Providence, R.I. --- Sparked by a trio of goals in the second period, 14th-rated Providence claimed a 3-0 home nonconference win over 11th-ranked Minnesota State Saturday.
The visiting Mavericks owned a territorial advantage for most of the first period, but could not convert despite outshooting the Friars by a 20-9 margin.
Then, at the start of the second period, junior forward Ross Mauermann wired a shot from 20 feet out off the crossbar past Minnesota State sophomore Stephon Williams. The goal, which came just 17 seconds after the face-off, got things rolling for the Friars, with freshman defenseman Anthony Florentino's one-timer from the point at 10:16 making it 2-0 with Providence on the power play. The a tap in from Conor MacPhee from in front of the net gave PC a 3-0 cushion. The Friars outshot the Mavericks by an 18-5 margin in the period with 13 of those shots coming on the power play.
The Mavericks fought back in the third period, outshooting the host team 13-11. But saddled with a pair of five-minute majors/game misconducts to forwards Bryce Gervais and Jean-Paul Lafontaine during the course of the game, the Mavericks could not find a way to solve Friar netminder Jon Gilles, who earned the shut-out and his second win of the weekend. MSU was assessed 14 penalties for 58 minutes in the game, while the Friars were whistled for 11 penalties for 22 minutes.
The Mavericks, who stand 0-2-0 for 2013-14 as a result of the two losses to Providence, open their home regular season with the University of Connecticut visiting Mankato next Friday and Saturday for a pair of nonconference games.