|1st||9:00||PRV||1-0||EV||Steven McParland (2)||Brandon Tanev/2|
|2nd||4:28||PRV||2-0||PP||Shane Luke (2)||Trevor Mingoia/3, Tom Parisi/3|
|2nd||15:47||MER||1-2||PP||Jace Hennig (3)||Brett Seney/3, Jonathan Lashyn/4|
|2nd||19:26||PRV||3-1||EV GW||Trevor Mingoia (2)||Mark Jankowski/2|
|3rd||10:18||MER||2-3||PP||Brian Christie (3)||Marc Biega/2, Hampus Gustafsson/6|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Rasmus Tirronen (L, 5-1-1)||58:36||3||11||8||2||21|
|Jon Gillies (W, 3-3-1)||60:00||2||4||6||15||25|
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The No. 10/12 Providence College men's hockey team built a 3-1 lead through two periods of play and went on to defeat Hockey East foe Merrimack 3-2 on Friday night at Schneider Arena (2,647).
Junior forward Trevor Mingoia (Fairport, N.Y.) netted the game-winning goal and added an assist to lead the Providence (3-3-1, 2-1-0 HEA) offense. Steven McParland (Schreiber, Ontario) and Shane Luke (Dauphin, Manitoba) also scored for the Friars, while Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) made 25 saves. In net for Merrimack (5-2-1, 1-1-0 HEA), Rasmus Tirronen finished with 21 saves.
The Friars took a 1-0 lead at 9:00 of the first period when McParland scored his second goal in the last three games. Following a save by Gillies on Merrimack's Jace Hennig in the slot, Brandon Tanev (Toronto, Ontario) cleared the loose puck down the boards to McParland in the neutral zone. McParland skated into the offensive zone, waited for Kevin Rooney (Canton, Mass.) to crash the net and then fired a shot towards the goal that beat Tirronen low.
Then at 4:28 of the second period, Luke netted a power-play goal to put Providence up 2-0. After possessing the puck and firing a few shots at Tirronen during and extended five-on-three chance, Merrimack got one player back from the box but tic-tac-toe passing from Tom Parisi (Commack, N.Y.) at the point to Mingoia off the back post to Luke down low resulted in the power-play tally.
Merrimack responded with a power-play goal at 15:07 second when Hennig found time in front and lifted one past Gillies for his third goal of the season, with assists going to Brett Seney and Jonathan Lashyn.
At 19:26 of the second, Mingoia restored the two-goal cushion. Mark Jankowski (Dundas, Ontario) fired a shot on goal that Tironen turned aside, but Jankowski was able to get the rebound over to Mingoia in the middle of the slot, who fired home for his second goal of the season.
Merrimack made it 3-2 at 10:18 of the third period with another power-play goal as Brian Christie put in a rebound following a Gillies save on Marc Biega.
At the 12:30 mark, McParland almost netted his second of the night, but while on a partial breakaway he was dragged down and Tirronen steered his shot aside.
With 1:21 left in the third, Merrimack pulled Tirronen in favor of the extra attacker, but a couple clears by Jankowski and Noel Acciari (Johnston, R.I.) helped the Friars seal the win.
Providence finished the night 1-for-5 on the power play, while Merrimack was 2-for-3.
Providence and Merrimack close out their weekend series tomorrow night (Nov. 8) with a 7:00 p.m. game at the Warriors' Lawlor Arena.
Steve McParland has two goals in the past three games (had one goal in 38 games last season) ... With a goal and an assist, Trevor Mingoia notched his first multi-point game of the season ... Seven of the last eight meetings between Merrimack and Providence have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie