Jan. 6, 2014
Providence returns to Hockey East play for the first time since Dec. 6 (also versus Northeastern) with a 7:05 p.m. home game against the Huskies that will be televised locally by CoxSports on OSN.
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• The Friars have gone 2-1-1 over the last four games, all of which have been non-conference games.
• Providence and Northeastern will be meeting for the second time this season.
• The teams skated to a 3-3 tie at Matthews Arena on Dec. 6 following three third period goals by the Friars that erased a 3-0 deficit.
• Providence is unbeaten in its last six games against the Huskies (3-0-3).
• With 13 points (6-2-1), the Friars are in second place in Hockey East, while Northeastern is tied for fourth with nine points (4-4-1).
• The Friars are one of six teams with at least 13 wins, joining Ferris State (15), Quinnipiac (15), UMass-Lowell (14), Minnesota (13) and Boston College (13).
• Providence is 8-1-1 at home this season.
• Junior forward Ross Mauermann leads the Friars with 27 points (13-14-27), including career highs in goals and points.
• Freshman goaltender Nick Ellis made a career-high 30 saves in the 1-1 tie versus Merrimack and has started the last four games (2-1-1, 1.73 GAA, .933 Sv.%).
• Sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies has returned from playing for the U.S. National Junior Team at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship (Malmo, Sweden) from Dec. 26 - Jan. 2.
• Steven Shamanski has a three-game point streak (2-2-4).
• Providence's six short-handed goals this season rank tied for third-most in the nation.
LAST TIME OUT: FROZEN FENWAY
The Friars skated to 1-1 overtime tie against Merrimack in a non-conference game at Fenway Park on Saturday, Jan. 4 as part of Citi Frozen Fenway 2014.
• After two scoreless periods both teams tallied a goal in the third period.
Merrimack struck first when Mike Collin connected at 7:23.
• Senior captain Steven Shamanski tied the game at 9:49 on a highlight reel goal (PP), which was assisted by Trevor Mingoia and John Gilmour.
• Nick Ellis finished with a career-high 30 saves, while Rasmus Tirronen made 32 stops.
The Friars debuted throwback uniforms against Merrimack at Frozen Fenway (Jan. 4).
• The uniforms are replicas of those worn by the 1963-64 Providence College team.
• It is the 50th anniversary of that team, which won the ECAC title and made it to the Frozen Four - marking Providence's first conference title and appearance in the NCAAs.
• Defenseman Larry Kish `64 was named the program's first All-American that season.
Northeastern carries an 11-6-3 (4-4-1 HEA) record into Tuesday night and are coming off a 4-3 home win over UMass (Jan. 4).
• Trailing 3-2 entering the third period against UMass, Northeastern scored twice in a span of three minutes, including Cody Ferriero's game-winner scored on the power play at 5:25.
• The Huskies also played in the Ledyard Bank Classic, losing to Air Force 5-2 in the opening round (Dec. 29) and tying Dartmouth 8-8 in the consolation game (Dec. 30).
• Northeastern is 5-1-3 in its last nine games.
• Sophomore forward Kevin Roy leads the team in goals (14) and points (26), while freshman forward Mike Szmatula has a team-high 14 assists.
• Roy (14-12-26), Szmatula (9-14-23) and senior forward Braden Pimm (10-10-20) have notched at least 20 points this season.
• Witt leads the Huskies in net, having played 15 games (9-4-2) and posted a 2.18 goals against average and a .938 save percentage.
• At 15.6 penalty minute per game, Northeastern is the seventh-most penalized team in the country.
THIRD PERIOD SURGES
The Friars have out-scored opponents 31-14 in the third period this season, good for a +17
• On Dec. 6, the Friars scored three third period goals to erase a 3-0 deficit and tie Northeastern 3-3.
• Including the come-from-behind tie at Northeastern, 11 of Providence's last 13 goals have been scored in the third period.
• The Friars are 2-1-2 in that span of scoring 11 third period goals.
SPREADING THE SCORING WEALTH
The Friars are largely a scoring by committee team with points coming throughout the lineup.
• Nine Friars have reached the 10-point mark, which is the second most 10-point scorers in Hockey East (New Hampshire has 10).
• 20 players have scored a goal this season for Providence, while 23 have at least one point.
Though the Friars spread the scoring around, a bulk of their points come from the sophomore class.
• The sophomores have scored 27 of PC's 67 goals (40%).
•They have also registered 53 of PC's 100 assists (53%) and 80 of PC's 167 points (48%).
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, tied for the third-most in the country.
• 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.
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 (13).
MAUERMANN LEADING THE FRIAR OFFENSE
A three-time Hockey East Player of the Week this season, junior Ross Mauermann leads the Friars in points with a team-high 13 goals and a team-high 14 assists for 27 points.
• He is the first Friar to reach 27 points in a season since 2008-09 (Matt Bergland).
• Mauermann has seven multi-point games this season.
• 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 and 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 was 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).
TEAM USA DUTY: 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).
• 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).
• Gillies made 21 stops in a 3-2 loss to Canada (Dec. 31).
• Gillies 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 other Friar to have taken part in two Junior World Championships (1989 & 1990).
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 currently ranks first in the Providence record book (min. 35 games played).
The Friars moved to No. 6 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls (Jan. 6).
• The Friars have been ranked in the top-10 for 12 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.
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
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.
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