Providence Game Notes at Miami
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Matchup: No. 11/5 Providence College at Miami University (0-0-0, 0-0-0 NCHC)
Faceoff: 7:35 PM (Friday)/8:00 PM (Saturday) – Steve Cady Arena – Oxford, Ohio
Stream: NCHC.tv ($)
Radio: Friars All-Access | Play-by-Play: Chris Fama
Live Stats: Gametracker (Friday) | Gametracker (Saturday)
- Providence recorded 22 wins in 2016-17, their fourth consecutive season with 20-plus wins and first such run since 1981-85.
- The Friars made their fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in team history.
- Providence joined Denver and North Dakota as the only programs to appear in the last four NCAA Tournaments.
- The team notched a double-digit win total (13) at Schneider Arena for the fourth consecutive season.
- Providence advanced to the Hockey East Quarterfinals for the sixth time in Nate Leaman’s six seasons with the Friars.
- In 2016-17, Brian Pinho became just the second Friar to record 40 points in a season since 2002-03. He joined former teammate Mark Jankowski, who tallied 40 points with the Friars in 2015-16.
- Pinho’s 28 assists were the most by a Friar since Jon DiSalvatore’s 29 assists in 2002-03.
- Josh Wilkins became the first Friar freshman since Fernando Pisani in 1996-97 to record 30 points in a season.
- The Friars trailed for just 496:33 of 2368:57 last season (21.0%).
- Providence is just one of four NCAA Division I programs all-time to send its basketball and hockey teams to the NCAA Tournament in the same season for four consecutive years (Boston College, Michigan, and Michigan State).
- The Friars’ penalty kill (.856) finished 2016-17 ranked 11th nationally.
- The Friars finished the season ranked 13th in the nation in scoring defense, yielding just 2.36 goals-against per game.
- Providence finished the season with a 16-1-2 record when leading after 40 minutes and a 21-2-2 record when scoring at least three goals in a game.
- The Friars' stingy defense ranked fifth nationally in shots allowed per game (25.5).
The Friars welcome in seven freshmen and one graduate transfer for the 2017-18 season. Tommy Davis, a graduate transfer from Princeton (97 GP, 6-15-21), looks to bolster the Friars’ defensive corps. Providence also adds two NHL draft picks on defense – Ben Mirageas (3rd round, NYI, 2017) and Jake Ryczek (7th round, CHI, 2016), in addition to other freshmen Jeff Baum, Greg Printz, Jason O’Neill, Bailey Conger, and Gabe Mollot-Hill.
LEAMAN IN SEASON OPENERS AT PROVIDENCE (5-1-0)
Date Site Score
10/14/11 vs. BU Schneider Arena 5-3 W
10/12/12 vs. Sac. Heart Schneider Arena 8-2 W
10/11/13 vs. Minn. St. Schneider Arena 5-1 W
10/10/14 at Ohio St. Value City Arena 5-4 L (ot)
10/8/15 at Miami Steve Cady Arena 7-3 W
10/7/16 vs. Miami Schneider Arena 4-3 W
SERIES HISTORY VS. MIAMI (7-5-3, .567)
- Providence and Miami kick-off the regular season against each other for the third-consecutive season.
- Overall, the Friars and RedHawks will meet for the seventh-straight year.
- The teams will open up the 2018-19 season at the Ice Breaker Tournament hosted by Mercyhurst in Erie, Pa., next October.
- The Friars are 4-1-2 in their last seven meetings against the RedHawks and have averaged 4.2 goals per game in the series dating back to their 2015 NCAA East Regional Semifinal win over Miami at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS
- Miami returns four of their five top scorers in juniors Kiefer Sherwood (14-24-38) and Josh Melnick (9-18-27) and sophomores Carson Meyer (10-16-26) and Gordie Green (8-13-21).
- Sophomore goaltender Ryan Larkin logged 33 starts for the RedHawks in 2016-17, posting a 2.77 GAA and .910 save percentage. The Miami roster also features goaltenders Evan McCarthy, Chase Munroe, and Grant Valentine.
- Head Coach Rico Blasi enters his 19th season at the helm of the RedHawks and has recorded a 375-268-67 (.575) record over that span. Blasi has made 10 NCAA Tournament appearances in his tenure at Miami.
The Friars kick-off the Hockey East schedule on Sunday, October 15 with their home-opener against Boston College. Faceoff is slated for 5 p.m. at Schneider Arena.
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