Jan. 25, 2014
LOWELL, Mass. -
Led by Joseph Pendenza’s two goals and an assist, the eighth-ranked UMass Lowell River Hawks defeated the seventh-ranked Providence College men’s hockey team 6-1 at the Tsongas Center on Saturday night.
Christian Folin also had two goals for the River Hawks, while Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) netted his 16th goal of the season for the Friars.
Doug Carr stopped 27 of the 28 shots he face for UMass Lowell (16-7-2, 6-4-1 HEA), while Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) and Nick Ellis (Millersville, Md.) combined to make 16 saves for Providence (15-6-6, 7-5-1 HEA).
UMass Lowell took a 1-0 lead at 5:24 of the first period when Pendenza took a Michael Kapla pass into the offensive zone, skated along the boards and then cut towards the goal below the circle, beating Gillies from just outside the crease for his 11th goal of the season. Greg Amlong also assisted on the play.
The River Hawks extended their lead to 2-0 when Folin let a wrist shot go from the top of the near circle that beat Gillies high through a screen at 17:13 of the first. Kapla earned his second assist of the night on the play, while Evan Campbell was also credited with an assist.
Just under a minute into the second period, A.J. White skated in on a breakaway but Gillies made the save to keep the score 2-0. But UMass Lowell was able to extend their lead to 3-0 at 12:44 when Campbell scored from the slot after Michael Fallon found him alone in front for a one-timer. Folin also assisted on the goal, which was Campbell’s second of the year.
The Friars opened the third period on a five-minute power play after Joe Houk was called for a spearing major at the 20:00 mark of the second period. While on that power play, Providence got on the board at 3:22 when Mauermann scored his 16th goal of the season on a low shot from the top of the faceoff circle with assists going to John Gilmour (Montreal, Quebec) and Josh Monk (Langley, British Columbia).
But with 16 seconds left in the five-minute power play, Lowell regained its three-goal lead on Pendenza’s second of the night as he notched an unassisted short-handed tally at 4:45.
The River Hawks took a 5-1 lead at 11:32 of the third when, just as a five-on-three power play turned into a five-on-four chance, Folin sent a one-timer from the point high past Gillies for his second goal of the game. The play was assisted by Adam Chapie and Pendenza.
After freshman Nick Ellis (Millersville, Md.) entered the Friar net and made two quick saves, Joe Gambardella made it 6-1 when he netted his third of the season at 16:36 to close out the scoring.
Providence finished 1-for-7 on the power play, while UMass Lowell was 1-for-4.
The Friars are back in action next weekend with one game against second-ranked Boston College. The game will begin at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 at Schneider Arena and it will be televised locally on CoxSports on OSN.
With an assist, John Gilmour now has a four-game point streak (2-2-4) … Also with an assist, Josh Monk has notched assists in back-to-back games for the first time this year … Ross Mauermann netted a goal for the second consecutive game, giving him 16 on the year … Mauermann (16-15-31) is the first Friar to register 31 points in a season since 2007-08 (Jon Rheault, 31).