Game Notes vs. Maine
The Friars host the #9 University of Maine Black Bears for Alumni and Family Weekend. Games are set for Saturday, Feb. 10 and Sunday, Feb. 11 at 2:00 p.m. Both games will be played at Schneider Arena.
Alumni and Family Weekend
The women’s hockey program is thrilled to welcome back its alums as part of Providence College’s Alumni and Family Weekend. For a full list of events on campus this weekend, visit https://college-events.providence.edu/alumni-family-weekend/.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars are currently 14-11-6 overall and 10-7-4 in Hockey East play. Providence is currently in the midst of a five-game losing streak, with most recent losses to Merrimack (Feb. 2) and UConn (Feb. 3). Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba) scored the lone goal Friday night in her first game back after missing 12 games. Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario) and Kathleen McHugh (Billerica, Mass.) tallied goals on Saturday in the 3-2 overtime loss. Putigna also tallied an assist in both games.
Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario) leads the team offensively with 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists). Murphy, who leads the team in goals with 17 is close behind with 24 points. Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario), the team’s assist leader with 16, has 20 total points. Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario), who has only played 24 games, has 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points. In net, Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) has played 29 games. She holds a .918 save percentage and a 2.19 goals against average.
Friars in the Polls
The Friars were not ranked in either the USCHO.com or USA Hockey poll for the first time in twelve weeks. On Jan. 29/30, the team was picked ninth in both the USCHO poll and USA Hockey poll (11th consecutive rankings). Providence entered both polls on Oct. 30/31 at No. 9. The team’s highest ranking in both polls was #7 on Jan. 8/9.
Friars vs. Ranked Opponents
So far this season the Friars are 2-5 against ranked opponents. Of those five losses, three came to #2 Boston College. The two victories came over then-No. 7 Northeastern.
Milestone for Myers
Netminder Madison Myers is just eight saves away from the 2,000 career saves mark. Only three other goaltenders in Providence College history have eclipsed that mark, including Genevieve Lacasse, Jana Bugden and Sara DeCosta.
Boquist leads the team in points and is just 10 away from reaching 100 in her career. She currently has 49 goals and 41 assists for 90 career points. Additionally, she has played more games than anyone currently on the roster (133).
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 11-3-3 when she tallies a point. Additionally, she is tied for seventh in Hockey East in goals scored, and second among freshmen.
Cassidy MacPherson is the Friars’ leader in assists through 31 games. She has 16 assists, which is eleventh-best in Hockey East.
Killing Off Penalties
Providence is first in Hockey East and 13th in the nation in penalty kill percentage with a 86.0% success rate. The Friars have killed off 111 of 129 penalties through 31 games.
Providence has struggled scoring goals as of late, averaging just 1.17 goals per game in six game winless streak. The last time the team scored more than two goals was in a six-goal outburst against Boston University (Jan. 13). A strong start to the year in scoring still has the Friars ranked 15th in the nation in scoring offense (2.81 goals per game).
Offense from the D
The Friars have had excellent offensive production from their defensemen so far this season. Avery Fransoo (North Battleford, Saskatchewan) and Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba) lead the defense with 13 points apeice. Fransoo has two goals and 11 assists, while Friesen has four goals, including one last weekend and nine assists. Additionally, Whitney Dove has scored six goals, including three on the power play, and grabbed six 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 13-10-6 record and a 2.19 goals against average (5th in Hockey East). She has made a total of 719 saves for a .918 save percentage.
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 Black Bears
The Black Bears enter the game with a 17-9-4 overall record and an 11-6-3 mark in conference. Maine snapped a four-game winless streak with a 3-0 win over New Hampshire on Feb. 2. The team is 9-6-1 on the road and is currently in second place in Hockey East, just one point ahead of Providence. The Black Bears give up the fewest goals in the league (2.03/game) and have the second-best penalty kill in Hockey East (85.7%).
Who to Watch
Sophomore Tereza Vanisova leads the team in goals (13), assists (26) and total points (39). She is fifth in Hockey East in assist scoring and sixth in point scoring. Behind Vanisova, senior Brooke Stacey has 25 points off of 10 goals and 15 assists. Freshman Michelle Weis has chipped in nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points. From the blue line, defensemen Brittany Kucera and Anna Zikova have added 11 and 10 assists, respectively. In net, Carly Jackson holds a 15-8-4 record. She has a .928 save percentage and a league-leading 1.82 goals against average.
All-Time Series with the Black Bears
The Friars lead the all-time series against Maine with a record of 43-8-10. At home, the Friars are 25-2-3. Earlier this season, the Friars and Black Bears played to a 2-2 overtime draw at Alfond Arena (Nov. 22). Freshman Maureen Murphy scored both goals in that game.
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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