In the final college hockey game before Christmas, No. 5 Providence scored three times in the third period en route to a solid 4-1 victory over Army Black Knights on Friday night at Tate Rink in West Point, N.Y.
Providence (12-2-3), which is now 4-1-2 away from Schneider Arena this year, is unbeaten in its last 11 games against Army (3-11-0), though Friday’s game was the first between the two programs since Jan. 14, 2000.
With sophomore Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) preparing with Team USA for the World Junior Championships in Sweden, it was rookie Nick Ellis’ turn in the Friar net. Ellis made 19 saves to earn the win, the second of his career.
Union transfer Trevor Mingoia scored his first goal with the Friars just 90 seconds into the second period to open the scoring, beating stellar Army junior Rob Tadazak, who totaled 42 saves. Sophomores Kevin Rooney (Canton, Mass.) and Noel Acciari (Johnston, R.I.) scored shorthanded goals in the first two minutes of the third period, while junior Shane Luke potted an empty-netter with 1:20 remaining.
Army freshman Kyle Plageman scored his first collegiate goal at 13:33 of the final period, and was assisted by a pair of New Englanders in sophomore Andrew O’Leary (Norwich, Vt.) and junior assistant captain Mac Lalor (Needham, Mass.).
The Friars are off until the Ledyard Bank Classic, where they’ll play Dartmouth on Dec. 29 and the winner of Air Force-Northeastern the following day.
Some other notables to munch over the Christmas holiday break: