Men's Hockey Set To Play Merrimack At Frozen Fenway

    The Friars are 2-0-0 against Merrimack this season.

    The Friars are 2-0-0 against Merrimack this season.

    Jan. 2, 2014

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -

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    FROZEN FENWAY                                                
    Providence will play Merrimack in the first outdoor game in program history on Saturday afternoon at historic Fenway Park in Boston, Mass. Puck drop is slated for 4:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live by NESN. Merrimack will also be making its first Frozen Fenway appearance.

    FOLLOW THE FRIARS
    Television: NESN (Tom Caron, Craig Janney and Jameson Coyle)
    Live Audio: Friars.com (Mike Logan)
    Live Stats: Hockeyeastonline.com
    Twitter Updates: @FriarsHockey

    TALKING POINTS                                             
    • The Friars and Warriors will be meeting for the third time this season in a non-conference game on Saturday at Fenway Park.
    • Providence posted a weekend Hockey East sweep of Merrimack on Nov. 8 and 9 and are unbeaten in its last three games versus the Warriors (2-0-1).
    • The Friars enter the weekend as one of four teams in the nation with at least 13 wins this season, joining Ferris State (14), Quinnipiac (13) and UMass-Lowell (13).
    • Providence's 13 first half wins (Oct.-Jan. 31) matched the program record, set in 1989-90.
    • Providence is 7-1-2 in non-conference games this season.
    • Junior forward Ross Mauermann leads the Friars with 27 points (13-14-27), including career highs in goals and points.
    • Mauermann has a seven-game point streak (3-6-9) and is tied for the national lead in game-winning goals with four.
    • Freshman goaltender Nick Ellis made a career-high 27 saves against Air Force and has started the last three games for the Friars.
    • In that span, Ellis is 2-1-0 with a 2.03 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.
    • Sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies played for the U.S. National Junior Team in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship (Malmo, Sweden) from Dec. 26 - Jan. 2.
    • Gillies got the start for Team USA in its opening game against Czech Republic and made 23 saves in the 5-1 win (Dec. 26)  and followed with 27 saves in the USA's 6-3 win over Slovakia (Dec. 28). He then made 20 saves as the U.S. fell 5-3 in the quarterfinals to Russia (Jan. 2).

    SCOUTING MERRIMACK                                            
    Merrimack is 4-9-2 (1-5-2 Hockey East) on the year and has not played since skating to a 1-1 tie with Boston University on Dec. 7.  
    • The Warriors went 1-0-1 in their weekend series with Boston University (Dec. 6-7).
    • In the Merrimack net, junior Rasmus Tirronen played both games in the Merrimack net, stopping 17 shots on Friday (W, 3-2) and posting 23 saves on Saturday (T, 1-1).
    • Tirronen is 3-3-2 on the season with a 1.99 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.
    • Senior Sam Marotta has also seen time in the Merrimack net, posting a 1-6-0 record, a 2.73 goals against average and a .884 save percentage.
    • Senior forward Mike Collins, who missed four games with an injury, leads the Warriors in scoring with three goals and eight assists for 11 points.
    • Junior forward Quinn Gould leads the team with four goals.
    • At 1.73 goals per game, Merrimack offense ranks 57th in the nation (through Jan. 2), while its defense ranks tied for 21st at 2.47 goals against per game.

    LAST WEEKEND: THE LEDYARD BANK CLASSIC (HANOVER, N.H.)
    Behind two Derek Army goals and a third period power-play tally from Ross Mauermann, the Friars defeated Dartmouth 3-2 in the opening round of the 2013 Ledyard National Bank Classic.
    • In the championship game, Air Force took a 2-0 lead through two periods of play and held on as the Friars tried to mount a third period comeback that included an even strength goal by Steven Shamanski and an extra attacker tally by Noel Acciari.
    • In net, freshman Nick Ellis made a career-high 27 saves for Providence, while Air Force goaltender Jason Torf finished with 29 saves, including 17 in the third period.
    • Shamanski and Army were named to the all-tournament team.
    • Providence was making its fourth appearance in Dartmouth's holiday tournament, having also played in 1987, 1994 and 2004 (combined 2-4 all-time in the tournament).

    FIRST HALF WIN TOTALS
    The Friars finished the first half of the season with a 13-3-3 record, marking the first time they have reached 13 wins in the first half of a season (Oct.-Dec. 31) since 1989-90 when they posted 13 wins before the new year.
    • Since joining Hockey East (1984-85), the Friars have reached the 10-win plateau in the first half of a season eight times: 1989-90 (13 wins), 1990-91 (11), 1991-92 (11), 1995-96 (10), 1997-98 (11), 1990-00 (11), 2005-06 (10) and 2013-14 (12).

    SHORTHANDED OFFENSE
    Kevin Rooney and Noel Acciari scored shorthanded goals 39 seconds apart early in the third period to help lift PC to a 4-1 win at Army (Dec. 20).
    • The Friars have now scored six shorthanded goals this season.
    • Acciari is tied for the national lead with three short handed tallies and two of his three shorthanded goals have proved to be game winners.
    Ross Mauermann and Steven Shamanski also have shorthanded goals this season.
     
    MAUERMANN LEADING THE FRIAR OFFENSE                                                                
    A three-time Hockey East Player of the Week, junior Ross Mauermann leads the Friars in points with a team-high 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points.
    • He is the first Friar to reach 27 points since 2008-09 (Matt Bergland).
    • Mauermann has seven multi-point games this season.
    • In Hockey East play, Mauermann has seven goals and seven assists for a league-best 14 points.
    • He has seven multi-point games this season and he has scored at least one point in 15 of Providence's 18 games.
    • It took Mauermann 11 games to score 10 goals, the fastest a Friar has reached 10 goals since the 2002-03 season when Peter Fregoe scored 10 goals in Providence's first eight games.
    • Mauermann has notched at least 24 points in each of his first three seasons, the first Friar to do so since the 1999-2000-2001-02 seasons (Peter Fregoe `03 and Jon DiSalvatore `03).
    • Mauermann has led the Friars in scoring in each of his first two seasons.
    • Mauermann is the 16th Friar to lead the team in scoring in back-to-back years.
    • Ron Wilson `77 was the last Friar to lead the team in scoring in three consecutive seasons (Wilson lead the Friars in scoring in all four of his seasons from 1973-74 to 1976-77).

    GILLIES IN THE WJC                                    
    Jon Gillies was the starting goaltender for the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team which competed in Malmo, Sweden (Dec. 26 - Jan. 2)
    • Team USA will participate in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden.
    • Gillies got the start for Team USA in its opening game against Czech Republic and made 23 saves in the 5-1 win (Dec. 26)  and followed with 27 saves in the USA's 6-3 win over Slovakia (Dec. 28).
    • He then made 20 saves as the U.S. fell 5-3 in the quarterfinals to Russia (Jan. 2)..
    • Gillies served as the primary backup for Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia and became the first Friar to take home a medal in the prestigious tournament as the U.S. won gold.
    • Last season, Gillies became the 11th Friar to take part in the World Junior Championships and the first since Bobby Goepfert (2003). Shaun Kane '92 is the only Friar to have taken part in two Junior World Championships (1989 & 1990).

    GILLIES: GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH                   
    Jon Gillies was named the Hockey East Co-Goaltender of the Month for November (Dec. 3).
    • Gillies went 7-1-1 in November, including a pair of shutouts at Merrimack (1-0 on Nov. 8) and at Vermont (3-0 on Nov. 16) to become PC's all-time leader in career shutouts with eight.
    • Turned in a 45-save performance at No. 5 Quinnipiac to help the Friars to a 3-3 tie (Nov. 27).
    • For the month, Gillies posted a 1.85 goals against average and posted a .942 save percentage.
    • It marked Gillies' fourth career Hockey East Monthly award, having earned Rookie of the Month honors twice as a freshman and then being named the Goaltender of the Month for October, 2013.

    THE MAYOR'S CUP                                    
    On Saturday,  November 30, 2013 Providence defeated cross-town rival Brown University, 3-2, to claim the 28th Annual Mayor's Cup.
    • Senior Derek Army's goal at 9:17 of the third period proved to be the game-winner.
    • Sophomore Nick Saracino scored the first goal of the game 17 minutes into the first period.
    • It was the second year in a row the Friars claimed the Mayor's Cup.
    • Providence now holds a 16-9-3 all-time mark in the Mayor's Cup.  

    REWRITING THE RECORD BOOK                                
    On Nov. 16 at Vermont, Jon Gillies made 23 saves to post his school record-eighth shutout as a Friar, surpassing Tyler Sims `08 (7).
    • Gillies recorded his eighth shutout in his 45th career start. Sims (2004-08) posted his seventh shutout in his 94th career game.
    • Four of Gillies' eight career shutouts have come on the road.
    • With three shutouts this season, Gillies is tied for the national lead
    • Last season as a freshman, Gillies set the Providence College single season record with five shutouts.
    • Gillies' 2.02 career GAA ranks first in the Providence record book (min. 35 games played).

    SHAMANSKI A SENIOR CLASS FINALIST                          
    Senior defenseman Steven Shamanski has been named one of 20 finalists for the 2014 men's hockey Senior Class Award (Nov. 7).
    • To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
    • From the list of 20 candidates, a national media committee will select ten finalists in February.
    • Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote.
    • Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.

    POLLING DATA                                   
    The Friars moved  up to No. 4 in the USCHO.com poll (Dec. 30).
    • The Friars have been ranked in the top-10 for 11 consecutive weeks and in the top-five for eight consecutive weeks.
    • Prior to this season, the last time the Friars reached the top-five in the national rankings was when they were ranked No. 5 in the USA Today/American Hockey magazine preseason poll on Oct. 1, 2001.
    • With the Oct. 25 win over Miami, Providence defeated a top-10 team while also ranked inside the top-10 for the first time since posting a 5-3 win over Boston College on Feb. 9, 2001.
    • Prior to this season, the Friars last reached the top-10 in the national polls in the first week of February, 2006, when they were ranked ninth in both national polls.

    UNDERCLASSMEN NUMBERS                                               
    Last season, the Friar roster featured the third-most freshmen in the country. This season, Providence carries the second-most underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores) in the nation with 20 (list complied by College Hockey Inc.):
    22 -- Penn State
    21 -- Army
    21 -- Providence
    19 -- Northeastern & Quinnipiac