Game Notes vs. Merrimack/UConn
The Friars face Merrimack College at home on Friday night (Feb. 2) at 7:00 p.m. The game, which will be played at Schneider Arena is the team’s Mental Health Awareness game. On Saturday (Feb. 3), Providence travels to UConn for a 3:00 p.m. game.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars are currently 14-9-6 overall and 10-5-4 in Hockey East play. Most recently, the Friars dropped back-to-back contests against #3/2 Boston College. Friday night Providence fell 5-0, while Saturday’s comeback fell just short in a 3-2 loss. Providence was held scoreless for nine straight periods before posting two third-period goals on Saturday. Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario) and Chloe Gonsalves (Toronto, Ontario) were the goal scorers. Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) made 48 saves over the course of the weekend.
Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario) leads the team offensively with 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists). Murphy, who leads the team in goals with 17 is close behind with 23 points. Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario), the team’s assist leader with 16, has 20 total points. Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario), who has only played 22 games, has nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points. In net, Myers has played 27 games. She holds a .921 save percentage and a 2.13 goals against average.
Friars in the Polls
The Friars were ranked in both the USCHO.com and USA Hockey polls for the eleventh-consecutive time on Jan. 29/30. Most recently, the team was picked ninth 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 19. The forward notched a hat trick against Boston University (Jan. 13). The Friars are 11-2-3 when she tallies a point. Additionally, she ranks sixth 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 (131).
Cassidy MacPherson is the Friars’ leader in assists through 27 games. She has 16 assists, which is tied for ninth-best in Hockey East.
Killing Off Penalties
Providence is second in Hockey East and 18th in the nation in penalty kill percentage with a 85.4% success rate. The Friars have killed off 105 of 123 penalties through 29 games.
Providence has averaged 2.90 goals per game through 29 games. The team is currently 14th in the nation in scoring offense.
The Friars are currently 19th in the nation in scoring defense (2.28 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 12 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 13-8-6 record and a 2.13 goals against average (4th in Hockey East). She is sixth in Hockey East and 24th nationally in save percentage (.921).
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 Warriors
The Warriors enter the game with a 9-17-3 record and a 4-13-2 mark in Hockey East. The team most recently dropped back-to-back contests against Boston University (Jan. 25/27). Previously, the Warriors picked up a huge win at then-No. 9 Maine. Katelyn Rae scored all four goals in that victory.
Who to Watch
Junior Katelyn Rae leads the team with 23 points (18 goals, five assists). Mikyla Grant-Mentis and Paige Voight are the team’s other offensive leaders, with 16 and 10 points, respectively. Defensemen Felila Manu is the Warriors’ assist leader with eight. In goal, Samantha Ridgewell (19 GP) and Lea-Kristine Demers (12 GP) have both seen significant time. Ridgwell leads the duo in save percentage (.924), goals against average (2.31) and wins (6).
Scouting the Huskies
UConn enters the weekend at 9-11-8 overall and 3-10-5 in Hockey East. The Huskies face-off against Northeaster on Friday night before welcoming Providence on Saturday. Most recently, the Huskies picked up critical home victories over then-No. 9 Maine. The first game was a 2-1 overtime win, while the second was a decisive 4-0 victory. Friday’s win was the team’s first over a ranked opponent since 2014. Natalie Snodgrass scored a goal in each game, while Leah Lum scored two on Saturday in addition to assisting the OT-winner on Friday.
Who to Watch
The Huskies are led by freshman Natalie Snodgrass (28 points). She is the team’s goals leader with 16 and is tied with Briana Colangelo and Leah Lum for the lead in assists (12). In net, senior Annie Belanger holds a 7-8-5 record. She has a .929 save percentage, a 2.07 goals against average and 550 saves.
All-Time Series with the Warriors and Huskies
The Friars lead the all-time series with both Merrimack (7-0-1) and UConn (42-16-7). The Friars defeated Merrimack twice earlier this season and are 1-0-1 against the Huskies in 2017-18.
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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