April 21, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence College men's hockey team announced its annual awards on Sunday, April 21 at the team's annual season-ending Awards Banquet, held at the Providence Marriott Downtown.
Freshman goaltender Jon Gilles (South Portland, Maine) earned the Lou Lamoriello team MVP award and was named the Rev. Herman Schneider, O.P. freshman MVP. Senior forward Kyle Murphy (Fairhaven, N.J.) also won two awards, earning the John Ferguson Academic Award and the Thomas Eccleston, Jr. Unsung Hero award. Junior defenseman Kevin Hart (Cumberland, Maine) was named the Ron Wilson Best Defensive Player Award winner.
Junior Derek Army (North Kingstown, R.I.) earned the Rob Gaudreau award, given annually to the player with the most goals. Sophomore Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) won the Gates Orlando award, given annually to the player with the most points. Senior forward Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) earned the Mike Boback Award, given annually to the player with the most assists.
Most recently, Gillies was named the Hockey Commissioners' Association (HCA) National Division I Rookie of the Year and to the 2013 CCM All-America Second Team (East) at the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh, Pa. (April 12). He is the Friars' first ever national rookie of the year and the program's 17th player to earn All-American (first since Stephen Wood was named to the Second Team in 2003-04). Gillies is the third Friar goalie to be named an All-American, joining Chris Terreri ’86 (First Team 1985 & Second Team in 1986) and Nolan Schaefer ’03 (Second Team in 2001). Prior to this year, the last freshman to earn All-American honors was Richard Bachman of Colorado College in 2008 (First Team Goalie - West).
Gillies went 17-12-6 on the year and posted a Friar record five shutouts. 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. His .931 save percentage ranked ninth in the nation, while his 2.08 GAA ranked 15th nationally. He made 992 saves on the year, the fifth-highest single season saves total in the PC record books. He 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.
Murphy captained the Friars for the 2012-13 season and was named the 2013 Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award Winner, as announced at the Frozen Four by the HCA. Murphy’s leadership was part of the reason the 2012-13 Friars – with the second-most freshmen in the country (13) – entered the last weekend of the regular season in contention for the Hockey East title for the first time ever. Murphy and the Friars went on to earn home ice for the Hockey East Quarterfinals (for the first time in 10 seasons) and advanced to the Hockey East Championship Semifinals for the second consecutive season. With three goals and eight assists, Murphy was also a contributor to a balanced Friar offense that saw 15 players notch at least 11 points on the year. Two of his three goals were game-winning tallies, including the deciding goal in PC’s 6-5 win at No. 3 UNH on Jan. 19 – Providence’s first win at the Whittemore Center since 2004. Murphy was also one of PC’s key face-off takers and penalty killers. He finished the year with 44 blocked shots to lead the team.
Hart played in 33 games for the Friars, totaling three goals and eight assists for a career-high 11 points. Five of his points (two goals and three assists) came in Hockey East play, including one power-play goal. Hart led the Friars to a 7-0 victory at Brown on Nov. 24 in the 27th Annual Mayor’s Cup. He notched a career-high three assists and added a goal for a career-high four points in that win. Hart tied for the second-most blocked shots on the team with 42. He reached the 100-games played mark this season (now has played in 105 career games).
Army played in all 38 games for the Friars and scored a team-best 13 goals and added 10 assists for a career-high 23 points. Army’s 13 goals were also a season-high total. He scored 12 of his 13 goals in Hockey East play, including a hat trick against Northeastern on Nov. 16, leading the Friars to a 6-2 win. Army had three multi-goal games this year and also reached the 100-games played plateau (now has played in 110 career games for the Friars).
Mauermann played in all 38 games for the Friars and led the team in points with 24 on 12 goals and 12 assists. His 12 goals were a career-high, and he has notched at least 24 points in each of his first two seasons (the first Friar to do so since Peter Fregoe ’03 and Jon DiSalvatore ’03 in 1999-2000 and 2000-01). He tallied three power-play goals, three game-winning goals and a shorthanded goal. Sixteen (9-7-16) of his 24 points came in Hockey East Play. He had four multi-point games on the year and he scored 14 (6-8-14) of his 24 points against ranked opponents.
Schaller, an assistant captain for the 2012-13 season, recently signed a two-year entry level contract with the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was named the 2013 Hockey East Defensive Forward of the Year and played in all 38 games for the Friars this past season. He scored eight goals and added 15 assists for 23 points – tied for the second highest point total on the team. He 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). All told, he recorded five multi-point games this past season and had two power-play goals. He is just the second Friar all-time to earn Hockey East Defensive Forward of the Year honors (joining Travis Dillabough 1997). Schaller suited up for 131 games as a Friar, scoring 29 goals and adding 39 assists for 68 career points.