Oct. 20, 2011
FRIARS CONTINUE HOME STAND VS. DEFENDING CHAMPIONS... Providence will continue its string of four consecutive home games to start the season when with it hosts defending national champion and 15th-ranked Minnesota-Duluth for two games. The first game is on Friday, October 21 at Schneider Arena. Game two is the following night.
WHAT'S NEXT... Following this weekend's games, the Friars will hit the road for the first time this season when they play two games against Maine in Orono.
FRIARS EARN HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK HONORS... After a pair of Hockey East victories to start the season last week, Providence was named Hockey East Team of the Week. The Friars upset No. 7 Boston University, 5-3, on Friday, October 14 and then posted a 6-4 triumph over Massachusetts the following night.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS MINNESOTA-DULUTH... In 22 all-time meetings between the two teams, UMD leads, 14-7-1. The two teams faced each other last season and the Bulldogs took both games (5-3 and 7-1) at Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. Prior to that, the last time the two squads played each other was in 1997 when the Friars swept a two-game series in Duluth on November 7-8. The Friars are 3-3-1 all-time against the Bulldogs in Providence.
NO STRANGERS TO MINNESOTA-DULUTH... Providence Head Coach Nate Leaman is familiar with UMD as his Union team was defeated by the Bulldogs in the NCAA Tournament in March. In addition, assistant coach Jamie Russell was a player and a head coach at Michigan Tech where he faced WCHA rivals, UMD. As the NCAA Committee Chair last season, Providence AD Bob Driscoll presented Minnesota-Duluth with the national championship trophy.
FRIAR QUICK NOTES Providence is 2-0 in Hockey East play for the first time since the 2005-06 season. Friday night's win was Providence's first over Boston University since February 19, 2010. The six goals on Saturday were the most scored by the Friars since October 23, 2009 when they scored eight at Bowling Green. The Friars have scored five goals or more in consecutive games for the first time since 2007-08. In addition, it's the first time that Providence has scored five goals or more in its first two games since the start of the 2003-04 season. Providence is receiving votes in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and the USCHO.com Poll. Junior defenseman Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.), who had not scored a goal in his first 53 career games, has three goals in the last two games, including two on the power play. Providence will play nine of its first 11 games and 10 of the first 16 on home ice. The Friars are looking for their first win against a WCHA team since October 18, 2003 when they posted a 5-3 victory over Minnesota State in Mankato, Minn.
SCOUTING MINNESOTA-DULUTH... After a season-opening win over Notre Dame, the Bulldogs have lost their last three games. Most recently, UMD dropped two 5-4 decisions against Minnesota. On Saturday, October, 15, the Bulldogs rallied from a 5-2 deficit to make it 5-4, but could not score the equalizer. UMD had four different goal scorers, including J.T. Brown with one goal and one assist. UMD outshot the Gophers, 50-16, but the Gophers scored three times on the power play. The previous night, the Bulldogs again outshot Minnesota, this time, 50-44, but fell short in overtime. Justin Crandall and Caleb Herbert had one goal and one assist each. Travis Oleksuk (4 g, 1 a) and Brown (2 g, 3 a) lead the team in scoring with five points each while Jack Connolly (1 g, 3 a) has four points. Kenny Reiter has started three of the four games in net, while Aaron Crandall has started one.
HARVEY NAMED HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK... Myles Harvey earned the league's Player of the Week honors on Monday, October 17. It marks the first time a Friar player has been named Hockey East Player of the Week since October 26, 2009 when Matt Bergland earned the honor. Harvey scored the game winner in Providence's 5-3 victory over No. 7 Boston University on Friday, October 14. It marked his first career goal. The following night, Harvey had a career-high two goals as Providence held off UMass, 6-4.
FRIARS AGAINST DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPIONS... The two games against Minnesota-Duluth will mark the sixth consecutive season in which the Friars play a defending national champion.
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.
MINNESOTA CONNECTION... The Friar fourth line features three players who played Minnesota High School hockey. Senior David Brown (Centennial, Colo.) played at Cloquet and classmate Robert Maloney (Eagan, Minn.) played at Eastview. In addition, junior Billy Simon (Burnsville, Minn.) played at Lakeville South. The trio combined to score the game-winning goal in Providence's 6-4 triumph over UMass on October 15. Simon scored his first collegiate goal, while Brown and Maloney assisted. In all, the Friars have five players with ties to the land of 10,000 lakes. Senior Matt Bergland (Faribault) and freshman Michael Pieper (Williams) also hail from Minnesota.
BEAUDRY CLIMBING THE SAVES LIST AT PROVIDENCE... Senior Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) ranks eighth all-time at Providence in career saves with 2326 stops. Beaudry is 193 stops away from surpassing Boyd Ballard (2518 saves), who is seventh at PC. Nolan Schaefer `03 holds the Friar record with 2848 career stops.
LAST SEASON VERSUS MINNESOTA-DULUTH... UMD swept both games against Providence last season in Duluth. In the first game on October 15, the Friars took a 1-0 lead, but the Bulldogs rallied to post a 5-3 win. Derek Army (North Kingstown, R.I.) recorded his first career goal. Travis Oleksuk totaled three points, including the game winner on a penalty shot. The following night, Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) scored to give the Friars a 1-0 lead, but UMD responded with seven unanswered goals en route to a 7-1 win. Oleksuk scored the game winner and added one assist, while Jack Connolly added two goals and two assists.
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