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Full Game Notes vs. Maine
Providence will finish the Hockey East series with the Maine Black Bears in Orono, Maine. The Friars will play at 2:00 p.m. on Jan. 28 and 29 at Harold Alfond Arena.
Scouting the Friars
Providence followed a weekend sweep of Connecticut with a 5-5 tie against Boston University (Jan. 21) and were defeated, 5-2, at Walter Brown (Jan. 22). After the weekend, Providence moved into sixth place in the Hockey East standings with 16 points, only one point behind Vermont.
Last Time Out
Eleven different Friars tallied at least one point on the weekend. Two freshmen added multi-point weekends, Whitney Dove tallied five assists and Meaghan Rickard collected two goals and one assist.
The Rookies Rule Hockey East
Freshman Whitney Dove earned Hockey East Rookie of the Week honors with a five-assist weekend performance. The freshman defender is the third consecutive Friar rookie to be named Rookie of the Week, after Clare Minnerath (Jan. 9) and Avery Fransoo (Jan. 16).
Dove also leads Hockey East defensive scoring and is fourth in freshman scoring. Neve Van Pelt is second among Hockey East centers in face-off percentage and Avery Fransoo is tied for fifth in blocked shots and leads freshmen.
Freshman defender Avery Fransoo earned Hockey East Rookie of the Week honors after recording back-to-back multi point games, recording two assists in each outing. Whitney Dove was also recognized as a top performer after scoring a power play goal and adding an assist on the power play.
Providence Against the Rest
Dove holds the second place spot in points per game (defensemen) with 0.84 points per game. The rookie defender is eighth among rookie scoring, and first among rookie defensemen.
Providence holds the ninth place spot in scoring nationally, averaging 3.19 goals per game. The Friars are ranked fourth in combined special teams (53.7%).
Providence surpassed last years’ goal total (72) on Jan. 15 against Connecticut. The Friars have now totaled 83 goals, and have scored at least five goals in seven games. Most recently, Providence scored five goals against Boston University, which has not been done since No. 15, 2009 (W, 6-2).
Scouting the Black Bears
Maine opens the weekend with an 8-16-1 overall record and 4-12-1 Hockey East record. After sweeping Northeastern at home (Jan. 13, 3-1 and Jan. 14, 6-3) the Black Bears were swept at New Hampshire (Jan. 20, 4-1 and Jan. 21, 7-0). Maine’s other Hockey East wins have come against Boston College and Boston University.
The Black Bears have 10.3% conversion rate on the power play and a 78.6% success rate on the penalty kill.
Maine holds a 8-5-1 record at home and 4-3-1 home league record.
Who to Watch
Maine is led by Tereza Vanisova, who has recorded 26 points thus far on 15 goals and 11 assists. Alyson Matteau has recorded 11 assists to tie the team best.
Carly Jackson has seen the most time in net for the Black Bears (1282:58) and holds a .915 save percentage and 2.71 goals against average.
All-Time Series with the Black Bears
Providence leads the all-time series 27-23-2. The two teams kicked off the 2016-17 season with a Sept. 25 Hockey East game at Walter Brown Arena, where Providence fell, 5-2.The Friars are 19-9-1 against the Terriers at Schneider Arena and 8-12-1 at Walter Brown.
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