Mauermann Goal, 43 Saves By Gillies Pushing Providence College Past Boston College

Providence College Press Release

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Behind 43 saves by Jon Gillies and a third period game-winning goal from Ross Mauermann, the No. 20 Providence College men’s hockey team blanked No. 11/12 Boston College, 1-0, on Saturday night (Nov. 29) at Schneider Arena (2,978).

Mauermann’s game winner came at 1:59 of the third to lift Providence (7-5-1, 5-3-0 HEA) to the win as the Friars set a program record with a third consecutive shutout. Providence has now won four of its last five games via the shutout.

In net for Boston College (7-7-0, 3-4-0 HEA), Thatcher Demko made 37 saves.

Boston College had several scoring chances in the first period, but Gillies (South Portland, Maine) made 12 saves in the frame to keep the Eagles off the board.

Providence’s best chance came halfway through the stanza when Mark Jankowski (Dundas, Ontario) rang a wrist shot from the high slot off the cross bar.

The second period featured a lot of end-to-end action and five power-play chances, but Demko turned in 19 saves in the stanza, while Gillies had 21.

The Friars got the an early power-play chance in the second and Shane Luke (Dauphin, Manitoba) and Brian Pinho (North Andover, Mass.) had a quick give-and-go attempt down low that was turned aside by Demko. Then Luke had a chance from the slot near the end of that power play, but his snap shot flashed just wide of the net.

Seven minutes into the second, Brandon Tanev (Toronto, Ontario) made a nice defensive play to break up a Boston College rush. He then kicked the puck up ice and beat a defenseman to the loose puck for a partial breakaway attempt, but Demko made a pad save and then a stick save on the rebound bid by Tanev.

Another Friar chance came a few minutes later when Stefan Demopoulos (La Mesa, Calif.) fired a shot on goal from the far boards that Demko was able to get a pad on, but the rebound kicked out to Noel Acciari (Johsnton, R.I.) as he drove to the net. Acciari reacted quickly to get a stick on it, but his try went just wide of the near post.

Then early in the third period, Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) picked off a Boston College breakout pass and dished it to Jankowski in the high slot. Jankowski fired a shot on net that Demko saved, but Mauermann pounced on the rebound and slammed home his first of the year for what would prove to be the game winner.

Gillies was called on to make 10 saves in the third, including back-to-back left pad saves on Quinn Smith and Austin Cangelosi around the 6:00 minute mark to keep the Eagles off the board.

Boston College pulled Demko with 1:38 to play in the third, but the Friar defense limited any offensive chances for the Eagles as Providence posted a third-straight shutout for the first time in program history.

The win also marked Providence’s first on home ice over the Eagles since a 5-3 victory at Schneider Arena on Oct. 31, 2006 and Providence’s first shutout of the Eagles since a 3-0 victory at Kelley Rink on Jan. 22, 1999.

Providence finished 0-for-6 on the power play, while Boston College was 0-for-3. Dating back to Nov. 7 versus Merrimack, the Friars have now killed off 29 consecutive opponent power-play chances.

Gillies registered his third shutout of the season and the 12th of his career.

The Friars are back in action at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 when they travel to Boston, Mass. for a Hockey East game versus Northeastern at Matthews Arena.

Notes
The Friars have posted three consecutive shutouts for the first time in program history and have blanked four of their last five opponents … It was Providence’s first shutout of the Eagles since a 3-0 victory at Kelley Rink on Jan. 22, 1999 … Jon GIllies’ personal shutout streak stands at 161:24, while Gillies and Nick Ellis have combined to keep the opposition off the scoreboard for the last 221:24 … After going 3-for-3 against Boston College on Saturday night (Nov. 29), the Friar penalty kill has killed off 29 consecutive opponent power-play opportunities (dating back to Nov. 7 vs. Merrimack) … Senior Shane Luke skated in his 100th career game … Ross Mauermann netted the 11th game-winning goal of his career … Gillies recorded his third shutout of the season and extended his Providence College career record shutout total to 12.

— GO FRIARS —