Nov. 6, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence and Merrimack play a home-and-home series this weekend, beginning on Friday night in North Andover, Mass. The game will be Merrimack's Hockey East opener.
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The No. 5/6 Friars will play their second road game of the season on Friday night at Merrimack's Lawler Rink.
• Aside from this weekend's home-and-home Hockey East series, Merrimack and Providence will meet in a non-conference game at Fenway Park on Saturday, Jan. 4.
• At 4.43 goals per game, the Friar offense enters Friday night ranked second in the country, behind only Minnesota (4.83). Providence's scoring margin of 2.14 also ranks second in the nation (behind Minnesota's 3.17).
• The Friars are one of 10 teams with zero or one loss entering the weekend, and the Friars' .786 winning percentage ranks fifth.
• Junior forward Ross Mauermann ranks tied for third in the nation with 13 points (7-6-13). His seven goals are also tied for third-most in the nation.
• Mauermann is also one of 16 skaters with at least two game-winning goals this season.
• Sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies is 1-1-1 all-time against Merrimack with a 1.91 goals against average and a .922 save percentage.
• Scoring Streaks: Mauermann has a three-game point scoring streak (4-3-7), including a three-game goal scoring streak. Junior forward Shane Luke is the only other Friar who notched points in each game against Boston University (0-2-2).
MAUERMANN NAMED HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
After figuring in on five of Providence's six goals in a weekend split with Boston University, including scoring three goals, Mauermann was named the Hockey East's Co-Player of the Week (Nov. 4).
• Mauermann had a goal and an assist on Friday night against BU (Nov. 2), and followed with two goals and an assist on Saturday (Nov. 3).
• His goal at 3:28 of the third period on Saturday night proved to be the game winner, marking his second game-winning goal of the season and the seventh of his career.
• Mauermann has four multi-point games this season.
• Mauermann has scored at least one point in all but one game this season.
SCOUTING MERRIMACK (ENTERING THE WEEKEND)
The Warriors enter the weekend with a 3-3-0 overall record and have yet to play a Hockey East game.
• Last weekend, Merrimack posted a 3-1 home win over Bentley (Nov. 1). Three different players found the back of the net for the Warriors and Rasmus Tirronen turned aside 21 of the 22 shots he faced to earn the win.
• After starting the season with three losses in a row to Denver (twice) and Mercyhurst, Merrimack has now won its last three games against Mercyhurst, Army and Bentley.
• Senior Mike Collins is back leading the Merrimack offense with two goals and six assists for eight points on the season. Junior Quinn Gould leads the team with three goals.
• Junior Rasmus Tirronen and senior Sam Marotta have split time in the Merrimack net. Tirronen is 2-0-0 with a 1.71 goals against average and a .930 save percentage, while Marotta is 1-3-0 with a 2.48 goals against average and a .890 save percentage.
The Friars moved to No. 6 in the USCHO.com and No. 5 USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week (Nov. 4).
• Prior to this season, 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.
The Friars were 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.
GILLIES: HEA 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.
OFFENSIVE LEADER Ross Mauermann
Junior Ross Mauermann currently leads the Friars in scoring with seven goals and six assists for 13 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.
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