Oct. 13, 2011
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PROVIDENCE OPENS 2011-12 SEASON WITH TWO HOME GAMES... Providence College first-year Head Coach Nate Leaman and the Friars will open the 61st season of Friar hockey on Friday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. against Boston University at Schneider Arena. On Saturday, September 15, PC will host Massachusetts at 7:00 p.m.
WHAT’S NEXT... Following this weekend’s games, Providence will play two home games versus defending national champion, Minnesota-Duluth on October 21-22 at Schneider Arena.
FRIARS IN REGULAR-SEASON OPENERS... Providence is 36-23-1 all-time in season openers, including two consecutive season-opening victories. Last season, the Friars opened the season at home against Northeastern and posted a 3-2 victory at Schneider Arena. It will mark the first time since the 1966-67 season that the Friars will start the season against the Terriers.
FRIARS IN HOME OPENERS AND HOCKEY EAST OPENERS... The Friars are 36-24 all-time in home openers. Last season, Providence posted a 3-2 win over Northeastern to start the season. In addition, the Friars are 13-12-2 in Hockey East openers.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS BOSTON UNIVERSITY... In 163 all-time meetings between PC and BU, the Terriers lead, 100-51-12, including one win at Schneider Arena last season. In 2009-10, the Friars captured the season series (2-1) as they won both games at Schneider Arena. The last five meetings have resulted in one goal games between the two teams.
FRIAR QUICK NOTES...
• Providence College returns 18 veterans from last season’s team and adds eight freshmen. • The Friars finished with an 8-18-8 overall record, including a 4-16-7 mark in Hockey East action. • Providence played in nine games that were decided by one goal last season. Overall, the Friars posted a 3-6 mark in one-goal contests. • The Friars set a school record by playing 11 overtime game during the 2010-11 season. • The Friars also set a school mark with eight ties. • Providence played 16 games against ranked teams last season, including two contests at then No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth which went on to claim the national championship.
SCOUTING BOSTON UNIVERSITY... The Terriers opened their season on October 8 and posted a 5-0 over New Hampshire. Kieran Millan stopped all 35 shots he faced to earn his sixth career shutout. After a scoreless first period, Wade Megan and Corey Trivino each scored for the Terriers in the second period. BU added three more goals in the third period to seal the win. Alex Chiasson had one goal and one assist, while Sahir Gill and Chris Connolly had two assists each. BU was picked to finish second in the 2011-12 Hockey East Preseason Coaches Poll. The Terriers finished the 2010-11 season third in the league standings, just two points behind second-place UNH.
Nate Leaman RETURNS TO HOCKEY EAST... Friar Head Coach Nate Leaman began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant under Shawn Walsh at the University of Maine during the 1998-99 season. The Black Bears posted a 31-6-4 record and captured the 1999 NCAA championship.
BEAUDRY CLIMBING THE SAVES LIST AT PROVIDENCE... Senior Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) has climbed into eighth all-time at Providence in career saves with 2281 stops. Beaudry is 238 stops away from surpassing Boyd Ballard (2518 saves), who is seventh at PC. Nolan Schaefer ‘03 holds the Friar record with 2848 career stops.
FRIARS AT HOME... The Friars posted a 5-5-4 record last season at Schneider Arena in 14 games. Four of the five home wins were against league opponents. In 2011-12, Providence will play 19 home games. Nine of Providence’s first 11 games will be on home ice.
SCHALLER POSTS CAREER HIGHS... Last season, Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.), recorded career-highs in goals (5), assists (14) and points (19). He finished fourth on the team with 19 points and second with 14 assists. He completed his sophomore season by notching one point in three of the last four games.
WORKING OVERTIME... PC’s 3-3 tie against UMass Lowell on February 25 marked the 11th overtime game for the Friars last season which set a school record. The previous record was 10 that was established on two different occasions (1984-95 and 2007-08). Overall, the Friars played seven overtime games on the road and four at Schneider Arena.
ALL TIED UP... In addition to setting the school record for overtime games, the Friars also established the school mark with eight ties. The 2003-04 team set the school mark with seven draws. The Friars finished tied for the Hockey East lead with the eight ties and in conference games only, PC also was tied for the league-lead with seven draws.
COX TO TELEVISE SIX FRIAR GAMES... COX Sports will provide exclusive local coverage of six Providence College men’s hockey games during the 2011-12 season. COX Sports’ coverage of Providence College men’s hockey will begin on Friday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m., when the Friars face defending national champion, Minnesota Duluth at Schneider Arena. The other PC games that will air live on COX Sports are: Saturday, November 5 (vs. Vermont at 7:00 p.m.), Friday, December 2 (vs. Merrimack at 7:00 p.m.), Wednesday, January 11 (vs. UNH at 7:00 p.m.), Tuesday, January 24 (vs. UMass Lowell) and Friday, February 10 (vs. Maine at 7:00 p.m.).
FAMILY TIES... Providence College juniors Chris Rooney (Canton, Mass.) and Alex Velischek (Kinnelon, N.J.) as well as sophomore Derek Army are sons of former Friar hockey greats. Rooney is the son of former Friar, Steve Rooney. Steve scored the game-winning goal as the Friars defeated Boston College, 2-1, in double overtime in the inaugural Hockey East championship game in 1985. Steve went on to play in the NHL for the Montreal Canadiens team that claimed the 1986 Stanley Cup title. Alex is the son of former Friar Randy Velischek, who was named ECAC Player of the year in 1982-83 and earned All-America honors. Randy, who helped the Friars to the 1981 ECAC championship and two NCAA Tournament appearances (1981, 1983), played 10 seasons in the NHL (509 games). Derek is the son of former PC standout and current assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche, Tim Army. Tim ranks first all-time in games played (151) and sixth all-time in points (179) at Providence. He earned All-America honors as he helped the Friars capture the 1985 Hockey East Tournament title and guided the team to the NCAA Championship game.