No. 10 Men's Hockey Hosts AIC On Saturday Night

Niko Rufo notched an assist in his Friar debut.

Niko Rufo notched an assist in his Friar debut.

Oct. 17, 2013

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The tenth-ranked Friars continue their five-game, season-opening home stand with a 7:00 p.m. game against Atlantic Hockey (AHA) foe American International College on Saturday, Oct. 19.  

TALKING POINTS                                                              
• The Friars opened 2013 with a home sweep of then 11th-ranked Minnesota State, including a 5-1 win (Oct. 11) and a 3-0 victory (Oct. 12).
• The 5-1 win was keyed by a three-point showing from sophomore John Gilmour (2G, 1A) and a two-goal performance by sophomore Mark Jankowski.
• Sophomore Jon Gillies led the Friars to the 3-0 shutout by turning aside all 38 shots he faced for his sixth career shutout - one shy of current Providence College record holder Tyler Sims' seven career shutouts.
• In 37 career starts, Gillies has yielded two or fewer goals 23 times.  
• Freshmen Niko Rufo, Conor MacPhee, Kyle McKenzie, Josh Monk and Anthony Florentino all made their Friar debuts last weekend. Rufo notched an assist on Friday night in his first career game, while MacPhee scored a goal on Saturday night in his second career game. Florentino also found the back of the net on Saturday, which was his first career game.
• Junior Ross Mauermann netted a goal in each game. On Friday he scored his fourth career short-handed tally to make it 1-1 and then on Saturday he scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal 17 seconds into the second period.
• The Friars will play AIC for the 14th time, but for the first time since a 4-3 win at Schneider Arena on Dec. 21, 1989.

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SCOUTING AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE                                
American International opens its 2013-14 season at Schneider Arena on Saturday night.
• Last season, AIC posted a 12-17-6 overall record and a 9-12-6 mark in Atlantic Hockey play. In the playoffs, the Yellow Jackets lost their best-of-three series against RIT, 2-0.
• Senior forward Blake Peake is the leading returning scorer for the Yellow Jackets. Last season he notched eight goals and added 15 assists for 28 points.
• AIC last played a Hockey East foe on Dec. 12, 2008 when they dropped a 4-0 decision at UMass.

CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK & TEAM OF THE WEEK                              
After leading the 14th-ranked Providence College men's hockey team to a weekend sweep of 11th-ranked Minnesota State, Jon Gillies was named the Hockey East Association's Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Monday (Oct. 14). Additionally, the Friars were named the Hockey East Team of the Week.
• Gillies stopped 63 of the 64 Maverick shots he faced over the weekend as the Friars beat Minnesota State by scores of 5-1 on Friday night and 3-0 on Saturday night.
• In Saturday's win, Gillies made 38 saves to record his sixth shutout as a Friar. He posted a .984 save percentage and 0.50 goals against average in the series sweep at Schneider Arena.
• Gillies' sixth shutout moves him into sole possession of second place on the Providence College career shutouts list, one behind Tyler Sims' seven.
• It marks the fifth-career HEA Defensive Player of the Week award for Gillies and, combined with his five Rookie of the Week honors, his 10th weekly Hockey East award.

UNDERCLASSMEN NUMBERS                                                          
Last season, the Friar roster featured the third-most freshmen in the country. This season, Providence carries the third-most underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores) in the nation with 20 (note complied by College Hockey Inc.):
22 -- Penn State
21 -- Army
20 -- Providence
19 -- Northeastern & Quinnipiac

LUISE ADDED                                                                      
With freshman goaltender Tyler Kapp out injured, sophomore goaltender Nicholas Luise has been added to the Friar roster. Luise played three years of varsity hockey for Austin Prep (Reading, Mass.) before attending Providence College and playing for the PC club team.   

FRIARS IN REGULAR-SEASON OPENERS                                                       
• Providence is now 39-23-1 all-time in season openers, including five consecutive season-opening victories. Those five wins have come at Schneider Arena.
• Under Head Coach Nate Leaman, the Friars are 3-0-0 in season openers.
• Friday night's game marked the sixth season in a row that the Friars have opened a season at home (5-1-0 in that span).
• Last season, the Friars defeated Sacred Heart, 8-2, in their first game of the year.

SUMMER CAMP PART I                                                   
Eight Friars attended National Hockey League (NHL) Development Camps over the summer. The eight current players at NHL development camps ranked as the third-highest total in Hockey East.
Noel Acciari (RS Junior) - Calgary
Jon Gillies (Sophomore) - Calgary
John Gilmour (Sophomore) - Calgary
Mark Jankowski (Sophomore) - Calgary  
Nick Saracino (Sophomore) - New Jersey
Brandon Tanev (Sophomore) - Washington
Anthony Florentino (Freshman) - Buffalo
Conor MacPhee (Freshman) - Washington

SUMMER CAMP PART II                           
Sophomores Jon Gillies and Mark Jankowski took part in National Junior Team evaluation camps (Aug. 3-10). Gillies was part of Team USA's camp, while Jankowski suited up for Team Canada.
•  The camps were held in order to evaluate players before the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship, which will take place from Dec. 26, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden.
• Jankowski was one of just two collegiate players invited to Canada's camp (BC defenseman Mike Matheson was the other).
• Last year, serving as the primary backup for Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, Gillies became the 11th Friar to take part in the World Junior Championships and the first Friar to take home a medal in the prestigious tournament as the U.S. won gold.

NHL DRAFT: FLORENTINO & GILMOUR                       
On Sunday, June 30, freshman defenseman Anthony Florentino was selected in the fifth round (143rd overall) in the  2013 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft, which was held at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Two rounds later, sophomore John Gilmour was selected 198th overall by the Calgary Flames.
• Florentino and Gilmour were the 96th and 97th Friars selected in the NHL Draft.
• Florentino was the sixth Friar drafted by the Sabres, joining Friar great Gates Orlando (164th overall in 1981) and rising senior defenseman Mark Adams (134th overall in 2009).
• Gilmour was the fifth Friar drafted by Calgary and he joins classmates Mark Jankowski and Jon Gillies as Flames draftees.
• Gilmour was the first Providence College player drafted after playing a season with the Friars since Jon Rheault and Cody Wild were selected in the 2006 draft.

FROZEN FENWAY                               
Providence College will play at Fenway Park on Jan. 4 against Merrimack in a non-conference game. It will mark the first outdoor game for the Friars.
Jan. 4 Schedule (Both games on NESN)
• 4:00 p.m. - Merrimack College vs. Providence College
• 7:30 p.m. - Notre Dame vs. Boston College

MIGHTY MAUERMANN                       
Junior Ross Mauermann has led the Friars in scoring in each of his first two seasons.
• Mauermann has notched at least 24 points in each of his first two seasons, the first Friar to do so since the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 seasons (Peter Fregoe `03 and Jon DiSalvatore `03).
• Mauermann is the 16th Friar to lead the team in scoring in back-to-back years.
• Ron Wilson `77 was the last Friar to lead the team in scoring in three consecutive seasons (Wilson lead the Friars in scoring in all four of his seasons from 1973-74 to 1976-77).

HOCKEY BROS                            
Nick Saracino's older brother, Chris, is playing for the Reading Royals of the ECHL (with former Friar Ian O'Connor). Chris palyed four seasons at RIT (2009-13).
Kevin Hart's younger brother, Brian, is a sophomore forward at Harvard (ECAC).
Brandon Tanev's older brother, Chris, is a defenseman for the Vancouver Canucks (NHL). Chris played one season at RIT (2009-10).
• Steven McParland's older brother, Nick, plays for the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL (with former Friars Myles Harvey, Eric Baier and Cody Wild). Nick played four seasons at Lake Superior State University (2009-13).
Derek Army's younger brother, Travis, is a sophomore defenseman at Stonehill College (DIII - Northeast-10).
Kevin Rooney's older brother, Bryan, is a senior forward at Stonehill College (DIII - Northeast-10).

BERARD RETURNS                           
On Aug. 2, David Berard '92 was named Providence College's Coordinator of Men's Ice Hockey Operations.
• Berard rejoins the Friars to assume the newly created position, having also served two stints as an assistant coach after playing for the Friars from 1988-92.
• Berard has over 20 years of collegiate hockey experience, including 15 with Providence College.
• Most recently, Berard spent the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons with the University of Connecticut, where he closed out his tenure as the Interim Head Coach.

NOTING 2012-13                                                      
• The Friars posted a 17-14-7 overall record, and a 13-8-6 mark in Hockey East play to tie for third.
• The Friars then hosted a Hockey East Quarterfinal series for the first time since 2002-03 and went on to win a home ice quarterfinal series for the first time since 2000-01 as Providence defeated New Hampshire, two games to one.
• Providence made the Hockey East Championship Semifinals for the second consecutive season, marking the first time the Friars made back-to-back semifinal appearances in 17 seasons (1994-95 and 1995-96).
• Freshman goaltender Jon Gillies was named a Second Team All-American, the HCA National Rookie of the Year, a First Team Hockey East All-Star and the Hockey East Rookie of the Year. Gillies became PC's first All-American since 2003-04.
• The Friars entered the last weekend of the season with a chance to win the regular-season title for the first time in program history.
• Providence's 17 wins was its highest win total since 2005-06 (17-16-3).
• Providence's 13 Hockey East wins tied for the third-most in program history. It was the program's first winning Hockey East record since 2005-06.
• Providence went 8-8-4 away from Schneider Arena, its highest road win total since 2003-04.
• Providence scored 105 goals (most since 2005-06) and registered 173 assists (most since 2005-06).
• Senior forward Tim Schaller became the second player in program history to be named the Hockey East Defensive Forward of the Year.
• With five shutouts, Gillies set the all-time mark for shutouts in a season by a Friar goaltender (previous high was three). His five shutouts ranked tied for third most nationally.
• The Friars reached as high as 16th in the USCHO.com poll, their highest ranking since November of 2003. Providence was ranked 18th in the season-ending USCHO.com poll, marking the first time since 2001 the Friars were ranked in the final USCO.com poll.
• Providence captured the Mayor's Cup in outright fashion for the first time since 2009 with a 7-0 victory at Brown on Nov. 24.
• Gillies won the gold medal with Team USA at the World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, becoming the first ever Friar to medal in the event. He was the 11th Friar to take part in the prestigious event.  
• Seniors Myles Harvey, Tim Schaller and Alex  as well as juniors Derek Army, Kevin Hart and Steven Shamanski all reached the 100-games played plateau. Velischek, along with his father Randy, became the first Father-Son combination to play 100 games for the Friars, a feat that Derek and his father Tim have now also achieved.
• With a 6-5 win on Jan. 19, the Friars won at New Hampshire's Whittemore Center for the first time since March 12, 2004. The Friars finished the regular-season 2-0-1 record against the Wildcats, marking their first undefeated regular season versus the Wildcats since 1991-92.  
• The Friars finished with an undefeated mark against Maine (2-0-1) for just the seventh time ever and posted their first weekend sweep of the Black Bears (Oct. 26-27) for the first time since 1997. The Friars also swept Northeastern (3-0-0) for the first time since 1999-2000.
• With a 3-3 come-from behind tie against Boston College on Dec. 7, the Friars snapped a 12-game losing streak to the Eagles. Then on March 2, the Friars won at Kelly Rink (5-1) for the first time since Feb. 29, 2008 (snapping an 18-game winless streak).
• The Friars' 3-2 overtime win at Merrimack was PC's first overtime road win since Jan. 13, 2006 when they won at UMass Lowell, 3-2.
• Providence opened the year with an 8-2 win over Sacred Heart, marking its highest goal total since an 8-2 win at Bowling Green on Oct. 23, 2009.

FRIAR FAMILY TIES                           
Providence College senior Derek Army is the son of former Friar hockey player and coach Tim Army and sophomore forward Kevin Rooney is the nephew of former Friar Steve Rooney.
• Former PC standout and current assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche, Tim Army, 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.
• Steve Rooney 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 the father of 2013 PC graduate Chris Rooney).


 

 

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