March 3, 2012
LOWELL, Mass. -
The Providence College men's hockey team was defeated by eighth-ranked UMass Lowell, 4-2, Saturday night in the season finale at Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass. The Friars finished the regular season with a 12-18-4 overall record, including a 10-14-3 mark in Hockey East, which is good for seventh. UML finished second with a 22-10-1 overall and a 17-9-1 mark in the league.
Providence will return to UMass Lowell for a best-of-three Hockey East Quarterfinal series beginning on Thursday, March 8 at the Tsongas Center.
UMass Lowell took a 1-0 first period lead on a goal by Joseph Pendenza who re-directed Terrence Wallin's shot from in close at 9:45. Derek Arnold gave the River Hawks a 2-0 lead at 3:51 of the second period as he scored from in close. Providence cut the lead in half at 7:29 when senior Andy Balysky (Randolph, N.J.) pounced on a loose puck in from to score his career-high sixth goal of the season. Junior Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.) and senior David Brown (Centennial, Colo.) assisted on the goal.
Matt Ferreira helped the River Hawks regain their two-goal edge (3-1) at 1:43 of the third period as he ripped a wrist shot over the shoulder of PC senior goalie Alex Beaudry after a feed from Pendenza. Pendenza added his second of the night at 14:08 extend the lead to 4-1. PC red-shirt freshman Damian Cross (Nepean, Ont.) scored his fourth goal of the season at 19:49 to complete the scoring and make the final score, 4-2.
Beaudry totaled 31 saves, while Marc Boulanger had 22 stops for the River Hawks who finished with a 35-24 edge in shots.