Jan. 3, 2012
FRIARS HOST UMASS THURSDAY NIGHT... After playing its final non-conference game on Sunday, Providence College will begin a stretch of 17 consecutive Hockey East games, starting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 5 against the UMass Minutemen at Schneider Arena.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS UMASS... In 59 all-time meetings between Providence and UMass, the Friars lead, 33-21-5. In the last four meetings, the Friars are 2-0-2 against the Minutemen, including a 6-4 triumph on October 15 at Schneider Arena. Last season, Providence went 1-0-2 against UMass.
HOME SWEET HOME... The Friars have a 7-3-1 record at home this season, including a 5-1 mark in Hockey East games at Schneider Arena. In the 11 home games, the Friars have outscored opponents, 38-30, and are 12-for-60 (20.0 %) on the power play.
FRIARS POST WINNING RECORD IN DECEMBER... Providence finished the month of December with a 2-1 mark with both wins coming against No. 1 Merrimack. It marked the first time since the 2007-08 season that the Friars finished with a winning record in December. The 2007-08 squad finished with a 4-1-0 mark in the month.
FRIARS SCORING WHILE SHORT-HANDED... Providence is fourth in the nation with six short-handed goals, behind Boston University (8), Minnesota State (7) and Colgate (7). The Friars’ six short-handed goals this season are the most since the 2007-08 team had nine short-handed goals. Last season, the Friars totaled three short-handed goals.
FRIAR QUICK NOTES... • Providence’s eight overall wins has equaled last season’s total and its six Hockey East triumphs has surpassed the 2010-11 campaign (4). • The Friars have scored 19 power-play goals this season, four more than all of last season. • Providence also has six short-handed goals, three more than the 2010-11 campaign. • Providence’s December 3 win at No. 1 Merrimack marked the first time Providence won a road game against a ranked team since October 15, 2009 at No. 7 Notre Dame.
SCOUTING UMASS... Massachusetts is 2-1-1 in its last four games. Most recently, the Minutemen played in the Florida College Classic in Estero, Fla. UMass defeated Cornell, 5-2, in the semifinals on December 29, but were beaten by Maine, 5-2, in the Championship game on December 30. Conor Sheary led the way for the Minutemen as he totaled four points (2 g, 2 a) in the two games, including two goals and one assist in the win over Cornell. T.J. Syner (9 g, 13 a) leads the team in scoring with 22 points, while Sheary (7 g, 13 a) is second with 20 points. In goal, Kevin Boyle has played in 11 of the 18 games and has a 3.00 goals against average and a .898 save percentage. Following Thursday’s game, UMass will play Vermont at Fenway Park as part of Sun Life Frozen Fenway on Saturday, January 7.
LAST TIME OUT... Providence was defeated by Brown, 5-2, on January 1 in the 26th Annual Mayor’s Cup game played at Schneider Arena. Freshman Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) scored a short-handed goal, while senior Matt Bergland (Faribault, Minn.) added a breakaway goal to give the Friars a 2-0 lead 7:39 into the second period. However, the Bears scored three times in the second and added two more goals in the third period to claim their first Mayor’s Cup win since November 26, 2006. In goal, Providence senior Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) made 25 saves.
POWER SURGE... In Providence’s 6-1 victory against No. 1 Merrimack on December 3, the Friars scored five power-play goals. It marked the first time that Providence scored five power-play goals in a game since November 4, 1994 (Friars went 5-for-9 in a 6-6 overtime tie at Merrimack). Providence is one of only two teams in the nation to score five power-play goals in one game this season (UConn also did it on Nov. 16 versus Sacred Heart).
SPECIAL TEAMS... The Friars are tied for third in Hockey East on the power play at 18.8% (19-for-101) and are fourth on the penalty kill at 84.4 % (76-for-90). The Friars have scored at least one power-play goal in 11 of the 17 games. Junior Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) is tied for fifth in the county with six power-play goals and fourth with two short-handed scores. In two wins against No. 1 Merrimack on December 2-3, Providence scored five power-play goals and one short-handed goal.
AGAINST THE RANKED... Providence has posted a 3-2-1 record against ranked opponents this season, including a 3-1 mark against teams in the top-10. Most recently, Providence was defeated at No. 3 Boston College, 4-1, marking the Friars’ first loss against a top-10 team this season. Providence recorded back-to-back upset wins over No. 1 Merrimack (12/2 -12/3). The 2-1 overtime triumph over Merrimack on December 2 marked the Friars’ first win versus a top-ranked opponent since January 3, 2003 when the Friars defeated Maine, 4-2, at Schneider Arena. Providence also defeated No. 7 Boston University, before losing and tying No. 15 Minnesota-Duluth. Last season, the Friars recorded one win against a ranked team (No. 7/9 Merrimack).
FRIARS WIN ON THE ROAD... The Friars’ win at Merrimack on December 3 was their first road victory since November 27, 2010 (a 2-1 win at Holy Cross). It also marked the Friars’ first road Hockey East triumph since October 31, 2009 when Providence defeated UMass, 2-1, in Amherst, Mass.
FRIARS NOTCH FIRST OVERTIME WIN SINCE 2008... Providence’s 2-1 victory against No. 1 Merrimack on December 2 was its first overtime win since February 9, 2008 (4-3 over Vermont at Schneider Arena). Prior to that, Providence had gone 0-7-20 in 27 overtime games since February 9, 2008.
FRIARS ACHIEVE NATIONAL RANKING... Providence’s No. 20 ranking in the December 5 USCHO.com national poll marked the first time since March 2008 that the Friars had been ranked.
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