No. 9/10 Men's Hockey Hosts Maine in Hockey East Quarterfinals

March 8, 2018

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FOLLOW THE FRIARS (20-10-4, 13-7-4 HEA)
Matchup: No. 9/10 Providence College vs. Maine (18-14-4, 10-11-3 HEA) – HEA Quarterfinals Game 1
Faceoff: 7 PM (Fri.) – Schneider Arena – Providence, R.I.
TV: NBC Sports Boston | Play-by-Play: Mike Logan/Color: Sonny Watrous
Video: HockeyEastOnline.tv ($)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Twitter: @Friarshockey

Matchup: No. 9/10 Providence College vs. Maine (18-14-4, 10-11-3 HEA) – HEA Quarterfinals Game 2
Faceoff: 7 PM (Sat.) – Schneider Arena – Providence, R.I.
TV: NBC Sports Boston | Play-by-Play: Mike Logan/Color: Sonny Watrous
Video: HockeyEastOnline.tv ($)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Twitter: @Friarshockey

Matchup: No. 9/10 Providence College vs. Maine (18-14-4, 10-11-3 HEA) – HEA Quarterfinals Game 3
Faceoff: 7 PM (Sun.) – Schneider Arena – Providence, R.I. (if necessary)
TV: NBC Sports Boston (tape delayed after Boston Celtics coverage) | Play-by-Play: Mike Logan/Color: Sonny Watrous
Video: HockeyEastOnline.tv ($)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Twitter: @Friarshockey

TALKING POINTS
- The Friars concluded the 2017-18 regular season with a program-record fifth-consecutive 20-win season. Providence will appear in the quarterfinal round for the seventh-consecutive season under Nate Leaman.
- Providence will host Maine this weekend in a best-of-three Hockey East Quarterfinal series, with the winner advancing to the TD Garden in Boston for the Hockey East Semifinals next Friday, March 16.
- The Friars finished third in the Hockey East standings for the sixth time in program history, posting 30 points (13-7-4).
- The Black Bears battle in the Friars since the postseason for the first time since the 2014 quarterfinal round, where Providence earned a two-game sweep.
- Overall, Providence is 7-5 all-time in the Hockey East Tournament against Maine and this weekend will mark just the second playoff meeting between the schools since 2001.
- The Friars boast recent success against Maine, having won 12-consecutive games and claim a 16-game unbeaten streak (15-0-1) dating back to 2011.
- Entering the weekend, Providence sits 12th in the all-important PairWise  rankings to determine this year’s NCAA Tournament field.
- Hayden Hawkey has posted a 1.95 GAA and .924 save percentage in Hockey East games this season, good for second overall in both categories. In his career, Hawkey is 4-0-0 with a 1.75 GAA and .939 save percentage against Maine, with his one shutout coming at the Friendship Four in Belfast, Northern Ireland back in November (3-0).
- Erik Foley finished fifth in league scoring with 23 points and fourth in goals with 11 in league play. He has posted a 15-19-34 line for the second-straight year and looks to set career-high marks in goals, assist, and points this weekend.
- Sophomore defenseman Jacob Bryson led all Hockey East players with a +16 rating in Hockey East contests.
- Senior captain Brian Pinho appeared in his 150th career game on Feb. 24 and now ranks fourth on the program’s all-time games played list.
- Providence is 10-6 all-time as a No. 3 seed in the Hockey East Tournament and will face the Black Bears for the ninth time over in the Hockey East Tournament.

SERIES NOTES – MAINE (52-64-7, .451)
- Providence and Maine meet for the 124th time on Friday night.
- The Friars are 30-25-3 all-time at Schneider Arena against the Black Bears.
- The teams battled on Nov. 24 in the first game of the 2017 Friendship Four, with the Friars claiming a 3-0 win.
- Providence carries a 16-game unbeaten streak against Maine dating back to the 2011-12 season (15-0-1). Overall, the Friars have won 12-consecutive games in the series, including a 3-2 overtime win on Feb. 9.

SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS
- Maine (18-14-4, 9-7-3 HEA) enter the weekend coming off a two-game sweep over New Hampshire in the Hockey East Opening Round at Alfond Arena. It is the Black Bears’ first quarterfinal appearance since 2014 against Providence.
- Maine is led by Mitchell Fossier (12-21-33), Chase Pearson (7-20-27), and Eduards Tralmaks (10-14-24). 
- In goal, Boston Bruins prospect Jeremy Swayman is 15-10-3 with a 2.66 GAA and .922 save percentage this season. Swayman has started in 16-consecutive games for the Black Bears.
- Head Coach Red Gendron, in his fifth season at the helm of the Black Bears, has posted a 67-96-21 record.

DREW BROWN’S GOFUNDME
Drew Brown’s GoFundMe page has raised over $63,000 thus far. People interested in donating can do so at https://www.gofundme.com/dropping-the-mitts-for-drew-brown

BRYSON, DESHARNAIS EARN THE “A”
Sophomore defenseman and recent Buffalo Sabres draft pick Jacob Bryson will now don the “A” on his sweater going forward for the Friars. Junior Vincent Desharnais, a 2016 draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers, will also wear an “A” on his jersey going forward.

FOLEY, PINHO NOMINATED FOR THE HOBEY BAKER AWARD
Friar forwards Erik Foley and Brian Pinho were nominated for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award. Votes can be cast at VoteForHobey.com. The duo was also named as two of 16 semifinalists for the Walter Brown Award, presented to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.

A PK RUN
Overall this season, Providence has killed off 123-of-142 opposing power play opportunities this year (.866), which is good for fifth nationally this year.

THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
The Friars are 125-12-13 all-time under Nate Leaman when scoring three or more goals in a game.

OT WINNERS
The overtime win on Feb. 9 vs. Maine was the third win in the extra session this season for Providence.

The last 10 Friar OT winners:
2-9-2018               3-2 Maine (Scott Conway)
1-27-2018            2-1 Northeastern (Greg Printz)
10-20-2017         6-5 @ St. Lawrence (Josh Wilkins)
2-25-2017            2-1 UMass (Garrett Gamez)
2-19-2016            3-2 Notre Dame (Trevor Mingoia)
2-5-2016               1-0 @Maine (Nick Saracino)
2-20-2015            3-2 UMass (Noel Acciari)
1-9-2015               3-2 @Brown (Shane Luke)
1-3-2015               5-4 Colorado College (Mark Jankowski)
10-11-2014         2-1 @Ohio State (Brian Pinho)

AFTER 40
The Friars are 118-5-10 all-time under Nate Leaman when holding a lead after two periods.

UP NEXT
Should the Friars advance, they will move on to the TD Garden for the Hockey East Semifinals next weekend. Otherwise, Providence will await their NCAA Tournament fate.


 

 

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