Feb. 11, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The Providence College men's hockey team (12-14-2, 10-10-1) used five different goal scorers en route to a 5-4 win over UMass (10-13-5, 6-11-4) Saturday night in a Hockey East game played at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. The Friars jumped out to a 4-1 lead and held on to earn their second win of the weekend.
The Friars scored in the first 4:39 to take a 2-0 lead. Senior David Brown (Centennial, Colo.) connected on his third goal of the season at 3:02 after taking a feed from freshman Matt Montesano (Bridgewater, Mass.) who stole an errant pass behind the UMass net. Just 1:37 later, junior Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season after pouncing on a rebound from in close. The Minutemen cut the lead to 2-1 at 17:47 when Michael Pereira collected his own rebound and skated around the Friar net before slipping the puck into the net.
In the second period, the Friars scored two goals within a span of 23 seconds to increase their lead to 4-1. Senior Daniel New (White Plains, N.Y.) scored on the power play at 13:05 as he ripped a one-timer from the point for his second goal of the season. Freshman Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) and Schaller assisted on the goal. At 13:28, red-shirt freshman Damian Cross (Nepean, Ont.) tapped the puck into the net from in close after sophomore Derek Army (North Kingstown, R.I.) tried a wrap-around shot which was turned aside. Senior Andy Balysky (Randolph, N.J.) also assisted on Cross' third goal of the season.
Pereira scored twice early in the third period and completed his hat trick as he pulled the Minutemen to within, 4-3. Pereira's goals came 1:26 apart. Freshman Shane Luke (Dauphin, Man.) then scored on the power play as the Friars gained a two-goal advantage (5-3) at 9:11. It marked Luke's fourth goal of the season. The Minutemen battled back again and made it 5-4 at 14:09 when Patrick Kiley scored his fourth goal of the season.
In goal, senior Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) stopped 32 shots, including 15 in the third period. Kevin Boyle and Steve Mastalerz combined to make 24 saves.
The Friars are back in action at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17 when they play at Northeastern
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