Dec. 29, 2011
FRIARS HOST BROWN IN 26TH ANNUAL MAYOR’S CUP... After 25 days without playing a game, Providence College will host Brown University on Sunday, January 1 at 4:00 p.m. in the 26th Annual Mayor’s Cup at Providence’s Schneider Arena.
MAYOR’S CUP HISTORY... Providence College leads the Mayor’s Cup series, 14-8-3, including an 8-4-2 mark at Schneider Arena. Last season, the Friars had a 4-2 lead in the third period, but the Bears rallied for a 4-4 overtime tie at Meehan Auditorium. The Friars are 3-0-1 against the Bears in the last four meetings. Brown is seeking its first win over Providence since November 26, 2006.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS BROWN... Sunday’s game will mark the 91st all-time meeting between Providence College and Brown with the Friars leading, 44-43-3. In the first ever meeting between the two teams, Brown defeated Providence, 4-1, on March 1, 1927 at the Rhode Island Auditorium. The Friars are 6-2-2 against the Bears in the last 10 meetings.
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.
FRIARS TO PLAY ON NEW YEAR’S DAY... Sunday’s contest will mark the fifth ever game on New Year’s Day for Providence College and the fourth regular season game. Last season, the Friars were defeated at the University of New Brunswick (Canada) in an exhibition game on January 1. Providence also has played on the first day of the year in 1965, 1980 and 1994. The Friars are 0-4 in New Year’s day games.
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 19 power-play goals this season, four more than all of last season. • Providence also has five short-handed goals, two more than the 2010-11 campaign. • Providence’s December 3 win at No. 1 Merrimack 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 five-game point streak (2 g, 3 a).
SCOUTING BROWN... Brown will play at New Hampshire on Friday, December 30 prior to facing Providence. Of the Bears’ four wins this season, two have come against ranked opponents, including a 6-4 triumph over No. 14 Yale on December 3. Bobby Farnham scored twice and added one assist, while two other Bears had three points to lead the way. In goal, Mike Clemente made 27 saves. Jack Maclellan (5 g, 4 a) leads the team in scoring with nine points, while Farnham (4 g, 4 a) and Matt Wahl (2 g, 6 a) are tied for second with eight points each. Clemente has played in every game and has a 2.56 goals against average and a .907 save percentage.
LAST TIME OUT... In their last game, the Friars were defeated at No. 3 Boston College, 4-1, on December 6. Trailing, 2-0, after one period, sophomore Derek Army scored on the power play to pull Providence within 2-1. The Friars had back-to-back power plays with an opportunity to even the game in the third period, but the Eagles scored a short-handed goal and added an empty-net goal to seal the win. Senior goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) made 26 saves for the Friars.
FRIARS POST WINNING RECORD IN DECEMBER... Providence finished the month of December with a 2-1 mark with both wins coming against No. 1 Merrimack. It marked the first time since the 2007-08 season that the Friars finished with a winning record in December. The 2007-08 squad finished with a 4-1-0 mark in the month.
POWER SURGE... In Providence’s 6-1 victory against No. 1 Merrimack on December 3, the Friars scored five power-play goals. 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 goals in one game this season (UConn also did it on Nov. 16 versus Sacred Heart).
SPECIAL TEAMS... The Friars are fifth in Hockey East on the power play at 19.8% (19-for-96) and third on the penalty kill at 85.7 % (72-for-84). The Friars have scored at least one power-play goal in 11 of the 16 games. Junior Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) is tied for third in the county with six power-play goals and two short-handed scores. In two wins against No. 1 Merrimack on December 2-3, Providence scored five power-play goals and one short-handed goal.
FRIARS SCORING WHILE SHORT-HANDED... Providence is tied with Miami for fourth in the nation with five short-handed goals, behind Boston University (7), Minnesota State (7) and Colgate (6). Last season, the Friars totaled three short-handed goals.
AGAINST THE RANKED... Providence has posted a 3-2-1 record against ranked opponents this season, including a 3-1 mark against teams in the top-10. Most recently, Providence was defeated at No. 3 Boston College, 4-1, marking the Friars’ first loss against a top-10 team this season. 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).
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... Providence’s 2-1 victory against No. 1 Merrimack on December 2 was its first overtime win 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.
FRIARS ACHIEVE NATIONAL RANKING... Providence’s No. 20 ranking in the December 5 USCHO.com national poll marked the first time since March 2008 that the Friars had been ranked.
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.
FRIAR FIRST LINE TOTALS 10 POINTS WIN AT NO. 1 MERRIMACK... The Friar first line of senior Matt Bergland (Faribault, Minn.), junior Tim Schaller and freshman Drew Brown (Grass Lake, Mich.) combined for 10 points in the win at No. 1 Merrimack on December 3. 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).
SCHALLER SETS CAREER HIGH... Tim Schaller, who totaled seven goals in his first two seasons (67 games) at Providence, has a team-high nine goals in 16 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.
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