Both teams have won five games in a row heading into Friday night's showdown.
Saturday night's game will be televised on NESN
The No. 3 Friars will take on the No. 18 Terriers at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night.
The two-game series begina at 5:20 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25
Senior defensemen Kevin Hart and Steven Shamanski will serve as team captains.
2012-13: Played in all 38 games and registered six assists ... Led the team with a +17 plus-minus rating ... Also blocked 34 shots ... Played in his 100th career game in Providence's 2-2 tie at Maine (2/1) to, along with his father Randy Velischek, become the first father-son duo to each play 100-career games in a Friar uniform ... Tied his career high with two assists in PC's 3-2 win at UVM (11/2) ... Signed with the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) following the season and played in three games (0-1-1).
2011-12: Took part in the 2012 Pittsburgh Penguins Development Camp ... Played in 32 games and totaled seven assists ... Posted an assist in a 5-3 victory over No. 7 BU (10/14) ... Recorded one assist in a win over Vermont (11/5) ... Had one assist in a win at No. 1 Merrimack (12/3) ... Notched one assist in three consecutive games of the Hockey East Quarterfinal series vs. No. 7 UMass Lowell (3/8, 3/9, 3/11) ... Named to the 2012 Hockey East All-Academic Team.
2010-11: Played in nine games as a sophomore ... Totaled one goal and one assist for two points ... Scored one goal in a 3-3 tie versus Maine (12/3) ... Posted one assist in a win over Northeastern (10/8) ... Participated in the NHL prospect camp for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the summer of 2011.
2009-10: Played in all 34 games as a freshman ... Finished with 12 points on one goal and tied for third on the team with 11 assists ... Had three multiple-point games in wins over Bowling Green (10/23), UMass-Lowell (11/24) and Boston University (2/19) ... Scored a game-winning goal and notched an assist in the Friars' 4-2 victory over UMass-Lowell (11/24) ... Tallied two assists against Boston University (2/19) ... Earned Hockey East Rookie of the Week honors on 11/30 ... Shared the Rev. Herman Schneider Most Valuable Freshman Award.
BEFORE PROVIDENCE: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins - 2009 NHL Draft, 5th round, 123rd overall ... Played four years at Delbarton School ... Served as team captain for one season at Delbarton ... Finished with 16 goals, 35 assists and 51 points during his senior season ... Named First Team All-State in 2008 and 2009 ... Earned Second Team All-State honors in 2007 ... Named 2009 New Jersey State Player of the Year ... Helped his team to three state titles in four seasons ... Helped team set a state record in wins with 27 wins in 2008-2009 ... Earned Scholar Athlete Award in 2009 ... Also played for the USA U-17 team in 2006.
PERSONAL: Alex J. Velischek ... Born December 17, 1990 ... Son of Kathleen and Randy Velischek ... His father, Randy, is one of the top defensemen to ever play at Providence College ... Has one younger brother, Anders, and one younger sister, Abbey ... Political Science major.
CAREER STATS Year gp g a pts pen-pim ppg shg gwg
2012-13 38 0 6 6 19-38 0 0 0
2011-12 32 0 7 7 9-18 0 0 0 2010-11 9 1 1 2 1-2 0 0 0 2009-10 34 1 11 12 22-44 1 0 1 Total 113 2 25 27 51-102 1 0 1 CAREER HIGHS Goals: 1 (twice - last vs. Maine 12/3/10) Assists: 2 (3 times - last at UVM 11/2/12) Points: 2 (4 times - last at UVM 11/2/12)
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