posted on: Thursday October 28, 2010
Alexis Smith ’12 / Sports Staff
The Friars (1-4-0, 1-2-0 Hockey East) keep the scores close. Their last two games have been lost by a difference of just one goal, which shows how the team has grown from last year. With the enthusiastic freshman and the new leadership, the Men’s Ice Hockey Team is off to a great start this year.
“We have great captains this year who [have been] leading the way by example,” said Alex Velischeck ’13. “We all voted on them, so we got the guys we wanted.”
On Saturday, they lost to Boston University (4-0-1, 2-0-1 Hockey East), 2-1, in a Hockey East game played at Agganis Arena. Although the score did not reflect the work put in, the shots on goal certainly did. The Friars outshot the Terriers 40-20, but the BU goalie stopped all but one shot to help his team win.
BU scored two goals in the latter stages of the first period to start the game 2-0. The first goal was scored with about six minutes left, and the second found its way between the pipes with about two minutes left. For the Friars, they did create several scoring chances as they had three power-play opportunities, including a five-on-three advantage, but they were not able to get it in the net.
They continued to battle in the second period as they looked for their first goal. In the second period, the Friars again outshot the Terriers, 12-7, and had two more power-play chances.
Aaron Jamnick ’13 nearly made it on the board at 7:03 when he slid a pass to the slot for Ben Farrer ’11, whose shot was turned aside by BU. After that, the Friars had another power-play opportunity and Jamnick was alone in front, but his shot missed the net high. As the game continued, the Friars continued to pressure their net and at 12:17 Tyler Landman ’13 stole an errant pass in the BU zone and played it to Kyle MacKinnon ’11, who was in alone against a BU defender, but MacKinnon’s shot was stopped. With eight seconds left in the third period, the Friars cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal by Jamnick. He re-directed a shot from Tim Schaller ’13 and passed the BU defense.
Goaltender Alex Beaudry ’11 walked away with 18 stopped shots for the Friars while BU’s goalie had 39, including 32 in the final two periods.
“Our style of play this year has allowed me and the other defensemen to open up our game,” said Eric Baier ’11. “We can move the puck quick and get it up the ice to our forwards.”
The Friars played against UMass-Lowell on Friday in a battle that ended with a 5-4 loss in overtime in a Hockey East game played at Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass. They were tied up until the very last 36 seconds when a UMass player scored to gain the win.
“[We] turned the puck over in some critical situations which lead to the overtime goal,” said Coach Tim Army. “At times we didn’t make good decisions with the puck and they took advantage of it.”
Providence took a 1-0 lead at the 4:36 mark of the first period when MacKinnon scored his team-leading third goal of the season. The goal came when defenseman Danny New ’12 played the puck off the right wing boards to Ben Farrer ’11 who then tapped ahead to MacKinnon. With a two-on-one rush, MacKinnon skated and beat the UML goaltender with a low wrist shot to the net. UMass Lowell (1-1-2, 1-1-0 Hockey East) tied the game 1-1 when one of their forwards scored from the left circle at 14:12. However, Providence answered only 40 seconds later when Matt Bergland ’12 stole an errant pass in the UML zone and fired a high wrist shot into the net as PC went into the first period intermission with a 2-1 edge over UMass Lowell.
“We out-played them for the majority of the game and gave ourselves the chance to win.” said Velischeck. “But in overtime we weren’t able to finish it off.”
In the second period, the Friars outshot the River Hawks 17-8, and increased their lead to 3-1 just 1:23 into the period as Tyler Landman ’13 pounced on a loose puck in front and scored his first career goal. Tim Schaller ’12 and Chris Rooney ’12 assisted on the goal. The UML forward cut the lead to 3-2 with a power-play goal at 3:48.
Then, at 4:18 in the third period UML evened the score to 3-3, and continued at 13:04 with a power play goal to make it 4-3. However, the Friars were ready as Jordan Kremyr ’11 brought the Friars back when he scored the equalizer just 1:20 later when he capitalized on a rebound in front to force overtime. The assists on the goal went to Derek Army ’14 and Baier.
Wetmore’s overtime goal came after a scrum in front as a UML forward picked up an assist on the play. Beaudry finished the game with 39 saves, while UML’s goalie finished with 33 stopped shots for the River Hawks.
“We competed hard the last two games. We just had a couple break downs during the games that cost us a goal or two,” said Baier.
“If we keep doing things well, eventually the wins are going to come,” said Coach Army. The Friars’ next game will be Friday, Oct. 29, against UMass-Amherst (0-3-1, 0-1-1 Hockey East). Don’t forget to come out and support the Friars on Saturday, Oct. 30, when they play UMass-Amherst again on their home ice.