Men's Hockey Heading To Hockey East Semifinals

Nick Saracino has scored seven career goals against the Wildcats.

Nick Saracino has scored seven career goals against the Wildcats.

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TALKING POINTS
• The Friars are back in the Hockey East Semifinals for a program-record third consecutive season under Head Coach Nate Leaman.
• Providence and New Hampshire will be meeting in the Hockey East playoffs for a second consecutive season following last season’s quarterfinal series win by the Friars (two-games-to-one).
• Providence has won its last six games, matching its longest winning streak since winning six in a row from 12/2/05-1/6/06 (Providence last won seven in a row in 2002-03 when they opened the year on a seven-game winning streak).
• The six-game winning streak is also the fourth-longest active streak in the nation.
• At 86.7 percent (137-for-158), the Friar penalty kill ranks fourth in the nation.
Derek Army netted his first two career game-winning playoff goals last weekend en route to being named the Hockey East Co-Player of the Week.
• Over the last eight games, Jon Gillies has posted a 1.86 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage to go along with a 6-1-1 record.
• In eight career games against New Hampshire, Gillies is 5-1-1 with a .930 save percentage and an 2.85 goals-against average.
Ross Mauermann leads the Friar offense with 19 goals and 15 assists for 34 points.
• Mauermann is the highest scoring Friar since Torry Gajda ‘06 also notched 34 points in 2005-06.
Noel Acciari (3-5-8) is on a career-long, six-game point streak.
• The Friars have scored at least one power-play goal in each of the last four games and are now 13-2-4 in games when they score a power-play goal.
• In six games played against the Wildcats, Nick Saracino has scored seven goals and added five assists for a team-best 12 points.
• The Friars will be making their 13th appearance all-time in the Hockey East semifinals,
• Providence advanced to the championship in 1985, ‘95, ‘96 and 2001 and went on to win the inaugural title in 1985 and also in 1996.

PC IN THE HEA SEMIFINALS
The third-seeded Friars are returning to the TD Garden and the Hockey East semifinals for a program-record third consecutive season.
• Head Coach Nate Leaman has guided the Friars to the semifinals in each of his three seasons with the team.
• It is Providence’s 13th all-time appearance in the semifinals and the Friars are 4-9-0 in their previous 12 semifinal games (including a 0-2 mark in 1988 when the semifinals were also a series).
• Providence also made the semifinals as a No. 3 seed in 1985 (def. BU 5-2 in the semifinal),
1992 (lost to UNH 5-3) and 2001 (def. Maine 4-3).
• The Friars and Wildcats have met twice in the HEA Semifinals, with the Wildcats winning both of those meetings (5-3 in 1992 and 6-2 in 1999).
• Providence’s four semifinal wins have come in 1985, 1995, 1996 and 2001 (complete semifinal results listed on page 9).

TANEV-ACCIARI-ARMY LINE STAYS HOT
The line of Brandon Tanev (LW), Noel Acciari (C) and Derek Army (RW) has played the last seven games together, helping the Friars to a 6-1-0 record. Since teaming up:
• Tanev has seven points (3-4-7)
• Acciari has eight points (3-5-8)
• Army has six points (2-4-6), including the game-winning goals in both Hockey East Quarterfinal wins over Maine.
• They have combined for 21 points (8-13-21).
• Before teaming up with Acciari and Army, Tanev had recorded 18 points (7-11-18) in 62 career games.

POWER-PLAY HEATING UP
The Friar power play is getting hot at the right time of the season, netting goals in each of the past four games, including two power-play tallies in the series clinching win over Maine.
• The two power-play goals against Maine in Game Two were scored by Nick Saracino and Ross Mauermann.
• The four consecutive games with a power-play goal is Providence’s longest such streak since scoring power-play goals in each of the first five games of the season.
The Friars are 13-2-4 when scoring at least one power-play goal in a game this season.

ARMY NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
After scoring a pair of game-winning goals in Providence’s weekend Hockey East Quarterfinals sweep of Maine, senior forward Derek Army was named the Warrior Co-Player of the Week by Hockey East (March 17).
• In game one (March 14), Army scored what proved to be the game winner in Providence’s 3-1 victory over the Black Bears at 6:57 of the first period.
• In game two (March 15), Army netted the game-winning goal at 8:31 of the second period as the Friars came back to defeat Maine, 4-2.
• Also on Saturday, Army played in his 146th-consecutive game for the Friars, which tied Tony Zancanaro ’07 for the Providence College consecutive games played record.

SARACINO’S TIME OF YEAR
In his first two seasons with the Friars, Nick Saracino has demonstrated an ability to find the back of the net in important, late season games as well as in the playoffs.
• Most recently, he netted two goals in Providence’s game two, 4-2 win over Maine on March 15 to help the Friars book a place in the Hockey East Semifinals.
• All four of Saracino’s game-winning goals, including his most recent GWG at Maine on Feb. 28, 2014, have come on the final day of February or later in the season.
• Saracino scored both game winners against New Hampshire in the 2013 Hockey East Quarterfinals.
• In five career playoff games, Saracino has six goals and an assist for seven points.

FRIAR IRON MEN
Seniors Derek Army and Steven Shamanski along with junior Ross Mauermann have all put together extensive consecutive games played streaks.
• Army has played in all 146 games of his Friar career and is tied with Tony Zancanaro ‘07 for the Providence College consecutive games played record (146).
• The Providence College record for career games played is 151, held by Tim Army ‘85.
• Dating back to his freshman season, Shamanski has played in 128 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 112).

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 19 goals and 15 assists for 34 points.
• He is the first Friar to notch 34 points in a season since Torry Gajda ‘06 posted 34 points in 2005-06.
• With 19 goals, Ross Mauermann has the most goals in a season by a Friar since Peter Fregoe ‘03 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).

EARLIER THIS SEASON VS. UNH
The Friars and Wildcats split a weekend series at Schneider Arena on Nov. 22-23.
• The Friars dropped a 3-2 overtime decision in game one of that weekend series.
• Trailing by two goals entering the third period, Providence came back to tie the game and force overtime but Matt Willows’ goal scored just 15 seconds into the extra stanza handed the Friars their first home loss of the season.
• The Wildcats held a 2-0 lead heading into the third period, a product of first period goals by Nick Sorkin and Grayson Downing.
Noel Acciari cut the UNH lead in half as he got the Friars on the scoresheet at 6:28 of the third period.
Mark Jankowski evened the game at 2-2 for Providence at 14:12 to eventually force overtime.
• New Hampshire goaltender Casey DeSmith made 29 saves in the win, while sophomore Jon Gillies and freshman Nick Ellis combined for 26 saves in the overtime loss.
• The following night, the Friars bounced back with a 4-2 win.
• Trailing at the end of the first period, the Friars added three goals in the second period as Steven Shamanski tied the game just 1:40 into the second period.
• Then Acciari and Shane Luke each notched a goal to give the Friars a 3-1 lead after two periods of action.
• A late push from UNH in the final minutes to even the score ended when Ross Mauermann scored an empty net goal.
• Gillies made 32 saves in the win, while DeSmith stopped 22 shots for the Wildcats.

PROVIDENCE VS. NEW HAMPSHIRE IN THE HEA PLAYOFFS
• New Hampshire and Providence have played 17 Hockey East playoff games, with the Wildcats leading the all-time playoff series, 11-6-0.
• Of those 17 Hockey East playoff meetings, three have gone to overtime (PC leads, 2-1-0).
• In the semifinals, the teams have met twice with New Hampshire winning a 1992 semifinal meeting, 5-3, and then posting a 6-2 win over the Friars in the 1999 semifinals.
• The Friar goal scorers in that 1999 semifinal were Mike Omicioli ‘99 and Doug Sheppard ‘00.
• Last season, the Friars downed the Wildcats in the Hockey East Quarterfinals, two-games-to-one at Schneider Arena.
• Then-freshman Nick Saracino scored four goals, including two game-winning tallies, and added an assist in the best-of-three series to lead the Friar offense.
• In that three-game series, Jon Gillies went 2-1-0 with a 2.34 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage.

WILDCAT CONNECTIONS
Last year the Friars posted a 4-1-1 mark against the Wildcats, including a two-games-to-one Hockey East Quarterfinal win.
• With a 6-5 win on Jan. 19, the Friars won at New Hampshire’s Whittemore Center for the first time since March 12, 2004.
• The Friars finished the 2012-13 regular-season with a 2-0-1 record against the Wildcats, marking their first undefeated regular season vs. the Wildcats since 1991-92.
Nick Saracino has scored seven goals and added five assists for 12 points in six career games played against New Hampshire.
• The Friars are 5-5-1 against New Hampshire under Head Coach Nate Leaman.
• Providence is 5-4-1 in its last 10 games against the Wildcats.

THE PC-UNH SERIES
New Hampshire and Providence will be meeting in the Hockey East playoffs for the second year in a row.
• Jon Gillies’ father, Bruce, played goalie at UNH from 1982-85; playing in 71 games (35-31-6 with a 3.97 GAA and an .894 save percentage).
• New Hampshire Head Coach Dick Umile’s brother, James, played for the Friars from 1965-68 (66 GP, 29-33-62).
• Gillies and UNH starting goalie Casey DeSmith (UNH) were teammates with the Indiana Ice (USHL) for the 2010-11 season.

FRIAR HEA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
Providence has captured two Hockey East Championship titles including the inaugural title in 1985 and then in 1986.
• The Friars have appeared in the Hockey East Championship four times:
1985 - def. BC, 2-1 (ot)
1995 - lost to BU 3-2
1996 - def. Maine 3-2
2001 - lost to BC 5-3

LAST WEEKEND
The Friars booked a place in the Hockey East semifinals for a third consecutive season by sweeping Maine in the quarterfinals at Schneider Arena by scores of 3-1 (March 14) and 4-2 (March 15).
Derek Army scored the game-winning goal in each game.
Nick Saracino netted two goals in Saturday night’s series-clinching win.
Jon Gillies went 2-0-0 in the Friar net, stopping 70 of the 73 shots he faced.

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.
• The other three quarterfinal series went three games, with New Hampshire advancing past Northeastern, Notre Dame besting Boston College and UMass Lowell outlasting Vermont.

SPREADING THE WEALTH
The Friars are a scoring-by-committee team with points coming from the entire lineup.
• Most recently, in the Friars’ weekend sweep at Maine to end the regular season, 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.
• Thirteen 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 (most point scorers since 25 Friars registered a point in 2008-09).

GOAL SCORING TOTALS
Providence’s 20 goal scorers have combined for 109 goals this season.
• It is the most goals scored by the Friars since notching 126 in the 2002-03 game.

SHORT-HANDED OFFENSE
The Friars have scored seven short-handed goals this season, tied for the fourth-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.
• The Friars are 5-1-0 when scoring a short-handed goal this season.

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
4 - Penn State

PC IN THE HEA QUARTERFINALS
• The third-seeded Friars returned to the Hockey East quarterfinals for the third consecutive season under Head Coach Nate Leaman.
• Providence hosted a Hockey East Quarterfinal series at Schneider Arena for the second consecutive season (defeated UNH, two-games-to-one in 2013).
• It was the first time Providence is hosting back-to-back quarterfinal series since 1996-97.
• It was the first time since 2006-08 that the Friars have been in the Hockey East Quarterfinals for three consecutive seasons.
• Providence is 18-9-0 all-time in Hockey East Quarterfinal games played at Schneider Arena.
• All-time, Providence has hosted Hockey East Quarterfinal play 13 times at Schneider Arena and gone on to win 10 of those series.

JANKOWSKI WINS IT ... AGAIN
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.

HOME ICE ADVANTAGE
The Friars finished the regular season with a 10-5-2 record at Schneider Arena.
• It was Providence’s first 10-win season at home since 2005-06 (10-4-3).
• The Friars are now 12-5-2 at Schneider this season, the most home wins since 2002-03 (12).
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).

DISCIPLINED APPROACH
All season, the Friars have been one of the least penalized teams in the nation.
• Providence has totaled 371 PIM for the season, good for a 10.3 PIM/game average.
• Only 14 teams in the country (out of 59) have averaged fewer PIM/game than the Friars.


 

 

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