Puck drop is finally here Providence College Friars fans. After a series of COVID-19 related schedule changes the Friars are ready to open their 2020-21 season. PC will take on the Boston College Eagles tonight at 6 p.m. ET at the Conte Forum located in Chestnut Hill. This will be the first game in a home-and-home that will be completed on Saturday at Providence.
The Friars come into the game ranked 11th in the nation while the Eagles are ranked 2nd. BC has already played two games this year, both non-conference, and has a perfect 2-0 record. Both of Boston’s wins came against UMass last weekend.
Providence comes into this season having eight of their top nine scorers from 2019 return. That loan top nine scorer that did leave was Jack Dugan however. Last season the forward scored 10 goals and tallied 42 assists for a total of 52 points in just 34 games played. Last season Dugan won Hockey East Player of the Week three times, player of the month, First Team Hockey East All-Star, First Team CCM All-American, and was Hobey Baker Top-10 finalist. Dugan signed a two-year entry-level deal with the Vegas Golden Knights back in July.
That being said this is still a potent Friar attack headed by Tyce Thompson and Greg Printz. Last season Thompson finished third in the NCAA scoring race with 19 goals. Thompson also tallied 25 assists for a total of 44 points. As for Printz, the senior scored 15 goals and tallied 12 assists for 27 points. Providence will likely look to sophomore Patrick Moynihan to step up after scoring 13 goals in his freshman season. Another solid returning piece is defenseman Michael Callahan who had a 28-point season en-route to a First Team Hockey East All-Star.
In-between the pipes the Friars have a question mark. Gone is Michael Lackey who signed a deal with the Orlando Solar Bears in July. Last season Lackey posted a 16-12-6 record and had a 2.18 goals-against average and a save percentage of .922. The Friars will have a goaltending battle of sorts with senior Gabe Mollot-Hill, graduate transfer Anton Martinsson, and sophomore transfer Jaxson Stauber. Last season Lackey played over 2,000 minutes with back-up goalie Mollot-Hill only appearing in two games with 36:52 minutes of ice time. In that action he conceded one goals on eight shots, an .875 save percentage.
Last season the series with the Eagles was split with both road teams actually winning last year. PC won at Boston 6-2 on October 25th and the Eagles won 3-2 on November 2nd. In fact, the two schools have split the last six meetings dating back to March of 2019
Tonight’s game will be broadcasted on NESN for television and on NewsRadio 104.7 FM for radio.
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