Men’s Hockey Game Ratings #16 vs. Boston University


Meeting: 16th Providence College (3-3-2, 3-3-2 HEAM) vs. Boston University (0-0-0, 0-0-0 HEAM)
Puck drop: 6 p.m. (Friday) – Walter Brown Arena – Boston, Mass.
Television: NESN+
Stream: (Outside New England) | (Inside New England)

Radio: NewsRadio 104.7 FM | TuneIn Radio | Game by game: Mike Logan

Live Stats:
Twitter: @Friarshockey

Puck drop: 7 p.m. (Saturday) – Schneider Arena – Providence, RI
Television: NESN+ | Game by game: Mike Logan; Colour: Sonny Watrous

Stream: (Outside New England) | (Inside New England)

Radio: NewsRadio 104.7 FM | TuneIn Radio | Game by game: Mike Mancuso

Live statistics:
Twitter: @Friarshockey

Last outing

Parker Ford and Matt Koopman scored in 1:15 in the first half and Tyce Thompson added a third-period insurance goal as the No. 15 Providence College men’s hockey team beat Vermont, 3-1, Saturday night (Jan. 2) at Schneider Arena.

-Vermont’s Vlad Dzhioshvili scored early against the Friars 2:30 into the opening stanza. Assisted by Owen Grant and Jacques Bouquot. It was the first time Vermont had scored and held a season-long lead.

Parker Ford broke a Friars goal drought with the equalizer at 15:32 of the first period, firing a quick wrist shot under Harmon’s glove.

Matt Koopman followed 1:15 later on a rebound with what turned out to be the game-winning goal, giving the Friars a 2-1 lead. Craig Needham and Ben Mirageas got the assists.

-Both teams were scoreless in the middle and entered the second intermission at 2-1 in favor of the Brothers.

Tyce Thompson joined the scoring at 6:32 of the start of the final period and gave Providence a two-goal cushion at 3-1. Nick Fish slipped a backhand to Thompson cutting through the left circle and his quick release went through Harmon’s pads. Jason O’Neill also helped on the game.

-The Friars outshot the Catamounts in all three periods, including 20-5 in the final period to thwart a Vermont comeback attempt.

Jaxson Stauber recorded 20 saves for the night and improved on his impressive season totals to a 1.30 GAA and .946 save percentage.

Matt Tugnutt posted a record seven shots on goal.

– Shot attempts were 78-36 in favor of the Brothers.

World Juniors Success
– The 2021 World Junior Championship ended Tuesday evening with the United States, led by the head coach nate leaman, defeated previously undefeated Canada 2-0. Brothers Director of Hockey Operations Therese Festin became the first female member of a WJC coaching staff and the first to win a gold medal. Student-athletes Brett Berard and Patrick Moynihan had successful performances in the tournament as Berard had one goal, four assists and +8 rating while Moynihan contributed with two assists and +1 rating. They became the fourth and fifth members of the program to win a gold medal at the tournament.

Three current and future brothers drafted
Attackers Brett Berard and Hunt Yoder were both selected on Day 2 of the 2020 NHL Draft in October. Berard was selected by the New York Rangers in the fifth round (134th overall), while Yoder was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the sixth round (170th overall). Future brother Riley Duran was taken by the Boston Bruins in the sixth round (182nd overall).

Meet the new guys
Providence welcomed in an incoming class of seven for this season – four freshmen and three transfer student-athletes. The first year students are: Brett Berard, Nick Fish, Uula Ruikka and Hunt Yoder. Second year Jaxson Stauber is a transfer from Minnesota State, while Matt Tugnutt and Anton Martinsson are transfers from Sacred Heart and Alaska Fairbanks graduates, respectively.

A shorthanded weapon
Transfer graduate Matt Tugnutt is the nation’s active career leader in shorthanded goals with five.

Spread the points
Twenty-one different Brothers had at least one point last season. In six games in 2020-21, 13 players have scored at least one point.

Stauber supports the brothers
Since becoming eligible on December 13, Jaxson Stauber posted a 1.30 GAA and .946 save percentage in six games, stopping 141 of 149 shots.

Dominant KP
Providence ranks first nationally in shorthandedness with a 96.2% success rate at the start of the season (25 for 26).

Return of production
Providence ranks sixth in the nation with 84 goals this season. The 82% return goals rank fourth nationally. The Brothers also return 76% of their points from last season, which also ranks sixth.

youth movement
The Friars have the 10th youngest roster in the NCAA this season (average age of 21 years, 181 days). First-year student Brett Berard is the fifth-youngest player on an NCAA roster this year.

In search of seven
Providence holds the second-longest active NCAA appearance streak in the nation, having made its sixth straight tournament appearance in 2018-19. Denver leads the pack with 12 consecutive appearances.

Three is the magic number
The Brothers are 167-17-18 all-time under nate leaman by scoring three or more goals in a game.

After 40
The Brothers are 153-6-17 all-time under nate leaman when he holds a lead after two periods.

Discovering burrows
The Terriers will open their season this weekend against the Friars, becoming the last Hockey East team to return to play. Key comebacks include: David Farrence (14-29-43), Robert Mastrosimone (7-10-17), Domenick Fensore (3-13-16), Matthew Quercia (6-7-13), Jake Wise (2- 11-13), Case McCarthy (2-10-12) and Ethan Phillips (2-8-10). Newcomers Drew Commesso, Luke Tuch and Dylan Peterson were selected in the NHL Draft in October. Commesso and second Ashton Abel expect to fight for time between the pipes.

Series history against Boston University (PC runs 58-110-19, .361)
Providence is undefeated in the last three meetings (1-0-2), including a wild 6-5 victory over the Terriers on November 9, 2019. Friday marks the first game between the two teams at Walter Brown Arena since October 1 . 22, 2004.

For more updates on the Providence College Men’s Hockey Program, follow the team on Twitter @FriarsHockey.

Catherine J. Martinez