Warriors suffer first loss
Providence earned its first victory over a top-ranked team since 2003, upending Merrimack, 2-1, in overtime last night at Schneider Arena to end the Warriors’ unbeaten start to the season.
The Friars won the first game of the weekend series with a solid defensive effort, holding Merrimack (9-1-1, 6-1-1 Hockey East) to 27 shots, with only five coming in the third period. The Warriors came into the contest averaging 3.5 goals per game.
Alex Beaudry made 26 saves for the Friars (7-6-1, 5-3-0), who have beaten Merrimack three straight times at Schneider. Andy Balysky’s shorthanded goal gave Providence the lead late in the second period, and Ross Mauermann ended things 1:54 into overtime, poking home the rebound of a Myles Harvey shot after the initial stop by Joe Cannata (34 saves).
Jesse Todd scored for Merrimack, at 9:01 of the third period. That was the Warriors’ only successful power play in five opportunites. Providence finished 0 for 5 with the man advantage.
Northeastern 9, Notre Dame 2 - The Huskies (5-7-2) stretched their winning streak to four games by blasting the second-ranked Fighting Irish (10-4-3) in South Bend, Ind. Northeastern has outscored its opponents, 22-6, during the streak.
The Huskies busted out quickly (Braden Pimm scored just 30 seconds in) and never relented, building their lead to 6-0 midway through the second period. Garrett Vermeersch had both NU goals in the middle frame.
Cody Ferriero provided a goal and two assists in the blowout, Ludwig Karlsson tallied four assists, and Steve Quailer had three helpers.
Harvard 4, UMass 4 - The nonconference matchup at Mullins Center ended in a draw after the Crimson’s Tommy O’Regan scored the final goal midway through the third period, the fourth time Harvard overcame a one-goal deficit.
Steven Guzzo had a goal and an assist for UMass (4-7-4) and teammate Michael Pereira had a pair of assists. Harvard (3-3-3) got two goals from Marshall Everson and three assists from Patrick McNally.
The Minutemen’s Kevin Boyle made 40 saves, and Crimson goalie Steve Michalek finished with 31.
UMass-Lowell 3, New Hampshire 2 - David Vallorani’s goal late in the second period proved to be the difference for the River Hawks (8-4-0, 5-3-0) in front of a record crowd (6,826) at the Tsongas Center.
Lowell’s Doug Carr made a season-high 33 saves, allowing only a first-period goal to Greg Burke and a late strike by Mike Borisenok. The Wildcats dropped to 6-7-2 overall and 4-5-1 in conference play.
Maine 6, Vermont 4 - At Burlington, Vt., Spencer Abbott had a hat trick for the Black Bears (5-6-2, 4-5-1 Hockey East), including two of his team’s four goals in the third period. Bryan Flynn contributed a goal and three assists in the win. Vermont is 3-9-1, 1-7-1.