Feb. 1, 2012
TV: CBS Sports Network (Eric Frede, Dave Starman, Shireen Saski) | Radio: 1240 AM (WOON) | Audio: Friars.com (Mike Logan)
PROVIDENCE TRAVELS TO FACE NEW HAMPSHIRE ON FRIDAY... Providence will play a home-and-home series against New Hampshire beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 3 at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H. The two teams will complete the weekend series at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 4 at Schneider Arena in Providence.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS UNH... In 144 meetings between the two teams, New Hampshire holds an 80-50-14 lead, including a 51-19-5 mark at UNH. In the first meeting this season on January 11, UNH posted a 1-0 win at Schneider Arena. The Friars are seeking their first win over the Wildcats since February 24, 2007 when they earned a 7-1 triumph in Providence. They are also seeking their first win at the Whittemore Center since March 12, 2004.
FRIARS ON THE ROAD... Providence is 2-5 in road contests this season. 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 win since October 31, 2009 (2-1 at UMass). Overall, Providence has played nine games away from home, including two neutral site games at the Denver Cup Classic.
FRIAR QUICK NOTES... • Providence's 10 overall wins has surpassed last season's total (8) and its eight Hockey East triumphs are double the amount of the 2010-11 campaign (4). • The Friars have scored 22 power-play goals this season, seven more than all of last season. • Providence also has eight short-handed goals, five more than the 2010-11 campaign.
SCOUTING UNH... The Wildcats are coming off a pair of close losses against No. 8 Boston College, including a 3-2 overtime setback on Saturday, January 28 at the Whittemore Center. UNH's Mike Borisenok scored with 1:12 left in the third period to tie the game at 2-2, but BC's Barry Almeida scored a power-play goal with 1:33 left in overtime to seal the win. Casey DeSmith made 34 stops in goal for UNH. Stevie Moses leads the team in scoring with 29 points (18 g, 11 a), while Nick Sorkin (6 g, 21 a) is second with 27 points. DeSmith, who has played in nine consecutive games, has a 2.34 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.
LAST TIME OUT... Providence was defeated by No. 5 Merrimack, 4-2, on Sunday, January 29 in North Andover, Mass. The Warriors scored two power-play goals, including the deciding goal early in the second period en route to the win. Merrimack took an early 1-0 lead, but Providence evened the score on a power-play goal by freshman Stefan Demopoulos (La Mesa, Calif.). The Warriors scored a power-play goal late in the first period and another early in the second for a 3-1 lead. The Friars pulled to within, 3-2, when junior Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.) scored on the man advantage. Merrimack held off the Friars in the third period and Jesse Todd scored an empty-net goal to seal the win. The Friars outshot the Warriors, 39-23.
FRIARS REGAIN POWER... After not scoring a power-play goal in their previous three games (0-for-12), Providence scored two power-play goals on Sunday at Merrimack. Overall, the Friars have 22 power-play goals this season, the most since the 2007-08 team had 25.
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.
FRIARS NOTCH FIRST 1-0 SHUTOUT SINCE 2007... Providence's victory over UMass Lowell on January 24 was the first 1-0 shutout win for the Friars since November 10, 2007 when they posted a 1-0 result at Maine. It also marked the first 1-0 home result for Providence since December 3, 2001 (vs. Merrimack).
FRIARS SCORING WHILE SHORT-HANDED... Providence is tied with Boston University and Boston College for second in the nation with eight short-handed goals. Colgate leads the way with 10. The Friars' eight short-handed goals this season are the most since the 2007-08 team had nine short-handed goals. 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 third all-time at Providence in career saves with 2,806 stops. Beaudry is 34 stops away from surpassing Brad Milner (2,839 saves), who is second at PC. Nolan Schaefer `03 holds the Friar record with 2,848 career stops.
SPREADING THE SCORING...
The Friars are spreading the scoring around as 21 skaters and goalie Alex Beaudry have at least one point. In addition, 18 Friars have at least one goal. There are 19 Friars with three points or more, including Ross Mauermann who leads the team lead with 18 points.
FRESHMAN LEADING FRIARS IN POINTS...
Ross Mauermann is leading Providence in scoring with 18 points on eight goals and 10 assists. Mauermann can become the first Friar freshman to lead the team in points since 2008-09 when Matt Bergland did it with 27 points (10 g, 17 a). Prior to Bergland, the last PC rookie to lead the team in scoring was Rob Gaudreau, who totaled 57 points (28 g, 29 a) during the 1988-89 season.
NUMEROUS FRIARS SET CAREER HIGHS...
Eight Providence players have set career marks in several offensive categories. Junior Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.) whose previous career high was two points (two assists last season), has 13 points (6 g, 7 a) this season. In addition, classmate Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.), whose previous season best was five goals, already has 10 goals this season.
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