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The turn of the calender year represents the start of the second half of the hockey season for college teams, as they begin to set their sights on postseason play. Brian Pinho, the Capitals’ sixth-round draft pick in 2013, may be finding the next level in his game at just the right time. The 22-year-old senior from Andover, Massachusetts, is certainly grabbing attention of Capitals scouts and management with his play of late.
Pinho, a 22-year old centerman for Providence College has been stepping up his game as of late, scoring two goals and two assists in just six games for the Month of December. He also ended the 2017 calendar year with MVP honors at the Three Rivers Classic, and was also named to the all-tournament team.
Pinho got off to a good start in 2018 as well. The 100th Captain in Friars history scored a goal and added an assist against Brown in the 32nd annual “Mayors Cup” on January 3. Pinho also became the 52nd Providence Friar to record 100 assists for the team.
“Brian’s second half of the game, he was really dominant. He was excellent against Robert Morris in the championship game (in PC’s win on Saturday),″ said Providence coach Nate Leaman. “It’s all about him getting his feet moving. When he’s moving his feet he’s pretty darn effective. He made a great play on his goal. A lot of poise there.″
Pinho now has eight goals and 10 assists in 21 games for the Friars this season. The Friars have 13 games remaining in the regular season, starting this Saturday, when they host Merrimack.
By Jon Sorensen