Nov. 8, 1997
Friars Blank Minnesota-Duluth, 3-0
DULUTH, Minn. -- Providence College freshman goaltender Boyd Ballard recorded 24 saves and earned his first career shutout as the Friars defeated Minnesota-Duluth, 3-0, on Nov. 8, in men's hockey action at Duluth, Minn. The win gave the Friars a sweep in the two-game series against the WCHA foe and marked the first time UMD had been swept at home by a non-conference opponent since 1986.
The Friars got what proved to be the game-winning goal from right wing Nick Lent who blasted a slap shot from the top of the right circle that beat UMD netminder Brant Nicklin at 2:33 of the first period. PC increased its lead to 2-0 when left wing Mike Mader recovered his own rebound and wrapped around a sprawled Nicklin and deposited the puck in the empty net at 11:11 of the first.
Both teams were held scoreless in the second period by strong goaltending. Nicklin registered 14 stops while PC freshman netminder Boyd Ballard made eight stops in the second.
Defenseman Dave Gunderson, a native of Duluth, Minn., tallied the final goal for PC as he skated in from the left point and beat Nicklin with a backhander at 4:56 of the third period.
With the win the Friars raised their record to 3-2 while UMD fell to 3-5.
Providence College will return to action on Friday, Nov. 14 against Army in West Point, N.Y.
Providence College (3-2-0) 2 0 1 -- 3 0-0 6-12 Minnesota-Duluth (3-5-0) 0 0 0 -- 0 0-2 4-8 Per Time Team Goal Scorer (Assists) 1 2:33 PC Nick Lent 2 (Leigh Dean) 1 11:11 PC Mike Mader 1 (Mike Farrell) 3 4:56 PC Dave Gunderson 1 (Troy Lake, Jerry Keefe) Saves: Boyd Ballard (PC) 12 8 4 --24 (60:00) Brant Nicklin (UMD) 8 14 9 --31 (60:00) Attendance: 4,069 (Duluth Entertainment Center)
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