Nov. 23, 2011
FRIARS FACE MIAMI AND PRINCETON IN DENVER CUP CLASSIC... After playing nine of its first 11 games on home ice, Providence will play four of its next five contests away from Schneider Arena, beginning with two games at the 20th Annual Denver Cup Classic in Denver, Colo. Denver University will host the showcase style tournament. The Friars will play Miami at 6:37 p.m. EST on Friday, November 25 and Princeton at 6:07 p.m. EST on Saturday, November 26.
Denver Cup Classic Schedule Date Game Time Nov. 25 Providence vs. Miami 6:37 p.m. EST Princeton vs. Denver 9:37 p.m. EST Nov. 26 Providence vs. Princeton 6:07 p.m. EST Miami vs. Denver 9:07 p.m. EST
DENVER CUP CLASSIC... The Denver Cup Classic is the first in-season tournament that the Friars will partake in since they played in the Great Lakes Invitational on December 29-30, 2007 in Detroit, Mich. Providence posted a 1-1 record as it defeated Michigan State in the consolation game. Providence has never played Miami or Princeton in a neutral site.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS MIAMI... In five all-time meetings between Providence and Miami, the Friars lead, 3-2. The two schools have not faced each other since October 20, 2000 when the Friars earned a 5-0 victory in Providence. Prior to that meeting, the Red Hawks posted a 5-2 win over the Friars on October 23, 1999 in Oxford, Ohio.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS PRINCETON... Providence and Princeton have faced each other 37 times and the Friars hold a 23-11-3 all-time record against the Tigers. The two schools have not squared off since November 3, 2002 as Providence posted an 8-1 triumph at Schneider Arena. Princeton's last win over Providence was on November 27, 1998 at Schneider Arena.
FRIAR QUICK NOTES... After 11 games, the Friars are off to their best since the 2003-04 season when they started 6-3-2. Providence's recent four-game win streak was its first time since the 2008-09 season. 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 11 contests this season. Providence has already surpassed last season's total with four short-handed goals. The Friars have scored at least one power-play goal in nine of the 11 games, including six straight contests. Junior Chris Rooney (Canton, Mass.) has one assist in three consecutive games.
SCOUTING MIAMI... Miami is looking to extend its season long six-game (4-0-2) unbeaten streak. Most recently, the Red Hawks defeated and tied Bowling Green in a weekend series last weekend. In the Red Hawks' 4-0 victory on Friday, November 18, Cody Reichard made 19 saves to earn his first shutout of the season and the 11th of his career. The following night, the two teams played to a 4-4 overtime tie. Austin Czarnik and Reilly Smith each had one goal and one assist. Smith (8 g, 3 a) leads the team in scoring with 11 points, while Czarnik (4 g, 6 a) and Alden Hirschfeld (3 g, 7 a) are tied for second with 10 points each. Reichard has a 2.25 goals against average and a .904 save percentage in 11 games.
SCOUTING PRINCETON... Princeton is coming off a pair of road losses (4-0 at No. 18 Cornell and 4-1 at No. 17 Colgate) last weekend. Against Colgate on Saturday, November 19, Rob Kleebaum scored the lone goal, while goalie Sean Bonar totaled 38 saves. Kleebaum and Michael Sdao lead Princeton in scoring with four goals each and are tied with two others with five points each. Bonar has played in seven of the nine games, has a 2.86 goals against average and a .901 save percentage.
POWER SURGE... The Friars, who had four power-play goals in the first six games, have scored nine goals on the man advantage in the last five games (9-27 - 33%). On November 4, 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 versus Boston University. The Friars have climbed into 17th nationally on the power play with a 21.3 percentage. Junior Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) is tied for third in the nation with five power-play goals.
RECAP VERSUS NORTHEASTERN... Friday, November 18 - Northeastern 5, Providence 2 The Friars suffered their first loss in the month of November after a 5-2 setback against Northeastern Friday night at Schneider Arena. The Friars trailed, 2-0, but senior Daniel New (White Plains, N.Y.) cut the lead to 2-1 as he scored a power-play goal marking his first goal of the season. Providence had a chance to tie the game in the second period as it was awarded a penalty shot, however, Northeastern goalie Chris Rawlings made the save on Tim Schaller's attempt. The Huskies added two goals in the period and increased the lead to 4-1. Freshman Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) cut the lead to 4-2 with his fourth goal of the season early in the third period, but Northeastern sealed the win with an empty-net goal late in the period.
FRIARS ON THE PENALTY KILL... The Providence penalty kill has thwarted 34 of the last 36 penalties (94.4), including nine against Vermont on Friday, November 4. The Friars rank third in Hockey East and 10th in the nation on the penalty kill (88.3 %). In addition, the Friars are tied for second 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 (.923).
SCORING EARLY AND SCORING LATE... The Friars are outscoring their opponents, 14-6, in the first period. Providence has scored at least one goal in the first period in 10 of the first 11 games, including three goals in the opening period of a 5-3 victory over No. 7 Boston University on October 14. The Friars also have scored 15 goals in the third period, but have the best scoring margin (+8) in the first period.
SPREADING THE SCORING... The Friars are spreading the scoring around as 20 skaters and senior goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) have at least one point. In addition, 17 Friars have at least one goal. There are 18 Friars with three points or more, including Ross Mauermann who leads the team lead with 12 points.
GOALS COMING IN BUNCHES FOR SCHALLER... Tim Schaller, who totaled seven goals in his first two seasons (67 games) at Providence, has a team-high eight goals in 11 games this season. Prior to November 18, Schaller had a four-game goal streak and totaled seven goals over that span (five power-play goals and one short-handed). He scored his first career hat trick on November 4 versus Vermont and for his efforts he earned Hockey East Player of the Week honors on November 7 and Inside College Hockey National Player of the Week. Most recently, Schaller had two goals against Alabama-Huntsville on November 12. He is second on the team lead with 10 points and first with eight goals.
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