College Wraparound: Providence caps first half with win
In the final college hockey game before Christmas, No. 5 Providence scored three times in the third period en route to a solid 4-1 victory over Army Black Knights on Friday night at Tate Rink in West Point, N.Y.
Providence (12-2-3), which is now 4-1-2 away from Schneider Arena this year, is unbeaten in its last 11 games against Army (3-11-0), though Friday’s game was the first between the two programs since Jan. 14, 2000.
With sophomore Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) preparing with Team USA for the World Junior Championships in Sweden, it was rookie Nick Ellis’ turn in the Friar net. Ellis made 19 saves to earn the win, the second of his career.
Union transfer Trevor Mingoia scored his first goal with the Friars just 90 seconds into the second period to open the scoring, beating stellar Army junior Rob Tadazak, who totaled 42 saves. Sophomores Kevin Rooney (Canton, Mass.) and Noel Acciari (Johnston, R.I.) scored shorthanded goals in the first two minutes of the third period, while junior Shane Luke potted an empty-netter with 1:20 remaining.
Army freshman Kyle Plageman scored his first collegiate goal at 13:33 of the final period, and was assisted by a pair of New Englanders in sophomore Andrew O’Leary (Norwich, Vt.) and junior assistant captain Mac Lalor (Needham, Mass.).
The Friars are off until the Ledyard Bank Classic, where they’ll play Dartmouth on Dec. 29 and the winner of Air Force-Northeastern the following day.
Some other notables to munch over the Christmas holiday break:
- The entire Division I circuit will break until next Friday night when No. 7 Boston College (10-4-2) travels to Pittsburgh to compete in the Three Rivers Classic at CONSOL Energy Center. The Eagles face Bowling Green in the opening game of the tournament on Dec. 27 at 4:30.
- Bentley (8-7-1) and Holy Cross (4-9-2) will play the first-ever Atlantic Hockey game at Fenway Park on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Bentley is coming off a massive statement victory last Saturday night, in which it pummeled host Boston University, 4-1.
- Northeastern (10-5-2) will join Providence, Air Force, and host Dartmouth (2-10-0) in the Ledyard National Bank Classic beginning next Sunday at Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H. The Huskies have now hit the 10-win mark before January for the first time since 2008-09.
- Vermont (8-6-1) will host the annual Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup at Gutterson Fieldhouse beginning next Saturday, hosting UMass-Lowell (11-5-0), Clarkson and Canisius.
- UMass (6-12-2), Sacred Heart (4-12-0), and Quinnipiac (13-3-3) will visit Connecticut (6-5-2) in the UConn Holiday Classic, hosted for the first time at Hartford’s XL Center, beginning Sunday, Dec. 29. The Huskies are unbeaten in their last three games, including a two-game sweep of Niagara on Dec. 6-7.