March 14, 2012
GAME NOTES | LIVE AUDIO | TOURNAMENT CENTRAL | TICKETS
TV: NESN (Tom Caron, Craig Janney, Sonny Watrous) | NBC Sports Network (John Walton, Ken Hodge) | Audio: Friars.com (Mike Logan, Chris Fama)
PROVIDENCE FACES BOSTON COLLEGE IN HOCKEY EAST SEMIFINALS... Providence College, seeded No. 7, will battle No. 1 seed Boston College at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16 in the Hockey East Semifinals at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. It marks the first time since 2001 that the Friars will play in the league semifinals.
PROVIDENCE HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT HISTORY... Providence is 28-39-1 all-time in Hockey East Tournament games, including a 3-6-0 mark versus Boston College. The last time the two teams met in the playoffs was during the 2008 quarterfinals and the Eagles swept a best-of-three series at Kelley Rink. Providence has won two Hockey East Tournament titles (1985, 1996).
FRIARS ALL-TIME IN THE HOCKEY EAST SEMIFINALS... Providence is making its 11th appearance in the Hockey East Semifinals. Overall, the Friars have a 3-7 mark in the semifinals, including a 0-1mark against the Eagles. In the only semifinal meeting between the two teams, the Eagles posted a 6-5 double-overtime win in 1989. The Friars are looking for their first Hockey East Semifinal win since 2001 when they defeated Maine, 4-3.
PROVIDENCE AT THE TD GARDEN... The Friars have a 3-2 all-time record at the TD Garden. In their last appearance at the Garden in 2001, the Friars defeated Maine in the Hockey East Semifinals before falling to Boston College in the championship game. In 1996, Providence defeated Boston University in the semifinals and then Maine in the title game to capture its second Hockey East Championship. PC also played in the 1999 semifinals and was beaten by New Hampshire.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS BOSTON COLLEGE... In 162 all-time meetings between the two programs, Boston College leads, 105-45-12. The Eagles have won the last 11 meetings, including three regular-season meetings this season. Providence is seeking its first win over BC since a 3-2 victory at Kelley Rink on February 29, 2008.
FRIAR QUICK NOTES • Providence is making its first Hockey East playoff appearance since the 2007-08 season. • Providence’s 14 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 14 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 92 goals this season. • The Friars have scored 26 power-play goals this season, the most since the 2005-06 team had 35. • After not winning a road Hockey East game since October 31, 2009, Providence had three league road victories in the regular season.
RECAP OF GAME THREE VERSUS UMASS LOWELL... The Friars defeated No. 7 UMass Lowell, 1-0, in the decisive game of a best-of-three Hockey East Quarterfinal series Sunday afternoon in Lowell, Mass. Senior goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) stopped all 29 shots he faced, while freshman Ross Mauermann(Janesville, Wis.) scored the lone goal of the game to lead the Friars. Mauermann’s goal came at the 7:00 mark of the first period when he re-directed a shot by junior Alex Velischek (Kinnelon, N.J.). Freshman Barrett Kaib (Pittsburgh, Pa.) also assisted on the goal. The Friars outshot the River Hawks, 36-29, including a 14-8 edge in the third period.
FIRST NO. 7 SEED IN THE SEMIFINALS... With a 2-1 series win over No. 2 seed UMass Lowell, Providence became the first No. 7 seed to ever win a Hockey East Quarterfinal series and advance to the semifinals. Prior to this season, No. 7 seeds had a 0-24 series record and only three series made it to a game three. FRIARS WIN GAME THREE ON THE ROAD Sunday’s win at UMass Lowell marked the first time that the Friars won a game three on the road. Providence is now 3-3 all-time in the third game of a league quarterfinal series.
BEAUDRY TIES SCHOOL MARK... On Sunday, March 11, Alex Beaudry posted his third shutout this season, which tied a PC single-season mark. Of the three shutouts, two came against UMass Lowell by the same 1-0 score as he made 29 saves in both games. Prior to this season, the Friars had not had a 1-0 shutout since November 10, 2007 (1-0 at Maine). Tyler Sims was the last PC goalie to post three shutouts (2007-08).
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 0-1 mark in the semifinals (6-5 double-overtime loss against BC). 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. Providence has played in four double overtime games in the Hockey East playoffs.
PROVIDENCE VERSUS NO. 1 RANKED TEAMS... Friday’s game will mark the third time this season that Providence faces a No. 1 ranked team. The Friars are 2-0 this season against top-ranked teams, as they swept a two-game weekend series against previously unbeaten and top-ranked Merrimack (2-1 OT on 12/2; 6-1 on 12/3). AGAINST THE RANKED The Friars have a 7-10-1 record against ranked opponents this season, including a 5-9 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). Last season, the Friars posted one win versus a ranked team (No. 7 Merrimack).
FRIARS AWAY FROM HOME... Providence is 5-9-2 in road contests this season. The five 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). The Friars also won two road games in the league quarterfinals. Overall, PC has played 18 games away from home, including two neutral site games at the Denver Cup Classic.
FRESHMAN CLASS LEADING THE WAY... Providence’s freshman class has accounted for 33 of the team’s 92 goals this season (35.9 %) and 96 of the team’s 252 points (38.1 %). Four of the Friars’ top-10 leaders in points are rookies, including Ross Mauermann who is tops on the team with 25 points (10 g, 15 a).
ROOKIE TOPS FRIARS IN POINTS... Ross Mauermann is leading Providence in scoring with 25 points on 10 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.
HARVEY LEADING FRIAR DEFENSEMEN... Junior Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.) leads all PC 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 with 25 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 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 with 11, Nebraska-Omaha has 10 and Boston University has nine. PC’s eight short-handed goals this season are the most since the 2007-08 team had nine. Ross Mauermann has a team-best three short-handed goals and is the first Friar record three short-handed goals since the 2006-07 season.
BEAUDRY SETS PROVIDENCE COLLEGE RECORDS... Alex Beaudry set the PC career saves record on February 4 against UNH as he finished with 25 saves. Beaudry now has 3,128 stops, surpassing Nolan Schaefer, who had the record (2,848 saves) since 2003. In addition, Beaudry is tied for first all-time at PC among goalies with 116 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 25 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.
VELISCHEK ON THREE-GAME POINT STREAK... Junior defenseman Alex Velischek had one assist in all three games of the Hockey East Quarterfinal series versus UMass Lowell. His three-game point streak is the longest of his career.
TOUGH WHEN AHEAD... Providence has posted a 14-0-0 record when leading after two periods this season, including game one and game three of the Hockey East Quarterfinal series versus UMass Lowell.
FAMILY TIES... Juniors Chris Rooney (Canton, Mass.), Alex Velischek and sophomore Derek Army (North Kingstown, R.I.) are sons of former Friar hockey greats. Rooney is the son of Steve Rooney. Steve scored the game winner as the Friars defeated Boston College, 2-1, in double overtime in the 1985 inaugural Hockey East championship game. Randy Velischek helped the Friars to the 1981 ECAC title and two NCAA Tournament appearances (1981, 1983). Derek is the son of current assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche, Tim Army. Tim Army, who played with Steve Rooney, was an All-American at Providence and is sixth all-time in points (179) at PC.