Nov. 8, 2013
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -
A second period shorthanded tally by Noel Acciari (Johnston, R.I.) was all the No. 5/6 Providence College men's hockey team would need en route to a 1-0 win at Merrimack on Friday night at Lawler Arena as Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) stopped all 23 shots he faced for the Friars.
With the win, the Friars improve to 6-1-1 on the year (2-1-0 HEA), while Merrimack moves to 3-4-0 (0-1-0 HEA).
After a scoreless first period, the Friars turned up the offensive pressure but still could not solve Merrimack goaltender Sam Marotta entering the later stages of the second. But after several back-to-back abbreviated power plays by both teams due to overlapping penalties, the Friars netted a shorthanded tally.
Sophomore Steven McParland (Schreiber, Ontario) created a turnover at the Merrimack point, carried the puck the length of the ice and drove to the net. His shot was saved by Marotta but the ensuing rebound was poked home by Acciari for his second goal of the season, scored at 16:09. It turned out to be Acciari's first career game-winning goal.
Gillies finished with 23 saves in the Friar net, while Sam Marotta made 18 stops in the Merrimack goal. Both teams featured successful penalty killing units as Providence went 0-for-7 with the man advantage and the Warriors finished 0-for-6 on the power play.
The win was Providence's first road win of the season, while the shutout was the seventh of Gillies' career, tying the Providence College record held by Tyler Sims (2004-08).
The Friars and Warriors play game two of their weekend series at 7:00 p.m. at Schneider Arena. The game will be broadcast locally on CoxSports on OSN.
Noel Acciari scored his second career shorthanded goal and his first career game-winning goal ... It was Providence's first 1-0 win since Feb. 13, 2013 when PC posted a 1-0 win at New Hampshire ... Derek Army played his 118th consecutive game for the Friars, while Steven Shamanski played in his 100th game in a row ... Gillies' PC record-tying seventh career shutout came in just his 42nd career game ... Acciari is the third Friar to score a shorthanded goal this season, joining Ross Mauermann and Steven Shamanski.
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