Providence will play back-to-back road games for the first time this season with a two-game series at Vermont. Saturday night's series finale will be televised live on NESN [PxP - Dale Arnold, Color - Billy Jaffe].
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The Friars have started a season with just one loss in their first nine games for the first time since going 8-1-0 over their first nine games in 2002-03.
Providence is averaging 4.00 goals per game, tied for fifth in the nation. The Friars have scored at least three goals in all but one game this season (a 1-0 win at Merrimack).
The Friar defense ranks tied for sixth in the country as it is only giving up and average of 2.00 goals against per game.
With no remaining undefeated teams in college hockey, Providence is one of six teams with just one loss, joining Quinnipiac, Michigan, Minnesota, St. Cloud State and Yale.
Jon Gillies' 1.73 goals against average ranks seventh in the nation, while his .944 save percentage ranks sixth. His career goals against average is now 2.01 in 43 career starts.
Junior forward Ross Mauermann ranks tied for eighth in the nation with 14 points (7-7-14). His seven goals are tied for 10th in the nation.
CLOSING IN ON PROVIDENCE'S SHUTOUT RECORD
On Nov. 8 at Merrimack, sophomore Jon Gillies made 23 saves to post his school record-tying seventh shutout as a Friar, tying Tyler Sims `08.
Gillies recorded his seventh shutout in his 42nd career start. Sims (2004-08) posted his seventh shutout in his 94th career game.
Three of Gillies' seven shutouts have come on the road.
The Catamounts enter the weekend with a 3-3-1 overall record and a 2-2-0 record in Hockey East play. At Gutterson Fieldhouse, UVM is 1-1-0 on the year.
Last weekend, Vermont split a road series at Maine, losing 2-0 on Friday but bouncing back to post a 4-3 win on Saturday.
Four different Catamounts scored in the win, while Mike Santaguida made 31 saves to improve to 3-2-1 in the Vermont net this season.
After starting the season with a loss and a tie at North Dakota, Vermont has gone 3-2-0, including wins over Penn State (5-2) and Notre Dame (2-1).
Senior forward Chris McCarthy (3-2-5) and freshman defenseman Rob Hamilton (1-4-5) are tied for the team lead in points. McCarthy's three goals also lead the team.
Santaguida, a freshman, has played the majority of the minutes in the Catamount game (starting six of UVM's seven games). He has a .913 save percentage and a 2.63 goals against average.
Vermont averages 2.57 goals per game (37th in the nation) but their penalty kill unit is 40 for 46 (87%; 12th-best in the nation).
SHAMANSKI NAMED A SENIOR CLASS FINALIST
Senior defenseman Steven Shamanski has been named one of 20 finalists for the 2014 men's hockey Senior Class Award it was announced on Thursday morning (Nov. 7).
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
From the list of 20 candidates, a national media committee will select ten finalists in February.
Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.
The Friars moved to No. 5 in the USCHO.com and No. 6 USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week (Nov. 11) following a weekend sweep of Merrimack.
The Friars received a first-place vote in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll this week, their first first-place vote of the season.
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.
Freshman forward Niko Rufo will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a lower body injury in Providence's 1-0 win at Merrimack on Nov. 8.
Rufo played in the first eight games of the season for the Friars, scoring two goals and adding an assist for three points. He scored the overtime game-winning goal against then third-ranked Miami University on Oct. 25.
OFFENSIVE LEADER Ross Mauermann
Junior Ross Mauermann currently leads the Friars in scoring with seven goals and seven assists for 14 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 opened 2003-04 with four straight wins, a streak that the Friars matched this season.
The Friars went unbeaten through their first five games of the season (4-0-1) for the first time since the 2002-03 season when it opened with a 7-0-0 mark.
This season, Providence finished the month of October (4-0-1) with an undefeated record for the first time since 2002-03 (5-0-0).
Also this season, the Friars started a season with just one loss in their first nine games for the first time since going 8-1-0 over their first nine games in 2002-03.
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 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.
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.
Sophomore goaltender Nicholas Luise has been added to the Friar roster as the team's third goaltender. Luise played three years of varsity hockey for Austin Prep (Reading, Mass.) before attending Providence College and playing for the PC club hockey 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).
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).
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.
TEAM IMPACT: KEVIN RICH & THE FRIARS
On Sept. 20, 2012 the Providence College men's hockey team welcomed Kevin Rich to the squad. Joining the Friars through Team IMPACT, Rich is an eight-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, 2012) at Schneider Arena as part of Kevin's official "draft" onto 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.
Other activities Kevin has done surrounding the team include dropping the puck as part of a ceremonial face-off prior to the BC game on Dec. 7, 2012, trick-or-treating with members of the Friars in 2012 and 2013 and attending the 2013 AHL all-star game with several Friars at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
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