Jan. 29, 2014
The Friars close out their regular-season series against the Boston College Eagles with a 7:05 p.m. game at a sold out Schneider Arena on Friday night.
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• In their first meeting of the season on Jan. 10, the Eagles and Friars were tied 2-2 after two periods of play, but a three-goal third propelled Boston College to a 5-2 win.
• The Eagles (11-1-1; 23 points) enter the night in first-place in the Hockey East standings, while the Friars (7-5-1; 15 points) sit in third.
• Boston College carries an 11-game unbeaten streak into Friday (10-0-1).
• Providence is 9-2-1 at home this season, including a 4-2-0 Hockey East record at Schneider Arena.
• The top two teams in the nation in third period scoring will meet as Providence’s 37 third-period goals this season are the second-most in the country, trailing only Boston College’s 40.
• The Friars have scored three goals in the third period three times in their last 11 games (vs. UMass Lowell on Jan. 24 [W, 4-2], at Northeastern on Dec. 6 [T, 3-3] and at Army on Dec. 20 [W, 4-1]).
• Providence and Boston College are two of the ten teams in the country to have totaled at least 15 wins this season.
• Ross Mauermann leads the Friars with 31 points (16-15-31) and he is the first Friar to reach 31 points in a season since Jon Rheault notched 31 in 2007-08.
• The last Friar to top the 31-point mark was Torry Gajda in 2005-06 (14-20-34).
• Mauermann’s five game-winning goals are tied with Johnny Gaudreau (Boston College) and Matt Bailey (Anchorage) for the national lead.
• The Friars have the eighth-best winning percentage in the country (.673).
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.
• More recently, in Providence’s come-from-behind win over UMass Lowell (Jan. 24), five different players found the back of the net.
• Nine Friars have notched at least 11-points this season.
• 20 players have scored a goal this season for Providence, tied for the second-most goal scorers in Hockey East with Vermont (Boston College has had 21 goal scorers this season).
• 24 Friars have notched at least one point, tied with Boston College for the most in Hockey East.
FRIAR POINT STREAKS
• Four Games: John Gilmour (2-2-4)
• Two Games: Ross Mauermann (2-0-2); Josh Monk (0-2-2)
LAST WEEKEND: PC SPLITS WITH UML
The Friars and River Hawks split a weekend series (Jan. 24-25), with Providence posting a come-from-behind 5-4 win on Friday night and UMass Lowell winning 6-1 on Saturday.
• Despite heading into the final period trailing 4-2 on Friday night, the Friars used third period goals from Trevor Mingoia, Mark Jankowski and Ross Mauermann.
• All three goals came in the final 7:32 of play, including Mauermann’s fifth game-winning goal of the season, which was scored at 3:46 left.
• Providence goaltender Jon Gillies made 25 saves in the win, including eight in the third period.
• Nick Saracino finished with a goal and two assists, tying his career high mark with three points.
• On Saturday, led by Joseph Pendenza’s two goals and an assist, UMass Lowell defeated Providence 6-1 at the Tsongas Center.
• Christian Folin also had two goals for the River Hawks, while Ross Mauermann netted his 16th goal of the season for the Friars.
THIRD PERIOD POWER SURGES
The Friars have out-scored opponents 37-22 in the third period this season, good for a +15
• Providence’s 37 third-period goals are the second most in the nation, trailing only Boston College’s 40.
• On Jan. 24, the Friars scored three third period goals to erase a 4-2 deficit and defeat UMass Lowell, 5-4, at Schneider Arena.
• On Dec. 6, the Friars scored three third period goals to erase a 3-0 deficit and tie Northeastern 3-3.
The Friars have played 26 games this season, with 15 of those decided by one goal or ending in a tie.
• Providence is 1-2-5 in eight overtime games this season.
• Of the Friars’ six losses this season, only two have come by more than one goal.
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 16 goals and a team-high 15 assists for 31 points.
• He is the first Friar to reach 31 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 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 136 games of his Friar career.
• Dating back to his freshman season, Shamanski has played in 118 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 (now at 102).
• 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.
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