Tim Schaller and Jon Gillies Earn New England Hockey Writers Association Honors

    Tim Schaller was named New England's Best Defensive Forward.

    Tim Schaller was named New England's Best Defensive Forward.

    April 2, 2013

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    BOSTON, Mass. -- Providence College men's hockey players Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) and Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) received New England Writers Association awards on Tuesday afternoon (April 2). Gillies won the George C. Carens Award as the Rookie of the Year and he was also one of two goaltenders named to the Div. I All-Star Team. Schaller earned the Frank Jones Award as the Best Defensive Forward.

    Gillies, Providence's starting goalie as a freshman, went 17-12-6 and posted a Friar record five shutouts on the season. He finished the year with a 2.08 goals against average - the second best mark in program history for a single season - and a .931 save percentage. He made 992 saves on the year, the fifth-highest single season saves total in the PC record books.

    Gillies was named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star and selected as the League's Rookie of the Year (also named to the All-Rookie Team). He was the first ever freshman to be selected as the Hockey East First-Team goaltender and just the third freshman at any position to be named to the first team, joining Hockey Hall-of-Fame defenseman Brian Leetch (Boston College) and Hobey Baker winner Paul Kariya (Maine).

    Highlighting Gillies' record-setting five shutouts were 44 saves in a 2-0 win against the University of Massachusetts (Jan. 12), 37 in a similar showing a month later against then fifth-ranked New Hampshire (Feb. 13), and 31 in a critical 3-0 road win at UMass-Lowell (March 8) on the final weekend of the regular season.

    Gillies is the second Friar to earn New England Rookie of the Year honors, joining Rob Gaudreau (1988-89). It marks his third Rookie of the Year honor as he was also named the national Rookie of the Year by College Hockey News (collegehockeynews.com).

    Schaller, a senior who recently signed a two-year entry level contract with the Buffalo Sabres (NHL), was selected as the Hockey East Defensive Forward of the Year. He played in all 38 games for the Friars this past season. An assistant captain, he scored eight goals and added 15 assists for 23 points - tied for the second highest point total on the team.

    Schaller 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 recorded five multi-point games this past season and had two power-play goals.

    Schaller suited up for 131 games as a Friar, scoring 29 goals and adding 39 assists for 68 career points. He was a part of the recent Friar turnaround that saw Providence appear in the Hockey East semifinals in back-to-back years for the first time since doing so in 1995 and 1996.

    Schaller is the second Friar to earn Defensive Forward of the Year honors, joining Travis Dillabough (1996-97).

    2012-13 All New England Men's Div. I Award Winners
    Leonard Fowle Award - Most Valuable Player
    Johnny Gaudreau, So., F, Carneys Point, N.J. (Boston College)

    Herb Gallagher Award - Best Forward
    Johnny Gaudreau, So., F, Carneys Point, N.J. (Boston College)

    Bob Monahan Award - Best Defenseman
    Chad Ruhwedel, Jr., D, San Diego, Calif. (UMass Lowell)

    George C. Carens Award - Rookie of the Year
    Jon Gillies. Fr., G, South Portland, Maine (Providence College)

    Paul Hines Award - Most Improved
    Evan Rodrigues, So., F, Etobicoke, Ontario (Boston University)

    Frank Jones Award - Best Defensive Forward
    Tim Schaller, Sr., F, Merrimack, N.H. (Providence College)

    Clark Hodder Award - Division I Coach of the Year
    Rand Pecknold (Quinnipiac)

    Parker / York Award - Contribution to New England Hockey
    Jack Parker (Boston University)

    Joe Tomasello Award - Unsung Hero Award
    Danny Biega, Sr., D, Montreal, Quebec (Harvard)

    2012-13 All New England Men's Div. I All-Star Team
    Goaltenders
    1. Eric Hartzell, Sr., G, White Bear Lake, Minn. (Quinnipiac)
    2. Jon Gillies, Fr., G, South Portland, Maine (Providence)

    Defensemen
    1. Trevor van Riemsdyk, So., D, Middleton, N.J. (New Hampshire)
    2. Chad Ruhwedel, Jr., D, San Diego, Calif. (UMass Lowell)
    3. Mike Matheson, Fr., D, Pointe-Claire, Quebec (Boston College)
    4. Jordan Heywood, Jr., D, Regina, Saskatchewan (Merrimack)

    Forwards
    1. Johnny Gaudreau, So., F, Carneys Point, N.J. (Boston College)
    2. Steven Whitney, Sr., F, Reading, Mass. (Boston College)
    3. Mike Collins, Jr., F, Boston, Mass. (Merrimack)
    4. Kenny Agostino, Jr., F, Flanders, N.J. (Yale)
    5. Brett Gensler, Jr., F, St Charles, Mo. (Bentley)
    6. Joe Pendenza, Jr., F, Wilmington, Mass. (UMass Lowell)