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Matchup: No. 14 Providence (4-2-1, 2-0-1 HEA) vs. No. 5 UMass (5-1-1, 1-1-0 HEA)
Faceoff: 7 PM (Fri.) – Schneider Arena – Providence, R.I.
TV: NESN | U.S. Stream: ESPN+ | Play-by-play: Kevin Gehl, Color: Sonny Watrous

International Stream: Stretch Internet
Radio: NewsRadio 104.7 FM | Varsity Network App | Play-by-play: Mike Logan

Live Stats:
Twitter: @Friarshockey

Matchup: No. 14 Providence (4-2-1, 2-0-1 HEA) vs. No. 5 UMass (5-1-1, 1-1-0 HEA)
Faceoff: 7 PM (Sat.) – Mullins Center – Providence, R.I.
U.S. Stream: ESPN+ |
International Stream: Stretch Internet
Radio: NewsRadio 104.7 FM | Varsity Network App | Play-by-play: Mike Logan

Live Stats:
Twitter: @Friarshockey

Last Time Out…

– Freshman Jaroslav Chmelar scored twice and Philip Svedebäck stopped 23-of-24 shots as the No. 13 Providence College men’s hockey team downed New Hampshire, 3-1, on Saturday night at Schneider Arena.
– Neither team generated much offensively through the opening period as the opening 16-plus minutes remained scoreless.
– The Friars struck first as senior Craig Needham forced a turnover and beat Fessenden with a shot under the blocker for his second goal of the weekend to give the Friars a 1-0 lead.
– The teams went through the middle period scoreless, with each team having one power play opportunity.
– Chmelar extended the Friar lead to 2-0 with his third goal of the season after ringing a shot off the post and in past Fessenden. Brett Berard and Taige Harding earned the assists.
– UNH responded at 8:23 of the third period to cut the deficit to 2-1 on a goal from Damien Carfagna, who’s point shot deflected off a Friar defenseman and past Svedebäck.
– Key shot blocks in the final minutes by Riley Duran and Chase Yoder gave the Friars a chance at the empty net and Chmelar finished things off with his second of the night and fourth of the season to cap the win for Providence.
– The Friars blocked a season-high 17 shots on Saturday.
– Chmelar now has three goals in his last three games.
– Providence improves to 3-0-0 on home ice this season.

Eighteen Current, Former and Future Friars Appear in NHL Development Camps

The Friars boasted 18 past, present and future players that appeared in NHL Development Camps back in July. Brady Berard* (NYR), Brett Berard (NYR), Michael Callahan (BOS), Max Crozier (TB), Riley Duran (BOS), Jamie Engelbert* (BOS), Taige Harding (CHI), Connor Kelley (CHI), Clint Levens* (PHI), Patrick Moynihan (NJ), Kohen Olischefski* (BUF), Nick Poisson* (VGK), Guillaume Richard (CBJ), Austin Roden* (ARZ), Jaxson Stauber (CHI), Philip Svedebäck (BOS), Tyce Thompson (NJ), Chase Yoder (PIT). * – camp invitee

Moyni On The Man-Up

Senior Patrick Moynihan is second among all active NCAA players with 21 career power-play goals, including a game-winning markers on the power play against Sacred Heart, Clarkson and Northeastern. Moynihan’s three game-winning goals are second in the NCAA and match his previous total over a combined 89 career games entering the 2022-23 season.

Crozier and Ford Named Captains

The Friars anointed seniors Max Crozier and Parker Ford as the team’s co-captains for the 2022-23 season. Both players were alternate captains last season.

NEED-ed Him

Senior Craig Needham scored his first goal since Oct. 2, 2021 against UNH last Friday and added another goal on Saturday for his first-career two-game goal streak.

Harding Earns Hockey East Accolades

Sophomore Taige Harding was named Hockey East Defender of the Week on Oct. 31 after posting two assists, two blocked shots and a +5 rating over two games against UNH.

Young Bucks

Providence ices the sixth youngest roster in the NCAA with an average age of 21.1 years and has a combined 16 first and second year players out of a 29-player roster.

In The Show

Eight former Friars appeared on NHL opening night rosters: Noel Acciari (STL), Jacob Bryson (BUF), Vincent Desharnais (EDM), Brandon Duhaime (MIN), Kevin Rooney (CGY), Brandon Tanev (SEA), Tyce Thompson (NJ) and Jake Walman (DET).

Friars at the 2022 World Junior Championships

In addition to Nate Leaman and Theresa Feaster being a part of the U.S. National Junior team staff,  junior Brett Berard and sophomore Riley Duran each participated in the tournament for the U.S. Freshman Jaroslav Chmelar appeared in three games for Team Czechia.

Three is the Magic Number

The Friars are 195-20-20 all-time under Nate Leaman when scoring three or more goals in a game.

After 40

The Friars are 178-7-18 all-time under Nate Leaman when holding a lead after two periods.

Series History vs. UMass (PC leads 49-34-8, .582)

The Friars and Minutemen kick-off the first of three meetings with the home-and-home series beginning Providence on Friday night. The teams will play Saturday night at the Mullins Center and again on Feb. 3 in Providence. UMass has held the advantage in recent years, holding a 9-2-2 record against the Friars dating back to 2018. The Minutemen claimed three of four meetings last season, including a 4-2 win in the Hockey East Quarterfinals on March 12.

Scouting the Minutemen…

UMass enters the weekend at 5-1-1 overall after suffering its first setback of the season last Saturday at Merrimack by a score of 2-1 in overtime. Reigning Hockey East Rookie of the Month Kenny Connors leads the team in scoring with three goals and six assists through seven games. Sophomore defenseman Scott Morrow follows up with eight points on four goals and four assists, while Reed Lebster, Lucas Mercuri and Ryan Ufko all have posted seven points. UMass’ power play checks in at 47.4% (9/19) which leads the NCAA. The Minutemen also rank second in scoring defense (1.29) and the penalty kill at 95.5% (21/22). In goal, sophomore Luke Pavicich is 4-0-1 with a 1.41 GAA and .956 save percentage in five games played. Arizona State transfer Cole Brady is 1-1-0 with a 0.97 GAA and .970 save percentage over two starts.

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

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