Oct. 31, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
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After posting a home weekend sweep of Maine for the first time since Dec. 5 and 6, 1997, the Friars continue Hockey East play as they open November with a two-game road series at Vermont on Nov. 2 and 3.
FOLLOW THE FRIARS
Live audio of the weekend series can be heard through Friars.com, with, Mike Logan handling the call. Vermont will also provide live internet streaming for both games through its athletics website: www.uvmathletics.com.
Vermont holds a slight lead in the all-time series, 23-18-6, which dates back to the teams’ first meeting in 1969 (UVM won 4-2 at the R.I. Auditorium on that day). Last season, the Friars swept the season series, 3-0, and scored five goals in each meeting. It marked the first time the Friars swept a season series from Vermont since the Catamounts joined Hockey East for the 2005-06 season. The last time Providence posted three consecutive wins over Vermont prior to last season was on Dec. 29, 1989 (4-1), Jan. 14, 1990 (4-1) and Oct. 27, 1990 (7-3). Over the last seven meetings, the Friars have posted a 3-1-3 record versus the Catamounts.
SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS
Vermont enters the weekend with an overall (and Hockey East) record of 0-1-2. The Catamounts last played Merrimack in a two-game series that led to a loss, 6-2, and tie, 2-2, at Merrimack on on Oct. 26 and 27. Vermont opened its season with a 1-1 overtime tie at UMass Lowell on Oct. 12.
On the season, the Catamounts have been outscored 9-6 and outshot 105-94. Thirteen players have notched at least one point on the season for the Catamounts. Leading Vermont in scoring are junior Nick Bruneteau (two points on one goal and one assist), freshman Jonathan Turk (two points on one goal and one assist) and sophomore Kyle Reynolds (two points on two assists).
The Catamounts welcomed seven freshman to their squad for the 2012-13 season, including Brody Hoffman, who has played all three games in net for Vermont. Hoffman owns a .923 save percentage on 104 shots and 2.53 goals against average. Special teams for Vermont include an 18.2% conversion rating on power-play and killing 63.6% of the penalties they have taken.
THE ROAD AHEAD
After the two-game series at Vermont, the Friars will continue Hockey East play at Massachusetts on Friday, Nov. 9 in a game slated for 7:00 p.m. It will be Providence’s only game of the weekend.
NOTING LAST WEEKEND’S SWEEP OF MAINE
• The Friars defeated Maine on back-to-back nights at Schneider Arena for the first time since Dec. 5 and 6, 1997 last weekend. On Friday night, the Friars posted a 3-2 win over the Black Bears and followed with a 3-0 blanking of Maine on Saturday. A balanced offense saw six different goal scorers complemented the goaltending of freshman Jon Gillies, who stopped 53 of the 55 shots he faced over the weekend and turned in his first career shutout.
• Goals from sophomore Drew Brown and freshman Steven McParland just over two minutes apart in the third period helped the Friars seal the win on Friday night. McParland’s goal was the first of his career and proved to be the game winner. He now has three points in the last two games (1-2-3).
• John Gilmour also scored on Friday, marking his second consecutive game with goal.
• On Friday, Myles Harvey recorded his second two-assist game of the season and ran his assist streak to five games (0-7-7) to open the season (the treak then ended on Saturday)
• On Saturday, Gillies stopped all 26 shots he faced for his first career shutout. He has now started all six Providence games this season.
• With the back-to-back wins, Providence clinched a season series against Maine for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
• With assists, Gilmour and Tim Schaller extended point streaks to three games.
• Shane Luke tied a career high in points with two (also had two points to open the season against Sacred Heart on 10/12/12).
• Freshman Paul de Jersey set a career high in assists with two and tied a career high for points with two (two points against Sacred Heart on 10/12/12).
Last weekend, the Friars used six different goal scorers to sweep a weekend series from Maine by scores of 3-2 and 3-0. On the season, 12 different Friars have scored at least one goal, led by Ross Mauermann’s four tallies. Additioanlly, 17 Friars have at least one point on the year. Entering the weekend, the 12 different goal scorers leads Hockey East (Merrimack is second with 11), while the 17 different point scorers trails only Merrimack (18).
The Friars are receiving 66 votes in the latest USCHO.com poll (Oct. 29), which is the top-vote tally outside the top-20. In the USA Today Poll (Oct. 29), the Friars received votes for the first time since the preseason release on Sept. 24.
SCHALLER APPROACHING THE CENTURY MARK
Senior forward Tim Schaller enters the weekend with 99 career games played for the Friars. The Merrimack, N.H., native has 21 goals and 25 assists for 46 points in 99 games and is poised to become the first member of the class of 2013 with 100 games played. Scahller would be the 138th Friar to reach the century mark in games played. Senior defenseman Myles Harvey enters the weekend with 96 career games played.
GILLIES HONORED FOR A THIRD STRAIGHT WEEK
For the third consecutive week, freshman goaltender Jon Gillies earned a weekly Hockey East award. On Monday, Oct. 30 the conference announced that Gillies was selected as the Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week.
Gillies, who has started six straight games to open the season, helped lead the Friars to a weekend sweep of Maine as Providence downed the Black Bears 3-2 on Friday night and then 3-0 on Saturday. In Saturday night’s game, Gillies stopped all 26 shots he faced to earn his first career shutout. For the weekend, he posted a 1.00 goals against average and a .964 save percentage to go along with 53 saves.
• Gillies was named the Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week last week (10/22/12).
• Gillies earned Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors (10/15/12).
• For the season, Gillies has posted a 1.72 GAA and a .938 save percentage.
HARVEY COMES OUT HOT
Senior assistant captain Myles Harvey, who came into the season with 13 assists in 91 career games played, posted seven assists in the first five games of the 2012-13 season. He was the only Friar to notch a point in the first five games this season and had two-assist efforts against Sacred Heart (Oct. 12) and Maine (Oct. 26). Last season, Harvey set a career high with 10 assists on the year.
• The five-game point streak was a career long mark.
• With a 1.17 points per game average, Harvey ranks ninth nationally amongst defensemen.
• In Hockey East, Harvey is tied for second with seven points and ranks first amongst defensemen. • Harvey’s seven assists also lead the league.
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 entered the year having not palyed a game for the Friars.
• 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 has seen his first action after sitting out last season, centering the fourth line each of Providence’s games so far - he recorded his first career point with 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 and also played both games of the Maine series.
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.