Oct. 25, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
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After three consecutive road games, the Friars return home to play host to Hockey East rival Maine in a two-game series that will be played on Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27. Both games will begin at 7:05 p.m. at Schneider Arena and the series will be televised live on Cox Sports.
FOLLOW THE FRIARS
Both games of the weekend series versus Maine will be televised live on Cox Sports TV, with Mike Logan handling play-by-play duties and former Friar great Bob Bellemore serving as the color analyst. Former Providence College women’s hockey player Sonny Watrous will be the rink side reporter. The Cox Sports broadcast will be streamed online through http://coxsportsonline.com/live-steaming (fee). Live audio of the game will be available on Friars.com and locally on 1240 AM (Woon), with Charlie Bergeron on the call.
THE ROAD AHEAD
After a two-game homestand against Maine, the Friars continue Hockey East play with a two-game series at Vermont on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3.
The Friars and Black Bears have played 108 times dating back to 1980, with Providence trailing in the series: 38-64-6. Last season, the Black Bears took the first two meetings of the season at Alfond Arena (5-4 in OT on Oct. 28 and 3-1 on Oct. 29), but Providence was able to win the third matchup with a 4-3 victory on Feb. 10 at Schneider Arena. Tim Schaller had the game-winning goal at 7:02 of the third period and added an assist to lead the Friars to that win.
Three of the last six meetings between the two teams have gone to overtime, and three of the last four games have been decided by a goal. The Friars are looking for their first season series win over the Black Bears since the 2007-08 campaign.
SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS
The Black Bears head into the weekend with a 1-4-0 overall record. Maine last faced off against St. Lawrence University in a back-to-back series Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20, where they were swept 5-0 and 5-1. The team’s lone win was against Army, 4-3, on Oct. 13 in St. Louis, Mo. as part of the Ice Breaker Tournament. In the opening round of the Ice Breaker Tournament, Maine fell to then 13th-ranked Notre Dame, 1-0.
The Black Bears have outshot their opponents, 175-118, but they have been outscored, 16-6, and have scored an average of 1.2 goals per game. With 12 different players notching points thus far on the season, senior Joey Diamond leads the team with three points on one goal and two assists. Diamond is followed by sophomore Stu Higgins and freshman Devin Shore, who each have two points. In net, junior Dan Sullivan has posted a .875 save percentage and a 3.23 goals against average, while posting a 0-4-0 record. Freshman Matt Morris has also seen significant time in goal for the Black Bears and has a 3.20 goals against average and an .842 save percentage to go with a 1-0-0 record.
The weekend series will be Maine’s first Hockey East games of the year. The Black Bears were ranked fifth in the Preseason Hockey East coaches poll and sixth in the Preseason Hockey East media poll.
The Friars went 0-1-1 at fourth-ranked Miami last weekend, including a 1-1 tie (Oct. 19) and a 4-3 overtime win by the RedHawks (Oct. 20). On Friday night, freshman goalie Jon Gillies made 27 saves and sophomore Ross Mauermann netted a first period power-play goal to lead the Friars to a 1-1 tie. The next night, Providence battled back from three one-goal deficits, including a Noel Acciari game-tying goal scored with 48 seconds to play in the third, but Miami’s Austin Czarnik netted his second goal of the game at 3:35 of overtime to give the RedHawks the win.
• The tie was the first in seven all-time meetings between the two teams (eight all-time meetings).
• Jon Gillies made his third and fourth consecutive starts in the Friar goal.
• Red shirt sophomore Damian Cross made his season debut on Oct. 19.
• Mauermann’s power-play goal on Friday was the first power-play goal the RedHawks conceded this season, having gone 13-for-13 on the penalty prior to Mauermann’s goal.
• Mark Jankowski registered his first career assist on Mauermann’s goal.
• Mauermann opened the year on a three-game point scoring streaks to start the season, matching a career best mark (he also scored in three straight games twice last season).
• With two assists on Satuday, freshman Steven McParland had his first career multi-point game (Oct. 20).
• Freshman John Gilmour and red shirt freshman Noel Acciari scored their first career goals on Saturday.
GILLIES HONORED FOR A SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK
Hockey East announced on Monday. Oct. 22, that freshman goalie Jon Gillies was selected as the Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week. Gillies posted a 0-1-1 record at fourth-ranked Miami (Ohio) last weekend, including a .914 save percentage, a 2.34 GAA and 53 saves in 128:02 of work in a pair of overtime games. He stopped 27 of 28 shots to lead the Friars to a 1-1 overtime tie on Friday night.
Gillies, a product of the Indiana Ice of the USHL, is Providence’s first Hockey Rookie of the Week since Ross Mauermann earned the honor on March 12, 2012. Last week, Gillies was named a Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week (10/15/12). For the season, Gillies has posted a 2.11 GAA and a .924 save percentage.
HARVEY COMES OUT HOT
Senior assistant captain Myles Harvey, who came into the season with 13 assists in 91 career games played, has five assists in the first four games of the 2012-13 season. He is the only Friar to have notched a point in each game this season and had a two-assist effort against Sacred Heart (Oct. 12). The four-game point streak ties a career long mark that he also accomplished last season from Nov. 4-12 (1-4-5).
LEAMAN’S MAINE CONNECTION
• Friar head coach Nate Leaman served as a volunteer assistant coach under Shawn Walsh at the University of Maine in 1998-99.
• In helping guide Maine to a 31-6-4 record and the 1999 NCAA Championship, Leaman’s responsibilities included working with the Black Bears’ defense, video analysis, on-campus recruiting and monitoring the players’ academic progress.
• Leaman earned a Master of Science degree in biological sciences in 1999 from Maine.
Former Providence College student-athlete, hockey coach, athletics director and current New Jersey Devils President/CEO/General Manager, Lou Lamoriello, was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, Oct. 15, in a ceremony that was held at the Plaza of the Americas Atrium.
Lamoriello was joined in the 40th U.S. Hall of Fame class by former Dallas Stars player Mike Modano and former player/current television analyst Ed Olczyk. Steve Levy, longtime ESPN SportsCenter anchor and hockey broadcaster, served as master of ceremonies.
• The 2012-13 Friar roster features 12 freshmen, a red shirt freshman and senior captain Kyle Murphy, all of whom could play their first career games for the Friars this season.
• Murphy, who practiced with the team throughout the 2011-12 season, notched his first career goal versus Sacred Heart in his return to college hockey - he previuosly played 17 games for Notre Dame in 2009-10.
• Red shirt freshman Noel Acciari also saw his first action after sitting out last season, centering the fourth line in both of Providence’s games last weekend - he recorded an assist in the win over Sacred Heart.
• Six freshmen made their Providence debuts in the win over Sacred Heart including (first career points): Mark Jankowski (2G), Steven McParland (1A), Paul de Jersey (1G, 1A), Kevin Rooney, John Gilmour (2A) and Jon Gillies (14 saves in 40:00 mins.).
• Freshman Brandon Tanev then made his debut at Boston University.
OPENING ON THE OFFENSIVE
• The the Friars’ 8-2 season-opening win over Sacred Heart, Providence scored eight goals for the first time since posting an 8-2 win at Bowling Green on Oct. 23, 2009.
• Against Sacred Heart, the Friars put 59 shots on net, the highest Providence total since reaching 61 shots on goal in a 7-2 win over SHU on Oct. 11, 2003.
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.
TEAM IMPACT: KEVIN RICH JOINS THE FRIARS
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.
• Providence is now 38-23-1 (.621) all-time in season openers, including four consecutive season-opening victories.
• With their 8-2 win over Sacred Heart, the Friars improved to 38-24-0 (.613) all-time in home openers.
• The Friars are 14-13-2 in Hockey East openers, including their loss at Boston University on Oct. 13.
FRIAR FAMILY TIES
Providence College seniors Chris Rooney (Canton, Mass.) and Alex Velischek (Kinnelon, N.J.) 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.
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)
FRIAR NCAA DIV. I HEAD COACHING TREE
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.