Game Notes vs. Merrimack
The Friars are set for a home-and-home series with the Merrimack College Warriors this weekend. On Friday night, puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. at Lawler Rink in North Andover, Mass. Saturday’s game is also at 7:00 p.m., but in Providence at Schneider Arena.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars are currently 6-3-3 overall and 3-1-1 in Hockey East. Last weekend, Providence played to a 2-2 tie at Maine. Maureen Murphy (Buffalo, N.Y.) scored both goals in the draw. She has now scored in three of the Friars’ last four games. Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario) picked up assists from the front, while Rachel Rockwell (Broadview Heights, Ohio) and Avery Fransoo (North Battleford, Saskatchewan) earned points from the blue line.
Junior Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario) leads the team offensively. She has 15 points, from six goals and nine assists. Cassidy MacPherson (two goals, eight assists) and Brooke Boquist (six goals, four assists) are second on the team with 10 points. Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba) has two goals and six assists for eight points. Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) has played all 12 games in net, holds a .913 save percentage and a 2.30 goals against average.
Friars in the Polls
The Friars are ranked in both the USCHO.com and USA Hockey polls for the third-consecutive week. This week, the team was picked 10th in both polls. Providence entered the both polls on Oct. 30/31 at No. 9.
Putigna on the Leaderboards
Putigna is currently tied for fifth in Hockey East point scoring. Her 15 points in 12 games give her 1.25 points per game. She is also tied for sixth in Hockey East in assists with nine. Nationally, Putigna is 19th in points per game and tied for 23rd in assists per game (0.75).
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 3.17 goals per game through the first 12 games. The team is currently 12th 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 has six points off of six assists.
Madison Myers has been excellent in net for the Friars so far this season. She holds a 6-3-3 record, a 2.30 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. She is tied for second in Hockey East and 13th nationally in winning percentage (.625).
Murphy Making an Impact
Freshman Maureen Murphy has made an immediate impact for the Friars in her first season. She is tied for the team lead in goals scored with six. The forward has scored in three of the Friars’ last three contests. She posted her first multi-goal game at Maine on Nov. 10.
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).
Scouting the Warriors
The Warriors enter the weekend with a 4-8-3 overall record and a 1-4-2 mark in league play. Most recently, Merrimack lost to (2-0) and tied (1-1) the Northeastern Huskies. Mikyla Grant-Mentis scored the Warriors’ lone goal of the weekend. Season highlights for Merrimack include a 4-3 road win at then-No. 3 Minnesota and a 0-0 home tie against then-No. 4 St. Lawrence. The team averages 1.47 goals per game and 26.6 shots on goal per game.
Who to Watch
Junior Katelyn Rae leads the Warriors with eight points (five goals, three assists. Classmates Paige Voight and Jessica Bonfe are also offensive threats for Merrimack. Voight leads the team in assists with five, while Bonfe has four goals. In net, the Warriors play both Samantha Ridgewell and Lea-Kristine Demers. Ridgewell is 1-6-1 with a .930 save percentage and a 2.13 goals against average. Demers is 3-2-2 with a 1.82 GAA and .938 save percentage.
All-Time Series with the Warriors
The Friars are 5-0-1 all-time against the Warriors. This is the third season the two teams have met. Last year, the Friars won all three meetings against Merrimack.
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.
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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