Dec. 22, 2005
Providence, RI - The 17th ranked Providence Friars scored three power play goals and sophomore Tyler Sims made 20 saves in goal as Providence beat Sacred Heart 5-2 to claim the championship of the Providence College Hockey Holiday Classic Thursday night at Schneider Arena.
Providence jumped on top right away when freshman Matt Torimina scored his first career goal just 18 seconds into the game. Taormina took a feed from and flipped a shot over the left shoulder of Pioneer goaltender Stefan Drew (Dugald, MB) to put Providence up 1-0.
The Pioneers tied the game with 5:52 left in the opening period. After Torimina turned the puck over in the Providence zone, senior Erik Roos (Milford, CT) put a wrist shot past Sims. For Roos, it was his fifth goal of the season.
The Friars grabbed the lead back 37 seconds into the second period when junior Jaime Caroll pounded home a loose puck in the midst of a scramble in front of the net. It was Caroll's fourth goal of the season.
The Pioneers had two golden opportunities to tie the game in the span of one minute halfway through the second period. With In the Pioneers shorthanded Sims mishandled the puck out of his net and Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) wrapped it around the net and tried to slam it into the empty net, but Sims made diving stop at the last second. Then sophomore Alexandre Parent (Boisbriand, QC) took the puck in the neutral zone and charged into the Friar zone but was stonewalled by Sims.
Freshman Brad Cooper gave the Friars a two goal lead with 7:34 left in the middle period. With Providence on the power play, senior Torry Gajada fed a perfect pass through the crease to Cooper who slammed it into the open corner of the net for his first career goal.
The Friars went up 4-1 early in the third period. Senior Nate Meyers took a pass in the slot and flipped a shot under the arm of Drew.
Sacred Heart cut the deficit to 4-2 when senior Chris Connerty (Raynam, MA), playing in front of family and friends scored his third goal of the season at the 4:33 mark of the third.
The Friars iced the game on the power play. With 7:21 to go, senior James Pemberton blasted a shot from the blue line that found its way through the pads of Drew to make it 5-2. Providence finished the game 3-10 on the power play.
Gajada was named MVP of the tournament. Joining him on the All-Tournament team from the Pioneers were defenseman Kalen Wright (Candle Lake, SK) as well as O'Brien. Sims, freshman Cody Wild, and junior Chase Watson were honored for the Friars.
The Pioneers (9-7-1) will take the next 10 days off for the holidays. They return to Atlantic Hockey action on Tuesday, January 3rd when they visit Bentley.