Game Notes vs. Boston College
The Friars face #3/2 Boston College in a critical Hockey East weekend series. Friday’s game is set for 6:00 p.m. at Conte Forum, while Saturday’s puck drop is at 2:00 p.m. at Schneider Arena.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars are currently 14-7-6 overall and 10-3-4 in Hockey East play. Most recently, the Friars went 0-1-1 in a weekend series at New Hampshire. Friday night featured a 2-2 tie, while Saturday was a 1-0 loss. It was just the second time this season that the Friars were held scoreless. Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Neve Van Pelt (Mitchell, Ontario) scored goals in Friday night’s tie. Van Pelt’s was her first of the season. Maureen Murphy (Buffalo, N.Y.), Rachel Rockwell (Broadview Heights, Ohio) and Madison Sansone (Lockport, N.Y.) were the other point scorers, each tallying one assist. Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) made 66 saves over the course of the weekend.
Boquist leads the team offensively with 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists). Murphy, who leads the team in goals with 17 is close behind with 22 points. Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario), the team’s assist leader with 16, has 20 total points. Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario), who has only played 20 games, has eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points. In net, Myers has played 23 games. She holds a .925 save percentage and a 2.01 goals against average.
Friars in the Polls
The Friars were ranked in both the USCHO.com and USA Hockey polls for the tenth-consecutive time on Jan. 22/23. Most recently, the team was picked tenth 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 notched a hat trick against Boston University (Jan. 13). The Friars are 11-1-3 when she tallies a point. Additionally, she ranks fifth in Hockey East in goals scored, and second among freshmen.
Boquist leads the team in points and is just 12 away from reaching 100 in her career. She currently has 49 goals and 39 assists for 88 career points. Additionally, she has played more games than anyone currently on the roster (129).
Cassidy MacPherson is the Friars’ leader in assists through 27 games. She has 16 assists, which is tied for seventh-best in Hockey East.
Killing Off Penalties
Providence is 16th in the nation in penalty kill percentage with a 86.4% success rate. The Friars have killed off 95 of 110 penalties through 27 games.
Providence has averaged 3.04 goals per game through 27 games. The team is currently tied for 12th in the nation in scoring offense.
The Friars are currently tied with Boston College for 12th in the nation in scoring defense (2.15 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 ten 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 11 assists from the blue line.
Madison Myers has been excellent in net for the Friars so far this season. She holds a 13-6-6 record and a 2.01 goals against average (2nd in Hockey East). She is third in Hockey East and 16th nationally in save percentage (.925).
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 Eagles
The Eagles enter the game with a 22-2-3 record and conference-leading 15- 1-3 mark in Hockey East. The team is on a four-game winning streak, with its last loss coming against Northeastern (Jan. 12). BC is third in the nation in scoring offense (4.37 goals/game) and 12th in scoring defense (2.15 goals allowed/game). The Eagles also rank fourth in the nation in power play percentage, converting on 25.4% of chances.
Who to Watch
Freshman Daryl Watts and sophomore Caitrin Lonergan continue to lead the nation in scoring. Watts has 31 goals and 35 assists for 66 points, while Lonergan has 26 goals and 35 points for 61 points. Senior Tori Ann Miano is second in the nation in points per game by defensemen (1.15). She has 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points. In net, senior Katie Burt has played all 27 games. She holds a 2.13 goals against average (3rd in Hockey East) and a .870 save percentage (4th in Hockey East).
All-Time Series with the Eagles
The Friars lead the all-time series with a record of 51-33-3. Earlier this season, the Eagles defeated the Friars 7-4 at Conte Forum. Providence’s last victory over BC came on Senior Day last season (Feb. 18, 4-1).
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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