Feb. 13, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College women’s ice hockey team will face-off against the New Hampshire Wildcats in a home-and-home series set for Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:05 p.m. in Schneider Arena and Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the Whittemore Center. Friday’s game at Schneider Arena will be televised live on Cox Sports on OSN.
The Friars enter Saturday with a 14-11-4 overall record and a 8-6-2 Hockey East record. The Friars have outscored their opponents, 96-93 on the season. Providence is averaging 3.31 goals per game while allowing 3.21. The Friars have outshot their opponents on the season and are averaging 30.6 shots on goal per game. The Friars’ special teams have a 14.7% conversion rating on the power-play and a 77.2% kill rating on the penalty kill. The Friars are currently 8-4-2 at Schneider Arena this season. The last time out the Friars swept Connecticut in a weekend home-and-home series. On Friday, Feb. 1 Providence blanked the Huskies 5-0 and on Saturday, Feb. 2 the Friars came back to win 4-3 in overtime.
New Hampshire enters the weekend with a 12-14-2 overall record and an 8-7-1 record in Hockey East. The Wildcats have nine players with at least 10 points on the season. Leading the Wildcats in scoring is senior Kristina Lavoie with 20 points on seven goals and a team-high 13 assists. Freshman Alexis Crossley follows Lavoie with 17 points on six goals and 11 assists. Senior Kristine Horn follows Lavoie and Crossley with 16 points on four goals and 12 assists. Junior Hannah Armstrong leads the team with 10 goals on the season. Sophomore Jenn Gilligan and freshman Vilma Vaattovaara have split the duties in net, with Gilligan playing as of late. Gilligan has an 8-4-1 record with a .916 save percentage and a 2.06 goals against average, while Vaattovaara is 3-8-0 on the season with a .874 save percentage and a 3.84 goals against average. This season, the Wildcats power-play has a conversion rating of 22.9%, while their penalty kill unit has killed off 83.7% of the penalties they have taken. The Wildcats tallied four goals in each of their last two games to give them a two-game winning streak. New Hampshire last defeated Connecticut 4-0 on Monday, Feb. 11.
Providence and New Hampshire have met a total of 137 times with the Friars trailing the all-time series 48-76-13. The Friars and Wildcats last faced-off earlier this season on Nov. 11, where they skated to a 2-2 tie. Senior Jessica Vella (Pickering, Ontario) led the Friars in the tie with a goal and an assist. Vella leads the team in all-time scoring against the Wildcats with nine points on five goals and four assists in 10 career games against New Hampshire.
Cox Sports will be providing live streaming of the game on Friday, Feb. 15, to access the feed follow the provided link. To access the live stats of the game follow the links below. Fans can also follow the Friars through their twitter page, which features live updates of all their games.
Cox Sports Live Feed: Live Streaming
Live Game Stats: Live Stats
PC Twitter: @PCWHockey
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