Feb. 22, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. -
Behind Noel Acciari and Mark Jankowski goals, the Providence College men’s hockey team turned in a 2-1 road win over the University of Massachusetts (8-21-4, 4-13-3 HEA) on Saturday night at the Mullins Center (4,217) to complete a weekend Hockey East sweep of the Minutemen.
Sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) turned aside 25 of the 26 shots he faced as Providence (17-9-6, 9-7-2 HEA) moved into a tie for fifth-place in the Hockey East standings with New Hampshire.
The Friars took a 1-0 lead at 5:59 of the first when Brandon Tanev (Toronto, Ontario) forced a turnover on the half boards to Mastalerz’s right and fired a pass to the top of the near circle where Acciari (Johnston, R.I.) buried his 10th of the year through a screen set by Derek Army (North Kingstown, R.I.). With an assist, Tanev had four points in the weekend series, including a goal and three assists, and Acciari netted goals in both games versus the Minutemen.
After a long shift of offensive pressure, the Friars took a 2-0 lead at 5:06 of the second period when Jankowski (Dundas, Ontario) finished into an empty net from just outside the goal crease after Stefan Demopoulos (La Mesa, Calif.) made a nice cross-crease pass. Sophomore Tom Parisi (Commack, N.Y.) also assisted on the play.
UMass cut the lead to 2-1 at 9:01 of the third as Colin Shea’s high shot through a screen in front from 10-feet inside the blue line found the back of the net. Shea walked in from the blue line after taking a pass from Evan Stack. Patrick Kiley also assisted on the play.
In the UMass net, Steve Masteralz finished with 23 saves. Both teams finished 0-for-2 on the power play.
With 17 wins, Providence – which finished 2012-13 with a 17-14-7 record – has turned in back-to-back seasons of at least 17 wins for the first time since the 1999-00 (18-18-2) and 2000-01 (22-13-5) seasons.
The Friars close out their regular-season slate with a pair of games at Maine next weekend on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1. Both games at slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. at Alfond Arena.
Mark Jankowski scored his second game-winning goal in as many nights and the fourth of his career … With a goal, Noel Acciari became Providence’s third player to reach the 10-goal plateau this season, joining Ross Mauermann (18) and Jankowski (10) … Brandon Tanev has five points in his last three games (1-4-5) … It was Providence’s fourth win in a row against the Minutemen, its first such streak since 1994.