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Things didn't turn out as planned for Tim Army's Friars in the first of a home and home series against Umass Amherst. The Friars went down 4-1 on the Minutemen's large ice surface, and will have to quickly regroup as they take on Umass again tonight at Schneider Arena.

The Minutemen scored twice in the second period and that was all they needed to frustrate the Friars the rest of the way. The one Providence goal was scored on a power play by senior Jamie Carroll assisted by Colin McDonald. Umass Amherst goes to 2-1-0 in Hockey East action (3-1-1 overall). The Friars drop to 1-2-1 in the Hockey East play (2-5-1 overall).

Some observations from Amherst:

The Friars got off to another sluggish start. They seemed to have problems adapting to the large ice surface. They struggled most of the night breaking the puck out of their zone along the boards.

John Rheault and Cody Wild did not play in the third period. This meant the team went with 5 defensemen in the third.

In my opinion, Brian Horan played his best game of the year. He was very aggressive and got plenty of ice time in the 2nd and 3rd periods. Mark Fayne continues to impress. He looks better each game he plays and tonight got his second assist in as many games. Nick Mazzolini and Jamie Carrol also had strong games.

Brad Cooper joined us during the second intermission. He is recovering from a broken jaw and hopes to return to the lineup by the end of the year. His jaw has healed but he needs to gain back some weight and strength. That would be a great addition to the team.

Tonight was the best crowd I have seen in the Mullins Center in 12 years.

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