Game Notes vs. Syracuse
The Friars play two road games at Syracuse this weekend. First, the teams face-off on Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. The second game of the series is on Saturday, also at 3:00 p.m. Both games will be played at Tennity Ice Pavilion.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars are off to a 3-1-0 start to the season and a 1-0-0 start in Hockey East. The last time the team started the season 3-1 was the 2010-11 season. Last weekend, Providence split a home-and-home series with Quinnipiac, topping the Bobcats 3-1 at home and falling 1-0 on the road. Emily Landry (Orangeville, Ontario), Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Madison Sansone had the goals for the Friars in Friday night’s win. Chloe Gonsalves (Toronto, Ontario) notched her first career assist, while senior captain Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba) tallied her third assist of the season.
Junior Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario) leads the team offensively. She has eight points, from two goals and six assists during opening weekend. Boquist and Friesen each have four points. Boquist has three goals and an assist, while Friesen has a goal and three assists. Sansone and sophomore Whitney Dove (Port Moody, British Columbia), who was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 2, are the only other Friars with multiple goals (two). Of the 19 different skaters who have dressed so far this season, 17 have recorded at least a point. Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) has played all four games in net, holds a .907 save percentage and a 1.77 goals against average.
Special Teams’ Strengths
So far this season, the Friars have been strong on the power play and the penalty kill. Providence has tallied three power play goals in 16 attempts for a conversion percentage of 18.8. Boquist has two of the three goals that the Friars have scored on the man advantage. On the penalty kill, the Friars have stymied 12/13 of their opponents’ chances. They currently hold a 92.3% success rate on the kill.
Putigna on Top
Putigna currently leads Hockey East in scoring. Her eight points are more than anyone else around the league. She is tied for fifth nationally in points per game with 2.00. Additionally, she is tied for third in assists per game with 1.50.
Building Off Boquist
Brooke Boquist has scored in three out of the Friars’ four games so far this season. Not only does she lead the team in goals, but the team is 3-0-0 when she scores.
The Friars are off to a hot start in scoring. Providence has averaged 4.00 goals per game through the first four games. The team is currently tied for first in the nation in scoring offense.
D is For Dangle
The Friars have had excellent offensive production from their defensemen so far this season. All six players who have dressed on defense have recorded at least a point. Friesen leads the defense with four points on a goal and three assists. She is tied for third in the nation in points per game for defensemen with 1.0. Avery Fransoo (North Battleford, Saskatchewan) has three points off of three assists and Whitney Dove (Port Moody, British Columbia) has scored two goals for the Friars this season. The defensemen for the Friars have accounted for 13 of the team’s 40 points through four games.
The Friars welcome seven newcomers to the 2017-18 roster. The three new forwards are Maureen Murphy (Buffalo, N.Y.), Camryn Tait (Toronto, Ontario) and Hayley Lunny (Bedford, N.Y.). Giana Savastano (Mapleville, R.I.), Ariane Julien (Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec) and Chloe Gonsalves 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. Against Quinnipiac on Oct. 6, Gonsalves grabbed her first career point with an 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, 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).
Scouting the Orange
The Orange enter the weekend with a 0-3-1 record. Last weekend, Syracuse dropped both games to No. 1 Wisconsin at home. Syracuse fell 1-0 on Friday night and 5-2 on Saturday afternoon. The team is averaging 0.5 goals per game, while allowing 2.75. They are 1/13 (7.7%) on the power-play and 18/20 (90%) on the penalty kill thus far. Syracuse is averaging 24.2 shots on goal per game and 5.2 penalties per game.
Who to Watch
Sophomore Kelli Rowswell and freshman Emma Polaski are the two players who have scored for the Orange so far this year. They each have one goal, while four different players for the Orange have one assist. Current senior Stephanie Grossi was the team’s leading scorer last season with 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points. Classmate Emily Costales was second in line with nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points. Senior Abbey Miller has played all four games in net, recording 132 saves for a .923 save percentage. She also holds one shutout.
All-Time Series with the Orange
The Friars are 2-3-1 against the Orange all-time. The two teams last met in the 2015-16 season and the Orange defeated the Friars 4-0.
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