Game Notes vs. Boston College
The Friars continue a stretch of Hockey East play with a road game at Boston College this Friday (Nov. 3). Puck drop is set for 2:00 p.m. at Conte Forum.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars are off to a 6-2-2 start to the season and a 3-0-0 start in Hockey East. Last weekend, Providence swept #7 Northeastern. Saturday, the Friars won 2-1 at home and Sunday Providence was victorious on the road (6-4). Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario) and Maureen Murphy (Buffalo, N.Y.) each scored a goal in both wins. Additionally, Chloe Gonsalves (Toronto, Ontario), Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Madison Sansone (Lockport, N.Y.) scored in Sunday's win. Boquist scored twice, while Gonsalves tallied her first career goal. Several Friars notched multiple assists in Sunday's game. Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba) had a career-high three, while Rachel Rockwell (Broadview Heights, Ohio) and Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario) had two apiece.
Junior Christina Putigna leads the team offensively. She has 14 points, from five goals and nine assists. MacPherson is second on the team with nine points. Boquist (five goals, two assists) and Friesen (one goal, six assists) each have seven points. Dove leads the defensemen in scoring with three goals. Of the 19 different skaters who have dressed so far this season, 17 have recorded at least a point. Within those 17 players, 15 have multiple points. Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) has played all eight games in net, holds a .926 save percentage and a 1.97 goals against average.
Killing Off Penalties
So far this season, the Friars have been strong on the penalty kill. Providence has stymied 37/43 of their opponents' chances. They currently hold a 86.0% success rate on the kill and rank 15th nationally.
Putigna on the Leaderboards
Putigna is currently third in Hockey East point scoring. Her 14 points in eight games give her 1.40 points per game. She is also third in Hockey East assist scoring with nine. Nationally, Putigna is 15th in points per game and tied for 15th in assists per game (1.00).
Building Off Boquist
Brooke Boquist has scored five goals for the Friars so far this season. Not only is she tied for the team-lead in goals, but the team is 4-0-0 when she scores.
The Friars are off to a hot start in scoring. Providence has averaged 3.20 goals per game through the first 10 games. The team is currently 11th in the nation in scoring offense. Additionally, the Friars are tied for 9th in goals against, giving up just 2.00 goals per game.
Offense from the D
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. Whitney Dove has scored three goals. Kate Friesen leads the defense with seven points on a goal and six assists. Additionally, Avery Fransoo (North Battleford, Saskatchewan) has three points off of three 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.
On Oct. 30, Madison Myers was awarded Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. Two days later, she was named Hockey East Goaltender of the Month. Her weekly award came after a sweep over then-No. 7 Northeastern. During those games (Oct. 28 & 29) she recorded 78 saves. Her monthly award came after leading the Friars to a 6-2-2 start. Myers held a 1.97 goals against average (fourth in Hockey East) and a .926 save percentage (sixth in Hockey East) at the time of the award (Nov. 1).
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 (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. Against Quinnipiac (Oct. 6), Gonsalves grabbed her first career point with an assist. Her first career goal came at Northeastern on Oct. 29.
Scouting the Eagles
Most recently, the No. 2 Eagles picked up two Hockey East wins against Boston University (Oct. 28) and Maine (Oct. 29). In the 4-3 win over BU, freshman Daryl Watts scored two goals and senior Katie Burt made a career-high 43 saves. In Sunday's 7-2 victory, Watts turned in a four-point performance (two goals, two assists). Overall, the Eagles are averaging a nation-leading 4.14 goals per game and 2.14 goals against. They have a 25.8% (10/36) conversion rate on the power play and a 77.1 (21/32) penalty kill percentage.
Who to Watch
Freshman Daryl Watts leads the nation in nearly every scoring category and was recently named Hockey East Player of the Month. She has 10 goals (1st in NCAA), 11 assists (2nd in NCAA) and 21 points (1st in NCAA). Sophomore Caitrin Lonergan is not far behind Watts with 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists). She is ranked 2nd in the NCAA in point scoring and tied with Watts for second in assists per game (1.57). Junior Makenna Newkirk is the third Eagle in double-digit point scoring (11). She has three goals and eight assists so far through seven games. In net, Katie Burt holds a 2.12 goals against average and a .929 save percentage.
All-Time Series with the Eagles
The Friars are 51-32-3 all-time against the Eagles. Last season, Boston College won two of the teams' three meetings. On Feb. 18. 2017, the Friars snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Eagles. The streak dated back to the 2011-12 season.
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.
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).
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