Friars and RedHawks battle in rematch from last March’s NCAA East semifinal.
The Friars cash in five times on the power play.
The Friars usher in the 2015-16 campaign on Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m.
Providence opens exhibition play on Saturday against Simon Fraser.
Saracino and Jankowski will serve as alternate captains in 2015-16.
Men's Ice Hockey defeats Nebraska-Omaha, 4-1 in Boston, Massachusetts; Credit: USA Today (USATSI)
2014-15 Honors and Awards
• Catamount Cup All-Tournament Team (12/29)
• 2x Hockey East Weekly Honor Roll (10/27, 2/9)
2014-15: Appeared in 40 games, recording career-high totals in goals (14), assists (24) and points (38) ... His 38 points and 24 assists led the team ... His 14 goals ranked third on the team, while his six power-play goals tied for first ... Scored a goal and added four assists for five points in NCAA play ... His +5 plus-minus ranking in the NCAA Tournament ranked second on the team and was the highest mark by a Friar forward ... In Hockey East play, tied for fourth in the League in power-play goals (4) and tied for eighth with nine (4-5-9) power-play points ... Played in both games of the Ohio State series (Oct. 10-11), scoring a goal in the season-opening game and adding an assist in game two ... Notched both goals in Providence's 2-2 tie at third-ranked North Dakota (Oct. 25), including scoring the game-tying goal at 19:21 of the third period ... Had a two-point weekend against Vermont, including a goal in Providence's 3-0 win (Nov. 14) and an assist in the Friars 2-1 loss (Nov. 15) ... Missed the Army game (Nov. 25) with a lower body injury ... Notched a pair of assists in Providence's 5-1 win at Northeastern (Dec. 3) to tie a career-high ... Had an assist on Trevor Mingoia's power-play goal versus Northeastern (Dec. 6), marking his 30th career assist ... Had an assist in Providence's 4-3 win over 13th-ranked Colgate (Dec. 9) ... Had a goal and an assist to help lead the Friars to the 2014 Catamount Cup title with a 3-0 win at No. 9/10 Vermont (Dec. 29) ... Had three assists in the sweep of Colorado College , including two in PC's 5-4 overtime win (Jan. 3) ... Had a power-play goal in PC's 3-2 overtime win over Brown (Jan. 9) ... Added an assist in game two of the Brown series (Jan. 10) ... Had a power-play goal and two assists in Providence's 7-3 win at UMass Lowell (Jan. 23), tying a career-high with three points ... Added an assist in PC's 4-1 win over UMass Lowell (Jan. 24) ... Had an assist in Providence's 3-2 loss at Boston College (Jan. 30) ... Added an assist in Providence's 2-2 tie at UConn (Feb. 4) ... Notched his first-career hat trick and added an assist for his first-career four-point game in Providence's 10-1 win over UConn (Feb. 7) ... Two of those three goals against UConn were power-play tallies ... Had a pair of assists in Providence's 3-2 overtime win against UMass, notching helpers on the game-tying and game-winning goals (Feb. 20) ... Had two goals to lead the Friars to a 5-2 win and a weekend sweep of Maine (Feb. 28) ... That regular-season finale marked his 100th-career game (151st Friar to skate in 100 games) ... He scored Providence's goal in the 2-1 overtime loss to New Hampshire in game three of the Hockey East Quarterfinals (March 14) ... Recorded two assists in Providence's 7-5 win over Miami in the NCAA East Regional Semifinal (March 28) ... Tallied two primary assists on the first two goals of a 4-1 win over Omaha in the Frozen Four Semifinal (April 9) and added an empty net goal.
2013-14 Honors and Awards
• 3x HEA Weekly Top Performer (11/18, 12/2, 12/9)
2013-14: Ranked second on the team in points with 28 on 10 goals and a team-best 18 assists ... Registered a season-high three points with one goal and two assists in a 5-4 win at UMass Lowell (1/24) ... Posted a career-long, nine-game point streak (3-7-10) from 11/9-12/29 ... Scored the game-winning goal at Maine in Providence's 4-2 win (2/28) ... Tallied a two-goal game against Maine (3/15) to help the Friars sweep the HE Quarterfinal series ... Had an assist in the Friars' 4-0 NCAA First Round win over Quinnipiac (3/28) ... Notched the lone Friar goal in the NCAA East Region Final against Union (3/29).
2012-13 Honors and Awards
• HEA Player of the Week (3/18)
• HEA Rookie of the Week (12/10, 2/11)
• HEA Weekly Top Performer (3/4)
2012-13: Took part in the 2013 New Jersey Devils Development Camp ... Played in 28 games ... Scored 11 goals and had seven assists for 18 points ... His 18 points tied for the fourth-most on the team, while his 11 goals ranked third ... Led the Friars with six power-play goals ... Tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals ... Helped Providence defeat seventh-ranked UNH (3/15-17) in the Hockey East Quarterfinals, two games to one, with four goals and an assist in the series ... Had the game-winning goal in each Friar win in that home playoff series versus the Wildcats en route to being named the Hockey East Player of the Week ... Missed the first nine games with an injury prior to making his debut at UMass (11/9) ... Registered his first career point by scoring the game-tying goal with 11 seconds to play in the third period against second-ranked Boston College (12/7) as PC and BC skated to a 3-3 tie ... Notched his first career assist at UMass (1/11) in Providence's 5-4 win ... His first multi-point game came at third-ranked UNH (1/19) when he netted a goal and an assist to lead the Friars to their first win, 6-5, at the Whittemore Center since 2004 ... Had two goals and an assist at No. 4/5 UNH (2/10) to help the Friars to a 3-3 tie ... His other three -point game came in game one of the Hockey East Quarterfinals, when he had two goals and an assist to help the Friars to the 3-2 series opening win ... Saracino finished the year with seven goals and three assists in six games versus UNH and he had a goal in all three games he played against BC ... Finished the season with a +8 plus-minus rating.
BEFORE PROVIDENCE: Played for the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders of the USHL for two seasons and served as an assistant captain in his final season ... Amassed 20 goals, 53 assists and 73 points in 99 career games at Cedar Rapids ... Helped Cedar Rapids win the 2011 Anderson Cup ... Also played for the St. Louis Jr. Blues, which captured the 2010 Tier III Junior A national championship ... Attended Christan Brothers College High School where he played hockey and lacrosse.
PERSONAL: Nick S. Saracino ... Born February 20, 1992 ... Son of Chris and Joan Saracino ... Has an older brother, Chris, and a younger brother, John Paul ... Also has a younger sister, Natalie ... His brother, Chris, played hockey at RIT ... Accounting major.
Goals: 3 (2/7/15 vs. UConn)
Assists: 2 (8 times - 4/9/15 vs. Omaha)
Points: 4 (2/7/15 vs. UConn)
Point Streak: 9 games (11/15/13 - 12/29/13); 3-7-10
Goal Streak: 3 games (3/15/13 - 3/17/13); 4-1-5
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