|2nd||6:10||PRV||1-0||PP||Nick Saracino (10)||Mark Jankowski/20, John Gilmour/13|
|2nd||8:27||PRV||2-0||SH GW||Trevor Mingoia (11)||Anthony Florentino/6|
|3rd||2:20||PRV||3-0||EV||Brandon Tanev (14)||Nick Saracino/18, Josh Monk/8|
|3rd||10:57||UMA||1-3||PP||Dennis Kravchenko (11)||Shane Walsh/11, William Lagesson/5|
|3rd||19:49||PRV||4-1||EV EN||Brandon Tanev (15)||Mark Jankowski/21|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Nick Ellis (W, 22-5-4)||60:00||1||7||5||11||23|
|Alex Wakaluk (L, 1-5-0)||59:30||3||9||9||13||31|
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts played level with No. 5 Providence through the opening period, but the Friars used a pair of special teams goals in the second to help the squad skate past the Minutemen, 4-1 on Senior Night at the Mullins Center. The loss leaves UMass at 8-21-4 overall, 2-15-4 in Hockey East, while the Friars improve to 25-5-4 overall and 15-3-3 in league action.
Sophomore Dennis Kravchenko provided the lone tally of the night for the Minutemen, his 11th of the season for a new career high. It marked his ninth point in the past nine games, as well. Senior Shane Walsh added his 11th assist of the season, his 28th point of the year, matching the team lead in scoring. William Lagesson earned his fifth helper for his seventh point of his freshman campaign.
Following a scoreless first, Providence broke the deadlock 6:10 into the second early into a power play opportunity. After receiving the puck from Mark Jankowski and John Gilmour, Nick Saracino knocked in his own rebound at the near post, giving the Friars a 1-0 lead.
Trevor Mingoia then made it a 2-0 advantage for Providence at the 8:27 mark. With the Friars shorthanded, Anthony Florentino drove a shot off the mask of Alex Wakaluk and Mingoia was there to clean up the loose puck.
Providence pushed the margin to 3-0 in the opening minutes of the final stanza as Brandon Tanev rung a shot form the high slot under the cross bar 2:20 into the third. Saracino and Parisi picked up assists on the play.
UMass took one of the goals back at the 10:57 mark. With Walsh playing the middle point on the power play, Lagesson set up his strike that was redirected by Kravchenko in front to put the Minutemen on the board.
The Friars later added the final tally of the contest as Tanev notched an empty netter at 19:49, his second of the night.
Providence finished with a 35-24 shot advantage and went 1-for-2 on the power play, while UMass was 1-for-5.
Wakaluk totaled 31 saves for the Minutemen in his third straight start. His counterpart, Nick Ellis, made 23 stops for the Friars.
The teams will be back in action tomorrow night, Feb. 27, closing out the regular season in Providence at Schneider Arena at 7 p.m.