Nov. 15, 2013
BURLINGTON, Vt. -
Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) scored two first period goals and, after Vermont was able to tie the game in the third, Noel Acciari (Johnston, R.I.) netted a shorthanded game-winning goal at 5:16 to send the Friars to a 3-2 Hockey East road win at a sold out Gutterson Fieldhouse on Friday night.
Sophomore Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) made 37 saves to earn the win for the Friars as Providence improved to 8-1-1 (4-1-0 HEA) on the year. In the Vermont net, sophomore Brody Hoffman made 23 saves as Catamounts fall to 3-4-1 (2-3-0 HEA).
The Friars took an early 1-0 lead when Mauermann corralled a rebound from a Steven Shamanski (Carberry, Manitoba) drive from the point, circled around Hoffman and slid the puck into the open net just 58 seconds into the game. Junior Shane Luke (Dauphin, Manitoba) also assisted on the play.
Mauermann put the Friars up 2-0 when he fired a one-timer over Hoffman’s shoulder from the high slot at 12:37 just after a four-on-three advantage for the Friars came to a close. Freshmen Conor MacPhee (Windham, N.H.) and Josh Monk (Langley, British Columbia) assisted on the goal, marking Monk’s first career point as a Friar.
Vermont cut the Friar lead to 2-1 at 8:21 of the second when Mario Puskarich took a feed from Nick Brunteau and put his wrist shot from in close past Gillies while the Catamounts were on the power play. Chris McCarthy also assisted on the play.
Early in the third, UVM tied the game when Mike Stenerson netted his first career goal, with assists going to Brendan Bradley and Rob Hamilton. But the Friars answered at 5:16 when, for the second time in the last three games, Acciari tallied a shorthanded game-winning goal. Sophomore Nick Saracino (St.Louis, Mo.) chased down a puck at the near boards and fired a pass across the slot, where Acciari slammed in his third of the year. Tom Parisi (Commack, N.Y.) earned his second assist of the year on the play.
Gillies was tested all night, making at least 11 saves in each period. The Friars went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Vermont finished 1-for-6 with the man advantage.
The Friars and Catamounts close out their regular season series at 7:05 p.m. tomorrow night (Nov. 16) at the Gutterson Fieldhouse in a game that will be televised live on NESN.
Noel Acciari scored a shorthanded game-winning goal for the second time in the last three games (also did so at Merrimack on Nov. 8) … The game winner was the second of his career, while it was his third shorthanded tally … Ross Mauermann notched his second two-goal game of the season (also scored two against Boston University on Nov. 2) and his fifth multi-point game of the season … Mauermann has at least one point in eight of Providence’s 10 games … Jon Gillies has allowed two or fewer goals 30 times in 44 career starts … Gillies’ 37 saves tied for his second-most this season (made 38 in a 3-0 win over Minnesota State on Oct. 12 and 37 in a 4-4 tie with Miami on Oct. 26) … Freshman defenseman Josh Monk registered his first career point with an assist.
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