The Friars travel to Durham, N.H. for a weekend series with the University of New Hampshire. Games are set for 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19 and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20. Both games will be played at the Whittemore Center.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars are currently 14-6-5 overall and 10-2-3 in Hockey East play. Most recently, the Friars split the weekend series against Boston University, with a 5-1 loss on Friday (Jan. 12) and a 6-3 win on Saturday (Jan. 13). Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Maureen Murphy (Buffalo, N.Y.) led the team to victory on Saturday. Boquist tallied a goal and two assists while Murphy chipped in three goals. Additionally, Blair Parent (Blaine, Minn.) scored a goal and an assist while Whitney Dove (Port Moody, British Columbia) grabbed two assists.
Boquist leads the team offensively with 23 points (13 goals, 10 assists). Murphy, who leads the team in goals with 17 is close behind with 21 points. Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario), the team’s assist leader with 16, has 20 total points. Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario), who returned to the lineup last weekend, has eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points. Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) has played 23 games in net, holds a .922 save percentage and a 2.06 goals against average.
Relive the Rivalry
The Friars and Wildcats have been competing in an alumni fundraising challenge leading into this weekend’s series. The schools attempted to get the most alumni to give back to their program from Jan. 10-18. The winner will be announced during Saturday’s game.
Friars in the Polls
The Friars were ranked in both the USCHO.com and USA Hockey polls for the ninth-consecutive time on Jan. 15/16. Most recently, the team was picked eighth 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 17. The forward has scored seven goals in her last six games, including a hat trick against Boston University (Jan. 13). The Friars are 11-1-2 when she tallies a point. Additionally, she ranks fourth in Hockey East in goals scored, and second among freshmen.
Cassidy MacPherson is the Friars’ leader in assists through 25 games. She has 16 assists, which is tied for seventh-best in Hockey East. She is tied for 31st nationally in assists per game (0.64).
Killing Off Penalties
Providence is 19th in the nation in penalty kill percentage with a 85.1% success rate. The Friars have killed off 86 of 101 penalties through 25 games.
Providence has averaged 3.20 goals per game through 25 games. The team is currently 11th in the nation in scoring offense.
The Friars are currently 13th 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. Avery Fransoo leads the defense with 13 points (two goals, 11 assists). Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba) is close behind with 12 points, despite missing the last eight games. Additionally, Whitney Dove has scored six goals, including three on the power play, and grabbed five assists. Lastly, Rachel Rockwell (Broadview Heights, Ohio) has recorded 10 assists from the blue line.
Madison Myers has been excellent in net for the Friars so far this season. She holds a 13-5-5 record, a 2.06 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. She is second in Hockey East and 19th nationally in GAA (2.06).
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 Wildcats
The Wildcats enter the game with a 10-10-5 record and a 7-7-3 mark in conference play. Most recently, the team snapped a four-game losing streak with a Hockey East win over UConn. Taylor Wenczkowski led the team with a goal and an assist in that 3-1 win. Overall, the team averages 2.48 goals per game while giving up 2.60. The Wildcats rank 14th in the nation on the power play, converting 18.2 percent of the time.
Who to Watch
Sophomores Taylor Wenczkowski, Meghara McManus and Nicole Dunbar lead the Wildcats offensively. Wenczkowski has seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points, while McManus has nine goals and seven assists for 16 points. Dunbar has seven goals and eight assists for 15 points. Defenseman Tori Howran leads the team in assists with 12. In net, freshman Ava Boutilier holds an 8-8-5 record, a 2.40 goals against average and a .921 save percentage.
All-Time Series with the Wildcats
The Friars trail in the all-time series with a record of 57-83-13. Earlier this season, the Friars topped the Wildcats, 3-0, at Schneider Arena (Nov. 22).
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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