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A shorthanded goal from Noel Acciari was all the offense Providence needed, and the sixth-ranked Friars bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 1-0 blanking of Merrimack in North Andover.
Jon Gillies made 23 saves in his seventh career shutout for Providence, tying the school record. The Friars (6-1-1, 2-1-0 Hockey East) recovered after a 0-1-1 swing against Boston University last weekend in which the Terriers scored eight goals against the sophomore goalie.
Acciari scored at 16:09 of the second, while his team was in a 4-on-5 situation. The goal was assisted on by Steven McParland.
Sam Marotta made 18 saves in the loss as Merrimack (3-4-0) dropped its Hockey East opener.
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