No. 8 Men's Hockey Heads North to Battle Vermont

Feb. 1, 2018

Providence Game Notes vs. UVM Get Acrobat Reader

FOLLOW THE FRIARS (17-8-3, 10-5-3 HEA)
Matchup: No. 8 Providence College vs. Vermont (7-15-4, 4-9-3 HEA)
Faceoff: 7:05 PM (Fri.) – Gutterson Fieldhouse – Burlington, Vt.
Video: CatamounTV.com
Radio: WOON 1240 AM | Friars All-Access ($) | Play-by-Play: Mike Logan
Live Stats: UVMAthletics.com
Twitter: @Friarshockey

Matchup: No. 8 Providence College vs. Vermont (7-15-4, 4-9-3 HEA)
Faceoff: 7:05 PM (Sat.) – Gutterson Fieldhouse – Burlington, Vt.
Video: CatamounTV.com
Radio: WOON 1240 AM | Friars All-Access ($) | Play-by-Play: Mike Logan
Live Stats: UVMAthletics.com
Twitter: @Friarshockey

TALKING POINTS
- Friar rookie Greg Printz scored 2:11 into overtime as the Friars claimed a crucial 2-1 win over No. 8/9 Northeastern last Saturday at Schneider Arena.
- Providence moved within three points of first place Boston College and one point of second place Northeastern after a three-point weekend against the Huskies.
- Ben Mirageas leads all NCAA freshmen defensemen in goals with eight and ranks sixth in points amongst that group with 17 points.
- Three of Greg Printz’s four goals this season have been game-winning goals.
- Erik Foley recorded his 30th point of the season with an assist on Saturday night.
- Providence clinched their sixth-consecutive winning season, which ties the second-longest such streak in team history (1959-65). The longest streak of winning seasons was nine from 1976-85.
- At 17 wins, the Friars sit just three wins shy of the 20-win mark which would be the first time in program history the team has five-consecutive 20-win seasons.
- The Friars have surrendered just 15 goals in 10 games in the second half of the season, out-scoring opponents by a 34-15 margin over that span. The 1.50 GAA in the second half ranks second nationally.
- Providence has surrendered a league-low 2.11 goals per game in Hockey East contests.
- Over the past three years, the Friars are 19-3-2 in the month of February and are 25-9-8 all-time in February under Nate Leaman.
- The Friars have the third-best record in the NCAA since Christmas at 7-1-2.

Best second half records in NCAA
Cornell: 8-0-1
Ohio State: 7-1-0
Providence: 7-1-2
Boston University: 5-1-1
Mercyhurst: 6-1-2

SERIES NOTES - VERMONT
- Providence and Vermont meet for the 60th and 61st times this weekend with the all-time series deadlocked at 26-26-7.
- Last season, the teams split a two-game series at Schneider Arena. Vermont took game one 4-3 on Jan. 13, 2017, before the Friars responded with a 4-1 win the following night.
- Providence is 14-14-1 all-time at Gutterson Fieldhouse, but have won five-consecutive games there and seven of the last eight overall.

SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS
- Vermont (7-15-4, 4-9-3 HEA) enters the weekend winners of three-consecutive games after a sweep on the road at Merrimack last weekend. The Catamounts scored a pair of 2-1 victories over the Warriors, including an overtime win on Saturday night.
- The Catamounts are led by Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Ross Colton and his 18 points on 14 goals and four assists.  Colton had both game-winning goals at Merrimack last weekend.
- In goal, sophomore Stefanos Lekkas (7-14-3) has started 24-of-26 games this year for the Catamounts with a 3.00 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
- Head Coach Kevin Sneddon, in his 15th season at the helm of the Catamounts, has posted a 231-254-72 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 107-of-123 opposing power play opportunities this year (.870), which is good for sixth nationally this year.

THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
The Friars are 122-11-13 all-time under Nate Leaman when scoring three or more goals in a game.

OT WINNERS
The overtime win on Saturday was the second win in the extra session this season for Providence.
The last 10 Friar OT winners:
1-27-2018           2-1 Northeastern (Greg Printz)
10-20-2017         6-5 @ St. Lawrence (Josh Wilkins)
2-25-2017           2-1 UMass (Garrett Gamez)
2-19-2016           3-2 Notre Dame (Trevor Mingoia)
2-5-2016             1-0 @Maine (Nick Saracino)
2-20-2015           3-2 UMass (Noel Acciari)
1-9-2015             3-2 @Brown (Shane Luke)
1-3-2015             5-4 Colorado College (Mark Jankowski)
10-11-2014          2-1 @Ohio State (Brian Pinho)
10-25-2013          3-2 Miami (Niko Rufo)

AFTER 40
The Friars are 117-5-10 all-time under Nate Leaman when holding a lead after two periods.

UP NEXT
Providence hosts the University of Maine on Friday, Feb. 9 in the second meeting of the season between the two schools. The Friars blanked the Black Bears, 3-0, on Nov. 24 at the 2017 Friendship Four in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


 

 

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