Jan. 11, 2010
FRIARS RETURN TO ACTION... After 30 days without playing a game, the Providence College hockey team will return to the ice on Tuesday, January 12 when it travels to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to face Boston College.
SERIES HISTORY BOSTON COLLEGE... In 154 all-time meetings between the two teams, Boston College leads, 97-45-12, including a 56-19-3 mark at BC. The Friars played the Eagles on December 12 prior to the Christmas break and BC prevailed, 3-1, at Schneider Arena. The Friars are seeking their first win over the Eagles since a 3-2 victory at Kelley Rink on February 29, 2008. Last season, the Friars went 0-2-1 against the Eagles with two of the games going into overtime.
SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE... Since defeating the Friars, 3-1, on December 12, the Eagles have dropped their last three games, including a 3-2 loss against Boston University at the Sun Life Frozen Fenway. BC trailed, 3-0, but a power-play goal by Brian Gibbons and a short-handed tally by Cam Atkinson cut BU's lead to 3-2 near the halfway point of the third period. However, the Eagles could not score the equalizer. Gibbons finished with one goal and one assist. Gibbons leads the team with 20 points on eight goals and 12 assists, while Atkinson is second with 17 points on 10 goals and seven assists. In goal, John Muse has seen a bulk of the action and has posted a 2.83 goals against average and a .895 save percentage in 13 games.
FRIAR QUICK NOTES... • Providence College has posted an 8-4-2 record in the month of January in the last two seasons including a 4-2-2 mark last season. • The Friars will play six games in the next 12 days beginning with a road contest against Boston College on January 12. • Through 17 games this season, the Friars have equalled their win total from last season (seven). • The Friars already have defeated three ranked teams this season, including No. 3 UMass Lowell on November 24. Last season, PC recorded one win over a ranked opponent. • The Friars rank 21st in the country in team defense, allowing 2.71 goals per game.
FRIARS AGAINST NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS... Providence is 3-5 against ranked teams this season. The Friars have posted wins at then No. 7 Notre Dame (3-2), at No. 17 Massachusetts (2-1) and against No. 3 UMass Lowell (4-2). The Friars have been defeated by No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 17 Massachusetts and No. 15 Vermont. Most recently, PC was defeated by No. 10 Boston College and No. 19 UNH. Last season, PC finished with a 1-10-2 record against ranked opponents. The one win came at No. 2 Boston University on January 13.
LAST TIME OUT VERSUS BOSTON COLLEGE... In its last game, Providence College was defeated by Boston College, 3-1, on December 12 at Schneider Arena. The Eagles scored a goal in each period, including Tommy Cross' goal early in the third to give his team a 3-0 lead. Junior Kyle MacKinnon (Walnut, Calif.) then scored with just over four minutes left to cut the lead to 3-1, but the Friars could not get any closer. PC finished with a 29-27 shot advantage. PC had no power-play chances against BC marking the first time since January 12, 2008 that PC did not have a power-play opportunity.
MacKINNON WITH THE HOT HAND... Kyle MacKinnon, who earned a 3.92 GPA during the fall semester, has scored five goals in the last six games for the Friars. He matched a career-high with two goals against No. 19 UNH on December 11 and scored one goal the following night against BC. MacKinnon ranks second on the team with 12 points and is tied for first with a career-high seven goals. The 12 points are one shy of equalling a career best.
FRIARS LOOK TO GET BACK ON TRACK ON THE ROAD... Providence, which won four road games in October, will look to end a five-game road losing streak. PC's last win away from Schneider Arena was a 2-1 triumph at No. 17 UMass on October 31. Providence is 4-6 on the road this season.
FAYNE OFF TO FAST START... Mark Fayne is off to a quick start with 12 points (three goals, nine assists) through the first 17 games this season. The 12 points matches a career-high, while the nine assists are a career best. He has three multiple-point games, including a career-high four points (one goal, three assists) in a 4-2 win over No. 3 UMass Lowell on November 24.
BEAUDRY AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS... Sophomore Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ontario) comes into this week's games among the top-25 in the nation in two statistical categories. He ranks 25th with a 2.43 goals against average and 15th with a .922 save percentage.
FRIARS IN CLOSE GAMES... Four of PC's seven wins season have been one-goal contests. PC edged Holy Cross, 2-1, on October 10 and Notre Dame, 3-2, on October 15. PC also posted a 2-1 triumph at No. 17 Massachusetts on October 31 and defeated Brown, 4-3, on November 17. Last season, the Friars posted a 3-3 record in one-goal games.
FRIAR ALUMNI UPDATE... Two Providence College alumni are currently playing in the NHL. Fernando Pisani `00 is playing for the Edmonton Oilers, while Hal Gill `97, who helped the Pittsburgh Penguins to the 2009 Stanley Cup title, is currently skating with the Montreal Canadiens. Colin McDonald `07 recently was called up to play with the Edmonton Oilers and scored his first NHL goal on November 28 against the Vancouver Canucks. In addition, there are two former Friars who will play an integral part on U.S.A. men's hockey team at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Brian Burke `77, who is the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, will serve as the general manager of Team U.S.A. Ron Wilson `77, the head coach of the Maple Leafs, will be the head coach of Team U.S.A. Lou Lamoriello `63, former student-athlete, head coach and athletic director at PC, is the current President and General Manager of the New Jersey Devils. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fall on November 9.
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