Hockey East Roundup: No. 18 Providence Dominates No. 5 UMass-Lowell

UMass-Lowell is the fifth-ranked team in the nation and hadn’t lost at home since November entering Friday night. Apparently Providence didn’t get the memo.

The No. 18 Friars scored the first three goals of the game and never looked back en route to a 7-3 blowout of the host River Hawks at Tsongas Center.

Both teams started out slow despite the high score, as Providence’s Noel Acciari was the only player from either team to score in the first period. The Friars (15-8-1, 7-5 Hockey East) turned it on in the final 40 minutes, though, scoring three goals each in the second and third periods, including two from junior forward Trevor Mingoia.

UMass-Lowell scored two goals of its own in the second period to make it a 4-2 game heading into the third period, but Providence scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the third frame to put the game out of reach.

The River Hawks (15-6-3, 8-3-2) won’t have to wait long to get their revenge, as the teams face off again Saturday night, this time at Schneider Arena in Providence.

AROUND THE LEAGUE
Massachusetts 4, Merrimack 4 (OT)
Maine 6, New Hampshire 4
Northeastern 3, Notre Dame 2
Boston University 4, Vermont 2

Thumbnail photo via Facebook/Providence College Men’s Ice Hockey

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