|1st||11:46||VER||1-0||EV||Malcolm McKinney (1)||Mitch Ferguson/1, Jonathan Turk/3|
|1st||18:38||VER||2-0||EV GW||Mario Puskarich (4)||Brendan Bradley/6, Yvan Pattyn/1|
|2nd||14:55||PRV||1-2||PP||Trevor Mingoia (3)||Jake Walman/3, Nick Saracino/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Mike Santaguida (W, 2-1-0)||60:00||1||8||10||14||32|
|Jon Gillies (L, 4-5-1)||58:51||2||9||14||6||29|
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In the second half of a weekend series, the No. 16 Providence College men's ice hockey team fell 2-1 to the No. 10 University of Vermont Catamounts on Saturday night at Schneider Arena (2,230).
The Friars (4-5-1, 3-3-0 HEA) let up two first-period goals, scored by Macolm McKinney and Mario Puskarich, and could not find a way to match the Vermont (7-2-1, 5-2-1) offense in the remainder of the game. Junior Trevor Mingoia (Fairport, N.Y.) netted the goal for the Friars, which came on a power play in the second period.
The Catamounts held a 2-0 lead over the Friars at the end of the first period. Malcolm McKinney broke the scoreless tie at 11:46 of the first when, following a blocked shot, he corralled a puck and got a shot off that deflected past Providence junior goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine). Mitch Ferguson and Jonathan Turk picked up the assists.
Mario Puskarich extended Vermont's lead to 2-0 as he beat Gillies from the slot, with assists on what proved to be the game winner going to Brendan Bradley and Yvan Pattyn.
Mingoia's power play goal at 14:55 of the second period cut the deficit for the Friars to 2-1. Senior Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) won the face-off in the Catamount zone and got the puck back to junior Nick Saracino (St. Louis, Mo.). Saracino and sophomore Jake Walman (Toronto, Ontario) passed the puck back-and-forth before Walman fired a shot on goal that was saved by Vermont goaltender Mike Santaguida. Mingoia batted at the loose rebound and finally forced the puck over the Vermont goal line for his third goal of the season.
The Friars finished the game outshooting the Catamounts, 33-31, including 14-6 in a third period that also included Brandon Tanev (Toronto, Ontario) and Walman hitting the post, but could not find a way to even the score.
Gillies made 29 saves for the Friars, while Santaguida stopped 32 shots for Vermont.
Providence's special teams had a strong game, killing off all four power plays it faced while also going 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
The Friars hit the road next weekend for a two-game series at Hockey East foe New Hampshire (Nov. 21-22) at the Wildcats' Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H.