No. 14/15 Hockey Nabs Two HEA Points With 4-1 Win At Providence
Jan. 30, 2010
PROVIDENCE - The Mass Attack received goals from four different skaters and a 26 save performance from Dan Meyers to knock off Providence 4-1 at Schneider Arena. Alex Beaudry got the start in goal for the Friars (9-15-1, 4-13-1 HEA), making 39 saves. The win puts No. 14/15 UMass (16-10-0, 11-8-0 HEA) in a tie for second place in the Hockey East standings with Boston College, who will travel to the Mullins Center next Friday for a 7:30 PM faceoff as part of Operation 8K Part II. The game will be televised live on NESN.
The win gives UMass five wins for the month of January, three more than the previous two seasons combined. James Marcou's assist on Will Ortiz's goal tied the single-season assist record (32), set by Marcou last season. The goal also gave Ortiz eight career game-winning goals, tied for most all-time at UMass. Massachusetts outshot the Friars 43-27, and took advantage of a couple Providence penalties, going 2-for-8 on the power play. The Friars were 0-for-4 on the man advantage.
The first period saw quickly paced play from both teams, with UMass holding a slight 12-11 edge in shots. The Minutemen pressured Providence heavily at times, pouncing on rebounds and forcing Beaudry to make consecutive challenging saves. UMass was awarded two power plays during the opening frame, but couldn't net the early go-ahead during its man advantage despite throwing four shots on goal.
The Minutemen started to assert themselves during the second period, scoring two power play goals in the first ten minutes and outshooting the Friars 15-9. Michael Marcou got the scoring started three minutes into the frame when he netted his sixth goal of the season with Providence in the box for too many men on the ice. T.J. Syner played catch with Darren Rowe on the near boards before Rowe spotted Marcou pinching in on the opposite side. Rowe then threaded a pass through the Friar box to Marcou, who roofed a wrist shot over Beaudry.
Will Ortiz put the Minutemen up 2-0 with 12 minutes to play in the period when he buried a loose puck off a scrum in front of the Providence net. Casey Wellman tried to stuff a shot against the post, but the puck squirted out above the crease instead to a waiting Ortiz for his 12th goal of the year.
Providence had several chances to cut into the UMass lead, mostly when they were awarded a two-minute five-on-three power play. But Meyers and the Minuteman penalty killing squad denied the Friars bids by blocking multiple shots and turning away all four Providence power play shots.
The Friars cut the UMass lead to 2-1 just 16 seconds into the third period when Ian O'Connor found a loose rebound and beat Meyers low, but the Minutemen wasted no time in regaining its two-goal edge. With Brian Keane holding the puck below the goal line, he found Rocco Carzo in the slot; Carzo's first shot was deflected, but he followed his rebound for his sixth goal of the year.
UMass tacked on another goal five minutes later when Rowe patrolled through the neutral zone with the puck and into Friar territory. Rowe held onto the puck before finding Eddie Olczyk on the other side of the night for a one-timer and first collegiate goal.
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