Game Notes vs. Princeton
The Friars play two road games at Princeton this weekend. First, the teams face-off on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. The second game of the series is on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Both games will be played at Hobey Baker Arena.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars are off to a 4-2-0 start to the season and a 1-0-0 start in Hockey East. Last weekend, Providence split a road series at Syracuse, falling 2-1 on Friday and prevailing 3-2 in overtime on Saturday. Meaghan Rickard (Coventry, R.I.) was the hero on Satruday, scoring both the game-tying and game-winning goals. Freshman Maureen Murphy (Buffalo, N.Y.) scored the other goal in the win. Neve Van Pelt (Mitchell, Ontario), Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario) and Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario) earned assists on the goals. Friday’s goal was scored by Blair Parent (Blaine, Minn.) and assisted by both MacPherson and Rickard.
Junior Christina Putigna leads the team offensively. She has nine points, from two goals and seven assists. Rickard is second on the team with five points. MacPherson, Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba) each have four points. Boquist has three goals and an assist, Friesen has a goal and three assists and MacPherson has four assists. Of the 19 different skaters who have dressed so far this season, 17 have recorded at least a point. Within those 17 players, 14 have multiple points. Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) has played all six games in net, holds a .911 save percentage and a 1.84 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 four power play goals in 28 attempts for a conversion percentage of 14.3. Brooke Boquist has two of the four goals that the Friars have scored on the man advantage. On the penalty kill, the Friars have stymied 19/21 of their opponents’ chances. They currently hold a 90.5% success rate on the kill.
Putigna on the Leaderboards
Putigna is currently tied for second in Hockey East scoring. Her nine points in six games give her 1.50 points per game. She is also tied for first in Hockey East with seven assists. Nationally, Putigna is tied for ninth in points per game and seventh in assists per game (1.17).
Building Off Boquist
Brooke Boquist has scored in three out of the Friars’ six games so far this season. Not only is she tied for the team-lead 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 3.33 goals per game through the first six games. The team is currently seventh 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 10th in the nation in points per game for defensemen with 0.67. 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 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 Tigers
For the Tigers, this weekend’s series is their first of the season. They defeated team China in an exhibition, 3-0, on Oct. 16. Senior Morgan Sly scored two goals, while junior Karlie Lund notched two assists in the game. Princeton finished with a 20-10-3 overall record last year and a 14-6-2 mark in ECAC play. They fell to eventual-National Champion Clarkson in the ECAC Semifinal to end their season. As a team, they averaged 3.15 goals per game while allowing just 1.91. They held a power play percentage of 15.6 and a penalty kill percentage of 85.3.
Who to Watch
Karlie Lund is the Tigers’ biggest offensive threat. Last season she put up 44 points on 21 goals and 23 assists. She was a finalist for the ECAC Best Forward of the Year award last season. Three other Tigers put up 30+ point seasons in 2016-17. Molly Contini (12 goals, 19 assists) and Kelsey Koelzer (eight goals, 23 assists) each tallied 31 points. Carly Bullock scored 20 goals and had 10 assists for 30 points as well. In goal, Steph Neatby recorded a 12-5-1 record. She tallied four shutouts, held a goals against average of 1.52 and a save percentage of .950 in 19 games played.
All-Time Series with the Tigers
The Friars are 46-10-4 against the Tigers all time. Last season, the Friars dropped both contests against Princeton when they came to Schneider Arena for an October series.
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