April 25, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's hockey team announced it's team awards at the annual season-ending banquet, held Friday night (April 25) at Twelve Acres in Smithfield, R.I. Junior forward Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) earned three honors, including the Lou Lamoriello Team MVP award. Mauermann also earned the Rob Gaudreau, Jr. Award (most goals) and the Gates Orlando Award (most points).
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). Providence also made a third-consecutive Hockey East Semifinal appearance for the first time in program history. Senior defenseman Steven Shamanski (Carberry, Manitoba) took home the John Ferguson Academic Award for having the highest GPA on the team and he was also voted the team's Ron Wilson Award winner as the squad's best defensive player.
Additional award winners included sophomore forward Nick Saracino (St. Louis, Mo.), who earned the Mike Boback Award (most assists) and red shirt sophomore Noel Acciari (Johnston, R.I.), who was voted the Thomas Eccleston, Jr. award winner as the team's unsung hero. Freshman defenseman Kyle McKenzie (Aston, Pa.) was voted the Rev. Herman Schneider, O.P. award winner as the Freshman MVP.
Mauermann claimed three season-ending Hockey East awards this season, including being named the conference's Individual Sportsmanship award winner, the Co-Defensive Forward of the Year as well as being named an Honorable Mention Hockey East All-Star. A three-time Hockey East Player of the Week this season, Mauermann led the Friars in points with a team-high 19 goals and 17 assists for a team-best 36 points. He is the first Friar to notch 36 points in a season since 2002-03. His 19 goals are the most in a season by a Friar since Peter Fregoe '03 scored 23 in 2002-03.
Mauermann had eight multi-point games as a junior and led the team with five game-winning goals, notching his fifth game-winner in the Friars' 5-4 come-from-behind win over then eighth-ranked UMass Lowell (Jan. 24). Mauermann also led the team in power-play tallies with five. He registered a career-high four points on one goal and three assists in a, 10-4, Providence win against American International (Oct. 19). He also led the team with a plus-minus rating of plus-20. Mauermann has notched at least 24 points in each of 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 three seasons, becoming the fifth Friar to lead the team in scoring three straight years and the first since Gord Cruickshank in 1986-88.
Shamanksi, who played the final 130 consecutive games of his Friar career, totaled 11 goals and 25 assists for 36 points in 141 games at Providence. This season, he had a career-best six goals and added 10 assists for a career-high 16 points. Two of his 10 assists came during the playoffs and he scored the game-tying goal at Frozen Fenway in Providence's 1-1 tie versus Merrimack (Jan. 1). He finished the season with a plus-10 rating and was one of five Friars to score a short-handed goal. As a junior, Shamanski was selected to the All-Hockey East Honorable Mention Team and he is a three-time Hockey East All-Academic team honoree. A two-time Hockey East Weekly Top Performer as a senior, he was also a 2014 Senior Class Award Top-20 Finalist (Nov. 7) and was named to the 2013 Ledyard Classic All-Tournament Team (Dec. 30).
Saracino ranked second on the team with 28 points on 10 goals and a team-best 18 assists. A three-time Hockey East Weekly Top Performer, he registered a season-high three points with one goal and two assists in Providence's 5-4 come-from-behind win over UMass Lowell (1/24). He put together a career-long, nine-game point streak (3-7-10) from Nov. 9 - Dec. 29. Saracino scored the game-winning goal at Maine in Providence's 4-2 win and then tallied a two-goal game against Maine (3/15) to help the Friars sweep their Hockey East Quarterfinal series. He then posted an assist in the Friars' 4-0 NCAA First Round win over Quinnipiac (3/28) and notched the lone Friar goal in the NCAA East Region Final against Union (3/29), moving his playoff point total to nine (7-2-9) in nine career playoff games.
Acciari finished the season ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 22 points on a career-high 11 goals and a career-high 11 assists. He notched two power-play goals and registered three shorthanded goals. His shorthanded goals at Merrimack (11/8) and at Vermont (11/15) proved to be game-winning tallies. Acciari posted a season-high three points with one goal and two assists in a 7-2 win over Colorado College (1/18) and he had a career-long, six-game point streak from Feb. 22 - March 21.
McKenzie was a steadying force on the Friar blue line all season, playing in all 39 games and posting six assists. He registered his first career point with an assist at Boston University (12/1). He had a career-high two assists at Maine (2/28) to help the Friars clinch home ice for the Hockey East Quarterfinals. McKenzie collected his first post-season point with an assist on the game-winning goal in Providence's 3-1 win over Maine (3/14). He finished the season with a team-high 60 blocked shots.
John Ferguson Academic Award Steven Shamanski - Defenseman
Mike Boback Award (Most Assists) Nick Saracino - Forward
Rob Guadreau, Jr. Award (Most Goals) Ross Mauermann - Forward
Gates Orlando Award (Most Points) Ross Mauermann - Forward
Ron Wilson Award (Best Defensive Player) Steven Shamanski - Defenseman
Rev. Herman Schneider, O.P. Award (Freshman MVP) Kyle McKenzie - Defenseman
Thomas Eccleston, Jr. Award (Unsung Hero) Noel Acciari - Forward
Lou Lamoriello Award (Team MVP) Ross Mauermann - Forward
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