Providence Men’s Hockey Ranked No. 20

IMMEDIATE RELEASE   December 5, 2011

Jorge Rocha (401) 865-2201                                                                                            


College Men's Hockey Ranked No. 20 In Poll

posted back-to-back victories over No. 1 Merrimack this past


The Providence
College men's hockey team is ranked 20th in this week's national poll
which was released on Monday, December 5.  It marks the first time since March
2008 that the Friars have been ranked nationally.   


Providence is coming off
consecutive wins against No. 1 ranked Merrimack.  On December 2, the Friars
defeated the Warriors, 2-1, in overtime at Schneider Arena.  It marked
Providence's first win against a top-ranked team since January 3, 2003.  Senior
Andy Balysky (Randolph, N.J.) scored a short-handed goal to give the Friars a
1-0 lead after two periods and freshman Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) scored
in overtime as the Friars handed Merrimack its first loss of the season.  Senior
goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) made 26 saves. 


The following night in North
Andover, Mass., the Friars scored five power-play goals, including four in the
second period en route to a 6-1 triumph over the Warriors.  The five power-play
goals were the most by a Friar team since November 4, 1994.  Freshman Drew Brown
(Grass Lake, Mich.) scored the first two goals of the game, while juniors Tim
Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) and Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.) also scored in the
second period as the Friars led, 4-0 after two periods.  Junior Chris Rooney
(Canton, Mass.) and senior Matt Bergland (Faribault, Minn.) each scored in the
third period to complete the scoring.  Bergland finished with one goal and three
assists for four points.  Beaudry totaled 23 saves as the Friars won their first
game at Merrimack's Lawler Arena since March 3, 2007. 


The Friars (8-6-1, 6-3-0 Hockey
East) are back in action on Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. when they face No.
3 Boston College (11-5-0, 8-3-0 Hockey East) at Kelley Rink in Chestnut Hill,