Jan. 29, 2012
The Providence College men's hockey team was defeated by No. 5 Merrimack, 4-2, Sunday afternoon in a Hockey East game played at Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass. The Warriors scored two power-play goals, including the deciding goal early in the third period en route to the win.
Merrimack (14-5-5, 10-4-3) took a 1-0 lead at 2:45of the first period when Rhett Bly capitalized on a rebound in front. Providence College (10-12-2, 8-8-1) evened the score with a power-play goal at 9:29. Freshman Stefan Demopoulos (La Mesa, Calif.) pounced on a loose puck in front of the net to notch his fifth goal of the season and his first on the man advantage. Sophomores Kevin Hart (Cumberland, Maine) and Derek Army (North Kingstown, R.I.) assisted on the goal. However, the Warriors regained the lead (2-1) with 55 seconds remaining in the period as Karl Stollery scored on a four-on-three power play, a five-minute man advantage that overlapped into the second period.
The Warriors scored a second goal on the five-minute major as Josh Myers notched his second goal of the season at 3:01 of the second period to increase the lead to 3-1. The Friars pulled to within, 3-2, at 5:04 with their second power-play goal of the afternoon. Hart slid a pass to junior Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.), who fired a blistering slap shot past Merrimack Joe Cannata. It marked Harvey's fifth goal of the season. Freshman Ross Mauermann(Janesville, Wis.) assisted on the goal.
Merrimack held off the Friars in the third period and Jesse Todd scored an empty-net goal to seal the win. The Friars outshot the Warriors, 39-23. Cannata made 37 saves, while PC senior Alex Beaudry(Cumberland, Ont.) stopped 19 shots.
The Friars are back in action at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 3 when they play New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.