Feb. 22, 2013
Providence, R.I. -
The Providence College women’s ice hockey team will close out its regular season play with a home-and-home series against Northeastern. The Friars will play host to the Huskies on Saturday, Feb. 23 for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop. On Sunday, Feb. 24 Providence will travel to Boston, Mass. for a 4:00 p.m. puck drop at Matthews Arena.
The Friars enter Saturday with a 14-13-5 overall record and a 8-8-3 Hockey East record. The Friars have been outscored by their opponents, 107-105 thus far on the season. Providence is averaging 3.28 goals per game while allowing 3.34. The Friars have outshot their opponents on the season and are averaging 30.1 shots on goal per game. The Friars’ special teams have a 15.1% conversion rating on the power-play and a 77.2% kill rating on the penalty kill. The Friars are currently 8-6-2 at Schneider Arena this season.
Northeastern enters Saturday with an 19-10-2 overall record and a 11-7-1 Hockey East record. Northeastern has 21 players notching points thus far on the season. Six of those 21 have tallied 20 or more points on the season. Leading the Husky offense is sophomore Kendall Coyne with 58 points (34g. 24a.), ranking her second in Hockey East. Following Coyne are seniors Casey Pickett with 37 points (17g. 20a.) and Rachel Llanes with 34 points (11g. 23a.). Sophomore Chloe Desjardins has played in net for 28 of 31 games this season. In 1,586:53 minutes of work Desjardins has made 705 saves for a .910 save percentage and a 2.65 goals against average. In 28 games Desjardins has collected a 17-8-2 record. Northeastern has outscored its opponents 118-84 thus far on the season. The Huskies have earned the top ranked penalty kill in Hockey East with a 85.2% kill rating. Northeastern’s power-play ranks second in Hockey East with a 24.6% conversion rating. The Huskies are on a five game winning streak going into Saturday’s game.
Providence and Northeastern have met a total of 113 times in the history of the two programs. Providence leads the all-time series 59-43-11. The last time the two teams faced off was on Sunday, Jan. 20 in what was the highest scoring game in the history of Hockey East. The Friars fell 8-7 in the match-up, with Providence outshooting the Huskies 32-31 in the loss. Freshman Molly Illikainen (Grand Rapids, Minn.) tallied a career high four point game on two goals and two assists. In the last ten games Northeastern leads the Friars 5-4-1. Three of the four Friar wins were on the road. Junior Rebecca Morse (Westfield, N.J.) leads the Friars in all-time scoring against the Huskies with six points on two goals and four assists.
Providence will have live streaming available to fans through CBSsports.com. To go along with the live feed there will be live play-by-play provided by John Carchedi. The Friars will also be providing fans with live stats of the game. To access the live feed and 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
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