Men's Hockey Heading To NCAA Tournament

Nick Saracino has six career playoff goals.

Nick Saracino has six career playoff goals.

March 25, 2014

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November 27, 2013
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Behling's Third Period Power Play Tally Sends No. 4 Men's Hockey To 3-3 Tie At No. 5 Quinnipiac
The fourth-ranked Providence College men's hockey team earned a 3-3 tie at No. 5 Quinnipiac on Wednesday night in front of 3,520 fans at the High Point Solutions Arena.


NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND
Date: March 28, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m. (EST)
Location: Bridgeport, Conn.
Venue: Webster Bank Arena
Television: ESPNU (DirecTV 208; Dish 141) [John Buccigross, Barry Melrose & Quint Kessenich]
Live Audio: Friars.com/CBS All-Access [Mike Logan]
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TALKING POINTS
• The Friars are back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001.
• Providence is making its 10th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
• The Friars and Bobcats have never met in postseason play.
• Two of the nation’s top-three penalty kill units will be on display as Quinnipiac (90.1) ranks second and Providence (87.0) ranks third.
• Junior forward 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 notched 34 points in 2005-06.
• Sophomore forward Nick Saracino leads the Friars in postseason scoring with seven points (six goals and an assist) in seven playoff games.
• Two of Saracino’s six playoff goals proved to be game winners.
• Over the last nine games, sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies has posted a 1.99 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage to go along with a 6-2-1 record.
• In the Hockey East Semifinals, New Hampshire snapped Providence’s six-game winning streak, which was Providence’s longest winning streak since winning six in a row from Dec. 2, 2005 to Jan. 6, 2006.
• The Friars advanced to the Hockey East semifinals for the third consecutive season under Head Coach Nate Leaman, marking the first time in program history the Friars appeared in three consecutive Hockey East Semifinals.
• The Friars have scored at least one power-play goal in four of the last five games and they are now 13-2-4 in games when they score a power-play goal this season.
• Providence is one of five Hockey East teams in the 16-team NCAA tournament field.
• The Friars have reached the 21-win plateau for the first time since 2000-01 (22-13-5).
• Providence’s 20 goal scorers have combined for 110 goals this season, the most goals scored in a season since the Friars notched 126 in the 2002-03 campaign.

PROVIDENCE IN THE NCAA’S
The Friars are returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001 and for the 10th time in program history.
• In 2001, the Friars lost to Wisconsin, 4-1, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (Van Andel Arena).
• The last Friar to score a goal in NCAA Tournament play was Adam Lee ‘01, while All-American Nolan Schafer made 25 saves against the Badgers.
• Providence is 9-15-0 in its previous nine appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
• Including multiple-game, opening-round series in 1989 and 1991, Providence is 3-6-0 in opening-round games.
• Providence’s best finish at the NCAA Tournament came in 1985 when it advanced to the Championship game and lost, 2-1, to RPI in Detroit, Mich. (Joe Louis Arena).
• The Friars advanced to the title game with a 4-3, triple overtime win against Boston College in Detroit, Mich. (Joe Louis Arena).
• That run to the title game was backed by goaltender Chris Terreri ‘86, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the NCAA Tournament.
• The Friars also advanced to the Frozen Four in 1964 (50th anniversary of that team, before it was called the Frozen Four) and in 1983.

EARLIER THIS SEASON
The Friars and Bobcats skated to a 3-3 tie on Nov. 27 at Quinnipiac’s High Point Solutions Arena.
• Sophomore Brooks Behling’s game-tying, power-play goal at 3:53 of the third period and Jon Gillies’ 45 saves helped the Friars to the tie.
• Behling’s goal was the first of his career.
• Gillies’ 45 saves were a season-high total and the second-highest total of his Friar career.
Ross Mauermann and Nick Saracino scored first period goals for the Friars.
• Freshman Sam Anas led the Bobcats with a goal and an assist.

THE SERIES
Quinnipiac and Providence have only played six times, with Providence leading the all-time series, 3-2-1.
• The two teams have never met in postseason play.
• Last year, the Friars dropped a 2-0 decision to the Bobcats at Schneider Arena on Nov. 20, 2013.
• Current Quinnipiac senior Connor Jones scored both goals to lead the Bobcats to that win.
• Friday evening’s game will mark the first time that Providence and Quinnipiac have played twice in one season.

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Quinnipiac, which made it to the NCAA Championship game last season, is 24-9-6 on the season.
• Most recently, the Bobcats fell 3-2 in double overtime of the ECAC Hockey Semifinals to Colgate on Friday, March 21.
• Quinnipiac jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by senior Connor Jones and freshman Sam Anas but Colgate answered with the game’s next three goals to come away with the win.
• Prior to that, Quinnipiac swept Yale in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals, by scores of 6-2 and 5-3 (March 14-15).
• Anas leads the Bobcats in scoring with 22 goals and 21 assists for 43 points, including 10 power-play tallies and three game-winning goals.
• Anas was named the 2014 ECAC Hockey Co-Rookie of the Year, as well as being named to the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team and the All-ECAC Second Team.
• Anas is one of four Quinnipiac skaters with at least 38 points, joining senior forward Kellen Jones (18-24-42), Connor Jones (15-23-38) and Matthew Peca (12-26-38).
• Kellen Jones was also named to the All-ECAC Second Team.
• In net, sophomore Michael Garteig has started all 39 games in the Quinnipiac net, posting a 24-9-6 record, a .912 save percentage and a 1.89 goals-against average, which ranks second-lowest in the nation.
• Garteig is also tied for second in the nation with six shutouts.
• Quinnipiac’s scoring offense of 3.62 goals per game ranks fourth in the nation, while its scoring defense of 1.97 goals-against per game ranks second.

QUINNIPIAC SPECIAL TEAMS
Much of the Bobcats’ success this season has stemmed from its specialty teams play.
• Quinnipiac takes a lot of penalties, racking up 14.9 PIM/game, which is seventh-most in the country.
• The Bobcats’ penalty kill ranks second in the country at 90.1% (155/172).
• The Quinnipiac power play ranks sixth in the country at 22.1% (48/211).
• Junior forward Bryce Van Brabant and Anas each have 10 power-play goals on the season, while Conor Jones has chipped in with seven.

AGAINST THE TOURNAMENT FIELD
The Friars have faced six of the 15 other teams in the NCAA Tournament field this season, combining for a 5-4-2 mark against NCAA-bound opponents.
• Providence went 2-0-0 against Vermont and Minnesota State.
• The Friars went 1-1-0 versus UMass Lowell, 0-1-1 against Notre Dame, 0-0-1 against Quinnipiac and 0-2-0 against Boston College.

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

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 (Hockey East Quarterfinals) 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 six career playoff games, Saracino has six goals and an assist for seven points.

PROVIDENCE’S IRON MAN
Senior Derek Army set the Providence College record for consecutive career games played at 147 in the Hockey East Semifinal game against New Hampshire (March 21).
• Army has played in all 147 games of his Friar career, surpassing the previous consecutive games played record held by Tony Zancanaro ‘07 (146).
• The Providence College record for career games played is 151, held by Tim Army ‘85 - Derek’s father.

CAMPUS NCAA SUCCESS
Providence College has seen a lot of success in NCAA play this academic year.
• The Friar men’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Second Round (losing by two points to North Carolina, 79-77).
• Providence College and Wisconsin are the only two schools with men’s basketball and men’s hockey teams in NCAA Tournament play.
• The Providence College women’s cross country team captured the 2013 NCAA Title, Providence College’s second-ever team NCAA title.
• The Providence College men’s soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship.

LEAMAN RETURNS TO NCAAs
Head Coach Nate Leaman will be making his second career appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
• Leaman led his 2010-11 Union College squad to its first NCAA Division I Tournament berth.
• The Dutchmen were defeated by eventual national champion Minnesota-Duluth, 2-0, in the 2011 NCAA East Regional Semifinal.

MAUERMANN PICKING UP THE HARDWARE
Leading scorer Ross Mauermann (19-15-34) picked up several awards from Hockey East last week.
• On Wednesday (March 19), Mauermann was named the Len Ceglarski Individual Sportsmanship Award Winner and was also named a Gladiator Co-Best Defensive Forward award winner.
• Mauermann is just the second Friar to earn the Len Ceglarski award, joining Jon DiSalvatore (2001-02).
• Mauermann became the third Friar to pick up Hockey East Defensive Forward of the Year honors and second in a row, joining Tim Schaller (2011-2012) and Travis Dillabough (1996-97).
• Then on Thursday (March 20), Mauermann was named an Honorable Mention All-Hockey East selection, marking his first selection to a Hockey East all-star team.
• Mauermann was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie team as a freshman (2011-12).

TANEV-ACCIARI-ARMY CONNECTION
The line of Brandon Tanev (LW), Noel Acciari (C) and Derek Army (RW) has played the last eight games together, helping the Friars to a 6-2-0 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.

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).

HOCKEY EAST IN THE NCAA’S
Five Hockey East teams made the NCAA Tournament field to lead all conferences.
• Vermont is also playing in the East Regional and as the No. 4 seed will take on top-seeded Union.
• Boston College was named the Tournament’s No. 2 overall seed and was placed in the Northeast Regional (Worcester, Mass.), where it will play Denver in the first round.
• The No. 2 seed in the Northeast Regional is UMass Lowell, who will play third-seeded Minnesota State Mankato.
• Notre Dame earned the No. 2 seed in the West Regional (Saint Paul, Minn.) and will take on St. Cloud State in the first round.

LAST TIME OUT: UNH 3, PC 1
The third-seeded Friars fell 3-1 to the fourth-seeded New Hampshire Wildcats in the Hockey East Semifinals at the TD Garden (Boston, Mass.).
• It was Providence’s third consecutive trip to the Garden, marking the first time in program history the Friars advanced to the semifinal round three straight years.
• Sophomore Kevin Rooney notched his second career goal at the TD Garden with a tally at 4:22 of the third period.
Jon Gillies made 28 saves in the Friar net.

ADDITIONAL GAMES PLAYED STREAKS
Senior Steven Shamanski and junior Ross Mauermann have also put together extensive consecutive games played streaks.
• Dating back to his freshman season, Shamanski has played in 129 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 113).

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.

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 110 goals this season.
• It is the most goals scored by the Friars since notching 126 in the 2002-03 season.

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 (he is now 52-44-17).
• 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


 

 

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