Nov. 21, 1997

Friars Ice UMass, 5-3

AMHERST, Mass. -- Providence College junior Jon Cameron tallied his first career hat trick to lead the Friars to a 5-3 victory against the UMass-Amherst Minutemen in HOCKEY EAST action on Friday, Nov. 21 at Amherst, Mass.

After a scoreless first period, PC defenseman Jason Ialongo tallied the first goal of the game on a power play when he beat UMass goaltender Brian Regan with a low wrist shot at 1:17 of the second period. Senior Nick Sinerate increased the Friars' lead to 2-0 when his shot deflected off the stick of a UMass defenseman into the net at the 7:23 mark of the second period. Twenty one seconds later, UMass freshman R.J. Gates went end to end on a breakaway and beat PC netminder Boyd Ballard through the five hole. Cameron scored PC's third goal of the second period when he poked in a rebound on a power play at 19:06.

Cameron netted his second goal of the game as he broke down the right side and one timed a feed from Mike Omicioli high into the top of the UMass net at 6:42 of the third. UMass defenseman Matt Smith cut the PC lead to 4-2 with a blast from the right point on a power play at the 12:50 mark of the third period. The Minutemen continued to chip away at the Friars' lead as Chris Fawcett added the team's second power-play goal of the third period at 16:54. Cameron completed the hat trick with an empty net goal at 19:11 of the third.

Ballard recorded 29 saves in his fifth win of the season for the Friars. Regan registered 35 stops for the Minutemen.

With the win PC raised its record to 6-2 overall and 2-2 in HOCKEY EAST, while UMass fell to 2-6 overall and 0-5 in league action.

Providence College will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 22 against UMass-Amherst at PC's Schneider Arena.

Friday, November 21, 1997
Mullins Center, Amherst, Mass.
Providence College (6-2-0)  0   1   2   -- 3        11-22   2-8
UMass-Amherst (2-6-0)       0   3   2   -- 5        12-24   2-7
Per Time    Team    Goal Scorer  (Assists)
2   1:17    PC      Jason Ialongo 2 (Josh MacNevin, Jon Coe) PP
2   7:23    PC      Nick Sinerate 3 (unassisted)
2   7:54    UMA     R.J. Gates 1 (Brad Norton)
2   19:06   PC      Jon Cameron 3 (Mike Omicioli) PP
3   6:42    PC      Jon Cameron 4 (Mike Omicioli, Fernando Pisani)
3   12:50   UMA     Matt Smith 3 (Tim Lovell, Dean Campanale) PP
3   16:54   UMA     Chris Fawcett 2 (Dan Juden, Mike Gaffney) PP
3   19:11   PC      Jon Cameron 5 (Mike Omicioli) ENG
Boyd Ballard (PC)   9   8   12  --29    (60:00)
Brian Regan (UMA)   11  13  11  --35    (59:31)
Attendance: 2,741 (Mullins Center)

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