Providence Game Notes v. Brown
FOLLOW THE FRIARS (12-7-1, 6-4-1 HEA)
Matchup: No. 11 Providence College vs. Brown (5-7-1, 4-6-0 ECAC)
Faceoff: 7 PM (Wed.) – Schneider Arena – Providence, R.I.
TV: YurView (Cox 4 & 1004 HD)/ Friars All-Access ($) | Play-by-Play: Mike Logan – Color: Sonny Watrous
Live Stats: GameTracker
- Providence out-scored Arizona State and Robert Morris by a combined 8-1 margin to claim the 2017 Three Rivers Classic title at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa. last weekend.
- The Friars got goals from six different players on Friday night in a 6-0 win over Arizona State, including three points each from Erik Foley and Josh Wilkins.
- Foley now has 20 points (8-12-20) over his last 12 games and currently ranks second in the Hockey East in scoring, one point behind Northeastern’s Adam Gaudette.
- Wilkins recorded his second three-point game of the season on Friday.
- Jacob Bryson notched the eighth two-assist game of his career, assisting on the Conway and Mirageas goals on Friday.
- Brian Pinho was named the Three Rivers Classic Most Valuable Player and to the All-Tournament Team, while teammates Scott Conway and Bryson joined him on the All-Tournament Team.
- Goaltenders Gabe Mollot-Hill and Jake Beaton made appearances in the third period on Friday night against Arizona State. Beaton’s appearance was the first of his career for the walk-on senior.
- Midseason addition Davis Bunz made his collegiate debut this past weekend, finishing with a +2 rating in two games.
- The Friars captured their first holiday tournament championship since the 2014 Catamount Cup at Vermont.
- Goaltender Hayden Hawkey earned Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season after surrendering just one goal over two games this past weekend. Hawkey posted a 0.53 GAA and .974 save percentage over the weekend.
- Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Kasper Björkqvist tallied the game-winning goal in the title game on Saturday night against Robert Morris.
SERIES HISTORY VS. BROWN
- Providence improved to 49-46-3 all-time against the Bears after a 6-0 win at Meehan Auditorium on Oct. 30, 2016.
- The Friars have claimed 18 Mayor’s Cups since the teams began playing for the trophy in 1986.
- All time, Providence is 28-27-2 on home ice against the Bears dating back to the first meeting between the schools on March 1, 1927.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
- The Bears kick off their second half of the schedule on Wednesday against the Friars after concluding the first half with a 2-2 tie at Vermont on Dec. 9.
- Brown is led by junior Tommy Marchin and his six goals and two assists in 10 games. Sophomore Brent Beaudoin also has tallied eight points (2-6-8) in the Bears’ 13 games thus far.
- Sophomore Gavin Nieto has started in nine of the 13 games for the Bears, posting a 2.69 GAA and .916 save percentage.
- In his ninth season, Brown Head Coach Brendan Whittet has posted a 81-156-36 record in his tenure with the Bears.
TWO GAMES TO BE AIRED BY NBC SPORTS BOSTON
Providence’s games against RIT (Dec. 9) and UConn (Jan. 20) will be aired live on NBC Sports Boston.
DREW BROWN’S GOFUNDME
Drew Brown’s GoFundMe page has raised over $63,000 thus far. People interested in donating can do so at https://www.gofundme.com/dropping-the-mitts-for-drew-brown
BRYSON, DESHARNAIS EARN THE “A”
Sophomore defenseman and recent Buffalo Sabres draft pick Jacob Bryson will now don the “A” on his sweater going forward for the Friars. Junior Vincent Desharnais, a 2016 draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers, will also wear an “A” on his jersey going forward.
EVERYONE CHIPPING IN
Nineteen players have recorded at least one point in the first 20 games this season for the Friars.
A PK RUN
Overall this season, Providence has killed off 83-of-94 opposing power play opportunities this year (.883), which is good for fourth nationally this year.
THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
The Friars are 118-11-12 all-time under Nate Leaman when scoring three or more goals in a game.
PINHO APPROACHING THE CENTURY MARK
Senior Brian Pinho sits just one point shy of the 100-point milestone for his career (34-65-99) after an assist against Robert Morris on Saturday. He would become the 52nd Friar to reach the century mark.
The Friars are 113-5-9 all-time under Nate Leaman when holding a lead after two periods.
Providence returns to Hockey East play on Saturday night (Jan. 6) as it plays host to Merrimack at 7 PM.
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