Providence Game Notes vs. UML
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Matchup: No. 8 Providence College vs. UMass Lowell (16-14-0, 10-10-0 HEA)
Faceoff: 7:15 p.m. (Fri.) – Schneider Arena – Providence, R.I.
TV: NESN Plus | Play-by-Play: Mike Logan, Color: Sonny Watrous
Live Stats: GameTracker
Matchup: No. 8 Providence College at UMass Lowell (16-14-0, 10-10-0 HEA)
Faceoff: 7 p.m. (Sat.) – Tsongas Center – Lowell, Mass.
Radio: Friars All-Access | WOON 1240 AM | Play-by-Play: Mike Logan
Live Stats: GoRiverHawks.com
- The Friars extended their unbeaten streak against Maine to 16 games (15-0-1) last Friday with a 3-2 overtime win at Schneider Arena. It marked the 12th-consecutive win over the Black Bears.
- Scott Conway notched the game-winning goal in overtime with 49 seconds remaining. The junior has four goals over his last five games and has scored in three-consecutive games overall.
- Defenseman Jacob Bryson has three goals over his past two games and ranks third among all Hockey East defensemen with 22 points (4-18-22).
- Graduate student Tommy Davis leads all Hockey East players with a +16 rating and ranks eighth nationally in that category.
- Providence’s 10-1-2 record in Friday games ranks second nationally and first the Hockey East. The River Hawks boast a 10-4-0 record on Friday nights.
- Friar freshman Jason O’Neill will face-off against his older brother, Colin, in this weekend’s series between Providence and UMass Lowell. Jason has eight assists for the Friars this season, while Colin has posted three goals and 10 assists for the River Hawks.
- Providence can clinch a first round bye in the Hockey East playoffs with a win on Friday night.
- The Friars are just one of four Division I programs to have five players with at least 10 goals this season (Ohio State, Penn State, and Robert Morris). Erik Foley (13), Kasper Björkqvist (12), Scott Conway (11), Brian Pinho (11), and Josh Wilkins (11).
- Brandon Duhaime hit the 20-point plateau for the first time in his career. He has five goals and 15 assists for the Friars this season.
- Brian Pinho currently sits at 147 career games, good for 11th on program’s all-time games played list. With two games this weekend, Pinho would vault up to fourth on the list. Ross Mauermann ‘15 tops the list with 156 games played.
SERIES HISTORY VS. UMASS LOWELL (56-47-11, .539)
- Providence and UMass Lowell meet for the 115th and 116th times this weekend.
- The Friars are 30-23-4 all-time at Schneider Arena against the River Hawks.
- Providence swept last season’s series against the then fifth-ranked River Hawks by scores of 4-3 and 3-2.
- Overall, the Friars are 14-14-2 all-time at Tsongas Center since its opening in 1999.
SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS
- UMass Lowell (16-14-0, 10-10-0 HEA) enters the weekend after dropping two Hockey East games last weekend at BC (3-2/OT) and at UMass (3-0).
- The River Hawks are led by sophomore and Tampa Bay prospect Ryan Lohin (8-15-23) and Kenny Hausinger (10-9-19). Senior John Edwardh follows up with 19 points on nine goals and 10 assists, while junior Ryan Dmowski has 18 points on eight goals and 10 assists.
- In goal, junior Christoffer Hernberg has appeared in 24 games (20 starts) this season in posting a 13-7-0 record with a 2.05 GAA, .923 save percentage, and four shutouts.
- Head Coach Norm Bazin, in his seventh season at the helm of the River Hawks, has posted a 167-82-21 record.
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. The duo was also named as two of 16 semifinalists for the Walter Brown Award, presented to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.
THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
The Friars are 123-12-13 all-time under Nate Leaman when scoring three or more goals in a game.
The overtime win on Feb. 9 vs. Maine was the third win in the extra session this season for Providence. 10 different players have scored the last 10 overtime goals for Providence.
The last 10 Friar OT winners:
2-9-2018 3-2 Maine (Scott Conway)
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)
The Friars are 117-5-10 all-time under Nate Leaman when holding a lead after two periods.
Providence will conclude the regular season schedule next Saturday (Feb. 24) at UMass for a 7 p.m. puck drop at the Mullins Center.
For more updates on the Providence College men's hockey program, follow the team on Twitter @FriarsHockey.
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