Nov. 3, 2011
PROVIDENCE HOSTS VERMONT FOR TWO GAMES... After a two-game road trip to Maine, Providence returns home to face Vermont for two games, beginning on Friday, November 4 at Schneider Arena. The two teams will complete the weekend series Saturday night in a game that will air live on Cox Sports.
FRIARS AT HOME... The Friars have a 2-1-1 record at home this season, including a 2-0 mark in Hockey East home games. In the four home games, the Friars have totaled 15 goals.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS VERMONT... In 44 all-time meetings between the two teams, the Catamounts lead, 23-15-6. Three of the last four meetings have resulted in ties. Last season, the Friars posted a 0-1-2 record against the Catamounts with one of the ties coming at Schneider Arena. The Friars are seeking their first win over the Catamounts since November 9, 2008 when they earned a 4-3 overtime decision at home.
SCOUTING VERMONT... The Catamounts were defeated in a weekend series against Merrimack, 4-1 and 4-2. Sebastian Stålberg scored the lone goal for Vermont on Friday night, while Connor Brickley and Brett Bruneteau each scored on Saturday night. The Catamounts began the season with a two-game split at Minnesota as they won the second night, 5-4. Stålberg (3 g, 1 a) and Kyle Reynolds (4 a) lead the team in scoring with four points each, while three other Catamounts are tied for third with three points each. Rob Madore and Alex Vazzano have split time in goal and have combined to post a 4.50 goals against average and a .855 save percentage.
FRIAR QUICK NOTES... Providence played in its first two road games of the season over the weekend at Maine. The Friars, who played in a school record 11 overtime games last season, have had two overtime games this season. Senior linemates David Brown (Centennial, Colo.) and Robert Maloney (Eagan, Minn.) each recorded a career-high two points on October 28 at Maine. Junior Chris Rooney (Canton, Mass.) scored a goal in his first shift of the season on Friday, October 28 against Maine.
RECAP OF LAST WEEKEND VERSUS MAINE... The Friars were defeated in a weekend series at Maine, 5-4 in overtime on Friday, October 28 and 3-1 on October 29. Friday's contest was back-and-forth as the Friars led, 1-0, on a goal by Chris Rooney. That was the only lead the Friars had as they kept battling back and forced overtime. Senior Robert Maloney, freshman Stefan Demopoulos (La Mesa, Calif.) and sophomore Steven Shamanski (Carberry, Man.) also scored for Providence. Rooney, Maloney, David Brown and freshman Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) had two points each. Senior goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) made 24 saves. The following night, Providence trailed, 1-0, but red-shirt freshman Damian Cross (Nepean, Ont.) scored on the power play to tie the game at 12:52 of the first period. The Black Bears scored early in the second period and added an empty netter late in the third to seal the victory. Beaudry finished with 25 saves.
DEMOPOULOS NAMED RUNNER-UP FOR HOCKEY EAST ROOKIE OF THE MONTH... Providence freshman Stefan Demopoulos was a runner-up for Hockey East Rookie of the Month for October on Monday. Demopoulos totaled six points on two goals and four assists in six games last month.
SCORING EARLY... The Friars are outscoring their opponents, 8-3, in the first period. Providence has scored at least one goal in the first period in five of the first six games. The Friars recorded a season-high three goals in the opening period of a 5-3 victory over No. 7 Boston University on October 14. The Friars also have scored five goals in the second period and seven in the third period, but have the best margin (+5) in the first period.
FRIARS ON THE PENALTY KILL... The Providence penalty kill has thwarted eight consecutive penalties, including seven straight at Maine over the weekend. The Friars rank fourth in Hockey East and 20th in the nation on the penalty kill (.844).
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 will play five straight home games to start November.
FRIAR FRESHMAN LINE LEADING THE WAY... The Friar second line of freshmen Stefan Demopoulos, Ross Mauermann and Damian Cross is the highest scoring line on the team with six points each. Cross and Demopoulos have two goals and four assists, while Mauermann has one goal and five assists. The trio ranks tied for seventh in the nation in points per game by freshmen.
SPREADING THE SCORING... The Friars are spreading the scoring around as all 19 skaters and senior goalie Alex Beaudry have at least one point. In addition, all 13 skaters have at least one goal. There are 15 Friars with two points or more, including three with six points.
AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS... The Friars are tied for 18th in the nation in goals per game. Providence is averaging 3.33 goals per game, including a season-high six goals in a win over Massachusetts on October 15. Providence is also tied for fourth in Hockey East in goals per game.
AGAINST THE RANKED... Three of Providence's first six 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.
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