BURLINGTON, Vt. – Providence defeated No. 14 Vermont 4-1 in front of the 53rd straight sellout crowd of 4,003 at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Saturday night. The loss was the first in eight games for the Catamounts who fall to 15-9-4 overall and 10-5-4 in Hockey East. Providence improves to 7-19-1 and 6-12-1 in the league with the victory.
“Providence played great all weekend and certainly deserved two points out of it,” Vermont head coach Kevin Sneddon said. “We’re disappointed in it and we’ll have to get ready for next weekend and that trip up to Maine.”
Senior co-captain Kenny Macaulay (Baddeck, Nova Scotia) scored Vermont’s only goal of the game on the power play in the first period.
Sophomore Cody Wild, sophomore Nick Mazzolini, senior Dinos Stamoulis and senior Tony Zancanaro all scored for the Friars.
Wild gave Providence a 1-0 lead at 5:19 of the first period with an even strength goal. The defenseman knocked in a rebound to record his third goal of the season.
Macaulay tied the game at one for the Catamounts with a power-play goal at 8:03 of the first period. The defenseman blasted a one-timer from the point through traffic and past Providence junior goalie Tyler Sims for his third goal of the year. Freshman Brian Roloff (West Seneca, N.Y.) and sophomore Dean Strong (Mississauga, Ontario) each assisted.
Mazzolini notched his third goal of the season with just 12 seconds to go in the first period. He beat Vermont junior goalie Joe Fallon (Bemidji, Minn.) short side with a wrist shot from the left circle.
The Friars took a 3-1 lead when Stamoulis recorded his second goal of the year at 10:33 of the second period. Zancanaro won the face off back to an open Stamoulis who fired in a shot from the left point.
Zancanaro added an empty-netter with 17 seconds left to make it a 4-1 game.
Providence outshot Vermont 24-20. It marked just the sixth time in 28 games this year that the Catamounts have been outshot.
Simms made 19 saves for the Friars while Fallon made 20 stops for UVM. PC went 0-for-5 on the power play and Vermont went 1-for-2.
Vermont returns to action next weekend when the Catamounts visit Maine on Friday (Feb. 9) and Saturday (Feb. 10). Friday's game will start at 7:30pm and will be televised on NESN. Saturday's game will start at 8:00pm and will be televised on CSTV.