Jan. 14, 2010
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FRIARS TO HOST BOSTON UNIVERSITY... The Providence College men's hockey team will play their first home game since December 12 when they host Boston University on Friday, January 15 at Schneider Arena. It will mark the first meeting between the two teams this season.
SERIES HISTORY BOSTON UNIVERSITY... In 157 all-time meetings between PC and BU, the Terriers lead, 96-49-12, including a 41-26-6 mark in Providence. In the first meeting between the two teams last season, the Friars posted a 4-2 win over the then second-ranked Terriers on January 13 at Agganis Arena. That win ended PC's six-game losing streak versus BU. However, the Terriers won the next two meetings, including a win at Schneider Arena on March 6, en route to capturing the NCAA title.
SCOUTING BOSTON UNIVERSITY... The Terriers have won their first two games of 2010, including a 3-2 victory over Boston College at the Sun Life Frozen Fenway on January 8. BU used three different goal scorers including Wade Megan who notched what proved the game winner halfway through the second period. Kieran Millan made 27 saves, including 12 in the third period to earn the win. Kevin Shattenkirk leads the team in scoring with 17 points and a team-high 14 assists. Zach Cohen is tied for second on the team with four other players with 12 points, including a team-best eight goals.
FRIAR QUICK NOTES... Providence College has posted an 8-5-2 record in the month of January in the last three seasons including a 4-2-2 mark last season. The Friars are in the midst of a stretch in which they will play six games in the next 12 days, including two this weekend. Through 18 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. Freshman defenseman Tim Smith (Superior, Wis.) left the PC hockey team in early January.
FRIARS AGAINST NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS... Providence is 3-6 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. 12 Boston College on January 12. 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... Playing its first game in 30 days, Providence College was defeated by No. 12 Boston College, 4-1, Tuesday night at Kelley Rink in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Eagles needed just one minute to jump ahead to a 1-0 lead and earned a 2-0 edge after the first period. The Friars cut the lead in half at 4:03 of the second period as sophomore Matt Bergland (Faribault, Minn.) scored his team leading eighth goal of the season. However, the Eagles scored twice in the third period en route to a three-goal victory. PC sophomore goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) made 41 saves.
MacKINNON WITH THE HOT HAND... Kyle MacKinnon, who earned a 3.92 GPA during the fall semester, has scored five goals in the last seven 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 13 points and career-high seven goals. The 13 points matches a career high which he set last season. In addition, MacKinnon has recorded at least one point in three consecutive games.
FRIARS LOOK TO GET BACK ON TRACK AT HOME... Providence, which has lost its last two home games, will look for its first win since defeating then No. 3 UMass Lowell, 4-2, on November 24 at Schneider Arena. The Friars have a 3-3-1 record at home 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 18 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 weekend ranked 15th nationally with a .921 save percentage.