AMHERST, Mass. - No. 8 University of Massachusetts hockey and No. 18 Providence battled through regulation and overtime without solving either goaltender, skating to a 0-0 tie at the Mullins Center on Friday afternoon. UMass sits at 9-5-2 on the season, while the Friars are now 5-5-3 and take the extra point in the Hockey East standings with a 1-0 shootout win.
"It's tough but the kids were resilient," said UMass head coach Greg Carvel. "They got it together in the third period, I thought we had a number of chances to score to win the game and then again in overtime. I know (Zac) Jones had two breakaways and I know we had some other good chances. It was a good college hockey game, Providence is a hard team, they play well, they're very well coached. It was the first time this year I felt like we lost momentum of the game and had a hard time reeling it back in. I thought the first 10 minutes of the game we were really good and the last 20 we were really good and for 30 minutes we had to chase the game because we just kept getting sent to the penalty box."
With just over seven minutes to play in the second period, senior Oliver Chau had a chance to put UMass out in front, but was denied on his breakaway attempt. At the other end, the Friars followed up by hitting two posts in an offensive flurry and came up empty.
The puck danced across the Providence goal line several times in the third and sophomore Zac Jones had two breakaway opportunities in the third, but the game remained scoreless through 65 minutes of play.
The first seven shooters in the shootout were unsuccessful before Brian Berard managed to convert for the Friars to take the shootout, 1-0.
UMass finished with a 28-27 edge in shots and went 0-for-3 on the power play, while going a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill.
In his first start since November 28, junior Filip Lindberg made 27 saves and earned his seventh career shutout. His counterpart, Jaxson Stauber had 28 stops for Providence.
The teams will be back in action tomorrow night, January 23, in Providence with a 7 p.m. matchup that will air on NESN+.