|1st||4:10||MIA||1-0||EV||Cody Murphy (13)||Justin Greenberg/5, Louie Belpedio/13|
|1st||10:14||PRV||1-1||EV||Trevor Mingoia (14)||-|
|1st||13:18||MIA||2-1||EV||Anthony Louis (9)||Chris Joyaux/6, Austin Czarnik/35|
|1st||14:47||PRV||2-2||EV||Shane Luke (12)||Nick Saracino/21, Ross Mauermann/14|
|2nd||5:33||PRV||3-2||EV||Steven McParland (6)||Tom Parisi/14, Nick Saracino/22|
|2nd||12:00||PRV||4-2||EV||Brian Pinho (6)||Noel Acciari/16, Kyle McKenzie/3|
|2nd||12:30||PRV||5-2||EV||Noel Acciari (13)||Trevor Mingoia/15, Brandon Tanev/13|
|2nd||18:43||PRV||6-2||EV GW||Shane Luke (13)||Mark Jankowski/18, Steven McParland/7|
|3rd||11:26||MIA||3-6||EV EA||Matthew Caito (4)||Austin Czarnik/36, Anthony Louis/27|
|3rd||14:14||MIA||4-6||EV EA||Devin Loe (2)||Sean Kuraly/10, Taylor Richart/5|
|3rd||18:27||MIA||5-6||EV EA||Sean Kuraly (19)||Matthew Caito/20|
|3rd||19:53.7||PRV||7-5||EV EN||Brandon Tanev (8)||Anthony Florentino/11|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Jon Gillies (W, 21-13-2)||59:49||5||10||7||12||29|
|Ryan McKay (L, 6-6-1)||18:55||1||0||4||2||6|
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Despite a late push by the No. 4 Miami RedHawks, the No. 14/15 Providence College men's hockey team used a four-goal second period to eventually post a 7-5 win in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday, March 28 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center (7,908).
With the victory, which was keyed by a pair of Shane Luke (Dauphin, Manitoba) goals, Providence has now advanced to the East Regional final for the second year in a row.
The Friars and the RedHawks were tied 2-2 following the first period but the Friars exploded for four goals in the second period to take a 6-2 lead after forty minutes of play. Miami notched three goals in the third period, but Shane Luke's (Dauphin, Manitoba) late second period goal proved to be the game winner for the Friars, who secured a place in the East Regional Final with the win.
Providence and Miami exchanged a pair of goals in the first period. Miami's Cody Murphy opened the scoring at 4:10 of the period on a wrist shot from the slot after being set up with a pass from Justin Greenberg. Louie Belpedio recorded the secondary assist on the play.
Trevor Mingoia (Fairport, N.Y.) responded at 10:14 of the first to even the game at 1-1. After forcing a neutral zone turnover, Mingoia skated in alone on Williams and fired a shot from the top of the circle that beat the Miami goaltender for the unassisted goal, his 14th of the season.
Miami answered when Anthony Louis regained the RedHawk lead minutes later at 13:18 of the first period. Louis drove to the net to follow up on a rebound from a shot by Chris Joyaux and capitalized as he shot the puck by Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) for a 2-1 Miami lead. Austin Czarnik also assisted.
The Friars evened the score before the close of the first period as Luke netted his 12th goal of the season at 14:47. Following a play between Nick Saracino (St. Louis, Mo.) and Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.), Luke was able to get off a shot that made its way through traffic, changing direction to beat Williams.
The Providence offense took control of the game in the second period, as the team netted four goals in the frame. Steven McParland (Schreiber, Ontario) broke the tie in Providence's favor at 5:33. Saracino began the play as he won a puck battle along the boards and eventually got the puck back to Tom Parisi (Commack, N.Y.) at the blue line. Williams left a rebound of Parisi's shot and McParland notched the goal for the first Providence lead of the game.
Brian Pinho (North Andover, Mass.) put the Friars ahead 4-2 at the 12 minute mark of the second period. Kyle McKenzie (Aston, Pa.) began the play as he sent the puck around the boards to Noel Acciari (Johnston, R.I.). Acciari then skated with the puck to the front of the Miami goal and dished a pass to Pinho, who tapped in the goal for his sixth of the season.
Just 30 second later, at 12:30, Acciari added another goal for the Friars as he carried the puck up the ice before dumping the puck into the Miami zone. Brandon Tanev (Toronto, Ontario) chased the puck down and wrapped a pass along the boards to Mingoia. Mingoia sent a cross ice pass back to Acciari, who chipped the puck in the net for a 5-2 lead.
Providence added one more goal before the conclusion of the second period, as Luke recorded what would prove to be the game-winning goal. McParland carried the puck up the length of the ice and after entering the offensive zone connected a pass to Mark Jankowski (Dundas, Ontario). Jankowski, from the middle of the ice, found Luke open on his wing, who would beat Ryan McKay to go ahead 6-2 at 18:43.
In the third period, Miami pulled McKay from the net with 12:48 remaining as the team looked to ignite its offense with an extra attacker. Matthew Caito got the RedHawks first goal of the period as he took a shot from the top of the circle that beat Gillies high. Devin Loe deflected a shot by Sean Kuraly for another goal for the RedHawks with the goaltender pulled at 14:14 to tighten the Friars lead to 6-4.
At 18:27 of the final period, Kuraly brought the RedHawks back within a goal. Kuraly was positioned right in front of Gillies as was able to get a piece of Caito's shot and redirected the rebound for a 6-5 game.
Tanev then sealed the win for the Friars at 19:53 as he was able to tally an empty net goal for the Friars in the closing seconds of the game. Anthony Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.) registered the lone assist on Tanev's eighth goal of the season.
Gillies was strong in goal for the Friars throughout the game making a total of 29 saves, including 13 in the final period. Williams and McKay combined for 29 saves for Miami in the game. Providence finished the game outshooting the RedHawks by a margin of 36-34.
The Friars will face-off against the University of Denver tomorrow at the Dunkin' Donuts Center as the two teams look to clinch a berth to the Frozen Four with a win in the East Regional Final. The game is set for 5:00 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPNU.
Notes: The Friars are playing in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season for the first time in program history ... Trevor Mingoia now has four points (2-2-4) points in three career NCAA games ... Nick Saracino now has four points (1-3-4) in three career NCAA games and 13 points (8-5-13) in 13 career playoff games ... Saracino also has a three-game point streak with one goal and three assists for four points ... Brian Pinho notched his first career playoff point (4 GP) with his second-period tally ... Shane Luke turned in his third two-goal game of the season ... Luke now has 33 career goals, with 13 of those proving to be game winners ... With a goal and an assist, Steven McParland tied his career high for points (done three times this season and four times in his career) ... Providence's seven goals marked its highest output in an NCAA First Round game.