Nov. 9, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. -
Massachusetts broke a 0-0 tie with a three-goal second period and sophomore goalie Kevin Boyle stopped all 17 shots he faced as the Minutemen posted a 4-0 win over the men's hockey team on Friday night at the Mullins Center.
In the Friar net, freshman Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) made 28 saves as Providence moved to 4-4-1 (3-3-0 HEA). With the win, Massachusetts improved to 3-4-0 (2-4-0 HEA) on the year. Michael Pereira and Troy Power finished with a goal and an assist apiece for the Minutemen.
In the pivotal second period, Massachusetts broke a 0-0 deadlock seven seconds into a power play chance when Pereira took a pass down low from Shane Walsh and cut across the bottom of the circles before finding the back of the net at the far post at 4:27. Conor Sheary also assisted on the play. Then 3:01 later while skating a man down, UMass' Rocco Carzo gained the Friar blue line and dropped the puck for Colin Shea, who skated in and fired a shot from the slot that doubled the UMass lead. Massachusetts made it 3-0 at 17:29 of the second when Branden Gracel jammed home a rebound in front after Gillies was forced to make a point blank save on a Pereira shot.
The Friars tried to get the offense rolling early in the third while on the power play as Drew Brown (Grass Lake, Mich.) had two quality chances from inside the near faceoff circle, but the Minutemen killed off the Friars' fourth power play of the game when Boyle made back-to-back saves on Brown. The Friar penalty kill unit then went to work and killed off a five-minute Massachusetts power play, including a lengthy five-on-three chance, followed by 48 more seconds of five-on-four play. But when the Friars returned to full strength, Power netted his first of the season on an unassisted effort to complete the scoring.
Massachusetts outshot Providence, 32-17, and went 1-for-5 with the man advantage, while Providence finished 0-for-4.
The Friars return to Schneider Arena next Friday as they play host to Northeastern at 7:05 p.m. on Nov. 16. The game will be televised live on Cox Sports.
Myles Harvey became the 139th Friar to play 100 career games, joining classmate Tim Schaller on that list (who played in his 100th last weekend at Vermont) ... The Friars played a third-straight road game ... Freshman Jon Gillies made his ninth consecutive start in the Friar net ... The Friars featured nine freshman in the lineup ... Kyle Murphy was listed as a winger on the line chart for the first time this season, while Derek Army made his first appearance at center.