March 20, 2014
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -
A day after being named the Hockey East’s Individual Sportsmanship award winner and picking up Co-Defensive Forward of the Year honors, junior forward Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) was named an Honorable Mention Hockey East All-Star on Thursday night at the League’s annual championship awards banquet.
A three-time Hockey East Player of the Week this season, 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. His 19 goals are the most in a season by a Friar since Peter Fregoe ’03 scored 23 in 2002-03. 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.
This season, Mauermann has eight multi-point games and leads the team in game-winning goals (5). He notched his fifth game-winner in the Friars’ 5-4 come-from-behind win over then eighth-ranked UMass Lowell (Jan. 24) en route to being named a Hockey East Top Performer. Mauermann also leads the team in power-play tallies, with five on the season. He registered his fifth power-play goal on March 15 to help lift the Friars to a sweep in a 4-2 Hockey East Quarterfinal win over Maine.
Mauermann has played a critical role in the Friars’ penalty kill as well as their power-play, helping Providence claim the second-best kill in the league. Mauermann and the Friars also have the fourth-best penalty kill in the country, with a 86.7 kill percentage. While on the kill, Mauermann has tallied one shorthanded goal this season.
Nineteen of Mauermann’s points (12-7-19) have come against ranked opponents this season, including a three-assist performance in a third-period, three-goal rally at then 19th-ranked Northeastern on Dec.6. Mauermann was named Hockey East Player of the Week for his efforts in that game. Also this season, Mauermann registered a career-high four points on one goal and three assists in a, 10-4, Providence win against American International on Oct. 19. The 5’9” forward also leads the team with a plus-minus rating of plus-22.
Mauermann has notched at least 24 points in each of 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).
The last Friar to earn the Hockey East Gladiator Defensive Forward of the Year was Tim Schaller ’13 following his senior campaign. DiSalvatore was the last Providence player to earn the Len Ceglarski Individual Sportsmanship Award (2002). Mauermann is the third Friar to be named Hockey East best Defensive Forward and just the second to claim the Sportsmanship Award since the inauguration of the league.
Mauermann and the third-seeded Providence College men's hockey team will play the fourth-seeded New Hampshire Wildcats in the Hockey East Semifinals at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. on Friday, March 21. The Friars will face the Wildcats in the second game of the night with puck drop set for 8:00 p.m.
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