Jan. 18, 2012
PROVIDENCE FACES BOSTON U. IN HOME-AND-HOME SERIES... Providence College will play Boston University in a home-and-home series beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 20 at Agganis Arena in Boston, Mass. The two teams will complete the weekend series at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21 at Schneider Arena in Providence. The game will be aired live on NESN.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS BOSTON UNIVERSITY... In 164 all-time meetings between Providence and BU, the Terriers lead, 100-52-12, including a 10-3-0 mark at Agganis Arena. The Friars captured the regular season opener (5-3) on October 14 at Schneider Arena as four of the five goals were scored by freshmen. Providence is seeking its first win at BU since January 13, 2009.
FRIARS ON THE ROAD... Providence has won two of its last three road games and have a 2-3 mark in road contests this season, including a 6-1 triumph at then No. 1 Merrimack on December 1. The win at Merrimack was the Friars' first road victory since November 27, 2010 (a 2-1 win at Holy Cross). It also marked their first road Hockey East triumph since October 31, 2009 when Providence defeated UMass, 2-1, in Amherst, Mass. Overall, Providence has played seven games away from Schneider Arena, including two neutral site games at the Denver Cup Classic.
FRIARS SCORING WHILE SHORT-HANDED... Providence is tied with Boston University for the national lead with eight short-handed goals. The Friars' eight short-handed goals this season are the most since the 2007-08 team had nine short-handed goals. The Friars have scored one short-handed goal in three of the last four games and freshman Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) leads the team with three short-handed goals. The last Providence player to score three short-handed goals was Jon Rheault during the 2006-07 season.
FRIAR QUICK NOTES... • Prior to the two road wins this season, Providence was 0-10-3 in its last 13 road games. • The Friars have killed off 16 of the last 17 opponent power plays. • The Friars have scored one short-handed goal in three of the first four games of 2012. • Providence's nine overall wins has surpassed last season's total (8) and its seven Hockey East triumphs has surpassed the 2010-11 campaign (4). • The Friars have scored 20 power-play goals this season, five more than all of last season. • Providence also has eight short-handed goals, five more than the 2010-11 campaign.
SCOUTING BOSTON UNIVERSITY... The Terriers are 5-1 in their last six games, including three consecutive wins. Most recently, BU rallied from a 3-1 first period deficit to post 4-3 overtime win at Harvard on Saturday, January 14. Chris Connolly scored twice and assisted on Garrett Noonan's overtime game winner to lead to Terriers. Alex Chiasson had three assists and goaltender Kieran Millan totaled 20 saves. Chiasson leads the team in scoring with 19 points (6 g, 13 a), while Connolly is second with 18 points (2 g, 16 a). Millan has played in 18 games and has a 2.81 goals against average and a .914 save percentage.
LAST TIME OUT... Providence posted its first win of the new year with a 5-2 triumph at Vermont on Sunday, January 15. Sophomore Derek Army (North Kingstown, R.I.) had two goals and one assist, while freshman Ross Mauermann also scored twice to lead the way for the Friars. The Friars trailed 1-0 early in the second period, but goals by Mauermann and Army gave Providence a 2-1 lead after two periods. Senior Andy Balysky (Randolph, N.J.) scored just 10 seconds into the third period to extend PC's lead to 3-1. After the Catamounts cut the lead to 3-2, the Friars responded quickly to regain their two-goal lead and added an empty-net goal to seal their first win at Vermont since December 1, 2007. In goal, senior Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) stopped 28 shots, as the Friars notched their first ever three-game season sweep against Vermont.
SPECIAL TEAMS... The Friars are sixth in Hockey East on the power play at 17.9% (20-for-112) and are second on the penalty kill at 86.0 % (92-for-107). The Friars have scored at least one power-play goal in 12 of the 20 games. Junior Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) is tied for 14th in the county with six power-play goals, while Ross Mauermann is tied for second in the nation with three short-handed goals. In two wins against No. 1 Merrimack on December 2-3, Providence scored five power-play goals and one short-handed goal.
AGAINST THE RANKED... Providence has posted a 3-2-1 record against ranked opponents this season, including a 3-1 mark against teams in the top-10. Most recently, Providence was defeated at No. 3 Boston College, 4-1, marking the Friars' first loss against a top-10 team this season. Providence recorded back-to-back upset wins over No. 1 Merrimack (12/2 -12/3). The 2-1 overtime triumph over Merrimack on December 2 marked the Friars' first win versus a top-ranked opponent since January 3, 2003 when the Friars defeated Maine, 4-2, at Schneider Arena. Providence also defeated No. 7 Boston University, before losing and tying No. 15 Minnesota-Duluth. Last season, the Friars recorded one win against a ranked team (No. 7/9 Merrimack).
BEAUDRY CLIMBING THE SAVES LIST AT PROVIDENCE... Alex Beaudry ranks sixth all-time at Providence in career saves with 2,741 stops. Beaudry is 44 stops away from surpassing Mario Proulx (2,785 saves), who is fifth at PC. Nolan Schaefer `03 holds the Friar record with 2,848 career stops.
FRESHMAN LEADING FRIARS IN POINTS... Freshman Ross Mauermann is leading Providence in scoring with 17 points on eight goals and nine assists. Mauermann can become the first Friar freshman to lead the team in points since the 2008-09 season when Matt Bergland did it with 27 points (10 g, 17 a). Prior to Bergland, the last Providence rookie to lead the team in scoring was Rob Gaudreau, who totaled 57 points (28 g, 29 a) during the 1988-89 season.
FRIARS GO 3-FOR-3... In the win at Vermont on Sunday, the Friars had three shots on goal in the third period and all three resulted in goals. PC matched a season-low with 17 shots, but scored five goals, the second-highest total this season.
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 Ross Mauermann who leads the team lead with 17 points.
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.
HOME SUCCESS... The Friars have posted a 7-4-2 record at home this season, including a 5-2-1 mark in Hockey East games at Schneider Arena. In the 13 home games, the Friars have outscored opponents, 42-35, and are 12-for-69 (17.4 %) 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.
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