No. 9 Men’s Hockey Hosts RIT to Conclude First Half

Dec. 7, 2017

Providence Game Notes vs. RIT Get Acrobat Reader

FOLLOW THE FRIARS (9-6-1, 6-4-1 HEA)
Matchup: No. 9 Providence College vs. RIT (7-3-1, 7-3-0 AHA)
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. RIT (7-3-1, 7-3-0 AHA)
Faceoff: 7 PM (Sat.) – Schneider Arena – Providence, R.I.
TV: NBC Sports Boston | Play-by-Play: Mike Logan/Color: Sonny Watrous
Stream: Friars All-Access ($) | NBCSportsBoston.com
Live Stats: GameTracker
Twitter: @Friarshockey

TALKING POINTS
- The Friars split their home-and-home series last weekend with UNH with a 5-2 win at home on Friday before dropping a 1-0 decision at the Whittemore Center on Saturday night in Durham.
- Hayden Hawkey made 25 saves for the Friars on Saturday and shutout the Wildcats for the final 52:53 of the game.
- Erik Foley’s career-long seven-game point streak (6-8-14) was snapped on Saturday night. 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 nine goals and nine assists in 14 games.
- Brian Pinho saw his six-game point streak (3-5-8) come to an end on Saturday night.
- The Providence penalty kill is at a league-best 91.5% (43-of-47) over 11 Hockey East games this season.
- The Friars’ five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) in Hockey East games was ended on Saturday.
- Nate Leaman’s squads are 15-7-2 all-time in December while at Providence.

SERIES HISTORY VS. RIT (2-0-0, 1.000)
- Providence and RIT will meet for the second-consecutive season and first time in Providence. 2016 marked the first-ever meetings between the two schools.
- The Friars took both games at the Gene Polisseni Center in Rochester, N.Y. last December by 5-1 and 3-1 decisions.
- Ryan Tait and Brian Pinho each recorded three points in the series, with Josh Wilkins and Scott Conway notching two points over the two games.
- Hayden Hawkey stopped 65-of-67 shots in the series in posting a 1.00 GAA and .970 save percentage in 119:32 of action against the Tigers.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS
- The Tigers enter the weekend after splitting a two-game home series vs. Holy Cross last week. Overall, the Tigers are 7-6-1 and 7-3-0 in Atlantic Hockey action.
- RIT is led by junior Erik Brown and his 17 points on 11 goals and six assists. Junior Abbott Girduckis follows Brown with 16 points (5-11-16) as well as Myles Powell’s 16 points (4-12-16).
- Reigning Atlantic Hockey Player of the Month Gabe Valenzuela posted 11 points in seven games in November and has totaled five goals and 10 assist thus far in 2017-18.
- Head Coach Wayne Wilson is currently in his 19th season at the helm of the Tigers and has posted a 338-221-62 record.

FOLEY TABBED HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Foley’s performance in November earned himself Hockey East Player of the Month accolades for the first time in his career. It was the first time a Friar had earned the monthly recognition since Trevor Mingoia for January 2016.

STRONG STARTS
Providence has recorded at least nine wins before the winter break in four of the last five seasons.

TWO GAMES TO BE AIRED BY NBC SPORTS BOSTON
Providence’s games against RIT (Dec. 9) and UConn (Jan. 20) will be aired live on NBC Sports Boston.

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 16 games this season for the Friars.

A PK RUN
Overall this season, Providence has killed off 67-of-77 opposing power play opportunities this year (.870), which is tied for eighth nationally this year. The Friar PK was a perfect 7-for-7 last weekend against UNH.

THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
The Friars are 116-11-12 all-time under Nate Leaman when scoring three or more goals in a game.

PINHO APPROACHING THE CENTURY MARK
Senior Brian Pinho sits just six points shy of the 100-point milestone for his career (31-63-94) after an assist last Friday night.

AFTER 40
The Friars are 110-5-9 all-time under Nate Leaman when holding a lead after two periods.

UP NEXT
Providence will be idle over the next three weeks before returning to action at the Three Rivers Classic at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa. against Arizona State on Dec. 29. The following night, the Friars will face off against either host Robert Morris or Lake Superior State.


 

 

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