Game Notes vs. Maine
The Friars continue a stretch of Hockey East play with a road game at Maine this Friday (Nov. 10). Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. at Alfond Arena.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars are off to a 6-3-2 start to the season and a 3-1-0 start in Hockey East. Last weekend, #2 Boston College snapped a five-game unbeaten streak for the Friars. The Eagles won 7-4 on Nov. 3 at Conte Forum. Four different Friars scored in the loss including Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario), Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba), Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Madison Sansone (Lockport, N.Y.). Boquist led the team in points with a goal and assist. Putigna’s goal helped her extend her point streak to six games.
Junior Christina Putigna leads the team offensively. She has 15 points, from six goals and nine assists. Cassidy MacPherson (two goals, seven assists) and Brooke Boquist (six goals, three assists) are second on the team with nine points. Friesen has two goals and six assists for eight points. Of the 20 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 11 games in net, holds a .914 save percentage and a 2.34 goals against average.
Putigna on the Leaderboards
Putigna is currently fourth in Hockey East point scoring. Her 15 points in 11 games give her 1.36 points per game. She is also tied for fifth in Hockey East in assists with nine. Nationally, Putigna is 14th in points per game and 22nd in assists per game (0.82).
Building Off Boquist
Brooke Boquist has scored six goals for the Friars so far this season. Not only is she tied for the team-lead in goals, but the team is 4-1-0 when she scores.
The Friars are off to a hot start in scoring. Providence has averaged 3.27 goals per game through the first 11 games. The team is currently 11th in the nation in scoring offense.
Offense from the D
The Friars have had excellent offensive production from their defensemen so far this season. Whitney Dove has scored three goals. Kate Friesen leads the defense with eight points on two goals and six assists. Additionally, Avery Fransoo (North Battleford, Saskatchewan) has five points off of five assists.
Madison Myers has been excellent in net for the Friars so far this season. She holds a 6-3-2 record, a 2.34 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. She ranks third in Hockey East and 18th nationally in winning percentage (.636).
Killing Off Penalties
So far this season, the Friars have been strong on the penalty kill. Providence has stymied 39/47 of their opponents’ chances. They currently hold a 83.0% success rate on the kill and rank third in Hockey East.
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 Black Bears
Most recently, the 7-5-0 Black Bears edged the Northeastern Huskies, 4-2 (Nov. 7). Tuesday’s victory came following a weekend split at Dartmouth (3-0 loss on Nov. 4 and 7-2 win on Nov. 5). Senior Catherine Tufts scored two goals in the victory over the Huskies while Sophomore Tereza Vanisova picked up two assists. In the seven goal explosion on Saturday, Vanisova had a team-high four points on a goal and three assists. Brooke Stacey was the only Black Bear to score twice. One of the Maine’s biggest results so far this season came on Sept. 30 against then-No. 9 Quinnipiac (4-2 win). The Black Bears defeated a second top-10 opponent on Oct. 14 by beating then-No. 10 Robert Morris, 5-2.
Who to Watch
Tereza Vanisova leads the team in both assists and points. She has 17 total points on four goals and 13 assists. Senior Brooke Stacey leads the team in goals with five. She also has four assists to give her nine points. Freshman Michelle Weis also has nine points, on two goals and seven assists. In net, sophomore Carly Jackson has played 10 games. She holds a 2.16 goals against average, a .911 save percentage and a 5-4-0 record.
All-Time Series with the Black Bears
The Friars are 43-8-9 all-time against Maine. Last season, Providence won all three meetings between the two teams.
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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