March 18, 2013
WAKEFIELD, Mass. -
After helping lead the Providence College men's hockey team past New Hampshire in the Hockey East Quarterfinals with four goals and an assist in the best-of-three series, freshman forward Nick Saracino (St. Louis, Mo.) was named the Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Week.
The Friars won game one, 3-2, only to see New Hampshire bounce back with a 4-1 game two win. In the decisive game three, Providence posted another 3-2 win to clinch a spot in the Hockey East Semifinals for the second consecutive year. The Friars were named the Hockey East Team of the Week for their efforts, the first time they earned the weekly award this season.
In game one, Saracino scored the game-winning goal at 8:06 of the third period to cap off a three-point night that included two goals and an assist. He then scored PC's lone goal on Saturday afternoon. Then in game three, Saracino came up with the game-winning goal as part of back-to-back power-play tallies by the Friars in the second period.
Twice named the Hockey East Rookie of the Week this season, it is Saracino's first career Player of the Week honor. He now has eight points (6g, 2a) in his last seven games and posted ten points (7g, 3a) in six games against New Hampshire this season.
The Friars will take on UMass-Lowell in the Hockey East Semifinals at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22 at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. The game will be televised nationally by the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and locally by the New England Sports Network (NESN).
Weekly Award Winners (March 18, 2013)
Athletic Republic Player of the Week: Nick Saracino (Providence College)
Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week: Connor Hellebuyck (UMass-Lowell)
Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week: Sean Maguire (Boston University)
Hockey East Team of the Week: Providence College Friars