Providence Tops UMass, 4-1
Feb. 11, 2006
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The University of Massachusetts (11-17-0, 8-13-0 Hockey East) fell to Providence College (15-11-2, 12-7-2 HEA) on Saturday night by the score of 4-1. The Friars secured the gamewinner in the first, while UMass' Cory Quirk scored his seventh goal of the season in the loss. The Minutemen return to action next weekend with a pivotal two-game homestand against league rival Vermont.
PC freshman Nick Mazzolini opened the scoring for the Friars at 9:35 of the first period. Nate Meyers slid a pass right in front to Mazzolini, who tapped the puck past UMass goalie Gabe Winer. The Friars increased their lead to 2-0 at 15:37 as Torry Gajda recorded his team-leading 14th goal of the season. Dinos Stamoulis collected a loose puck in front of his own bench and played the puck ahead to Gajda, who had just finished serving a penalty. Gajda beat a UMass defender to the inside and skated in on a breakaway, before tucking a backhander past Winer.
In the second period, the Minutemen cut the lead in half as freshman Cory Quirk registered his seventh goal of the season. Quirk stole puck at the right faceoff circle and rifled a quick shot that beat PC goalie Tyler Sims to the glove side to make the score, 2-1.
The Friars added two early goals in the third period to seal the win. Tony Zancanaro scored on the power play at 2:18 as he re-directed Jon Rheault's shot past Winer. Kyle Laughlin also scored on a re-direct at 4:58. Stamoulis and senior James Pemberton finished with two assists each.
Winer finished with 34 saves on 38 shots, while Sims stopped 26 shots for the Friars.
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