Providence Outlasts UMass, 4-2
Nov. 4, 2005
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The University of Massachusetts fell to 1-5-0 overall, 0-3-0 in Hockey East play after Friday's 4-2 loss to Providence College. The Minutemen and Friars were tied at two apiece before a five-minute major afforded PC two late power play tallies and the win.
Massachusetts put an end to 117 minutes and 35 second of scoreless hockey in the opening minutes of the game when Marvin Degon (Milbury, Mass.) came through with his team-leading third power play goal of the season. The man-advantage tally also closed an 0-for-18 trend for UMass, as its last PP goal came at 13:00 in the third period at Clarkson on Oct. 15. Degon's goal from the point was assisted by Matt Burto (Orange, Conn.) and Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.).
Rookie goalie Jon Quick (Hamden, Conn.) kept it a one-goal game for the Minutemen, stopping Providence's Colin McDonald on a shorthanded breakaway in the second minute of a PC slashing penalty. Quick made a total of 11 saves in the period.
UMass made a 2-0 game at 12:51 with P.J. Fenton's (Longmeadow, Mass.) first goal of the season. Chris Davis (Simsbury, Conn.) started the play with a cross-ice pass to Chris Capraro (Medford, Mass.). Capraro and Fenton skated in 2-on-1, with Fenton finishing over Tyler Sims' pad. Capraro's assist was his first point since Feb. 21, 2003 vs. Boston University.
The Friars did come back at 17:30, with McDonald beating Quick for his fourth goal of the season. The goal from the top of the crease was assisted by Kyle Laughlin, ending the scoring through the first.
PC tied it at two on a shorthanded score at 11:09 of the middle stanza. With Chase Watson in the box for slashing, Friars Dinos Stamoulis and Torry Gajda skated in on Quirk 2-on-1 and tied it up. The goal was also assisted by Tony Zancanaro. Quick turned away two additional breakaways in the period to keep it tied.
Overall, shots stood at 32-22 in favor of Providence though the first two periods.
The Friars won the game at 16:18 after a five-minute major and game misconduct was issued to UMass' Davis for hitting from behind at 15:10. The power play goal was scored by Tony Zancanaro from Jon Rheault and McDonald. PC added an insurance goal with 1:40 remaining, Gajda from Watson.
In the game, Providence outshot UMass 53-31. PC was 2-7 on the power play; the Minutemen were 1-5. Quick made a career-high 49 saves, while his counterpart Sims made 29.
The home-and-home series continues tomorrow in Amherst. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
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