Jan. 10, 2012
FRIARS HOST NEW HAMPSHIRE ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT... Providence College will complete its three-game home stand to start the new year at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11 against the University of New Hampshire. It will mark the first of three meetings in the next three weeks between the two teams.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS UMASS... In 143 meetings between the two teams, New Hampshire holds a 79-50-14 lead, but the Friars are 31-26-9 against Wildcats in Providence. Last season, the Wildcats captured all three meetings, including one at Schneider Arena. The Friars are seeking their first win over the Wildcats since February 24, 2007 when they earned a 7-1 triumph in Providence.
HOME SWEET HOME... The Friars have posted a 7-3-2 record at home this season, including a 5-1 mark in Hockey East games at Schneider Arena. In the 12 home games, the Friars have outscored opponents, 42-34, and are 12-for-65 (18.5 %) on the power play. In all, Providence will play 19 regular season home games, including 14 Hockey East home games. Last season, the Friars posted a 5-5-4 record at home.
FRIARS SCORING WHILE SHORT-HANDED... Providence is tied with Colgate and Minnesota State for second in the nation with seven short-handed goals, behind Boston University which has eight. The Friars’ seven 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. The Friars have scored three short-handed goals in the last five games with senior Andy Balysky (Randolph, N.J.) scoring two of them.
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 seven short-handed goals, four 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 UNH... New Hampshire is coming off a heartbreaking 5-4 overtime loss against Maine on Saturday, January 7 at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass. Trailing 4-2 early in the third period, the Wildcats’ Kevin Goumas and Grayson Downing each scored in a 1:43 span to even the game (4-4), but Maine’s Brian Flynn score 1:29 into overtime to seal the win. Goumas finished with two goals, while Jeff Silengo had two assists. Stevie Moses (11 g, 10 a) and Nick Sorkin (6 g, 15 a) are tied for the team lead with 21 points each, while Goumas (6 g, 11 a) is third with 17 points. In goal, Matt Di Girolamo has seen a bulk of the action and has a 3.41 goals against average in 16 games.
LAST TIME OUT... Providence is coming off a 4-4 overtime tie against Massachusetts on Thursday, January 5 in a back-and-forth game at Schneider Arena. Senior Andy Balysky (Randolph, N.J.) scored a short-handed goal to give the Friars a 1-0 lead, but the Minutemen scored late in the first period and added another goal in the second to take a 2-1 edge. Sophomore Steven Shamanski (Carberry, Man.) netted the equalizer early in the third period, but UMass responded shortly thereafter to regain the lead (3-2). Junior Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) recorded his 10th goal of the season to pull the Friars even (3-3). Freshman Stefan Demopoulos (La Mesa, Calif.) then gave the Friars a 4-3 lead with 1:39 remaining, but the Minutemen’s Danny Hobbs notched the equalizer with 37 seconds left to force overtime. The Friars outshot the Minutemen, 6-2, in overtime and 33-32 for the game. Providence senior goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) made 28 stops.
SPECIAL TEAMS... The Friars are fifth in Hockey East on the power play at 17.9% (19-for-106) and are second on the penalty kill at 85.3 % (81-for-95). The Friars have scored at least one power-play goal in 11 of the 18 games. Junior Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) is tied for 13th 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.
SCHALLER SETS CAREER HIGH... Tim Schaller, who totaled seven goals in his first two seasons (67 games) at Providence, has a team-high 10 goals in 17 games this season. He scored his first career hat trick on November 4 versus Vermont and for his efforts he earned Hockey East Player of the Week honors on November 7 and Inside College Hockey National Player of the Week accolades on November 8. The three-goal effort was the beginning of a four-game stretch (11/4 - 11/12) in which he recorded seven goals. Most recently, Schaller had one goal in a 4-4 overtime tie against UMass on January 5.
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