Men's Hockey Hosts Maine In Hockey East Quarterfinals

Nick Saracino scored both game-winning goals against New Hampshire in the 2013 Hockey East Quarterfinals.

Nick Saracino scored both game-winning goals against New Hampshire in the 2013 Hockey East Quarterfinals.

March 11, 2014

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The Friars open their best-of-three Hockey East Quarterfinal series against Maine at 7:05 p.m. on Friday night at Schneider Arena.

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The Last Meeting
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Maine2
March 1, 2014
Orono, Maine
Men's Hockey Sweeps Maine, 3-2, To Finish Third In Hockey East
Jon Gillies made 35 saves and goals by Shane Luke, Brandon Tanev and Anthony Florentino sent the Providence College men's hockey team to a 3-2 win and weekend sweep at 18th-ranked Maine on Saturday night at Alfond Arena (4,623).

TALKING POINTS
• Third-seeded Providence and sixth-seeded Maine will be meeting in the playoffs for the first time since the Friars posted a 4-3 win over the Black Bears in the 2001 Hockey East Semifinals.
• The Friars have been off since posting a sweep at Maine on Feb. 28 (W, 4-2) and March 1 (W, 3-2).
• Providence has won its last four games, marking its best stretch of the season since winning five games in a row from Nov. 2 - Nov. 16.
• The Friars are in the Hockey East Quarterfinals for a third consecutive season under Head Coach Nate Leaman.
• It is the first time since 2006-08 that the Friars have been in the Hockey East Quarterfinals in three consecutive seasons.
Providence is hosting a quarterfinal series at Schneider Arena for a second consecutive season for the first time since 1996-97.
• The Friars are currently on a six-game unbeaten streak versus Maine (5-0-1).
• The Friars are 16-9-0 all-time in Hockey East Quarterfinal games played at Schneider Arena.
• All-time, Providence has hosted Hockey East Quarterfinal play 12 times at Schneider Arena and gone on to win nine of those series.
• Providence has reached the 19-win plateau for the first time since 2002-03 (19-14-3).
• At 86.7 percent (130/150), the Friar penalty kill ranks sixth in the nation.
• The Friars finished the regular season with fewer than 10 losses for the first time since 1990-91, when they were 20-9-3 heading into the playoffs.
• Over the last six games, Jon Gillies has posted a 1.98 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage to go along with a 4-1-1 record.
Noel Acciari has a career-long, four-game point streak including a goal in three of those four games (3-3-6).
• After notching seven points (3-4-7) in the first 30 games of the season, Brandon Tanev has six points in the last four games (3-3-6) and he also has a career-long, four-game point streak.

PC IN THE HEA QUARTERFINALS
• The third-seeded Friars are back in the Hockey East quarterfinals for the third consecutive season under Head Coach Nate Leaman.
• Providence is hosting Hockey East Quarterfinal action at Schneider Arena for the second consecutive season (defeated UNH, two-games-to-one, last season).
• It is the first time Providence is hosting back-to-back quarterfinal series since 1996-97.
• It is the first time since 2006-08 that the Friars have been in the Hockey East Quarterfinals for three consecutive seasons.
• Providence is 16-9-0 all-time in Hockey East Quarterfinal games played at Schneider Arena.
• All-time, Providence has hosted Hockey East Quarterfinal play 12 times at Schneider Arena and gone on to win nine of those series.

HEA PLAYOFF REVIEW
The Hockey East playoffs included all 11 teams this season.
• Following the regular season, the No. 1-5 seeds received byes into the quarterfinals (three-game series on March 14-16), with No. 5 seeded Northeastern playing at No. 4 seeded New Hampshire.
• No. 6 seeded Maine downed No. 11 Merrimack, 2-0, to advance to the quarterfinal series at Providence.
• No. 7 Vermont defeated No. 10 UMass, 2-1, to advance to a quarterfinal series at No. 2 UMass Lowell.
• No. 8 Notre Dame defeated No. 9 Boston University, 3-2, to advance to a quarterfinal series at top-seeded Boston College.

ROAD TO THE GARDEN
The Friars and Black Bears will be battling for the chance to play in the Hockey East semifinals at the TD Garden (March 22).
• The Friars have appeared in the Hockey East semifinals each of the past two seasons.
• Providence's back-to-back Hockey East semifinals appearances were its first since 1995 and 1996.
• The Friars have never made three straight appearances in the Hockey East semifinals.

TANEV-ACCIARI-ARMY
The line of Brandon Tanev (LW), Noel Acciari (C) and Derek Army (RW) has played the last five games together, helping the Friars to a 4-1-0 record. Since teaming up:
• Tanev has six points (3-3-6/1.20 ppg).
• Acciari has six points (3-3-6/1.20 ppg).
• Army has four points (0-4-4/.800 ppg).
• They have combined for 16 points (6-10-16).
• Before teaming up with Acciari and Army, Tanev had recorded 18 points (7-11-18) in 62 career games (.290 ppg).

HOME ICE
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).

HIS TIME OF YEAR
Nick Saracino has four career game-winning goals, including his most recent GWG at Maine on Feb. 28, 2014.
• All four of Saracino's game-winning goals have come during the stretch run of the season or playoffs, including both game winners against New Hampshire in the 2013 Hockey East Quarterfinals.
• In four career playoff games, Saracino has four goals and an assist for five points.

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 144 games of his Friar career.
• Dating back to his freshman season, Shamanski has played in 126 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 110).
• 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 Providence College record for career games played is 151, held by Tim Army `85.

SPREADING THE WEALTH
The Friars are largely a scoring-by-committee team with points coming from the entire lineup.
• Most recently, in the Friars' weekend sweep at Maine, six different Friars scored Providence's seven goals.
• 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.
• Twelve Friars have notched at least 10-points this season.
• 20 Friars have scored a goal this season.
• 24 Friars have notched at least one point.

50 AND COUNTING
Head Coach Nate Leaman recorded his 50th win behind the Friar bench in Providence's 3-2 win at Maine on March 1 (50-43-17).
• Leaman reached the 50-win plateau in his 110th game with the Friars.
• Other Friar coaches to reach 50 wins include Thomas Eccleston Jr. (reached 50 wins in 99 games), Lou Lamoriello (99), Paul Pooley (110), Mike McShane (140) and Tim Army (144).

EXTRA ATTACKER SUCCESS
The Friars are tied for fourth in the nation in extra attacker goals:
6 - Maine
5 - Northeastern
5 - Princeton
4 - Vermont
4 - Air Force
4 - Providence
4 - Robert Morris

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 in 2013-14 and 11-2-2 when he notches a point.

DISCIPLINED APPROACH
All season, the Friars have been one of the least penalized teams in the nation.
• Providence has totaled 339 PIM for the season, good for a 10.3 PIM/game average.
• Only 13 teams in the country (out of 59) have averaged fewer PIM/game than the Friars.

MIGHTY MAUERMANN
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).

ON THE ROAD
The Friars finished the regular season with a 9-3-3 road record.
• Combined with last season's mark of 8-7-4, the Friars have posted back-to-back winning road records since 1990-91 (10-6-0) and 1991-92 (9-5-1).
• Providence's nine road wins this season are its most since recording 11 in 1995-96 (11-7-2).

SHORT-HANDED OFFENSE
The Friars have scored seven short-handed goals this season, tied for the third-most in the country.
Brandon Tanev scored Providence's most recent short-handed goal at Maine (March 1), helping the Friars to a 3-2 win.
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).
• 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 short-handed goals this season.


 

 

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