Game Notes vs. UNH
The Friars welcome the University of New Hampshire Wildcats for a mid-week Hockey East contest. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 22.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars are currently 8-3-3 overall and 5-1-1 in Hockey East. Last weekend, Providence earned a decisive sweep for Merrimack with 4-1 and 5-0 wins. Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario) led the team with a four-point weekend. In each game, she tallied a goal and an assist. Madison Sansone (Lockport, N.Y.) also had a big weekend with four points, including three on Saturday night. Additionally, Maureen Murphy (Buffalo, N.Y.) continued her hot streak, scoring in both games for the Friars.
Junior Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario) leads the team offensively. She has 15 points, from six goals and nine assists. MacPherson (two goals, 10 assists) is right behind her. Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba) has three goals and eight assists for 11 points. Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) has played 13 games in net, holds a .918 save percentage and a 2.12 goals against average.
Friars in the Polls
The Friars are ranked in both the USCHO.com and USA Hockey polls for the fourth-consecutive week. This week, the team was picked 10th in both polls. It is the second-consecutive week at No. 10. Providence entered the both polls on Oct. 30/31 at No. 9.
Murphy Making an Impact
Freshman Maureen Murphy has made an immediate impact for the Friars in her first season. She is the team leader in goals scored with eight. The forward has scored six goals in the Friars’ last six games. She posted her first multi-goal game at Maine on Nov. 10.
Cassidy MacPherson is the Friars’ leader in assists through 14 games. She has ten assists, which has her tied for sixth best in Hockey East. Her most recent assist on Saturday (Nov. 18) allowed her to hit the 50-point mark in her career.
Putigna on the Leaderboards
Putigna is currently eighth in Hockey East point scoring (15). She is tied for 10th in Hockey East goals scored (six) and eighth in assists (nine).
Providence has averaged 3.36 goals per game through the first 14 games. The team is currently 11th in the nation in scoring offense.
The Friars are currently tied for 11th in the nation in scoring defense (2.14 goals allowed/game). One of the teams they are tied with is New Hampshire, who comes to town this week.
Offense from the D
The Friars have had excellent offensive production from their defensemen so far this season. Whitney Dove has scored four goals. Kate Friesen leads the defense with 11 points on three goals and eight assists. Additionally, Avery Fransoo has eight points off of eight assists.
Madison Myers has been excellent in net for the Friars so far this season. She holds a 7-3-3 record, a 2.12 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. She is third in Hockey East and 17th nationally in winning percentage (.654).
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.
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).
Most recently (Nov. 20), Maureen Murphy was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week. The award came following a weekend sweep against Merrimack, in which the rookie scored two goals and tallied one assist for three points.
Scouting the Wildcats
The Wildcats stand at 6-3-5 overall and 4-1-3 in Hockey East. UNH is tied for second place in Hockey East with both Providence and Northeastern (11 points). Most recently, UNH played to conecutive 1-1 ties at RPI. The team averages 2.93 goals per game and only allows 2.14 goals per game. The Wildcats are strong on the power play, converting at 22.7 percent, which is good for second-best in Hockey East.
Who to Watch
Four different Wildcats lead the team with 11 points. Meghara McManus, Julia Fedeski and Carlee Turner each have five goals and six assists. All five of Fedeski’s goals have come on the power play. Taylor Wenczkowski is the other 11-point scorer with four goals and seven assists. Amy Schlagel and Devan Taylor are the other Wildcats with a team-leading five goals. Sophomore Tori Howran leads the team in assists with eight. In net, freshman Ava Boutillier holds a 6-3-5 record, a 1.94 goals against average and a .934 save percentage.
All-Time Series with the Wildcats
The Wildcats lead the all-time series 83-56-13. In Providence, the Wildcats only hold a slight edge, with a 29-28-5 record. Last season, the Wildcats won the series 2-1.
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.
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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