Jan. 13, 2012
PROVIDENCE HEADS TO VERMONT FOR SUNDAY AFTERNOON GAME... The Friars will play their first road game of the new year when they face the University of Vermont at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15 at the Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vt. It will mark the first road contest for the Friars since December 6.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS VERMONT... In 46 all-time meetings between the two teams, the Catamounts lead, 23-17-6. The Friars swept the Catamounts (5-2 and 5-1) in the first two meetings this season at Schneider Arena on November 4-5. Prior to the November 4 victory, Providence had not defeated Vermont since November 9, 2008. The Friars are seeking their first win at the Gutterson Fieldhouse since December 1, 2007.
FRIARS HIT THE ROAD... Sunday's game will mark just the fifth road game for the Friars this season. Overall, Providence has played six games away from Schneider Arena, including two neutral site games at the Denver Cup Classic. The Friars have posted a 1-3-0 record in road games with the lone victory (6-1) coming at No. 1 Merrimack on December 1. The win 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 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 six games with senior Andy Balysky (Randolph, N.J.) scoring two of them.
SCOUTING VERMONT... Prior to facing Providence, Vermont will host No. 10 UMass Lowell on Friday, January 13. Vermont is coming off a heart-breaking 3-2 overtime loss to Massachusetts on Saturday, January 7 at Fenway Park. Kyle Reynolds and Drew MacKenzie each scored and Sebatian Stålberg added two assists to lead the Catamounts. In goal, Rob Madore made 25 saves. Stålberg leads the team in scoring with eight goals, 14 assists for 22 points, while Reynolds (7 g, 6 a) is second with 13 points. Madore has played in 16 games and has a 3.76 goals against average and a .876 save percentage.
LAST TIME OUT... Providence was defeated by New Hampshire, 1-0, Wednesday night at Schneider Arena. Stevie Moses scored the lone goal of the game in the second period while Casey DeSmith stopped all 26 shots he faced to lead the Wildcats. Both teams totaled 26 shots as Providence held a 9-6 edge in the third period. Friar senior goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) finished with 25 saves.
SPECIAL TEAMS... The Friars are sixth in Hockey East on the power play at 17.3% (19-for-110) and are second on the penalty kill at 85.7 % (84-for-98). The Friars have scored at least one power-play goal in 11 of the 19 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.
SPREADING THE SCORING... The Friars are spreading the scoring around as 21 skaters and goalie Alex Beaudry have at least one point. In addition, 17 Friars have at least one goal. There are 18 Friars with three points or more, including freshman Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) who leads the team lead with 15 points.
BEAUDRY CLIMBING THE SAVES LIST AT PROVIDENCE... Alex Beaudry ranks seventh all-time at Providence in career saves with 2,713 stops. Beaudry is seven stops away from surpassing Chris Terreri (2,719 saves), who is sixth at PC. Nolan Schaefer `03 holds the Friar record with 2,848 career stops.
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE CAREER SAVES LEADERS PLAYER YEARS GAMES SAVES 1. Nolan Schaefer 1999-03 99 2,848 2. Bill Milner 1975-79 95 2,839 3. Tyler Sims 2004-08 116 2,793 4. Dan Dennis 1993-97 109 2,790 5. Mario Proulx 1980-84 102 2,785 6. Chris Terreri 1982-86 88 2,719 7. Alex Beaudry 2009- 98 2,713 8. Boyd Ballard 1997-01 81 2,518 9. Brian Reynolds 1969-72 63 2,145 10. Matt Merten 1986-90 85 2,065
NEARING THE CENTURY MARK... Friar seniors Alex Beaudry and Andy Balysky (Randolph, N.J.) are close to reaching the 100-career games played mark at Providence College. Balysky has played in 99 games, while Beaudry has seen action in 98 contests. Beaudry ranks fifth in the career games played list (among goalies) at Providence. They will join classmates Matt Bergland (Faribault, Minn.) and Daniel New (White Plains, N.Y.), who have played in 119 and 111 games, respectively.
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.
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