PC hockey team enters NCAA Tournament hosted at ‘The Dunk’
Just like in 2015, the Providence College Hockey Friars will begin their NCAA Tournament run from Providence.
PC has made “The Big Dance” for the fourth straight season.
"If you look at the big picture, it means we have a program. We don't have a team. That's the big picture of making it for years straight,” said PC head coach Nate Leaman. ”I read yesterday that they're only three other programs in the country that I've done it for years straight.”
"It's huge for us, getting four years in a row, obviously with our senior class, those guys have done a lot to pave the way for the rest of us. We are just looking forward to getting out there and showing what we got," said PC goalie Hayden Hawkey.
This year's regional will be played at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence. The guys are happy they will not have to travel too far.
“It's big for us not having to travel,” said Hawkey. “Playing in your home city is always big no matter what. Even though it's not here at Schneider, just being in Providence is nice,"
Leaman shared similar sentiments.
"With this team -- and a young team -- I think it will help our confidence a little bit," said Leaman.
The Friars will have their hands full come Friday, as top-seeded Harvard will be in town.
But that’s not discouraging them.
"We love being the underdog. I think everyone is kind of sleeping on us right now and that's big for us because we know what we got in the room and that's all that matters for us,” said Hawkey.
"I think we play our best when we play like underdogs because we do a better job of playing together and doing the little things well," said Leaman.
The puck will drop on Friday at 4 p.m.