Dec. 3, 2011
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Providence College men's hockey team erupted for four power-play goals in the second period (five total) en route to a 6-1 victory over No. 1 Merrimack Saturday night in a Hockey East game played Lawler Arena. With the victory, the Friars (8-6-1, 6-3-0) completed the weekend sweep of the top-ranked Warriors (9-2-1, 6-2-1). In addition, the Friars earned their first Hockey East road win since October 31, 2009. It also marked PC's first win at Lawler Arena since March 3, 2007.
Much like last night, the first period finished scoreless. However, the Friars took advantage of a five-minute power play early in the second period as they scored three power-play goals on that man advantage and never looked back. Freshman Drew Brown (Grass Lake, Mich.) was able to lift the puck into the net after a scramble in front to give PC a 1-0 lead at 1:05. Senior Matt Bergland (Faribault, Minn.) assisted on the goal. Drew Brown struck again for his fourth goal of the season at 4:32 with assists going to Bergland and junior Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.). Schaller then capped off the five-minute power play with his ninth goal of the season at 5:10 as the Friars led, 3-0. Late in the period, Providence had a two-man advantage and senior Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.) ripped a one timer past Merrimack goalie Joe Cannata at 18:49.
Merrimack pulled to within 4-1 at 3:01 of the third period as Connor Toomey scored from slot marking his fourth goal of the season. It appeared that Merrimack had scored a power-play goal at 5:58 to cut the lead to 4-2, but the goal was reviewed and disallowed as the referees ruled that it was kicked in. The Friars put the game away at 12:09 when junior Chris Rooney (Canton, Mass.) scored his second goal of the season to extend PC's lead to 5-1. Bergland capped off the scoring at 14:59 with the fifth power-play goal of the night.
Linemates Bergland (1 g, 3 a), Drew Brown (2 g, 1 g) and Schaller (1 g, 2 a) combined for 10 points. In goal, senior Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) made 23 saves for the Friars who finished with a 43-24 advantage in shot. Cannata made 36 stops for Merrimack.
The Friars are back in action on Tuesday, December 6 when they travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to face No. 2/3 Boston College at Kelley Rink. Merrimack will host Vermont on Wednesday, December 7.
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