The Friars and Wildcats are meeting for the first time since the 2014 Hockey East Championship Semifinals.
Trevor Mingoia scored for the Friars.
Shane Luke scored the game winner and Jon Gillies had 27 saves to earn the shutout.
The Friars will play back-to-back home games for the first time this season.
Jon Gillies made 33 saves for the Friars.
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: 2 (twice - last vs. UNH 3/15/13)
Assists: 2 (3 times - last vs. UML 1/24/14)
Points: 3 (3 times - last vs. UML 1/24/14)
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