No. 9/5 Men’s Hockey Hosts No. 13/RV Boston College in Home Opener

Oct. 13, 2017

Providence Game Notes vs. BC (PDF)

FOLLOW THE FRIARS (2-0-0, 0-0-0 HEA)
Matchup: No. 9/5 Providence College vs. No. 13/RV Boston College (0-0-1, 0-0-0 HEA)
Faceoff: 5 PM (Sunday) – Schneider Arena – Providence, R.I.
Stream: Friars All-Access ($)| Play-by-Play: Mike Logan
Radio: WOON 1240 AM
Live Stats: Gametracker
Twitter: @Friarshockey

TALKING POINTS
- Providence completed its first-ever sweep over the Miami RedHawks last weekend with a 3-2 win on Saturday night.
- After Miami rallied from a two-goal deficit, sophomore Kasper Björkqvist slammed home a rebound past RedHawks netminder Ryan Larkin with 0.9 seconds remaining in regulation to give Providence the dramatic win.
- Through two games, junior forward Ryan Tait leads all Friars in scoring with three points. Erik Foley (1-1-2), Josh Wilkins (1-1-2), and Jacob Bryson (0-2-2) have also averaged a point per game thus far in 2017-18.
- Overall, 10 Friars found the scoresheet this past weekend at Miami.  Tait, Bryson, O’Neill, and Davis lead the team with a +3 rating.
- Björkqvist and Erik Foley have both registered a team-high seven shots on goal over the first two contests.
- Providence improved to 6-1-2 in their last nine meetings against Miami.
- The Friars begin a season 2-0 for the first time since 2013-14 when they ran off four-consecutive victories to start the season.
- The two road wins marked the first time Providence opened the season with two road wins since October of 1990 against St. Lawrence and Vermont. That season, the Friars opened out of the gate unbeaten in nine games (8-0-1) and appeared in the NCAA Tournament.

SERIES HISTORY VS. BOSTON COLLEGE (48-113-14, .314)
- Sunday marks the Eagles’ first appearance at Schneider Arena since Jan. 9, 2016, where the teams battled to a 4-4 tie. Providence and Boston College collided at Fenway Park last season as part of the 2017 Frozen Fenway event, with the Eagles claiming a 3-1 win.
- Providence has struggled in recent times against the Eagles, only posting a record of 3-10-2 in the last 15 meetings.
- All-time, the Friars are 24-44-11 on home ice against Boston College.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- The Eagles enter the weekend at 0-0-1 overall after a season-opening tie against Quinnipiac on Oct. 6. BC will host Wisconsin on Friday night before visiting Schneider Arena on Sunday.
- Freshman Jacob Tortora leveled the game late for the Eagles on the power play with his first career goal. Sophomore Joe Woll stopped 28-of-29 shots last Friday against the Bobcats.
- Woll stymied the Friars last season, allowing just two goals in two games for the Eagles.
- Head Coach Jerry York enters his 46th season as a Division I head coach. He has posted a career record of 1033-614-115.

PK STRONG
Providence killed off 13-of-14 (.929) Miami power play opportunities last weekend, including a five-minute major.

NEWCOMERS
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. Newcomers Tommy Davis (one assist), Greg Printz (one goal), and Jason O’Neill (one assist) all tallied their first points in Friar uniforms last weekend.

EVERYONE CHIPPING IN
All six Providence goals were scored by different players last weekend - Ryan Tait, Greg Printz, Josh Wilkins, Vimal Sukumaran, Erik Foley, and Kasper Björkqvist.

CLARK CUP WINNERS JOIN THE FRIARS
Freshmen Ben Mirageas and Jason O’Neill join the Friars fresh off a USHL Clark Cup championship with the Chicago Steel in 2016-17. Mirageas led all USHL defensemen in playoff scoring with 10 points in 14 games.

THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
The Friars are 111-10-11 all-time under Nate Leaman when scoring three or more goals.

AFTER 40
The Friars are 104-4-9 all-time under Nate Leaman when holding a lead after two periods. 

NHL DEVELOPMENT CAMPS
Ten current Friars attended NHL Development camps this summer - Scott Conway (MTL), Hayden Hawkey (MTL), Erik Foley (WPG), Brandon Duhaime (MIN), Vincent Desharnais (EDM), Jacob Bryson (BUF), Brian Pinho (WSH), Ben Mirageas (NYI), Kasper Björkqvist (PIT) and Gabe Mollot-Hill (SJ).

LEAMAN’S FIFTH NCAA APPEARANCE
Leaman’s Friars have appeared in the last four tournaments and also had one appearance as Head Coach of Union in 2010-11. He is just one of nine active coaches to win a national championship.

SPIRIT WEEK
The match-up between the Friars and Eagles also coincides with Providence College's Spirit Week, which is a series of student-centered events on campus surrounding Friars Athletics.

UP NEXT
The Friars hit the road for non-conference play next week at St. Lawrence (Oct. 20) and Clarkson (Oct. 21).


 

 

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