Providence drops No. 1 Merrimack
Mauermann scores game-winner to lift Friars to upset
PROVIDENCE, RI. -- Freshman Ross Mauermann scored 1:54 into overtime to lift the Providence (7-6-1, 5-3-0 HE) to a 2-1 victory against previously unbeaten No. 1 Merrimack (9-1-1, 6-1-1 HE) on Friday night.
Mauermann's goal came after a Merrimack turnover in its own end. Junior Myles Harvey stole the puck just inside the blue line, spun, before firing a shot on net that was saved by Merrimack goaltender Joe Cannata. However, Mauermann was right in front to tap the puck into the net and give the Friars their first overtime win since February 9, 2008.
"It was just a good hockey game," Providence head coach Nate Leaman said. "Obviously it could have gone either way going into overtime, but we found a way to get one by Joe Cannata."
After the first twenty minutes of play, the score remained tied at zero as the Warriors outshot the Friars, 13-10 in the first period. The Friars grabbed the lead (1-0) at 15:38 of the second period while they skated short handed. Senior Andy Balysky buried the puck over the shoulder of Cannata as sophomore Derek Army and Harvey assisted on the goal. It marked the fifth short-handed goal that the Friars have scored this season.
At 9:01 of the third period, the Warriors tied the game on a power-play goal from Jesse Todd who ripped a one timer from the slot past PC senior goalie Alex Beaudry. Neither team scored the rest of the third period as the game went into overtime.
The Friars had the shot advantage on the Warriors for the game, 36-27. Beaudry finished the game with 26 saves. Cannata stopped 34 shots.