Dec. 2, 2010
Providence Notes in PDF Format | Gametracker (12/3/10) | Gametracker (12/4/10) | Live Audio
Media Coverage TV: Cox Sports - Both games
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FRIARS HOST MAINE IN TWO-GAME WEEKEND SERIES... Providence College will play a two-game home weekend series against No. 9/9 University of Maine beginning on Friday, December 3 at Schneider Arena. The two teams will complete the series the following night at 7:00 p.m.
HOME SWEET HOME... Providence is 3-0-2 at Schneider Arena this season. The Friars defeated Northeastern, 3-2, in the season opener at home on October 8 before going on a five-game road trip. The Friars then posted home wins over UMass (3-2 on 10/30) and Merrimack (2-0 on 11/5) before skating to 3-3 overtime ties against Vermont (11/6) and Northeastern (11/19). The Friars have outscored opponents, 14-10, in five home games.
SCOUTING MAINE... The Black Bears have not played since November 21 when they were dealt a 4-1 setback at Boston College. Maine’s Marc Nemec scored in the second period to even the game, but BC scored two late goals in the period and added an empty netter in the third. The Black Bears finished with a 39-23 advantage in shots. Spencer Abbott leads the team in scoring with 16 points (8 g, 8 a), while Gustav Nyquist (4 g, 11 a) is second with 15 points. In goal, Dan Sullivan has played in nine games and has a 4-3-1 record, a 2.62 goals against average and a .885 save percentage.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS MAINE... In 102 all-time meetings between the two teams, Maine leads 60-37-5, including a 24-20-2 edge in Providence. Last season, Maine took the first two games by the same 3-1 score at Alfond Arena, before the Friars posted a 3-2 victory in the final meeting at Schneider Arena. It marked PC’s first win over Maine since November 10, 2007 when they posted a 1-0 triumph at Alfond Arena.
FRIAR QUICK NOTES • The Friars, who are unbeaten at home this season (3-0-2), will play three of their next four games at Schneider Arena. • PC is seeking its first win over a ranked team this season. • The Friars have held opponents to two goals or less on seven different occasions. • Providence improved to 3-2 in non-conference games this season after the win at Holy Cross on Saturday, November 27. • Providence College is 3-1 in its last four road games. • Eleven out of the 12 Providence goal scorers this season have two goals or more.
FRIARS ENJOY SIZZLING NOVEMBER... The Friars finished the month of November with a 4-1-2 (.714) record, the best winning percentage in November since the 1997-98 squad had a 7-2-1 record (.750). PC outscored opponents, 17-15, in November as senior Kyle MacKinnon (Walnut, Calif.) led the way with eight points (4 g, 4 a).
FARRER PROVIDING SCORING PUNCH... Senior assistant captain Ben Farrer (Calgary, Alberta) already has career-highs in goals (3), assists (5) and points (8) through 14 games this season. Farrer, who has not played a full season because of injuries, had a previous career-high of four points, which he set in his freshman and sophomore seasons. He amassed 10 points (1 g, 9 a) in his first three seasons at PC.
MacKINNON LEADING FRIARS IN SCORING... Kyle MacKinnon leads the Friars in scoring with nine goals and 14 points. He has two multiple-goal games, including three goals against Alabama-Huntsville on November 12. MacKinnon’s nine goals rank second in Hockey East, while the 14 points rank eighth. Last season, MacKinnon did not score his ninth goal until the 26th game and this season he has at least one goal in six of the 14 games. In 34 games last season, MacKinnon finished tied for the team lead with 12 goals and led all Friars with 25 points.
FIRST IN LINE... The PC first line of seniors Ian O’Connor (Londonderry, N.H.), Kyle MacKinnon and Ben Farrer have accounted for 15 of the team’s 35 goals this season. In all, the trio has contributed 34 of the team’s 56 points, including four of the six game-winning goals.
PROVIDENCE SKATES PAST HOLY CROSS... Providence College defeated Holy Cross, 2-1, on Saturday, November 27 in its only game last week. Kyle MacKinnon gave the Friars a 1-0 first period lead as he scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season. Seniors Eric Baier (North Kingstown, R.I.) and Ian O’Connor assisted on the goal. After the Crusaders evened the score at 1-1 late in the second period, Ben Farrer netted the eventual game winner halfway through the third period to lift the Friars. MacKinnon finished with one goal and one assist and junior goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ontario) stopped 25 of 26 shots for the Friars who had a 40-26 edge in shots.