Men's Hockey Moves To No. 3 In The National Polls

    Conor MacPhee and the Friars open Hockey East play against Boston University this weekend.

    Conor MacPhee and the Friars open Hockey East play against Boston University this weekend.

    Oct. 28, 2013

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -

    After posting a 1-0-1 record against then third-ranked Miami University this past weekend, the Providence College men's hockey team moved up five places to No. 3 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.

    The Friars are now 4-0-1 on the season. On Friday, Oct. 25, Providence posted a 3-2 overtime win against the RedHawks as freshman forward Niko Rufo (Stoneham, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal 1:38 into overtime. Then on Saturday, Oct. 26 the Friars and RedHawks played a back and forth affair that ended in a 4-4 tie. Sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies made 37 saves in the tie.  

    The last time the Friars reached the top-five in the national rankings was when they were ranked No. 5 in the USA Today/American Hockey magazine preseason poll on Oct. 1, 2001. With Friday night's win over Miami, Providence defeated a top-10 team while also ranked in the top-10 for the first time since posting a 5-3 win over Boston College on Feb. 9, 2001.

    Providence opens Hockey East play this weekend with a home-and-home series versus No. 18 Boston University. Game one will be played at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1 in Boston, Mass., while the series will conclude at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Schneider Arena.


     

     

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