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2013/14 Hockey East Overall Standings & Upcoming Schedule


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For a second consecutive holiday season this winter, Providence College will be without the services of workhorse goaltender JON GILLIES (32) for the time being because the standout sophomore from South Portland, Maine, who was named an NCAA (East) Second Team All-America as a freshman for the Friars will, once again, be part of the United States squad competing at the annual IIHF World Junior Championships.
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As the short winter break that will conclude a few days after Christmas begins, there are, at present, no fewer than eight Hockey East teams ranked inside the nation’s Top 20 according to the latest “PairWise Comparison Ratings” chart, which is constantly updated by the good people over at College Hockey News. (www.collegehockeynews.com)

HOCKEY EAST overall standings
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12 wins … 2 losses … 3 ties ……….. # 1 – PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
10 wins … 4 losses … 2 ties ……….. # 6 – BOSTON COLLEGE
10 wins … 5 losses … 2 ties ……… # 10 – NORTHEASTERN
11 wins … 5 losses … 0 ties ……… # 12 – UMASS / LOWELL
10 wins … 7 losses … 1 ties ……… # 17 – NOTRE DAME

8 wins ….. 6 losses … 1 ties ………. # 16 – VERMONT
9 wins ….. 9 losses … 1 ties ………. # 18 – NEW HAMPSHIRE
9 wins ….. 6 losses … 1 ties ………. # 19 – MAINE

7 wins ….. 8 losses … 2 ties ………. # 28 – BOSTON UNIVERSITY
6 wins … 12 losses … 2 ties ………. # 38 – MASSACHUSETTS
4 wins ….. 9 losses … 2 ties ………. # 47 – MERRIMACK

(“PairWise” rankings as of December 22nd, 2013)

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Vermont right wing PETER MASSAR (11), the homegrown redshirt senior from Williston who began his NCAA career at Clarkson University before transferring out after his sophomore campaign, struggles to maintain posession of the puck under pressure from Northeastern Canadian legionnaire JOSH MANSON (3), the junior defenseman from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, who was the sixth round pick (# 160 overall) of the Anaheim Ducks at the 2011 National Hockey League Draft and is the son of a former rugged professional player with more than 1,100 NHL games to his credit, during the recent Hockey East tilt won by the visiting Huskies 3-0 at the Gunderson Fieldhouse in Burlington.
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Eight out of the eleven Hockey East teams will quickly return to the ice the first weekend after the arrival of Christmas Day as Boston College, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Providence, UMass-Lowell and Vermont will all be participating in a variety of holiday tournaments.

Boston College will be traveling to western Pennsylvania for the second annual THREE RIVERS CLASSIC hosted by the Consol Energy Center, the home of the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins. The Universities of Maine and New Hampshire, respectively, will be migrating south to participate in the 14th annual FLORIDA HOCKEY CLASSIC, a tournament which is always held in the little southwestern town of Estero (total population of roughly 18,000 people) at the Germain Arena (official capacity for 7,082 spectators), the regular rink of the East Coast Hockey League’s Florida Everblades. In the meantime, the University of Vermont are staying home on campus in Burlington to host the 17th installment of the CATAMOUNT CUP, a trophy which was first offered in December of 1990, and will be joined there by visiting Hockey East rival UMass-Lowell.

Northeastern University as well as Providence College are both heading north to attend the traditonal LEDYARD NATIONAL BANK CLASSIC party being thrown at the Thompson Arena in Hanover, New Hampshire, by the Ivy Leaguers of Dartmouth College while the University of Massachusetts will be making the short trip just beyond its southern border to skate in the 21st annual UCONN HOCKEY CLASSIC, an interesting four-team affiar which includes three of the four Division I schools from “the Constitution State” — host University of Connecticut, last season’s beaten NCAA Finalist Quinnipiac University as well as Sacred Heart University.

Dec 27 … Pittsburgh, PA …….. Boston College vs Bowling Green

Dec 28 … Pittsburgh, PA …….. Boston College vs unknown
Dec 28 … Estero, FL …………. Maine vs Princeton
Dec 28 … Burlington, VT …….. UMass – Lowell vs Canisius
Dec 28 … Estero, FL …………. New Hampshire vs Cornell
Dec 28 … Burlington, VT …….. Vermont vs Clarkson

Dec 29 … Estero, FL …………. Maine vs unknown
Dec 29 … Estero, FL …………. New Hampshire vs unknown
Dec 29 … Burlington, VT …….. Clarkson vs UMass-Lowell
Dec 29 … Hanover, NH ………. Northeastern vs Air Force
Dec 29 … Storrs, CT …………. Massachusetts vs Quinnipiac
Dec 29 … Burlington, VT …….. Vermont vs Canisius
Dec 29 … Hanover, NH ………. Providence vs Dartmouth

Dec 30 … Storrs, CT …………. Massachusetts vs unknown
Dec 30 … Hanover, NH ………. Northeastern vs unknown
Dec 30 … Hanover, NH ………. Providence vs unknown

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Boston College star left wing JOHNNY GAUDREAU (13), the prolific junior from Carneys Point, New Jersey, who was selected in the fourth round (# 104 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames and has piled up 55 goals and 123 points in 95 NCAA games to date since that time, is averaging nearly two full points per game for the Golden Eagles this season after being named an NCAA (East) First Team All-America as well as one of only finalists for the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award as a sophomore.
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HOCKEY EAST scoring leaders
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28 pts … 13 go … 15 as … 16 ga ……… Johnny GAUDREAU, Boston College
25 pts … 12 go … 13 as … 16 ga ……… Ross MAUERMAN, Providence
24 pts … 10 go … 14 as … 16 ga ……… Kevin HAYES, Boston College
24 pts … 13 go … 11 as … 17 ga ……… Kevin ROY, Northeastern
20 pts ….. 4 go … 16 as … 16 ga ……… Bill ARNOLD, Boston College
20 pts ….. 7 go … 13 as … 18 ga ……… Kevin GOUMAS, New Hampshire
20 pts … 11 go ….. 9 as … 19 ga ……… Nick SORKIN, New Hampshire
19 pts ….. 7 go … 12 as … 16 ga ……… Devin SHORE, Maine
19 pts ….. 4 go … 15 as … 19 ga ……… Trevor VAN RIEMSDYK, Maine
18 pts ….. 6 go … 12 as … 17 ga ……… Mike SZMATULA, Northeastern
15 pts ….. 7 go ….. 8 as … 16 ga ……… Ryan FITZGERALD, Boston College
15 pts ….. 8 go ….. 7 as … 17 ga ……… Braden PIMM, Northeastern
15 pts ….. 5 go … 10 as … 17 ga ……… Dalen HEDGES, Northeastern
15 pts ….. 3 go … 12 as … 18 ga ……… T.J. TYNAN, Notre Dame
15 pts ….. 9 go ….. 6 as … 19 ga ……… Grayson DOWNING, New Hampshire
14 pts ….. 3 go … 11 as … 12 ga ……… Vince HINOSTROZA, Notre Dame
14 pts ….. 3 go … 11 as … 15 ga ……… Connor LEEN, Maine
14 pts ….. 7 go ….. 7 as … 16 ga ……… Austin CANGELOSI, Boston College
14 pts ….. 7 go ….. 7 as … 16 ga ……… Ben HUTTON, Maine
14 pts ….. 4 go … 10 as … 20 ga ……… Conor SHEARY, Massachusetts

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University of Massachusetts – Lowell netminder CONNOR HELLEBUYCK (37), the fifth round (# 130 overall) choice of the Winnipeg Jets at the 2012 NHL Draft, has continued the same sort of form this term that saw the sophomore from Commerce, Michigan, earn all kinds of accolades as a freshman for the River Hawks last season including the award as Hockey East Goaltender of the Year as well as the Hockey East Tournament Most Valuable Player honor.
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HOCKEY EAST goaltending leaders
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1.72 avg … .947 svpct … 10 ga ……… Connor HELLEBUYCK, UMass-Lowell
1.81 avg … .931 svpct … 17 ga ……… Steve SUMMERHAYS, Notre Dame
1.82 avg … .933 svpct ….. 6 ga ……… Doug CARR, UMass-Lowell
1.88 avg … .941 svpct … 15 ga ……… Jon GILLIES, Providence
1.97 avg … .945 svpct … 13 ga ……… Clay WITT, Northeastern
1.99 avg … .924 svpct ….. 9 ga ……… Rasmus TIRRONEN, Merrimack
2.01 avg … .930 svpct ….. 5 ga ……… Brady HOFFMAN, Vermont
2.06 avg … .929 svpct … 15 ga ……… Martin OUELLETTE, Maine
2.13 avg … .922 svpct … 15 ga ……… Casey DESMITH, New Hampshire
2.31 avg … .911 svpct ….. 6 ga ……… Thatcher DEMKO, Boston College
2.40 avg … .919 svpct … 10 ga ……… Mike SANTAGUIDA, Vermont
2.49 avg … .929 svpct ….. 5 ga ……… Sean MCGUIRE, Boston Univ
2.58 avg … .917 svpct … 10 ga ……… Brian BILLETT, Boston College
2.61 avg … .929 svpct … 13 ga ……… Matt O’CONNOR, Boston Univ
2.66 avg … .914 svpct … 17 ga ……… Steve MASTALERZ, Massachusetts
2.73 avg … .884 svpct ….. 7 ga ……… Sam MAROTTA, Merrimack
2.89 avg … .883 svpct ….. 6 ga ……… Jeff WYER, New Hampshire

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University of Notre Dame goaltender STEVEN SUMMERHAYS (1), the undrafted senior from Anchorage, Alaska, who is having a career year, statistically speaking, in his final collegiate campaign for the Fighting Irish, focuses sharply on the airborne puck during the NCAA non-conference clash with the mighty University of Minnesota earlier this season at the Compton Family Center in South Bend, Indiana.

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Providence College Retains Mayor’s Cup


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A critical third period insurance goal and 32 saves from last season’s NCAA (East) Second Team All-America goaltender powered # 4 ranked PROVIDENCE COLLEGE to a narrow 3-2 triumph over intra-city rival BROWN UNIVERSITY in the 28th annual MAYOR’S CUP to determine the champion ice hockey squad in the capital city of Rhode Island and 93rd all-time meeting between the two proud academic institutions.

NICK SARRACINO, the sophomore left wing from St. Louis, Missouri, sent the home side to the lead after following up on his own off-wing attempt and shooting past Brown goaltender MARCO DI FILIPPO, the native of Italy who played four years of high school hockey at the elite Kent School in Connecticut, with only three minutes to play before the first intermission. The Friars doubled the Bears’ deficit six minutes into the second session when junior DREW BROWN banged a rebound home on the doorstep after Canadian legionnaire MARK JANKOWSKI, the sophomore center from Dundas, Ontario, who was claimed in the first round (# 24 overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft by the Calgary Flames, had his hopeful, wide-angled effort saved. Brown, the little-used left wing from Grass Lake, Michigan, was making just his second appearance of this 2013/14 campaign for Providence College, to review.

The visiting Bears did not despair and ramped up their attack, accordingly, to generate sixteen shots on target in the second period, alone. But Providence goaltender JON GILLIES, the highly-touted sophomore who was the third round choice (# 75 overall) of the Calgary Flames at the 2012 NHL Draft, was proving himself to be in fine form, however. Finally, almost four minutes into the final frame, Brown were able to get on the scoreboard when Canadian legionnaire MATT LORITO, the junior left wing from Oakville, Ontario, who was an All-Ivy League as well as an All-ECAC Tournament Team selection for the Bears last season, blasted a one-timer past the Friars’ second-year netminder to register his sixth goal of this term.

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Providence College goaltender JON GILLIES (32), the sophomore from South Portland, Maine, who won a gold medal with the United States squad at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships last winter, improved his personal statistics this season (14 ga, 1.81 avg, .945 save pct) while earning his second career victory in the annual Mayor’s Cup match.
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The Bears continued to outshoot their hosts in the last period, as the Ivy Leaguers had done to their traditional cross-town adversaries in the second. But it was the patient Friars, who currently sit atop the Hockey East standings with a record of six wins and two losses, who re-established their two-goal advantage with a little less than eleven minutes remaining in the game. DEREK ARMY, the homegrown senior right wing from North Kingstown who led Providence with 13 goals in 38 NCAA games last season, beat Di Filippo with a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle to net his third goal of this season.

Army’s strike proved to be crucial, indeed, as Brown did pull one goal back less than two minutes later when first line left wing MATT HARLOW, the junior from Bridgewater, Massachusetts, whose father, Scott Harlow, was an NHL Draft pick of the famed Montreal Canadiens in 1982 as well as an All-American forward at Boston College in 1986, scored. Canadian legionnaire DENNIS ROBERTSON, the junior defenseman from Fort Saint John, British Columbia, who happens to be the lone player on the current Brown University roster to have been reserved by a National Hockey League club, assisted on the marker. But neither Robertson nor the rest of his Bears teammates were able to muster an equalizer, however.

And so Providence College, who routed Brown University 7-0 in the annual Mayor’s Cup clash last season, retains the prestigious trophy and pushes its record in the all-time series between the two capital city schools to 46 wins against 43 losses with three ties.

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Providence College left wing DREW BROWN is swarmed by his teammates after scoring the Friars’ second goal during the second period of the 28th Annual Mayor’s Cup game against traditional intra-city foe Brown University at the modest Schneider Arena in the capital city of Rhode Island.
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November 30, 2013
Schneider Arena – Providence, Rhode Island
Attendance : 2,442

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE 3 – BROWN UNIVERSITY 2

17:00 … PRV – Saracino (Mauermann, Gilmour)
25:58 … PRV – Brown (Jankowski, Mingoia)
43:44 … BRW – Lorito (Lappin, Naclerio)
49:17 … PRV – Army (McParland, Acciari)
51:10 … BRW – Harlow (Robertson, Hourihan)

shots-on-goal : BROWN 34 ( 7 + 16 + 11 ) – PROVIDENCE 29 ( 11 + 10 + 8 )

penalty minutes : BROWN 8 – PROVIDENCE 8

PROVIDENCE : Gillies – McKenzie, Shamanski ; Gilmour, Hart ; Parisi, Adams – Saracino, Mauermann, Luke ; McParland, Acciari, Army ; Brown, Jankowski, Mingoia ; Tanev, Rooney, Behling

BROWN : DeFilippo – Robertson, Goldberg ; de Concilys, Wood ; Wahl, Pfeil – Harlow, Lorito, Lamacchia ; Prescott, Naclerio, Lappin ; Pryzbek, Hourihan, Doane ; Hathaway, Middleton, Kramer

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Providence College senior right wing DEREK ARMY (19) also has very solid bloodlines from his hockey-playing father. Tim Army, of course, was a NCAA (East) First Team All-America selection for Providence College in 1985 and still holds the Friars’ all-time record for most career games played (158) while currently ranking sixth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 176 career points. The elder Army, who was chosen by the old Colorado Rockies (the present day New Jersey Devils) in the ninth round (# 179 overall) of the 1982 National Hockey League Draft and appeared as a professional player for the Maine Mariners in the American Hockey League as well as for teams in both Finland and Switzerland, also served as head coach of Providence College from the start of the 2005/06 season until the end of the 2010/11 campaign.

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28th Mayor’s Cup : Brown Battles Providence In 93rd Intra-City Clash


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All of Rhode Island will rock when cross-town rivals BROWN UNIVERSITY and PROVIDENCE COLLEGE, two academic institutions that are located not even three miles apart from one another, will clash for the 93rd time since 1927 in the 28th installment of the MAYOR’s CUP. Indeed, the all-time series record between these two traditional intra-city adversaries could hardly be any closer with the Providence Friars (45 wins, 44 losses, 3 ties) precariously holding a very slim edge over the Brown Bears at present. As for the Mayor’s Cup, a handsome trophy which was first offered in 1986, it is Providence who currently also claim the lead (15 wins, 9 losses, 3 ties) in the all-time standings.

The Friars, who are presently ranked # 4 in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey national polls, have held the upper hand over the Bears, who reached the Final of the ECAC Conference tournament last season before falling to Union College, as of late. Providence have won four of the last six Mayor’s Cup matches while bowing just once and registered a massive 7-0 win at Brown’s Meehan Auditorium last season. The Bears did manage to dump defending national champion Yale University in their first contest to open this 2013/14 campaign but whether or not the unranked Bears have the requisite flair to upend Providence on the Friar’s home ice at the Schneider Arena remains to be seen.

The most recent trend has seen the home team fail to win the last three Mayor’s Cup contests :

01/31/1998 … BROWN 6 – Providence 3 …… (at Schneider Arena)
01/12/1999 … PROVIDENCE 3 – Brown 2 ….. (at Meehan Auditorium)
01/18/2000 … BROWN 4 – Providence 2 …… (at Schneider Arena)
11/04/2000 … BROWN 5 – Providence 1 …… (at Meehan Auditorium)
01/22/2002 … PROVIDENCE 4 – Brown 3 ….. (at Schneider Arena)
01/28/2003 … PROVIDENCE 3 – Brown 1 ….. (at Meehan Auditorium)
11/25/2003 … Providence 1 – Brown 1 ……… (at Schneider Arena)
01/22/2005 … BROWN 5 – Providence 1 …… (at Meehan Auditorium)
12/03/2005 … PROVIDENCE 5 – Brown 1 ….. (at Schneider Arena)
11/26/2006 … BROWN 2 – Providence 1 …… (at Meehan Auditorium)
12/04/2007 … PROVIDENCE 8 – Brown 0 ….. (at Schneider Arena)
12/09/2008 … PROVIDENCE 4 – Brown 3 ….. (at Meehan Auditorium)
11/17/2009 … PROVIDENCE 4 – Brown 3 ….. (at Schenider Arena)
12/07/2010 … Providence 4 – Brown 4 ……… (at Meehan Auditorium)
01/01/2012 … BROWN 5 – Providence 2 …… (at Schneider Arena)
11/24/2012 … PROVIDENCE 7 – Brown 0 ….. (at Meehan Auditorium)

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BROWN UNIVERSITY pose with the trophy after their 5-2 victory over host Providence College in the 26th Annual Mayor’s Cup at the Schneider Arena on New Year’s Day, 2012 … the Bears had fallen behind by a pair of goals but rallied to score five times unanswered in the second half of the contest with RYAN JACOBSON, the freshman from Greenwood Village, Colorado, netting twice in the third period, himself … Canadian legionnaire MATT LORITO (19), the freshman from Oakville, Ontario, evened the contest late in the middle frame by notiching his second collegiate goal ever.
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PROVIDENCE COLLEGE pose with the trophy after their runaway 7-0 triumph over host Brown University in the 27th Annual Mayor’s Cup at the Meehan Auditiorium on November 24, 2012 … the Friars benefited from a balanced attack that saw seven different players score goals while netminder JON GILLIES (32), the freshman from South Portland, Maine, who was chosen in the third round (# 75 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames, stopped a career-high 35 shots in the process … Gillies went on to serve as the backup goaltender for the surprising United States squad that won the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships held in Russia and would also be named NCAA (East) Second Team All-America at the conclusion of the 2012/13 season.

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