Feb. 28, 2013
Providence, R.I. -
The Providence College women’s ice hockey team will travel to Durham, N.H. as the fifth seeded team to take on the New Hampshire Wildcats in the Hockey East quarterfinal match. The Friars will take on fourth seeded New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center for a 1:00 p.m puck drop on Saturday, March 2.
The Friars enter Saturday with a 14-15-5 overall record and a 8-10-3 Hockey East record. The Friars have been outscored by their opponents, 116-109 thus far on the season. Providence is averaging 3.21 goals per game while allowing 3.41. 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 15.0% conversion rating on the power-play and a 77.3% kill rating on the penalty kill. The Friars were 6-8-3 on the road during the regular season.
New Hampshire enters Saturday with a 14-15-4 overall record and an 10-8-3 record in Hockey East. Leading the Wildcats in scoring is senior Kristina Lavoie with 25 points on 11 goals and 14 assists. Lavoie notched three goals for her first hat trick of the season on Friday, Feb. 15 against Providence College. Sophomore Jenn Gilligan and freshman Vilma Vaattovaara have split the duties in net, with Gilligan playing as of late. Gilligan has an 10-4-3 record with a .913 save percentage and a 2.14 goals against average. This season, the Wildcats’ power-play has a conversion rating of 23.7%, while their penalty kill unit has killed off 85.0% of the penalties they have taken. The last time the Wildcats earned a playoff berth was during the 2011-12 season, where they fell in the quarterfinal round to Boston University, 9-1. New Hampshire last earned a spot in a Hockey East Semifinal game during the 2009-10 season, where it fell 4-0 to Boston University.
Providence and New Hampshire have met a total of 139 times with the Friars trailing the all-time series 48-77-14. The Wildcats took the regular season series with a 1-0-2 record against the Friars. The last time the two teams faced off the Friars and Wildcats skated to a 3-3 tie at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H. Linemates Brooke Simpson (Boxboro, Mass.) and Corinne Buie (Edina, Minn.) each tallied two points on a goal and an assist. Before the tie, Providence and New Hampshire met 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 12 points on five goals and seven assists in 12 career games against New Hampshire.
The Friars and Wildcats have faced off a total of five times in Women’s Hockey East playoff history. New Hampshire leads the playoff series with a 3-2-0 record. The last time the two teams saw one another in playoffs was during the 2009 Tournament, when the Wildcats bumped the Friars out after a 3-1 win in the semifinals at the Whittemore Center.
New Hampshire will have live streaming and play-by-play of Saturday’s game available to fans. The Wildcats 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: Play-By-Play
Live Game Stats: Game Stats
PC Twitter: @PCWHockey
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