Men's Hockey Opens Season At Home Versus Sacred Heart

Ross Mauermann is Providence's leading returning point scorer heading into the 2012-13 season.

Oct. 11, 2012


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FOR STARTERS                             
Providence will open its 2012-13 season at home versus Sacred Heart at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12.

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Providence is 37-23-1 (.615) all-time in season openers, including three consecutive season-opening victories. The Friars opened the 2003 season with a 7-2 win over Sacred Heart on Oct. 11.

HOME OPENERS                               
The Friars, who have won three consecutive home openers entering Friday night, are 37-24-0 (.607) all-time in home openers. Last season, the Friars defeated Boston University, 5-3, on Oct. 14, 2011 in what was Head Coach Nate Leaman's first career win for the Friars. The game versus Sacred Heart will mark the fifth season in a row the Friars have opened the year at Schneider Arena (3-1-0 in that span).

THE ROAD AHEAD                           
The Friars turn around and open Hockey East play at 7:00 p.m. at Boston University's Agganis Arena on Saturday, Oct. 13 in Boston, Mass. Then Providence plays a two-game series at No. 8/8 Miami (Ohio) next weekend (Oct. 19-20).

The Pioneers and Friars have met three times, with Providence owning a 3-0 mark. The teams last met on December 22, 2005 when Providence defeated Sacred Heart, 5-2.  The two other meetings resulted in a 7-2 win on Oct. 11, 2003 and an 8-1 victory on Oct. 19, 2001.

SCOUTING THE PIONEERS                           
The Pioneeers also open their regular-season season on Friday night.  Last weekend, Sacred Heart lost to St. Thomas University at the Milford Ice Pavilion, 4-3. After falling behind 2-0 in the first period, Pioneer goals from Ben Lake, Jacob Brightbill and Beau Walker gave the Pioneers a 3-2 lead at 15:46 of the second. But St. Thomos went on to score the game's final two goals for the win. Sacred Heart used three different goalies, each of whom played a period, including Steven Legatto, Fredrik Melander and Andrew Bodnarchuk. Legatto stopped all 10 shots he faced in the second.

Last season, Sacred Heart posted a 6-28-3 overall record and a 4-20-3 mark in Atlantic Hockey Association play. Current senior Drew George is the team's leading returning scorer. Last year he was second on the Pioneers with 23 points on 14 goals and nine assists.

QUICK NOTES TO RECAP THE 2011-12 SEASON                 
•  The Friars finished the 2011-12 season with a 14-20-4 overall record and a 10-14-3 mark in Hockey East play, good for seventh place.

• Providence defeated No. 7 UMass Lowell in a best-of-three Hockey East Quarterfinal series and became the first No. 7 seed to win a Hockey East Quarterfinal series in the 28-year history of the league.

• The Friars advanced to the Hockey East semifinals for the first time since 2001.

• Providence's 14 overall wins surpassed the 2010-11 total (eight) and its 10 Hockey East triumphs were more than the previous two seasons combined (nine). The 14 wins also were the most since the 2007-08 team had 14 victories.

• The Friars were ranked in the national poll for the first time since 2008.

• Providence recorded seven wins against nationally ranked teams, including five victories against squads in the top-10.

• The Friars swept No. 1 Merrimack in a home-and-home series. The 2-1 overtime win on December 2 was PC's first over a No. 1 team since 2003. It also marked the Friars' first overtime triumph since 2008.

• Providence's win at No. 1 Merrimack on December 3 was its first Hockey East road victory since October 31, 2009.

• Providence exceeded its 2010-11 season goal total of 75 goals, with 94 goals in 2011-12.

• The Friars scored 26 power-play goals in the 2011-12 season, the most since the 2005-06 team (35).

• The Friars finished the season ranked fifth in the country with eight short-handed goals, the most short-handed goals since 2007-08.

• Providence earned its first ever road win in a Hockey Easy playoff game-three against UMass Lowell on March 11.

Ross Mauermann was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team, becoming the first Friar to earn the honor since 2007.

• Mauermann led the team with 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists), while then junior Tim Schaller was tops on the team with 14 goals.

• In goal, senior Alex Beaudry played in 37 of 38 games. He set Providence College records for career saves (3,158) and games played (117). He also tied the PC single season record with three shutouts, including a 1-0 shutout in game three of the Hockey East Quarterfinals against UMass Lowell.    

HOCKEY EAST YOUNG GUNS                        
Freshman forward Mark Jankowski, along with two other Hockey East skaters, are believed to be the three youngest players in college hockey this season. Jankowski - a first round pick by the Calgary Flames in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft - was born in September of 1994. The only other younger players in Hockey East are Ryan Lomberg of Maine, who was born in December of 1994, and Brett Pesce of New Hampshire, who was born in November of 1994.

On Sept. 20, the Providence College men's hockey team welcomed its newest team member, Kevin Rich, to the squad. Joining the Friars through Team IMPACT, Rich is a seven year old from Mansfield, Mass., who has battled Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia since being diagnosed at the age of four.

•  Kevin, along with his parents Cara and Walter, met his new teammates for the first time on that Thursday afternoon (Sept. 20) at Schneider Arena as part of Kevin's official "draft" onto the team.

•  Friar captains Tim Schaller, Kyle Murphy and Myles Harvey presented Kevin with a customized Providence College hockey jersey to welcome him to the team.

•  Kevin has been fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, which is the most common form of leukemia found in children and he was initially diagnosed in September of 2009.

•  Team IMPACT is a non-profit organization created to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses. The organization strives to harness the power of teamwork by matching courageous kids with college athletic teams across the Northeast.

MAKING DRAFT HISTORY                              
Freshmen Mark Jankowski and Jon Gillies were selected in the 2012 NHL Draft which took place on June 22-23 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Jankowski was picked in the first round (21st overall) by the Calgary Flames and Gillies was taken in the third round (75th overall), also by Calgary.

Jankowski is the third Friar ever to be picked in the first round and the first since 1992 when Joe Hulbig was picked 13th overall. The other Friar to be selected in the first round was Tom Fitzgerald, who was picked 17th overall in 1986. Gillies was the first Providence goalie to be drafted since Bobby Goepfert was chosen in the sixth round (121st overall) by Pittsburgh in 2002.

SCHNEIDER ARENA RENOVATIONS                            
Beginning in the fall of 2012, Schneider Arena will undergo extensive renovations that will include a 35,000 square foot addition, new locker rooms, a state of the art training facility and weight rooms, luxury boxes as well as new sound and video systems, a new ticket office, hall of fame and renovated coaches offices.

Schneider Arena originally opened in 1973 and was dedicated and named in memory of the late Reverend Herman D. Schneider, O.P., the founder of the Friars' highly successful hockey program and a long-time member of the school's faculty. Built at a cost of $1.8 million dollars in 1973, the Schneider Arena ice skating facility currently seats 3,030 comfortably for hockey games.

FRIARS' TELEVISION SCHEDULE                        
The men's hockey team will appear on television at least 10 times during the 2012-13 regular-season. The Friars will play on national television at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 when they take on Hockey East rival New Hampshire in a game that will be carried by CBS Sports Network (CBSSN). Providence's game versus Boston University on Saturday, Jan. 26 will be televised by the New England Sports Network (NESN).

COX Sports (COX) also announced that it will provide exclusive local coverage of eight Providence College men's hockey games during the 2012-13 season. Cox's coverage kicks off with the Friars' home-opening Hockey East series versus Maine on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27.

Date: Opponent (Station)
10.26: Maine (COX)
10.27: Maine (COX)
11.16: Northeastern (COX)
12.7: Boston College (COX)
12.20: Vermont (COX)
1.26: at Boston University (NESN)
2.8: New Hampshire (COX)
2.10: at New Hampshire (CBSSN)
2.17: Merrimack (COX)
3.1: Boston College (COX)

FAMILY TIES                                    
Providence College seniors Chris Rooney and Alex Velischek as well as junior Derek Army are sons of former Friar hockey greats. Rooney is the son of former Friar, Steve Rooney. Steve scored the game-winning goal as the Friars defeated Boston College, 2-1, in double overtime in the inaugural Hockey East championship game in 1985. Steve went on to play in the NHL for the Montreal Canadiens team that claimed the 1986 Stanley Cup title. (Steve is also current Friar freshman Kevin Rooney's uncle). Alex is the son of former Friar Randy Velischek, who was named ECAC Player of the year in 1982-83 and earned All-America honors.  Randy, who helped the Friars to the 1981 ECAC championship and two NCAA Tournament appearances (1981, 1983), played 10 seasons in the NHL (509 games).  Derek is the son of former PC standout and current assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche, Tim Army. Tim ranks first all-time in games played (151) and sixth all-time in points (179) at Providence.  He earned All-America honors as he helped the Friars capture the 1985 Hockey East Tournament title and guided the team to the NCAA Championship game.

On Sept. 26, former Providence College First Team All-American Kurt Kleinendorst '83 was named head coach of the men's ice hockey team at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. A finalist for the 1983 Hobey Baker Award, Kleinendorst ranks fifth all-time at Providence in career points with 89 goals and 103 assists. He helped Providence to a pair of NCAA Tournaments and was the team's leading scorer as a junior and senior. He joins Rick Bennett `90 as alums who hold head coaching positions at NCAA Div. I schools. Bennett enters his second season behind the bench at Union College, where he replaced the departed Nate Leaman prior to last season.

PRESEASON HOCKEY EAST POLL                       
In the 2012-13 preseason Hockey East coaches poll, the Friars finished with 44 points to tie Northeastern for sixth. It is the highest the Friars have been picked in the preseason coaches poll since the 2006-07 season, when they were also picked sixth. Providence was chosen fifth in the 2012-13 Hockey East media poll.

Rk. Team (FPV), Pts
1. Boston College (9), 90
2. UMass-Lowell, 74
3. Boston University, 73
4. New Hampshire (1), 63
5. Maine, 56
6. Northeastern, 44
6. Providence, 44
8. Merrimack, 38
9. Massachusetts, 35
10. Vermont, 23

Rk. Team (FPV), Pts
1. Boston College (21), 243
2. UMass-Lowell (3), 219
3. Boston University, 189
4. New Hampshire, 166
5. Providence, 141
6. Maine (1), 137
7. Merrimack, 96
8. Northeastern, 87
9. Massachusetts, 70
10. Vermont, 27



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