-4-2 HEA). Massachusetts (7-10-2, 4-7-1 HEA) was led by senior defenseman Darren Rowe, who had a goal and two assists. Kevin Boyle made 25 saves in the Minuteman goal.
The Friars took a 1-0 lead on the first period while on the power play. Freshman Mark Jankowski (Dundas, Ontario) took the puck along the near boards and passed down low to senior Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.). Schaller drove the net and forced Boyle to make a save, only to see Derek Army slam home his seventh of the year. Moments later, UMass' Patrick Kiley fired a shot on Gillies that he initially save but the rebound popped up and ended up deflecting in behind the freshman goalie. Army made sure the Friars headed to the locker room with a 2-1 lead, scoring his second of the night when he took a pass from Kyle Murphy (Fairhaven, N.J.), curled around the top of the far circle and fired a wrist shot low past Boyle for his eighth of the year. Freshman Brandon Tanev (Toronto, Ontario).
Early in the second, Conor Sheary tied the game at 2-2 when his shot from the point found the back of the net while the Minutemen had the man advantage. Scored at 4:14 of the second, the goal was assisted by Darren Rowe and Shane Walsh. But the Friars found an answer of their own when freshman Nick Saracino (St. Louis, Mo.) started a break through the neutral zone and passed to sophomore Shane Luke (Dauphin, Manitoba) on the near boards, who gained the blue line and found a streaking Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) in the slot. Mauermann then beat Boyle for his sixth of the year at 6:28. The Friars went up 4-2 to when Demopoulos finished a rebound in front after senior Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.) went one-on-one with Boyle, who was able to make the initial save on the play. The Minutemen made it a one goal game at 16:15 when Rowe scored his fifth of the year from just outside the crease. Kevin Csepiel and Shane Walsh assisted on the play. Massachusetts tied the game, 4-4, at 17:24 when Conor Allen scored his fifth of the year, with Branden Gracel and Sheary assisting on the play.
While killing a penalty in the third, Providence took the lead for good, 5-4, at 8:16 when Demopoulos scored his second of the game. Skating down the ice on a two-on-one with Mauermann, Demopoulos made a move in front to get Boyle to go down and finished with a backhander.
The Friars and Minutemen close out the season series at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow night (Saturday, Jan. 12) at Schneider Arena, with each team coming in at 1-1-0 versus the other this season.
Notes With two goals each, Derek Army (three goals vs. Northeastern on Nov. 16) and Stefan Demopoulos (two goals vs. Sacred Heart on Oct. 12) each turned in their second multi-goal games of the season ... Dating back to his hat trick against Northeastern, Army has 11 points (7-4-11) in 10 games played ... The Friars are now 6-0-1 when leading after one period, 7-1-1 when scoring first and 4-0-0 when scoring five or more goals ... Ross Mauermann has four points in his last four games (1-3-4) ... Nick Saracino's assist was the first of his Friar career ... After missing the last three games while playing with the gold-medal winning United States World Junior team, freshman Jon Gillies made his return to the Friar net and made his 16th start of the season ... Freshman Mark Jankowski also returned to the lineup after being sidelined with an injury for the past four games ... Jankowski had an assist and Gillies made 26 saves in their returns ... Senior Chris Rooney made his first appearance in four games as well.