The Friars cash in five times on the power play.
The best-of-three quarterfinal series begins on Friday, March 13 at Schneider Arena.
Nick Saracino notched his first career hat trick and the Friars hosted Drew Brown Night at Schneider Arena.
The Friars and Eagles are separated by two points in the Hockey East standings.
The Friars will play at home on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:00 p.m.
2014-15 Honors and Awards
• Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week (11/24)
• Hockey East Weekly Honor Roll (10/20)
2014-15: Played in five games, posting a 2.22 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage to go along with a 2-0-0 record ... Made his season debut in the exhibition game against the U.S. National U-18 Team (Oct. 16), making 38 saves in the 3-3 tie ... Made his regular-season debut at third-ranked North Dakota (Oct. 24) ... Recorded his first career shutout and first career Hockey East win in his first start of the season, making 29 saves in Providence's 1-0 win at New Hampshire (Nov. 22) ... Stopped 19 shots in PC's 5-3 win over Colorado College (Jan. 4) in his second start of the season ... Played the first 16:14 of the third period in Providence's 10-1 win over UConn (Feb. 7).
2013-14 Honors and Awards
• HEA Rookie of the Week (12/23)
• HEA Weekly Top Performer (12/31)
2013-14: Made his Friar debut in the 10-4 win over AIC (10/19) to earn his first career victory (made 20 saves) ... Named Hockey East Rookie of the Week (12/23) after making 19 saves in a 4-1 win at Army (12/20) ... Started four straight games (12/20 - 1/4) ... Made a career-high 30 saves versus Merrimack at Frozen Fenway (Jan. 4) to help the Friars to a 1-1 tie.
BEFORE PROVIDENCE: Played the 2012-13 season for the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL ... Posted a 12-12-4 record and a 3.41 goals against average in 37 games ... Made 1,065 saves on the year and recorded a .909 save percentage ... Led the Buccaneers in GAA, save percentage and total saves ... Prior to joining the Buccaneers, played in the NEPSIHA for the Pomfret School (Pomfret, Conn.).
PERSONAL: Nicholas T. Ellis ... Born January 18, 1994 ... Son of Russell and Bona Ellis ... Has an older brother, Chris, who attends Lehigh and plays club hockey ... Finance major.
Saves: 30 (1/4/14 vs. MC)
Goals Allowed: 4 (10/19/13 vs. AIC)
1. 11/22/14 at New Hampshire (W, 1-0; 29 saves)
75:58 (10/24/14 at UND - 1/4/15 vs. Colorado College)
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