Nov. 16, 2013
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The No. 5/6 Providence College men’s hockey team used goals from Ross Mauermann, Nick Saracino and Kevin Rooney and a shutout performance from Jon Gillies to record a 3-0 win at Gutterson Arena on Saturday night to complete a weekend sweep of the Catamounts.
With the shutout, Gillies, a sophomore, becomes Providence’s all-time leader in career shutouts with eight. Providence improves to 9-1-1 (5-1-0 HEA) on the season with the win, while Vermont is now 3-5-1 (2-4-0 HEA). With 10 points, the Friars currently sit atop the Hockey East standings.
After a scoreless first period, Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) got the Friars on the board at 5:59 of the second when he lifted a quick snapshot over Mike Santaguida’s shoulder at the near post for his 10th goal of the year. Sophomore Steven McParland (Schreiber, Ontario) created the chance when he checked a UVM defenseman in the near corner to jar the puck lose and then sent it to Mauermann.
The Friars continued to pressure in the offensive zone and less than a minute after Mauermann rang one off the post, he fed sophomore Saracino (St. Louis, Mo.) in the high slot, who fired a shot past Santaguida for his first goal of the season at 8:53.
The Friars took a 3-0 lead at 14:18 of the third when sophomore Rooney (Canton, Mass.) scored his first of the year by beating Santaguida high to the glove side. McParland and senior Kevin Hart (Cumberland, Maine) assisted on the play, giving McParland his second assist of the night.
All told, Gillies made 23 saves to earn his record-setting eighth career shutout in just his 45th-career start. Santaguida made 19 saves for the Catamounts. The Friars were 0-for-3 with the man advantage, while Vermont was 0-for-2 on the power play.
The Friars are home for a two-game series versus New Hampshire next weekend. Game one is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22 and will be televised locally on Cox Sports on OSN.
In his 45th start as a Friar, Jon Gillies became Providence’s all-time leader in career shutouts with eight, surpassing the seven career shutouts Tyler Sims had (2004-08) … With a goal and an assist, Ross Mauermann notched his sixth multi-point game of the season … Mauermann has at least a point in nine of Providence’s 11 games … There was a ceremonial puck drop preceding the game between Team IMPACT players Kevin Rich (Providence College) and Jack Lyman (Vermont) … Derek Army skated in his 121st consecutive game of his Friar career (he has played every game since arriving on campus) … Steven McParland notched two assists to move his season total to six, a single season career-high mark ... It was the first time (in five tries) the Friars earned consecutive wins at the Gutterson Fieldhouse on back-to-back nights.