Providence College Hockey To Play Quinnipiac In First Round Of NCAA Tournament
The Friars are returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College men's hockey team was selected to the 2014 NCAA Championship field it was announced today (March 23) on ESPNU's NCAA Men's Hockey Championship Selection Show. The Friars, who are returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001, are seeded third and will take on second-seeded Quinnipiac (24-9-6) at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28 at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
Providence has been placed in the East Regional, along with top-seeded Union and Hockey East opponent Vermont. The East Regional is being co-hosted by Fairfield University and Yale University. Union and Vermont will play in the first game of the day at 2:00 p.m. The winner of both games will meet the following day (March 29) at 3:00 p.m. It will mark the first time Providence and Quinnipiac will meet during post-season play in.
The Friars are 21-10-6 on the season and finished third in the regular-season Hockey East Standings with an 11-7-2 league record. A clean sweep of Maine in a best-of-three quarterfinal series advanced Providence to the Hockey East semifinal round for a program-record third consecutive season under Head Coach Nate Leaman. Providence's 21 wins are the most since the 2000-01 season, when the Friars finished with 22 wins to advance to the NCAA First Round.
Providence and Quinnipiac played earlier this season (Nov. 27), when the two skated to a 3-3 tie. That game was just the sixth meeting in the history of the two programs. All-time, Providence holds the edge with a 3-2-1 mark against the Bobcats. On Nov. 27, the Friars were down 3-2 heading into the third period, before sophomore Brooks Behling(Pittsburg, Pa.) notched his first career goal to tie the game and send it into overtime. Sophomore Jon Gillies(South Portland, Maine) made a season-high 45 saves, including five in the extra stanza, to help the Friars capture the tie.
In two career games against the Bobcats, Gillies has posted a .906 save percentage and an 2.41 goals against average for a 0-1-1 record. Senior Derek Army (North Kingston, R.I.) leads the Friars in all-time scoring with two points on one goal and one assist against Quinnipiac. Army notched his two points in the Friars' last win against Quinnipiac, when Providence bested the Bobcats, 5-2, at Schneider Arena on Dec. 11, 2010. In that win, then-freshman Kevin Hart(Cumberland, Maine) notched the first assist on the eventual game-winning goal.
The Friars, who will be making their 10th NCAA Tournament appearance, are 9-15 all-time in NCAA Tournament games. In Providence's last tournament appearance, the Friars fell, 4-1, to Wisconsin in the first round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament. The Friars highest finish came during the 1984-85 season, when Providence finished second overall after falling, 2-1, to Rensselaer in the championship game.
The ESPN family of networks will cover the entire 2014 NCAA Tournament. ESPNU will televise eight games, including the Midwest, Northeast and West regional finals. ESPN2 will televise the East regional final and West regional semifinal. ESPN3 will exclusively carry a Northeast and Midwest regional semifinal.
On Thursday, April 10, ESPN2 will televise the Frozen Four semifinals live from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and on Saturday, April 12, ESPN will televise the Frozen Four Championship Game. Every game of the tournament will be available on WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.