No. 10 Men's Hockey, No. 8/9 Northeastern Clash in Key Hockey East Series

Jan. 25, 2018

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FOLLOW THE FRIARS (16-8-2, 9-5-2 HEA)
Matchup: No. 10 Providence College vs. No. 8/9 Northeastern (15-6-3, 11-4-1 HEA)
Faceoff: 7 PM (Fri.) – Matthews Arena – Boston, Mass.
Video: ESPN3
Radio: WOON 1240 AM | Friars All-Access ($) | Play-by-Play: Mike Logan
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Twitter: @Friarshockey

Matchup: No. 10 Providence College vs. No. 8/9 Northeastern (15-6-3, 11-4-1 HEA)
Faceoff: 7 PM (Sat.) – Schneider Arena – Providence, R.I.
TV: YurView (Cox 4 & 1004)
Video: Friars All-Access ($)| Play-by-Play: Mike Logan | Color: Sonny Watrous
Live Stats: GameTracker
Twitter: @Friarshockey

TALKING POINTS
- Providence’s seven-game unbeaten streak was snapped on Saturday in a 3-1 loss vs. UConn at Schneider Arena.
- Brian Pinho scored the lone goal for the Friars on Saturday, his 11th tally of the season.
- Erik Foley notched an assist on the Pinho goal to run his team lead in points to 29.
- Hawkey is 6-1-1 with a 1.26 GAA and .939 save percentage in eight games since the holiday break. In 16 Hockey East games, Hawkey has posted a 1.96 GAA and .926 save percentage.
- Sophomore Josh Wilkins’ three-game goal scoring streak was halted on Saturday.
- Providence dropped to 8-3-0 on home ice and 5-5-2 on Saturdays this season. The Friars are 9-1-0 in Friday games in 2017-18.
- The Friars have surrendered just 10 goals in eight games in the second half of the season, out-scoring opponents by a 28-10 margin over that span.
- Kasper Björkqvist’s career-long point streak was snapped at six games on Saturday night (4-3-7).
- With two assists last Thursday, Jacob Bryson ranks first among all Hockey East defensemen in assists with 18. He ranks third nationally among NCAA defensemen in that category. Bryson would be the first Friar defenseman since Stephen Wood in 2002-03 to reach 20 assists in a season.
- Providence has surrendered a league-low 2.06 goals per game in Hockey East contests.
- Currently 10th in both national polls, the Friars also sit tied for ninth in the current PairWise rankings with Minnesota.
- This weekend will mark the third and fourth top-10 match-ups for the Friars this season. Previously, the Friars defeated No. 6 Boston University on Oct. 28 (3-0) and fell to No. 5 Clarkson on Nov. 25 (4-2).

SERIES NOTES - NORTHEASTERN
- Second place Northeastern and third place Providence battle in a pivotal Hockey East home-and-home series beginning Friday night at Matthews Arena.
- All-time, the Friars are 38-31-9 on the road against Northeastern. The teams will meet for the 155th time on Friday night.
- Providence has won three of four in the series and seven of the last 11 match-ups.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
- Northeastern (15-6-3, 11-4-1 HEA) enters the weekend coming off a split of a home-and-home series with UMass last weekend.
- The Huskies boast the nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 scorers in Adam Gaudette (17-19-36) and Dylan Sikura (13-21-34).
- The team also checks in as the No. 1 power play unit in the country, clicking on 31-of-114 chances (.272).
- In goal, freshman and Montreal Canadiens prospect Cayden Primeau (11-4-3) has appeared in 20 games (18 starts) in posting a 1.98 GAA and .922 save percentage.
- Head Coach Jim Madigan, in seventh season at the helm of the Huskies, has posted a 112-102-30 record.

TWO GAMES TO BE AIRED BY NESN PLUS
Providence’s games against Maine (Feb. 9) and UMass Lowell (Feb. 16) will be aired live on NESN Plus.

DREW BROWN’S GOFUNDME
Drew Brown’s GoFundMe page has raised over $63,000 thus far. People interested in donating can do so at https://www.gofundme.com/dropping-the-mitts-for-drew-brown

BRYSON, DESHARNAIS EARN THE “A”
Sophomore defenseman and recent Buffalo Sabres draft pick Jacob Bryson will now don the “A” on his sweater going forward for the Friars. Junior Vincent Desharnais, a 2016 draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers, will also wear an “A” on his jersey going forward.

FOLEY, PINHO NOMINATED FOR THE HOBEY BAKER AWARD
Friar forwards Erik Foley and Brian Pinho were nominated for the prestigious Hobey  Baker Award. Votes can be cast at VoteForHobey.com.

A PK RUN
Overall this season, Providence has killed off 103-of-118 opposing power play opportunities this year (.873), which is good for fifth nationally this year.

THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
The Friars are 122-11-12 all-time under Nate Leaman when scoring three or more goals in a game.

SECOND PERIOD SUCCESS
Providence has out-scored opponents by a 32-16 margin in second period this season. The +16 margin ranks first the Hockey East and third nationally.

AFTER 40
The Friars are 117-5-9 all-time under Nate Leaman when holding a lead after two periods.

UP NEXT
Providence hits the road to Burlington next weekend for a two-game series at Vermont from Feb. 2-3 at Gutterson Fieldhouse.


 

 

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