Series preview: Providence
WHO: No. 11 Providence Friars (22-12-5) at Miami RedHawks (9-20-7)
WHEN: Friday–7:35 p.m.; Saturday–7:05 p.m.
WHERE: Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio.
NOTES: These teams split in Rhode Island last season, and Providence holds a 7-5-3 all-time edge.
And though it was 2½ years ago, the most memorable meeting between MU and PC came in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, when Providence held on for a 7-5 win, fending off Miami’s late comeback attempt.
Providence qualified for the NCAAs for the fourth straight season in 2016-17, a stretch that includes a national championship.
Six Friars have graduated from last season, and PC has eight freshmen.
Brian Pinho returns for his final season after leading the Friars in points with 40, including 28 assists. Junior Eric Foley, who scored 15 goals and dished for 19 assists, is also back for Providence.
Josh Wilkins is PC’s other returning skater with 30-plus points, as he went 13-18-31 in 2016-17.
Hayden Hawkey – could one pick a better name for a New England goaltender if one tried? – finished with a 2.19 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.
Miami went 0-9-1 to finish last season in its second 10-game winless streak of the campaign.
The RedHawks were held to 42 shots in these teams’ weekend series to open 2016-17.