Nov. 3, 2012
BURLINGTON, Vt. -
Matt White scored at 10:06 of the first, H.T. Lenz added a goal at 3:28 of the second and freshman Brody Hoffman stopped all 24 shots he faced in the Catamount goal as Vermont snapped a three-game Providence winning streak with a 2-0 win at the Gutterson Fieldhouse on Saturday night.
Freshman goalie Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) made 19 saves in the Friar net as Providence moved to 4-3-1 (3-2-0 HEA) on the year, while Vermont improved to 1-2-2 (1-2-2 HEA) with the win. It marked the first time this season that the Friars have been kept off the board. In a game that saw seven power plays, including five by the Friars, both goals were scored at even strength.
In the first period, after each team killed off opposing power-play chances in the early going, Vermont took a 1-0 lead at 10:06 when Matt White got a shot off from the top of the slot that beat Gillies for his first goal of the year. White's goal was assisted by Pete Massar and Michael Paliotta.
The Friars had a power play early in the second but Vermont killed off the Providence chance with the and then doubled its lead shortly thereafter when H.T. Lenz netted his first goal of the year from just outside the crease, with Chris McCarthy and Jacob Fallon assisting on the play. Over the next 10 minutes of play, the Friar offense began to generate chances while on the power play, including sophomore Shane Luke (Dauphin, Manitoba) forcing Hoffman to make a point blank save with his glove and red shirt freshman Noel Acciari (Johnston, R.I.) hitting the cross bar. On the last of three Friar power plays in the second period, freshman John Gilmour (Montreal, Quebec) found sophomore Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) open in the slot, but Mauermann's shot was saved by Hoffmann and held onto for a faceoff. With 15 seconds to play in the second, Gillies was forced to make a right pad save in order to keep the Catamount lead at 2-0 after two.
The Friars cranked up the offensive output in the third period, accumulating 17 shots on goal. Back-to-back chances by senior Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) and Luke with 6:30 to play in the stanza were two of the Friars' better chances to beat Hoffman, but he was equal to the task en route to posting his first career shutout.
The Friars are back in action with a fourth straight Hockey East game at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 at Massachusetts.
Freshman defenseman Tom Parisi made his Friar debut ... the Friars' Saturday night lineup featured nine freshmen ... The Friars fired 56 shots in the game, but 18 were blocked by the Vermont defense ... Jon Gillies started his eighth consecutive game in the Friar net ... Tim Schaller played his 101st game for the Friars, while Myles Harvey played his 99th.
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