PROVIDENCE, R.I. –
For a second straight contest No. 9 University of Massachusetts hockey had a freshman score to break a 2-2 tie late in the third against No. 4/3 Providence, lifting UMass to a 3-2 win at Schneider Arena on Saturday. The victory moves the Minutemen to 8-1-0 overall and 5-0-0 in Hockey East action, while the Friars fall to 5-3-1 on the year and 2-2-0 in league play.
"This year, time and again here, we're finding ways to win games that maybe we didn't deserve to," said head coach Greg Carvel
. "It's a different hockey game in this building, much different than ours. Tonight the ice was choppy, the puck wouldn't sit down for either team, it was a bit of an ugly game. It was going to come down to which team could grind that extra puck into the net. Much like Thursday, I thought my team could play much better, but I give my team a lot of credit. They're finding ways to win games and that's quite a character builder; this is a very tough building to play in, very tough building to win in. We'll take these points and we'll scoot out of here as quick as we can."
UMass capitalized on its first power play opportunity of the night with sophomore Philip Lagunov
skating into the Providence zone and firing a shot past Hayden Hawkey from the top of the faceoff circles after receiving the puck from freshmen Bobby Trivigno
and Marc Del Gaizo
, 3:35 into the first period.
The Minutemen then closed out the stanza with another special teams tally. Senior Brett Boeing
stripped Hawkey of the puck below the goal line and deposited a wraparound into the open Providence net at 17:34.
With the teams skating 4-on-4 5:56 into the second period, the Friars halved their deficit as Josh Wilkins and Jacob Bryson set up the Jack Dugan score.
Providence then knotted things up at 2-2 seconds after a power play expired late in the second. Ryan Tait fed Greg Printz on the rush for the equalizer that found its way under UMass netminder Matt Murray
The UMass defense withstood heavy pressure from the Friars in the third and, on what was just the squad's second shot on net of the period, freshman Anthony Del Gaizo
redirected in a shot from the point by classmate Colin Felix
18:11 into the third. Boeing earned the secondary assist on the play for his third multi-point game of the year.
Providence finished with a 31-13 shot advantage as Murray totaled 29 saves for the Minutemen and improved to 6-0-0 on the season. UMass held the Friars to a 0-for-7 night on the power play, while the Minutemen were 1-for-4 with the man advantage and scored a shorthanded goal.
UMass will return to action next Friday, Nov. 16, when the squad will travel to Worcester, Massachusetts, to face Holy Cross in a 7 p.m. matchup.