The Friars travel to Union College for the first regular season match-up. Puck drop is set for 6:00 p.m. at Messa Rink on Sept. 29. Providence hosts the University of Vermont in the first Hockey East game of the season on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2:00 p.m.
Exhibition vs. Laurentian
On Saturday, Sept. 23 the Friars hosted Laurentian University for an exhibition. Providence prevailed with a 3-2 victory. Meaghan Rickard (Coventry, R.I.), Maureen Murphy (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Blair Parent (Anoka, Minn.) notched the Friars’ goals, all at even strength. Parent, Rickard, Whitney Dove (Port Moody, British Columbia) and Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario) earned assists in the game. In net, Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) made ten saves in the win.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars return nine of their top-ten scorers from 2016-17. Cassidy Carels, the team’s leading scorer, graduated after finishing with 37 points in her final season. Senior captain Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario) is the leading-returner. She tallied 18 goals and 14 assists for 32 points last season. Junior Christina Putinga (Grimsby, Ontario) scored nine goals and recorded 19 assists en route to a 28 point season. Whitney Dove, named Hockey East Rookie of the Year last season, returns for her sophomore year. The defenseman recorded five goals and 17 assists for 22 points. In net, Madison Myers returns for the Friars. She played in 27 games, posted a goals against average of 2.85 and held a .899 save percentage.
The Friars finished the 2016-17 season with a 17-17-3 overall record. In Hockey East, Providence finished in fourth place, with an 11-10-3 record. The Friars hosted the best-of-three Hockey East Quarterfinals against Vermont, eventually falling in three games. It marked the team’s first time hosting a playoff series since the 2011-12 season. During the season, Bob Deraney reached the 300 win-mark and also became the winningest coach in Hockey East with his 155th win against Merrimack on Feb. 12. A highlight of the season came on Senior Day, when the Friars defeated then-ranked No. 6 Boston College, 4-1. The Friars earned 17 wins for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
The Friars welcome seven newcomers to the 2017-18 roster. The three new forwards are Maureen Murphy, Camryn Tait (Toronto, Ontario) and Hayley Lunny (Bedford, N.Y.). Giana Savastano (Mapleville, R.I.), Ariane Julien (Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec) and Chloe Gonsalves (Toronto, Ontario) join the Friars’ defensive unit. Sandra Abstreiter (Erding, Germany) rounds out the freshman class and is a goaltender.
Five Friar sophomores played in all 37 games last season as freshman. Meghan Rickard, Rachel Rockwell (Broadview Heights, Ohio), Avery Fransoo (North Battleford, Saskatchewan), Kathleen McHugh (Billerica, Mass.) and Neve Van Pelt (Mitchell, Ontario) did not miss a single game in 2016-17. Combined with Dove, who only missed one game, the sophomore class brings a wealth of experience into this season. These six Friars combined for 27 goals and 71 assists.
2016-17 Hockey East Award Winners
In 2016-17, the Friars had two players win Hockey East awards. Cassidy Carels was honored with the league’s Sportsmanship Award, while Whitney Dove was a unanimous selection to the Pro-Ambitions All-Rookie Team. She was also named the Hockey East Rookie of the Year and became the first defenseman in league history to win the award.
D is For Dangle
Three of Providence’s defenseman finished in the top-10 for defenseman scoring in Hockey East last season. Kate Friesen finished second with 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists). Whitney Dove tied for third with 23 points (five goals, 18 assists). Lastly, Rachel Rockwell ended the 2016-17 campaign tied for seventh with 19 points (five goals, 14 assists). New Hampshire was the only other team to have three players on the list.
Providence Against Hockey East
In 2016-17, Providence placed at least one person in the top-10 in the league in all scoring categories.
Boquist and Carels Led the Way
Carels and Boquist scored the fifth most goals in Hockey East (18) last season. They ended in ninth and 14th, with 37 and 32 points, respectively.
The 18th Goal Mark
Carels and Boquist each scored18 goals in the 2016-17 season, making them the first to score 18 goals since Nicole Anderson in the 2012-13 season.
It also marks the first time since the 2005-06 season that two players have tallied at least 18 points, with Karen Thatcher (18) and Kristin Gigliotti (19).
Scouting the Dutchwomen
In 2016-17, the Dutchwomen ended with an overall record of 5-28-1. The team averaged 1.1 goals per game and allowed 3.3 goals per game. Union converted on 11.3% of its power plays and held a penalty kill percentage of 82.1%. The Dutchwomen played an exhibition against the Barrie Sharks of the PWHL on Saturday, Sept. 23. Freshman Sierra Lee scored two goals and sophomore Katelynn Russ notched the game-winner in the 3-2 victory.
Who to Watch
Last season, four different players registered 11 points for the Dutchwomen. Haley Shugart led the way with seven goals and four assists. Cheyenne Harris tallied four goals and seven assists for 11 points. Harris and Caitlyn McLaren tied for the team-lead in assists with seven apiece. All three players return for the 2017-18 season.
In net, Kate Spooner returns for the Dutchwomen. She played 26 games, earning 23 starts last season. She recorded a 2.85 goals against average and a .919 save percentage en route to a 5-17 record.
All-Time Series with the Dutchwomen
The Friars hold a 6-1-1 all-time record against the Dutchwomen.
Scouting the Catamounts
In 2016-17, the Catamounts ended with an overall record of 15-14-9. They finished fifth in Hockey East play with a 9-8-7 record. After defeating Providence in the quarterfinal series, they reached the Hockey East Semifinal and fell to #6 Boston College, 4-3 in double overtime. The team averaged 2.5 goals per game and allowed 2.4 goals per game. Vermont converted on 14.6% of its power plays and held a penalty kill percentage of 85.7%.
Who to Watch
Last season, Eve-Audrey Picard led the Catamounts with 31 points on 16 goals and 15 assists. She returns for her sophomore season. Junior Alyssa Gorecki notched 13 goals and 12 assists last season. Saana Valkama was Vermont’s leader in assists, with 17. She returns for her junior season.
In net, UVM lost starter Madison Litchfield, who played 24 games last season. The Catamounts played three different goaltenders in their Sept. 24 scrimmage against Montreal. Junior Melissa Black brings the most experience, having played 14 games in 2016-17.
All-Time Series with the Catamounts
The Friars hold a 30-15-3 record against the Catamounts. Last season, the teams met six times, battling to a 2-2-2 record.
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