Crunch Time For PC Hockey Team Starts with Maine Saturday

Providence College Press Release

FOLLOW THE FRIARS (15-11-6, 9-10-3 HEAM)
Matchup: No. 19 Providence College vs. No. 15 University of Maine (17-10-5, 11-8-3 HEAM)
Faceoff: 4:30 PM (Sat.) – Schneider Arena – Providence, R.I.
TV: NESN / Play-by-play: Mike Logan; Color: Sonny Watrous
Stream: CBS All-Access
Radio: NewsRadio 104.7 FM | TuneIn Radio | Play-by-play: Charlie Bergeron
Live Stats: Friars.com
Twitter: @Friarshockey

Last Time Out
– Patrick Moynihan scored twice, but Merrimack struck for the game-winning goal with 3:43 remaining to down the Friars, 3-2, last Saturday night in North Andover, Mass.
– Providence was swept in a weekend series for the second time this month.
– Michael Lackey stopped 22-of-25 shots he faced.

Dynamic Duo
– Providence’s Jack Dugan and Tyce Thompson are ranked first and third, respectively, in total point production in the NCAA so far this season. Dugan leads the nation with 50 points and 41 assists. Thompson’s 19 goals rank tied for sixth and his 43 total points are third nationally.
– Dugan has registered 16 multi-point outings and 26 games with at least one point.
– Thompson has 15 multi-point games and 26 games with at least one point.
– Both players were nominated for the 2020 Hobey Baker Award.

Two 40-Point Scorers
– Dugan and Thompson are the first pair of Friars to record 40-plus points in a season since 2002-03 (Jon DiSalvatore, Devin Rask, Peter Fregoe).
– Dugan was the first member of the program to record 40 assists in a season since Mike Boback in 1991-92.

Underclassmen Success
The Providence sophomore class ranks first nationally among second-year classes in scoring with 132 points on 38 goals and 94 assists – three points ahead of second- place Denver. The Friars’ freshmen class is eighth nationally among other rookie classes in scoring with 82 points on 35 goals and 47 assists. Freshmen have accounted for nine of the Friars’ 15 game-winning goals this season.

Moynihan on the Man-Up
Patrick Moynihan leads all NCAA freshmen with 10 power-play goals and ranks third overall among all players.

Logjam in the Standings
Providence currently sits tied for seventh in the Hockey East standings with 21 points. Only five points separate second and eighth places.

Ford Makes U.S. National Junior Team Roster
Freshman Parker Ford earned a spot on the final 23-player roster for Team USA at the 2020 World Junior Championship that began on Thursday (Dec. 26) in the Czech Republic. Team USA fell to Finland, 1-0, on Jan. 2 in the Quarterfinals. Ford met the Friars in Las Vegas on Jan. 4 after traveling over 8,200 miles across 10 different time zones, where he tallied a goal in the 2-2 tie against Cornell.

Spreading Out the Points
Twenty-one different Friars have at least one point so far this season. Seven of those players have 15+ points and four of them have 25+.

Striking First
Providence has scored the game’s first goal in 24 out of 32 games so far this season. The Friars are 13-6-5 when scoring first this season.

Outscoring Opponents
Providence has outscored its opponents 99-75 so far this season.

Strong on the Power Play
The Friars are 33-for-128 on the power play so far this season and are ranked seventh nationally with a 25.3% conversion rate. Providence has scored at least one power-play goal in 23 out of the season’s 32 games. In nine of those games, the Friars have netted multiple goals on advantages. – Eight different players have scored on power-play chances, including nine goals from Patrick Moynihan and eight from Tyce Thompson.

Top Line Production
The Friars’ top line of Greg Printz, Parker Ford and Jack Dugan has combined for 99 points through 32 games. That marks 36.5% of the team’s total point production thus far.

Pucks On Net
Providence ranks eighth in the nation in shots on goal per game at 33.2.

Seeking Seven
Providence holds the nation’s second longest-active NCAA appearance streak, having made a sixth- straight tournament appearance in 2018-19. Denver leads the pack with 12-straight appearances.

Three is the Magic Number
The Friars are 163-17-18 all-time under Nate Leaman when scoring three or more goals in a game.

After 40
The Friars are 150-6-17 all-time under Nate Leaman when holding a lead after two periods.

Historic Pace
Dugan currently sits at 50 points. He is on pace for 53.1 points in 34 regular season games. The last Friar to reach 50 points was Devin Rask in 2000-01, while Mike Boback was the last to reach 60 points with his 72-point season in 1991-92. The program single-season record for points was Ron Wilson’s 87 points in 1974-75.

 

TALE OF THE TAPE
Providence (NCAA Rank) 2019-20 Maine (NCAA Rank)
3.09 (21st) Goals Per Game 2.69 (33rd)
2.34 (14th) Goals Against Average 2.25 (12th)
33.2 (8th) Shots Per Game 31.3 (16th)
33-128 (.253) (7th) Power Play 24-115 (.209) (21st)
106-126 (.841) (15th) Penalty Kill 132-153 (.863) (9th)
.523 (14th) Faceoff % .510 (21st)

SERIES HISTORY VS. MAINE
• Providence looks to claim the season series against the Black Bears after a convincing 7-0 win on opening night. The teams will faceoff at Alfond Arena next Friday (Mar. 6) in the regular season finale.
• The Friars are currently on a 19-1-1 run over the Black Bears dating back to the 2012 season.
• Maine’s last win at Schneider Arena came on Dec. 4, 2010. Providence has won the last 12 matchups between the teams at Schneider Arena.

SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS
• Maine enters the weekend third in the Hockey East standings at 25 points (11-8-3), four points in front of the Friars.
• The Black Bears boast a trio of 30-point scorers in seniors Mitchell Fossier (9-32-41) and Tim Doherty (14-22-36), while junior Eduards Tralmaks ranks third in scoring with 30 points (14-16-30).
• In goal, junior Jeremy Swayman has put forth a fantastic season in goal, registering a 2.10 GAA and a .938 save percentage, which ranks third nationally.

For more updates on the Providence College men’s hockey program, follow the team on Twitter @FriarsHockey.

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