PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (NEWS CENTER) - The Maine men's hockey team couldn't beat Providence in each of the past two regular season and the Friars maintained that unbeaten run in the opening game of their Hockey East quarter-final series by a 3-1 final.
Derek Army, the son of former Portland Pirates head coach Tim Army, scored what proved to be the game-winning goal just 6:57 into the game. South Portland's Jon Gillies made 34 saves as he improved to 5-0-1 against the Black Bears in his two seasons as Providence goalie.
Trevor Mingola opened the scoring 89 seconds before Army's tally as the Friars led it 2-0 after the first period.
Maine made it a one-goal game at the 4:57 mark of the second when sophomore forward Ben Hutton scored to cut the Black Bears deficit in half. His 14th of the season tied Devin Shore for the team lead.
Ten minutes later, Mark Jankowski removed any doubt with a power play goal. Jankowski, like fellow Friar Gillies, is a Calgary Flames draftee.
The Friars are 6-0-1 against the Black Bears in their last seven head-to-head meetings. Maine's last win against Providence was on October 29, 2011.
UMaine must win Saturday's game two, scheduled for 7 p.m., to force what would be a decisive game three on Sunday, which would take place at 4:30 p.m.