Jan. 27, 2012
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PROVIDENCE TRAVELS TO #5 MERRIMACK FOR SUNDAY GAME... Providence will complete the regular-season series against No. 5 Merrimack at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 29 at Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS MERRIMACK... In 113 meetings between Providence and Merrimack, the Friars lead, 77-28-8, including a 32-13-6 mark at Merrimack. The Friars captured the first two meetings this season against then No. 1 Merrimack, including a 6-1 triumph at Lawler Arena on December 3. Providence has won the last three meetings between the two teams.
FRIARS ON THE ROAD... Providence is 2-4 in road contests this season, including a 2-2 mark in the last four road games. The two road wins included a 6-1 triumph at then No. 1 Merrimack on December 3. The win at Merrimack was the Friars' first road victory since November 27, 2010 (2-1 at Holy Cross). It also marked their first road Hockey East triumph since October 31, 2009 (2-1 at UMass). Overall, Providence has played eight games away from Schneider Arena, including two neutral site games at the Denver Cup Classic.
FRIAR QUICK NOTES... The Friars have scored one short-handed goal in three of the first seven games of 2012. Providence's 10 overall wins has surpassed last season's total (8) and its eight Hockey East triumphs is double the amount of 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 MERRIMACK... Merrimack, which enters the weekend with the fourth best winning percentage in the nation (.674), is coming off a 3-2 overtime win at New Hampshire on Saturday, January 21. John Heffernan scored the winner just 19 seconds into overtime and Joe Cannata made 28 saves to lead the Warriors. Ryan Flanigan leads the team in scoring with 20 points (7 g, 13 a) and Jesse Todd is second with 18 points (9 g, 9 a). Cannata has played in 22 games and his 2.02 goals against average as well as a .928 save percentage ranks second in Hockey East.
LAST TIME OUT... Providence blanked No. 11 UMass Lowell, 1-0, on Tuesday, January 24 at Schneider Arena. Senior goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) stopped all 29 shots he faced and freshman Shane Luke (Dauphin, Man.) scored a first period goal to lead the Friars. For Beaudry, it marked his third career shutout. The win also marked Providence's first triumph over UMass Lowell since November 24, 2009. In addition, Providence recorded its first 1-0 shutout victory since November 10, 2007 when Tyler Sims and the Friars won at Maine.
BEAUDRY NOTCHES SECOND SHUTOUT... Alex Beaudry's second shutout of the season on Tuesday, January 24 is one short of tying a Providence single-season record which has been set four times. Tyler Sims was the last Friar goalie to record three shutouts in one season when he did it during the 2007-08 campaign.
AGAINST THE RANKED... Providence has posted a 4-4-1 record against ranked opponents this season, including a 3-3 mark against teams in the top-10. Most recently, Providence defeated at No. 11/11 UMass Lowell. 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).
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 seven 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.
BEAUDRY CLIMBING THE SAVES LIST AT PROVIDENCE... Alex Beaudry ranks fifth all-time at Providence in career saves with 2,787 stops. Beaudry is four stops away from surpassing Dan Dennis (2,790 saves), who is fourth at PC. Nolan Schaefer `03 holds the Friar record with 2,848 career stops.
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