Mauermann continues to shine at Providence
Ross Mauermann is a bit of a cult figure.
The Providence College junior forward has become a fan favorite for the rabid Friar hockey fans.
So when the Friars open up NCAA Division I tournament play Friday against Quinnipiac in Bridgeport, Conn., expect plenty of Mauermann Fat Head signs and Mauermann Scores posters in the stands.
“The fans love him out there,” said Janesville's Tony Coulter, who got a chance to see Mauermann play two weeks ago when Providence swept Maine in a two-game series. “There were all kinds of signs in the stands with Ross' picture on it, and every time they said his name, the place went nuts.
“We sat next to an older guy who was an ex-Providence player, and he couldn't say enough good things about Ross.
“We also located a young kid and his dad who had a big face poster of Ross, and the first thing the dad said was how great Ross was with the younger kids and how he always had time for them.”
Mauermann has put together a solid season.
The 2009 Janesville Parker graduate leads the Friars in scoring and was named the Gladiator co-Best Defensive Forward in the Hockey East Conference. Mauermann also won the Len Ceglarski Individual Sportsmanship Award and was on the original list of Hobey Baker candidates.
“I think I got the sportsmanship award because I try to keep my mouth shut around the officials,” Mauermann said in jest. “But really, I'm not sure why I won that award. I try to play hard and fair, but I don't know what I did to earn that award. Maybe it was because I only had two penalties in the last 15 games.”
In helping lead Providence back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2001, Mauermann became the first Friar since 2006 to score at least 34 points in a season. He has 19 goals and 15 assists and was named Hockey East's Player of the Week three times. Mauermann has five game-winning goals this season, which is third in all of Division I.
The Friars are familiar with their first-round opponent. Providence and Quinnipiac played to a 3-3 tie during the regular season, with Mauermann scoring a first-period goal.
“We're just looking forward to getting a chance to play in the tournament,” Mauermann said. “We hit a stretch where we weren't playing the greatest, but by the end of the regular season, we had turned it around.
“This is why you play DI hockey, to get a chance to play in the NCAA tournament. And we know we can play with any other team in the tournament.”