April 14, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men’s hockey team was ranked No. 9 in the season-ending USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and No. 10 in the season-ending USCHO.com poll, which were released on Monday afternoon (April 14).
This past season, the Friars (22-11-6, 11-7-2 HEA) returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001 and posted their first NCAA Tournament win since 1991, a 4-0 first round blanking of Quinnipiac (March 28) at the NCAA East Regional in Bridgeport, Conn. The Friars were the first team to shutout Quinnipiac all season and sophomore forward Mark Jankowski (Dundas, Ontario) was named to the NCAA East Regional All-Tournament team.
Providence also made a third-consecutive Hockey East Semifinal appearance for the first time in program history and finished third in the regular-season standings. With that regular-season finish, earned by sweeping Maine at Alfond Arena to close out the regular season (Feb. 28 – March 1), Providence hosted a Hockey East Quarterfinal playoff series for the second consecutive season at Schneider Arena for the first time since 1996 and 1997.
Junior forward Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) led the Friar offense with 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points. He is the highest scoring Friar since the 2002-03 season, when three players topped the 36-point plateau, and his 19 goals are also the most by a Friar since 2002-03. Mauermann is the fifth Friar to lead the team in scoring in three consecutive seasons and the first since 1988. He also became the third Friar to be named the Hockey East Defensive Forward of the Year.
Sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) set the program record for career shutouts (9), surpassing the seven career shutouts that Tyler Sims ‘08 posted from 2004-08. Gillies also holds the career record for goals against average (2.12) and became the second Friar to take part in multiple World Junior Championships, joining Shaun Kane ‘92 (1989 and 1990).
The Friars have been ranked in the top-12 for 24 consecutive weeks in the USCHO.com and USA Today/American Hockey Magazine national polls and spent much of the 2013-14 season ranked in the top-10, reaching as high as No. 3. Prior to this season, the Friars had last reached the top-10 in the first week of February 2006, when they were ranked ninth in both national polls. The last time the Friars reached the top-five in the national rankings was when they were ranked No. 5 in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine preseason poll on Oct. 1, 2001.
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