Jan. 8, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
- Providence will be playing a home-and-home series with the New Hampshire Wildcats starting at 7: 00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10 at New Hampshire.
- The two teams will wrap-up the Hockey East series on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Schneider Arena.
- The Wildcats hold the edge in the three-game Hockey East series with a 1-0-0 record heading into Friday.
- The two are tied for fifth in the Hockey East standings, with New Hampshire currently holding the head-to-head tie breaker.
- Both teams will be providing live stats and streaming in their respective home games.
- To access the feeds CLICK HERE.
- Providence also offers live updates of all its games through its twitter page (@PCWHockey).
LAST TIME OUT...
- The Friars split a weekend home series against Rensselaer.
- Providence was edged by the Engineers on Jan. 4, 3-1.
- Cassidy Carels notched the lone goal in the loss, to capture her tenth goal of the season.
- With her tenth goal, Carels becomes the 36th Friar to notch double digit goals as a freshman.
- Sarah Bryant made 18 saves on 21 shots for the Friars.
- Providence earned a 4-3 overtime win on Jan. 5 to split the series.
- The Friars were led by Lexi Romanchuk, who notched a career-high three-point game en route to being named Hockey East Player of the Week.
- Romanchuk notched two assists as well as the game-winning overtime goal.
- Beth Hanrahan notched the Friars' first goal of the game to give them a 1-0 lead at 5:32 of the first period.
- Romanchuk and Haley Frade notched their first assists of the game on the play.
- Janine Weber notched the second goal to give the Friars a 2-0 lead after the first period.
- Frade collected her second assist of the game on the play.
- Romanchuk set-up the Friars third goal, sending classmates Brittney Thunstrom and Courtney Kukowski on a 2-on-1.
- Kukowski notched her third goal of the season on the play, while Thunstrom collected her fifth assist of the season.
- The Engineers scored a buzzer beater in the final second of regulation play at 19:59 of the third to send the game into overtime.
- Romanchuk blasted home a point shot to give the Friars their second overtime win of the season.
- Corinne Buie notched an assist on the play to capture her 98th career point.
- Bryant finished the game with 15 saves to earn her eighth win of the season.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS...
- New Hampshire enters the weekend 7-10-2 overall on the season and 2-3-2 in Hockey East games.
- The Wildcats are led by Nicole Gifford, who has collected a team-best six goals and seven assists.
- Hannah Armstrong has also notched double digit points for the Wildcats, with five goals and five assists.
- In conference play, Gifford has captured five points, with two power-play goals and a game-winner.
- Vilma Vaattovaara and Ashley Wilkes have split time in net for New Hampshire, with Ashley Wilkes playing as of late.
- Vaattovaara has logged 606:21 minutes in 10 games for a 5-3-2 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.37 goals against average.
- Wilkes has garnered a .908 save percentage and a 2.33 goals against average in 411:17 minutes of play for a 2-5-0 record in net.
- The Wildcats last competed on Dec. 8, when they beat Dartmouth 2-1 at home.
- Jessica Hitchcock and Armstrong notched the goals for New Hampshire, while Wilkes made 24 saves to capture her second win on the season.
- In league play, New Hampshire last faced Boston University on Nov. 24, where the Wildcats fell 2-1 to the Terriers.
- New Hampshire is 3-5-1 at home thus far, 4-5-1 on the road and 2-7-1 in its last ten games.
ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY...
- The Friars and Wildcats have met a total of 141 times as one of the oldest rivalries in women's hockey.
- The all-time series dates back to 1976-77, when New Hampshire topped Providence 4-3 at Schneider Arena.
- The Wildcats lead the all-time series 78-49-14, including a 38-14-8 mark at home.
- In the last 10 meetings between the two programs, Providence holds the edge with a 5-3-2 record.
- Earlier this season, New Hampshire topped Providence 4-2 on Nov. 7 at the Whittemore Center.
- Courtney Kukowski and Beth Hanrahan tallied the goals for Providence in that loss.
- Corinne Buie leads the Friars in all-time scoring against the Wildcats, with 11 points in 10 career games.
- Nina Riley and Sarah Bryant have both had career appearances in goal against the Wildcats for the Friars, with Bryant facing New Hampshire in the last meeting.
- Bryant holds an 0-2-1 record with a 4.03 goals against average and a .864 save percentage against the Wildcats.
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