Jan. 22, 2014
The Friars return to Hockey East play with a weekend home-and-home series against UMass Lowell, beginning at 7:05 p.m. on Friday night at Schneider Arena.
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• The Friars (6-4-1, 13 points) and River Hawks (5-3-1, 11 points) enter the weekend separated by two points in the League standings, with Providence in third place and UMass Lowell in fifth.
• Head coaches Nate Leaman (PC) and Norm Bazin (UML) both began coaching their respective teams prior to the 2011-12 season and will meet for the 11th time in that span on Friday night (UMass Lowell leads 6-4-0).
• The teams are meeting for the first time since the River Hawks knocked the Friars out of the 2013 Hockey East Championship with a 2-1 win in a semifinal game at the TD Garden (March 22, 2013).
• It was the second consecutive year the Friars and River Hawks met in Hockey East Championship play, with Providence posting a two-games to one quarterfinal series win over UMass Lowell in 2012.
• Providence and UMass Lowell also played a de facto title series to end the 2013 regular season, with the River Hawks claiming the Hockey East crown by defeating the Friars on the final night of the season (4-1 on March 9, 2013).
• The Friars are coming off 1-0-1 weekend at Colorado College (Jan. 17-8) that concluded with a 7-2 win over the Tigers.
• Led by Noel Acciari’s goal and two assists, seven different Friars scored in the win as Providence posted its highest goal total since a 10-4 home win over AIC (Oct. 19).
• The Friars are 8-2-1 at home this season, including 3-2-0 in home league games.
• Defensive battle: at 2.09 goals against per game, Providence’s defense ranks sixth nationally, while UMass Lowell has the top-ranked defense (1.85).
• The Friars carry the eighth-best winning percentage in the country (.688).
• Providence’s 33 third-period goals this season are the second-most in the country, trailing only Boston College’s 39.
• Sophomore goalie Jon Gillies was named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week following his 1-0-1 record at Colorado College (Jan. 20).
• On the season, Gillies has a 2.00 goals against average (ranks 10th nationally), a .936 save percentage (third) and three shutouts (tied for third).
• Providence’s six short-handed goals this season ranks tied for third in the NCAA.
• 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.
THE BOSS IS BACK
Head Coach Nate Leaman will be back behind the Friar bench after missing last weekend’s series at Colorado College due to the birth of his third son, Nolan Walker Leaman.
LAST TIME OUT: FRIARS POST 7-2 WIN AT CC
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Friars used a five-goal second period to pull away from Colorado College en route to a 7-2 win at the World Arena (7,276) on Saturday night (Jan. 18).
• Noel Acciari led the offense with a goal and two assists as seven different Friars scored goals.
• Brandon Tanev also had a multi-point night with a goal and an assist and Shane Luke scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal.
• In net, Jon Gillies finished with 28 saves for the Friars, while Josh Thorimbert made 10 saves and Courtney Lockwood made seven stops for the Tigers.
GILLIES NAME HEA DEFENSIVE POTW
Sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies picked up his second Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season it was announced by the conference on Monday afternoon (Jan. 20).
• Gillies went 1-0-1 in a pair of weekend road games at Colorado College (Jan. 17-18), helping the Friars to a 2-2 tie on Friday night and a 7-2 win over the Tigers on Saturday night.
• In game one, Gillies made 27 saves, including three in overtime to preserve the tie.
• In the two games, Gillies stopped 55 of the 59 shots he faced, posted a 1.93 goals against average and a .932 save percentage.
• It marked Gillies’ second Defensive Player of the Week honor this season, having also won the award on Oct. 14.
The Friars have played 24 games this season, with 14 of those decided by one goal or ending in a tie.
• Providence is 1-2-5 in eight overtime games this season.
• Three of Providence’s last five games have reached overtime (0-1-2 in those three OT games).
• Of the Friars’ five losses this season, only one has come by more than one goal (5-2 at Boston College on Jan. 10).
THIRD PERIOD POWER SURGES
The Friars have out-scored opponents 33-19 in the third period this season, good for a +14
• Providence’s 33 third-period goals are the second most in the nation, trailing only Boston College’s 39.
• 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.
• In Providence’s 7-2 win at Colorado College (Jan. 18), seven different players scored for the Friars.
• Nine Friars have notched at least 11-points.
• 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 this season and two of his three shorthanded goals have proved to be game winners.
• Ross Mauermann and Steven Shamanski also have shorthanded goals this season.
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 led the Friars in scoring in each of his first two seasons, becoming 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 and junior Ross Mauermann have all put together extensive consecutive games played streaks.
• Army has played in all 134 games of his Friar career.
• Dating back to his freshman season, Shamanski has played in 116 straight games.
• In Providence’s 7-2 win at Colorado College (Jan. 19), Mauermann played in his 100th consecutive game - having played every game since arriving on campus.
• 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, sophomore 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 third in the nation.
• As a freshman, Gillies set the Providence College single season record with five shutouts.
• Gillies’ 2.05 career GAA currently ranks first in the Providence record book.
The Friars stayed at No. 7 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls (Jan. 20).
• The Friars have been ranked in the top-10 for 14 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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