Nov. 7, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
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The Friars conclude a three-game Hockey East road swing with one game at Massachusetts at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9. Providence carries a six-game unbeaten streak versus the Minutemen into Friday's contest and will be looking to rebound from a 2-0 loss at Vermont last Saturday night.
FOLLOW THE FRIARS
Live audio of Friday's game can be heard through Friars.com, with Mike Logan handling the call. In addition, the game will be televised locally in western Massachusetts on CBS 3 and UMass will provide live streaming through its website: umassathletics.com (Friar fans who have already purchased a CBS All-Access pass through Friars.com can use the same login information to watch the UMass stream).
The Friars hold a 34-21-6 (.607) advantage in the all-time series with UMass, which dates back to a 15-5 Friar victory at the Rhode Island Auditorium on Feb. 27, 1954. Last year, the Friars won the season series (2-0-1) to run their unbeaten streak versus Massachusetts to six games (3-0-3 in that span). Providence has scored at least three goals in each of the past six games versus the Minutemen and averaged five goals a game against them last season. The Friars are also 3-2-0 in their last five trips to Amherst, Mass. Junior Derek Army leads the Friars with six points (3-3-6) in five career games played against the Minutemen. In the teams' last meeting on Feb. 11, 2012, Army posted two assists as the Friars recorded a 5-4 win at the Mullins Center. Current sophomore Shane Luke scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 9:11 of the third period while on the power play to help the Friars to the win on that day.
SCOUTING THE MINUTEMEN
Massachusetts enters Friday night's game with a 2-4-0 overall mark and a 1-4-0 record in Hockey East play. Last weekend, UMass handed ninth-ranked New Hampshire its first loss of the season on Friday, Nov. 2 as they recorded a 2-1 home overtime win over the Wildcats. Senior Darren Rowe scored at 3:03 of the extra stanza to give the Minutemen their first Hockey East win of the season. Then on Sunday, Nov. 4, UMass fell at top-ranked Boston College, 3-2. Troy Power gave UMass a 2-1 lead at 1:42 of the third period, but the Eagles answered with the game's next two goals to earn the win.
For the season, Steven Guzzo leads UMass with five points (2-3-5), followed by Branden Gracel (2-2-4), Conor Allen (1-3-4) and Conor Sheary (1-3-4), who all have four points. Rocco Carzo and Rowe are tied for the team lead with three goals each. Seven of UMass' 16 goals (.438) have come on the power play, which is ranked tied for 13th in the nation (7-for-31). In net, Kevin Boyle has played four games (2-2-0) and Steve Mastalerz has played two (0-2-0). Boyle has posted a .924 save percentage and a 1.99 goals against average for the year and has started the last three games for UMass.
THE ROAD AHEAD
After closing out a three-game road swing at UMass on Friday night, the Friars return to Schneider Arena on Friday, Nov. 16 with a 7:00 p.m. game against Hockey East rival Northeastern. The game will be televised live on Cox Sports.
In last Friday night's 3-2 win at Vermont, freshman Brandon Tanev netted the first goal and assist of his Friar career and junior Derek Army scored his first goal of the season. Led by Ross Mauermann's four goals, 14 different Friars have now scored at least one goal this season, which ranks second in Hockey East (15 Merrimack players have at least one goal). Additionally, 17 Friars have at least one assist (the top mark in Hockey East) and 18 Friars have at least one point (2nd to Merrimack's 19).
LAST WEEKEND'S SPLIT AT VERMONT
• The Friars posted a weekend split at Hockey East opponent Vermont on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3. On Friday night, the Friars earned a 3-2 win, but then fell on Saturday, 2-0.
• In Friday's win, freshman Mark Jankowski scored the game-winning goal at 4:19 of the third period, freshman Brandon Tanev notched the first goal and assist of his Friar career and junior Derek Army also scored to lead Providence to a third consecutive victory.
• In the Catamounts' home opener at the Gutterson Fieldhouse, freshman goalie Jon Gillies posted 23 saves and seniors Kyle Murphy and Alex Velischek added two-assist nights.
• Velischek matched a career high mark for points and assists in a game with two (last done versus Boston University on Feb. 19, 2010).
• Dating back to last season, it marked the fourth win in a row for the Friars over the Catamounts, which has only happened one other time in the all-time series that dates back to 1969 (when Providence won four straight meetings from Jan. 20. 1980 - Nov. 13, 1982).
• Murphy (and Tanev) had the first multi-point games of their careers.
• Prior to last night, the last time the Friars won three straight games that were all in Hockey East play was in January of 2010 when Providence downed UMass Lowell (4-2 on Jan. 10), Boston University (4-2 on Jan. 13) and UMass (5-4 on Jan. 16).
• On Saturday, Vermont freshman goaltender Brody Hoffman stopped all 24 shots he faced as Vermont snapped Providence's three-game winning streak with a 2-0 win at the Gutterson Fieldhouse.
• The Friars outshot the Catamounts 24-21 for the game and Gillies finished with 19 saves.
SCHALLER HITS THE CENTURY MARK
Senior forward Tim Schaller played his 100th career game in Providence's 3-2 win at Vermont on Nov. 3. The Merrimack, N.H., native now has 21 goals and 25 assists for 46 points in 101 games and he became the first member of the class of 2013 with 100 games played. Schaller is the 138th Friar to reach the century mark in games played, while senior defenseman Myles Harvey enters Friday night's game against UMass with 99 career games played.
GILLIES NAMED CO-ROOKIE OF THE MONTH
Freshman goaltender Jon Gillies was named the Hockey East Association's Pro Ambitions Co-Rookie of the Month for October, it was announced on Nov. 1. Gillies helped lead the Friars to a 3-2-1 record in October and posted a 1.72 goals against average and a .938 save percentage to go along with 150 saves in 347:59 of work.
• Gillies started all six of the Friars' games in October and played all but the final period of Providence's 8-2 season-opening win over Sacred Heart (Oct. 12). Gillies did stop all 14 shots he faced in that game to earn his first career victory.
• Gillies was named the Hockey East Rookie of the Week twice (Oct. 22 & 29) and also earned Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors (Oct. 15).
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.
• In Hockey East, Harvey is tied for eighth in scoring with seven points.
• Harvey's seven assists are tied for second in the league and he ranks third in defenseman scoring.
BOBACK HEADED INTO THE PROVIDENCE COLLEGE HALL OF FAME
The Providence College Athletic Department announced on Nov. 5 that it will induct nine members and the 1995 NCAA Champion Women's Cross Country Team into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The 2013 inductees include former men's hockey great Mike Boback `92.
• Boback ranks fourth all-time in points at PC (201) and second in assists (128). He is one of only four PC players to register more than 200 points in his career and he was named First Team All-Hockey East in 1990 and 1992. He helped lead the Friars to two NCAA appearances, including a run to the `88-89 NCAA Quarterfinals, and was a part of four 20-win seasons with the Friars.
GILLIES HONORED FOR A THIRD STRAIGHT WEEK
On Oct. 30, freshman goaltender Jon Gillies earned a weekly Hockey East award for the third week in a row as he was named the Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week. Gillies was honored after he 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.
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 in Dallas, Texas.
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 played 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 previously 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 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, born in December of 1994, and Brett Pesce of New Hampshire, 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. 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 (2009-12).
• 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)
11.9: at UMass (CBS 3)
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.