Dec. 18, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Providence returns from its final exam break to play Army for the first time in 14 seasons as they take on the Black Knights at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 at Tate Rink.
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• The Friars are unbeaten in their last 10 games against Army (9-0-1), but have not faced the Black Knights since a 4-4 overtime tie at Tate Rink on Jan. 14, 2000.
• The Army-Providence game is the only NCAA Div. I contest slated for Friday, Dec. 20.
• The Friars hit their finals break with 11 wins - which they reached in 15 games, marking the fastest they totaled 11 wins since opening the 1997-98 season with an 11-3-1 mark.
• In the history of the Providence program, the Friars’ highest win total in the first half of a season (through Dec. 31) was 13, recorded in 1989-90.
• Providence is unbeaten in its last four games (2-0-2), with three of those four games being played against ranked opponents.
• The Friars enter Friday night with a 3-1-2 road record this season.
• At 21 underclassmen apiece, the Army and Providence rosters feature the second-most underclassmen in the nation.
• Sophomore forward Nick Saracino has a seven-game point streak (3-5-8).
• Red shirt sophomore forward Trevor Mingoia has a three-game assist streak (0-3-3).
• Junior forward Ross Mauermann’s 24 points (12-12-24) are tied for the eighth-most in the nation, while his 12 goals are tied for seventh.
• With 14 points (7-7-14) in nine Hockey East games, Mauermann is the League’s leading scorer.
• Mauermann has a four-game point streak (2-4-6).
• The Friar offense ranks eighth in the country (3.56 goals per game) and the Friar defense ranks fifth in the nation (2.06 goals against per game).
• Sophomore goalie Jon Gillies is away at Team USA’s World Junior Championship training camp (Minneapolis, Minn. & Angelholm, Sweden).
The Black Knights are 3-11-0 on the season, including a 3-8-0 mark in Atlantic Hockey play.
• On Dec. 6-7, Army split a home series with Canisius, dropping the first game 8-2 before rebounding for a 2-0 shutout win on Saturday night.
• Junior goaltender Rob Tadazak made 15 saves to record his first shutout of the season, while sophomore Shane Hearn scored both goals (including an empty net goal) to lift the Black Knights to the win.
• After starting the year with a 1-10-0 mark, Army is 2-1-0 over its last three games.
• Hearn is the team’s leading scorer with nine points on four goals and five assists but he will serve a one-game suspension versus the Friars (handed down by AHA for a hit against Canisius).
• Hearn’s five assists are tied for the team lead with freshman Clint Carlisle and senor Brian Schultz.
• Freshman C.J. Reuschlein leads the Black Knights with six goals.
• In net, Tadazak has played the majority of the minutes - appearing in all but one game - and has posted a .867 save percentage to go along with a 4.56 goals against average.
• Army is giving up an average of 4.86 goals per game and has been vulnerable on the penalty kill (which ranks 46th nationally at 77.2%).
FIRST HALF WIN TOTALS
The Friars are 11-2-3 entering Friday night’s game, marking the first time they have reached 11 wins in the first half of a season (Oct.-Dec. 31) since 1999-00 when they went 11-7-0.
• Since joining Hockey East (1984-85), the Friars have reached the 10-win plateau in the first half of a season (Oct.-Dec. 31) eight times: 1989-90 (13 wins), 1990-91 (11), 1991-92 (11), 1995-96 (10), 1997-98 (11), 1990-00 (11), 2005-06 (10) and 2013-14 (11).
MAUERMANN LEADING THE FRIAR OFFENSE
A three-time Hockey East Player of the Week, junior Ross Mauermann leads the Friars in points with a team-high 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points.
• Mauermann has seven multi-point games this season.
• Mauermann’s 12 goals are tied for seventh in the nation.
• In Hockey East play, Mauermann has seven goals and seven assists for a league-best 14 points. • He has seven multi-point games this season and he has scored at least one point in 13 of Providence’s 16 games.
• 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 notched at least 24 points in each of his first three seasons, the first Friar to do so since the 1999-2000-2001-02 seasons (Peter Fregoe ‘03 and Jon DiSalvatore ‘03).
• Mauermann has led the Friars in scoring in each of his first two seasons.
• 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 WJC 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 29 players named to the preliminary roster participated in a training camp Dec. 15-18 at the University of Minnesota’s Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, with preparations then continuing in Angelholm, Sweden.
• After Team USA defeated Minnesota State 3-2 on Dec. 17, the Team USA roster was trimmed to 26 players.
• Gillies played half of the game against MSU, stopping 11 of the 12 shots he faced.
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).
GILLIES: GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH
Jon Gillies was named the Hockey East Co-Goaltender of the Month for November (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.
• 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 and posted a .942 save percentage.
• It marked 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.
THE MAYOR’S CUP
On Saturday, November 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, 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.
The Friars stayed at No. 5 in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week (Dec. 16).
• The Friars have been ranked in the top-10 for 10 consecutive weeks and in the top-five for seven consecutive weeks.
• 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.
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