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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The Friars open Hockey East play against Boston University for the third consecutive season. In the past two seasons, Providence is 1-1-0 in Hockey East openers against the Terriers under Head Coach Nate Leaman.
• The Friars are in the midst of a five-game unbeaten streak to start the season (4-0-1, including a 3-0-1 mark against ranked opponents.
• Providence enters Friday tied for the National lead in offense with Northeastern as both squads are averaging 5.00 goals per game.
• After a 1-0-1 mark against then third-ranked Miami last weekend, the Friars jumped to No. 3 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
• Heading into the weekend, Providence is one of seven unbeaten teams in the nation, joining Brown (2-0-0), Cornell (2-0-0), Lake Superior State (4-0-0), Minnesota (5-0-1), St. Cloud State (3-0-1) and Harvard (1-0-1).
• Head Coach Nate Leaman’s first win while leading the Friars came in the 2011-12 season opener at home against Boston University, 5-3 on Oct. 14.
• This weekend will mark Providence’s only two regular-season games against the Terriers, as each Hockey East team will only play twice a season following the addition of Notre Dame (2013-14) and eventually UConn (2014-15) to Hockey East.
The Friars are unbeaten through their first five games of the season (4-0-1) for the first time since the 2002-03 season.
• Providence opened the 2002-03 season with seven consecutive victories.
• The Friars opened 2003-04 with four straight wins, a streak that the Friars matched this season.
SCOUTING BOSTON UNIVERSITY (ENTERING THE WEEKEND)
The No. 18 Terriers enter the weekend with a 3-3-0 overall record and a 1-0-0 mark in Hockey East play.
• Last week, BU dropped a pair of close decisions at Michigan (2-1) and Michigan State (3-1). Matt Lane and Robbie Baillargeon scored the Terrier goals, while Sean Maguire played in net versus the Spartans and Matt O’Connor played against the Wolverines.
• The Terriers opened the season with back-to-back wins over UMass (3-1 on Oct. 11) and Holy Cross (3-2 on Oct. 12) before dropping a 3-1 home game against Rensselaer (Oct. 18) and bouncing back with a 7-3 home win over Wisconsin (Oct. 19).
• Senior defenseman Garrett Noonan (2-5-7), junior forward Cason Hohmann (2-5-7) and sophomore defenseman Ahti Oksanen (1-6-7) are all tied for the team lead in points with seven.
• Maguire and O’Connor have each played three games. Maguire is 1-2-0 with a 2.03 GAA and a .941 save percentage. O’Connor is 2-1-0 with a 2.35 GAA and a .936 save percentage.
The Friars moved up five places to No. 3 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week (Oct. 28).
• 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 the Oct. 25 win over Miami, Providence defeated a top-10 team while also ranked inside the top-10 for the first time since posting a 5-3 win over Boston College on Feb. 9, 2001.
• Prior to this season, the Friars last reached the top-10 in the national polls in the first week of February, 2006, when they were ranked ninth in both national polls.
GILLIES NAMED HOCKEY EAST GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH
Sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies was named the Hockey East Stop It Goaltender of the Month, it was announced on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
• In four games against ranked opponents Minnesota State and Miami University, Gillies went 3-0-1 in October while posting a 1.71 goals against average and a .950 save percentage.
• Gillies opened the season with back-to-back wins over then 11th-ranked Minnesota State.
• In game two of the series, he posted his sixth-career shutout with a 3-0 win against the Mavericks (Oct. 12), stopping all 38 shots he faced.
• Gillies is one shy of the Providence College record for career shutouts, currently held by Tyler Sims ‘08.
• Gillies then went 1-0-1 against then third-ranked Miami, including a 33-save showing in Providence’s 3-2 overtime win (Oct. 25) and a 37-save performance in game two, a 4-4 overtime tie (Oct. 26).
• It marks Gillies’ third career Hockey East Monthly award, having earned Rookie of the Month honors twice as a freshman.
• Gillies’ goals against average ranks 12th in the nation entering the weekend, while his .950 save percentage ranks fifth.
RUFO NAMED HEA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
After scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against third-ranked Miami University on Friday night, freshman forward Niko Rufo was named the Hockey East Rookie of the Week (Oct. 28).
• The Friars posted a 3-2 overtime win against the RedHawks as Rufo’s first career game-winning goal found the back of the net at the 1:38 mark of overtime.
• It marked the first overtime, game-winning goal for the Friars at Schneider Arena since 12/2/2011 when Ross Mauermann’s OT winner sent the Friars to a 2-1 win over then top-ranked Merrimack.
OFFENSIVE LEADER Ross Mauermann
Junior Ross Mauermann currently leads the Friars in scoring with four goals and four assists for eight points.
• 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).
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
The Friars posted a 10-4 win against AIC at Schneider Arena on Oct. 19.
• Providence scored 10 goals for the first time since Oct. 12, 2002 (an 11-0 home win over Iona).
• The last time the Friars were involved in a game with at least 14 goals was Nov. 9, 1996 when they lost an 8-6 decision at home to Boston University.
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.
• The Oct. 11 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.
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.
The 2013-14 Friar roster features eight newcomers, including six freshmen, red-shirt sophomore forward Trevor Mingoia and sophomore goaltender Nick Luise.
• Mingoia played with the Tri-City Storm (USHL) last season after playing the 2011-12 season for Union College.
• Of the six freshmen, three are defensemen including Kyle McKenzie, Anthony Florentino and Josh Monk.
• The two freshmen forwards are Niko Rufo and Conor MacPhee.
• Freshman goaltender Nick Ellis is also amongst the class of 2017.
Of the eight newcomers on the Friar roster, six have made their collegiate debuts:
• #5 Kyle McKenzie debuted on Oct. 11 vs. Minnesota State.
• #11 Niko Rufo debuted on Oct. 11 vs. Minnesota State (notched an assist).
• #16 Anthony Florentino debuted on Oct. 12 vs. Minnesota State (scored a goal).
• #27 Josh Monk debuted on Oct. 11 vs. Minnesota State.
• #29 Conor MacPhee debuted on Oct. 11 vs. Minnesota State.
• #35 Nick Ellis debuted on Oct. 19 vs. AIC (recorded the win while making 20 saves).
Providence College will play at Fenway Park on Jan. 4 against Merrimack in a non-conference game.
• The contest will mark the first outdoor game for the Friars.
Jan. 4 Schedule (Both games on NESN)
• 4:00 p.m. – Merrimack vs. Providence College
• 7:30 p.m. – Notre Dame vs. Boston College
• Nick Saracino’s older brother, Chris, is playing for the Reading Royals of the ECHL (with former Friar Ian O’Connor). Chris played 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).
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.
FRIAR FAMILY TIES
Providence College senior Derek Army is the son of former Friar hockey player and coach Tim Army ‘85 and sophomore forward Kevin Rooney is the nephew of former Friar Steve Rooney ‘85.
• Former PC standout and current assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche, Tim Army, ranks 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).
FOLLOWING IN FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS
Two sets of Providence College father-son combinations have played in at least 100 games, including senior Derek Army and his father, Tim Army ‘85. Tim is the Providence College all-time leader in career games played (151). The other father-son combination to each play at least 100 games is Randy Velischek ‘83 (130) and Alex Velischek ‘13 (113).
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.
FRIAR FIRST ROUND NHL DRAFT HISTORY
Sophomore Mark Jankowski was picked in the first round (21st overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames, which took place on June 22-23 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
• Jankowski became 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.
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