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Full Game Notes vs. UConn
Providence will play a home-and-home series with Hockey East opponent UConn. The Friars will travel to Storrs to face the Huskies at 2:00 p.m. on Sat. Jan. 14 and then host UConn on Jan. 15 at 2:00 p.m. in Providence.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars resume Hockey East play after splitting a non-conference series with the Cornell Big Red in Ithaca, N.Y. Providence shut out Cornell, 2-0, on Jan. 6 and fell 5-1 on Jan. 7. The 2-0 victory makes Providence the first team to defeat Cornell at Lynah Rink in the 2016-17 season. Providence opens the weekend with a 10-11-1 overall record and 5-6-1 mark in Hockey East.
A Rookie Weekend
Three rookies recorded firsts in the Friars non-conference series at Cornell. Freshman netminder Clare Minnerath recorded her first collegiate start and her first shutout in the Friars’ 2-0 win (Jan. 6). Kathleen McHugh scored her first goal as a Friar on Jan. 6, which also served as the game winning goal. Avery Fransoo also recorded her first collegiate goal on Jan. 7.
Hockey East Nod
Minnerath was awarded Hockey East Rookie of the Week after her 26-save shutout and helping the Friars to kill off six penalties. Brooke Boquist was also recognized as a Hockey East Top Performer for extending her point streak to three games. The junior forward had a hand in each of the Friars’ goals over the weekend, scoring one goal and assisting twice.
Short Handed Friars
The Friars have recorded six short handed goals, ranked second in the nation. Six different Friars have struck on the penalty kill: Danielle Hardy, Cassidy Carels, Brooke Boquist, Kate Friesen, Cassidy MacPherson, and Christina Putigna.
Providence Against the Rest
Providence holds the 11th place spot in scoring nationally, averaging 3.05 goals per game. The Friars are ranked eighth in combined special teams (53.4%). The penalty kill is ranked 16th (86.8%) and 19th on the power play (13.3%).
Scouting the Huskies
UConn opens the weekend with an 11-8-3 overall record and 6-5-1 Hockey East mark. The Huskies played a mid-week game (Jan. 10) against Boston University, winning 2-1, to move just ahead of Providence in the Hockey East standings.
The Huskies hold a 15.3% conversion rate on the power play, with 5 of their 15 power play goals coming from leading scorer Leah Lum. On the penalty kill, UConn holds a 88.4% success rate.
Connecticut is 3-3-0 at home in conference play and 3-2-1 in Hockey East road games.
Who to Watch
The Huskies are led by senior forward Leah Lum, who has scored 11 goals and added eight assists for 19 points. Freshman Briana Colangelo has recorded a team-high 11 assists.
Annie Belanger leads the way in net, playing in 19 of the Huskies 22 games, posting a .941 save percentage and a 1.87 goals against average.
All-Time Series with the Huskies
Providence leads the all-time series 39-14-5. In last season’s series the Friars were 0-2-1 and have not defeated the Huskies since Jan. 24, 2015 in Providence. Cassidy Carels leads the Friars with nine career points against the Huskies.
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