College hockey: Jon Gillies rebounds to push Providence past Merrimack

 A shorthanded goal from Noel Acciari was all the offense Providence needed, and the sixth-ranked Friars bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 1-0 blanking of Merrimack in North Andover.

 Jon Gillies made 23 saves in his seventh career shutout for Providence, tying the school record. The Friars (6-1-1, 2-1-0 Hockey East) recovered after a 0-1-1 swing against Boston University last weekend in which the Terriers scored eight goals against the sophomore goalie.

 Acciari scored at 16:09 of the second, while his team was shorthanded. The goal was assisted by Steven McParland.


 Sam Marotta made 18 saves in the loss as Merrimack (3-4-0) dropped its Hockey East opener.

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Quinnipiac 3, Brown 0 — In Hamden, Conn., Michael Garteig’s second straight shutout highlighted the No. 5-ranked Bobcats’ ninth straight victory.

 Garteig, who hasn’t allowed a goal in 138 minutes and 5 seconds, made 20 saves. Connor Clifton, Cory Hibbeler, and Kellen Jones scored for Quinnipiac (9-1-0, 3-0-0 ECAC), which hasn’t lost since dropping its opener to Alaska-Anchorage in Alaska. Sam Anas registered his team-high 14th point, assisting on Clifton’s goal.

 Brown (2-2-1, 0-2-1) failed to cash in on any of their seven power-play opportunities.

AIC 8, Bentley 7 — Fourteen players combined to score 15 goals, with American International’s Jon Puskar leading the way with two, and the Yellow Jackets (2-3-0, 2-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) survived the Hawks (2-7-0, 1-2-0) in Watertown.


 Puskar also assisted on three goals, while Alexander MacMillan scored a goal and had four helpers for the visitors. David Norris also had four assists.

 Bentley, playing at home for just the first time this season, led, 4-2, after one period. But the Yellow Jackets won the second period, 4-1, and the two teams split the final period at two goals apiece.

 Ty Reichenbach made 35 saves for his first win of the season.

Clarkson 3, Dartmouth 2 — Eric Neiley’s goal in the second period tied it at 2 for the Big Green (0-5-0, 0-3-0 ECAC), but the 16th-ranked Golden Knights (8-2-1, 2-1-0) got a power-play goal from Ben Sexton minutes later to keep Dartmouth winless.

Maine 2, Vermont 0 — Ben Hutton and Steven Swavely each scored third-period power-play goals as the Black Bears (4-3-1, 1-1-1 Hockey East) prevailed over the Catamounts (2-3-1, 1-2-0) in Orono. Maine hasn’t lost at home in four games this year.


UNH 4, UMass 1 — Senior defenseman Justin Agosta’s first multiple-goal game sparked the Huskies (2-5-1, 1-2-0 Hockey East) to a win over the Minutemen (3-5-2, 1-2-1) in Durham, N.H.

St. Lawrence 3, Harvard 1 — Jimmy Vesey’s strike was all the offense the host Crimson (2-2-1, 1-2-1) got in an ECAC matchup against the Saints.

Yale 5, Princeton 2 — Tommy Fallen scored a pair of goals, Carson Cooper had one goal and one assist, and the visiting Bulldogs (3-1-1, 2-0-1 ECAC) tamed the Tigers (1-4-0, 0-3-0).

Holy Cross 4, Army 1 — Ryan McGrath scored and had an assist during a four-goal outburst in a span of 7:50 in the second period for the Crusaders (2-5-0, 2-0-0 AHA), who topped the Black Nights (0-5-0, 0-3-0) at West Point.