Feb. 23, 2013
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BOSTON, Mass. - A third period, shorthanded tally by junior Steven Shamanski (Carberry, Manitoba) proved to be the game-winning goal as the Providence College men’s hockey team edged Northeastern, 3-2, on Saturday night at Matthews Arena on Friday night.
The Friars (13-10-7, 11-6-6 HEA), who led by a goal for the majority of the narrowly contested game, used scores by Shamanski and sophomores Drew Brown (Grass Lake, Mich.) and Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) to move into a tie for first in the Hockey East standings with the win. Freshman goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) made 32 saves as the Friars moved to 3-0-4 in their last seven games. Chris Rawlings made 36 saves for Northeastern (9-18-3, 5-15-3).
The Friars took a 1-0 lead at 7:55 of the first period on Brown’s fourth goal of the year. Freshman Kevin Rooney (Canton, Mass.) intercepted a Northeastern clear at the blue line, skated through the slot and dished the puck off to Brown, who fired the puck past Rawlings. The Friars kept up the offensive pressure and forced Rawlings to make 13 saves in the period.
Northeastern tied the game at 4:14 of the second period just as the Friars’ first power play of the night expired. Skating on an odd-man rush, senior Vinny Saponari’s slap shot from the top of the circles beat Gillies for his sixth goal of the year. Cody Ferriero and Ryan Belonger assisted on the play. Just over two minutes later, at 6:27, the Friars regained the lead when Mauermann picked up a Northeastern clearing pass at center ice, skated along the far side boards and beat Rawlings five hole with a wrist shot from a tight angle for his 10th goal of the season.
The Friars took a 3-1 lead at 9:10 of the third when Shamanski netted a breakaway tally for his second goal in as many nights. Two Northeastern players collided at the Friar blue line while on the power play, leaving Shamanski to pick up the puck and skate in on a breakaway. Shamanski deked and beat Rawlings five hole for the unassisted, shorthanded tally which proved to be his first career game-winning goal. Twenty seconds later the Huskies converted on the power-play chance as Josh Manson netted his third of the year at 9:30, with assists going to Dustin Darou and Mike Gunn. But it was as close as the Huskies would get.
Providence finished 0-for-2 on the power play, while Northeastern went 1-for-4 with the man advantage. With the win, the Friars completed a 3-0-0 season sweep of Northeastern for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
Next weekend the Friars play a home-and-home series with fourth-ranked Boston College. At 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, Providence hosts the Eagles (Cox Sports on OSN) and then at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, the Friars play at Conte Forum (NESN).
The Friars are now unbeaten in seven consecutive Hockey East games (3-0-4) for the first time since the team went 6-0-2 in Feb. 1-28, 2003 (when they went 6-0-2 to close out the regular season) ... With the win, Providence swept the regular-season series (3-0-0) against Northeastern for the first time since 2000-01 ... Providence is now 10-0-2 when leading after two periods this season (led 2-1 tonight) and 24-0-2 when leading after two periods under head coach Nate Leaman … PC is now 12-2-4 when scoring first this season ...Steven Shamanski has two goals in the Friars’ last two games (after not scoring in their first 28 games of the year).