Nov. 19, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Friars play host to ECAC Hockey foe Quinnipiac on Tuesday evening, looking for their second consecutive win.
• The teams have met just four time previously (PC leads, 3-1-0).
• The Friars are 4-0-0 at home this season.
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• Live Audio/Streaming: Tuesday night’s game will be streamed online through Friars.com, with Mike Logan on the call. Live audio will also be available at Friars.com.
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The Friars and Bobcats have met four times, with Providence holding a 3-1-0 record in the four games. The home team has won each game in the series, beginning with the Friars’ 5-2 win on Dec. 7, 2001. Most recently, Providence downed the Bobcats at home on Dec. 11, 2010 by a score of 5-2. Derek Army had a goal and an assist in that win.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
• Quinnipiac (7-3-1, 4-0-0 ECAC Hockey) is coming off a weekend road sweep of Clarkson (5-2) and St. Lawrence (6-2) and have won their last four games. They are now ranked 18th in the USCHO.com poll.
• The Bobcats are the only unbeaten team in ECAC Hockey play and currently sit in second place in the League standings behind Dartmouth (4-1-1 ECAC Hockey).
• Quinnipiac’s wins two weekends ago came at home against Colgate (3-2) and Cornell (4-1).
• Ten players have notched at least four points on the season for Quinnipiac, and seven of those 10 are seniors.
• Senior Jeremy Langlois leads the team in scoring with 10 points on six goals and four assists. His six goals lead the team.
• Clay Harvey is second with eight points from a team-high eight assists.
• Senior Eric Hartzell has played the majority of the minutes in the Bobcats net, posting a 7-2-1 record to go with a 1.70 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.
• Head coach Rand Pecknold (Connecticut College ’90) is in his 19th season behind the QU bench.
THE ROAD AHEAD
The Friars are in the midst of playing three games in nine days, including the final two versus ECAC Hockey opponents. On Saturday, Nov. 24 the Friars play at Brown in the 27th annual Mayor’s Cup.
LAST TIME OUT: PC 6, NU 2 (Friday, Nov. 16)
• The Friars downed Northeastern at home on Friday, Nov. 16 by a score of 6-2 to move up to fourth in the Hockey East standings.
• Derek Army notched his first career hat trick in the win, becoming the first Hockey East player to score three goals in a game this season.
• The Friars built a 6-0 lead before NU found the back of the net with two third period power-play goals.
• The Friars improved to 4-0-0 at home with the win.
• Mark Jankowski registered a career high three points (1 goal, 2 assists).
• Freshman Paul de Jersey registered his third two-point game of the season with two assists against Northeastern.
• Senior Chris Rooney scored his first goal of the season.
• Freshman Jon Gillies made his tenth consecutive start in goal versus the Huskies, turning aside 22 of the 24 shots he faced.
• Providence’s six goals versus Northeastern was its highest goal total in a Hockey East game since posting a 6-1 win at top-ranked Merrimack on Dec. 3, 2011.
• Freshman Nick Saracino played his first career game for the Friars making him the 11th player to debut for Providence this season
• The Friars snapped a five-game winless streak (0-2-3) against Northeastern, recording their first win over the Huskies since Oct. 8, 2010 (PC 3, NU 2).
• It was Providence’s largest margin of victory versus Northeastern since a 5-1 road win on Jan. 25, 2008.
HAT TRICK HERO
On Friday, Nov. 16, junior Derek Army netted his first career hat trick to lead the Friars past Northeastern, 6-2.
• In addition to becoming the first Hockey East player to register a hat trick, Army
became the first Friar to score three goals in a game since Tim Schaller did so on Nov. 4, 2011 (vs. Vermont).
• It marked the 12th Friar hat trick since the 2000-01 season.
• For his efforts, Army was named the Hockey East Association’s Athletic Republic Co-Player of the Week, it was announced by the conference on Monday, Nov. 19.
• Army became the first Friar to earn Hockey East Player of the Week honors this season. Schaller was the last Providence player to earn the honor (Feb. 13, 2012).
Led by Ross Mauermann, Derek Army and Mark Jankowski, who each have four goals, 15 different Friars have now scored at least one goal this season, which ranks tied with Boston University for second most goal scorers in Hockey East (16 Merrimack players scored at least one goal).
• 17 Friars have at least one assist (tied with New Hampshire for second to Merrimack’s 19).
• 18 Friars have at least one point.
AMONGST THE HOCKEY EAST LEADERS
• Myles Harvey ranks tied for fourth in defenseman scoring (0.80 ppg).
• John Gilmour ranks tied for ninth in defenseman scoring (0.60 ppg).
• Mark Jankowski (4-3-7) and Paul de Jersey (2-5-7) are tied for fourth in freshman scoring (0.70 ppg), while John Gilmour (2-4-6) ranks tied for sixth (0.60 ppg).
• Harvey ranks tied for fifth with eight assists.
• Jon Gillies ranks fifth in goals against average (2.05), fifth in save percentage (.924) and third in total saves (242).
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 47 of Providence’s 81 points this season (58 percent) and have netted 20 of the team’s 29 goals (69 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.
• Harvey 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.
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 made his debut, doing so in the second game of the weekend series at Vermont (Nov. 3).
• Freshman Nick Saracino became the latest Friar to make his debut, playing his first career game versus Northeastern on Nov. 16.
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.
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.
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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