Saracino Scores Twice to Send Providence Past Maine, 5-2
Junior forward Nick Saracino scores two goals for Friars

Junior forward Nick Saracino scored two goals for the Friars
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 6:21  PRV1-0 EV Ross Mauermann (11)Jake Walman/11
1st 6:30  PRV2-0 EV Mark Jankowski (5)Robbie Hennessey/1, Josh Monk/5
2nd 7:03  PRV3-0 SH GW Shane Luke (11)Ross Mauermann/12
2nd 8:13  MNE1-3 PP Dan Renouf (3)Cam Brown/18, Connor Leen/7
2nd 11:50  MNE2-3 SH Blaine Byron (12)Cam Brown/19
2nd 13:31  PRV4-2 PP Nick Saracino (11)Noel Acciari/14, Tom Parisi/12
3rd 0:21  PRV5-2 EV Nick Saracino (12)Brandon Tanev/11
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Maine  0202
Providence  2215
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Maine  46919
Providence  11191444
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Maine (13-20-3)  1/4 9/21 1
Providence (21-11-2)  1/8 5/10 1
Maine Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Sean Romeo (L, 6-12-1)60:005 9171339
Providence Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Jon Gillies (W, 19-11-2)60:002 44917

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - For the second night in a row, Shane Luke's game-winning goal led the No. 13 Providence College men's hockey team to a 5-2 win over the University of Maine Black Bears at Schneider Arena (2,895).

With the win, Providence tied for second in the Hockey East standings and after a first round bye, it will enter the Hockey East Tournament as the No. 2 seed. The Friars will host a best-of-three quarterfinal series at Schneider Arena on March 13-15.

The Friars finished the regular season with a 21-11-2 (13-8-1 HEA) record, the team's highest regular season win total since the 1989-90 season.

Providence jumped out to an early two goal lead in the first period as a result of a quick pair of goals by Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) and Mark Jankowski(Dundas, Ontario). Luke's (Dauphin, Manitoba) eleventh goal of the season, scored at 7:03 of the second, provided enough offense as the Friars went on to secure the weekend sweep against Maine (13-20-3, 8-12-2 HEA).

Mauermann's eleventh goal of the season opened the scoring at 6:21 of the first period. Jake Walman (Toronto, Ontario) made a play to keep the puck in at the blue line and he sent a pass back to Mauermann along the boards. Mauermann then threw a shot towards the Maine goal that eluded goaltender Sean Romeo due to a Brian Pinho (North Andover, Mass.) screen in front.

Just nine seconds later, Jankowski capitalized off a pass from Robbie Hennessey (Garnet Valley, Pa.) to double the Friars' lead. Josh Monk (Langley, British Columbia) fed Hennessey with a pass in the neutral zone and the freshman forward then carried the puck into the Maine zone along the boards. Hennessey then found Jankowski streaking up the middle of the ice and Jankowski beat Romeo at 6:30 of the first. The assist was Hennessey's first point as a Friar.

Special teams then became the story of the second period as Providence and Maine each netted a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal in the middle twenty minutes of play. Luke finished off a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush up the ice with Mauermann at 7:03 to extend the Friars' lead to 3-0. Mauermann grabbed the puck while in the defensive zone to start the play and threaded a pass through a Maine defender to Luke, who tapped the puck into the net for his first career shorthanded goal, and his 12th career game winner.

On the same power play, Maine tightened the score to 3-1 as Dan Renouf scored on a point shot at 8:13. Cam Brown and Connor Leen recorded the assists.

Later in the second period, the teams once again exchanged special teams goals on the same power play. Maine's Byron Blaine skated alone up the ice, eventually beating Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) at 11:50 to bring the Black Bears within a goal. Brown registered the assist.

After failing to capitalize on a quick 5-on-3 power play chance, the Friars regained a two-goal lead at 13:31 when Nick Saracino (St. Louis, Mo.) scored his sixth power-play goal of the season while skating on a 5-on-4 chance. Tom Parisi (Commack, N.Y.) took a point shot that was deflected down by Noel Acciari (Johnston, R.I.) right in front of Romeo. The redirection bounced out to Saracino, who tapped the puck into the open net.

Saracino added his second goal of the game 21 seconds into the third period as he beat Romeo on a wraparound play. Brandon Tanev (Toronto, Ontario) chipped the puck to Saracino along the corner boards, and Saracino carried the puck behind the net and then gave the Friars a 5-2 lead.

Providence finished the game outshooting the Black Bears by a measure of 44-19, including a 19-6 differential in the second period. Romeo stopped 39 shots, while Gillies was credited with 17 saves for his 19th win of the season.

Maine finished the game 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Friars were 1-for-8.


The Friars tied a program record with their 21st win of the regular season (last had 21 in 1989-90 when they finished the regular season 21-8-3) ... Nick Saracinoskated in his 100th-career game, becoming the eighth Friar this season and the 151st all-time to reach 100 games played ... Saracino scored a pair of goals for his seventh multi-point game of the season and his third multi-goal game of the year ... In three seasons, Saracino has now scored 18 of his 33 career goals after Feb. 1 ...Ross Mauermann scored a goal for the second consecutive game and he now has eight goals in Providence's last 13 games (8-6-14) ... Mauermann skated in his 149th-consecutive game as a Friar, tying Derek Army '14 for the most consecutive games played in a Providence uniform ... Mauermann's 149 games played ranks tied for the second-most at PC (Tim Army '85 ranks first with 151) ... With an assist on Mark Jankowski's first period goal, freshman forward Robbie Hennessey notched his first point as a Friar ... With both game winners against Maine this weekend, 12 of Shane Luke's 31 career goals have proved to be game winners ... Over the past three seasons, the Friars are now 18-2-2 when Mark Jankowski scores a goal and 38-5-3 when he records at least one point ...Providence will host a Hockey East playoff series for the third consecutive season ... The Friars are now 9-0-1 in their last 10 games played against Maine, including six straight wins.​