Game Notes vs. Northeastern
The Friars host the Northeastern Huskies on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2:00 p.m. for Senior Day. This is the final regular season game and will determine seeding for the Hockey East playoffs.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars are currently 15-11-7 overall and 11-7-5 in Hockey East play. Providence snapped a seven-game winless streak with a 2-1 overtime victory over #9 Maine (Feb. 11). Maureen Murphy (Buffalo, N.Y.) scored both goals in the win and was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week for her efforts. Saturday’s game featured a 1-1 tie in which Ariane Julien (Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec) notched her first collegiate goal. All three goals last weekend were unassisted tallies.
Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Maureen Murphy lead the team offensively with 26 points. Boquist has 14 goals and 12 assists, while Murphy, who leads the team in goals, has 19 goals and seven assists. Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario), the team’s assist leader with 16, has 20 total points. Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario), who has only played 25 games, has 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points. In net, Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) has played 31 games. She holds a .922 save percentage and a 2.10 goals against average.
With Sunday’s win over Maine, the Friars clinched home ice for the Hockey East Quarterfinal Round. Games are set for Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:00 p.m. If needed, a third game will be played Sunday, Feb. 25 at 4:00 p.m. The Friars’ actual seed and opponent are still to be determined based on results from this weekend.
Friars in the Polls
The Friars are receiving votes in both the USCHO.com and USA Hockey polls for the second-consecutive week. 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 3-5-1 against ranked opponents. Of those five losses, three came to #2 Boston College. The three victories came over then-No. 7 Northeastern (Oct. 28/29) and then-No. 9 Maine (Feb. 11).
Milestone for Myers
Netminder Madison Myers reached the 2,000 save threshold on Feb. 10 against Maine. 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 (135).
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 12-3-3 when she tallies a point. Additionally, she is tied for fifth in Hockey East in goals scored, and second among freshmen.
Cassidy MacPherson is the Friars’ leader in assists through 33 games. She has 16 assists, which pushes her to 41 total in her career.
Killing Off Penalties
Providence is first in Hockey East and 12th in the nation in penalty kill percentage with a 86.8% success rate. The Friars have killed off 118 of 136 penalties through 33 games.
Providence has struggled scoring goals as of late, averaging just 1.25 goals per game in the last eight games. 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 16th in the nation in scoring offense (2.73 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 apiece. Fransoo has two goals and 11 assists, while Friesen has four goals 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 14-10-7 record and a 2.10 goals against average (4th in Hockey East). She has made a total of 778 saves for a .922 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).
On 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. Most recently, she was named Rookie of the Week for the third time this season (Feb. 12). Her award came following a two-goal performance that lifted the Friars over the Black Bears in OT (Feb. 11).
Scouting the Huskies
The Huskies enter Friday night’s game against Vermont with a 14-15-3 record and a 10-10-2 mark in Hockey East play. They currently sit in fifth place with an opportunity to grab the final home ice playoff spot. Most recently, Northeastern fell to Harvard (4-3) in the Beanpot consolation game (Feb. 13). Prior to that, the team picked up a critical 4-3 win on the road at Merrimack (Feb. 10). Two of the biggest results of the Huskies’ season came on Nov. 24 (3-2 win vs. #1 Wisconsin) and Jan. 12 (4-2 win at #2 Boston College).
Who to Watch
Senior McKenna Brand leads the team offensively with 28 points off 12 goals and 16 assists. Kasidy Anderson and Lauren Kelly are close behind in the goal scoring category with 11 apiece. Veronika Pettey ties Brand for the team lead in assists with 16. Northeastern has balanced scoring throughout the lineup, with 12 players over the 10-point mark and four who have eclipsed the 20-point mark. In net, junior Brittany Bugalski has played the majority of games (23). She has a 9-9-1 record, a .891 save percentage and a 2.95 goals against average. Aerin Frankel has played the last two games in net, has a .922 save percentage, a 2.34 goals against average and a 5-6-2 record.
All-Time Series with the Huskies
The Friars lead the all-time series against Northeastern with a record of 63-57-11. Earlier this season, the Friars swept then-No. 7 Northeastern in Boston. Providence won 2-1 (Oct. 28) and then 6-4 (Oct. 29) at Matthews Arena. The wins snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Huskies, dating back to 2014.
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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