March 20, 2013
WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- Senior forward Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) and freshman goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) were honored by the Hockey East Association on Wednesday afternoon. Schaller was named the League’s Gladiator Best Defensive Forward, while Gillies was named to the Pro Ambitions All-Rookie Team.
Schaller has played in all 37 games for the Friars this season and often logs the most minutes per game playing in all game situations. An assistant captain, Schaller has scored eight goals and added 15 assists for 23 points – the second highest total for the Friars. He recorded a career high five-point game (1-4-5) in a 6-2 win against Northeastern (Feb. 22) and he also scored the overtime game-winning goal at Merrimack (Nov. 30).
Most recently, Schaller scored the game-tying goal against New Hampshire in game three of the Hockey East Quarterfinals (March 17). All told, he has recorded five multi-point games this season and has won fifty-six percent of the 564 face-offs he has taken this season. A two-way center who makes his impact felt in all zones, Schaller has blocked 25 shots this season and has a +7 rating. In Hockey East play, Schaller is a +10, which ranks ninth-best in League play.
Schaller is just the second Friar to earn Hockey East Defensive Forward of the Year honors, joining Travis Dillabough (1996-97).
Gillies has been the backbone of a Friar defense that has allowed just 2.38 goals against per game, the 12th-lowest mark in the nation. He has a 17-11-6 record, including a Providence College single season record five shutouts, to go along with a 2.08 goals against average and a .931 save percentage, which is tenth-best in the nation.
A 2013 Walter Brown Award semifinalist, Gillies has earned multiple Hockey East honors this season, including being named the Hockey East Rookie of the Month twice (November and February), Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 15, Nov. 26, Feb. 11 and March 11) and Rookie of the Week (Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Jan. 14, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25). His nine weekly awards lead Hockey East.
Gillies is the first Friar goalie to earn All-Rookie status since Boyd Ballard in 1997-98. Providence has now had an All-Rookie Team member for back-to-back years (Ross Mauermann earned the honor last season) for the first time since Cody Wild (2006) and Mark Fayne (2007).
The Hockey East will announce the 2012-13 All-Star Teams and major award winners at Thursday night’s annual championship awards night at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass.
After besting New Hampshire in the quarterfinals last weekend, two-games to one, Schaller, Gillies and the Friars will take on top-seeded UMass-Lowell in the Hockey East Championship Tournament Semifinals at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22 at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. The game will be televised by the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and the New England Sports Network.
2013 PRO AMBITIONS ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
(top six point getters are selected, regardless of position)
G: Jon Gillies, Providence College (South Portland, Maine)
G: Connor Hellebuyck, UMass-Lowell * (Commerce, Mich.)
D: Matt Grzelcyk, Boston University (Charlestown, Mass.)
D: Michael Matheson, Boston College * (Pointe-Claire, Que.)
F: Danny O’Regan, Boston University (Needham, Mass.)
F: Kevin Roy, Northeastern * (Lac-Beauport, Que.)
*denotes unanimous selections
2013 HOCKEY EAST AWARD WINNERS
Old Time Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman:
Patrick Wey, Boston College (Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Gladiator Best Defensive Forward:
Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award:
Chris McCarthy, Vermont (Jr., F, Collegeville, Pa.)
Turfer Athletic Scoring Champion:
Johnny Gaudreau, Boston College (36 pts.; So., F, Carneys Point, N.J.)
Stop It Goaltending Champion:
Connor Hellebuyck, UMass-Lowell (11-1-0, 1.38 GAA, .948 save%; Fr., Commerce, Mich.)
Army ROTC Three Stars Award:
John Henrion, UNH (Sr., F, Holden, Mass.) and Martin Ouellette, Maine (Jr., G, St.-Hippolyte, Que.)
Charlie Holt Team Sportsmanship Award:
New Hampshire Wildcats