Nov. 18, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
After a weekend sweep at Vermont, the Providence College men’s hockey team moved up to No. 3 in the USCHO.com poll and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. The Friars received a first place vote in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
The Friars are now 9-1-1 on the season and their .864 winning percentage ranks second in the country. With a 3-2 (Nov. 15) win over Vermont on Friday night and a 3-0 blanking of the Catamounts on Saturday (Nov. 16), the Friars have swept back-to-back Hockey East weekend series and are now in first place in the league standings.
Against Vermont, junior forward Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) scored two goals in Friday night’s win and then netted the game-winning goal and an assist on Saturday en route to being named the Hockey East Player of the Week. He now has 10 goals and eight assists for 18 points this season, tied for third in the nation. Mauermann has six multi-point games this season and has at least one point in nine of Providence’s 11 games.
In the weekend sweep of Vermont, sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) set the Providence College career shutout record with his eighth career shutout on Saturday night, stopping all 23 shots he faced from the Catamounts. In Providence’s current five-game winning streak, Gillies has a 1.00 goals against average and a .966 save percentage.
The Friars are home for a two-game series versus New Hampshire next weekend. Game one is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22 and will be televised locally on Cox Sports on OSN.