Feb. 12, 2014
The Friars play a pivotal Hockey East series versus Notre Dame this weekend, beginning with Friday night's 7:05 game. Both games will be played at Schneider Arena.
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Providence and Notre Dame will be meeting for just the sixth and seventh times this weekend, their first games as Hockey East opponents.
The Friars (7-6-1; 15 points) and Irish (5-9-1; 11 points) are separated by four points in the league standings as Providence enters the weekend in sixth place and Notre Dame is tied for eighth with UMass.
The Friars are in the midst of a busy stretch that includes three games in five days, concluding with the Notre Dame series.
Providence is 9-4-1 at home this season, including a 4-3-0 mark in conference games at Schneider Arena.
Providence ranks third in the nation with 38 third-period goals this season.
Ross Mauermann scored two goals against UConn (Feb. 11) and leads the Friars with 33 points (18-15-33).
With 18 goals, Mauermann has the most goals in a season by a Friar since Peter Fregoe scored 23 in 2002-03.
Mauermann is the first Friar to top the 31-point plateau in a season since Torry Gajda had 34 in 2005-06.
Mauermann's five game-winning goals are tied for the national lead, while Shane Luke's four game winners are tied for eighth.
John Gilmour now has five points in his last six games (2-3-5).
The Friar penalty kill ranks seventh in the nation at 87 percent (107-for-123).
50TH ANNIVERSARY: THE 1963-64 FRIARS
Over the weekend, Providence College will honor the 1963-64 men's hockey team that became the first in program history to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four.
The team will be honored with an on-ice ceremony between the first and second periods of Saturday night's game (Feb. 15).
The 1964 team went 19-7-0 on its way to a fourth-place finish at the National Tournament.
The team also won the program's first ECAC title with a 3-1 victory over St. Lawrence.
Head Coach Thomas Eccleston led the Friars and was named New England Coach of the Year.
Defenseman Larry Kish became the program's first All-American that season.
On offense, Ray Mooney led the Friars in goals (20), while Grant Heffernan led the Friars in assists (30) and points (48).
Goaltender Bob Bellemore and Kish were named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team.
The Friars debuted black throwback uniforms against Merrimack at Frozen Fenway (Jan. 4).
The uniforms are replicas of those worn by the 1963-64 Providence College team that is being honored this weekend.
The weekend series will mark only the sixth and seventh times that the Friars have faced the Fighting Irish.
In their last weekend series in October 2009, the teams each won a game at Notre Dame's Joyce Center.
During the first game of that series, the Friars upset then seventh-ranked Notre Dame, 3-2, when Aaron Jamnick scored the game-winning goal in the third period.
LAST MEETING: NOTRE DAME DEFEATS PROVIDENCE (Oct. 16, 2009)
The Friars were defeated at No. 7 Notre Dame, 2-0, Friday night at the Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Ind. (Oct.16, 2009).
The Irish finished with a 30-29 shot advantage as Mike Johnson stopped all 29 PC shots to earn his first career shutout in his first career start.
Alex Beaudry stopped 28 shots for the Friars.
SCOUTING THE IRISH
Notre Dame (16-12-1, 5-9-1) enters the weekend tied for eighth in the Hockey East standings with 11 points, four points behind the Friars.
Last weekend, Notre Dame posted a home split with Maine that included a 2-1 loss (Feb. 7) and a 3-2 win (Feb. 8).
In the Saturday night win over Maine, senior forward Bryan Rust scored a pair of third period goals to lead the Irish to the win and claim Hockey East Player of the Week honors.
After stringing together four straight wins at home over non-conference opponents Alabama Huntsville (Jan. 10-11) and Lake Superior (Jan. 17-18), the Irish are 2-4-0 in six Hockey East games since Jan. 24.
Senior forward T.J. Tynan leads the Irish offense with 29 points (7-22-29), while sophomore forward Mario Lucia leads the team in goals with 15 (15-11-26).
Freshman forward Vince Hinostra (6-20-26) and Rust (11-13-24) have also cracked the 20-point plateau.
In net, senior Steven Summerhays has played the majority of the minutes while appearing in 27 of Notre Dame's 29 games.
Summerhays has posted a 14-11-1 record, a .918 save percentage and a 2.13 goals against average.
LAST TIME OUT
On Tuesday, Feb. 11, UConn defeated the Friars, 3-2, at Schneider Arena in Providence's final non-conference game of the season.
A 58-save performance by Huskies' goaltender Matt Grogan was the difference in the game as the Friars put a season-high 60 shots on goal.
Ross Mauermann netted both Friar goals, including an extra attacker goal at 19:31.
UConn notched a goal in each period, with Patrick Kirtland leading the way with a goal and an assist.
Notre Dame Associate Head Coach Paul Pooley served as the head coach of the Friars from 1994-2005 (11 seasons).
Pooley went 185-187-40 while leading the Friars and he helped Providence advance to the NCAA Tournament in 1996 and 2001 and won the Hockey East Championship in 1996.
Notre Dame Associate Media Relations Director and hockey SID Tim Connor worked at Providence College for 13 years (including the final six years as director of athletic media relations) before joining Notre Dame's staff in 2000.
NEW HEA PLAYOFF FORMAT
The Hockey East playoffs will include all 11 teams this season.
Following the regular season, the No. 1-5 seeds will receive byes into the quarterfinals (three-game series on March 14-16).
The No. 6 (vs. No. 11), No. 7 (vs. No. 10) and No. 8 (vs. No. 9) seeds will host one-game opening round playoff games on March 7, 8 or 9 for the final three quarterfinal places.
The semifinals and championship game will be played at the TD Garden on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22.
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.
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.
24 Friars have notched at least one point.
THIRD PERIOD POWER SURGES
The Friars have out-scored opponents 38-24 in the third period this season, good for a +14
Providence's 38 third-period goals are 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 28 games this season, with 16 of those decided by one goal or ending in a tie.
Providence is 1-2-5 in eight overtime games this season.
Five of Providence's eight losses this season have come by one goal.
A three-time Hockey East Player of the Week this season, junior Ross Mauermann leads the Friars in points with a team-high 18 goals and 15 assists for 33 points.
He is the first Friar to notch more than 31 points in a season since Torry Gajda posted 34 points in 2005-06.
With 18 goals, Ross Mauermann has the most goals in a season by a Friar since Peter Fregoe scored 23 in 2002-03 .
Mauermann has eight 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 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 138 games of his Friar career.
Dating back to his freshman season, Shamanski has played in 120 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 104).
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 fourth in the nation 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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