Friars, Wildcats Clash in a Battle of Top-15 Teams This Weekend

Nov. 30, 2017

Providence Game Notes vs. UNH Get Acrobat Reader

FOLLOW THE FRIARS (8-5-1, 5-3-1 HEA)
Matchup: No. 9 Providence College vs. No. 13/14 New Hampshire (7-4-1, 3-3-1 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. 9 Providence College vs. No. 13/14 New Hampshire (7-4-1, 3-3-1 HEA)
Faceoff: 7 PM (Sat.) – Whittemore Center – Durham, N.H.
Stream: ESPN3
Radio: Friars All-Access ($) | WOON 1240 AM | Play-by-Play: Mike Logan
Live Stats: Statbroadcast.com
Twitter: @Friarshockey

TALKING POINTS
- The Friars split their two games at the 2017 Friendship Four in Belfast, Northern Ireland last weekend. Providence took two points in the Hockey East standings with a 3-0 win over Maine on Friday before falling to then No. 5 Clarkson, 4-2 in the title game on Saturday.
- Erik Foley and Brandon Duhaime tallied the Providence goals on Saturday.
- Foley currently rides a six-game point streak (4-7-11), matching a career-long streak for the junior. He led all Hockey East players in scoring during the month of November, with nine of his 11 points coming in league games. Foley leads the Friars overall in scoring with seven goals and eight assists in 12 games.
- After three points in his first nine games, captain Brian Pinho has posted seven points (3-4-7) during his current five-game point streak.
- Hawkey’s shutout on Friday against Maine was the sixth of his career, which lands him third on the Friars’ all-time shutout list, just one behind Tyler Sims ‘08.
- The Friars are 3-0-1 over their last four Hockey East contests.
- Junior Ryan Tait recorded his fourth career two-goal game last Friday against Maine.
- The Providence power play is 10-for-28 (.357) over the past five games.
- Providence seeks its first three-game winning streak over New Hampshire since February of 1992.

SERIES HISTORY VS. NEW HAMPSHIRE (60-89-15, .412)
- Providence and New Hampshire will battle in a home-and-home series for the first time since the 2012-13 season. Over the previous four seasons, the teams played their two games at one venue.
- Five of the last seven meetings between the two schools have taken in place at Schneider Arena, with the Wildcats claiming three of those encounters. The Friars earned a two-game road sweep at the Whittemore Center last season, the first ever sweep at that venue for the program.
- Overall, the Friars are 8-7-0 in their last 15 meetings against New Hampshire.
- The teams have combined for five goals or less in 10-consecutive games.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
- The Wildcats enter the weekend coming off a 4-0 win at Yale last Saturday. Overall, UNH is 7-4-1 and 3-3-1 in Hockey East play.
- UNH is led in scoring by Michael McNicholas (3-9-12) and freshman defensemen Max Gildon (6-5-11) and Benton Maass (1-10-11).
- Senior goaltender Danny Tirone has excelled against the Friars in previous seasons, posting a .955 save percentage in eight career games against Providence. This year, Tirone ranks fifth nationally in save percentage (.932) and 13th in goals against average (2.10).
- Head Coach Dick Umile, in his 28th and final season at the helm of the Wildcats, enters the weekend with a 593-357-109 career record as a Division I head coach.

DREW BROWN’S GOFUNDME
Drew Brown’s GoFundMe page has raised over $62,000 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
Eighteen 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 had killed off 24-consecutive shorthanded opportunities before Merrimack snapped that streak on Nov. 18. Overall this season, Providence has killed off 60-of-70 opposing power play opportunities this year (.857), which ranks 12th nationally this year.

THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
The Friars are 115-11-11 all-time under Nate Leaman when scoring three or more goals in a game.

PINHO APPROACHING THE CENTURY MARK
Senior Brian Pinho sits just seven points shy of the 100-point milestone for his career (31-62-93) after an assist on Saturday night against Clarkson.

AFTER 40
The Friars are 109-5-9 all-time under Nate Leaman when holding a lead after two periods.

UP NEXT
Providence returns home next weekend to host a two-game series against Atlantic Hockey opponent, RIT. Providence swept the Tigers in a two-game series in Rochester last season.


 

 

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