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Providence will play at 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Vermont and on Feb. 12 at Merrimack at 2:00 p.m. Both games will close out the Hockey East series with the respective opponents.
Scouting the Friars
Providence enters the weekend with a 14-14-2 overall record and a 9-9-2 Hockey East record. Five Friars have recorded more than 20 points in the 2016-17 season. Providence is currently in a three-way tie for fourth place in Hockey East.
Last Time Out
The Friars were edged in their last two outings. On Feb. 3, Providence was defeated by Northeastern in overtime, 4-3. The Friars fell to UConn at home, 2-1, despite outshooting the Huskies 28-18.
Brooke Boquist tallied one goal in each game and is currently riding a four game goal-scoring streak.
Cassidy Carels recorded her 100th career point and her 29th point of the season when she assisted on Madison Sansone’s game tying goal against Northeastern on Feb. 3.
Dove is sixth in freshmen scoring and the first rookie defender on the list.
Fransoo ranks sixth in blocked shots and is the first freshman on the list. Neve Van Pelt ranks third in faceoff percentage.
Providence Against the League
The Friars lead Hockey East in third period scoring with 41 goals. Four Friar defensemen rank in the top-10 defensive scoring, the most of any team. Kate Friesen ranks third on the list, but leads in goals scored with eight.
Boquist and Carels Lead the Way
Boquist ranks fifth in Hockey East in goals scored with 17. When the junior forward scores a goal the Friars are 10-4-1, when she records an assist the team is 7-2-0, and when she registers a point the Friars are 13-6-1. The team only has one win when Boquist does not score a point. Cassidy Carels leads the team in points, with 29. When the senior forward records an assist, the Friars are 8-2-1.
Scouting the Catamounts
The Vermont Catamounts host the Friars with a 12-10-8 record and an 8-6-6 Hockey East record. Vermont sits in third place in the Hockey East standings, with 22 points and four remaining games.
The Catamounts have played in 12 overtime games in the 2016-17 season, skating to a 2-2-8 overtime record and a 2-2-6 overtime record in Hockey East games.
Vermont boasts a 90.2% success rate on the penalty kill and a 11.3% conversion rate on the power play.
In Hockey East home games the Catamounts are 4-2-3 and are 7-4-4 overall at Gutterson Field House.
Who to Watch
The Catamounts are led by Eve-Audrey Picard with 21 points on 11 goals and 10 assists. Saana Valkama leads in goals scored with 13.
The Catamounts have scored only 70 goals this season, while the Friars have tallied 98.
Madison Litchfield and Melissa Black have nearly split time in net. Litchfield boasts a .940 save percentage and a 1.63 goals against average. The senior netminder holds a 7-3-5 record. Black holds a .919 save percentage and 2.46 goals against average.
All-Time Series with the Catamounts
Providence leads the all-time series 28-13-12 and trails at Vermont, 10-12-6. The Friars hold the edge on the Hockey East series in the 2016-17 season, with a 5-2 win on Nov. 12 and a 1-1 tie on Nov. 13. Carels leads in points against Vermont with seven. Four Friars have recorded at least four career points against the Catamounts.
The Last Time
In the Hockey East series, Whitney Dove leads the Friars against the Catamounts with three points on two goals and one assist. Boquist has two goals against the Catamounts and Rockwell has two assists. In the 5-2 victory, Providence tallied two power play goals.
Scouting the Warriors
The Merrimack Warriors will host the Friars with a 10-18-3 overall record and 6-15-0 Hockey East record. Merrimack sits in eighth place with three games remaining in the regular season. The Warriors lone game of the weekend is against the Friars on Sunday, Feb. 12.
The Warriors have a 15.5% conversion rate on the power play and a 81.0% success rate on the penalty kill.
Who to Watch
Mikyla Grant-Mentis leads Merrimack with 25 points and leads in assists with 16. The Freshman was just named Rookie of the Month for January after leading the Warriors to a 4-1 victory over Boston University. Katelyn Rae leads in goals scored with 16, six of which have come on the power play.
Lea-Kristine Demers has played 20 games in net for the Warriors, with a 7-12-1 record. The freshman holds a .913 save percentage and a 2.84 goals against average.
All-Time Series with the Warriors
Providence leads the all-time series 4-0-1 and lead 2-0-0 at Merrimack. Five Friars have scored at least four points in the five games against the Warriors, led by Carels with seven. Boquist and MacPherson both have six points and Putigna and Friesen have four points.
The Last Time
The Friars came from behind twice to defeat Merrimack, 3-2, on Dec. 9. Cassidy Carels recorded two points and Brooke Boquist scored one of her four team-leading game winning goals on a shorthanded tally with 8:35 remaining in the game. Madison Myers made 30 saves in the game.
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