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The Friars play a home-and-home series with the Quinnipiac Bobcats this weekend. Friday night's game is at Schneider Arena at 7:00 p.m. Saturday's game is at High Point Solutions Arena in Hamden, Conn. at 4:00 p.m. This weekend is World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend and the Friars will be celebrating the occasion at Friday's home game.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars are off to a 2-0-0 start to the season and a 1-0-0 start in Hockey East. The last time the team started the season 2-0 was the 2009-10 season. Providence notched wins at Union (7-3) on Sept. 29 and home against Vermont (6-2) on Oct. 1. In each game, all of the Friars' goals were scored by different players. Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario) leads the team offensively. She has eight points, on two goals and six assists. Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba) each have three points. Boquist has two goals and an assist, while Friesen has a goal and two assists. Sophomore Whitney Dove (Port Moody, British Columbia), who was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 2, is the only other Friar with two goals. Of the 18 different skaters who have dressed so far this season, 16 have recorded at least a point.
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. In the Friars' opening weekend, Murphy and Lunny notched their first collegiate goals. Julien tallied her first career assist.
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.
Five Friar sophomores played in all 37 games last season as freshman. Meghan Rickard (Coventry, R.I.), 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.
Hockey East Award Winners
In the first week of the season, Whitney Dove was recognized as Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. She recorded two goals, two points and 13 shots on goal in Providence's opening weekend. Last season, 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.
Hockey East Preseason Poll
The Friars were picked to finish fourth in the Hockey East Preseason poll, which was released on Sept. 26. Providence received 41 points and was picked to finish behind Boston College (63), Northeastern (56) and Boston University (51).
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.
This season, the Friars have already had multiple defensemen score. Dove has two goals and Friesen has one through two games.
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 Bobcats
The Bobcats enter the weekend with a 1-1-0 record. Last weekend, Quinnipiac split the series at Maine. The Bobcats won 2-1 on Friday before falling 4-2 on Saturday. The team is averaging 2.0 goals per game, while allowing 2.5. They are 1/7 (14.3%) on the power-play and 4/4 (100%) on the penalty kill thus far. Quinnipiac is averaging 28.0 shots on goal per game and 2.5 penalties per game.
Who to Watch
The Bobcats have had four different goal scorers so far. Kate MacKenzie, Abby Cleary, Sarah-Cve Coutu-Godbout and Randi Marcon are the goal scorers. MacKenzie, Cleary and Coutu-Godbout also have an assist, bringing their point totals to two. Senior Taylar Cianfarano and junior Melissa Samoskevich each have two assists. Last season, Samoskevich and Cianfarano led the team with 29 and 26 points, respectively.
In net, sophomore Abbie Ives has played in both games for the Bobcats. She has totaled 95 minutes and 30 saves, while giving up two goals. Freshman Allison Small played 23 minutes, making six saves and allowing two goals.
All-Time Series with the Bobcats
The Friars hold a 6-0-0 all-time record against the Bobcats. The two teams have not met since the 2002-03 season.
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