Feb. 1, 2013
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ORONO, Maine -- The Providence College men’s hockey team took a 2-0 lead at Alfond Arena on Friday night, but two third period goals by Joey Diamond ultimately sent the Friars home with a 2-2 tie.
Mark Jankowski (Dundas, Ontario) and Derek Army (North Kingstown, R.I.) scored for Providence (10-10-5, 8-6-4 HEA) and freshman goalie Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) made 28 saves, including five in overtime, to lead the Friars to the tie. Maine (7-14-5, 3-9-5 HEA) goaltender Martin Ouellette finished with 31 saves. With a 2-0-1 mark, Providence won the season series against Maine for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
The Friars took a 1-0 lead at 11:07 of the first when Jankowski scored his fifth of the year by knocking home a loose puck in front of Ouellette after freshman Nick Saracino (St. Louis, Mo.) created a turnover at the Maine blue line and drove hard to the net before collecting his fourth assist of the year on the play.
Providence outshot Maine 8-6 in the second, but neither team could find the back of the net. Midway through the period, Mark Anthoine had Maine’s best chance with a wrist shot from the low slot, but Gillies stopped the drive with the toe of his right pad.
Providence took a 2-0 lead at 6:55 of the third period when senior Kyle Murphy (Fairhaven, N.J.) won a faceoff back to Army, who then beat Ouellette.
Maine cut the Friar lead to 2-1 at 12:37 of the third when Diamond caused a turnover and then beat Gillies after walking in alone while on the penalty kill. Then, as a four-on-three power play turned into a five-on-four chance for the Black Bears, Diamond tied it at 2-2 with his second of the night. Devin Shore and Andrew Cerretani assisted on the power-play goal at 17:00.
In overtime, Maine outshot the Friars 5-3 but it was Friar red shirt freshman Noel Acciari (Johnston, R.I.) who had the best chance to end it. With time expiring, freshman Brandon Tanev (Toronto, Ontario) sent Acciari in alone on Ouelette, but the Black Bear netminder got just enough of his stick on the wrist shot to send it just over the net.
The Friars are back in action next weekend with a home-and-home series versus New Hampshire. Play begins on Friday, Feb. 8 at Schneider Arena and concludes at UNH’s Whittemore Center on Sunday, Feb. 10 in a game that will be televised live on CBS Sports Network. Friday’s game will begin at 7:00 p.m., while puck drop on Sunday is slated for 4:00 p.m.
Senior defenseman Alex Velischek became the third Friar this season to reach the 100-games played plateau, joining Myles Harvey (Nov. 9) and Tim Schaller (Nov. 3) … 140 Friars have now played at least 100 career games, including Alex’s father Randy Velischek, who played in 138 games … Alex and Randy become the first father-son combo to each play 100 games at PC … The Friars took the season series with Maine (2-0-1) for the first time since the 2007-08 season … Since Hockey East formed, the 2012-13 campaign marks just the second time Providence has finished a regular season undefeated versus Maine (also went 2-0-1 in 2002-03) … The Friars have played eight overtime games this season (1-2-5) … Providence is now 8-0-1 when leading after two periods and 7-1-2 when leading after the first … The tie snapped a five-game losing streak at Alfond Arena for the Friars … Providence is now 4-0-0 when Mark Jankowski scores a goal … Dating back to the October series with Maine (Oct. 26-27), Jon Gillies had a streak of 123:59 of shutout play versus the Black Bears snapped with Diamond’s first goal of the game.