PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's hockey team announced its team awards at the annual season-ending banquet, held Sunday afternoon (April 19) at Twelve Acres in Smithfield, R.I. Junior goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) earned the team's Most Valuable Player Award.
Nick Saracino (St. Louis, Mo.) claimed the Michael Boback (most assists) and Gates Orlando (most points) Awards, while Noel Acciari (Johnston, R.I.) and Trevor Mingoia (Fairport, N.Y.) shared the Robert Gaudreau Award (most goals).
Tom Parisi (Commack, N.Y.) was named the Best Defensive Player, while Brian Pinho (North Andover, Mass.) earned Most Valuable Freshman honors and Kevin Rooney (Canton, Mass.) was named the team's Unsung Hero.
Junior Brooks Behling (Pittsburgh, Pa.) earned the team's John Ferguson Award for having the highest GPA on the team.
Gillies, who recently signed an entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames, was named the Frozen Four's Most Outstanding Player after posting a career-high 49 saves in Providence's 4-3 championship game win over Boston University. Gillies went 24-13-2 during the 2014-15 season and posted the second-best goals-against average in program history (2.01). He finished the season with the nation's seventh-best save percentage (.930), while his goals-against average ranked 12th in the country. In 38 starts this year, he allowed two or fewer goals 29 times. He was named a Second Team (East) CCM All-American and an USCHO.com First Team All-American.
Gillies was also named to the Hockey East First Team. He also earned that honor in 2012-13 to become just the fifth goaltender in Hockey East history to earn multiple First-Team honors. During the 2014-15 regular-season conference schedule, Gillies posted the sixth-best goals-against average (1.74) and the fifth-best save percentage (.939) in league history.
Saracino scored 14 goals and led the team with 24 assists for a team-best 38 points. All three marks were career-high totals for the junior, who also tied for the team lead with six power-play goals. In the 2015 playoffs, he had seven points (2-5-7) in seven games to lead the team in scoring. In NCAA Tournament play he had a goal and four assists, including a goal and two assists versus Omaha in the National Semifinal. He finished the season with 10 multi-point games, including a four point game against UConn on Feb. 7 in which he scored his first career hat trick. He was named to the Catamount Cup All-Tournament Team.
Playing in all 41 games, Acciari posted career highs in goals (15), assists (17) and points (32) to finish second on the team in points and tied for first in goals. After returning from winter break at the Catamount Cup (Dec. 28), Acciari helped lead the Friar offense during the second half of the season, scoring 14 goals and adding 14 assists for 28 points during the second half of the season. Acciari scored three goals and added two assists for five points in Providence's four NCAA Tournament games. He was named the East Regional's Most Outstanding player and ended the season on a career-high, five-game point streak (3-3-6). He was also named the Hockey East Defensive Forward of the Year as well as the New England Defensive Forward of the Year.
Mingoia had a breakout season with the Friars, tying for the team lead with 15 goals and adding 16 assists for 31 points, all of which were career highs. He was one of four Friars to crack the 30-point plateau and he tied for the league with six power-play goals. A semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award, Mingoia had two goals and two assists in Providence's four NCAA Tournament games. Following a three-point weekend against Vermont (Nov. 14-15) he was named the Hockey East Player of the Week. He finished the year with four game-winning goals, which ranked second on the team. Parisi scored the game-winning goal in the East Regional Final in Providence's 4-1 win over Denver, breaking a 1-1 tie with 5:01 remaining in the third period. He was named to the NCAA All-East Regional team and he finished the season with five goals and 14 assists for 19 points to lead all Friar defensemen in scoring. He recorded a +15 plus/minus rating and also blocked 55 shots to tie for the team lead.
Pinho played 39 games as a freshman, notching six goals and 12 assists for 18 points. He scored a goal in his first career game (Oct. 10) and then, the following night, he scored the overtime, game-winning goal in Providence's 2-1 win at Ohio State (Oct. 11). He was then named the Hockey East Rookie of the Week (Oct.14). In NCAA Tournament play, Pinho notched a goal against Miami (March 28) and then added an assist in Providence's 4-1 win over Omaha in the NCAA Semifinal.
Rooney played in all 41 games this season, posting career highs in goals (7), assists (8) and points (15). He won the faceoff in the NCAA Title game that directly assisted on Brandon Tanev's championship-winning goal, scored with 6:17 to play in the third period. He scored a career-high two goals in Providence's 3-2 win at Notre Dame (Feb. 14).
Behling played in 14 games, while scoring two goals and adding two assists for four points, all of which came in Hockey East play. He scored a goal in Providence's 2-2 tie at UConn (Feb. 4) and in the Friars' 5-2 win over Maine (Feb. 27). Behling, an accounting major, was also inducted into Providence College's Chi Alpha Sigma chapter, which recognizes student-athletes who earn a varsity letter while maintaining a 3.4 grade-point average, or higher, throughout their junior and senior years.
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