Dec. 6, 1997

Providence Earns Weekend Sweep of Maine

GK Boyd Ballard

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence College Friars earned a weekend sweep against the Maine Black Bears with a 7-2 victory in HOCKEY EAST action at PC's Schneider Arena on Saturday, Dec. 6. The win gave Providence a 2-1 record against the Black Bears this season and marked the first time the Friars won a regular-season series against Maine since the 1985-86 season.

Maine took an early lead as Matthias Trattnig one timed a shot past PC netminder Boyd Ballard at 1:40 of the first period. PC stormed back with the next two goals as Mike Omicioli slapped in a short-handed tally at 3:46 and Fernando Pisani wristed in a rebound at the 8:28 mark. Maine's Scott Parmentier tallied the final goal of the first period and evened the game at 2-2 at 9:15.

PC went up 4-2 after two periods on goals by Nick Lent and Doug Sheppard. Lent poked in a rebound for his fourth goal of the season 4:28 of the second and Sheppard finished a two-on-one break away, depositing his seventh tally of the year at the 12:26 mark.

PC built on its lead in the third period as Troy Lake netted two goals and Nick Sinerate added one tally for the Friars.

Ballard held Maine scoreless over the final two periods and earned the game's No. 1 star after making 32 stops. Maine netminder Alfie Michaud recorded 27 stops.

With the win PC raised its record to 10-3-1 overall and 5-3 in HOCKEY EAST while Maine fell to 7-7-1 and 4-5-0 in league play.

Providence College will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 27 against Vermont in the Sheraton/USAirways Tournament in Burlington, Vt. at 6:00 p.m.

Maine (7-7-1)               2  0  0 -- 2   9-18    0-5
Providence College (10-3-1) 2  2  3 -- 7   11-22   1-3
Per    Time      Team    Goal Scorer  (Assists)
1    1:40    M   Matthias Trattnig 5 (Ben Guite, Jim Leger)
1    3:46    PC  Mike Omicioli 7 (unassisted) SH
1    8:28    PC  Fernando Pisani 10 (Jay Leach, Jon Cameron)
1    9:15    M   Scott Parmentier 6 (Matthias Trattnig, Brian White)
2    4:28    PC  Nick Lent 4 (Mike Mader, Troy Lake)
2    12:26   PC  Doug Sheppard 7 (Jon Coe, Jay Leach)
3    3:27    PC  Nick Sinerate 4 (Jerry Keefe, Josh MacNevin)
3    13:31   PC  Troy Lake 6 (Jon Coe, Doug Sheppard) PP
3    19:09   PC  Troy Lake 7 (Josh MacNevin, Mike Mader)
    
Saves:
Alfie Michaud (M)  11   9    7 --27    (60:00)
Boyd Ballard (PC)   7  12   13 --32    (60:00)
Attendance: 1,450 (Schneider Arena)

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