Providence Game Notes at SLU
FOLLOW THE FRIARS (2-1-0, 0-1-0 HEA)
Matchup: No. 10/9 Providence College at St. Lawrence (0-4-0, 0-0-0 ECAC)
Faceoff: 7 PM (Fri.) – Appleton Arena – Canton, N.Y.
Video: SaintsAthletics.com (Free)
Radio: Friars All-Access ($)| Play-by-Play: Mike Logan
Live Stats: SaintsAthletics.com
Matchup: No. 10/9 Providence College at No. 12/10 Clarkson (3-0-1, 0-0-0 ECAC)
Faceoff: 7:30 PM (Sat.) – Cheel Arena – Potsdam, N.Y.
Video: ClarksonAthletics.com (Free)
Radio: Friars All-Access ($)| WOON 1240 AM | Play-by-Play: Mike Logan
Live Stats: ClarksonAthletics.com
- Providence rushed out to a 3-0 lead early in the second period before a furious Boston College rally gave the Eagles a 4-3 win in overtime at Schneider Arena last Sunday.
- The Friars got goals from sophomores Shane Kavanagh, Spenser Young, and Brandon Duhaime.
- Through three games, junior Ryan Tait (1-2-3) and freshman Jason O’Neill (0-3-3) leads the Friars in scoring. O’Neill recorded his first career two-point game with two assists against Boston College.
- O’Neill also leads the team with a +4 rating, following by Tommy Davis (+3) and Jacob Bryson (+3).
- Sophomore Chase Zieky, appearing in just his fifth career game, tallying his first career point with an assist on Duhaime’s goal in the second period.
- Kasper Björkqvist leads all Friars with 11 shots on goal in three games.
- Providence has won four-consecutive non-league road games dating back to last season.
SERIES HISTORY VS. ST. LAWRENCE (25-23-0, .521)
- Friday marks Providence’s first trip to Appleton Arena since Oct. 12, 2007, a 4-1 loss to the Saints. The last Friar win in Canton took place on Nov. 30, 2002.
- The teams met at Schneider Arena last season, with the Friars scoring a 6-3 win over the then 12th ranked Saints. Both teams combined for 83 penalty minutes and 20 power play opportunities in last season’s meeting.
- All-time, the Friars are 9-16-0 all-time at Appleton Arena.
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
- The Saints enter the weekend winless in their first four games, including a two-game sweep at the hands of No. 8 North Dakota in Grand Forks last weekend.
- Sophomore Alex Gilmour (2-0-2) and junior Jacob Pritchard (1-1-2) lead the Saints in scoring through four games.
- Goaltender Arthur Brey has started all four games thus far, posting a 3.36 GAA and .892 save percentage.
- The Saints have not held a lead in a game so far in 2017-18.
- Head Coach Mark Morris enters his second season at the helm of the Saints after posting a 17-13-7 record in 2016-17. Previously, Morris was the head coach of Clarkson from 1988-2003.
SERIES HISTORY VS. CLARKSON (16-34-2, .327)
- The Friars will also visit Cheel Arena for the first time since 2007 on Saturday night against the No. 12/10 Golden Knights.
- Providence is 0-5-0 all-time at Cheel Arena and hasn’t won in Potsdam since Jan. 15, 1983.
- All-time, the Friars are 4-19-0 on the road at Clarkson.
- The Friars and Golden Knights skated to a 3-3 tie at Schneider Arena last October with Josh Wilkins notching the equalizer on the power play with 3:46 remaining in regulation.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS
- Clarkson has gotten off to one of its best starts in recent memory at 3-0-1 thanks to a tie and win at Western Michigan last weekend and a weekend home sweep of Penn State and Michigan on Oct. 6-7.
- Sophomore Shelden Rempal (3-3-6) and senior Terrance Amorosa (2-4-6) pace the Clarkson attack. Sophomores Devin Brosseau and Nico Sturm have each chipped in four points for the Golden Knights.
- Goaltender Jake Kielly ranks 8th nationally in GAA (1.23) and 6th nationally in save percentage (.963). Kielly made 43 saves last season in the teams’ 3-3 tie in Providence.
- Head Coach Casey Jones enters his seventh season at Clarkson and has posted a career record of 99-105-31 with the Golden Knights.
Providence killed off 16-of-17 (.941) opponent power play opportunities over the first three games this season.
EVERYONE CHIPPING IN
All nine Providence goals have been scored by different players - Ryan Tait, Greg Printz, Josh Wilkins, Vimal Sukumaran, Erik Foley, Kasper Björkqvist, Shane Kavanagh, Spenser Young, and Brandon Duhaime.
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 111-11-11 all-time under Nate Leaman when scoring three or more goals, suffering one of those 11 losses on Sunday against Boston College.
The Friars are 104-5-9 all-time under Nate Leaman when holding a lead after two periods. Sunday marked just the fifth loss when leading after two periods under Leaman in 118 opportunities.
The Friars return home against Hockey East rivals Boston College (Oct. 27) and Boston University (Oct. 28). Both games can be seen locally in Rhode Island on YurView (Cox 4 & 1004 HD).
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