Women's Ice Hockey Finishes Its Hockey East Series With New Hampshire

    Sophomore Brooke Simpson has tallied 20 points on five goals and 15 assists this season.

    Sophomore Brooke Simpson has tallied 20 points on five goals and 15 assists this season.

    Feb. 16, 2013

    Providence, R.I. -

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    The Providence College women's ice hockey team travels to New Hampshire to finish its Hockey East series with the Wildcats. The Friars and Wildcats will face-off at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H. Providence will enter the match 14-12-4 overall and 8-7-2 after falling to New Hampshire on Friday, Feb. 15, 6-4.

    The Friars enter Sunday with a 14-12-4 overall record and a 8-7-2 Hockey East record. The Friars have outscored their opponents, 100-99 on the season. Providence is averaging 3.33 goals per game while allowing 3.30. The Friars have outshot their opponents on the season and are averaging 30.5 shots on goal per game. The Friars' special teams have a 15.0% conversion rating on the power-play and a 76.9% kill rating on the penalty kill. The Friars are currently 6-7-2 on the road this season.

    The Friars took on the Wildcats on Friday, Feb. 15 at Schneider Arena. Providence was defeated in the Hockey East match 6-4. The Friars took an early lead with a power-play goal after 45 seconds of play in the first period. The Wildcats went on to score five unanswered goals to give them a strong 5-1 lead heading into the third period. Providence fought back by scoring three goals during the third period. However, the three-goal run was not enough for the Friars to take back the lead. The Wildcats outshot the Friars 31-28.

    New Hampshire enters Sunday with a 13-14-2 overall record and an 9-7-1 record in Hockey East. The Wildcats have 10 players with at least 10 points on the season. Leading the Wildcats in scoring is senior Kristina Lavoie with 23 points on 10 goals and 13 assists. Lavoie notched three goals for her first hat trick of the season on Friday, Feb. 15 against Providence College. Freshman Alexis Crossley follows Lavoie with 18 points on six goals and 12 assists. Senior Kristine Horn follows Lavoie and Crossley with 17 points on five goals and 12 assists. Sophomore Jenn Gilligan and freshman Vilma Vaattovaara have split the duties in net, with Gilligan playing as of late. Gilligan has an 9-4-1 record with a .912 save percentage and a 2.20 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 23.3%, while their penalty kill unit has killed off 83.3% of the penalties they have taken. The Wildcats have scored a total of 14 goals in their last three games.

    Providence and New Hampshire have met a total of 138 times with the Friars trailing the all-time series 48-77-13. The Friars and Wildcats have met twice this season with New Hampshire leading the season series 1-0-1. Providence and New Hampshire last faced-off on Friday, Feb. 15, where the Wildcats defeated the Friars, 6-4, in Schneider Arena. Sophomore Beth Hanrahan (Poolesville, Md.) notched two goals in the loss to match a career high. On Nov. 11, the two teams 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 11 points on five goals and six assists in 11 career games against New Hampshire.

    New Hampshire will have a live video feed available to fans through its website. The Wildcats will also be providing fans with live stats and play-by-play of the game. To access either the live feed or live stats follow the links below. Fans can also follow the Friars through their twitter page, which features live updates of all their games.

    Live Streaming: Live Feed

    Live Audio: Live Play-by-play

    Live Game Stats: Live Stats 

    PC Twitter: @PCWHockey

    --GO FRIARS--