Men's Hockey To Face UMass Lowell In Hockey East Quarterfinals Thursday Night

Alex Beaudry

March 6, 2012


FRIARS FACE UMASS LOWELL IN HOCKEY EAST QUARTERFINALS... Providence College, seeded No. 7, will battle UMass Lowell, seeded No. 2, in a best-of-three Hockey East Quarterfinal series, beginning on Thursday, March 8 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass. It will mark the fourth time that the two teams will face each other in the Hockey East Quarterfinals. The last time that PC and UML squared off in the quarterfinals was in 1997 as the River Hawks swept the best-of-three series.

PROVIDENCE HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT HISTORY... Providence is 26-38-1 all-time in Hockey East Tournament games, including a 1-4-1 mark versus UMass Lowell. The Friars have won two Hockey East Tournament titles (1985, 1996). The last time the Friars were in the Hockey East Quarterfinals, they were the fifth seed and were swept in a best-of-three series by fourth seed Boston College.

FRIARS IN HOCKEY EAST QUARTERFINALS... The Friars have posted a 19-29-1 mark in the Hockey East Quarterfinals, including a 1-3-1 mark against the River Hawks. The Friars are seeking their first Hockey East playoff win since 2005 when they defeated Boston University in the first game of the best-of-three series. In addition, Providence is looking to capture its first quarterfinal series since 2001 when it defeated Boston University in three games at Schneider Arena.

SERIES HISTORY VERSUS UMASS LOWELL... In 98 all-time meetings between the two teams, Providence leads, 47-40-11. The Friars captured the first meeting this season (1-0 on 1/24 at Schneider Arena). It marked PC’s first win over UML since November 24, 2009. However, the River Hawks took the last two games of the regular season to win the season series. The Friars are seeking their first win at the Tsongas Center since January 13, 2007.



FRIAR QUICK NOTES... • Providence has clinched 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 84 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 unbeaten in its last three games and capped off the regular season with two wins over Providence, including a 4-2 triumph on Saturday, March 3 in Lowell, Mass. Joseph Pendenza scored twice and added an assist in Saturday’s game and finished the two-game series against PC with five points (2 g 3 a). Pendenza was named Hockey East Player of the Week. 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.

FRIARS ON THE ROAD... Providence is 3-8-2 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 15 games away from home, including two neutral site games at the Denver Cup Classic.

AGAINST THE RANKED... Providence has posted a 5-9-1 record against ranked opponents this season, including a 3-8 mark versus teams in the top-10. PC notched back-to-back 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 squad since January 3, 2003 (4-2 home win vs. 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 posted one win versus a ranked team (No. 7 Merrimack).

FRESHMAN CLASS LEADING THE WAY... Providence’s freshman class has accounted for 31 of the team’s 84 goals this season (36.9 %) and 86 of the team’s 230 points (37.4 %). Four of the Friars’ top-10 leaders in points are rookies, including Ross Mauermann who is tops on the team with 23 points (9 g, 14 a).

HARVEY LEADING FRIAR DEFENSEMEN... Junior Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.) leads all Friar defensemen with six goals (five power-play goals), nine assists and 15 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 23 points on nine 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 23 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 15 points (6 g, 9 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 fifth in the nation with eight short-handed goals. Colgate and Boston College lead the way with 11, while Nebraska-Omaha and Boston University have 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 AT HOME... The Friars finished their home schedule with a 9-8-2 record at home this season, including a 7-6-1 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 played 19 regular season home games, including 14 Hockey East home games. Last season, the Friars posted a 5-5-4 record at home.

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 3,033 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 113 games played.

SCHALLER SETS CAREER HIGH... Tim Schaller, who totaled seven goals in his first two seasons (67 games) at Providence, has a team-high 14 goals in 22 games this season. Schaller also ranks tied for second on the team with a career-high 20 points. Most recently, he 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.

HOW THEY RANK... The Friars rank among the nation’s best in short-handed goals. Individually, Providence also has several players ranked in several other categories.

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