Feb. 8, 2012
PROVIDENCE HOSTS MAINE FRIDAY NIGHT ON COX SPORTS... Providence and #12 Maine will complete their regular-season series at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10 at Schneider Arena in a game that will air live on Cox Sports and streamed on coxsportsonline.com.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS MAINE... In 107 all-time meetings between the two teams, Maine leads, 64-37-6, including a 25-20-3 edge in Providence. Maine captured the first two meetings this season (5-4 OT and 3-1) at Alfond Arena. Last season, Maine won the season series, 2-0-1, including a win and a tie at Schneider Arena. Providence is looking for its first win over Maine since a 3-2 victory on January 16, 2010 at Schneider Arena.
FRIARS AT HOME... The Friars have posted an 8-6-2 record at home this season, including a 6-4-1 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 • 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 MAINE... Maine is unbeaten in its last seven games, including six consecutive games. Most recently, the Black Bears swept Alabama-Huntsville over the weekend at Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine. In Friday’s game, Maine rallied from a 3-0 deficit for a 4-3 triumph in overtime. Stu Higgins scored the game winner, while Spencer Abbott had one goal and two assists to lead the way. The following night, Abbott totaled four points (1 g, 3 a) and Dan Sullivan made 20 saves as Maine cruised to a 5-0 triumph. Abbott leads the nation in scoring with 47 points (15 g, 32 a) and Brian Flynn is fifth in the nation with 39 points (14 g, 25 a). Joey Diamond leads the team with 17 goals. Sullivan has played in 23 games and has a 2.71 goals against average and a .903 save percentage.
LAST TIME OUT... Providence was defeated by UNH, 3-2, in overtime on Saturday, February 4 at Schneider Arena. Providence rallied twice to tie the game, but the Wildcats scored 2:07 into overtime to take the win. Freshman Stefan Demopoulos (La Mesa, Calif.) scored a career-high two goals, while classmates Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) and Shane Luke (Dauphin, Man.) each had two assists for the Friars, who outshot the Wildcats, 36-28. In goal, senior Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) made 25 stops and set the Providence College record for career saves (2,850).
BEAUDRY SETS PROVIDENCE COLLEGE CAREER SAVES RECORD... Alex Beaudry set the Providence career saves record on Saturday, February 4 against UNH as he finished with 25 saves. Beaudry now has 2,850 stops surpassing Nolan Schaefer, who had the record (2,848 saves) since 2003. In addition, Beaudry is now third all-time at PC among goalies with 105 games played.
FRESHMAN CLASS LEADING THE WAY... Providence’s freshman class has accounted for 25 of the team’s 69 goals this season (36%) and 70 of the team’s 188 points (37%). Four of the Friars’ top-10 leaders in points are rookies, including Ross Mauermann who is tops on the team with 20 points (8 g, 12 a).
ROOKIE LEADING FRIARS IN POINTS... Ross Mauermann is leading Providence in scoring with 20 points on eight goals and 12 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.
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 for third in the nation with eight short-handed goals. Colgate and Boston College 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.
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.
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 11 goals this season.
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