Dec. 4, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Providence returns to Hockey East play with an 8:00 p.m. game at Northeastern on Friday night. It will be Providence's final game before the first semester finals break.
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Providence has won 11 of its first 15 games for the first time since 1997-98 (11-3-1).
The Friars enter Friday night in first place in the Hockey East standings (6-2-0; 12 Pts.).
Sophomore goalie Jon Gillies ranks in national top-10 in goals against average (1.81, 7th), save percentage (.945, tied for third), wins (10, tied for third) and shutouts (3, tied for 1st).
This week, Gillies was named the Hockey East Co-Goaltender of the Month and to 26-player preliminary roster for the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team.
Junior forward Ross Mauermann's 12 goals are tied for second in the nation and his 21 points are tied for seventh.
With 11 points (7-4-11) in eight Hockey East games, Mauermann is the League's leading scorer.
The Friar offense ranks seventh in the country (3.60 goals per game) and the Friar defense ranks tied for fifth in the nation (2.00 goals against per game).
Sophomore forward Nick Saracino has a six-game point streak (3-3-6).
Sophomore defenseman John Gilmour has a four-game assist streak (0-4-4).
The Friars are unbeaten in their last five games against Northeastern (3-0-2), including a season sweep of the Huskies in 2012-13 (3-0-0).
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.
The Huskies captured the 2013 Shillelagh Tournament championship last weekend in South Bend, Ind., tying Western Michigan (1-1) and downing host Notre Dame 3-2 in the title game.
Senior goaltender Clay Witt, who was named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week (Dec. 2), made 61 saves during the tournament, allowed just three goals in two games and had a .953 save percentage to earn All-Tournament Team honors.
The 19th-ranked Huskies enter the weekend with a 9-5-1 overall record and a 3-4-0 mark in Hockey East play.
Northeastern is unbeaten in their last four games (3-0-1) entering Friday night.
Sophomore Kevin Roy (11-9-20) and freshman Mike Szmatula (5-12-17) lead the Northeastern offense.
Senior Braden Pimm's five power-play goals lead the team and are tied for third in the country.
Northeastern's offense is averaging 3.40 goals per game (14th in the country) and the Huskies' defense is yielding 2.47 goals against per game (19th)
Witt is 7-3-1 this season with a 2.08 goals against average (16th nationally) and a .939 save percentage (6th).
The NU freshman class has 59 points (17G, 42A), tied for most in the nation with BC.
Last season, Providence swept their Hockey East series versus Huskies (3-0-0) for the first time since 2000-01.
In the Friars' first game against Northeastern last season, Derek Army recorded his first career hat trick to lead the team to a 6-2 victory (Nov. 18).
In the second game, the Friars again recorded a 6-2 win over the Huskies (Feb. 22) as Tim Schaller `13 and Stefan Demopoulos each played a role in five Friar goals. Schaller finished with one goal and four assists, while Demopoulos added two goals and three assists.
To complete the season sweep, Steven Shamanski scored his first career game-winning goal - an unassisted shorthanded tally - to give the Friars a 3-2 win at Matthews Arena (Feb. 23).
It was Providence's first win at Matthews since Jan. 25, 2008.
GILLIES NAMED HOCKEY EAST GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH
Jon Gillies was named the Hockey East Co-Goaltender of the Month for November, it was announced by the conference on Dec. 3.
Gillies went 7-1-1 in November, including a pair of shutouts at Merrimack (1-0 on Nov. 8) and at Vermont (3-0 on Nov. 16) to become PC's all-time leader in career shutouts with eight.
He also turned in a 45-save performance at No. 5 Quinnipiac to help the Friars to a 3-3 tie (Nov. 27).
For the month, Gillies posted a 1.85 goals against average, made 294 saves and posted a .942 save percentage.
It marks Gillies' fourth career Hockey East Monthly award, having earned Rookie of the Month honors twice as a freshman and then being named the Goaltender of the Month for October, 2013.
Ross 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 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points. His nine assists are tied for the team lead.
Mauermann has six multi-point games this season.
Mauermann's 12 goals are tied for second in the nation and his 21 points are tied for seventh.
Mauermann has at least one point in 12 of Providence's 15 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).
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).
GILLIES TO PRELIM USA ROSTER
Jon Gillies was named to the 26-player preliminary roster for the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team, it was announced by USA Hockey (Dec. 4).
Team USA will participate in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden.
The 26 players named to the preliminary roster will participate in a training camp Dec. 15-18 at the University of Minnesota's Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, with preparations then continuing in Angelholm, Sweden. Then the final 23-man roster will be announced on Dec. 23.
Gillies served as the primary backup for Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia and became the first Friar to take home a medal in the prestigious tournament as the U.S. won gold. Gillies is one of three returning players, joining forwards Riley Barber and Ryan Hartman.
Last season, Gillies became the 11th Friar to take part in the World Junior Championships and the first since Bobby Goepfert (2003). Shaun Kane '92 is the only Friar to have taken part in two Junior World Championships (1989 & 1990).
THE MAYOR'S CUP
On Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 Providence defeated cross-town rival Brown University, 3-2, to claim the 28th Annual Mayor's Cup.
Senior Derek Army's goal at 9:17 of the third period proved to be the game-winner.
Sophomore Nick Saracino scored the first goal of the game 17 minutes into the first period
It was the second year in a row the Friars claimed the Mayor's Cup.
Providence now holds a 16-9-3 all-time mark in the Mayor's Cup.
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.
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