Game Notes vs. Brown
The Friars are set to open 2018 with a game against Brown University. The game will serve as the 23rd Mayor’s Cup and will be played at 2:00 p.m. at Schneider Arena on Jan. 2.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars finished the first half of the season 11-5-4 overall and 8-1-2 in Hockey East. On Dec. 9, the Friars skated to a 6-5 victory over Boston University. The win marked the team’s first over the Terriers since 2014. Blair Parent (Blaine, Minn.) and Meaghan Rickard (Coventry, R.I.) both scored two goals and added one assist for three-point performances. Avery Fransoo (North Battleford, Saskatchewan) and Maureen Murphy (Buffalo, N.Y.) notched the other goals in the game.
Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario) leads the team offensively with 18 points on four goals and 14 assists. Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario), who missed four games leading into the break, has eight goals and nine assists for 17 points. Murphy, who has scored 11 goals in the last 12 games, leads the team in goals with 13. Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario) has 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) while Parent and Rickard are close behind with 14 points. Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) has played 18 games in net, holds a .922 save percentage and a 2.08 goals against average.
Friars in the Polls
The Friars were ranked in both the USCHO.com and USA Hockey polls for the seventh-consecutive week on Dec. 11/12. Most recently, the team was picked eighth in the USCHO poll and ninth in the USA Hockey poll. Providence entered the both polls on Oct. 30/31 at No. 9.
Murphy Making an Impact
Freshman Maureen Murphy has made an immediate impact for the Friars in her first season. She is the team leader in goals scored with 13. The forward has scored 11 goals in the Friars’ last 12 games. She turned a career-high three point performance against UConn on Dec. 2 with two goals and one assist. In that game, she also finished +4.
Cassidy MacPherson is the Friars’ leader in assists through 20 games. She has 14 assists, which is ninth-best in Hockey East. She is 25th nationally in assists per game (0.70).
Killing Off Penalties
The Friars had killed off 27 consecutive power plays before allowing three power play goals against BU on Dec. 9. Providence is 15th in the nation in penalty kill percentage with a 85.1% success rate.
Providence has averaged 3.25 goals per game through 20 games. The team is currently 10th in the nation in scoring offense.
The Friars are currently 16th in the nation in scoring defense (2.20 goals allowed/game).
Offense from the D
The Friars have had excellent offensive production from their defensemen so far this season. Whitney Dove (Port Moody, British Columbia) has scored four goals and grabbed two assists. Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba) leads the defense with 12 points on three goals and nine assists. Additionally, Avery Fransoo has 10 points off of a goal and nine assists.
Madison Myers has been excellent in net for the Friars so far this season. She holds a 10-4-4 record, a 2.08 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. She is second in Hockey East and 18th nationally in GAA (2.08).
Hockey East Award Winners
In the first week of the season, Whitney Dove was recognized as Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. She recorded two goals, two points and 13 shots on goal in Providence’s opening weekend.
On Oct. 30, Madison Myers was awarded Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. Two days later, she was named Hockey East Goaltender of the Month. Her weekly award came after a sweep over then-No. 7 Northeastern. During those games (Oct. 28 & 29) she recorded 78 saves. Her monthly award came after leading the Friars to a 6-2-2 start. Myers held a 1.97 goals against average (fourth in Hockey East) and a .926 save percentage (sixth in Hockey East) at the time of the award (Nov. 1).
Most recently (Dec. 4), Maureen Murphy was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week for the second time in three weeks. The award came following a three-point, +4 performance against UConn (two goals, one assist).
Scouting the Bears
The Bears enter the game with a 2-13-0 record and a 1-9-0 mark in conference play. Most recently, Brown split a weekend series at Sacred Heart. Sophomore Sena Hanson scored two goals in the team’s 3-1 win on Friday, while freshman Lauren Rippy made 28 saves in her first-career win. On Saturday, the Bears fell 5-4 despite Bridget Carey’s team-leading two points (one goal, one assist). Brown’s other win this season came on Nov. 11 at Dartmouth (3-2). Both of Brown’s wins this season have come on the road. The team averages 26.3 shots per game and 2.20 goals per game.
Who to Watch
Senior Sam Donovan leads all scorers for the Bears with 12 points (six goals, six assists). Sophomore Sena Hanson has 10 points and is the team’s goal leader with seven. Senior Samantha Swanstrom also has 10 points on four goals and six assists. Junior Cara Najjar leads the Bears in assists with eight. In net, three different goaltenders have seen action. Sophomore Calla Isaac has played the most games and holds a 1-7-0 record. Freshman Lauren Rippy is 1-4-0 and senior Julianne Landry is 0-2-0. Rippy and Landry played in Brown’s most recent series with Sacred Heart.
All-Time Series with the Bears
The Friars lead the all-time series with a record of 38-24-3. Brown holds the edge in the Mayor’s Cup with a 10-9-3 record. Last season, the Friars topped Brown 7-3 to capture the Mayor’s Cup for the second-consecutive year.
In the Friars’ opening weekend, Maureen Murphy and Hayley Lunny (Bedford, N.Y.) notched their first collegiate goals. Ariane Julien (Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec) also tallied her first career assist. Against Quinnipiac (Oct. 6), Chloe Gonsalves (Toronto, Ontario) grabbed her first career point with an assist. Her first career goal came at Northeastern on Oct. 29.
The Friars finished the 2016-17 season with a 17-17-3 overall record. In Hockey East, Providence finished in fourth place, with an 11-10-3 record. The Friars hosted the best-of-three Hockey East Quarterfinals against Vermont, eventually falling in three games. It marked the team’s first time hosting a playoff series since the 2011-12 season. During the season, Bob Deraney reached the 300 win-mark and also became the winningest coach in Hockey East with his 155th win against Merrimack on Feb. 12. A highlight of the season came on Senior Day, when the Friars defeated then-ranked No. 6 Boston College, 4-1. The Friars earned 17 wins for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
Hockey East Preseason Poll
The Friars were picked to finish fourth in the Hockey East Preseason poll, which was released on Sept. 26. Providence received 41 points and was picked to finish behind Boston College (63), Northeastern (56) and Boston University (51).
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