Dec. 6, 2011
FRIARS COMPLETE TOUGH STRETCH AT #3 BOSTON COLLEGE... The Friars, who are coming off back-to-back wins over No. 1 Merrimack, will complete a stretch of three games in five days against No. 3/3 Boston College on Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Friars are seeking their first win over the Eagles since February 29, 2008.
AGAINST THE RANKED... Providence has posted a 3-1-1 record against ranked opponents this season, including a 3-0 mark against teams in the top-10. Most recently, Providence recorded back-to-back upset wins over No. 1 Merrimack (12/2 -12/3). The 2-1 overtime triumph over Merrimack on December 2 marked the Friars’ first win versus a top-ranked opponent since January 3, 2003 when the Friars defeated Maine, 4-2, at Schneider Arena. Providence also defeated No. 7 Boston University, before losing and tying No. 15 Minnesota-Duluth. Last season, the Friars recorded one win against a ranked team (No. 7/9 Merrimack).
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS BOSTON COLLEGE... In 159 all-time meetings between the two programs, Boston College leads, 102-45-12. The Eagles won all three meetings during the 2010-11 season, including a 4-1 triumph at Kelley Rink on January 7. Providence is seeking its first win over BC since a 3-2 victory at Kelley Rink on February 29, 2008.
POWER SURGE... In Saturday’s 6-1 victory against No. 1 Merrimack, Providence scored five power-play goals, including four in the second period. It marked the first time that Providence scored five power-play goals in a game since November 4, 1994 (Friars went 5-for-9 in a 6-6 overtime tie at Merrimack). Providence is one of only two teams in the nation to score five power-play goal in one game this season (UConn also did it on Nov. 16 versus Sacred Heart.)
FRIAR QUICK NOTES... • Providence’s eight overall wins has equaled last season’s total and its six Hockey East triumphs has surpassed the 2010-11 campaign (4). • The Friars have scored 18 power-play goals this season, three more than all of last season. • Providence also has five short-handed goals, two more than the 2010-11 campaign. • Saturday marked the first time Providence won a road game against a ranked team since October 15, 2009 at No. 7 Notre Dame. • Sophomore Derek Army (North Kingstown, R.I.) is on a four-game point streak (1 g, 3 a).
FRIARS RANKED IN USCHO.COM POLL... The Friars are ranked No. 20 in this week’s USCHO.com national poll which was released on December 5. It marks the first time since March 2008 that the Friars have been ranked nationally.
FRIARS WIN ON THE ROAD... The Friars’ win at Merrimack on December 3, was their first road victory since November 27, 2010 (a 2-1 win at Holy Cross). It also marked the Friars’ first road Hockey East triumph since October 31, 2009 when Providence defeated UMass, 2-1, in Amherst, Mass.
FRIARS NOTCH FIRST OVERTIME WIN SINCE 2008... Friday night’s win was Providence’s first overtime victory since February 9, 2008 (4-3 over Vermont at Schneider Arena). Prior to that, Providence had gone 0-7-20 in 27 overtime games since February 9, 2008.
LAST TIME OUT... Providence is coming off a 6-1 victory over No. 1 Merrimack on Saturday, December 3 at Lawler Arena. The Friars scored five power-play goals, including four in the second period to break a scoreless game. Freshman Drew Brown (Grass Lake, Mich.) scored the first two power-play goals in the opening 4:32 of the second period, while juniors Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) and Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.) also scored on the man advantage to give Providence a 4-0 edge going into the third period. After Merrimack pulled to within, 4-1, early in the period, junior Chris Rooney (Canton, Mass.) scored to help Providence regain its four-goal lead (5-1). Senior Matt Bergland (Faribault, Minn.) capped off the scoring with the team’s fifth power-play goal of the night. Bergland matched a career-high with four points (1 g, 3 a). Senior goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) finished totaled 23 saves.
FRIAR FIRST LINE TOTALS 10 POINTS IN SATURDAY’S WIN... The Friar first line of Matt Bergland, Tim Schaller and Drew Brown combined for 10 points in Saturday’s win at No. 1 Merrimack. Bergland matched a career-high with four points, including a career-best three assists. Schaller also matched a career-high with three points (1 g, 2 a), while Brown also notched a career-best three points (2 g, 1 a).
FRIARS, BEAUDRY EARN HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY HONORS... The Friars were named Hockey East Co-Team of the Week, while Alex Beaudry was tabbed Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week on December 5. It’s the second time this season that the Friars have earned the league’s team of the week honors (October 17 was the other). For Beaudry, it’s the sixth time in his career that he has garnered the league’s defensive player of the week accolades and the first this season.
SPECIAL TEAMS... The Friars are fifth in Hockey East on the power play at 19.8% (18-for-91) and third on the penalty kill at 86.1 % (68-for-79). The Friars have scored at least one power-play goal in 10 of the 15 games. Tim Schaller is tied for third in the county with six power-play goals and tied for second in the nation with two short-handed scores. In two wins against No. 1 Merrimack over the weekend, Providence scored five power-play goals and one short-handed goal.
FRIARS SCORING WHILE SHORT-HANDED... Providence is tied for third in the nation with five short-handed goals, behind only Boston University and Colgate who have six each. Last season, the Friars totaled three short-handed goals.
HOME SWEET HOME... The Friars have a 7-2-1 record at home this season, including a 5-1 mark in Hockey East games at Schneider Arena. In the 10 home games, the Friars have outscored opponents, 36-25, and are 12-for-55 (21.8 %) on the power play.
SCHALLER SETS CAREER HIGH... Tim Schaller, who totaled seven goals in his first two seasons (67 games), has a team-high nine goals in 15 games this season. 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 accolades on November 8. The three-goal effort was the beginning of a four-game stretch (11/4 - 11/12) in which he recorded seven goals. Most recently, Schaller had one goal and two assists in a win at No. 1 Merrimack on December 3.
SPREADING THE SCORING... The Friars are spreading the scoring around as 20 skaters and goalie Alex Beaudry 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 and Tim Schaller who lead the team lead with 13 points each.
BEAUDRY CLIMBING THE SAVES LIST AT PROVIDENCE... Alex Beaudry ranks seventh all-time at Providence in career saves with 2,609 stops. Beaudry is 111 stops away from surpassing Chris Terreri (2,719 saves), who is sixth at PC. Nolan Schaefer ‘03 holds the Friar record with 2,848 career stops.
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