March 5, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men's hockey team will play the UMass Lowell River Hawks in a best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass. The second game of the series is at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9 and if a third game is necessary it will be at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. All games will be played at the Tsongas Center.
Providence will be the seventh seed as it earned its first Hockey East playoff berth since 2008 under the guidance of first year coach Nate Leaman. UMass Lowell finished in a tie for second place with Boston University, but earned the tie-breaker after winning the season series against the Terriers. It will mark the fourth time that Providence and UMass Lowell will meet in the quarterfinals and the first since 1997 when the River Hawks swept the series.
The Friars (12-18-4, 10-14-3 Hockey East) posted a 1-2 record against the River Hawks this season with the win (1-0) coming on January 24 at Schneider Arena. UMass Lowell captured the final two meetings (5-1 at Schneider Arena and 4-2 at Tsongas Center) on March 2-3. 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). In addition, the 12 wins are also the most since the 2007-08 team had 14 victories. Freshman Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) is leading the team in scoring with 23 points on nine goals and 14 assists, while senior Matt Bergland (Faribault, Minn.) is second with 21 points on five goals and 16 assists. Junior Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) has a team-high 14 goals. In net, senior Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) has played in 33 games and has a 3.13 goals against average.
The River Hawks (22-10-1, 17-9-1 Hockey East) ended their regular season with consecutive wins over the Friars. After finishing in last place in Hockey East and recording five wins in 2010-11, the River Hawks finished in a tie for second place in the league this season. Freshman Scott Wilson (15 g, 20 a) and junior Riley Wetmore (12 g, 23 a) are tied for the team lead with 35 points. Derek Arnold is tops on the team with 17 goals and third with 32 points. In goal, freshman Doug Carr has a 2.06 goals against average and a .928 save percentage.
Providence College vs. UMass Lowell (Best-of-three Hockey East Quarterfinal Series) Date Site Time 3/8/12 (Game 1) Tsongas Center (Lowell, Mass.) 7:00 p.m. 3/9/12 (Game 2) Tsongas Center (Lowell, Mass.) 7:00 p.m. 3/11/12 (Game 3) *Tsongas Center (Lowell, Mass.)4:00 p.m.
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