Nov. 14, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Friars return home after a three-game road swing looking to snap a two-game losing streak, having most recently dropped a 4-0 decision at Massachusetts last Friday night.
• The Hockey East showdown between Providence and Northeastern will be the first game of the season series between the two teams.
• The Friars are 3-0-0 at home this season.
FOLLOW THE FRIARS
• Televison: Friday night's game will be televised live locally by Cox Sports with Mike Logan (play-by-play), Bob Bellemore (analyst) and Sonny Watrous (sideline) on the call.
• Streaming: Cox Sports will also provide live streaming of the game through its website - http://coxsportsonline.com/live-steaming.
• Live Audio: Live audio will be carried by Friars.com (Alex Faust).
• Twitter: For live updates, follow @FriarsHockey.
The Friars hold a 76-51-16 all-time record against Northeastern, including a 38-21-8 mark at Schneider Arena. Aside from Schneider and Matthews Arena, the two teams have met at several historic buildings in a rivalry that dates back to 1953, including the Boston Garden, the Rhode Island Auditorium and Madison Square Garden.
Last season, Northeastern posted a 5-2 win at Schneider on Nov. 18 before the teams then tied in back-to-back games at Matthews on Feb. 17 and 18 by scores of 1-1 and 2-2. Three of the teams' last five meetings have ended in overtime ties, while Northeastern carries a five -game unbeaten streak into Friday night's game (2-0-3).
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
• Northeastern (4-4-1, 2-4-1 HEA) enters the weekend on a two-game winning streak after posting a home weekend sweep of Alabama-Huntsville last weekend (Nov. 10-11). The Huskies won 3-0 on Saturday and then, after falling behind 1-0, posted a 3-1 win on Sunday to earn the sweep.
• Sophomore forward Ludwig Karlsson scored three goals in the two games to lead the offense, while senior Chris Rawlings earned both wins in net, stopping a combined 41 of the 42 shots he faced.
• The weekend prior (Nov. 2-3), the Huskies were swept in a home-and-home Hockey East series versus Merrimack by scores of 5-2 and 4-2.
• Freshman forward Kevin Roy leads Northeastern in assists (6) and points (9), while Karlsson leads the team in goals (4).
• Rawlings has started the last three games in the NU goal and played six games on the season (4-2-0), posting a .929 save percentage and a 2.02 goals against average.
• Senior Bryan Mountain has also seen time in net for the Huskies, going 0-2-1 with a .947 save percentage and a 1.92 goals against average.
• Northeastern opened the year with consecutive Hockey East wins over Merrimack (4-2 on Oct. 10) and top-ranked Boston College (3-1 on Oct. 13) before posting a 2-4-1 record in the seven games since.
• Head coach Jim Madigan (Northeastern '86) is in his second season behind the NU bench.
THE ROAD AHEAD
Beginning with Friday night's game versus Northeastern, Providence enters a busy stretch that includes three games in nine days. On Tuesday, Nov. 20,the Friars welcome Quinnipiac to Schneider Arena for their first non-conference game since playing at Miami on Oct. 19 and 20. Then, on Saturday, Nov. 24 the Friars play at Brown in the 27th annual Mayor's Cup.
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).
• 17 Friars have at least one assist (second to Merrimack's 18).
• 18 Friars have at least one point (second to Merrimack's 19).
LAST TIME OUT
• The Friars fell at Massachusetts, 4-0, last Friday (Nov. 9) in their only game last weekend.
• Massachusetts broke a 0-0 tie with a three-goal second period en route to the victory.
• Sophomore goalie Kevin Boyle stopped all 17 shots he faced for his first career shutout.
• In the Friar net, freshman Jon Gillies made 28 saves.
• Michael Pereira (1g, 2a) and Troy Power (1g, 1a) led the Minutemen offense in the win.
• Myles Harvey became the 139th Friar to play 100 career games.
• It was Providence's third-straight road game.
• The Friar lineup featured nine freshmen for the second consecutive game.
SCHALLER & HARVEY HIT THE CENTURY MARK
Senior forward Tim Schaller played his 100th career game in Providence's 3-2 win at Vermont on Nov. 3, becoming the first member of the class of 2013 to play in 100 games. Two games later, he was joined in the 100 career games played club by senior defenseman Myles Harvey (at UMass on Nov. 9). They were the 138th and 139th friars to play in 100 career games.
The young Friar roster includes 13 freshmen and six sophomores.
• 19 of 29 players on the 2012-13 Friar roster are freshmen or sophomores (66 percent).
• Providence's 13 freshmen rank as tied for the second most in the nation (14 - Penn State, 13 - Army, 12 - Miami, 12 - Michigan State)
• As of Nov. 9, the average age of all the players on the Friar roster was just over 21 years old.
• The freshmen and sophomores have combined for 39 of Providence's 65 points this season (60 percent) and have netted 17 of the team's 23 goals (74 percent).
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.
• Boback 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.
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 fifth in Hockey East scoring amongst defenseman (.78 ppg).
• Harvey's seven assists are tied for the fourth most among Hockey East players.
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).
Including wins over Sacred Heart and Maine, the Friars went 3-2-1 in the month of October for their best record in the month of October since going 5-2-0 in 2009.
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. 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 (Oct. 13) and recorded his first goal and assist in Providence's 3-2 win at Vermont (Nov. 2).
• Freshman Tom Parisi became the latest Friar to make his debut, doing so in the second game of the weekend series at Vermont (Nov. 3).
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.
FRIAR FAMILY TIES
Providence College seniors Chris Rooney and Alex Velischek as well as junior Derek Army are sons of former Friar hockey greats.
• Chris 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.
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.
• The Friars downed Sacred Heart, 8-2, in its 2012-13 season opener.
• Providence is now 38-23-1 (.621) all-time in season openers, including four consecutive season-opening victories (2009-12).
• 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.
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.
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.
• Kleinendorst 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.
• Additionally, 1992 Providence College graduate and former assistant coach David Berard took over interim head coaching duties at Connecticut on Nov. 6 after Bruce Marshall took a medical leave of absence.
BEFORE THE LOCKOUT ... NHL DEALS
In July of 2012, three former Providence College stars signed new National Hockey League contracts.
• Jay Leach signed a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey. Leach played four years for Providence College from 1997-01. In his years with the Friars, Leach registered six goals and 46 assists for 52 points. Prior to signing a new deal with the Devils, Leach had played for four other NHL teams, the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lighting, Montreal Canadiens and San Jose Sharks.
• Colin McDonald signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Islanders. McDonald played for the Friars from 2003-07. He recorded 43 goals and 34 assists for 77 points with the Friars. McDonald played for two other NHL teams prior to signing his new contract, the Edmonton Oilers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. In his 2011-12 season with the Penguins, McDonald scored one goal.
• Jon Rheault signed with the Florida Panthers. Rheault played for Providence College from 2004-08. He recorded 56 goals and 49 assists for 105 points while playing with the Friars. Rheault played four years in the AHL before signing his contract with the Florida Panthers.
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