March 7, 2013
Providence, R.I. -
The Providence College women’s ice hockey team will take on fourth-ranked and top-seeded Boston University on Saturday, March 9 in the Hockey East semifinals at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center in Hyannis, Mass. Puck drop is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. as the first semifinal game of the tournament. It is the Friars 11th consecutive Hockey East semifinal appearance since the inauguration of the league.
The Friars and Terriers have met once in Women’s Hockey East playoff history. The one playoff series match-up between the two took place in last season’s Hockey East Championship game, when the Friars fell 2-1 in double overtime. The Friars led the Terriers 1-0 and with less than 10 seconds remaining in regulation time Boston University notched the game-tying goal, sending it into overtime, where the Terriers took their second Hockey East Championship.
The Friars enter Saturday with a 15-15-5 overall record and an 8-10-3 Hockey East record. The Friars have been out-scored by their opponents, 120-114 thus far on the season. Providence is averaging 3.26 goals per game while allowing 3.43. The Friars have out-shot their opponents on the season and are averaging 30.5 shots on goal per game. The Friars’ special teams have a 15.3% conversion rating on the power-play and a 76.9% kill rating on the penalty kill.
Boston University enters Saturday with a 24-5-3 overall record and an 18-2-1 record in Hockey East. The Terriers have 11 players with at least 10 points on the season and four with 30 or more points. Leading the Terriers in scoring is junior Marie-Philip Poulin with 46 points on 15 goals and 31 assists. Seniors Jenelle Kohanchuk and Isabel Menard follow Poulin with 39 points apiece. Freshman Sarah Lefort rounds out the top-four point scorers for the Terriers with 37 points on 19 goals and 18 assists. Junior Kerrin Sperry has played the majority of minutes in net for Boston University, collecting a 20-4-3 record. In 1,583:50 minutes, Sperry has earned a .915 save percentage and a 2.20 goals against average. This season, the Terriers’ power-play has a conversion rating of 19.8%, while their penalty kill unit has killed off 84.6% of the penalties they have taken. Boston University enters the semifinal round as the top-seeded team after clinching the Hockey East Regular Season title. The Terriers defeated the Connecticut Huskies 5-1 on Saturday, March 2 to advance to the Hockey East semifinal round.
Providence and Boston University have met a total of 40 times with the Friars leading the all-time series 25-13-2. The Terriers swept the regular season series against the Friars with a 3-0-0 record. The two last played on Dec. 1, when the Friars fell 6-4 at the Walter Brown Arena. Senior Nicole Anderson (Jordan, Minn.) led the Friars with her second hat trick of the season. The day before, Nov. 30, the Friars fell 4-3 on home ice to the Terriers. Anderson leads the team in all-time scoring against the Terriers with nine points on six goals and three assists in 13 career games against Boston University. The Friars and Terriers are no strangers to Hyannis; the two went head-to-head in the championship game last season, where the Friars fell 2-1 in double overtime.
Hockey East will be providing live streaming and play-by-play of Saturday’s game through Pack Network. The Friars will also be providing fans with live play-by-play of the game by John Carchedi. 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
PC Live Play-by-play: John Carchedi play-by-play
Live Game Stats: Game Stats
PC Twitter: @PCWHockey
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