Men's Hockey Travels To Maine For Two Games This Weekend

Myles Harvey

Oct. 27, 2011


PROVIDENCE HITS THE ROAD FOR THE FIRST TIME... After four consecutive home games to start the season, the Friars will hit the road for the first time this season for a weekend series against Maine beginning on Friday, October 28 at Alfond Arena. The two teams will complete the series the following night.

FRIARS TIE NO. 15 MINNESOTA-DULUTH... The Friars posted a 0-1-1 record against defending national champion and 15th-ranked Minnesota-Duluth over the weekend. UMD defeated Providence, 5-2, on Friday, October 21. Seniors Andy Balysky (Randolph, N.J.) and David Brown (Centennial, Colo.) each scored for the Friars. For Brown, it marked his first collegiate goal. The following night, the Friars rallied twice to tie the Bulldogs, 2-2, in overtime. Red-shirt freshman Damian Cross (Nepean, Ont.) scored his first career goal, while senior Matt Bergland (Faribault, Minn.) scored the game-tying goal with 2:21 left to tie the game and force overtime. Senior goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) made a season-high 32 saves.

Nate Leaman RETURNS TO MAINE... 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. While at Maine, Leaman also earned a master's biological sciences.



SERIES HISTORY VERSUS MAINE... In 105 all-time meetings between the two teams, Maine leads 62-37-6, including a 37-14-3 edge in Maine. Last season, Maine won the season series, 2-0-1, including a 4-3 overtime win at Alfond Arena. Providence is looking for its first win at Alfond Arena since a 1-0 victory on November 10, 2007.

FRIAR QUICK NOTES... • Providence is 2-0 in Hockey East play for the first time since the 2005-06 season. • Minnesota-Duluth is the first WCHA team to play at Schneider Arena since December 28, 2003 when St. Cloud State played on Providence's home ice. • Providence is receiving votes in the Poll. • After not recording a point in his first 17 career games, junior Billy Simon has one goal and one assist in his last three games.

HOME COOKING... Nine of Providence's first 11 games will be at Schneider Arena. In all, the Friars will play 19 of their 34 regular season games at home. The Friars played four consecutive games on home ice to start the season and after the two-game series at Maine, Providence will play five straight home games. Last season, Providence posted a 5-5-4 home record.

SCOUTING MAINE... The Black Bears have not played since the weekend of October 14-15 when they travelled to face North Dakota in two games. The Fighting Sioux took the first game (3-1) before the two teams played to a 3-3 overtime tie. In the tie on October 15, Brian Flynn had one goal and one assist, while Ryan Hegarty scored a power-play goal in the third period to tie the game and force overtime. Spencer Abbott (4 g, 3 a) and Flynn (2 g, 5a) lead the team in scoring with seven points each. Dan Sullivan and Martin Ouellette have split time in goal for Maine. They have combined to post a .892 save percentage and a 2.69 save percentage.

FRIAR FRESHMAN LINE LEADING THE WAY... The Friar second line of freshmen Stefan Demopoulos (La Mesa, Calif.), Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) and Damian Cross (Nepean, Ont.) is the highest scoring line on the team. Each has one goal and three assists for four points. The trio ranks tied for fourth in the nation in points per game by freshmen.

SPREADING THE SCORING... The Friars are spreading the scoring around as 17 of the 18 skaters and senior goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) have at least one point. In addition, there are 13 Friars with two points or more, including four with four points.

AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS... The Friars rank 11th in the nation in points per game. Providence is averaging 3.75 goals per game, including a season-high six goals in a win over Massachusetts on October 15.

AGAINST THE RANKED... Three of Providence's first four games have been against ranked teams this season. The Friars have played against No. 7 Boston University once and No. 15 Minnesota-Duluth twice. Providence is 1-1-1 against ranked teams.

HARVEY ON THE OFFENSIVE... Junior Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.) who did not score a goal in his first two seasons (53 games) has three goals this season, which leads the Friars.

BEAUDRY CLIMBING THE SAVES LIST AT PROVIDENCE... Senior Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) ranks eighth all-time at Providence in career saves with 2385 stops. Beaudry is 134 stops away from surpassing Boyd Ballard (2518 saves), who is seventh at PC. Nolan Schaefer `03 holds the Friar record with 2848 career stops.

WORKING OVERTIME... The Friars, who set school records by playing in 11 overtime games and eight ties last season, played in their first overtime game this season on October 22 against Minnesota-Duluth.

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. In addition, Friar games also will be aired on CBS Sports Network, NESN and WABI/CW (Maine). The Hockey East/NESN package has not been released yet.

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.

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.

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