Women's Hockey Game Notes vs. No. 6 Boston College

Feb. 17, 2017


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Puck Drop
Providence will play a home-and-home with the No. 6 Boston College Eagles. The Friars will host the Eagles on Feb. 18 at 2:00 p.m. and travel to Kelly Rink at Conte Forum on Feb. 19 for a 2:00 p.m. puck drop. Saturday's game will honor the program's five graduating seniors.

The Last Meeting
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December 3, 2016
Providence, R.I.
Women’s Hockey Defeated By No. 6 Boston College, 8-0
The Providence College women’s hockey team was defeated, 8-0, on Dec. 3 by No. 6 Boston College. Providence moves to 8-10-1 (4-6-1 HE) and the Eagles improve to 11-3-3 (10-2-1 HE).

Scouting the Friars
Providence enters the weekend with a 15-14-3 overall record and a 10-9-3 Hockey East record. Six Friars have recorded at least 20 points in the 2016-17 season. Providence is currently tied for fourth place in Hockey East, entering the last weekend of the regular season. The Friars win the tie-breaker with Vermont, winning the series (1-0-2).   

Last Time Out
The Friars pulled out two more close games, having their last four games decided by one goal. Both games over the weekend were overtime games, putting them in an overtime game three times out of the last four games.

On Feb. 10 the Friars were led by the rookies to a 2-2 tie at Vermont. Neve Van Pelt scored her third power play goal of the year, assisted by Meaghan Rickard and Rachel Rockwell. Rickard scored with less than one second remaining in regulation to knot the game at 2-2. 

On Feb. 12, the Friars went the first 47 minutes scoreless and found themselves down three goals to Merrimack. The combination of Cassidy Carels and Madison Sansone worked to score two quick goals, putting the Friars down, 3-2. With just over a minute left in regulation, Sansone tallied the equalizer and send the game into overtime. Cassidy MacPherson scored the game-winner in overtime. 

The Rookies
Each freshman defensemen ranks in the top-10 in Hockey East defensive scoring. Whitney Dove is second (23 points). Avery Fransoo and Rachel Rockwell are tied for seventh with 16 points.

Dove is sixth in freshmen scoring and the first rookie defender on the list. Three other Friar Rookies are on the list, marking the most among any Hockey East team.  

Fransoo ranks sixth in blocked shots and is the first freshman on the list. Neve Van Pelt ranks second in faceoff percentage.

Providence Against the League

The Friars lead Hockey East in third period scoring with 45 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.

The Friars rank third in scoring, with 104 goals.

Boquist and Carels Lead the Way
Carels has scored the third most goals in Hockey East, with 18. Boquist follows with 17 as the fourth most in the league.   

Carels recorded two goals and three points over the weekend to push her single season total to 32 and her career total to 103 point. Carels 32 points is the first time a Friar has recorded over 30 points since Nicole Anderson in the 2012-13 season, who had 35.  

With 103 career points, Carels has the most career points since Kristin Gigliotti (103) and Sonny Watrous (137) in the 2005-06 season.

Boquist and Carels with the Team
When Boquist records a point, the Friars are 14-6-1. When the junior forward scores a goal the Friars are 10-4-1, and when she registers an assist - 8-2-0. Without a Boquist point, Providence is 1-8-2.

When Carels scores a point, the Friars are 13-6-3. When the senior forward scores a goal, 9-4-1 and when she records an assist - 8-2-2. When Carels does not collect a point the Friars are 2-8-0.

Scouting the Eagles
The No. 6 Eagles open the final weekend of the regular season with a 22-4-5 overall record and 16-3-3 Hockey East record. Northeastern handed BC their first home loss since 2013, snapping a 63 game unbeaten streak on Feb. 10 (2-1).

The Eagles have only three Hockey East losses in the 2016-17 season. Maine, Boston University, and Northeastern have each defeated Boston College once this season.

Boston College holds a 26.9% conversion rate on the power play, and a 92.2% success rate on the penalty kill.

The Eagles hold a 8-2-1 road record in Hockey East and an 8-1-2 home league record. 

Who to Watch
Boston College is led by sophomore Makenna Newkirk, with 13 goals and 23 assists. Delaney Belinskas leads in goals scored, with 14. Seven different Eagles have recorded more than 20 points on the season, with 109 total goals scored.

The Eagles are backstopped primarily by junior Katie Burt, with a .927 save percentage and 1.64 goals against average. Burt has played 1717:42 minutes and 91.1.5 of the time.

All-Time Series with the Eagles
Despite the 15 game winning streak for the Eagles against the Friars, Providence still holds the edge in the all-time series, 50-31-3. At Conte Forum and Schneider, Providence leads 20-10-2 and 20-16-1, respectively.

Playoff Picture
Providence sits in fourth place with 23 points, tied with Vermont. Since the Friars took the series 1-0-2, the win the tie breaker and hold the spot for home ice in the quarterfinals as of Feb. 17.

The race between third place (Boston University) and seventh place (New Hampshire) is only separated by only four points. The separation between third place and fourth place is only one point.

The Friars face No. 6 Boston College for two games. While Merrimack, who is one point out of playoff position has two opportunities to pass Maine with a two-game series at Vermont. UConn and New Hampshire, who are currently tied for sixth place will battle for two-games in Storrs.



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