No. 10/9 Men's Hockey Set for Weekend Series with Merrimack

Nov. 16, 2017

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FOLLOW THE FRIARS (6-4-0, 3-3-0 HEA)
Matchup: No. 10/9 Providence College vs. Merrimack (2-6-2, 1-3-0 HEA)
Faceoff: 7:15 PM (Fri.) -- Schneider Arena -- Providence, R.I.
TV: YurView (Cox 4 & 1004 HD) | Play-by-Play: Mike Logan/Color: Sonny Watrous
Stream: Friars All-Access ($)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Twitter: @Friarshockey

Matchup: No. 10/9 Providence College vs. Merrimack (2-6-2, 1-3-0 HEA)
Faceoff: 7 PM (Sat.) -- Lawler Rink -- North Andover, Mass.
TV: NESN | Play-by-Play: Ryan Johnston/Color: Donald "Toot" Cahoon
Stream: Merrimack Sports Network ($)
Radio: Friars All-Access ($) | WOON 1240 AM | Play-by-Play: Mike Logan
Live Stats: MerrimackAthletics.com
Twitter: @Friarshockey

TALKING POINTS
- Providence split the two-game home-and-home series against UMass last weekend with a 7-2 win at Schneider Arena on Saturday night. Earlier that day, former Friar Drew Brown (No. 7) passed away at the age of 25 after a long bout with cancer.
- Ben Mirageas, who switched his jersey from No. 7 to No. 4, tallied four points on two goals and two assists. Mirageas earned Hockey East Rookie of the Week honors for his five-point performance over two games last week.
- Mirageas leads the Hockey East with four power play goals and two game-winning goals in conference games.
- Scott Conway captured the team lead in scoring with eight points after a four-point performance on Saturday, including his first goal of the season. Seven of Conway's eight points this season have come in six Hockey East contests.
- The Providence power play jumped from 51st to 21st after cashing in five times with the man-advantage on Saturday. It was the first time Providence scored five power play goals in a game since Dec. 3, 2011 at Merrimack. Drew Brown scored two of those goals for the Friars.
- Six Friars (Bryson, Conway, Foley, Mirageas, Pinho, and Sukumaran) all posted multi-point efforts on Saturday.
- Under Nate Leaman, the Friars are 10-4-3 all-time against Merrimack.
- Kasper Björkqvist tallied his team-leading fifth goal of the season on Saturday night.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MERRIMACK (85-32-11, .707)
- Providence and Merrimack will meet three times this season, including a home-and-home set this weekend. The teams will also battle on Jan. 6 at Schneider Arena.
- All-time, the Friars are 51-15-4 at Schneider Arena against the Warriors.
- Merrimack took the season series last season by virtue of a win and a tie against the Friars, the first time they claimed the season series since 2010.
- Overall, the Friars are 5-0-2 in the last seven games played at Schneider Arena between the two teams.

SCOUTING THE WARRIORS
- Merrimack enters the weekend off a 5-2 win over Bentley last Friday night. Prior to that, the Warriors were swept in a two-game series against Boston College.
- Sophomore defenseman Johnathan Kovacevic leads the Warriors with nine points (1-8-9), while seniors Jace Hennig (4-4-8) and Brett Seney (4-4-8) round out the top-three in scoring.
- All three goaltenders (Drew Vogler, Craig Pantano, and Logan Halladay) have seen time in between the Merrimack pipes this season. Vogler has earned six starts and posted a 4.06 GAA and .875 save percentage, while Pantano has started the last four games in posting a 2.06 GAA and .924 save percentage.
- Head Coach Mark Dennehy enters his 13th season at the helm in 2017-18 and has posted a career record of 161-256-61 with Merrimack.

DREW BROWN'S GOFUNDME
Drew Brown's GoFundMe page has raised over $61,000 thus far. People interested in donating can do so at https://www.gofundme.com/dropping-the-mitts-for-drew-brown

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 10 games this season for the Friars.

A PK RUN
The Friar penalty kill unit has killed off 24-consecutive shorthanded opportunities.  Overall this season, Providence has killed off 48-of-53 opposing power play opportunities this year (.906), which ranks fifth nationally this year.

THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
The Friars are 114-11-11 all-time under Nate Leaman when scoring three or more goals in a game.

PINHO APPROACHING THE CENTURY MARK
Senior Brian Pinho sits just 11 points shy of the 100-point milestone for his career (30-59-89).

AFTER 40
The Friars are 108-5-9 all-time under Nate Leaman when holding a lead after two periods.

UP NEXT
Providence will head overseas for the 2017 Friendship Four held in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Friars will play Maine in a Hockey East contest on Friday (Nov. 24) at the SSE Arena before facing either Clarkson or RPI on Saturday (Nov. 25).


 

 

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