Men's Hockey Heads To The Hockey East Championship Semifinals




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    FOR STARTERS                                
    The fourth-seeded Friars head back to the TD Garden for the second consecutive season for the Hockey East Semifinals and will play top-seeded UMass-Lowell at 5:00 p.m. in Friday night's first semifinal game.

    TALKING POINTS                               
    • The Friars are making a second consecutive trip the Hockey East Semifinals for the first time since 1995-96 after defeating fifth-seeded New Hampshire in the quarterfinals, two games to one.
    • It is Providence's 12th appearance in the HEA Championship semifinals.
    • Freshman forward Nick Saracino led the Friar offense in the quarterfinals with four goals, including both of PC's game winners, and an assist en route to claiming Hockey East Player of the Week honors.
    • Friday night will feature two of the league's best goaltenders in Providence freshman Jon Gillies and UMass-Lowell freshman Connor Hellebuyck.
    • Head coaches Nate Leaman (PC) and Norm Bazin (UML) have both engineered similar program turnarounds in their first two seasons at their respective schools and will meet for the 10th time in those two seasons.
    • Providence has advanced to the Hockey East Championship game four times, including winning the inaugural title in 1985 and also in 1996.
    • Friday's game will mark PC's eighth in a row against a top-seven ranked opponent (in the USCHO.com/USAHockey Magazine polls and Pairwise).

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    PLAYOFF SERIES HISTORY VERSUS UMASS-LOWELL                    
    The Friars and River Hawks will meet in the Hockey East playoffs for the  sixth time, including three multiple-game quarterfinal series. Providence is 3-5-1 when playing UMass-Lowell in the postseason.
    • The teams have never met in the semifinals or the championship game, but did play in the consolation game in 1985-86 (UML won, 8-5).
    • Last season, the Friars won a quarterfinal series versus the River Hawks at the Tsongas Center, two-games to one, to become the first ever No. 7 seed to advance to the Hockey East Championship semifinals.
    • Prior to last season, the teams last met in the Hockey East playoffs in 1997 when UMass-Lowell swept a quarterfinal series, with wins of 6-2 and 6-5.

    FRIARS IN THE HOCKEY EAST SEMIFINALS                        
    The Friars are making their second consecutive appearance in the Hockey East Semifinals, a feat last done by PC when they made it to the Boston Garden in 1995 and 1996.
    • Overall, it is Providence's 12th appearance in the Hockey East Semifinals.
    • The Friars have posted a 4-8 record in 11 previous trips to the semifinals (1988 was a two-game semifinal against Maine), including wins in 1985, 1995, 1996 and 2001.
    Nate Leaman is the second Providence  Head Coach to take the Friars to the semifinals in his first two seasons, joining Paul Pooley (1995-96).
    • Providence won the inaugural Hockey East Tournament Championship in 1985 and also captured the title in 1996.

    SARACINO AND THE FRIARS PUSH PAST UNH, TWO GAMES TO ONE             
    The fourth-seeded Friars won a best-of-three Hockey East Quarterfinal series against fifth-seeded New Hampshire, two-games to one, at Schneider Arena last weekend (March 15-17).
    • The Friars took game one, 3-2, only to see UNH bounce back with a 4-1 game two win. In the decisive game three, PC again downed the Wildcats, 3-2.
    • Freshman forward Nick Saracino paced the Providence offense with four goals and an assist for five points in the series and he netted both of PC's game-winning tallies.
    • In net, freshman Jon Gillies had a strong weekend, posting a 2.34 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.
    • In Friday's win, sophomore Shane Luke registered a career-best three assists in his return to the Friar lineup.
    • In Sunday's clinching win, freshman Mark Jankowski and senior Tim Schaller each had a goal and an assist.
    • It was Providence's first home Hockey East Quarterfinal in 10 years.
    • Sunday's win marked the first time the Friars won a Hockey East Quarterfinal game three at Schneider Arena since March 11, 2001 (4-3 overtime win against BU).

    FAMILIAR FOES: PC AND UML TO MEET FOR 10TH TIME IN THE LAST TWO SEASONS    
    The Friars and River Hawks will meet for the fourth time this season, with UMass-Lowell carrying a 2-1-0 advantage into Friday's semifinal game.
    • In game one of the 2012-13 regular-season , 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.
    • In game two, PC posted a 3-0 win at the Tsongas Center as Gillies made 31 saves and Ross Mauermann, Kevin Hart and Tom Parisi all scored for the Friars.
    • In game three, with the Hockey East regular-season title on the line, the River Hawks posted a 4-1 win at Schneider Arena. The game was tied 1-1 early in the third, but UMass-Lowell pulled away for the win.
    • 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.
    • In the 2011-12 Hockey East Quarterfinals, the Friars downed the River Hawks, two-games to one, 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 HEA Quarterfinal series.
    • The Friars lead the all-time series 50-43-11.

    SECOND HALF SURGE                                
    Since returning from the Minnesota State series (Jan. 4-5) and playing exclusively Hockey East opponents (essentially the second half of PC's 37 games played thus far), the Friars have posted a 10-5-4 record.
    • Goaltender Jon Gillies missed the Minnesota State series and the Friars' Dec. 20 game versus Vermont for the World Junior Championships.
    • Fourteen of the 19 games in that stretch have been against ranked opponents.
    Nick Saracino is the team's leading scorer in that span with 9-7-16 totals (in 18 games played).
    Ross Mauermann is second on the team in scoring with 7-6-13 totals.
    • Gillies goals against average is 2.18 since returning to the team and he has a .933 save percentage.

    RECORDS WORTH NOTING                                
    In 2012-13, the Friars are:
    • 16-2-4 when scoring first [27-5-6 when scoring first under Nate Leaman]
    • 14-0-2 when leading after two periods [28-0-2 when leading after two periods under Nate Leaman]

    SARACINO SOARING                                                 
    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 11 goals and seven assists for 18 points (his 11 goals are third-most on the Friars).
    • He paced the PC offense in the quarterfinals with four goals (two GWG) and an assist for five points versus UNH. He was named the Hockey East Player of the Week (March 18) for his efforts.
    • Seven of his 11 goals have come against UNH and 10 of his 11 goals have come against New Hampshire or Boston College.
    • All three of his multi-point games this year have come against the Wildcats (1-1-2 on Jan. 19;  2-1-3 on Feb. 10 and 2-1-3 on March 15).

    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

    BACK TO THE HOCKEY EAST QUARTERFINALS

    The Friars hosted a Hockey East Quarterfinal series for the first time in 10 years and have made 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 in the history of the Hockey East tournament to advance to the semifinals (PC advanced to the semis for the first time since 2001).
    • This season marks Providence's 26th all-time appearance in the Hockey East Quarterfinals.
     
    MIGHTY MAUERMANN                        
    Sophomore Ross Mauermann leads the team with 24 points on 12 goals and 12 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 24 points have come in conference play or the playoffs.
    • Mauermann is one of only two current Friars with multiple 10-goal seasons on his resume (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).

    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 semifinals having played 21 of 37 games against ranked opponents (6-10-5).
    • The Friars have played eight games against top-five ranked opponents and posted a 3-2-3 record.  
    • In the Pairwise rankings prior to this weekend's playoff games, Providence has played 17 games against the top-10 teams (6-8-3).

    ARMY ON THE OFFENSIVE                        
    Junior forward Derek Army is second on the team with 23 points, including a team-best 13 goals and 10 assists.
    • Army's 13 goals are a career high for 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 168 of Providence's 275 points this season (61 percent) and have netted 71 of the team's 104 goals (68 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).

    100 CAREER GP: 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.
    • 143 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.
    • In game two of PC's quarterfinal series with New Hampshire, junior defenseman Steven Shamanski became the most recent Friar to hit the 100-career games played mark.

    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, Ross Mauermann and Nick Saracino lead the team with three game-winning tallies each).   

    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.

    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 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.

    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.

    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.

    LAMORIELLO ENSHRINED                        
    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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