Nick Saracino has a career-high 12 assists this season.
Jan. 15, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -FOR STARTERS
The Friars take a break from Hockey East action to play their final non-conference road games of the season with a two-game set at Colorado College this weekend.
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• The Friars and Tigers will be meeting for the first time since skating to a 1-1 tie on Nov. 24, 2000 in a game played at Colorado College.
• The all-time series includes 11 previous meetings dating back to the 1963-64 season and Colorado College holds a 5-4-2 advantage in those games.
• The Friars are 7-1-3 in non-conference games this season, including a 2-0-1 road non-conference mark.
• At 2.14 goals against per game, Providence's defense ranks tied for seventh nationally.
• The Friars also carry the eighth-best winning percentage in the country (.682).
• Providence's 31 third-period goals this season ranks second in the country.
• Junior forward Ross Mauermann leads the Friars with 29 points (14-15-29).
• Mauermann is the first Friar to reach 29 points in a season since Jon Rheault notched 31 in 2007-08.
• Mauermann's 14 goals rank tied for fourth in the nation, while his 29 points are tied for eighth.
• Sophomore goalie Jon Gillies has a 2.01 goals against average (ranks 11th nationally), a .937 save percentage (third) and three shutouts (tied for third).
• Providence's six short-handed goals this season ranks tied for third-most in the nation.
• Playing together as a line for the past two games, Mauermann (1-1-2), Stefan Demopoulos (0-2-2) and Shane Luke (1-1-2) each carry two-game point streaks into the weekend.
LAST TIME OUT: FRIARS FALL AT FOURTH-RANKED BOSTON COLLEGE
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Tied 2-2 after two periods of play, fourth-ranked Boston College used three third period goals, including an empty net tally, to defeat the sixth-ranked Providence College Friars 5-2 at a sold out Kelley Rink (7,884) on Friday, Jan. 10.
• Providence used goals from Shane Luke and Derek Army to take a 2-1 lead midway through the second period but special teams play proved to be the difference as Boston College scored two power-play goals to regain the lead at 3-2.
• The Eagles were led by Johnny Gaudreau's two goals and two assists.
• Jon Gillies made 26 saves for the Friars, while Brian Billet also stopped 26 shots to earn the win for the Eagles.
SCOUTING COLORADO COLLEGE
Colorado College enters Friday night with a 2-15-3 overall record (2-7-3 NCHC), having most recently dropped a pair of games at North Dakota on Jan. 10-11.
• In game two of the North Dakota series, the Tigers were edged 3-2 as North Dakota's Rocco Grimaldi scored the game-winning goal at 8:20 of the third period.
• Alexander Krushelnyski tallied a goal and an assist for Colorado College in the loss, with both of the Tigers' goals coming on the power play.
• Senior Josh Thorimbert has started each game for Colorado College and been the goalie of record in each contest, posting a 3.18 goals against average and a .895 save percentage.
• Krushelnyski leads the Tigers' offense with 13 points on a team-high five goals and eight assists.
• Freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin, a Carolina Hurricanes draft pick, is second on the team with four goals and eight assists for 12 points.
• Slavin's .80 points per game ranks tied for sixth in the nation amongst defenseman.
• Six of Colorado College's 15 losses have come by one goal.
• The Tigers are 62/76 on the penalty kill (81.6%, 29th in the nation) and 11/75 on the power play (14.7%, 47th).
THIRD PERIOD POWER SURGES
The Friars have out-scored opponents 31-18 in the third period this season, good for a +19
• Providence's 31 third-period goals are the second most in the nation, trailing Boston College's 32.
• On Dec. 6, the Friars scored three third period goals to erase a 3-0 deficit and tie Northeastern 3-3.
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 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 15 assists for 29 points.
• He is the first Friar to reach 29 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 now notched at least 24 points in 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 led the Friars in scoring in all four of his seasons from 1973-74 to 1976-77).
FRIAR IRON MEN
Seniors Derek Army and Steven Shamanski have each put together extensive consecutive games played streaks.
• Army has played in all 132 games of his Friar career.
• Dating back to his freshman season, Shamanski has played in 114 straight games.
• The Providence College record for consecutive games played is held by Tony Zancanaro `07, who played in all 146 games of his Friar career.
HOBEY FAN BALLOT
Ross Mauermann and Jon Gillies have been nominated for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Phase I Fan Balloting.
• Fan balloting is open and fans can vote once daily at www.hobeybakeraward.com.
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.
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' 2.06 career GAA currently ranks first in the Providence record book.
The Friars moved to No. 7 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls (Jan. 13).
• The Friars have been ranked in the top-10 for 13 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.
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