I'm not sure even I believe what is currently going on in Providence: the Friars are suddenly in the midst of a 3 game winning streak. With road games at UMASS and Maine in the horizon, that streak might not last the weekend, but it's a welcome change from the awfulness of the first half of the season. It's difficult to pin point why this is happening: the Friar's offense was awful in the first half of the season, but they've scored 4 goals against Brown, UML and BU. I bring this up because the obvious answer to why the Friars are suddenly hot is the arrival of new goalie Alex Beaudry. While Mr. Beaudry's play in net has been a welcome upgrade, it doesn't explain why the offense can suddenly score goals. Even the power play has shown a marked improvement.
So how does a team go from being god awful to the point where they can beat the number two team in the country on the road? I wish I knew. The last two games have a been a wonderful surprise, but I'm almost too shocked to be optimistic! Suddenly, PC has a decent chance of playing their way out of the Hockey East basement. They might even sneak into 8th place.
(of course, they probably won't. Pessimism dies hard.)