Women's Hockey Opens Season With Exhibition Game

Cassidy Carels returns as the top goal scorer
Sept. 25, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -

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AT PROVIDENCE

  • The Friars will take on the Montreal Stars of the CWHL for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Schneider Arena.

The Start of the season

  • The Friars start their 2014-15 season with an exhibition game against the Montreal Stars of the CWHL.
  • The contest will be the first meeting between the two teams.

scouting the stars

  • The Stars fell short of reaching the Clarkson Cup final (CWHL Championship) in 2014, losing to the Toronto Fluries, 2-1, in a shootout. 
  • Montreal returns of a number of national players to the team following the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Team Canada players Charline Labonté and Caroline Ouellette come back to the team. The team's top 2013 draft pick, Olympic gold medalist Lauriane Rougeau, will make her Stars debut and Julie Chu will join the team following a silver medal with the United States.
  • In two seasons, Ann-Sophie Bettez stands as one of the team's most prolific scorers. The 2013 scoring champion and rookie of the year was the leader of the Montreal offense last season. In 2013 she led the CWHL in points with 40 goals 16 assists and a +23 rating. Bettez also had seven game-winning goals. Sarah Vaillancourt and Vanessa Davidson finished second and third in league scoring with 35 and 31 points, respectively.

2013-14 review

  • The Providence College women's ice hockey team finished the season with a 11-24-0 overall record and a 6-15-0 mark in Hockey East, placing seventh in the conference.
  • The Friars took on Boston University in the quarterfinal round of the Hockey East playoffs, where Providence dropped a 3-2 decision to the eventual Hockey East Champions.
  • Junior goaltender Sarah Bryant made her first postseason appearance in net for the Friars, making 19 saves against the Terriers.
  • Senior Haley Frade was awarded with the Hockey East Sportsmanship Award. As Providence's 2013-14 point-leader, Frade finished the season with three penalties overall and one in conference play. The junior forward notched 25 points on seven goals and a team-best 18 assists.
  • Sophomore Cassidy Carels was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team after posting 21 points (14g, 7a), third-best on the team.
  • Carels' team-best 14 goals put her tied eighth among Hockey East players, she is one of 24 Friar rookies to have scored 14 or more goals during their campaign. The last Friar freshman to notch 14 or more goals was Laura Veharanta `12, as she was a unanimous selection to the All-Rookie Team with 16 goals during the 2008-09 season. Carels becomes the 11th Friar to be named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team.
  • Graduated senior Corinne Buie hit the 100-point plateau (44g, 56a) in her 128th career game, becoming the 33rd Friar to reach the 100-point mark. Ashley Cottrell `12 was the last Friar to do so.
  • Buie finished the season with 24 points (7g, 17a) to rank second on the team in scoring. Buie was the first Friar to post 24-plus point totals each of her four years at Providence since Sonny Watrous `07.
  • Providence posted two wins over ranked opponents during the season, its first came after a career-best performance from Bryant, who posted 47 saves against No. 10 Mercyhurst (10/13). The last time a Providence goaltender made 40+ saves was on March 4, 2012 when Genevieve Lacasse  `12 made 48 saves against Boston University.
  • The Friars' second ranked victory came against ninth-ranked Boston University (1/17), when Providence posted a come-from-behind  4-3 win on the back of Carels' four-point performance. For her efforts, Carels was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week.
  • Head Coach Bob Deraney captured the record for most wins as a Providence Coach (265) on Nov. 24 after a 4-2 win over Maine.
  • The Friars 3-2 overtime win against Brown on Nov. 30 gave Providence it's seventh Mayor's Cup victory.
  • The Friars held Connecticut to eight shots on goal (Jan. 26), including zero shots on goal during the third period of play. It marked the first time the Friars held their opponent to eight or fewer shots on goal since Feb. 14, 2003.

RETURNING FRIAR FORWARDS

  • Providence returns eight forwards from the 2013-14 roster, including Hockey East All-Rookie selection, Cassidy Carels.
  • Carels led the Friars in goals scored with 14. She also was a three-time Hockey East Rookie of the Week and a three-time Hockey East Top Performer. Carels also recorded seven assists to round out her point total at 21.
  • Beth Hanrahan also returns, finishing last season second on the team in  goals (10). Hanrahan was named Team MVP at the Friars' annual end of the year banquet. For the season, Hanrahan finished with 20 points on 10 goals and 10 assists.
  • Haley Frade is the returning point leader from last season. The senior scored seven goals and tallied 18 assists for 25 points. Frade earned two HE Top-Performer honors in 2013-14.
  • Seniors Allison Micheletti and Brooke Simpson also are returning. Micheletti tallied nine points last year on six goals and three assists. Simpson tallied 11 points, all on assists.
  • Juniors Courtney Kukowski and Britttney Thunstrom return. Kukowski recorded three goals and three assists for six points last season, while Thunstrom posted two goals and seven assists for nine points.
  • Graduate student Stephanie Demars rounds out the returners with three goals and two assists last year for five points.

RETURNING FRIAR DEFENDERS

  • Providence returns its top defenseman scorer last year, Lexi Romanchuk. The junior tallied 17 points last season on four goals and 13 assists.
  • Liv Halvorson and Victoria Virtue also recored points last year. Halvorson posted one goal and five assists for six points. Virtue registered two goals and one assist for three points.
  • Arianna Reid returns for Providence with 32 games played under her belt.

RETURNING NETMINDERS

  • The Friars return two goaltenders from last season.
  • The experienced Sarah Bryant returns for her junior season. Last year she appeared in 32 games, recording a 11-20-0 record. In 1831:05 minutes she put together a 2.85 goals-against average.
  • Fellow junior Allie Morse saw action in two games last season, posting a 0-1-0 record and a 2.63 GAA.

FRIAR NEWCOMERS

  • A total of five rookies will join the Friars for the 2014-15 season, including three freshmen and two sophomores.
  • Freshmen Blair Parent, Brooke Boquist and Madison Sansone all look to see time at the forward position.
  • Boquist played 149 career games for Shattuck St. Mary's where she collected 138 points. Boquist helped her team capture the national championship in 2013 and go back to the national final in 2014. She also played with Thunder Bay Queens for three seasons prior to playing with Shattuck.
  • Parent was an All-Conference selection at Anoka High School as well as an All-State selectee. She collected 145 points in four seasons while captaining her hockey team for two seasons. Parent helped her squad capture the conference championship and section runner-ups.
  • Sansone scored 27 points in 24 games at Nichols School during her senior year. At her time there she guided Nichols to three league championships. Sansone also was a USA Hockey National Camp participant in 2012 and 2013.
  • Defensemen Lauren Klein and goalie Alanna Serviss are the transfers among the newcomers.
  • Klein played the 2013-14 season with a RIT team that went 20-15-3. She appeared in 38 games, scoring five points on four assists and one goal.
  • Serviss spent the last six seasons with the Chicago Young Americans helping the team reach the state finals in five straight seasons (2009-13). At Luther North High School she was named Most Valuable Player all four seasons and earned First Team All-State during her junior and senior seasons (2011 and 2012).

WHEA PRESEASON POLL

  • The Friars landed fifth in the Women's Hockey East Preseason Coaches' Poll.
  • Boston University was first with 53 points, followed by Boston College (51), Northeastern (44) and Vermont (40).

 


 

 

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