Kevin Hart and the Friars open their February slate with a Tuesday night game versus UConn.
Feb. 9, 2014
The Friars close out their non-conference schedule with a Tuesday night home game against future Hockey East opponent Connecticut.
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Providence and UConn will meet for just the third time in series history on Tuesday night, having also played in 2002 (a 2-2 tie at Schneider Arena on Jan. 18) and in 2005 (a 4-3 Providence win on Jan. 25).
The Friars are opening a stretch of three games in five days, as they will play Hockey East newcomer Notre Dame this weekend (Feb. 14-15).
Including next weekend's home-and-home series with UMass, Providence opens a stretch of five games in 12 days.
Providence is 9-3-1 at home this season, including a 5-0-1 mark in non-conference games at Schneider Arena.
Providence ranks tied for third in the nation with 37 third-period goals 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 for the national lead.
Jon Gillies ranks 15th in the nation in save percentage (.927) and 12th in winning percentage (.667).
The Friar penalty kill ranks seventh in the nation at 86.8 percent (105-for-121).
The Friars have the tenth-best winning percentage in the country (.648).
The Friars and Huskies have only met twice prior to Tuesday night's game and will play for the first time in nine seasons.
Each meeting has come at Schneider Arena, with the Friars posting a 1-0-1 mark in the previous two meetings.
LAST MEETING: FRIARS SKATE TO 4-3 WIN OVER UCONN (Jan. 25, 2005)
Providence College senior Tom Gallagher's goal at 12:16 of the second period proved to be the game-winning tally as the Friars defeated the University of Connecticut.
Providence controlled much of the game as it outshot the Huskies, 45-17.
David Carpentier opened the scoring for the Friars as he tallied his second goal of the season.
James Pemberton scored his second goal of the season, while Torry Gajda added his third of the season to give the Friars a 3-1 advantage at 8:12 of the second period.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
The Huskies (14-9-4, 12-6-3) are tied for third with Air Force in the Atlantic Hockey standings, trailing Mercyhurst and Bentley.
UConn is coming off a weekend Atlantic Hockey split with Bentley that saw the Huskies post a 3-0 home win on Friday night (Feb. 7), before losing on the road Saturday (Feb. 8) night (4-1).
Friday night's win was backstopped by freshman Robby Nichols' 28 saves.
Nichols is 5-1-2 on the season with a 2.01 goals against average and a .935 save percentage.
Senior Matt Grogan has played 21 games in the UConn net, going 9-8-2 with a 2.43 goals against average and a .921 save percentage.
Seniors Billy Latta (10-10-20) and Jordan Sims (7-13-20) lead UConn with 20 points apiece.
Latta is tied for 10th in the nation with seven power-play goals and the Huskies' power play ranks 15th in the nation (20.6 percent).
Coordinator of Men's Ice Hockey Operations David Berard spent the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons with the University of Connecticut, where he closed out his tenure as the Interim Head Coach.
Berard led the Huskies to a 19-10-3 (16-8-3 against AHA teams) as the interim head coach and an appearance in the AHA semifinals.
WALTER BROWN AWARD
Junior forward Ross Mauermann was named one of 16 semifinalists for the 62nd Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England (Feb. 3).
The semifinalists were announced by Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president Bob Norton.
The Gridiron Club will announce the finalists and winner of the 62nd Walter Brown Award in March, following league playoffs and before the start of NCAA Tournament play.
Four Friars have won the Walter Brown Award, including Ron Wilson `77 (1974-75), Tim Army `85 (1984-85), Rob Gaudreau `92 (1991-92) and Mike Omicioli `99 (1998-99).
The 2014 Winter Olympics are taking place between Feb. 7-23, in Sochi, Russia.
Former Friar Brian Burke `77 is the Director of Player Personnel for the U.S. Olympic men's hockey team.
Bob Nicholson, who was a teammate of Burke's at Providence during the 1973-74 season under Head Coach Lou Lamoriello, has been Hockey Canada's president and CEO since 1998.
Nicholson has helped Canada win 66 medals in international competition since 1990, including five Olympic gold medals (2002 - men, 2002 - women, 2006 - women, 2010 - men, 2010 - women).
On the women's side, Genevieve Lacasse `12 is one of Team Canada's three goaltenders.
Four Friar men's hockey players have played in the Olympics: Gates Orlando `84 (Italy - `92, `94, `98), Chris Therien `93 (Canada - `94), Chris Terreri (USA - `88), Paul Guay `83 (USA - `84 ).
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.
THIRD PERIOD POWER SURGES
The Friars have out-scored opponents 37-23 in the third period this season, good for a +14
Providence's 37 third-period goals are tied for the third-most in the nation.
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 27 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.
Four of Providence's seven losses this season have come by one goal.
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.
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 137 games of his Friar career.
Dating back to his freshman season, Shamanski has played in 119 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 103).
The Providence College record for consecutive games played is held by Tony Zancanaro `07, who played in all 146 games of his Friar career.
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 fifth-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.
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