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The Friars and 19th-ranked Merrimack conclude their regular-season series at 4:05 p.m. at Schneider Arena on Sunday, Feb. 17. The teams previously split a home-and-home series earlier this season.
• Merrimack (second place) and Providence (fourth place) enter the weekend as two of the top-four teams in the Hockey East standings.
• The Friars are coming off a Wednesday night 1-0 win over fifth-ranked New Hampshire behind sophomore Stefan Demopoulos' game-winning goal scored with 2:48 to play in the third period.
• Freshman goaltender Jon Gillies turned aside all 37 shots he faced to earn his Friar record fourth shutout of the season.
• The Friars are unbeaten in their last four games (1-0-3), which is their first four-game unbeaten streak of the season (had two four-game unbeaten streaks last season).
• During the four-game unbeaten streak, freshman Nick Saracino leads the Friars with four points on two goals and two assists, while Gillies has a 1.88 goals against average and a .944 save percentage.
• Merrimack enters the weekend on a three-game winning streak (The Warriors will play fourth-ranked Boston College on Friday, Feb. 15 before facing off with the Friars on Sunday).
• The Friars claimed the regular-season series against Merrimack in 2010-11 and 2011-12 with 2-1-0 records. Last season's two Providence wins came when Merrimack was the top-ranked team in the country.
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SCOUTING THE WARRIORS
Merrimack (13-10-5, 11-6-2 HEA) enters the weekend on a three-game winning streak and has won seven of their last ten contests.
• Before the Warriors square off against the Friars at Schneider Arena on Sunday, they will host fourth-ranked Boston College on Friday, Feb. 15. Entering Friday night, Boston College is in first place in the Hockey East standings, one point ahead of Merrimack and New Hampshire and two points ahead of the Friars.
• Junior forward Mike Collins leads the team with 34 points and holds team highs in both goals (15) and assists (19).
• Twenty-nine of Collins' points (10 goals and 19 assists) have come in HEA play.
• All told, 10 Warriors have at least 10 points on the season.
• Junior goaltender Sam Marotta has played the majority of the minutes between the pipes for Merrimack. He has an overall record of 10-5-3 entering the weekend to go with a .928 save percentage and a 2.08 goals against average.
• Head coach Mark Dennehy is in his eighth season behind the Warrior bench.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS MERRIMACK
The Friars and Warriors have met 116 times dating back to the teams' first meeting on Feb. 13, 1960, which the Friars won 7-1 at the Billerica Forum. Providence leads the all-time series with a 78-30-8 record.
• The two teams split a home-and-home series earlier this season with the Friars picking up a 3-2 overtime victory at Merrimack (Nov. 30) and Merrimack posting a 2-1 road win the following night (Dec. 1).
• In the Friars' road win, senior Tim Schaller scored the game-winning goal at 4:23 of overtime, giving Providence an overtime road win for the first time since Jan. 13, 2007 when Providence won at UMass Lowell, 3-2, on Colin McDonald's game winner
• With a win on Sunday, the Friars would take the season series with a 2-1-0 mark versus the Warriors for the third consecutive season.
• Last season the Friars swept No. 1 Merrimack in a home-and-home series. The 2-1 overtime win on Dec. 2 was PC's first over a No. 1 team since 2003. It also marked the Friars' first overtime triumph since 2008.
LAST TIME OUT: PC 1, No. 5 UNH 30 (FEB. 13)
Sophomore Stefan Demopoulos scored the lone goal of the game with only 2:48 remaining in regulation while freshman goaltender Jon Gillies registered his fourth career shutout by stopping all 37 shots that he faced to lead the Friars to a 1-0 win over fifth-ranked New Hampshire on Wednesday night at Schneider Arena.
• New Hampshire goaltender Casey DeSmith also played a strong game in net, making 33 saves in the loss, including one on a penalty shot in the second period.
• With a 2-0-1 mark versus New Hampshire this season, the Friars (11-10-6, 9-6-5 HEA) won the series against the Wildcats (16-8-3, 11-7-2 HEA) for the first time since 1995-96.
• This marks PC's first three-game unbeaten streak against UNH since their final meeting in the 2002-03 season (Feb. 9) and their first two meetings in 2003-04 (Nov. 14 and Jan. 9).
• The last time that the Friars won a 1-0 game was on March 11, 2012 versus No. 7/8 UMass Lowell. • Stefan Demopoulos returned to the line-up after missing four games with an injury and scored his first goal since January 11, 2012 against UMass.
• Jon Gillies' fourth shutout of the season set a record for the Friars, as he became the first ever Friar goaltender (any class year) to register four shutouts in one season.
• Before Gillies, no other Friar freshman goaltender had recorded more than two shutouts in a single season.
THE ROAD AHEAD
The Friars return to weekend home-and-home play for the final three weekends of the Hockey East regular season, facing off against Northeastern (Feb. 22-23), Boston College (March 1-2) and UMass Lowell (March 8-9).
GILLIES SETS SINGLE SEASON SHUTOUT MARK
Jon Gillies became the first Providence goaltender to record four shutouts in a season with a 1-0 blanking of New Hampshire on Wednesday, Feb. 13. He made 37 saves in the win.
• Gillies posted his first career shutout on Oct. 27 with a 3-0 win over Maine (26 saves).
• 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 (35 saves).
• Gillies then became the first Friar freshman to record three shutouts in a season when he and the Friars shutout UMass, 2-0, on Jan. 12 at Schneider Arena (44 saves).
• 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.
• Friar goalies with three shutouts in a season include: Alex Beaudry `12 (2011-12), Tyler Sims `08 (2005-06 & 2007-08), Nolan Schafer `03 (2000-01) and Mario Proulx `84 (1981-82).
• Gillies' four shutouts rank tied for third most all-time at PC with Dan Hornstein `63, Bob Bell `95 and Boyd Ballard `01.
• Sims ranks first with seven shutouts, while Proulx is second with five career shutouts.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
On Feb. 1 in PC's 2-2 tie at Maine, senior defenseman Alex Velischek became the third Friar this season to reach the 100-games played plateau, joining Myles Harvey (Nov. 9) and Tim Schaller (Nov. 3).
• 140 Friars have now played at least 100 career games, including Alex's father Randy Velischek, who played in 138 games.
• Alex and Randy are the first father-son combination to each play 100 or more games at Providence - a feat that could soon be matched by Tim (a PC record 151 GP) and Derek Army (99 GP) on Sunday afternoon.
• Tim Army's 151 games played is the career record for a PC player.
ONE TOUGH SLATE
The Friars are in the midst of playing a tough schedule. They enter Sunday's game against 19th-ranked Merrimack having played 13 of 27 games against ranked opponents (2-7-4).
• The Friars have played six games against the current top-five ranked teams.
• In the current Pairwise rankings, Providence has played four of the top-five teams and five of the top nine.
With a 3-3 tie at No. 4/5 New Hampshire on Sunday, Feb. 10, the Friars played to a third consecutive overtime road tie (tied BU on Jan. 25, 3-3 & tied Maine on Feb. 1, 2-2).
• It is the second time this season PC has played three consecutive overtime games, having also played three overtime games from Dec. 7-Jan. 4.
• Before this season, the Friars had 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.
• Providence is now 1-2-6 in nine overtime games this season.
• The Friars played eight overtime games last season (1-3-4).
ARMY ON THE OFFENSIVE
Junior forward Derek Army enters Sunday as the Friars' leading scorer with 19 points on a team-high 11 goals and eight assists.
• Army has tied his career high with 11 goals (posted 11-11-22 totals as a sophomore).
• The Friars are 9-1-4 when Army records a point and 4-1-2 when he scores a goal.
LIFE ON THE ROAD
The Friars are 5-7-4 on the road this year and 4-4-3 in Hockey East road games.
• It is the most Hockey East road wins since 2007-08 when Providence was 6-5-2 in HEA road games.
• 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).
• With a 6-5 win on Jan. 19, the Friars posted their first win at New Hampshire's Whittemore Center since March 12, 2004 (PC won in overtime, 4-3).
• The Friars followed up that win with a 3-3 tie at the Whittemore Center on Feb. 10 to establish their first ever two-game unbeaten streak at the Whittemore Center.
• Nine of Providence's 16 road games have been played against ranked opponents.
• With a 2-2 tie at Maine on Feb. 1, the Friars snapped a five-game losing streak at Alfond Arena, dating back to a 2-2 tie on Jan. 18, 2009.
GILLIES NAMED A WALTER BROWN AWARD SEMIFINALIST
Freshman goalie Jon Gillies was selected as a semifinalist for the 2013 Walter Brown Award, given annually to the best American-born player in New England, it was announced by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston on Monday, Feb. 4.
• The award, established in 1953, is the nation's oldest nationally-recognized college hockey honor and this year the semifinalist list features 16 NCAA Division I players, including eight from Hockey East.
• The finalists and winner of the award will be announced in March and the formal award presentation is scheduled for the New England College Hockey Writers' Dinner in April.
• Four Friars have won the Walter Brown Award, including Ron Wilson (1974-75), Tim Army (1984-85), Rob Gaudreau (1991-92) and Mike Omicioli (1998-99).
SHAMANSKI HELPING OUT
Junior defenseman Steven Shamanski recorded a career high three assists in Providence's 6-5 win over UNH at the Whittemore Center on Jan. 19 . Shamanski then recorded two assists in Providence's 3-3 tie at Boston University on Jan. 26.
• Prior to his three assist showing at UNH (85 career games), Shamanski had never registered more than one point in a game.
• Shamanski now has a team-high 12 assists on the season (0-12-12).
• 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 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 119 of Providence's 204 points this season (58 percent) and have netted 51 of the team's 75 goals (68 percent).
Never more evident than in Providence's 7-0 win over Brown in which seven different Friars scored, offense has come from all across the Friar lineup.
• Eighteen Friars have scored at least one goal this season and 11 Friars have at least 10 points on the year.
• 22 Friars have at least one point.
• Seven Friars have scored Providence's 11 game-winning goals this season (Stefan Demopoulos leads the team with three game-winning tallies).
FRIARS POST 6-5 WIN AT THE WHITTEMORE CENTER (JAN. 19, 2013)
For the first time since March 12, 2004 (PC won in overtime, 4-3), the Friars went into New Hampshire's Whittemore Center and came away with a win, downing the third-ranked Wildcats, 6-5, on Saturday, Jan. 19.
• Six Friars scored at least two points in the game, including two goals from junior Derek Army and three assists by junior Steven Shamanski. It was the first multi-point game of Shamanski's career.
• Senior Kyle Murphy netted what turned out to be the game-winning goal at 3:47 of the third period.
• The Friars jumped out to a 4-0 lead midway through the second period and went on to snap a 17-game winless streak versus the Wildcats.
• With a goal and an assist, Nick Saracino registered his first multi-point game in a Friar uniform.
• The win was PC's first against a ranked opponent this season (also tied #4 Miami on Oct. 19 and tied #2 Boston College on Dec. 7).
• The Friars then tied UNH, 3-3, on Feb. 10 to establish PC's first ever two-game unbeaten streak at the Whittemore Center.
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 Jan. 5. 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
CAREER DAY FROM HART RETURNS 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).
• 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, 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: DEREK ARMY
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
• Harvey has a career-high 11 assists this season (he had 10 assist in 38 games as a junior) and scored his first goal of the year at Boston University on Jan. 26.
NEWCOMERS & DEBUTS
• 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.
• Freshman Will Goss made his debut at UMass Lowell on Jan. 17.
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.
• Other activities Kevin has done surrounding the team include dropping the puck as part of a ceremonial face-off prior to the BC game on Dec. 7, trick-or-treating with members of the Friars and attending the 2013 AHL all-star game with several Friars at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
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.
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.
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.
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.