Feb. 26, 2014
The Friars close out the regular season with a two-game, weekend series at Maine on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1.
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The Friars enter the final weekend of Hockey East play tied for fifth in the league standings (9-7-2, 20 points).
Providence could still finish anywhere between second- and eighth-place.
The Friars are currently tied with New Hampshire (10-8-0, 20 points), who plays two games at Merrimack this weekend.
Providence is part of a group of seven teams separated by six points in second- through seventh-place in the Hockey East standings.
Among the group of teams between second and seventh-place, the Friars hold the head-to-head tie breaker against Vermont and split season series against UMass Lowell and New Hampshire.
If Providence ends the regular-season in sixth-, seventh- or eighth-place, it would host a one-game playoff on Saturday, March 8 at Schneider Arena.
Mark Jankowski scored back-to-back game-winning goals last weekend as the Friars swept a home-and-home series versus UMass (Feb. 21-22).
Both the Black Bears (eight goals, 2nd in the country) and the Friars (six goals, t-6th in the country) have proven to be dangerous while skating shorthanded.
Providence is 7-3-1 on the road this season, including a 4-3-1 mark in road Hockey East games.
Defensive battle: at 2.34 goals against per game, the Friar defense ranks tied for 10th in the country, while Maine ranks ninth at 2.30 goals against per game.
At 85.9 percent (122/142), the Friar penalty kill ranks ninth in the nation.
Over the last four games, Jon Gillies has posted a 1.97 goals against average and a .929 save percetage to go along with a 2-1-1 record.
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.
With 17 wins, Providence - which finished 2012-13 with a 17-14-7 record - has turned in back-to-back seasons of at least 17 wins for the first time since the 1999-00 (18-18-2) and 2000-01 (22-13-5) seasons.
If the Friars were to win or tie on Friday night, it would mark Providence's first four-game unbeaten streak against the Black Bears since winning eight straight from 1981-84.
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), 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.
LAST WEEKEND: UMASS SWEEP
The No. 12 Friars posted a 4-3 win over the University of Massachusetts Minutemen on Friday night at Schneider Arena (2,978) and followed up with a 2-1 win on Saturday night at the Mullins Center (4,217).
Mark Jankowski scored the game-winning goal in each game.
Sophomore Brandon Tanev led the way for Providence's offense on Friday night with a career high with three points (1-2-3).
Noel Acciari notched a goal in each game.
Sophomore Jon Gillies played a strong series for the Friars, highlighted by a 21-save performance in the third period of Friday night's game.
Gillies then stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced on Saturday night.
Providence has now won four games in a row against the Minutemen, its first such streak since 1994.
JANKOWSKI WINS IT
Sophomore Mark Jankowski scored back-to-back game-winning goals against UMass on Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22.
It was the first two game-winning goals of the season for Jankowski, who now has four game-winning goals as a Friar.
The Friars are now 7-1-1 when Jankowski scores a goal and 10-2-2 when he notches a point.
EXTRA ATTACKER SUCCESS
The Friars are tied for third in the nation in extra attacker goals scored in the final two minutes of regulation:
4 - Northeastern
4 - Vermont
3 - Princeton
3 - Providence (scored by Ross Mauermann, Noel Acciari and Mark Jankowski)
3 - Robert Morris
The Friars finished the regular season with a 10-5-2 record at Schneider Arena.
It is Providence's first 10-win season at home since 2005-06 (10-4-3).
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 142 games of his Friar career.
Dating back to his freshman season, Shamanski has played in 124 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 108).
The Providence College record for consecutive games played is held by Tony Zancanaro `07, who played in all 146 games of his Friar career.
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 they had 61 shots on goal against Sacred Heart in a 7-2 home victory.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
The Friars are largely a scoring-by-committee team with points coming from the entire lineup.
Most recently, in Providence's 4-3 win over UMass (Feb. 21), four different players scored goals, while nine players finished with at least one point.
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.
Ten Friars have notched at least 11-points this season.
20 Friars have scored a goal this season.
24 Friars have notched at least one point.
All season, the Friars have been one of the least penalized teams in the nation.
Providence has totaled 314 PIM for the season, good for a 9.8 PIM per game average.
Only seven teams in the country (out of 59) have averaged fewer PIM/game than the Friars.
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 39-29 in the third period this season, good for a +10
Providence's 39 third-period goals ranks tied for the eighth-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 32 games this season, with 19 of those decided by one goal or having ended in a tie.
Providence is 1-2-6 in nine overtime games this season.
Five of Providence's nine losses this season have come by 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 sixth-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.
WALTER BROWN AWARD
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).
FRIAR OLYMPIC CONNECTIONS
The 2014 Winter Olympics took 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 ).
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.
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOK
On Nov. 16 at Vermont, sophomore Jon Gillies made 23 saves to post his school-record eighth shutout, surpassing Tyler Sims `08 (7).
Gillies recorded his eighth shutout in his 45th career start. Sims (2004-08) posted his seventh shutout in his 94th career game.
Four of Gillies' eight shutouts have come on the road.
With three shutouts this season, Gillies is tied for sixth in the nation.
As a freshman, Gillies set the Providence College single season record with five shutouts.
Gillies' 2.15 career GAA currently ranks first in the Providence record book.
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