AMHERST, Mass. - Playing in his first game of his senior season, Chris Capraro made a big
impact right off the bat Friday night, assisting on UMass' (3-1-1/2-1-0 Hockey
East) opening goal before putting up two of his own as the Minutemen beat
Providence (2-5-1/1-2-1 HEA) 4-1. Cory Quirk and Chris Davis also had multi-point nights, while Jon Quick was again stellar in net, turning away 33 Friar
The Minutemen power play got things started at 10:59 of the opening stanza
with John Cavanagh in the box for obstruction tripping. Quirk, who currently
leads the team in points, collected his second of the season off of a Capraro
pass to the far side of Tyler Sims in net. Davis also assisted on the play,
his first helper of the season.
UMass turned it on in the second, scoring twice in the span of 2:04 to open up
the 3-goal lead. Capraro's first goal of the season at 1:19 was an exercise in
patience, dragging the puck in front of the Providence crease and waiting to
lift it in until after Sims committed. Davis and David Leaderer were credited
with the assists, with the latter being Leaderer's first point of 2006-07.
P.J. Fenton made it a 3-0 game at 3:23, assisted by Will Ortiz and Matt
Anderson. Anderson brought the puck down with Ortiz, who found Fenton at the
top of the crease for the tip. The assist marks three consecutive games in
which Ortiz has had a point, while the rookie has scored in all but one game
The Friars came back with a power play goal by Jamie Carroll at 6:26, shot
from between the circles. PC won the faceoff cleanly and drew the puck back to
the blueline. A later shot from behind the UMass net by Colin McDonald found
the open Carroll to make it 3-1. Shots through two were 24-19 in favor of
Providence pulled its goalie late in the game and Capraro iced it with an
empty netter at 18:29, assisted by Quirk. Overall, shots were 34-22 for the
visitors, while both teams scored on the power play (UMass: 1-3; PC: 1-2).
The home and home series continues Saturday night in Providence, R.I. Game
time is set for 7 p.m.