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The Friars open their season series with UMass Lowell on Thursday night as the teams meet for the first time since last season’s Hockey East Quarterfinals series.
• Providence and UMass Lowell will meet for the first time since the Friars knocked off the River Hawks to win the 2012 Hockey East Quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2001.
• Ross Mauermann scored the game-winning goal in Providence’s 1-0 game three win in last season’s quarterfinal series as the Friars became the first ever No. 7 seed to advance in the Hockey East Championship.
• The River Hawks enter Thursday night on a seven-game winning streak, while the Friars have won two in a row.
• Dating back to his hat trick against Northeastern, Derek Army has 12 points (7-5-12) in Providence’s last 11 games.
• The Friars are 8-1-1 when scoring first.
• Ross Mauermann has five points in Providence’s last five games (2-3-5).
• After leading the Friars to a weekend sweep of UMass with 70 saves and a .946 save percentage, freshman goalie Jon Gillies was named the Hockey East Co-Rookie of the Week (Jan. 14).
• With 44 saves against UMass on Saturday, Jan. 12 in PC’s 2-0 win, Gillies became the first Friar freshman to post three shutouts in a season.
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THE ROAD AHEAD
After Thursday night’s game, the Friars will open their season series with No. 3 New Hampshire at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 at New Hampshire’s Whittemore Center
SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS
• No. 15/18 UMass Lowell (11-7-1, 5-6-1 HEA) enters Thursday night on a seven-game winning streak and having won nine of its last 11 games.
• Last weekend, the River Hawks posted a weekend sweep at Vermont, winning 4-2 on Friday (Jan. 11) and then 6-3 in Saturday (Jan. 12).
• Sophomore forward Scott Wilson led UMass Lowell to the wins, netting three goals and adding two assists en route to claiming Hockey East Player of the Week honors.
• The River Hawk penalty kill unit also keyed the wins at Gutterson with a 9-for-9 showing.
• On the season, Wilson leads Lowell with 18 points on seven goals and a team high 11 assists.
• Junior forward Joseph Pendenza is tied with Wilson for the team lead in goals with seven.
• In net, junior Doug Carr and freshman Connor Hellebuyck have split time as of late, with Carr carrying a 6-6-1 record on the year and Hellebuyck a 5-1-0 mark. Carr has a .904 save percentage and a 2.64 GAA, while Hellebuyck has a .939 save percentage and a 1.62 GAA.
• Head coach Norm Bazin is also in his second season behind the River Hawk bench.
SERIES HISTORY: RIVALRY RENEWED
The Friars and River Hawks will meet for the first time since Providence downed UMass Lowell in the 2012 Hockey East Quarterfinals to become the first No. 7 seed to win a Hockey East Quarterfinal series in the 28-year history of the league.
• With the series win, the Friars advanced to the Hockey East semifinals for the first time since 2001.
• Ross Mauermann had the game-winning goal in the decisive game three of that HE Quarterfinal series.
• Last season, the Friars and River Hawks played six times under then first year head coaches Nate Leaman and Norm Bazin, with the teams posting 3-3-0 records.
• The Friars lead the all-time series 49-41-11, including a 23-19-7 mark at Lowell.
• Four of the last ten games between the two teams have reached overtime, while five of the last six games have been decided by two or fewer goals.
LAST WEEKEND: FRIARS SWEEP UMASS TO TAKE SEASON SERIES
The Friars recorded a weekend sweep over the University of Massachusetts, winning 5-4 at the Mullins Center on Friday (Jan. 11) and then blanking the Minutemen, 2-0, at Schneider Arena on Saturday (Jan. 12).
• In Friday night’s back-and-forth contest, sophomore Stefan Demopoulos scored two goals, including the short-handed, game-winning goal at 8:16 of the third period.
• Junior Derek Army also scored two goals in the win and freshman goalie Jon Gillies made 26 saves, including 12 in the third period.
• With the two-goal games, Army (three goals vs. Northeastern on Nov. 16) and Demopoulos (two goals vs. Sacred Heart on Oct. 12) each turned in their second multi-goal games of the season.
• On Saturday night, Gillies made a career-high 44 saves and sophomore Ross Mauermann and senior Tim Schaller scored to lead the Friars to the win, which helped Providence claim the season series versus the Minutemen for a third consecutive season.
• The shutout by Gillies was his third of the year, making him the first ever freshman goalie to post three shutouts at Providence College.
• Nick Saracino (on Friday, Jan. 11) and Tom Parisi (on Saturday, Jan. 12) each recorded their first career assists in a Friar uniform over the weekend.
GILLIES SETS FRESHMAN SHUTOUTS MARK
Jon Gillies became the first Providence freshman to record three shutouts in a season when he and the Friars blanked UMass, 2-0, on Jan. 12 at Schneider Arena.
• Gillies made a career 44 saves in the win and went on to be named the Hockey East Co-Rookie of the Week for his efforts (Jan. 14).
• The 44 saves were the most in a single game since Alex Beaudry made 47 saves on Oct. 31, 2009 in a 2-1 Friar win at UMass and is tied for the 17th-most saves in a game by a PC goalie.
• 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.
• Gillies posted his first career shutout on Oct. 27 with a 3-0 win over Maine.
• The last Friar freshman to post two shutouts in a season was former Friar great Chris Terreri ’86, who blanked Alaska (8-0 on Nov. 3, 1982) and Brown (8-0 on Feb. 12, 1983) during his freshman season.
• No Friar goalie has ever had four shutouts in one season.
• Friar goalies with three shutouts in a season include: Alex Beaudry (2011-12), Tyler Sims (2005-06 & 2007-08), Nolan Schafer (2000-01) and Mario Proulx 1981-82).
SHAMANSKI HELPING OUT
Junior defenseman Steven Shamanski recorded his seventh assist of the season against No. 14 Minnesota State on Jan. 4.
• 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).
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.
• 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 made his first career starts for the Friars: 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.
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).
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 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 this season, 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’s Co-Player of the Week (Nov. 19), becoming 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 and nine Friars have at least three goals on the year.
• 21 Friars have at least one assist.
• 21 Friars have at least one point.
• Seven Friars have scored the Providence’s nine game-winning goals this season (Ross Mauermann and Stefan Demopoulos each have two).
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 88 of Providence’s 157 points this season (56 percent) and have netted 39 of the team’s 57 goals (68 percent).
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.
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.
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.
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 will provide exclusive local coverage of eight PC 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 14 times this season.
• The Friars will play on national television on Jan. 17 (NBCSN) and Feb. 10 (CBSSN).
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)
1.17, at UMass Lowell (NBCSN)
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)