Nov. 10, 2011
FRIARS TO PLAY WEEKEND SERIES VERSUS ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE... Providence will continue its five-game home stand with a non-conference weekend series against the University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers, beginning on Friday, November 11 at Schneider Arena. The two teams will complete the series on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
HOME SWEET HOME... The Friars have a 4-1-1 record at home this season, including a 4-0 mark in Hockey East games at Schneider Arena. In the six home games, the Friars have totaled 25 goals.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE... In six meetings between the two teams, the Friars lead, 5-1, including a 1-1 mark at Schneider Arena. Last season, the Friars defeated the Chargers (3-1, 4-2) to improve their record to 4-0 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala. Prior to last season, the two teams had not faced each other since November 27, 1993 when the Chargers posted a 4-2 at Schneider Arena.
SCOUTING ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE... The Chargers come into this weekend looking for their first win of the season. Last weekend, Alabama-Huntsville was defeated in a home weekend series against Ohio State, 4-0 and 2-0. Goaltender Clarke Saunders led the way for the Chargers as he totaled 77 saves in the two games, including 42 stops on Saturday, November 5. Four Chargers are tied for the team lead with three points, including Mac Roy and Kyle Lysaght who have two goals and one assist each. Saunders has played in eight games and has a .914 save percentage and a 3.24 goals against average.
FRIAR QUICK NOTES... • The Friars, who had two games in which they scored five goals or more last season, have recorded five goals or more in four of the eight contests this season. • The three power-play goals last Friday were the most by a Friar team since February 19, 2010 when Providence scored three on the man-advantage against Boston University. • Junior Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) is the first Friar to score a hat trick since Kyle MacKinnon’s three-goal game against Alabama-Huntsville on November 12, 2010. It also marked the first PC hat trick in a Hockey East game since February 19, 2010. • Providence has already surpassed last season’s total with four short-handed goals. • The Friars have scored at least one power-play goal in six of the eight games. • Red-shirt freshman Damian Cross (Nepean, Ont.) has posted one point in five straight games. • Junior Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.), who has six points, has doubled his point total from his first two seasons.
LAST WEEKEND VERSUS VERMONT... Friday, November 4 - Providence 5, Vermont 2... Tim Schaller scored his first career hat trick, while freshman Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) added one goal and one assist to lead the Friars to their first win over Vermont since February 9, 2008. Sophomore Derek Army (North Kingstown, R.I.) also scored and seniors Daniel New (White Plains, N.Y.) and Matt Bergland (Faribault, Minn.) each picked up two assists for the Friars, who went 3-for-7 on the power play and 9-for-9 on the penalty kill. Schaller had two power-play goals and one short-handed goal. Senior goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) matched a season-high 32 stops.
Saturday, November 5 - Providence 5, Vermont 1... The Friars used five different goal scorers and posted a 5-1 triumph. Mauermann scored a short-handed goal to give the Friars a 1-0 lead, while Myles Harvey added to that lead with a power-play goal in the second period. After Vermont cut the lead to 2-1, Schaller scored on the man advantage early in the third period and senior Andy Balysky (Randolph, N.J.) and freshman Matt Montesano (West Bridgewater, Mass.) each added late goals to seal the win. Beaudry stopped 30 shots as the Friars completed their first ever weekend sweep of Vermont.
SPECIAL WEEKEND FOR THE FRIARS... The Providence special teams played a key role in the two wins over Vermont last weekend. Of the 10 goals, five came on the power play and two while short handed. On Friday, November 4, Providence had three power-play goals and one short handed. The following night, the Friars added two more on the man advantage and one short handed. In addition, the Friars went 15-for-15 on the penalty kill in the two wins.
FRIARS ON THE PENALTY KILL... The Providence penalty kill has thwarted 23 consecutive penalties, including nine against Vermont on Friday, November 4. The Friars rank third in Hockey East and 10th in the nation on the penalty kill (.894). In addition, the Friars are tied for first in the nation with four short-handed goals and Tim Schaller is tied for second in the nation with two short-handed goals. In Hockey East games only, Providence is first in the league (.919).
SCHALLER EARNS TWO WEEKLY HONORS... Tim Schaller was named Hockey East Player of the Week on November 7 and Inside College Hockey National Player of the Week on November 8. Schaller totaled four goals in two games to lead Providence to a pair of victories over Vermont. Schaller is the second Friar this season to earn the league’s player of the week honors as junior Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.) earned the accolade on October 17. Schaller’s team-high five goals this season has already matched his total from last season.
POWER SURGE... The Friars, who came into last weekend with four power-play goals in six games, scored five on the man advantage in two games against Vermont. On Friday, Providence totaled three power-play goals, marking the most by a Friar team since February 19, 2010 when Providence scored three on the man-advantage against Boston University. The Friars have climbed into 29th nationally on the power play with an 18.8 percentage.
HARVEY ON THE OFFENSIVE... Junior Myles Harvey who did not score a goal in his first two seasons (53 games) has four goals this season, which is second on the team. He also is tied for third on the team with six points.
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