Feb. 16, 2012
PROVIDENCE PLAYS TWO GAMES AT NORTHEASTERN... Providence will play its second and third consecutive road games with a pair of contests at Northeastern, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17 at Matthews Arena in Boston, Mass.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS NORTHEASTERN... In 141 all-time meetings between the two teams, Providence leads, 76-51-14, including a 35-29-6 mark at Northeastern. The Huskies captured the first meeting this season, 5-2, at Schneider Arena on November 18. The Friars are looking for their first win at Matthews Arena since January 25, 2008.
FRIAR QUICK NOTES... • Providence’s 12 overall wins has surpassed last season’s total (8) and its 10 Hockey East triumphs are more than the previous two seasons combined (9). • The 12 wins are also the most since the 2007-08 season had 14 victories. • Providence has exceeded last season’s goal total of 75 goals and now has 78. • The Friars have scored 24 power-play goals this season, the most since the 2007-08 team had 25. • After not winning a Hockey East game since October 31, 2009, Providence has three league road wins this season. • Freshmen Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) and Shane Luke (Dauphin, Man.) are on three-game point streaks.
SCOUTING NORTHEASTERN... Northeastern is coming off a 3-2 loss against Harvard in the Third Place game of the Beanpot Tournament on Monday, February 13 at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. Luke Eibler had a hand in both goals as he scored on the power play and recorded one assist. In goal, Clay Witt made 36 saves. Ludwig Karlsson (9 g, 15 a) leads the Huskies in scoring with 24 points, while Steve Quailer (8 g, 14 a) is second with 22 points. In goal, Chris Rawlings has played in 26 games and has a 2.66 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.
FRIARS EARN HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY HONORS... Providence was named Hockey East Team of the Week, while junior forward Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) was tabbed Hockey East Co-Player of the Week on February 13. It’s the third time this season that the Friars have earned the league’s team of the week honors. For Schaller, it’s the second time he has garnered the league’s player of the week accolade. The Friars recorded consecutive victories over No. 12 Maine (5-4) on Friday, February 10 and UMass (4-3) on Saturday, February 11. Schaller netted the game winner to go along with one assist against Maine. He then notched one goal and one assist to lead the Friars past UMass.
Tim Schaller NAMED SEMIFINALIST FOR WALTER BROWN AWARD... Tim Schaller was named one of 21 semifinalists for the 60th Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. Schaller leads the Friars with a career-high 13 goals and ranks second on the team with 19 points. He also ranks in the top-10 in Hockey East in goals scored, power-play goals (6) and short-handed goals (2).
FRIARS ON THE ROAD... Providence is 3-6 in road contests this season. The three 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 11 games away from home, including two neutral site games at the Denver Cup Classic.
FRESHMAN CLASS LEADING THE WAY... Providence’s freshman class has accounted for 28 of the team’s 78 goals this season (36%) and 79 of the team’s 212 points (37%). Four of the Friars’ top-10 leaders in points are rookies, including Ross Mauermann who is tops on the team with 22 points (8 g, 14 a).
ROOKIE LEADING FRIARS IN POINTS... Ross Mauermann is leading Providence in scoring with 22 points on eight goals and 14 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.
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 lead the way with 11. The Friars’ eight short-handed goals this season are the most since the 2007-08 team had nine short-handed goals. Ross Mauermann 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 21 points.
NUMEROUS FRIARS SET CAREER HIGHS... Eleven Friars have set career marks in several offensive categories. Junior Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.) whose previous career high was two points, has 13 points (6 g, 7 a) this season. In addition, Tim Schaller, whose previous season best was five goals, already has 13 goals this season.
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 2,908 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 107 games played.
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