Providence Prepares For Vermont to Open One-And-Done Hockey East Tournament

LAST TIME OUT
– Brett Berard scored twice, including the game-winning goal in overtime on a solo rush as the No. 19 Providence College men’s hockey team rallied from a 2-0 hole for a 3-2 win over Maine on Saturday afternoon at Schneider Arena.
– The Black Bears raced out of the gates, grabbing a 2-0 lead just 5:11 in on goals from Nolan Renwick and Adam Dawe.
– Berard got the Friars on the board at 5:30 of the second period after receiving a pass from Chase Yoder, who forced a turnover in the Maine zone.
– Despite three power plays in the third period, including a brief 5-on-3 early in the period, Providence couldn’t convert.
– Max Crozier knotted the game 4:50 into the third period with his seventh goal of the season, batting an airborne puck to the back of the net after a Jamie Engelbert rebound.
– Providence held a 12-4 shot advantage in the third period.
– In overtime, Berard intercepted a pass and went coast-to-coast, finishing on the backhand for his 17th strike of the season and second of the night to win the game.
– The Friars improved to 17-0-0 when scoring three or more goals this season.
– Providence has suffered only three losses over the last 27 meetings between the schools.
– Providence faced the U.S. NTDP U18s on March 4, falling to the program by a 5-4 score.

Scouting the Catamounts…
Vermont has been winners in two of their last three outings, including wins over league-champion Northeastern (March 1) and at UConn (March 4) to leapfrog Maine for the No. 10 seed. The team boasts seven double-digit point scorers – Philip Lagunov (8-8-16), Jacques Bouquot (6-9-15), Robbie Stucker (4-9-13), Andrew Lucas (2-8-10), William Lemay (5-7-12), Will Zapernick (5-6-11) and Simon Jellus (5-5-10). Senior Tyler Harmon has appeared in the last three games, including two starts where he posted wins for the Catamounts. Harmon blanked Northeastern on March 1 before earning the win at UConn on March 4. He is 2-11-0 with a 2.61 GAA and .907 save percentage this season. Gabe Carriere has appeared in 22 games with a 2.91 GAA and .902 save perecentage.

Series History vs. Vermont (PC leads 31-28-11, .521)
The Friars and Catamounts will meet for the fourth time this season. Providence swept the season series, 3-0-0, including a 4-1 win at Schneider Arena back on Feb. 5. The Friars have outscored Vermont by a 10-4 margin over three games in 2021-22. The seventh-seeded Friars will battle the 10th-seeded Catamounts for the first time ever in the Hockey East Tournament. The only postseason meeting between the schools came in the 1975 ECAC Quarterfinals as Vermont defeated the Friars by a 7-5 score.

Playoff Nuggets…
• Providence is 2-0 all-time in Hockey East Opening Round games and 42-52-1 (.447) overall in the tournament. The Friars swept UMass in a best-of-three Opening Round series at Schneider Arena during the 2017 Hockey east Tournament.
• As a No. 7 seed, Providence is 3-8 all-time but had success as a 7-seed in their last time during the 2012 Hockey East Tournament. Providence defeated UMass Lowell in three games during the quarterfinal round before ultimately falling to Boston College in the semifinals.
• Friar sophmores Brett Berard (2 GP, 2-1-3) and Nick Poisson (2 GP, 1-2-3) lead the team in scoring during Hockey East Tournament play. Junior Parker Ford has posted two goals in two career postseason games.

Balanced Scoring
Seven players recorded at least two points in Providence’s season-opener against Army on Oct. 2 – Brett Berard (2-0-2), Nick Poisson (0-2-2), Patrick Moynihan (1-1-2), Michael Callahan (1-1-2), Craig Needham (1-1-2) and Parker Ford (1-1-2) all recorded two points while Guillaume Richard led the team with three points (1-2-3). Through 36 games, 22 players have already found the scoresheet, while freshmen have accounted for 49 points on 18 goals and 31 assists.

Special Teams Success
The Friars now ranks fifth in the NCAA on the power play with a .261 success rate. The penalty kill ranks 13th nationally, checking in at 85.0%.

Final 40 Dominance
Providence has outscored teams by an 85-50 margin in the second and third periods/overtimes this season.

Youth Movement
The Friars have the 16th youngest roster in the NCAA this season (average age of 21 years, 11 months). Freshman Guilluame Richard is one of the younger players on an NCAA roster this year at 18 years and 8 months. He is tied for second among NCAA rookie defensemen with a +20 rating.

Fourteen Former Friars Participate in NHL Training Camps, Seven Earn Roster Spots
Providence boasts 14 former players that have participated in NHL training camps thus far in September. Noel Acciari (FLA), Kasper Bjorkqvist (PIT), Jacob Bryson (BUF), Vincent Desharnais (EDM), Jack Dugan (VGK), Brandon Duhaime (MIN), Jon Gillies (NYI), Mark Jankowski (NJ), Brian Pinho (WSH), Greg Printz (ANA), Kevin Rooney (NYR), Brandon Tanev (SEA), Tyce Thompson (NJ) and Jake Walman (STL). Acciari, Bryson, Duhaime, Rooney, Tanev, Thompson and Walman all made opening night rosters, while Duhaime made his NHL debut on Oct. 15 in Anaheim. On Jan. 2, Bjorkqvist made his NHL debut and scored his first NHL goal against the San Jose Sharks. Noel Acciari returned to the Panthers lineup after a long-term injury and scored his first goal of the season at Buffalo on March 7.

Three is the Magic Number
The Friars are 192-20-20 all-time under Nate Leaman when scoring three or more goals in a game.

After 40
The Friars are 173-7-18 all-time under Nate Leaman when holding a lead after two periods.

Stauber Named Mike Richter Award Semifinalist
Providence College junior goaltender Jaxson Stauber (Plymouth, Minn.) was announced as a Mike Richter Award semifinalist, given annually to the top goaltender in Division I men’s hockey. Stauber, who was also a Walter Brown Award semifinalist for the second-consecutive season, has posted a 20-13-2 record with a 2.10 GAA and .922 save percentage over 35 games this year. Stauber ranks in the top-15 among NCAA goaltenders in wins, goals-against average, save percentage, minutes played (2085:34), total saves (866) and shutouts (4).

Berard, Poisson Among Hockey East Leaders
Sophomores Brett Berard and Nick Poisson find themselves at the top of some of Hockey East’s major scoring categories. Berard ranks second in the league in scoring with 37 points on 17 goals and 20 assists. He also is first in game-winning goals (5) and power-play goals (8). Poisson also ranks third in scoring with 35 points and first with 25 assists.

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