Providence Game Notes vs. MC
FOLLOW THE FRIARS (13-7-1, 6-4-1 HEA)
Matchup: No. 11 Providence College vs. Merrimack (5-10-4, 2-6-2 HEA)
Faceoff: 7 PM (Sat.) – Schneider Arena – Providence, R.I.
Video: Friars All-Access ($) | Play-by-Play: Mike Logan – Color: Sonny Watrous
Radio: WOON 1240 AM
Live Stats: GameTracker
- The Friars improved to 3-0 in the second half of the season after a 5-0 blanking of Brown in the 32nd Mayor’s Cup on Wednesday night at Schneider Arena.
- Greg Printz got the Friars on the board at 7:01 with his third goal of the season and his second goal in his last three outings.
- At the 7:57 mark of the second period, the Friars increased their lead. Brian Pinho fed a cross-ice pass to Josh Wilkins for the one-time shot from the right circle. Ben Mirageas picked up the secondary assist on the play, which came on delayed penalty.
- Pinho’s assist pushed him to 100 career points as a Friar. He is the 52nd player in Providence history to reach that milestone and the fourth player under Nate Leaman to reach the milestone (Mauermann, Saracino, Jankowski). The captain also added a goal later on in the game.
- Davis Bunz notched his first career point in his third game for the Friars.
- With just under four minutes remaining in the game, Scott Conway added a power-play tally to make it 4-0. Duhaime found Conway through the seam at the right circle, where he was able to take a snap-shot for the goal.
- Mirageas capped off his three-point night with a goal in the final minute. He took a shot from the left point that went bar-down with 32 seconds remaining. Erik Foley and Jason O’Neill earned assists on the play.
- Hayden Hawkey made 15 saves for the Friars in his third shutout of the season. The shutout marks the seventh of his career and places him second on the program’s all-time shutout list alongside Tyler Sims ‘08.
- Providence currently rides a season-high three-game winning streak.
- The Friars have surrendered just one goal in three games in the second half of the season.
- Greg Printz currently holds a career-long three-game point streak (2-1-3).
- Scott Conway has goals in three-consecutive contests.
- Mirageas now has three multi-point efforts in 2017-18.
- Providence notched its 50th win all-time against Brown.
SERIES HISTORY VS. MERRIMACK (86-32-12, .708)
- Providence and Merrimack will meet for the third and final time this season on Saturday night. The Friars are 1-0-1 against the Warriors this season after rallying from a four-goal deficit to force a 6-6 tie at Lawler Rink on Nov. 18.
- All-time, the Friars are 52-15-4 at home all-time against Merrimack.
- The Warriors last won at Schneider Arena on Dec. 1, 2012. Since then, the Friars are 6-0-2 at home against Merrimack.
- Ten of the last 15 meetings have been either ties or one-goal games.
SCOUTING THE WARRIORS
- Merrimack enters the weekend after earning a split of a western trip to Colorado, defeating then No.2 Denver (3-2) and falling to Colorado College (2-1). The Warriors will open the weekend at UConn on Friday before traveling to Providence on Saturday.
- Senior forward Jace Hennig leads the Warriors with 17 points (7-10-17) alongside fellow senior Brett Seney (6-11-17). Jared Kolquist (3-12-15), Ludvig Larsson (5-7-12), and Sami Tavernier (6-5-11) round-out the top-five in scoring.
- All three goaltenders (Drew Vogler, Craig Pantano, and Logan Halladay) have seen time in between the Merrimack pipes this season. Vogler has earned seven starts and posted a 3.91 GAA and .873 save percentage, while Pantano has started the last five games and 12 games total in posting a 2.32 GAA and .919 save percentage.
- Head Coach Mark Dennehy enters his 13th season at the helm in 2017-18 and has posted a career record of 164-260-63 with Merrimack.
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
Twenty players have recorded at least one point in the first 21 games this season for the Friars.
A PK RUN
Overall this season, Providence has killed off 85-of-96 opposing power play opportunities this year (.885), which is good for fourth nationally this year.
THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
The Friars are 119-11-12 all-time under Nate Leaman when scoring three or more goals in a game.
PINHO HITS THE CENTURY MARK
Senior Brian Pinho notched points No. 100 and 101 on Wednesday against Brown to become the 52nd Friar to reach the century mark.
The Friars are 114-5-9 all-time under Nate Leaman when holding a lead after two periods.
Providence embarks on a pivotal Hockey East road weekend from Jan. 12-13, visiting Boston College on Friday and Boston University on Saturday.
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