Senior Day at Schneider

On Saturday fans at Schneider will get one last chance to see the Class of 2005. This year's senior class consists of defensemen Jeff Mason and Eric Lundberg, forwards Chris Chaput, Dave Carpentier and Tom Gallagher, and backup goalie Mike Wolfe. David Cacciola is expected back next as he red shirted his sophomore season.

On ice success has eluded this group. They have compiled 56-67-19 record during the past 4 years. Unless they win the Hockey East championship they will become only the third graduating class to have never made the NCAA's in the past 28 years.

However like all past Friar players they will forever have a place in Providence hockey history.

The least heralded members of the class are the two walk ons.

Backup Goalie Mike Wolfe arrived at Providence as a junior. He had played regularly for Fairfield University until they dropped hockey. The Stags were a member of the American Hockey Association. Ironically of Wolfe's two cameo appearances in net last year his longer stint was against AHA member Quinnipiac. This year he has seen action in two games with slightly more exposure. His last appearance was a 12 minute stint on Saturday.

Tom Gallagher has played in 12 games in his career. This year he scored the only two goals of his career. Both were big goals. His first came in the November 19 tie with Boston College. His goal was the 1st score of the game and gave Providence an early lead. His second goal was the game winner January 25 against Connecticut.

Arriving at PC with the most fan fare was Pawtucket native Chris Chaput. Before his arrival at PC he was part of three Mount St Charles RI state champions. He spent his senior year in high school playing for the New England Coyotes of the EJHL. He is the team's leading scorer after having accomplished that feat last year. In doing so he is only the 3rd Friar to lead the team in scoring twice in his career over the last 11 years. With at least 5 games remaining in his Friar career Chris needs 7 more points to break into the century club.

Eric Lundberg was a highly recruited defenseman out of juniors. He had been a teammate to Chaput on the Coyotes. After his freshman season with PC he was drafted in the 3rd round by the Avalanche. This year he has produced 2 goal and 9 assists. The 9 assists represent his career high. His two goals were the first of his career. The initial goal was scored November 6 against Wayne State and provided PC with a lead they would not surrender. His other goal January 7 was against UNH and was PC's only goal scored in a 2-1 loss. Eric has stepped up his defensive game this year playing more physically then he has in the past. Both his and Mason's defensive experience will be missed by next year's defensive corps.

The captain of this year's Friars is Jeff Mason. Through all the tough breaks this team has faced he has lead this team with his intensity. Mason came to PC as an undersized defenseman, but blossomed last year when moved to a forward position on the checking line. This year with the loss of two defensemen during the season Mason once again slid back to defense. There he has provided stability to a relatively youthful defense. Despite the losing season he has proven himself a capable leader and that trait along with his experience and willingness to do whatever it takes to help in the team will be missed next year.

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