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Providence Athletics | January 21, 2017

Providence completes sweep over No. 5 UMass-Lowell

  Scott Conway scored the deciding goal in the third period.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Scott Conway’s goal midway through the third period lifted the Providence College men’s hockey team to a 3-2 win over No. 5 UMass Lowell on Saturday night at Schneider Arena. The win completes the Hockey East sweep for the Friars as they improve to 12-8-4 (4-6-2 HEA). The River Hawks dropped to 15-7-3 (7-5-1 HEA). Providence extends its winning streak to a season-long three games.

In addition to his game-winning tally, Conway chipped in with an assist as seven Friars recorded at least one point on Saturday. Hayden Hawkey made 19 saves for his 12th victory of the season, while Tyler Wall turned away 32 shots to fall to 14-6-1.

The River Hawks scored the first goal of the night at 9:48 of the first period when Tommy Panico scored with a slap shot from the point through a screen.

Providence tallied the equalizer when Ryan Tait took a wrist shot to the top corner of near post to beat UML’s Tyler Wall. Scott Conway won the faceoff to Tait, who skated along the faceoff circle and wristed a shot through traffic.

After the first period, Hayden Hawkey made five saves and the Friars recorded 11 shots on goal.

The River Hawks scored on the power play at 4:23 of the second period when John Edwardh took a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot.

With 4:26 remaining in the second period, Kasper Björkqvist scored his third goal of the season for the Friars and his second in as many nights to even the score at 2-2. Spenser Young moved the puck across the blue line to Kyle McKenzie, who took a hard shot that Björkqvist tipped from the high slot.

Conway tallied the go-ahead-goal and eventual game-winner with 9:01 remaining in regulation. After Young moved the puck to Josh Monk along the blue line, Monk sent the puck into traffic in front of Lowell’s Wall. The shot deflected off the shin of Erik Foley and right Conway who buried his chance into an open net for his ninth goal of the season.

The Friars penalty kill was immense in the final 1:40, as Hawkey and Friar defense stymied the River Hawks’ 6-on-4 man-advantage to secure the win.

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