Top-Five Teams Meet As No. 4 Men's Hockey Plays At No. 5 Quinnipiac Wednesday

Nick Saracino has a four-game point streak.

Nov. 25, 2013


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For just the second time, the Friars will travel to Hamden, Conn. to take on Quinnipiac in a Wednesday night non-conference game, which will be televised live on SNY. The clash of two of the nation’s top-five teams will be Wednesday’s lone NCAA Div. I game.


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The Last Meeting
November 20, 2012
Providence, R.I.
Men's Hockey Defeated by No. 18 Quinnipiac, 2-0
Connor Jones' two-goal second period proved to be enough for eighteenth-ranked Quinnipiac to defeat the men's hockey team, 2-0, in a non-conference game on Tuesday night at Schneider Arena.

TALKING POINTS                                             
• Providence and Quinnipiac are two of only five teams in the nation that have totaled at least 10 wins this season.
•Quinnipiac leads the nation in winning percentage (.833), while the Friars rank tied for third (.808).
• It took the Friars 13 games to reach the 10-win plateau, marking the fastest Providence has reached 10 wins since the 1989-90 season when they also started 10-2-1.  
• Sophomore goalie Jon Gillies ranks in national top-10 in goals against average (1.70, 7th), save percentage (.946, 4th), win percentage (.864, 3rd) and shutouts (3, tied for 1st).
• Junior forward Ross Mauermann ranks tied for fifth in the nation in scoring with 19 points (11-8-19).
• Mauermann’s 11 goals rank tied for third in the nation.
• Two of the top-six rated defenses in the country will meet Wednesday night as Quinnipiac ranks first in team defense (1.60 goals against per game) and the Friars rank sixth (1.92 goals against per game).
• At 3.69 goals per game, the Friar offense ranks seventh in the nation.
Steven McParland has six assists in Providence’s last six games as well as a three-game point streak (0-4-4).
Nick Saracino has a four-game point streak (1-3-4).

SCOUTING QUINNIPIAC                                    
• The Bobcats are coming off a weekend split at Princeton, including a 3-0 Friday night win (Nov. 22) and a 4-3 Saturday night loss (Nov. 23).
• Princeton’s Saturday night win snapped a 12-game unbeaten streak by Quinnipiac and handed the Bobcats their first loss this season at the TD Bank Sports Center.
• Senior forward Kellen Jones had two goals and two assists in the weekend series versus Princeton.
• On the season, Quinnipiac is 12-2-1 overall and 6-1-1 in ECAC Hockey Play as well as 6-1-1 mark at home.
• Freshman forward Sam Anas leads Quinnipiac in scoring with 20 points on 10 goals and 10 assists.
• The Jones brothers, Kellen (7-11-18) and Connor (5-11-16) and senior Jordan Samuels-Thomas (8-6-14) have also netted at least 14 points this season.
• In net, freshman Michael Garteig has played each game for the Bobcats, posting a 1.60 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.  
• Garteig is also tied for the national lead in shutouts with three.
• At 1.60 goals against per game, the Bobcat defense ranks first in the nation.

MAUERMANN LEADING THE FRIAR OFFENSE                                                   
A two-time Hockey East Player of the Week, junior Ross Mauermann leads the Friars in points with a team-high 11 goals and eight assists for 19 points. His eight assists are tied for the team lead.
• Mauermann has six multi-point games this season.
• Mauermann’s 11 goals are tied for third in the nation and his 19 points are tied for fifth.
• Mauermann has at least one point in 10 of Providence’s 13 games.
• With 11 points (7-4-11) in eight Hockey East games, Mauermann is the League’s leading scorer.
• It took Mauermann 11 games to score 10 goals, the fastest a Friar has reached 10 goals since the 2002-03 season when Peter Fregoe scored 10 goals in Providence’s first eight games.
• 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).
• His single season high for goals is 12 (2012-13).  
• 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).

REWRITING THE RECORD BOOK                                                    
On Nov. 16 at Vermont, sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies made 23 saves to post his school record-eighth shutout as a Friar, surpassing Tyler Sims ‘08 (7).
• Gillies recorded his eighth shutout in his 45th career start. Sims (2004-08) posted his seventh shutout in his 94th career game.
• Four of Gillies’ eight career shutouts have come on the road.
• With three shutouts this season, Gillies is tied for the national lead with Ryan McKay (Miami), Sam Brittain (Denver) and Steven Summerhays (Notre Dame).  
• Last season as a freshman, Gillies set the Providence College single season record with five shutouts.
• Gillies’ 1.99 GAA ranks first in the Providence record book (min. 35 games played).

SHAMANSKI 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.

POLLING DATA                                   
The Friars dropped one spot to No. 4 in both the and No. 6 USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week (Nov. 25) following a weekend split with New Hampshire.
• The Friars received a first-place vote in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll on Nov. 11 and Nov. 18.
• 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.

UNDERCLASSMEN NUMBERS                                               
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

STRONG STARTS                                
The Friars reached the 10-win plateau in 13 games, the fastest they have done so since the 1989-90 season when they also started the year 10-2-1.
• Providence opened this season with four straight wins for the first time since 2003-04.
• The Friars then went unbeaten through their first five games of the season (4-0-1) for the first time since the 2002-03 (opened with a 7-0-0 mark).
• Providence finished the month of October (4-0-1) with an undefeated record for the first time since 2002-03 (5-0-0).
• The Friars started a season with just one loss in their first 10 games for the first time since going 8-1-1 over their first 10 games in 2002-03.
• For the first time, dating back to the inaugural season in 1984-85, Providence opened Hockey East play by winning five of its first six league games.
• The Friars started a season with just one loss in their first 11 games (9-1-1) for the first time since going 9-1-1 to start the 1990-91 season.



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