March 8, 2012
LOWELL, Mass. -
The Providence College men's hockey team defeated No. 7 UMass Lowell, 5-3, in game one of a best-of-three Hockey East Quarterfinal series Thursday night at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass. With the win, the Friars take a 1-0 lead in the series. Game two is at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9 at the Tsongas Center. Sophomore Derek Army (North Kingstown, R.I.) and senior Matt Bergland (Faribault, Minn.) each scored twice as the Friars won their first playoff game since 2005.
UMass Lowell took a 1-0 lead at 9:59 when Riley Wetmore fired a shot off a rebound that glanced off the crossbar. However, Josh Holmstrom was right in front to score his 11th goal of the season.
The Friars tied the game at 1-1 in the second period as Army scored on the power play. Classmate Kevin Hart (Cumberland, Maine) slipped a pass to Army who skated into the left circle before firing a shot that eluded UML goalie Doug Carr who was screened in front. Junior Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.) also assisted on Army's ninth goal of the season at 5:28. Senior Andy Balysky (Randolph, N.J.) gave the Friars a 2-1 lead when he capitalized on a rebound in front of the net at 9:38. It marked Balysky's seventh goal of the season as freshmen Shane Luke (Dauphin, Man.) and Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) collected assists on the play. The River Hawks used the power play to even the score (2-2) at 12:13. Scott Wilson's shot from the right circle beat Friar senior goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) who was screened in front. Providence regained the advantage at 17:27 as Army scored his second goal of the period. Red-shirt freshman Damian Cross (Nepean, Ont.) slipped a pass to Army, whose wrist shot from the slot beat Carr to the glove side.
In the third period, the Friars increased their lead to 4-2 as Bergland scored off a rebound. It marked his sixth goal of the season. UML pulled to within, 4-3, on a goal Matt Ferreira scored at 15:31 just after its power play expired. However, Bergland sealed the win with an empty-net goal at 18:25.
The Friars outshot the River Hawks, 41-36. Beaudry totaled 33 saves for the Friars, while Carr had 36 stops.