Friars and RedHawks battle in rematch from last March’s NCAA East semifinal.
The Friars usher in the 2015-16 campaign on Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m.
Both games of the series will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network.
Nick Saracino notched his first career hat trick and the Friars hosted Drew Brown Night at Schneider Arena.
Ross Mauermann and Brooks Behling scored for the Friars.
2014-15: Missed the season to fight Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer ... Joined the team for several games throughout the season, including Providence's 10-1 win over UConn (2/7), which was "Drew Brown Night," a fundraiser coordinated by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee ... Joined the team for the NCAA Championship run ... Skated for the first time since his diagnosis at the TD Garden (Boston, Mass.) during the 2015 Frozen Four:
2013-14: Made his season debut against Boston University (11/2) and registered an assist ... Scored a goal in Providence's 3-2 Mayor's Cup win over Brown (11/30) ... Had a season-high two assists in a 5-4 come-from-behind win against UMass Lowell (1/24) ... Collected the lone assist on the Friar goal in the HE Semifinal game versus New Hampshire (3/21).
2012-13 Honors and Awards
• HEA Weekly Top Performer (12/3)
2012-13: Played in 21 games, scoring four goals and adding four assists for eight points ... Two of his four goals came on the power play ... His four goals tied his season-high total ... Had a goal and an assist in Providence's 3-2 win over Maine (10/26) and in PC's 3-2 win at Merrimack (11/30) ... The Friars were 4-0-0 on the year when Brown scored a goal and 5-0-1 when he registered at least one point.
2011-12: Played in all 38 games during his freshman season ... Recorded four goals and 14 assists for 18 points ... Scored one goal in his debut, a win over No. 7 Boston University (10/14) ... Posted one assist in back-to-back wins over Vermont (11/4 - 11/5) ... Scored one goal in a win versus Alabama-Huntsville (11/11) ... Posted two goals and added one assist in a win at No. 1 Merrimack (12/3) ... Notched one assist at UNH (2/3) ... Recorded two assists in a win over No. 12 Maine (2/10) ... Had two assists in game one of the Hockey East Quarterfinals versus No. 7 UMass Lowell (3/8).
BEFORE PROVIDENCE: Played hockey and baseball at Kent School (Conn.) for two years ... Served as captain at Kent School as a senior and helped the team to consecutive Founders League titles and Avon Tournament crowns ... Led Kent School to the finals of the New England prep school tournament in 2011 ... Finished second on the team with 51 points (22 goals, 29 assists) in 27 games in 2010-11 ... Also played at Chelsea High School (Mich.) prior to Kent School ... Was team captain at Chelsea and was named Ann Arbor News Hockey Player of the Year ... Finished with 92 points (57 goals, 35 assists) in 27 games during the 2008-09 season ... Earned All-State honors twice while at Chelsea.
PERSONAL: Andrew L. Brown ... Born April 28, 1992 ... Son of Duke and Sandy Brown ... Has one younger sister, Nicole ... Marketing major.
CAREER HIGHS Goals: 2 (at Merrimack 12/3/11) Assists: 2 (three times - last vs. UMass Lowell 2/24/14) Points: 3 (at Merrimack 12/3/11)
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