Game Notes vs. BU
The Friars are set to face Boston University in a home-and-home series this weekend. The teams clash on Friday, Jan. 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Walter Brown Arena and again on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 4:00 p.m. at Schneider Arena.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars are currently 13-5-5 overall and 9-1-3 in Hockey East play. Msot recently, the Friars went 1-0-1 at Vermont, with a 4-1 win on Saturday (Jan. 6) and a 1-1 tie on Sunday (Jan. 7). Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Meaghan Rickard (Coventry, R.I.) both turned in three-point performances on Saturday. Boquist had two goals and an assist, while Rickard had one goal and two assists. Emily Landry (Orangeville, Ontario) recorded her first multi-point game with two assists. Whitney Dove (Port Moody, British Columbia) also had two points with a goal and an assist. On Sunday, Maureen Murphy (Buffalo, N.Y.) tallied the lone goal.
Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario) and Brooke Boquist lead the team offensively with 19 points apiece. Boquist has 11 goals and eight assists, while MacPherson has four goals and a team-leading 15 assists. Murphy (14 goals, four assists) and Rickard (six goals, 12 assists) are close behind with 18 points. Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario), who has missed the last seven games, has eight goals and nine assists for 17 points. Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) has played 21 games in net, holds a .927 save percentage and a 1.92 goals against average.
Friars in the Polls
The Friars were ranked in both the USCHO.com and USA Hockey polls for the eighth-consecutive time on Jan. 8/9. Most recently, the team was picked seventh in both the USCHO poll and USA Hockey poll. Providence entered 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 14. The forward has scored 10 goals in her last 11 games. The Friars are 10-1-2 when she tallies a point. Additionally, she ranks fifth in Hockey East in goals scored, and second among freshmen.
Cassidy MacPherson is the Friars’ leader in assists through 22 games. She has 15 assists, which is ninth-best in Hockey East. She is tied for 28th nationally in assists per game (0.65).
Killing Off Penalties
The Friars killed off 27 consecutive power plays before allowing three power play goals against BU on Dec. 9. Since those goals, the Friars are 8/8 on the PK. Providence is 13th in the nation in penalty kill percentage with a 86.3% success rate.
Providence has averaged 3.17 goals per game through 23 games. The team is currently 10th in the nation in scoring offense.
The Friars are currently tied for 8th in the nation in scoring defense (2.04 goals allowed/game).
Offense from the D
The Friars have had excellent offensive production from their defensemen so far this season. Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba) and Avery Fransoo lead the defense with 12 points apiece. Friesen has nine goals and three assists, while Fransoo has two goals and ten assists. Additionally, Whitney Dove has scored six goals, including three on the power play, and grabbed three assists. Both Dove and Fransoo scored in the Friars’ game against Brown last week (Jan. 2).
Madison Myers has been excellent in net for the Friars so far this season. She holds a 12-4-5 record, a 1.92 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. She is second in Hockey East and 15th nationally in GAA (1.92).
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 (Jan. 3), Maureen Murphy was named Hockey East Rookie of the Month. She racked up five points on three goals and two assists, while helping the Friars to a 2-1-0 record in December.
Scouting the Terriers
The Terriers enter the game with a 7-12-4 record and a 3-9-3 mark in conference play. Most recently, the team dropped two home contests to Maine (Jan. 6/7). Boston University has not won a game since Dec. 7 (5-2 win at Yale), just before the loss to the Friars on Dec. 9 (6-5). Overall, the Terriers average 3.00 goals per game (11th in the nation). They have a strong power play unit, converting on 21.7% of chances (8th in the nation).
Who to Watch
Seniors Victoria Bach and Rebecca Leslie have proven to be one of the nation’s dangerous duos. Bach is fourth in the nation in points per game (2.11) and second in goals per game (1.21). She has 40 total points on 23 goals and 17 assists. Leslie has 15 goals and 21 assists for 36 points. She is fifth in the nation in points per game (1.89) and fourth in assists per game (1.11). Sophomore defenseman Abby Cook leads the defense with 17 points, including 16 assists. In net, Corinne Schroeder holds a 7-4-2 record with a .917 save percentage and a 2.53 goals against average.
All-Time Series with the Terriers
The Friars lead the all-time series with a record of 28-24-3. Earlier this season, the Friars topped the Terriers, 6-5 at Schneider Arena. It was the team’s first win over BU since 2014.
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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