Dec. 6, 2013
BOSTON, Mass. -
The fourth-ranked Providence College men's hockey team erased a three goal, third period deficit to post a 3-3 tie at No. 19 Northeastern on Friday night at Matthews Arena. Sophomore defenseman Tom Parisi (Commack, N.Y.) scored the game-tying goal at 17:39 of the third period to lift the Friars to the tie.
Northeastern scored two first period goals and added one in the second but the Friars answered with goals by freshman Anthony Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.) and junior Shane Luke (Dauphin, Manitoba) in the first six minutes of the third, paving the way for Parisi's game-tying tally.
Providence (11-2-3, 6-2-1 HEA) piled up the scoring chances, including outshooting the Huskies 25-7 in the third, but Northeastern (9-5-2, 3-4-1 HEA) goaltender Clay Witt finished with 52 saves. Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) finished with 23 saves for the Friars.
The Huskies jumped out to a 1-0 lead just seven seconds in when Mike Szmatula took a slap shot from the point to score his sixth goal of the year, with assists going to Josh Manson and Mike Gunn. Kevin Roy then put Northeastern up 2-0 at 15:20 with his 12th goal of the year on a wrist shot from the slot. Matt Benning posted an assist on the play. The Friars tested Witt early and often, forcing the NU goaltender to make 15 saves in the first 20 minutes of play.
In the second period, the Friar offense continued to generate scoring chances, including a Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) drive from the slot that rang off the cross bar. Northeastern's Braden Pimm scored the only goal of the frame to put the Huskies up 3-0 when he got around the Friar defense and put his wrist shot high past Gillies for a shorthanded tally at 15:35. Manson and Benning earned their second assists of the night on the play.
The Friars got on the board at 3:16 of the third when Florentino blasted a shot from the middle of the faceoff circle to Witt's right for his third of the year, setup by a Trevor Mingoia
(Fairport, N.Y.). The goal came just as a Friar five-on-three advantage came to a close, making it a five-on-four power-play goal. Mauermann also assisted on the play.
Just over two minutes later, Mauermann sent a drive in from the point that Witt stopped, but sophomore Nick Saracino (St. Louis, Mo.) poked the rebound across the crease and Luke knocked it home for his fifth goal of the year at 5:47.
To tie it up at 3-3, Mauermann dug the puck out of the corner and sent a pass to the slot where Parisi possessed the puck and waited for a shooting lane before snapping in his first of the year at 17:39. Saracino also assisted on the play.
The Friars will now break for final exams before playing a 7:00 p.m. game on Dec. 20 at Army.
With three assists, Ross Mauermann posted his seventh multi-point game of the season and he has scored at least a point in 13 of Providence's 16 games this season ... The Friars hit their finals break with 11 wins - which they reached in 15 games marking the fastest they have totaled 11 wins since opening the 1997-98 season with a 11-3-1 mark ... Since entering the lineup, Trevor Mingoia has posted an assist in three straight games ... Nick Saracino ran his career-long point streak to seven games (3-5-8) ... Derek Army skated in the 126th-straight game of his Friar career, while Steven Shamanski skated in his 108th consecutive game ... Clay Witt became the first opposing goalie to make 50+ saves against the Friars since New Hampshire's Kevin Regan made 52 saves in a 1-1 tie versus PC on Feb. 15, 2008.