Feb. 19, 2014
The Friars open a home-and-home weekend series versus Massachusetts on Friday night at Schneider Arena in what will be Providence's final regular-season home game of the season.
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The Friars enter their second to last Hockey East weekend in sixth in the League standings (7-7-2, 16 points), while UMass sits in ninth (4-11-3, 11 points).
Friday night's game will include a pregame senior night ceremony to honor the team's three graduating seniors including, Derek Army, Kevin Hart and Steven Shamanski.
With 18 goals, Ross Mauermann has the most goals in a season by a Friar since Peter Fregoe scored 23 in 2002-03.
Mauermann (18-15-33) 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 fourth in the country, while Shane Luke's has four game winners (t-12th).
Providence is 9-5-2 on home ice this season (4-4-1 in Hockey East play).
In his first two seasons, Nick Saracino has totaled nine goals and five assists for 14 points in games played after Feb. 1 (17 games played).
At 87.2 percent (116/133 ), the Friar penalty kill ranks fifth in the nation. THE SERIES
In last season's three-game series, the Friars posted a 2-1-0 record against UMass to take the season-series for a third consecutive year.
During the second game against Massachusetts last season (1/11/13), Stefan Demopoulos and Derek Army each scored two goals.
In their third game last season, Jon Gillies recorded his third shutout of his freshman season, making 44 saves - the most saves he has made in any of his eight career shutouts.
The two consecutive wins last season marked the first time the Friars defeated Massachusetts in back-to-back games since Nov. 11 and 12 of 2005.
Massachusetts (8-19-4, 4-11-3 HEA) dropped a pair of decisions to UMass Lowell (3-2 on Feb. 14) and Northeastern (5-4 on Feb. 15) last weekend.
Senior forward Conor Sheary leads the team in scoring with nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points.
Senior forward Branden Gracel leads the team with 12 goals.
Senior forward Michael Pereira ranks tied for 12th in the nation with seven power-play goals.
The UMass power play ranks ninth in the country at 21.6 percent (30-for-139).
In net, junior Steve Mastalerz has played the majority of the minutes and posted an 8-16-3 record to go along with a .907 save percentage and a 2.78 goals against average.
In Hockey East games, Mastalerz is 4-9-2 with a 2.85 GAA and a .904 save percentage.
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), with the No. 5 seed playing at the No. 4 seed.
The No. 6 (vs. No. 11), No. 7 (vs. No. 10) and No. 8 (vs. No. 9) seeds will each 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.
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 140 games of his Friar career.
Dating back to his freshman season, Shamanski has played in 122 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 106).
The Providence College record for consecutive games played is held by Tony
Zancanaro `07, who played in all 146 games of his Friar career.
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 ).
Over the Notre Dame weekend (Feb. 14-15), Providence College honored the 1963-64 men's hockey team that became the first in program history to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four.
The Friars debuted black throwback uniforms against Merrimack at Frozen Fenway (Jan. 4) and then wore them in both games against Notre Dame.
The uniforms are replicas of those worn by that 1963-64 team.
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.
On Tuesday, Feb. 11, UConn defeated the Friars, 3-2, at Schneider Arena.
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.
It was the first time the Friars put 60 shots on goal since Oct. 11, 2003 when Providence put 61 shots on goal against Sacred heart in a 7-2 home victory.
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).
SPREADING THE WEALTH
The Friars are largely a scoring-by-committee team with points coming from the entire 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.
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).
THIRD PERIOD POWER SURGES
The Friars have out-scored opponents 39-25 in the third period this season, good for a +14
Providence's 39 third-period goals ranks tied for the fifth-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.
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