June 4, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Providence College men’s hockey alums Kyle MacKinnon ’11 and Nick Mazzolini ’09 are playing for minor league hockey championships.
MacKinnon and the St. John’s IceCaps are facing the Texas Stars for the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup, while Mazzolini and the Alaska Aces are playing the Cincinnati Cyclones for the East Coast Hockey League’s Kelly Cup.
The Calder Cup finals are set to begin on Sunday, June 8, with Texas holding home ice advantage. In 16 playoff games, MacKinnon has two goals and two assists for four points. During the regular season he played 71 games and netted 12 goals and 27 assists for 39 points.
The Alaska Aces hold a 2-1 series lead against the Cyclones, with game four set to take place on Friday, June 6 at Cincinnati. Mazzolini leads the Aces’ offense this postseason with 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points in 18 games. His 28 points are the most in the ECHL playoffs, while his 10 goals are tied for the playoff lead. During the regular season, Mazzolini scored 25 goals and added 47 assists for 72 points in 69 games.
As a Friar, MacKinnon played in 137 games from 2007-11, scoring 37 goals and adding 34 assists for 71 points. He was a four-time All-Hockey East Academic Team honoree.
Mazzolini played 128 games as a Friar from 2005-09, netting 25 goals and registering 42 assists for 67 points. He was twice named to the All-Hockey East Academic Team.