by JOSHUA KUMMINS
Providence 6, New Hampshire 5
Paced by two goals from junior Derek Army, the Friars earned their first victory at Whittemore Center since March 2004 with an outstanding road effort to rebound from Thursday’s one-goal decision in Lowell and snap a 17-game winless streak in the all-time series. Six Friars scored at least two points in the game – a group that also included three assists from junior Steven Shemanski. Rookie Jon Gillies made 37 saves for his tenth win of the season for the Friars. In defeat, junior Kevin Goumas scored twice and John Henrion posted a goal and an assist to give himself a solid birthday present. After the victory propelled the Friars to a third-place tie in the Hockey East standings, they continue Hockey East play next weekend in a home-and-home series with BU, while UNH faces Merrimack twice.
UMass-Lowell 4, Boston University 3
The River Hawks extended their nation-long winning streak to nine games on Saturday at Agganis Arena as the visitors held on and staved off a furious BU rally in the third period. The Scarlet and White fell to 12-9-0 on the season and dropped its first set of back-to-back games this year, after a 6-5 loss to Northeastern on Friday. BU has now won twice in six games since returning from the holiday break. BU opened the scoring just over five minutes in the game when freshman Matt Lane scored, but Lowell scored the next four in a row, including a shorthanded winner from rookie Adam Chapie at 5:23 of the third period. Terrier stalwarts Evan Rodrigues and Wade Megan beat junior Doug Carr (29 saves) in the third period, but the Hanover, Mass. native was able to collect his seventh win.
Boston College 9, Northeastern 3
After a see-saw first period that saw three goals from each side, senior Steven Whitney and the No. 2 Eagles took control and scored six unanswered to annihilate the Huskies at Matthews Arena. Whitney, senior center Pat Mullane and junior left wing Johnny Gaudreau combined for four goals and 12 points in the victory, including the first hat trick of Whitney’s career. The Reading, Mass. native and Gaudreau (four assists) led the offensive way in BC’s first nine-goal outburst since Dec. 3, 2010 at BU’s Agganis Arena. NU junior Cody Ferriero set a career high, topping off a five-game point streak with an assist on junior Braden Pimm’s goal in the first period. The Essex, Mass. and Governor’s Academy product has accounted for seven goals and nine points in his last five appearances.
Merrimack 3, Maine 2
Surging junior Mike Collins assisted on each of the three Warrior goals to help Merrimack complete a three-point weekend and season series sweep (2-0-1) over the Black Bears at Orono’s Alfond Arena. With the win, Merrimack improves to 9-9-5 and leaves Maine with points on consecutive nights for the first time in Warrior hockey history. Junior Rhett Bly’s bouncing goal at 10:53 of the final stanza proved to serve as the game winner as classmate Sam Marotta made 22 saves en route to his sixth win of the season in what was the Bridgewater, Mass. native’s third consecutive start. For the hosts, which dropped to 5-14-4, senior Joey Diamond scored a goal and an assist for his first multi-point game since a 4-3 win over Army on Oct. 13, 2012.
Penn State 4, Vermont 2
Penn State received goals from four different players against Catamount freshman Brody Hoffman (28 saves), but the Nittany Lions posted their first-ever win over a Hockey East opponent, defeating UVM at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. Three of PSU’s four goals came over the first 30 minutes of the contest, before freshman Robert Polasello scored on the power play at 11:08. Sophomore Kyle Mountain scored in the final 15 seconds of the contest, but it was too late to keep Matthew Skoff from his fifth win of the year. UVM returns to action next Friday for the start of a two-game series against UMass in Burlington.