No. 8/7 Men’s Hockey Set for Home-and-Home Series Against UMass

Nov. 8, 2017

Providence Game Notes vs. UM Get Acrobat Reader

FOLLOW THE FRIARS (5-3-0, 2-2-0 HEA)
Matchup: No. 8/7 Providence College vs. UMass (4-5-0, 1-2-0 HEA)
Faceoff: 7 PM (Thurs.) – Mullins Center – Amherst, Mass.
Stream: UMassAthletics.com ($)
Radio: Friars All-Access ($)| WOON 1240 AM | Play-by-Play: Mike Logan
Live Stats: UMassAthletics.com
Twitter: @Friarshockey

Matchup: No. 8/7 Providence College vs. UMass (4-5-0, 1-2-0 HEA)
Faceoff: 7 PM (Sat.) – Schneider Arena – Providence, R.I.
Stream: Friars All-Access ($) | Play-by-Play: Mike Logan
Live Stats: UMassAthletics.com
Twitter: @Friarshockey

TALKING POINTS
- Providence was shutout for the second time in four games after a 2-0 setback at Boston University last Friday at Agganis Arena.
- The Friars dropped to No. 8 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 7 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
- Hayden Hawkey made a season-high 33 saves in Friday’s loss at BU. Despite the loss, Hawkey has posted career numbers of 1.49 GAA and .946 save percentage against the Terriers. The junior netminder is 4-0-0 with a 0.68 GAA and .971 save percentage against UMass in his career in five appearances.
- Brian Pinho and Erik Foley have found success against the Minutemen during their careers at Providence - Pinho has notched two goals and six assists in nine career games while Foley has tallied a goal and six assists in six career games.
- Providence enters the weekend at 5-3-0 and 2-2-0 in Hockey East play, sitting sixth in the league standings with four points. Last season, the Friars didn’t record their second league win until Jan. 14 before running off nine-consecutive conference wins.
- The Friars have outscored the Minutemen by a 10-3 margin over the last two games at the Mullins Center.
- Under Nate Leaman, the Friars are 14-2-1 all-time against UMass.
- Sophomore defenseman Spenser Young leads the Friars with three points in four Hockey East games this season.

SERIES HISTORY VS. UMASS (46-23-6, .658)
- Providence and UMass will meet in the first half of the regular season for the first time since 2012.
- All-time, the Friars are 16-12-5 on the road against the Minutemen.
- The Friars earned a two-game sweep over UMass in the Hockey East Opening Round last season, outscoring the Minutemen 8-1 in the series.
- Overall, the Friars have won six straight and 12-of-13 in the series.

SCOUTING THE MINUTEMEN
- UMass enters the weekend after dropping 4-of-5, including a 3-0 setback to New Hampshire last Saturday.
- Freshmen Oliver Chau and John Leonard pace the Minutemen with nine and seven points respectively. Former Friar Niko Rufo, a graduate transfer for UMass, also has registered seven points on two goals and five assists in nine games.
- Goaltender Matt Murray has started seven games in posting a 2.55 GAA and .906 save percentage. Sophomore Ryan Wischow has started two games for the Minutemen and has recorded a 3.43 GAA and .871 save percentage in three appearances overall.
- Head Coach Greg Carvel enters his second season at the helm of the Minutemen, posting a 9-34-2 record over one-plus seasons.  Prior to UMass, Carvel served as Head Coach of St. Lawrence from 2012-16.

BRYSON, DESHARNAIS EARN THE “A”
Sophomore defenseman and recent Buffalo Sabres draft pick Jacob Bryson will now don the “A” on his sweater going forward for the Friars. Junior Vincent Desharnais, a 2016 draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers, will also wear an “A” on his jersey going forward.

EVERYONE CHIPPING IN
Seventeen players have recorded at least one point in the first eight games this season for the Friars.

A PK RUN
The Friar penalty kill unit has killed off 15-consecutive shorthanded opportunities.  Overall this season, Providence has killed off 39-of-44 opposing power play opportunities this year (.886), which ranks tied for ninth nationally this year.

THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
The Friars are 113-11-11 all-time under Nate Leaman when scoring three or more goals in a game.

PINHO APPROACHING THE CENTURY MARK
Senior Brian Pinho sits just 14 points shy of the 100-point milestone for his career (28-58-86).

AFTER 40
The Friars are 107-5-9 all-time under Nate Leaman when holding a lead after two periods.

UP NEXT
Providence will take on Merrimack next weekend for a home-and-home series. The Friars will host the Warriors on Friday (Nov. 17) at 7:15 p.m. before heading up to North Andover, Mass. on Saturday (Nov. 18) for a 7 p.m. puck drop. Saturday’s game will be carried live on NESN.


 

 

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