Jan. 23, 2012
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PROVIDENCE HOSTS #11 UMASS LOWELL ON TUESDAY NIGHT... Providence will host No. 11/11 UMass Lowell at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24 at Schneider Arena. It will mark the first meeting between the two teams this season. The Friars and the River Hawks also will face each other in the last two regular-season games on March 2-3.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS UMASS LOWELL... In 95 all-time meetings between the two teams, PC leads, 46-38-11. Last season, the River Hawks took the season series, 2-0-1, with two wins at the Tsongas Center and a tie at Schneider Arena. The Friars are looking for their first win over the River Hawks since November 24, 2009.
FRIARS AT HOME... The Friars have posted a 7-5-2 record at home this season, including a 5-3-1 mark in Hockey East games at Schneider Arena. 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.
FRIAR QUICK NOTES... • The Friars have scored one short-handed goal in three of the first six games of 2012. • Providence’s nine overall wins has surpassed last season’s total (8) and its seven Hockey East triumphs have 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.
FRIARS SCORING WHILE SHORT-HANDED... Providence is tied with Boston University and Colgate 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 six 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.
SCOUTING UMASS LOWELL...
UMass Lowell is 13-3 over the last 16 games, including two consecutive wins. The River Hawks swept a weekend series against Northeastern, including a 3-2 overtime triumph on Saturday. Derek Arnold netted the winner 2:50 into the extra period, while Scott Wilson had one goal and one assist. In goal, Doug Carr made 29 saves to lead the River Hawks. Wilson (11 g, 9 a) and Matt Ferreira (7 g, 13 a) lead in scoring with 20 points each for the River Hawks, who have the fourth highest scoring offense in the nation and 3.55 goals per game. Carr, who ranks fifth in the nation in goals against average (1.84) and save percentage (.933), has played in 16 games and has a 13-3-0 record.
LAST TIME OUT... Providence is coming off an 8-0 defeat against No. 2 Boston University on Saturday, January 22. Despite outshooting the Terriers, 26-24, BU scored six times on the power play en route to the win. The previous night, BU defeated Providence, 6-1, at Agganis Arena. Freshman Shane Luke (Dauphin, Man.) scored his first career goal as senior Matt Bergland (Faribault, Minn.) and Drew Brown (Grass Lake, Mich.) assisted on the goal.
SPECIAL TEAMS... The Friars are seventh in Hockey East on the power play at 16.4% (20-for-122) and are sixth on the penalty kill at 81.1 % (99-for-122). The Friars have scored at least one power-play goal in 12 of the 22 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 third in the nation with three short-handed goals.
AGAINST THE RANKED... Providence has posted a 3-4-1 record against ranked opponents this season, including a 3-3 mark against teams in the top-10. Most recently, Providence was defeated at No. 2/3 Boston University. 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 2,758 stops. Beaudry is 28 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.