PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women’s hockey team claimed two major Hockey East end-of-year awards and placed three on the Honorable Mention All Star Team. Whitney Dove (Port Moody, British Columbia) was named the Hockey East Rookie of the Year and Head Coach Bob Deraney was named Coach of the Year. Dove, Cassidy Carels (Bruxelles, Manitoba), and Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba) were named to the All Star Honorable Mention team.
Dove, who was a unanimous selection to the Pro-Ambitions All-Rookie Team (March 1), was named the Hockey East Rookie of the Year. Dove is the third Friar to be named the Hockey East Rookie of the Year and the first defenseman to do so. Genevieve Lacasse claimed the honor in 2008-09 and Sonny Watrous before her (2003-04).
Dove recorded the fifth-most points on the team with 23. The freshman defender scored five goals, with three serving as game-winning marks. She added 18 assists and tied for the third- most points by a defenseman in the league. The Friars were 4-0 when Dove scored a goal. Dove recorded six multi-point games. She tallied five assists in one weekend against Boston University (Jan. 21 & 22), earning her Hockey East Rookie of the Week.
Bob Deraney was named Hockey East Coach of the Year for the third time in during his tenure at Providence. Deraney won consecutive Coach of the Year nods in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. With 156 Hockey East regular season wins, Deraney has become the winningest Hockey East coach. He took the crown with the 4-3 overtime win at Merrimack on Feb. 12. Deraney guided the Friars to a 17-win season, the first time the Friars hit the 17-win mark since the 2010-11 season. The Friars also secured home-ice for the Hockey East Quarterfinals for the first time since the 2011-12 season by finishing in fourth place in the league.
Providence placed three Friars on the Hockey East All Star Honorable Mention Team. Dove, Carels and Friesen each earned a spot on the team.
Carels, who was awarded the Sportsmanship Award (March 1) tallied 37 points in her senior campaign. She finished the season with a +14 rating and added nine multi-point games. She registered 18 goals and 19 assists as a captain of the team, leading the Friars for the second consecutive season.
Friesen finished second in scoring among defensemen in the league, with 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points. The sophomore defender played in all 37 games for the Friars and completed the season with a +15 rating, the highest on the team. She tallied two game-winning goals and five multi-point games. Friesen finished the season with a three-game goal streak and tallied five points. The defender finished fourth in points among her teammates.
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