posted on: Thursday November 18, 2010
Alexis Smith ’12/Sports Staff
The Men’s Hockey Team pulled off another two wins, this time on the road against a team that was in the NCAA play-offs last year. The Friars swept their back-to-back games against the University of Alabama-Huntsville last weekend. This gained them their second Hockey East Team of the Week honors in the last three weeks. “It is great that we were selected for Hockey East honors. It just shows how hard we have been playing as a team this year,” said Matt Germain ’11. Saturday night at the Von Braun Center, they beat the Chargers 4-2. The Friars improved their record to 5-4-2 and 3-2-2 in the Hockey East, and extended their unbeaten streak to six games, the longest such streak since the 2005-06 season. Alabama-Huntsville’s record is now 1-10-1. “At times you can get pushed back on your heals on the road,” said Head Coach Tim Army. “We need to learn how to close games out on the road.” Providence had control over the game in the first period as they outshot UAH 12-4 and led 1-0 after 20 minutes in. The goal was scored by Assistant Captain Germain, who skated on the fore check in the UAH zone and was able to poke the puck away from a defender into the right-wing corner. Matt Bergland ’12 then gained possession of the puck before sliding a pass to the slot back to Germain ,who beat UAH’s goaltender Clarke Saunders over his right shoulder with a wrist shot. This marked Germain’s third goal of the season. The second period went twice as well as the first, as the Friars scored two goals in the first six minutes to increase their lead to 3-0. Germain again assisted on the goal when he fired a shot from the right circle that was saved by Saunders, but the rebound was loose in front and Eric Baier ’11 skated hard to the net before using the backhand to tap the puck into the net for his first goal of the season. Germain was back on the point search soon after as he assisted on a shorthanded goal when he stole the puck at the UAH blue line and made a cross ice pass to Tim Schaller ’13 who skated to the slot before firing a high backhander into the net. To finish off the second period, the Chargers cut the lead to 3-1 at 8:32 when a UAH player skated into the PC zone before firing a shot from the top of the right circle that eluded PC goalie Alex Beaudry ’12. The Friars sealed the deal with 6:18 left in the third period when Bergland scored to make the score 4-1 with assists from Germain and Tyler Landman ’13. UAH made its final statement with three seconds left in the game, scoring a power-play goal and finalizing the score at 4-2. Beaudry finished the night with 24 saves and got his fourth win of the season. “The most important part was the fact that the team played so well this weekend,” said Danny New ’12. For their first game against Alabama-Huntsville, the Friars won 3-1 with Co-Captain Kyle MacKinnon ’11 leading the way with a hat trick which included the game winning-goal. It came on a five-minute power play and the Friars capitalized halfway through the one man advantage. MacKinnon pounced on the loose puck in front and put home his seventh goal of the season. The assists on the goal came from Co-Captain Ian O’Connor ’11 and Steven Shamanski ’14. Shamanski’s assist was his first career point. To top off his hat trick, MacKinnon scored his third goal with 45 seconds left into an empty net. “Alabama-Huntsville is a tough team to get a read on because they don’t play in a specific league,” said New. MacKinnon scored the first goal of the game at 13:17. He gained possession of the puck and snapped a low wrist shot into the net. The Chargers kept their power-play reputation alive when they capitalized on one at 9:16 of the second period. The Friars return to Providence’s Schneider Arena on Friday, Nov. 19, at 7:00 p.m. to host division rival Northeastern. All the fans should go and cheer on their fellow Friars. “I love the fans. I want them to be loud. They are supposed to raze the other team, respectfully,” said Coach Army.