March 9, 2013
The Friars and UMass Lowell close out the regular season by playing in a de facto title game with the winner taking the regular-season Hockey East title. If the teams tie, there could be up to a four-way tie for the title. Prior to the game, the Friars will honor their six seniors in a "Senior Night" ceremony.
The Friars (32 points) and River Hawks (32 points) enter Saturday night as two of the four teams still in contention for at least a share of first place (along with BC and UNH) in Hockey East.
Providence and UMass Lowell are both vying to become the first team other than Boston College, Boston University, Maine or New Hampshire to win the league's regular season title.
Mathematically, the Friars could still finish with a 1-5 seed.
Last night, the Friars snapped UML's seven-game winning steak with a 3-0 win at the Tsongas Center.
Jon Gillies made 31 saves to post his fifth shutout of the season, extending his Friar record for most shutouts in a season.
Providence's best finish in the Hockey East regular season was a tie for second in 2000-01 (13-8-3).
The Friars are currently 18th in the USCHO poll, their highest ranking since March 3, 2008 when they were 17th.
Providence has posted back-to-back 10+ win Hockey East seasons for the first time since the 1999-2000 (10-13-1) and 2000-01 (13-8-3).
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SERIES HISTORY VERSUS UMASS LOWELL
The Friars and River Hawks will meet for the third time this season. In game one, UMass Lowell edged Providence, 2-1, at home on Jan. 17. Jon Gillies made a career-high 48 saves in the loss, while Ross Mauermann scored the PC goal. Then last night Gillies made 31 saves as the Friars won, 3-0.
Last season, the Friars and River Hawks played six times under then first year head coaches Nate Leaman and Norm Bazin, with the teams posting 3-3-0 records. The Friars downed UML, two games to one, in the semifinals of the 2012 Hockey East Quarterfinals to become the first No. 7 seed to win a Hockey East Quarterfinal series in the 28-year history of the league.
Mauermann had the game-winning goal in game three of that HE Quarterfinal series.
The Friars lead the all-time series 50-42-11.
HOCKEY EAST RACES
The Friars enter the final night of play in the hunt for their first ever regular-season Hockey East title. PC is one of four teams that can still win or tie for the title, including UMass Lowell, New Hampshire and Boston College.
A win by either Providence or UMass Lowell tonight would clinch the title and top seed outright.
Mathematically, PC can still finish anywhere between first and fifth in seeding for the playoffs.
A top-four seeding would see the Friars host a Hockey East Quarterfinal series for the first time since 2003.
Providence and UMass Lowell are both vying to become the first team other than Boston College, Boston University, Maine or New Hampshire to win the league's regular season title.
Providence has clinched a berth in the Hockey East playoffs for the second time in as many seasons under Head Coach Nate Leaman (last time PC played in the HEA playoffs back-to-back years was 2006-07 & 2007-08).
HOCKEY EAST WINS HAUL
The Friars have totaled 13 Hockey East wins this season, marking back-to-back 10+ Hockey East win seasons for the first time since 1999-2000 (10-13-1 HEA) and 2000-01 (13-8-3).
PC's 13 Hockey East wins this season are the most since going 14-10-3 in 2005-06.
PC's Highest Regular Season Hockey East Wins Totals
1) 15-14-5 (3rd) in 1984-85 [Steve Stirling]
2) 14-10-3 (5th) in 2005-06 [Tim Army]
3) 13-11-2 (t-3rd) in 1988-89 [Mike McShane]
3) 13-8-3 (t-2nd) in 2000-01 [Paul Pooley]*
3) 13-7-6 (TBD) in 2012-13 [Nate Leaman]
* - Best regular-season Hockey East finish
LAST NIGHT: PC 3, UML 0 (TSONGAS CENTER)
Freshman goaltender Jon Gillies turned aside all 31 shots he faced and a goal in each period by the Friar offense led the men's hockey team to a 3-0 win at seventh-ranked UMass Lowell's Tsongas Center on Friday night.
Sophomore Ross Mauermann, junior Kevin Hart and freshman Tom Parisi scored for the Friars. Providence snapped UMass Lowell's nation-long, seven-game winning streak.
River Hawks freshman goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 23 stops in the loss, his first in 14 starts.
Parisi registered his first multi-point game as a Friar with a goal and an assist.
Nick Saracino has a three-game point streak (2-0-1).
Ross Mauermann has three goals and an assist in his last four games.
Hart became the fifth Friar to play his 100th career game this season.
Defenseman Myles Harvey returned to the Friar lineup after missing the previous five games.
The Friars moved to 12-0-2 when leading after two periods this season and 13-2-4 when scoring first
SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS (ENTERING THE WEEKEND)
The seventh-ranked River Hawks (21-9-2, 15-8-2) enter the weekend on a nation-best seven-game winning streak that began with a 6-2 win at UMass on Feb. 15.
Last week, UMass Lowell went 3-0-0 with a win at Boston College (4-2) and a weekend sweep of Merrimack (4-0 and 3-1) to move into first in the Hockey East standings.
Freshman goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stopped 62 of the 63 shots he faced in the weekend series versus the Warriors to lead UMass Lowell to the series sweep.
The River Hawks are 17-2-1 over their last 20 games and Hellebuyck has won each of his last 13 starts.
Junior forward Joseph Pendeza leads the team in scoring with 33 points on 12 goals and a team-high 21 assists.
Hellebuyck has played the majority of the minutes and since a 5-1 loss (Oct. 19) in his career debut, Hellebuyck has a 1.13 goals against average and a .957 save percentage.
For the season, Hellebuyck has played in 15 games (junior Doug Carr has 19 appearances) and posted a 13-1-0 record to go along with a 1.41 goals against average and a .947 save percentage.
Head coach Norm Bazin is in his 2nd season behind the UMass Lowell bench.
Sophomore Ross Mauermann is tied for the team-lead with 23 points on 12 goals and 11 assists.
Mauermann has three power-play goals (second most on the team), three game winners (tied for the team lead) and a short-handed tally this season. Sixteen (9-7-16) of his 23 points have come in conference play.
Mauermann is one of only two current Friars with multiple 10-goal seasons on his resume (co-leading scorer Derek Army is the other, having scored 11 goals last season and 13 this year).
Mauermann is the first Friar to record at least 10 goals in his freshman and sophomore seasons since Matt Bergland `12 did so in 2008-09 (10 goals) and 2009-10 (12 goals).
Mauermann's 12 goals are a season-best total, having posted 10-15-25 totals as a freshman.
GILLIES NAMED ROOKIE OF THE MONTH
Freshman goaltender Jon Gillies was named the Hockey East Association's Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month for February it was announced on Feb. 28.
Gillies posted a 3-0-3 mark for the month, helping the Friars establish a seven-game unbeaten streak.
Gillies posted a 1.76 goals against average for February and turned in a .947 save percentage.
He also totaled 197 saves in Providence's six February games, including a 41-save performance at New Hampshire on Feb. 10 in the Friars' 3-3 tie with the Wildcats.
LIFE ON THE ROAD
The Friars are 8-7-4 on the road this year and 7-4-3 in Hockey East 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.
Eleven of Providence's 19 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.
With a 3-2 win at Northeastern on Feb. 23, the Friars won at Matthews Arena for the first time since a 5-1 win on Jan. 25, 2008.
With a 5-1 win at fourth-ranked Boston College on March 2, the Friars snapped an 18-game winless streak against the Eagles (0-15-3), including an eight-game losing streak at Kelley Rink (dating back to a 3-2 win on Feb. 29, 2008).
Despite missing 10 games due to injuries, including the first nine games of the season, freshman forward Nick Saracino has steadily moved up the scoring ranks for the Friars.
He now has seven goals and six assists for 13 points.
His seven goals are the third-most for the Friars.
Six of his seven goals have come against New Hampshire and Boston College.
GILLIES' SINGLE SEASON SHUTOUT RECORD
Jon Gillies became the first Providence goaltender to record four shutouts in a season with a 1-0 blanking of New Hampshire on Feb. 13. He made 37 saves in the win. He then posted his fifth shutout of the year with 31 saves at UMass Lowell on March 8 (W, 3-0).
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' five shutouts rank tied for second most all-time at PC with Mario Proulx `84.
Sims ranks first with seven career shutouts.
ONE TOUGH SLATE
The Friars are in the midst of playing a tough schedule. They enter the weekend having played 16 of 32 games against ranked opponents (3-8-5).
The Friars have played eight games against top-five ranked opponents and posted a 3-2-3 record.
Against the current top-five ranked teams in the country, the Friars are 2-2-1, including three games against UNH (2-0-1), two games against Miami (0-1-1) and a game versus top-ranked Quinnipiac (0-1-0).
In the Pairwise rankings prior to Friday night's games, Providence has played 12 games against the top-eight teams (3-6-3).
ARMY ON THE OFFENSIVE
Junior forward Derek Army enters Saturday tied for the team-lead with 23 points (Ross Mauermann), including a team-best 13 goals and 10 assists.
Army's 13 goals are a career high for goals in a season (posted 11-11-22 totals as a sophomore).
The Friars are 11-1-5 when Army records a point and 5-1-3 when he scores a goal.
In Providence's 6-2 win over Northeastern at Schneider Arena on Feb. 22, senior Tim Schaller (1-4-5) and sophomore Stefan Demopoulos (2-3-5) each registered five points.
The five points were career high marks for each player, as were Schaller's four assists and Demopoulos' three assists.
The last Friar to record five points in a game was Matt Taormina, who had two goals and three assists in PC's 6-2 win over Maine on Nov. 9, 2007.
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 151 of Providence's 254 points this season (59 percent) and have netted 65 of the team's 96 goals (68 percent).
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 was the second time this season PC 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 1-2-7 in 10 overtime games this season.
The Friars played eight overtime games last season (1-3-4).
SHAMANSKI HELPING OUT
Junior defenseman Steven Shamanski has chipped in this season to help lead the Friar offense.
He notched a goal in each game as Providence swept Northeastern (Feb. 22-23), including his first career game-winning goal in PC's 3-2 win at NU on Feb. 23 (it was also his first career short handed goal).
Shamanski is second on the team with 12 assists (2-12-14 totals).
He 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 entered the season with three assists in 64 career-games played and his previous high-point total for a season came in his freshman year when he had three goals and an assist for four points.
GILLIES A WALTER BROWN 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 (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).
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). Derek Army then played his 100th career game against Merrimack on Feb. 17 and Kevin Hart did so at UMass Lowell on March 8.
142 Friars have now played at least 100 career games, including Alex's father Randy Velischek (who played in 138 games) and Derek's father Tim (who played a PC record 151 career games).
Alex and Randy were the first father-son combination to each play 100 or more games at Providence, a feat that Derek and Tim matched 16 days later.
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.
Nineteen Friars have scored at least one goal this season and 14 Friars have at least 10 points on the year.
Twenty-two Friars have at least one point.
Nine Friars have scored Providence's 15 game-winning goals this season (Stefan Demopoulos and Ross Mauermann lead the team with three game-winning tallies).
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.
WAIT OVER AT THE WHITTEMORE CENTER
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 (first multi-point game of Shamanski's career).
Senior captain 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 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.
Gillies was 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.
Gillies served as John Gibson's primary backup for the tournament and dressed for each game.
Due to training camp, Gillies missed PC's 4-4 tie with Vermont on Dec. 20.
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.
In the quarterfinals, the U.S. downed the Czech Republic, 7-0 (Jan. 2).
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 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.
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.
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 (Merrimack lost to Boston College).
Nick Saracino's older brother, Chris, is a senior defenseman at RIT (ECAC).
Kevin Hart's younger brother, Brian, is a freshman forward at Harvard (ECAC).
Brandon Tanev's older brother, Chris, is a defenseman for the Vancouver Canucks (NHL). Chris Tanev played the 2009-10 season at RIT, when Chris Saracino was a freshman for the Tigers.
Kyle Murphy's older brother, Ryan, played at BC and graduated in 2005.
Chris Rooney's older brother, Steve, played at BC and graduated in 2007.
Derek Army's younger brother, Travis, is a freshman defenseman with Stonehill (DIII - Northeast-10), where he is teammates with Kevin Rooney's older brother, Bryan, who is a junior forward.
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 save showings at Minnesota State.
Five of the 12 goals scored on Stein during his stint as the PC 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.
HART HELPS SECURE MAYOR'S CUP
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 FRIAR 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 drafted since Bobby Goepfert was chosen in the sixth round (121st overall) by Pittsburgh in 2002.
SCHNEIDER ARENA RENOVATIONS
Beginning in December 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 (and Fire Exit access), capacity of the building has been lowered from 3,030 to 2,089 for the 2013 portion of the Friars' 2012-13 schedule.
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 assists 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, Hockey East commissioner 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 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 of ESPN served as the master of ceremonies).
OPENING ON THE OFFENSIVE
In 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.
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.
BOBACK INDUCTED TO PC HOF
The Providence College Athletic Department inducted former Friar great Mike Boback `92 into its Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.
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.
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