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The Friars will host the Hockey East Quarterfinals as the No. 4 seed in the league, hosting No. 5 Vermont. The series will be best-of-three games, and the winner will advance to the Hockey East Championship weekend. The Friars will open on Feb. 24 at 5:00 p.m., Feb. 25 at 2:00 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 2:00 p.m. if necessary.
Providence in the Hockey East Playoffs
The Friars have a 13-13 post-season record and remain the only Hockey East team to make eleven semifinal appearances. In the quarterfinals, Providence is 4-5-0 across seven appearances. Prior to the league changing the quarterfinals to be a best-of-three series, the Friars were 4-1. Providence has advanced to the semifinals from the quarterfinals four of seven appearances.
Scouting the Friars
Providence finished the regular season with a 16-15-3 overall record and 11-10-3 Hockey East mark. The Friars concluded the regular season with a weekend split against No. 6 Boston College. On Feb. 18, the Friars took down the Eagles, 4-1, with a three-point effort from Kathleen McHugh.
The Friars finished in fourth place in the league, tying with Vermont but since Providence won the series (1-0-2) they won the tie-breaker to host.
Last Time Out
The Friars split the weekend with No. 6 Boston College, defeating the Eagles 4-1 on Feb. 18 and falling 3-1 on Feb. 19.
On Feb. 18, Providence jumped out to an early lead, when Christina Putigna scored in the first 54 seconds of play. The combination of Putigna, Boquist and McHugh teamed up for another first period goal, taking the lead 2-0 in the first period The Friars piled on two more goals to finish the game, 4-1.
On Feb. 19, Providence outshot the Eagles 33-24, but three second period goals lifted the Eagles past the Friars. Providence stopped BC from scoring a power play goal, despite having the best power play in the nation. Brooke Boquist added a short-handed tally in the game.
The Rookies Lead
Kathleen McHugh’s three point effort against the Eagles earned her Hockey East Rookie of the Week honors, making her the fourth Friar rookie to do so. McHugh assisted on the Friars’ first goal on Feb. 18, and added two of her own, including the eventual game-winner.
Freshmen Against the League
At least one Friar Rookie ranks in the top 10 in league standings in five categories, excluding freshman scoring. Neve Van Pelt leads the league in face-off percentage at 63.3%. Avery Fransoo ranks fifth in blocked shots, and is the first freshman on the list (62). Whitney Dove is tied for tenth in assists scoring (18). Rachel Rockwell ranks eighth with in power play points (11).
In the freshman scoring category, Providence places four in the top-10, including three defensemen, the most of any team. Dove leads the Friar pack, followed by Meaghan Rickard (18), and then Rockwell and Fransoo.
D is For Dangle
In defensive scoring, Dove ranks second with 23 points, Kate Friesen is tied for fourth (20), and Fransoo and Rockwell are tied for ninth with 16 points. The Friars have four on the list, the most of any team in the league.
Providence Against the League
Providence has placed at least one person in the top-10 in the league in all scoring categories.
Boquist and Carels Lead the Way
Carels and Boquist have scored the fifth most goals in Hockey East (18). And are tied for eighth and ninth, respectively in points, with 33 and 31.
The 18th Goal Mark
Carels and Boquist have each scored18 goals in the 2016-17 season, making them the first to score 18 goals since Nicole Anderson in the 2012-13 season.
Friars vs. Catamounts in Playoffs
Providence has never faced Vermont in a playoff game. This will be the first post-season meeting between the two teams.
Vermont has a 2-5-0 record in the Hockey East Quarterfinals, advancing to the semifinals only once before (2014).
Scouting the Catamounts
Vermont enters the Hockey East Quarterfinals with a regular season record of 13-12-9 and 9-8-7 Hockey East record. In the Catamounts’ final weekend of play, they split with Merrimack, each game decided by one goal.
Vermont owns a 10.8% conversion rate on the power play and a 88.4% success rate on the penalty kill.
On the road, Vermont is 5-7-4 and 4-5-3 in Hockey East road games.
Who to Watch
The Catamounts are led by freshman Eve-Audrey Picard, with 24 points. Picard is the only Catamount to have at least 20 points, while seven Friars have at least 20 points.
All-Time Series with the Catamounts
The Friars hold the all-time series, 39-13-3. At Schneider Arena the Friars lead 19-6-1.
Friars vs. Catamounts in 2016-17
The Friars won the series against the Catamounts, 1-0-2. In their first meeting of the season, Providence won 5-2 (Nov. 12). Dove had a three point game with two goals and one assist. Ten different Friars recorded a point in the win. Since then the teams have entered a stalemate.
On Nov. 13 the teams skated to a 1-1 tie, Boquist scoring the Friars’ goal.
In the team’s meeting in Burlington, they tied 2-2. Van Pelt and Rickard scored for the Friars.
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