SERIES FINALES AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY FRIDAY, VS. PROVIDENCE AT HOME ON SATURDAY
• In its final split weekend of the year, the Mass Attack will play at #1 Boston University on Friday night before hosting Providence on Saturday in the Mullins Center, the season finale in each series. UMass is 0-1-1 against the Terriers and holds the same mark against the Friars after battling to a 4-4 tie in Providence with a last minute goal by Danny Hobbs on Jan. 5.
• Since December, UMass has gone 5-5-2 leading into the weekend with three wins against Top-20 teams. The Minutemen will be looking to snap a four-game skid after a pair of tough one-goal losses last weekend at Northeastern and home vs. Merrimack.
• On Friday night UMass will in search of its second win of the season over the top-ranked team in the country, having defeated then-No. 1 Boston College back on Nov. 5 at home, 4-2. In the modern era, UMass is 3-13-1 against team’s ranked No. 1, one of the three coming vs. BU by a 5-1 margin on Nov. 14, 2008.
• Friday’s game will be carried on the Flagship Station of UMass Athletics, 100.9 FM KIX and Saturday’s game can be heard on SportsJuice.com and will be joined in progress on WMUA 91.1 FM following the conclusion of the women’s basketball broadcast, with John Hennessy calling the play-by-play and Brock Hines providing color commentary. The pregame show for both games will begin 30 minutes prior to the opening face-off. Links for streaming video, audio, and live stats can be found at UMassAthletics.com.
• Selected home games throughout the season will be televised on CBS3 Now. Streaming video is also available through UMass All-Access (www.umassathletics.com/allaccess). This is a for-fee service which works best on high-speed internet. All home games will be available through the package.
The Series With Boston University
• UMass is 9-50-5 all-time against Boston University including going 0-1-1 in 2011-12 with the last contest resulting in a 4-5 overtime loss for the Minutemen. The one tie aganst the Terriers came earlier this season when the two squads were knotted at 2-2 after the overtime stanza.
• UMass and BU have gone to overtime in four out of the past five meetings. The Minutemen are 0-2-2 in that stretch when playing an extra frame.
• The Minutemen last defeated the Terriers on Oct. 16, 2009. The 5-1 win on Nov. 14, 2008 marked the 2nd time UMass had ever defeated a team ranked No. 1 in the country.
The Series With Providence
• UMass is 21-34-6 all-time against Providence after going 0-1-1 through two contests thus far in 2012. The last matchup between the Friars and the Minutemen resulted in a 4-4 overtime tie on Jan. 5.
• Derek Army scored a pair of goals against UMass in the first meeting between the two teams this year as the Friars won 6-4 in Providence on Oct. 15. In the second meeting this season, UMass came away with a 4-4 tie as Conor Sheary, Michael Marcou, Patrick Kiley, and Danny Hobbs all netted a score for the Minutemen. Kiley’s snipe was the first of his career.
Up Next: Maine
• UMass will travel to Maine next weekend for a pair against the Black Bears who are currently ranked No. 12 in the latest polls. The Minutemen are 0-1-1 against Maine this season, 16-41-7 all-time. The teams met in Amherst on Nov. 18 and played to a 2-2 tie and also squared off in an non-conference matchup in the Florida Everblades Classic championship game that saw the Black Bears come away with a 5-2 victory on Dec. 30.
STORY LINES: Boston University / Providence
• UMass has now won the season series against the both Vermont and Boston College and will be looking to secure grab the season’s firs victory over Boston University and Providence this weekend.
• In Hockey East, UMass is one of three teams to have four defensemen in the top-25 in defensemen scoring. Joel Hanley (7th, 3-14-17), Michael Marcou (12th, 5-9-14), Conor Allen (18th, 7-4-11) and Colin Shea (23rd, 2-8-10) have combined for 52 points, second to only Merrimack’s Karl Stollery, Brendan Ellis, Jordan Heywood, and Kyle Bigos’ combined 63 points.
• The Minutemen are 4-for-11 on the power play over the past four games, including going 1-for-4 in both contests last weekend.
• UMass’ 7-2-3 record at home this year marks UMass’ best home start since going 9-1-2 in 2006-07 ... UMass’ best home record for a season was 13-2-0 in 1993-94 (11-0-0 home start) which was the program’s first year after being dormant since 1979.
• With five of its final eight regular season games on the docket against ranked foes, UMass is 4-5-1 against top-20 teams this season.
• Michael Peireira has tallied two goals and one assist over the past four games for four points, including a pair of scores in the 4-3 OT loss at Northeastern on Feb. 3. That marks the second multi-goal game of the sophomore’s career, and first this season.
• Joel Hanley collected four points in the setbacks at Northeastern and against Merrimack lats weekend. The forward notched a goal and three assists, including adding two helpers on Friday in the OT loss against the Huskies, marking his seventh career multi-point venture and fourth this season.
•When allowing 4 or more goals this year, UMass is 0-11-1, however, when cutting that to 3-or-fewer, UMass is 9-1-3.
• Holding a lead or being tied after 2 periods has also been a good omen for UMass this year as the Minutemen are 9-2-3 (0-10-1 when trailing).
• The crowd of 38,456 to watch Frozen Fenway 2012 was the largest in program history for a single-game ... The attendance was also the largest for any UMass sporting event this season – surpassing the 30,176 for UMass football game at Boston College – and the most for any event since UMass played football at Michigan (110,187) ... The all-time attendance record for a UMass hockey game was 17,565 set twice against New Hampshire in the 2003 and 2004 Hockey East Tournaments at the TD Garden in Boston.
• Conor Allen posted 3 goals and 1 assist in the pair of wins over Holy Cross and Northeastern with a +3 rating. He became just the 3rd defenseman in UMass’ Division I history to score a hat trick with all three of his goals coming vs. Holy Cross.
• The line of T.J. Syner, Michael Pereira and Danny Hobbs combined for 10 points (4g, 6a) in the win over Bentley. All told for the Bentley/Providence weekend, the trio tallied 16 points (6g, 10a).