Dec. 26, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
FOR STARTERS - THE 2013 LEDYARD NATIONAL BANK CLASSIC
Providence returns from a brief holiday break to play in Dartmouth's 25th annual holiday tournament - the 2013 Ledyard National Bank Classic - at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29 against the Big Green at Thompson Arena.
Providence and Dartmouth are playing in the second game of the tournament.
Game one is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. and will feature Air Force against 16th-ranked
Then on Monday, Dec. 30, the winners of each game will play in the championship game (7:00 p.m.), while the non-advancing teams will play in the consolation game (4:00 p.m.).
It will be the first in-season tournament for the Friars since finishing fourth in the 2011-12
Denver Cup Classic.
Providence last captured an in-season tournament title in 2005-06, when it defeated Colgate
and Sacred Heart to win the Providence College Holiday Classic.
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The Friars are in the midst of a five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2), their third five-game unbeaten stretch this season.
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.
The Friars enter Sunday night with a 4-1-2 road record this season.
Sophomore forward Nick Saracino has an eight-game point streak (3-6-9).
Red shirt sophomore forward Trevor Mingoia has a four-game point streak (1-3-4).
Junior forward Ross Mauermann leads the Friars with 25 points (12-13-25), matching his
career high for points in a season he set as a freshman (10-15-25)
Mauermann has a five-game point streak (2-5-7) and enters the weekend leading the nation
with a +21 plus/minus rating.
The Friar offense heads into the weekend ranked seventh in the country (3.53 goals per game) and the Friar defense ranks fourth in the nation (1.97 goals against per game).
Freshman goaltender Nick Ellis was named the Hockey East Rookie of the Week (Dec. 23) following his 19-save performance at Army in Providence's 4-1 win (Dec. 20).
Kevin Rooney and Noel Acciari scored shorthanded goals 39 seconds apart early in the third
period to help lift PC to the win over Army.
Rooney's goal proved to be his first game-winning goal as a Friar.
Sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies is playing with the USA National Junior Team in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship (Malmo, Sweden), which runs from Dec. 26 - Jan. 5.
Gillies got the start for Team USA in its opening game against Czech Republic and made 23 saves as Team USA posted a 5-1 win (Dec. 26).
THE FRIARS IN THE LEDYARD NATIONAL BANK CLASSIC
Providence will be making its fourth appearance in Dartmouth's holiday tournament, having also played in 1987, 1994 and 2004 (combined 1-4 all-time in the tournament).
Formerly the Auld Lang Syne Tournament, Providence has faced the host Big Green twice, dropping 4-2 decisions in both 1987 (consolation) and 1994 (first round).
Providence's win at the tournament came in the 2004 consolation game when it downed
Bowling Green, 3-2.
Three Friars have been named to the All-Tournament team including forwards Joe Hulbig
(1994) and Colin McDonald (2004) as well as defenseman Eric Lundberg (2004).
The Big Green are 2-10-0 on the season, including a 2-8-0 mark in ECAC Hockey play.
Dartmouth last played on Dec. 11 when it dropped a 3-2 decision at tenth-ranked Union.
After starting the year with a 0-8-0 mark, the Big Green are 2-2-0 over its last four games, including wins over Harvard (2-1) and at Yale (4-1) as well as a 3-2 overtime loss at Brown.
Junior forward Eric Neiley leads the team in scoring with 10 points on a team-high seven goals and three assists.
Junior forward Brandon McNally and sophomore defenseman Ryan Bullock are tied for the lead in assists with six.
In net, three goalies have seen action for the Big Green, led by sophomore Charles Grant (7 GP) and senior Cab Morris (5 GP).
Grant (2-5-0) has a 3.39 GAA and a .894 save%, while Morris (0-4-0) has a 4.74 GAA and a .826 save%.
Grant has started the last four games for the Big Green.
Dartmouth is giving up an average of 4.08 goals per (55th nationally), while scoring 2.50 goals per game (t-41st nationally), but is productive on the power play with a 23.9 conversion percentage (11/46 ranks sixth nationally heading into the weekend).
FIRST HALF WIN TOTALS
The Friars are 12-2-3 entering Sunday night's game, marking the first time they have reached at least 12 wins in the first half of a season (Oct.-Dec. 31) since 1999-90 when they posted 13
wins before the new year.
Since joining Hockey East (1984-85), the Friars have now 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 (12).
Kevin Rooney and Noel Acciari scored shorthanded goals 39 seconds apart early in the third period to help lift PC to a 4-1 win at Army (Dec. 20).
The Friars have now scored six shorthanded goals this season.
Acciari is tied for the national lead with three short handed tallies and two of his three shorthanded goals have proved to be game winners.
Ross Mauermann and Steven Shamanski also have shorthanded goals this season.
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.
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 Team 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
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,
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
Last season as a freshman, Gillies set the Providence College single season record with five shutouts.
Gillies' 2.02 career 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.
Last season, the Friar roster featured the third-most freshmen in the country. This season, Providence carries the second-most underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores) in the nation with 20 (list complied by College Hockey Inc.):
22 -- Penn State
21 -- Army
21 -- Providence
19 -- Northeastern & Quinnipiac
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 a 11-3-1 mark.
The Friars reached the 10-win plateau in 13 games, the fastest 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 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.
The Friars posted a 10-4 win against AIC at Schneider Arena on Oct. 19.
Providence scored 10 goals for the first time since Oct. 12, 2002 (an 11-0 home win over Iona).
The last time the Friars were involved in a game with at least 14 goals was Nov. 9, 1996 when they lost an 8-6 decision at home to Boston University.
LEAHY JOINS SQUAD
Freshman goaltender Brendan Leahy (Reading, Mass.) has joined the Friars for the second
Leahy played for the PAL Jr. Islanders (USPHL) during the fall, playing in 13 games and posting a 3.04 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.
Leahy also had stints in the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) with the Boston Jr. Bruins and the Valley Jr. Warriors as well as with Waterloo of the United States Hockey League (USHL).
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