Jan. 9, 2014
Currently in first and second place, respectively, in the Hockey East standings, No. 4/5 Boston College and No. 6/6 Providence College meet for the first time this season at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night at Kelley Rink.
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The Eagles are first in the Hockey East (7-1-1, 15 points), while the Friars are second in the League standings (6-3-1, 13 points).
The teams will be meeting for the first time this season and Boston College carries a five-game unbeaten streak into the contest.
The Friars and Eagles are two of the six teams in the nation with at least 13 wins, joining Ferris State (15), Quinnipiac (15), UMass-Lowell (14) and Minnesota (13).
The Friars are 2-0-1 after losses this season and 5-1-2 on the road.
The Eagles rank first in the nation for offense (4.42 goals per game,), while the Friar defense (2.00 goals against per game) ranks tied for fourth.
Providence's 31 third-period goals this season lead the nation.
Junior forward Ross Mauermann leads the Friars with 28 points (14-14-28).
Mauermann is the first Friar to reach 28 points in a season since Jon Rheault notched 31 in 2007-08.
Mauermann's 14 goals rank tied for third in the nation.
Sophomore goalie Jon Gillies has a 1.88 goals against average (ranks ninth nationally) and a .941 save percentage (second).
Gillies is one of three goalies in the nation who has at least 10 wins while also ranking in the national top-10 in save percentage and goals against average (joining Denver's Sam Brittain and Maine's Martin Ouellette).
Providence's six short-handed goals this season rank tied for third-most in the nation.
Friday night's game could feature five Calgary Flames prospects including Gillies, Mark Jankowski and John Gilmour for the Friars as well as Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold.
LAST TIME OUT: FRIARS FALL IN OVERTIME
The sixth-ranked Friars lost in overtime to No. 16 Northeastern, 2-1, on Tuesday night at Schneider Arena (Jan. 7).
Providence, which returned to Hockey East play for the first time since Dec. 6, held the lead from 7:57 of the first period until the 19:26 mark in the third period when Northeastern's Braden Pimm scored to tie the game.
Pimm then struck again 12 seconds into overtime to give the Huskies the victory.
Providence jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Ross Mauermann tallied his 14th goal of the season, putting back Shane Luke's tip in front.
Stefan Demopoulos also assisted on the goal.
The Friars outshot Northeastern 39-29 for the game.
Sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies recorded 27 saves for the Friars, while Clay Witt turned away 38 shots for the Huskies.
SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE
Boston College enters Friday night with a 13-4-2 overall record (7-1-1 HEA) and on a five-game winning streak.
Most recently, the Eagles defeated Notre Dame 5-4 at Frozen Fenway following Providence's 1-1 tie with Merrimack (Jan. 4).
Johnny Gaudreau scored two goals including the game winner and junior Brian Billett made 20 saves to help Boston College to the win.
Prior to defeating the Irish, the Eagles captured the Three Rivers Classic Title with wins over Bowling Green (5-0 on Dec. 27) and Penn State (8-2 on Dec. 28).
Johnny Gaudreau (2-3-5) was named the Tournament MVP, while Kevin Hayes (1-3-4) and Bill Arnold (0-3-3) joined Gaudreau on the All-Tournament Team.
During their current five-game winning streak, the Eagles are averaging five goals per game.
Gaudreau carries a 14-game point streak into the weekend (14-13-27).
For the season, Gaudreau leads Boston College in goals and points (17-18-35), followed by Hayes (11-19-30) and Arnold (5-21-26).
Billett is 9-3-1 on the season with a 2.30 goals against average and a .925 save percentage.
Thatcher Demko is 4-1-1 on the year with a 2.31 goals against average and a .911 save percentage.
Demko, Ian McCoshen and Steven Santini played with Jon Gillies on the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team at the World Junior Championship (Malmo, Sweden).
THIRD PERIOD SURGES
The Friars have out-scored opponents 31-15 in the third period this season, good for a +16
Providence's 31 third-period goals lead the nation.
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 14 goals have been scored in the third period.
SPREADING THE 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 24 have at least one point.
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.
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 14 goals and a team-high 14 assists for 28 points.
He is the first Friar to reach 28 points in a season since 2007-08 when Jon Rheault notched 31.
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).
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.
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).
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).
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