Men's Hockey Earns 3-2 Road Win at Vermont

    Alex Velischek had a two-assist night for the Friars.

    Alex Velischek had a two-assist night for the Friars.

    Nov. 2, 2012

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    BURLINGTON, Vt. - Led by a Mark Jankowski (Dundas, Ontario) third period game-winning goal and a goal and assist performance by Brandon Tanev (Toronto, Ontario), the men’s hockey team persevered to post a 3-2 Hockey East road win at Vermont on Friday night.

    In what was the Catamounts’ home opener at the Gutterson Fieldhouse, freshman goalie Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) posted 23 saves and seniors Kyle Murphy (Fairhaven, N.J.) and Alex Velischek (Kinnelon, N.J.)  added two-assist nights to help Providence improve to 4-2-1 (3-1-0 HEA) on the year. In the Catamount net, freshman Brody Hoffman made 24 saves as Vermont fell to 0-2-2 (0-2-2 HEA) on the year.

    The Friars took a 1-0 lead at 4:05 of the first period when Derek Army (North Kingstown, R.I.) netted his first goal of the year by putting home a rebound in front following a Velischek shot from the point. Tanev fed the puck to Velischek to record his first career point on the play. Providence’s next best scoring chance of the first came around the 14:00 minute mark when junior Steven Shamanski (Carberry, Manitoba) found a streaking Paul de Jersey (West Vancouver, B.C.) with a pass from blue line to blue line that gave  de Jersey a partial breakaway, but Hoffman made one of his eight first-period saves on the play. The Friar penalty kill held the Catamounts to 0-for-3 with the man advantage in the first, keyed by several blocked shots and a right pad save by Gillies on Connor Brickley on UVM’s second power play of the night.

    Skating with a four-on-three advantage, the Catamounts tied the game on a Jacob Fallon goal at 8:30 of the second. Nick Luukko and Chris McCarthy assisted on the play. After some back in forth action and several big hits, including one by Noel Acciari (Johnston, R.I.) at the Vermont blue line, the Friars reclaimed the lead on Tanev’s first career goal. He took a pass from Murphy, cut down the far boards and along the bottom of the circle, moved Hoffman across the crease and beat him to the far side of the net. For Murphy, it was the first assist of his career and junior Kevin Hart (Cumberland, Maine) also assisted on the play.

    Vermont again tied the game, 2-2, early in the third when Brickley netted a power-play goal at 3:03. But the Friars answered back just over a minute later when Jankowski finished a nice break through the neutral zone as his shot deflected high past Hoffman’s left shoulder. Velischek and Murphy each registered their second assists of the night on the play.

    The Friars and Catamounts close out their weekend series tomorrow night, Nov. 3, at Gutterson Fieldhouse at 7:05 p.m.

    Notes
    The Friars won their third straight game and posted their first road win of the season … Dating back to last season, it marked the fourth win in a row for the Friars over the Catamounts, which has only happened one other time in the all-time series that dates back to 1969 (when Providence won four straight meetings from Jan. 20. 1980 - Nov. 13, 1982) … With Brandon Tanev netting the first goal and assist of his career, 13 different Friars have at least one goal on the year and 18 Friars have notched at least a point … Velischek matched a career high mark for points and assists in a game with two (last done versus Boston University on Feb. 19, 2010) … Murphy (and Tanev) had the first multi-point games of their careers … Jon Gillies made his seventh consecutive start in the Friar net and posted his first career road win … The last time the Friars won at least three games in a row was Nov. 4, 2011 – Nov. 18, when they recorded two wins over Vermont and two over Alabama-Huntsville … the last time the Friars won three straight games that were all in Hockey East play was in January of 2010 when Providence downed UMass Lowell (4-2 on Jan. 10), Boston University (4-2 on Jan. 13) and UMass (5-4 on Jan. 16).