Hockey Falls To Providence, 6-2
Oct. 29, 2004
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College scored four straight goals in the second period and into the third to defeat the University of Massachusetts, 6-2, in Hockey East action tonight at Schneider Arena. The loss drops the Minutemen to 1-1-0 in league play and 3-3-0 overall, while the Friars move into first place at 2-1-0 and 3-1-0 overall. Freshman P.J. Fenton (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored two goals for the Minutemen to post his first career multi-point game.
Providence controlled play for the first five minutes of the opening period, but it was the Minutemen who went on the power play first as PC's Colin McDonald was whistled for contact to the head-elbowing at 15:25. UMass had the power-play set up for most of the two minutes, but freshman Mike Kostka (Ajax, Ontario) was the only one to get a shot on goal. Both junior captain Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) and redshirt sophomore Matt Anderson (West Islip, N.Y.) had one-timers off passes from each other that went wide. Less than a minute after the man advantage expired, the Friars jumped on board first. Chase Watson fired a shot from the far circle that beat senior Tim Warner (Waltham, Mass.) at 14:42 to give Providence a 1-0 lead. Jon Rheault and Bill McCreary both assisted on the play.
The Minutemen got another power-play three minutes later. With 17 seconds left on the man advantage, Fenton netted the equalizer. He received a pass from Anderson and took a shot from the far face-off circle. It was saved by PC goalie David Cacciola, but the rebound came right back to him and he was able to score. Anderson and Werner were both credited with assists on Fenton's third goal of the season. A few minutes later, the Friars had a two-man advantage as senior Peter Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.) and junior Stephen Jacobs (Westminster, Mass.) were called for back-to-back minors. PC made the Minutemen pay scoring with 6:57 left. Colin McDonald got the power-play goal while Bryan Horan and James Pemberton assisted on the play. UMass successfully killed off the rest of the power-play and then got their third chance with 5:39 left. UMass was unable to get a shot off. PC then made it 3-1 with 2:39 left. Eric Lundberg took a shot from the far side just inside the blue line. It went wide left, but the rebound came right off the dasher to McDonald in front of the net. He slipped it past Warner for his second goal of the period.
In the first seven minutes of the second period, Providence had three power-plays. With six second remaining on PC's third power-play of the period, UMass junior James Solon (Acton, Mass.) was called for an interference minor to give the Friars their second two-man advantage of the night. UMass successfully killed off the first part and then put a little offensive pressure of their own on. The Minutemen got two shots on goal from Degon and Werner but after a blocked shot off the stick of Degon, PC's Jon Rheault got a breakaway and was able to lift a back-hander past Warner for his first career goal with 9:53 left. Chris Chaput got the assist for the long pass to Rheault. At 8:32, senior Dusty Demianiuk (Franklin, Mass.) was called for tripping marking the fifth consecutive penalty against the Minutemen and giving the Friars their seventh power-play of the night. Just over a minute into its man advantage, PC was called for a penalty. Eric Lundberg picked up a holding minor with 7:24 left. The teams played 53 seconds of four-on-four hockey and then Massachusetts went on its fourth power-play of the evening and first of the second period. During the abbreviated power-play, the Minutemen got one shot off, but were unable to break into the deficit. Through two periods, Providence led 23-14 in shots and had won 35 of the 50 face-offs.
The Friars made it a 5-1 game with a power-play goal just 54 seconds into the start of the third period. Rheault scored his second of the night. Just 1:01 later, Fenton tallied his second goal of the night for his first career multi-point game and cut the Minutemen's deficit to three at 5-2. Freshman Dan Gordon (Lynnfield, Mass.) dished out the assist for his first career point. PC's Jamie Carroll added to the lead at 10:24 with a lamplighter to make it 6-2. Vince Goulet assisted.
The Minutemen were outshot, 34-20, on the night while the Friars won 50 of the 69 face-offs. UMass had 12 penalties for 24 minutes and was 1-for-6 on the power-play. Providence had eight penalties for 16 minutes and went 3-for-10 in the power-play. Warner made 28 saves in net for the Minutemen while Cacciola made 18 stops on the other side.
Massachusetts and Providence will play the back end of their home and home series tomorrow night at the Mullins Center. The puck is set to drop at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WRNX, 100.9 FM and over the internet at www.umassathletics.com through SportsJuice. For ticket information, please contact the UMass Athletic Ticket Office at 1-866-UMASS-TIX or in person at the Mullins Center Box Office.