|2nd||8:41||PRV||1-0||PP GW||Jake Walman (11)||Mark Jankowski/10|
|3rd||11:18||PRV||2-0||PP||John Gilmour (4)||Brandon Tanev/7, Steven McParland/6|
|3rd||15:27||PRV||3-0||EV||Erik Foley (2)||Brandon Tanev/8, Brian Pinho/6|
|3rd||19:46||PRV||4-0||PP||Garrett Gamez (3)||Niko Rufo/2, Robbie Hennessey/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Collin Delia (L, 6-4-4)||60:00||4||10||9||7||26|
|Nick Ellis (W, 10-0-3)||60:00||0||7||10||14||31|
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Three power play goals and a 31-save shutout from Nick Ellis lifted the top-ranked Providence College men's hockey team to a 4-0 decision over #16 Merrimack at Schneider Arena on Saturday night.
Providence remains unbeaten at 11-0-3 and 4-0-2 in Hockey East play with the win, while the Warriors fall to 6-4-4 and 2-3-4 in league play. Collin Delia made 26 stops for the visiting Warriors in the loss.
The Friars' unbeaten streak dating back to last season is now at 18 games (15-0-3).
The even battle between these two teams continued on Saturday night with a deadlocked opening 20 minutes of play. The Friars attempted 22 shots at the Merrimack net and had a couple of notable opportunities along the way. Steven McParland's shot from the half wall drilled off the post, while Mark Jankowski had a golden chance at the bottom of the slot that Delia snared with the glove.
Providence killed off the lone power play of the period, but not without a tense moment when Merrimack's Alex Carle found the post before the Friar defense cleared away the rebound.
Providence struck first on the power play with a bizarre goal 8:41 into the second period with Merrimack's Jace Hennig in the box for hitting after the whistle. After Mark Jankowski's neutral zone faceoff win, Jake Walman scooped up the loose puck and fired a wrister from the skating Friar logo at center ice that skipped up and through Delia to give the Friars the lead. It was Walman's team-leading 11th tally of the season and sixth power play strike.
Ellis continued his strong efforts in goal, snaring a good chances from Hampus Gustafsson and Jared Kolquist late in the period.
With the Friars clinging to another one-goal lead in the third period, John Gilmour gave the hosts some insurance with his fourth strike of the year and Providence's second power play goal of the night. Slick passing from Erik Foley and Brandon Tanev electrified the crowd at 15:27 to put the Friars up 3-0. Tanev sent Foley's saucer pass back to the freshman and he made no mistake in one-timing it into the open net to give the Friars a three-goal cushion.
Garrett Gamez notched his second goal of the weekend with just 13.7 seconds remaining on assists from Niko Rufo and Robbie Hennessey to compete the scoring.
Up next, the Friars will take on Brown in game one of the Mayor's Cup this Thursday (Dec. 10) before an 18-day hiatus for winter break.
HOW THEY SCORED:
1-0 (PC) Power Play Goal scored by Jake Walman (Jankowski): Off a neutral zone faceoff, wrister from the red line that skipped through Delia.
2-0 (PC) Power Play Goal scored by John Gilmour (Tanev, McParland): Wrister from the left point that beat Delia top left corner, after an offensive zone faceoff win by Rooney.
3-0 (PC) Goal by Erik Foley (Tanev, Pinho): Give-and-go with Tanev, one-timer into the open net.
4-0 (PC) Power Play Goal by Garrett Gamez (Rufo, Hennessey): Backhand pass by Rufo to a streaking Gamez, who backhanded it over Delia's pad.
The Friars are now unbeaten in their last 18 games (15-0-3) dating back to last season, which is a new school record and also continue their school record for an 14-game unbeaten streak to begin a season ... Walman notched his fifth game-winning goal of the season ... Foley has recorded points in back-to-back games for the second time this season ... Brandon Tanev runs his point streak to a career best point streak to five games (1-5-6) ... 10 Friars found the scoresheet on Saturday ... Garrett Gamez scored for the second consecutive night ... Power Plays: Providence - 3/5, Merrimack 0/3 ... official shots on goal: Merrimack 31, Providence 30 ... Attendance: 3,030.