WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Fifth-ranked Providence scored back-to-back third-period, short-handed tallies to pull away from Army en route to a 4-1 win at Tate Rink on Friday night.
Leading 1-0 after two periods of play, shorthanded goals by Kevin Rooney and Noel Acciari early in the third period lifted the Friars (12-2-3, 6-2-1 HEA) to the win.
Freshman goaltender Nick Ellis stopped 18 of the 19 shots he faced to earn his second win of the season in his second career start. Junior Rob Tadazak made 42 saves for Army (3-12-0, 3-8-0 AHA), including 18 in the second period.
Neither team found the back of the net in the first period, which featured a lot of back-and-forth play by both teams. A Steven Shamanski blast from the top of the circles and a Josh Monk snapshot that Tadzak just got his left toe on were two of Providence's better scoring chances in the opening frame.
The Friars then took a 1-0 lead at 1:30 of the second period when sophomore Mark Jankowski skated down the nearside, beat two Army defenders and slid the puck across the top of the crease to an open Trevor Mingoia, who slotted home his first goal as a Friar.
The Friar penalty kill staked Providence to 3-0 lead early in the third period when Rooney and Acciari netted short-handed goals 33 seconds apart. Rooney put the Friars up 2-0 at 1:19 when he beat the Army defense through the neutral zone and fired high past Tadzak for his third goal of the year, with Jankowski earning his second assist of the night on the play. Then Steven McParland chipped a pass to Acciari in the neutral zone and he skated into the offensive zone and beat Tadzak for his sixth goal of the year. It also marked Acciari's third shorthanded goal of the year, which is tied for the national lead.
The Black Knights got on the board at 13:33 when Andrew O'Leary threw one to the short side that Kyle Plageman deflected past Ellis. Mac Lalor also assisted on the play, which made it 3-1.
With Tadzak pulled in favor of the extra attacker, the Friars sealed the win when Shane Luke scored an empty-net goal for his sixth of the season. Nick Saracino and Ross Mauermann assisted on the goal.
Providence finished 0-for-4 with the man advantage, while Army went 0-for-3 on the power play.