Jan. 10, 2013
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The Friars return to Hockey East play with a weekend home-and-home series versus UMass.
Providence and UMass close out their season series this weekend with the Friars needing a sweep to claim the season series for a third consecutive year (1-0-2 in 2010-11 & 2-0-1 in 2011-12).
Earlier this season, the Minutemen blanked the Friars at the Mullins Center, 4-0 (Nov. 9).
After dropping a two-game series at No. 14 Minnesota State last weekend, the Friars will play Hockey East games the rest of the season.
With freshman goalie Jon Gillies in Russia with the U.S. National Junior Team for the 2013 Junior World Championship, senior Russ Stein made the first three starts of his Friar career in Providence's last three games.
Team USA captured the gold medal at the World Juniors and Gillies became the first Friar to earn a medal at the event (he was the 11th Friar to play in the tournament).
Lineup Returns: After missing the last three games, Gillies (World Juniors) is back with the team. Freshman Mark Jankowski, who has missed the last four games (injury) is also expected to return to the Friar lineup this weekend.
UMass carries a two-game winning streak into Friday night's game after capturing Dartmouth's Ledyard Bank Classic on Dec. 30-31.
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THE ROAD AHEAD
The Friars concluded non-conference play last weekend and now turn their attention to the Hockey East races. After concluding the season series with UMass this weekend, the Friars will open their season series at No. 20 UMass Lowell (Thursday, Jan. 17) and No. 4 New Hampshire (Saturday, Jan. 19).
SCOUTING THE MINUTEMEN
Massachusetts (7-9-2, 4-6-1 HEA) returns from a ten day layoff with Friday night's game.
The Minutemen last played on Dec. 30-31 at Dartmouth's Ledyard Bank Classic in Hanover, N.H., where they won the championship with victories over Bemidji State (4-3) and then eighth-ranked Dartmouth (3-2).
Junior Branden Gracel was named the Tournament MVP after notching four points, including the game-winning goal in the championship game against the Big Green.
UMass enters the weekend on a two-game winning streak for the first time this season.
Gracel leads the team in points (17) and is tied with senior forward Rocco Carzo for the team lead in goals (8). Gracel is tied with junior forward Conor Sheary for the team lead in assists (9).
All told, six Minutemen have at least 11 points on the year including Gracel (8-9-17), Carzo (8-4-12), Allen (4-8-12), Sheary (3-9-12)Steven Guzzo (4-7-11) and Michael Pereira (4-7-11).
In net, sophomore Kevin Boyle has seen the majority of the minutes and posted a 7-6-2 record to go with a 2.44 goals against average and a .905 save percentage.
Boyle won both games at the Dartmouth Classic.
The Friars hold a 34-22-6 (.597) advantage in the all-time series with UMass, which dates back to a 15-5 Friar victory at the Rhode Island Auditorium on Feb. 27, 1954.
On Nov. 9, 2012 the Minutemen took game one of the 2012-13 series with a 4-0 win at the Mullins Center. Sophomore goalie Kevin Boyle made 17 saves in the UMass net and Michael Pereira had a goal and two assists to lead UMass to the win.
Last year, the Friars won the series (2-0-1) to claim the season series for the second consecutive year (went 1-0-2 in 2010-11).
Junior Derek Army leads the Friars with six points (3-3-6) in six career games played against the Minutemen.
The Friars are 2-1-2 in their last five trips to the Mullins Center and 2-1-1 versus UMass under Head Coach Nate Leaman.
LAST WEEKEND: FRIARS FALL TWICE AT NO. 14 MINNESOTA STATE
The Friars dropped a two-game series at No. 14 Minnesota State Mankato over the weekend, losing 4-3 in overtime on Friday night and then 4-0 on Saturday night.
In Friday night's back-and-forth affair, senior goalie Russ Stein made his second career start in the Friar net and turned in 31 saves, including two in overtime.
Providence's goals were scored by Tom Parisi, Paul de Jersey and Derek Army, while Ross Mauermann added two assists.
Maverick forward Chase Grant scored at 2:26 of overtime off a deflected pass in front of the Friar net to give Minnesota State the win.
Parisi scored a goal for the second consecutive game and with two assists, Mauermann registered his second multi-point game of the year and first since a season opening three-point (1G, 2A) performance against Sacred Heart. It was also his eighth multi-point game as a Friar.
With the game being decided in overtime, Providence played a third consecutive overtime game for the first time since Jan. 16-20, 2004.
Stein then made a career high 33 saves on Saturday night as the Mavericks were able to post their 11th win in their last 12 games.
The games were PC's sixth and seventh versus ranked opposition this year.
GILLIES AND USA WIN GOLD AT THE 2013 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
USA Hockey named Jon Gillies to its 2013 U.S. National Junior Team, which went on to win the gold medal at the 2013 Junior World Championship in Ufa, Russia with a 3-1 victory over Sweden on Saturday (Jan. 5) morning. He became the 11th Friar to play in the tournament and the first to win a medal.
Gillies was one of three goalies named to the team and one of two Hockey East players (Boston College forward John Gaudreau) to make the team.
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. downed Canada in the semifinals, 5-1, on Thursday, Jan. 3, paving the way for a 3-1 win over Sweden in the gold medal game.
Gillies served as John Gibson's primary backup throughout the tournament and will be eligible to play for the U.S. squad at next year's World Junior Championship, which is slated to take place in Malmo, Sweden. Gibson was named the Most Valuable Player at this year's tournament as the U.S. won gold for just the third time (2004 and 2010).
Current Denver University assistant coach and 1984 graduate of Providence College David Lassonde was also part of the gold-medal winning effort as he assisted Head Coach Phil Housley.
With Jon Gillies away with Team USA at the World Junior Championship, senior Russ Stein has started Providence's last three games: a 4-4 tie with Vermont on Dec. 20, a 4-3 overtime loss at No. 14 Minnesota State on Jan. 4 and a 4-0 loss at No. 14 Minnesota State on Jan. 5
Stein made 28 saves against UVM and followed up with 31 and the 33 saves at Minnesota State.
Five of the 12 goals scored on Stein during his stint as the Friars' starter were power-play goals, including a 5-on-3 tally by Minnesota State.
Stein's other career appearances came in the final period versus Sacred Heart (Oct, 12, 2012) and at No. 7 Merrimack (March 4, 2011), where he made his collegiate debut with 12 saves in a period of work.
SHAMANSKI HELPING OUT
Junior defenseman Steven Shamanski recorded his seventh assist of the season against No. 14 Minnesota State on Jan. 4.
Shamanski has one assist in four of his last six games.
Shamanski entered the season with three assists in 64 career games played and his previous high point total for a season came his freshman year when he had three goals and an assist for four points.
The Jan. 4 Minnesota State game (L, 4-3) was Providence's sixth overtime game this season (record of 1-2-3) and third in a row.
The Friars last played three consecutive overtime games in the 2003-04 season when they went 0-2-1 in a stretch of three games from Jan. 16-20, 2004.
PC played eight overtime games last season (1-3-4).
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.
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 RETURN 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).
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.
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 77 of Providence's 138 points this season (56 percent) and have netted 35 of the team's 50 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 new 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' 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.
Due to construction, capacity of the building will be lowered from 3,030 for the 2013 portion of the Friars' 2012-13 schedule.
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 each of 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).
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.
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.
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 defenseman Tom Parisi made his debut, in the second game of the weekend series at Vermont (Nov. 3).
Freshman Nick Saracino made his debut, versus Northeastern on Nov. 16.
Freshman forward Brooks Behling made his debut at Minnesota State on Jan. 5.
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.
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 and will remain with that title for the rest of the season as longtime Husky Head Coach Bruce Marshall resigned following 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.
FRIARS' TELEVISION SCHEDULE
COX Sports on OSN provides exclusive local coverage of eight Providence College men's hockey games during the 2012-13 season. Cox's coverage kicked off with the Friars' home-opening Hockey East series versus Maine on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27.
The Friars are scheduled to appear on TV at least 13 times this season.
The Friars will play on national television on Feb. 10.
Date, Opponent (Station)
10.26, Maine (COX)
10.27, Maine (COX)
11.9, at UMass (CBS 3)
11.16, Northeastern (COX)
12.7, Boston College (COX)
12.20, Vermont (COX)
1.4, at Minnesota State (CHARTER)
1.5, at Minnesota State (CHARTER)
1.26, at Boston University (NESN)
2.8, New Hampshire (COX)
2.10, at New Hampshire (CBSSN)
2.17, Merrimack (COX)
3.1, Boston College (COX)