Providence College Earns Weekend Sweep With 4-1 Win Over UMass Lowell
Freshman defenseman Jake Walman and junior forward Noel Acciari each post goal and assist for Friars

Freshman defenseman Jake Walman had a goal and an assist for the Friars
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 7:49  UML1-0 EV Adam Chapie (7)Ryan McGrath/4, Tyler Mueller/7
2nd 10:00  PRV1-1 PP Ross Mauermann (5)Jake Walman/8, Noel Acciari/10
2nd 10:57  PRV2-1 EV GW Noel Acciari (8)Brandon Tanev/8, Shane Luke/10
2nd 13:45  PRV3-1 PP Anthony Florentino (2)Mark Jankowski/12, Nick Saracino/14
2nd 18:16  PRV4-1 EV Jake Walman (1)Mark Jankowski/13, Trevor Mingoia/11
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
UMass Lowell  1001
Providence  0404
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
UMass Lowell  810523
Providence  915832
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
UMass Lowell (15-7-3)  0/8 9/18 0
Providence (16-8-1)  2/9 8/16 0
UMass Lowell Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Jeff Smith (L, 3-3-0)38:164 910019
Olli Kšlkšjš21:440 0189
Providence Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Jon Gillies (W, 14-8-1)60:001 710522

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Trailing by a goal after one period of play, the No. 18 Providence College men's hockey team scored four goals in the second period on their way to a 4-1 win over fifth-ranked UMass Lowell on Saturday night at Schneider Arena (3,033).

Providence (16-8-1, 8-5-0 HEA), which swept the River Hawks (15-7-3, 8-4-2) for the first time since 2005, had four different goal scorers, including power-play tallies by Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) and Anthony Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.). The Friars totaled five power-play goals in the weekend sweep, while their penalty kill was 11-for-11 on the weekend.

Junior Noel Acciari (Johnston, R.I.) finished with a goal and an assist, while freshman Jake Walman (Toronto, Ontario) capped off the Friars scoring with his first career goal. Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced to post his 50th career win in a Friar uniform.

UMass Lowell's first period goal came at 7:49 when forward Adam Chapie followed up on a blue line shot from Tyler Mueller and knocked the loose puck past Gillies for a 1-0 lead.

Mauermann opened the scoring for the Friars with a power play goal at the 10:00 mark of the second period. Walman was playing the point when he setup Mauermann with a perfect pass for a one-timer. Mauermann's shot from the face-off circle beat River Hawks goaltender Jeff Smith on his glove side to even the score at 1-1. Acciari also assisted on the power-play goal.

Acciari responded less than a minute later to put the Friars ahead 2-1 with his eighth goal of the season. After a shift in the River Hawks' zone with junior Brandon Tanev (Toronto, Ontario) and senior Shane Luke (Dauphin, Manitoba), Acciari was stationed at the side of Lowell's net when he was able to tap a loose puck past Smith for the eventual game-winning goal at 10:57.

Sophomore Anthony Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.) added a second power-play goal for the Friars at the 13: 45 of the second period. Florentino's second goal of the season came off of a blast from the blue line after passes by juniors Mark Jankowski (Dundas, Ontario) and Nick Saracino (St. Louis, Mo.).

Walman capped off the scoring with his first collegiate goal at 18:16. Jankowski and junior Trevor Mingoia (Fairport, N.Y.) started the rush up the ice, eventually dropping off a pass for Walman. Walman took the pass and fired a shot that beat Smith high for a 4-1 Friars' advantage.

The Providence special teams had a strong showing as its penalty kill went 8-for-8 while and the power play netted two goals (2-for-9). Providence outshot the River Hawks 32-23 in the meeting.

Gillies earned his 50th career win, as he stopped 22 shots. Lowell goaltenders Smith (19) and Olli Kalkaja (9) combined for 28 saves in the game.

The Friars continue Hockey East play with the second half of the regular season series against No. 19 Boston College on Friday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Chestnut Hill, Mass. at Boston College's Conte Forum. The Friars notched a 1-0 win in the first game of the series on Nov. 29 at Schneider Arena.

Notes The last time the Friars swept a weekend series versus the River Hawks was Nov. 21-22, 2005 ... Providence's last back-to-back wins over UMass Lowell came on Jan. 10, 2009 (4-2) and Nov. 24, 2009 (4-2) ... After a 1-3-1 start to the season, the Friars are 15-5-0 since Nov. 1 and they have won eight of their last 10 games (8-2-0) ... The Friars are now 7-3-1 against ranked opponents this season ... Since returning from winter break, Noel Acciari has 14 points over the last nine games (7-7-14)... Acciari is also on a four-game point streak (4-4-8) including a goal in each of those games for a career-long, four-game goal scoring streak ... Nick Saracino has 11 points in Providence's last eight games (3-8-11) ... Ross Mauermann has 98 career points (46-52-98) ... Jon Gillies now has 50 career victories in the Friar net, joining just Mario Proulx '84 (64-32-2) and Bill Milner '79 (50-37-6) as the only Friar goalies with at least 50-career wins ... John Gilmour skated in his 99th game as a Friar ... Jake Walman recorded his first career goal as well as his first career multi-point game (1-1-2) ... The Friars had back-to-back games with multiple power-play goals for the first time this season ... The Friars are now 36-5-3 when Mark Jankowski records at least one point.​