Feb. 29, 2012
PROVIDENCE LOOKING TO CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT... Providence will look to clinch its first Hockey East playoff spot since 2008 when it hosts No. 8 UMass Lowell at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2 at Schneider Arena. It will mark the final home game for the seven Providence seniors. Providence needs one win or a tie to lock up a playoff berth.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS UMASS LOWELL... In 96 all-time meetings between the two teams, PC leads, 47-38-11. The Friars posted a 1-0 victory over the River Hawks in the first meeting this season on January 24. It marked the Friars' first win over the River Hawks since November 24, 2009. Last season, UML took the season series, 2-0-1, with two wins at the Tsongas Center and a tie at Schneider Arena.
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 team 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.
SCOUTING UMASS LOWELL... UMass Lowell is coming off a loss and a tie against Hockey East foe Merrimack over the weekend. After a 5-2 defeat on Friday at Merrimack, the River Hawks rallied for a 2-2 overtime tie in Lowell. Josh Holmstrom's power-play goal with three minutes left in the third period evened the score. Riley Wetmore leads the team in scoring with 23 points (10 g, 23 a) and Scott Wilson is second with 32 points (15 g, 17 a). In goal, Doug Carr has played in 27 of 31 games and has a 2.10 goals against average and a .927 save percentage.
FRIARS AT HOME... The Friars have posted a 9-7-2 record at home this season, including a 7-5-1 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.
RECAP OF FIRST GAME VERSUS UMASS LOWELL... Providence defeated UMass Lowell, 1-0, on January 24 at Schneider Arena. Senior goaltender Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) recorded his second shutout of the season and freshman Shane Luke (Dauphin, Man.) scored the lone goal of the game to lead the Friars. Freshman Stefan Demopoulos (La Mesa, Calif.) and senior Daniel New (White Plains, N.Y.) assisted on the goal. PC killed off all four penalties, including three minutes of a five-minute major in the second period. The River Hawks outshot Providence, 29-21, in the game. UML goaltender Doug Carr played a strong game in goal as he made 20 saves. Beaudry stopped all 29 shots he faced registering his third career shutout.
AGAINST THE RANKED... Providence has posted a 5-7-1 record against ranked opponents this season, including a 3-6 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.
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 leads the team lead with 22 points.
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, has 14 goals this season.
FRIARS SCORING WHILE SHORT-HANDED... Providence is tied with Boston University for fourth in the nation with eight short-handed goals. Colgate and Boston College lead the way with 11, while Nebraska-Omaha has nine. The Friars' eight short-handed goals this season are the most since the 2007-08 team had nine. 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.
FRIARS ON THE ROAD... Providence is 3-7-2 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 14 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 2,990 stops surpassing Nolan Schaefer, who had the record (2,848 saves) since 2003. In addition, Beaudry is second all-time at PC among goalies with 111 games played.
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