Men's Hockey East Quarterfinals Return to Schneider Arena

    Providence's Kevin Rooney

    Providence's Kevin Rooney

    March 13, 2013

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    FOR STARTERS                                
    After tying for third in the regular-season standings and earning the fourth seed, the Friars will play host to fifth-seeded New Hampshire in a best-of-three series that begins at 7:00 p.m. at Schneider Arena on Friday, March 15. Game two will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 and is slated to be televised live on the New England Sports Network (NESN). If necessary, game three will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 17.

    TALKING POINTS                               
    • The fourth-seeded Friars are back in the Hockey East playoffs for the second consecutive season under Head Coach Nate Leaman.
    • Providence is hosting Hockey East Quarterfinal action at Schneider Arena for the first time in 10 years (2003 versus Boston University).
    • The Friars went 2-0-1 against the seventh-ranked Wildcats this season.
    • It is the seventh time the Friars and Wildcats are meeting in the Hockey East Quarterfinals (and the fifth best-of-three series).
    • New Hampshire has won four of the previous six series, including each of the previous best-of-three series (Providence’s two quarterfinal wins over UNH came in one-game series).
    • It is Providence’s 26th all-time appearance in the HEA Quarterfinals.
    • Last season, seventh-seeded PC advanced to the HEA semifinals for the first time since 2001 (def. UMass Lowell, two games to one).

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    SERIES HISTORY VERSUS NEW HAMPSHIRE                        
    After meeting three times this season, the Friars and Wildcats will meet for the 150th time in game one of the 2013 Hockey East Quarterfinals.
    • New Hampshire leads the all-time series (82-52-15), which dates back to Feb. 12, 1927 (a 5-1 UNH win at the Rhode Island Auditorium).
    •  Providence went 2-0-1 versus the Wildcats this season, marking PC’s fifth undefeated regular-season versus the Wildcats since the beginning of Hockey East.
    • With a 6-5 win on Jan. 19, the Friars snapped a 17-game winless streak at the Whittemore Center.
    • PC then posted a 3-3 tie at the Whittemore Center on Feb. 10. The win and tie at UNH this season established PC’s first ever two-game unbeaten streak at the Whittemore Center.
    • Then on Feb. 13 at Schneider Arena, the Friars won 1-0 on a Stefan Demopoulos goal scored at 17:12 of the third period. Jon Gillies made 37 saves to post a then-record fourth shutout of the season.  
    • Prior to this season, Providence last won the season series versus UNH in 1995-96 when they went 2-1-0. The Friars last went undefeated versus UNH in the regular-season in 1991-92 (3-0-0).

    PLAYOFF SERIES HISTORY VERSUS NEW HAMPSHIRE                    
    The Friars and Wildcats have played 14 Hockey East Playoff games, with UNH holding a 10-4 record in those contests.
    • In Hockey East Quarterfinal games, UNH leads the series 8-4. The Friars and Wildcats last met in the quarterfinals in 2007, when UNH swept the Friars at the Whittemore Center (4-0 and 6-0).
    PC and UNH in the Hockey East Quarterfinals
    - 2007: UNH wins series 2-0 at the Whittemore Center (W, 4-0; W, 6-0)
    - 2006: UNH wins series 2-0 at the Whittemore Center (W, 4-0; W, 2-1 [2ot])
    - 2004: UNH wins series 2-1 at at the Whittemore Center (W, 2-1; L, 4-3 [ot]; W, 1-0)
    - 1995: PC wins 1-0 at Conte Forum (W, 3-2 [ot])
    - 1991: PC wins 1-0 at Schneider Arena (W, 4-1)
    - 1990: UNH wins 2-1 at Schneider Arena (L, 5-1; W, 2-0; W, 7-4)

    LAST WEEKEND: PC SPLITS WITH UMASS LOWELL & FINISHES TIED FOR THIRD         
    The Friars split a weekend series versus seventh-ranked UMass Lowell, with each road team winning.
    • Providence won, 3-0, on Friday night at the Tsongas Center as freshman goaltender Jon Gillies extended his single-season Friar record by notching his fifth shutout of the season with 31 saves.
    • Freshman defenseman Tom Parisi had a goal and an assist to pace the Friar offense (it was his first multi-point game with the Friars).
    • Sophomore Ross Mauermann and junior Kevin Hart also scored for the Friars as they snapped UMass Lowell’s nation-long, seven-game winning streak.
    • A night later, with the Hockey East regular-season title on the line, senior Tim Schaller tied the game at 1-1 early in the third period but the River Hawks were able to pull away for the win, 4-1.
    • The Friars finished in a tie for third in the Hockey East standings, their best finish since tying for second in 2001 and the Friars earned the right to host a quarterfinal series for the first time in 10 years.

    BACK TO THE HOCKEY EAST QUARTERFINALS                         
    The Friars are hosting a Hockey East Quarterfinal series for the first time in 10 years and are making back-to-back appearances in the HEA Quarterfinals for the first time since 2006-07 & 2007-08.
    • Providence last hosted the Quarterfinals in 2003, when they were swept by Boston University.
    • Last season, the Friars won their quarterfinal series at UMass Lowell, 2-1, to become the first No. 7 seed to advance in the history of the Hockey East tournament to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2001.
    • This season marks Providence’s 26th all-time appearance in the Hockey East Quarterfinals.

    HOCKEY EAST REGULAR-SEASON WINS HAUL                        
    The Friars totaled 13 regular season Hockey East wins this year, 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 - 2nd season]
    2) 14-10-3 (5th) in 2005-06 [Tim Army - 1st season]
    3) 13-7-6 (t-3rd) in 2012-13 [Nate Leaman - 2nd season]
    3) 13-8-3 (t-2nd) in 2000-01 [Paul Pooley - 7th season]*
    3) 13-11-2 (t-3rd) in 1988-89 [Mike McShane - 4th season]
    * - Best regular-season Hockey East finish

    SCOUTING THE WILDCATS ENTERING THE WEEKEND                      
    • The seventh-ranked Wildcats(18-9-7, 13-8-6 HEA) tied for third in the regular-season Hockey East standings and enter the weekend eighth in the Pairwise.
    • Last weekend, the Wildcats lost (4-3) and tied (4-4) Maine at the Whittemore Center.  
    • New Hampshire is 2-1-4 over its last seven games entering the post-season.
    • Junior forward Kevin Goumas leads the team with 28 assists and 38 points.   
    • Senior forward Austin Block leads the team with 14 goals, while sophomore forward Grayson Downing and senior forward John Henrion each have 13 goals in the season.
    • In net, sophomore Casey DeSmith carries a 17-7-7 record into the weekend, as well as a .924 save percentage and a 2.23 goals against average.
    • In Hockey East play, DeSmith finished the regular-season with a 2.04 goals against average and a .933 save percentage - both of which rank second in the conference.
    • Head coach Dick Umile is in his 23rd season behind the New Hampshire bench. Umile’s brother, James, played for the Friars from 1965-68 (66 GP, 29-33-62).

    GILLIES NAMED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK                        
    Freshman goaltender Jon Gillies was named the Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Monday (March 11).
    • Gillies helped the Friars to a weekend split with seventh-ranked UMass Lowell.
    • On Friday night (March 8), Gillies made 31 saves as the Friars blanked the River Hawks, 3-0. Gillies earned his fifth shutout of the season to extend his single-season Friar record.
    • For the weekend, Gillies posted a 1.53 goals against average, made 53 saves and had a .946 save percentage.

    MIGHTY MAUERMANN                        
    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.

    LIFE ON THE ROAD                              
    The Friars are 8-7-4 on the road this year and 7-4-3 in Hockey East road games. It was their highest road win total since also going 8-7-4 on the road in 2003-04.
    • 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).

    SARACINO SCORING                         
    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 tied for the fourth-most for the Friars.
    • Six of his seven goals have come against New Hampshire and Boston College.
    • Both of his multi-point games this year have come against the Wildcats (1-1-2 on Jan. 19 and 2-1-3 on Feb. 10).

    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.
    • Gillies then extended the PC single-season record with 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).
    • 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 18 of 34 games against ranked opponents (4-9-5).
    • The Friars have played eight games against top-five ranked opponents and posted a 3-2-3 record.  
    • Against the current top-seven ranked teams in the country, the Friars are 4-5-3, including three games against UNH (2-0-1), Boston College (1-1-1) and UMass Lowell (1-2-0); two games against Miami (0-1-1) and a game versus top-ranked Quinnipiac (0-1-0).
    • In the Pairwise rankings prior to this weekend’s playoff games, Providence has played 14 games against the top-seven teams (4-7-3).

    ARMY ON THE OFFENSIVE                        
    Junior forward Derek Army is 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.

    FRIAR UNDERCLASSMEN                           
    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 152 of Providence’s 256 points this season (59 percent) and have netted 65 of the team’s 97 goals (67 percent).

    FIVE-POINT NIGHTS                        
    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. 

    WORKING OVERTIME                        
    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.

    BALANCED ATTACK                        
    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 15 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.  

    OVERTIME TIM                           
    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).

    HOCKEY BROS                            
    • 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.

    STEIN STARTS                            
    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.
    • Capacity then returned to 3,030 for the Quarterfinal playoff series with UNH.

    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.