Men's Hockey Back In Action At No. 14 Minnesota State

    Senior goalie Russ Stein

    Senior goalie Russ Stein

    Jan. 2, 2013

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    FOR STARTERS
                                    
    The Friars return from break with a weekend series at No. 14 Minnesota State (Jan. 4-5). It will be the final two non-conference games of the year for the Friars.

    TALKING POINTS                               
    •  Providence and Minnesota State will meet for the first time since Oct. 17-18, 2003 and just the fifth and sixth times overall.
    •  The Friars carry a 4-0-0 all-time record versus Minnesota State into the weekend series.
    •  PC closed December with back-to-back home ties versus Hockey East opponents No. 2 Boston College (3-3 on Dec. 7) and Vermont (4-4 on Dec. 20).
    •  The Friars return to the state of Minnesota for the first time since the 2010-11 season, when they dropped a weekend series at Minnesota Duluth (Oct. 15-16, 2010).
    •  Friar freshman goalie Jon Gillies is part of the U.S. National Junior Team, which is competing for the 2013 Junior World Championship in Ufa, Russia. Before leaving to be with Team USA, Gillies had started the Friars' first 15 games of the season.
    •  Senior Russ Stein made his first career start versus Vermont (Dec. 20) and made a career-high 28 saves in the 4-4 tie.
    •  Senior Tim Schaller carries a four-game point scoring streak (2-4-6) into the Minnesota State series.
    •  Minnesota State most recently captured the UConn Hockey Classic on Dec. 30 and has won nine of its last 10 games.

    FOLLOW THE FRIARS                            
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    SERIES HISTORY                                           
    Entering the weekend, Providence and Minnesota State have only played four times. The Friars have posted a 4-0-0 record in those games, including two wins at Schneider Arena (5-1 on 10/18/02 & 5-3 on 10/19/02) and two wins at what was then called the Midwest Wireless Civic Center (2-1 on 10/17/03 and 5-3 on 10/18/03).
    •  The Friars are averaging 4.25 goals per game against the Mavericks.
    •  In PC's most recent win versus Minnesota State (10/18/03), then freshman Chase Watson scored two goals, including the game winner, to lead the Friars to the win.  

    SCOUTING THE MAVERICKS                                         
    •  Minnesota State (12-6-2, 8-6-0 WCHA) most recently captured the 20th annual UConn Hockey Classic on Dec. 30 with a 3-1 win over the host Huskies. On Dec. 29, MSU downed Brown, 3-1, to advance to the championship game.
    •  Junior forward Johnny McInnis led the Mavericks to the win in the championship game with a pair of goals. He was named the Tournament MVP.
    •  Minnesota has won nine of its last 10 games and are 4-0-2 in non-conference games this season.
    •  Sophomore forward Matt Leitner leads the team with 22 points and 17 assists.  
    •  Senior forward Eriah Hayes and junior forward Johnny McInnis are tied for the team lead with 10 goals on the year.
    •  Nine Mavericks enter the 2013 portion of the season with at least 10 points.
    •  In net, freshman Stephon Williams has played 14 games and posted a .924 save percentage and a 1.18 goals against average to go with a 9-4-1 record.
    •  Senior Phil Cook has played in eight games (3-2-1) and posted a .883 save percentage and a 3.39 goals against average.  

    THE ROAD AHEAD                                
    With the Minnesota State series representing Providence's last non-conference games of the seaon, the Friars head into the stretch run of the Hockey East play when they return from Minnesota. Next weekend (Jan. 11-12), PC closes out its season series versus UMass with a home-and-home set with the Minutemen.

    LAST TIME OUT: PROVIDENCE TIES VERMONT 4-4                           
    The Friars tied UVM, 4-4, on Dec. 20 at Schneider Arena to close out the 2012 portion of its schedule. Senior goalie Russ Stein made 28 saves in his first career start and four different Friars found the back of the net. With the tie, Providence closed the season series with the Catamounts at 1-1-1. In the Catamount net, Brody Hoffman made 32 saves, including four in overtime to preserve the tie.
    •  Steven McParland netted Providence's first short-handed goal of the year.
    •  Tim Schaller has a four-game point scoring streak (2-4-6).
    •  Senior Russ Stein made his first career start, recorded his third career appearance and a career high 28 saves.
    •  The Friars have now played five overtime games this season, including two in a row (they are 1-1-3 in the five overtime games).
    •  The Friars allowed an opponent to score first for the eighth time this season but battled back for a tie (now 1-6-1 on the year when an opponent scores first).
    •  Jon Gillies' streak of 15 consecutive starts was broken due to his U.S. World Junior Team participation.

    GILLIES PART OF TEAM USA For 2013 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS             
    USA Hockey named Jon Gillies to its 2013 U.S. National Junior Team, which has been competing for the Junior World Championship in Ufa, Russia.
    • Gillies was one of three goalies named to the team and one of three Hockey East players who made the squad, joining Boston University defenseman Matt Grzelcyk and Boston College forward John Gaudreau.
    •  Players selected to the preliminary roster participated in a training camp, Dec. 16-18, at the New York Rangers' Madison Square Garden Training Center in Tarrytown, N.Y.
    •  The camp then moved to Helsinki, Finland, from Dec. 19-23.
    •  The 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship then began play in Ufa, Russia, on Dec. 26, 2012 (final game is slated for Jan. 5, 2013).
    •  In their first game, Gillies and Team USA downed Germany, 8-0, on Dec. 27. Gillies played the third period and stopped all seven shots he faced.
    •  The U.S. then lost to Russia (2-1 on Dec. 28) and Canada (2-1 on Dec. 30)before beating Slovakia on Dec. 31 (9-3). Gillies dressed as John Gibson's backup for each of those games.
    •  In the quarterfinals, the U.S. downed the Czech Republic, 7-0 (Jan. 2) with Gillies again dressing as the lone backup.
    •  The U.S. will face Canada in the semifinals on Thursday, Jan. 3.

    SCHALLER NAMED HOCKEY EAST CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK                
    Following a two-assist performance against Vermont on Dec. 20, senior Tim Schaller was named the Hockey East Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 24.
    •  Schaller now has an active four-game point streak (2-4-6) and has nine points on four goals and five assists this season.
    •  Schaller joins Derek Army (North Kingstown, R.I.) as Friars who have earned Hockey East Player of the Week honors this season (Army earned his award on Nov. 19).

    ROAD WINS                                    
    Providence followed up a 7-0 win at Brown in the 27th annual Mayor's Cup on Nov. 24, with an overtime win at Merrimack on Nov. 30 to give PC back-to-back road wins for the first time since sweeping a series at Alabama-Huntsville on Nov. 12-13, 2010 (W, 3-1 | W, 4-2).

    GILLIES TO TERRERI: FRESHMAN SHUTOUTS                        
    Jon Gillies posted his second shutout of the season with Providence's 7-0 win over Brown on Saturday, Nov. 24 in the 27th annual Mayor's Cup. He posted his first career shutout on Oct. 27 with a 3-0 win over Maine. With the pair of shutouts, Gillies became the first Friar goalie to post two shutouts in his freshman season in almost 30 years. Former Friar great Chris Terreri '86 was the last freshman to do so when he blanked Alaska (8-0 on Nov. 3, 1982) and Brown (8-0 on Feb. 12, 1983) during his freshman season.

    OVERTIME TIM                                    
    Senior Tim Schaller scored the game-winning goal with 37 seconds to play in overtime to lift the Friars to a 3-2 win at Merrimack on Nov. 30.
    •  It was Providence's first overtime road win since Jan. 13, 2006 when the Friars won 3-2 at UMass Lowell on a Colin McDonald game winner.
    •  It was Schaller's fifth career game-winning goal and he became the seventh Friar to score a game winner this season.
    •  It was also the first overtime game-winning goal scored by a Friar since Dec. 2, 2011, when Ross Mauermann's overtime tally helped Providence down then top-ranked Merrimack, 2-1.
    •  Schaller's goal handed Merrimack its first home overtime loss at Lawler Arena since Halloween night in 2008, when Merrimack was defeated by Boston College.

    CAREER DAYS FROM HART & GILLIES RETURNS MAYOR'S CUP TO FRIARTOWN        
    With a 7-0 win at Brown on Nov. 24, the Friars claimed the Mayor's Cup in outright fashion for the first time since Nov. 17, 2009 (at PC 4, Brown 3). With the win, the Friars improved to 15-9-3 in Mayor's Cup games and to 45-44-3 all-time versus cross-town rival Brown.
    •  Jon Gillies posted a career-high 35 saves to record his second shutout of the season (most saves by a PC goalie since Feb. 12, 2011 when Alex Beaudry posted 42 saves in a 3-3 tie at UMass).
    •  Gillies became the first Friar goalie to post a shutout at Brown's Meehan Auditorium.
    •  Seven different Friars scored Providence's seven goals versus Brown, including freshman Tom Parisi netting his first career goal (Kevin Rooney also notched an assist for his first career point).
    •  Kevin Hart had a goal and three assists versus the Bears (his previous career high for points in a game was a two assist effort versus Merrimack last season).
    •  The Friar power play went 3-for-7, marking the first three power-play goal game for the Friars since going 5-for-14 in a 6-1 win over then No. 1 Merrimack on Dec. 3, 2011.

    HAT TRICK HERO                            
    On Friday, Nov. 16, junior Derek Army netted his first career hat trick to lead the Friars past Northeastern, 6-2.
    •  In addition to becoming the first Hockey East player to register a hat trick, Army became the first Friar to score three goals in a game since Tim Schaller did so on Nov. 4, 2011 (vs. Vermont).
    •  It marked the 12th Friar hat trick since the 2000-01 season.
    • For his efforts, Army was named the Hockey East Association's Athletic Republic Co-Player of the Week, it was announced by the conference on Monday, Nov. 19.
    •  Army became the first Friar to earn Hockey East Player of the Week honors this season. Schaller was the last Providence player to earn the honor (Feb. 13, 2012).

    BALANCED ATTACK                        
    Never more evident than in Providence's 7-0 win over Brown, when seven different Friars scored, offense has come from all across the Friar lineup. Seventeen different Friars have now scored at least one goal this season, which ranks tied with Merrimack and Vermont for the most in Hockey East.
    •  19 Friars have at least one assist.
    •  21 Friars have at least one point.
    •  Seven Friars have scored the Providence's seven game-winning goals this season.  

    FRIAR FRESHMEN                                   
    The young Friar roster includes 13 freshmen and five sophomores.
    • 18 of 28 players on the 2012-13 Friar roster are freshmen or sophomores (64 percent).
    •  As of Nov. 9, the average age of all the players on the Friar roster was just over 21 years old.
    •  The freshmen and sophomores have combined for 72 of Providence's 130 points this season (55 percent) and have netted 33 of the team's 47 goals (70 percent).

    SIGN `EM UP                            
    Head coach Nate Leaman announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent (NLI's) during the early signing period, including defensemen Anthony Florentino and Kyle McKenzie as well as goaltender Nick Ellis.
    •  Florentino is a 6'2, 205-pound defenseman from West Roxbury, Mass., who plays for the South Kent School of the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association (NEPSIHA).
    •  McKenzie is a 6'0, 190-pound defenseman for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League (USHL) and is a native of Aston, Pa.
    •  Ellis is a goaltender currently playing for the Des Moines Buccaneers, also of the USHL. Last season, the 6'0 goalie played for the Pomfret School in Connecticut, which also plays in the NEPSIHA. He is a native of Millersville, Md.

    CENTURY MARK FOR SCHALLER & HARVEY
    Senior forward Tim Schaller played his 100th career game in Providence's 3-2 win at Vermont on Nov. 3, becoming the first member of the class of 2013 to play in 100 games. Two games later, he was joined in the 100 career games played club by senior defenseman Myles Harvey (at UMass on Nov. 9). They were the 138th and 139th friars to play in 100 career games.

    HOCKEY EAST YOUNG GUNS                    
    Freshman forward Mark Jankowski, along with two other Hockey East skaters, are believed to be the three youngest players in college hockey this season. Jankowski, a first round pick by the Calgary Flames in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, was born in September of 1994. The only other younger players in Hockey East are Ryan Lomberg of Maine, born in December of 1994, and Brett Pesce of New Hampshire, born in November of 1994.

    FRIAR FAMILY TIES                           
    Providence College seniors Chris Rooney and Alex Velischek as well as junior Derek Army are sons of former Friar hockey greats.
    •  Chris Rooney is the son of former Friar, Steve Rooney. Steve scored the game-winning goal as the Friars defeated Boston College, 2-1, in double overtime in the inaugural Hockey East championship game in 1985. Steve went on to play in the NHL for the Montreal Canadiens team that claimed the 1986 Stanley Cup title. (Steve is also current Friar freshman Kevin Rooney's uncle).
    •  Alex is the son of former Friar Randy Velischek, who was named ECAC Player of the year in 1982-83 and earned All-America honors. Randy, who helped the Friars to the 1981 ECAC championship and two NCAA Tournament appearances (1981, 1983), played 10 seasons in the NHL (509 games).  
    •  Derek is the son of former PC standout and current assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche, Tim Army. Tim ranks first all-time in games played (151) and sixth all-time in points (179) at Providence. He earned All-America honors as he helped the Friars capture the 1985 Hockey East Tournament title and guided the team to the NCAA Championship game.
     
    MAKING DRAFT HISTORY                         
    Freshmen Mark Jankowski and Jon Gillies were selected in the 2012 NHL Draft which took place on June 22-23 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Jankowski was picked in the first round (21st overall) by the Calgary Flames and Gillies was taken in the third round (75th overall), also by Calgary.
    •  Jankowski is the third Friar ever to be picked in the first round and the first since 1992 when Joe Hulbig was picked 13th overall. The other Friar to be selected in the first round was Tom Fitzgerald, who was picked 17th overall in 1986.
    •  Gillies was the first Providence goalie to be drafted since Bobby Goepfert was chosen in the sixth round (121st overall) by Pittsburgh in 2002.

    SCHNEIDER ARENA RENOVATIONS                    
    Beginning in the fall of 2012, Schneider Arena is currently undergoing extensive renovations that will include a 35,000 square foot addition, new locker rooms, a state of the art training facility and weight rooms, luxury boxes as well as new sound and video systems, a new ticket office, hall of fame and renovated coaches offices.

    Schneider Arena originally opened in 1973 and was dedicated and named in memory of the late Reverend Herman D. Schneider, O.P., the founder of the Friars' highly successful hockey program and a long-time member of the school's faculty. Built at a cost of $1.8 million dollars in 1973, the Schneider Arena ice skating facility currently seats 3,030 comfortably for hockey games.

    HARVEY COMES OUT HOT                       
    Senior assistant captain Myles Harvey, who came into the season with 13 assists in 91 career games played, posted seven assists in the first five games of the 2012-13 season.
    •  Harvey was the only Friar to notch a point in the first five games this season and had two-assist efforts against Sacred Heart (Oct. 12) and Maine (Oct. 26).
    •  Last season, Harvey set a career high with 10 assists on the year.
    •  The five-game point streak was a career long mark.

    GILLIES NAMED CO-ROOKIE OF THE MONTH
    Freshman goaltender Jon Gillies was named the Hockey East Association's Pro Ambitions Co-Rookie of the Month for October, it was announced on Nov. 1. Gillies helped lead the Friars to a 3-2-1 record in October and posted a 1.72 goals against average and a .938 save percentage to go along with 150 saves in 347:59 of work.
    •  Gillies started all six of the Friars' games in October and played all but the final period of Providence's 8-2 season-opening win over Sacred Heart (Oct. 12). Gillies did stop all 14 shots he faced in that game to earn his first career victory.
    •  Gillies was named the Hockey East Rookie of the Week twice (Oct. 22 & 29) and also earned Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors (Oct. 15).

    PRODUCTIVE OCTOBER                         
    Including wins over Sacred Heart and Maine, the Friars went 3-2-1 in the month of October for their best record in the month of October since going 5-2-0 in 2009.

    LAMORIELLO ENSHRINED                        
    Former Providence College student-athlete, hockey coach, athletics director and current New Jersey Devils President/CEO/General Manager, Lou Lamoriello, was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, Oct. 15, in a ceremony that was held at the Plaza of the Americas Atrium in Dallas, Texas.
    •  Lamoriello was joined in the 40th U.S. Hall of Fame class by former Dallas Stars player Mike Modano and former player/current television analyst Ed Olczyk.
    •  Steve Levy, longtime ESPN SportsCenter anchor and hockey broadcaster, served as master of ceremonies.

    BOBACK HEADED TO PC HOF                   
    The Providence College Athletic Department announced on Nov. 5 that it will induct nine members and the 1995 NCAA Champion Women's Cross Country Team into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.
    •  The 2013 inductees include former men's hockey great Mike Boback `92.
    •  Boback ranks fourth all-time in points at PC (201) and second in assists (128). He is one of only four PC players to register more than 200 points in his career and he was named First Team All-Hockey East in 1990 and 1992.
    •  Boback helped lead the Friars to two NCAA appearances, including a run to the `88-89 NCAA Quarterfinals, and was a part of four 20-win seasons with the Friars.

    NEWCOMERS                             
    •  The 2012-13 Friar roster features 12 freshmen, a red shirt freshman and senior captain Kyle Murphy, all of whom entered the year having not played a game for the Friars.
    •  Murphy, who practiced with the team throughout the 2011-12 season, notched his first career goal versus Sacred Heart in his return to college hockey (he previously played 17 games for Notre Dame in 2009-10).
    •  Red shirt freshman Noel Acciari has seen his first action after sitting out last season. He recorded his first career point with an assist in the win over Sacred Heart.
    •   Six freshmen made their Providence debuts in the win over Sacred Heart including (first career points): Mark Jankowski (2G), Steven McParland (1A), Paul de Jersey (1G, 1A), Kevin Rooney, John Gilmour (2A) and Jon Gillies (14 saves in 40:00 mins.).
    •   Freshman Brandon Tanev then made his debut at Boston University (Oct. 13) and recorded his first goal and assist in Providence's 3-2 win at Vermont (Nov. 2).
    •   Freshman Tom Parisi made his debut, doing so in the second game of the weekend series at Vermont (Nov. 3).
    •   Freshman Nick Saracino became the latest Friar to make his debut, playing his first career game versus Northeastern on Nov. 16.

    OPENING ON THE OFFENSIVE                       
    •  The Friars' 8-2 season-opening win over Sacred Heart, Providence scored eight goals for the first time since posting an 8-2 win at Bowling Green on Oct. 23, 2009.
    •  Against Sacred Heart, the Friars put 59 shots on net, the highest Providence total since reaching 61 shots on goal in a 7-2 win over SHU on Oct. 11, 2003.
        
    FOR OPENERS                             
    •  The Friars downed Sacred Heart, 8-2, in its 2012-13 season opener.
    •  Providence is now 38-23-1 (.621) all-time in season openers, including four consecutive season-opening victories (2009-12).
    •  The Friars improved to 38-24-0 (.613) all-time in home openers.
    •  The Friars are 14-13-2 in Hockey East openers, including their loss at Boston University on Oct. 13.

    TEAM IMPACT: KEVIN RICH JOINS THE FRIARS
    On Sept. 20, the Providence College men's hockey team welcomed its newest team member, Kevin Rich, to the squad. Joining the Friars through Team IMPACT, Rich is a seven year old from Mansfield, Mass., who has battled Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia since being diagnosed at the age of four.
    •  Kevin, along with his parents Cara and Walter, met his new teammates for the first time on that Thursday afternoon (Sept. 20) at Schneider Arena as part of Kevin's official "draft" onto the team.
    •  Friar captains Tim Schaller, Kyle Murphy and Myles Harvey presented Kevin with a customized Providence College hockey jersey to welcome him to the team.
    •  Kevin has been fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, which is the most common form of leukemia found in children. He was initially diagnosed in September of 2009.
    •  Team IMPACT is a non-profit organization created to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses. The organization strives to harness the power of teamwork by matching courageous kids with college athletic teams across the Northeast.

    FRIAR NCAA DIV. I HEAD COACHING TREE     
    •  On Sept. 26, former Providence College First Team All-American Kurt Kleinendorst '83 was named head coach of the men's ice hockey team at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. A finalist for the 1983 Hobey Baker Award, Kleinendorst ranks fifth all-time at Providence in career points with 89 goals and 103 assists. He helped Providence to a pair of NCAA Tournaments and was the team's leading scorer as a junior and senior.
    •  Kleinendorst joins Rick Bennett `90 as alums who hold head coaching positions at NCAA Div. I schools. Bennett enters his second season behind the bench at Union College, where he replaced the departed Nate Leaman prior to last season.
    •  Additionally, 1992 Providence College graduate and former assistant coach David Berard took over interim head coaching duties at Connecticut on Nov. 6 after Bruce Marshall took a medical leave of absence.

    BEFORE THE LOCKOUT ... NHL DEALS               
    In July of 2012, three former Providence College stars signed new National Hockey League contracts.
    •  Jay Leach signed a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey. Leach played four years for Providence College from 1997-01. In his years with the Friars, Leach registered six goals and 46 assists for 52 points. Prior to signing a new deal with the Devils, Leach had played for four other NHL teams, the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lighting, Montreal Canadiens and San Jose Sharks.
    •  Colin McDonald signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Islanders. McDonald played for the Friars from 2003-07. He recorded 43 goals and 34 assists for 77 points with the Friars. McDonald played for two other NHL teams prior to signing his new contract, the Edmonton Oilers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. In his 2011-12 season with the Penguins, McDonald scored one goal.
    •  Jon Rheault signed with the Florida Panthers. Rheault played for Providence College from 2004-08. He recorded 56 goals and 49 assists for 105 points while playing with the Friars. Rheault played four years in the AHL before signing his contract with the Florida Panthers.