Feb. 22, 2012
PROVIDENCE TO PLAY HOME-AND-HOME SERIES VERSUS NO. 2 BC... Providence will play No. 2 Boston College in a home-and-home series beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24 at Schneider Arena in Providence, R.I. The two teams will complete the series at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 25 at Kelley Rink in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS BOSTON COLLEGE... In 160 all-time meetings between the two programs, Boston College leads, 103-45-12. The Eagles have won the last nine meetings, including a 4-1 triumph at Kelley Rink on December 6. Providence is seeking its first win over BC since a 3-2 victory at Kelley Rink on February 29, 2008.
FRIAR QUICK NOTES... Providence is looking to clinch its first Hockey East playoff berth since the 2007-08 season. 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 with 81 goals this season. The Friars have scored 25 power-play goals this season, the most since the 2007-08 team had 25. After not winning a road Hockey East game since October 31, 2009, Providence has three league road victories this season.
FRIARS LOOKING TO EXTEND UNBEATEN STREAK... Providence is currently on a four-game unbeaten streak, matching the longest streak this season. Earlier this season, Providence had a four-game winning stretch (11/4 - 11/12). The Friars are seeking their first five-game unbeaten streak since last season (10/29 - 11/19).
FRIARS TIE NORTHEASTERN TWICE... Providence and Northeastern skated to a pair of overtime ties at Matthews Arena. On Friday, February 17, junior Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) scored PC's lone goal in a 1-1 draw. The following night, freshman Shane Luke (Dauphin, Man.) and sophomore Kevin Hart (Cumberland, Maine) each scored in a 2-2 tie. The Friars finished with a 49-35 edge in shots in Saturday's game as senior Alex Beaudry made 33 saves. The back-to-back ties versus Northeastern marked the first time since the 2003-04 season (vs. Northeastern) that Providence has played in consecutive draws.
SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE... The Eagles have won seven consecutive games, including a home-and-home series sweep against then No. 9 Merrimack. The Eagles posted a 4-2 home win on Friday and a 2-1 triumph on the road on Saturday. In Saturday's game, Paul Carey scored with 5:31 left in the third period and Parker Milner made 30 stops to lead the Eagles. Chris Kreider (19 g, 17 a) leads the team with 36 points, while Barry Almeida (18 g, 10 a) and Chris Gaudreau (14 g, 14 a) are tied for second with 28 points each. Milner has played in 22 games and has a 2.14 goals against average and a .914 save percentage.
FRIARS AT HOME... The Friars have posted a 9-6-2 record at home this season, including a 7-4-1 mark in Hockey East games at Schneider Arena. The Friars' nine home victories this season are the most since the 2005-06 squad had 10. 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.
AGAINST THE RANKED... Providence has posted a 5-5-1 record against ranked opponents this season, including a 3-4 mark against teams in the top-10. Providence recorded back-to-back upset wins over No. 1 Merrimack (12/2 -12/3). The 2-1 overtime triumph over Merrimack on December 2 marked the Friars' first win versus a top-ranked opponent since January 3, 2003 (4-2 home win over Maine). Providence also has defeated No. 12 Maine (2/10), No. 11 UMass Lowell (1/24), No. 7 Boston University (10/14) and tied No. 15 Minnesota-Duluth (10/22). Last season, the Friars recorded one win against a ranked team (No. 7 Merrimack).
FRESHMAN CLASS LEADING THE WAY... Providence's freshman class has accounted for 29 of the team's 81 goals this season (35.8%) and 82 of the team's 221 points (37.1%). 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).
HARVEY LEADING FRIAR DEFENSEMEN... Junior Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.) leads all Friar defenseman with six goals (five power-play goals), eight assists and 14 points. The six goals are the most by a PC blue liner since Matt Taormina had nine in 2007-08. In addition, the five power-play goals are the most by a defenseman since Stephen Wood had six in 2003-04.
ROOKIE TOPS 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.
NUMEROUS FRIARS SET CAREER HIGHS... Eleven Friars have set career marks in several offensive categories. Myles Harvey whose previous career high was two points, has 14 points (6 g, 8 a) this season. In addition, Tim Schaller, whose previous season-best was five goals, already has 14 goals this 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 11 players have 10 points or more. In addition, 20 skaters and goalie Alex Beaudry have at least two points and 18 Friars have at least one goal. Ross Mauermann who leads the team lead with 22 points.
FRIARS ON THE ROAD... Providence is 3-6-2 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 13 games away from home, including two neutral site games at the Denver Cup Classic.
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 2,961 stops surpassing Nolan Schaefer, who had the record (2,848 saves) since 2003. In addition, Beaudry is now tied for second all-time at PC among goalies with 109 games played.
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