March 10, 2012
FRIARS FACE UMASS LOWELL IN HOCKEY EAST QUARTERFINALS... Providence College, seeded No. 7, will battle No. 2 seed UMass Lowell at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 11 in the third game of a best-of-three Hockey East Quarterfinal series at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass. UML posted a 3-2 overtime victory on Friday, March 9 to force a decisive game.
STORY LINES... Providence is looking to become the first No. 7 seed to make it to the Hockey East Semifinals ... The Friars will be playing in their sixth game three of the quarterfinals, with the last time coming in 2005 when they were defeated at Boston University ... Providence is 2-3 in game threes with both wins coming on home ice ... The Friars are seeking their first trip to the Hockey East Semifinals since 2001 ... Thursday’s win over UMass Lowell was PC’s first Hockey East playoff triumph since 2005.
PROVIDENCE HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT HISTORY... Providence is 27-39-1 all-time in Hockey East Tournament games, including a 2-5-1 mark versus UMass Lowell. The two teams have faced each other in the league playoff on four different occasions, the last in 1997 as the River Hawks swept the best-of-three series. Providence has won two Hockey East Tournament titles (1985, 1996). The last time the Friars were in the Hockey East Quarterfinals (2008), they were the fifth seed and were swept in a best-of-three series by fourth seed Boston College.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS UMASS LOWELL... In 100 all-time meetings between the two teams, PC leads, 48-41-11. 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. Providence’s win on Thursday night over UMass Lowell marked the its first win at the Tsongas Center since January 13, 2007.
FRIARS IN HOCKEY EAST QUARTERFINALS... The Friars have posted a 20-30-1 mark in the Hockey East Quarterfinals, including a 2-4-1 mark against the River Hawks. On Thursday, March 8, the Friars earned their first Hockey East playoff win since 2005 when they defeated Boston University in the first game of the best-of-three series. Providence is looking to capture its first quarterfinal series since 2001 when it defeated Boston University in three games at Schneider Arena.
RECAP OF FRIDAY NIGHT’S GAME... Zack Kamrass scored at 11:29 of overtime to lead UMass Lowell to a 3-2 win in game two of a best-of-three Hockey East Quarterfinal series Friday night at the Tsongas Center. In overtime, the Friars were pressuring the River Hawks as they hit the post twice, but Kamrass put home a rebound after the initial shot by Joseph Pendenza. Chad Ruhwedel scored late in the first period to give UML a 1-0 lead. The lead increased to 2-0 when Matt Ferreira scored on the power play 52 seconds into the second period. Providence scored two quick goals in the latter half of the second period to tie the game at 2-2. Junior Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.) made it a 2-1 game when he ripped a slap shot from the top of the left circle. Just 1:56 later, freshman Stefan Demopoulos (La Mesa, Calif.) put in a rebound from in close after the initial shot by classmate Shane Luke (Dauphin, Man.) was saved. Both teams finished with 36-36 shots on goal. Senior Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) had 33 saves for the Friars, while Doug Carr finished with 34 stops for the River Hawks.
OVERTIME IN THE HOCKEY EAST PLAYOFFS... Providence has played in 10 overtime Hockey East playoff games and has a 3-6-1 record, including a 2-5-1 mark in the quarterfinals. The last time the Friars won a Hockey East playoff game in overtime was in 2004 as they posted a 4-3 double overtime triumph at New Hampshire in game two of the quarterfinals. In addition, Providence has played in four double overtime games in the Hockey East playoffs, including two in the quarterfinals.
FRIARS ON THE ROAD... Providence is 4-9-2 in road contests this season. The four road wins include 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 17 games away from home, including two neutral site games at the Denver Cup Classic.
AGAINST THE RANKED... Providence has posted a 6-10-1 record against ranked opponents this season, including a 4-9 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 BU (10/14), No. 7 UMass Lowell (3/8) 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 32 of the team’s 91 goals this season (35.2 %) and 94 of the team’s 249 points (37.8 %). Four of the Friars’ top-10 leaders in points are rookies, including Ross Mauermann who is tops on the team with 24 points (9 g, 15 a).
HARVEY LEADING FRIAR DEFENSEMEN... Junior Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.) leads all Friar defensemen with seven goals (five power-play goals), 10 assists and 17 points. The seven 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.
SPREADING THE SCORING... The Friars are spreading the scoring around as 13 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 24 points.
ROOKIE TOPS FRIARS IN POINTS... Ross Mauermann is leading Providence in scoring with 24 points on nine goals and 15 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 17 points (7 g, 10 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 fifth in the nation with eight short-handed goals. Colgate and Boston College lead the way with 11, Nebraska-Omaha has 10 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 3,099 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 115 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 24 games this season. Schaller also ranks third on the team with a career-high 21 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.
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