The Friars open their season series with New Hampshire on Saturday night at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H.
• Providence travels to third-ranked New Hampshire on Saturday to play its ninth game against a ranked opponent this season.
• Ross Mauermann has six points in Providence's last six games (3-3-6).
• The Friars are 8-1-1 when scoring first.
• Jon Gillies is coming off a career high 48-save performance at No. 15/18 Umass Lowell on Thursday night (L, 2-1).
• In his last two games, Gillies is 1-1-0 with a 1.98 GAA and a .952 save percentage to go along with 118 saves.
• New Hampshire goalie Casey DeSmith and Gillies rank 1-2 in Hockey East in goals against average (1. Gillies 1.96; 2. DeSmith 2.05) and save percentage (1. Gillies .933; 2. DeSmith .928).
• Gillies and DeSmith were teammates with the Indiana Ice (USHL) for the 2010-11 season.
• Gillies' father, Bruce, was a goaltender for the Wildcats. He recorded 35 wins in 71 games played.
• At Umass Lowell on Thursday night, freshman defenseman Will Goss became the 13th player to make his Friar debut this season.
• The Friars are 8-2-2 when scoring three or more goals this season.
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THE ROAD AHEAD
After Saturday's game, the Friars will get back to Friday-Saturday play next weekend when they play a home-and-home series versus Boston University on Jan. 25-26.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
• Third-ranked New Hampshire (14-4-2, 9-3-1 HEA) split a weekend home-and-home series with Boston College last weekend (Jan. 11-12). The Wildcats lost 5-2 on Friday night at BC, before bouncing back with a 2-1 home win on Saturday.
• Junior forward Kevin Goumas leads the Wildcat offense with 28 points on nine goals and a team-leading 19 assists. His 19 assists rank tied for third in the country and are the most in Hockey East. He has registered a point in 14 of his last 15 games.
• Senior forward Austin Block leads UNH with 10 goals on the year (10-3-13), while Grayson Downing (8-7-15) and Trevor van Riemsdyk (6-9-15) join Goumas as players who have reached the 15-point plateau.
• In net, sophomore Casey DeSmith has a 13-4-2 record to go along with a .928 save percentage and 2.05 goals against average.
• The Wildcat penalty kill unit also keyed New Hampshire's success this season, posting a 94.0 kill rate for the top percentage in the nation.
• New Hampshire is 8-1-0 (5-1-0 HEA) at home on the season.
• Head coach Dick Umile is in his 23rd season behind the New Hampshire bench. Umile's brother, James, played for the Friars from 1965-68 (66 GP, 29-33-62).
The Friars and Wildcats will meet for the first time this season on Saturday night and for the 147th time in the all-time series, which dates back to Feb. 12, 1927 (a 5-1 UNH win at the Rhode Island Auditorium).
• The Wildcats have won the last 10 meetings between the two teams, including a 3-2 overtime win last season at Schneider Arena on Feb. 4, 2012 in the teams' last meeting.
• Two of last season's three meetings were decided by a goal.
THURSDAY NIGHT: FRIARS EDGED AT No. 15/18 UMASS LOWELL, 2-1
In a game that saw all the scoring take place in the third period, the Friars fell at 15th-ranked UMass Lowell, 2-1, on Thursday night at the Tsongas Center in front of a crowd of 5,694.
• With the Friars trailing 1-0 early in the third, sophomore Ross Mauermann tied the game when he finished a Mark Jankowski pass in front at 6:13.
• River Hawk defenseman Chad Ruhwedel netted what turned out to be the game-winning goal 26 seconds later as UMass Lowell went on to win its eighth game in a row.
• Jon Gillies made a career high 48 saves in the game, while River Hawk goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 31 stops.
• Dating back to the second period of Providence's 5-4 win at UMass on Jan. 11, Gillies put together a shutout stretch of 124:36 before Lowell's power play goal at 2:10 of the third period.
• Gillies' 48 saves rank as the seventh-highest single game total in the Friar record book.
• Ross Mauermann has six points in his last six games played (3-3-6).
• Freshman defenseman Will Goss became the 13th player to make his Friar debut this season.
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 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 90 of Providence's 159 points this season (57 percent) and have netted 40 of the team's 58 goals (69 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.
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