Game Notes vs. Cornell
The Friars return to non-conference play with a weekend series against the Cornell Big Red. Puck drop is set for 2:00 p.m. on both Saturday, Nov. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 26.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars are currently 9-3-3 overall and 6-1-1 in Hockey East. On Wednesday, the Friars earned a 3-0 win over New Hampshire, for their second-consecutive shutout. Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario), Blair Parent (Blaine, Minn.) and Maureen Murphy (Buffalo, N.Y.) scored in the win. Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario) picked up two assists to push her team-leading total to 12.
Putigna and MacPherson lead the team offensively with 16 points apiece. Putigna has seven goals and nine assists while MacPherson has four goals and 12 assists. Murphy, who has scored seven goals in the last seven games, leads the team in goals with nine. Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba) each have 11 points as well. Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) has played 14 games in net, holds a .924 save percentage and a 1.97 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 nine. The forward has scored seven goals in the Friars’ last seven games. She posted her first multi-goal game at Maine on Nov. 10.
Cassidy MacPherson is the Friars’ leader in assists through 15 games. She has 12 assists, which is good for fifth best in Hockey East. She is 21st nationally in assists per game (0.80).
Putigna on the Leaderboards
Putigna is currently tied with MacPherson for eighth in Hockey East point scoring (16). She is tied for eighth in Hockey East goals scored (seven) and eighth in assists (nine).
Providence has averaged 3.33 goals per game through the first 15 games. The team is currently 10th in the nation in scoring offense.
The Friars are currently tied for 8th in the nation in scoring defense (2.00 goals allowed/game).
Offense from the D
The Friars have had excellent offensive production from their defensemen so far this season. Whitney Dove (Port Moody, British Columbia) 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 8-3-3 record, a 1.97 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. She is second in Hockey East and 11th nationally in GAA (1.97).
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 Big Red
The Big Red enter the weekend with a 5-3-1 overall record and a 5-1-0 mark in the ECAC. All three of Cornell’s losses came to ranked opponents, including two losses to No. 1 Wisconsin and one to then-No. 2 Clarkson. The only other ranked opponent the Big Red have faced was then-No. 7 St. Lawrence (3-1 win). Most recently (Nov. 21), Cornell played to a 1-1 tie with Penn State at home. Cornell is sixth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 1.89 goals per game. On the other end, the Big Red average 2.44 goals scored per game.
Who to Watch
Sophomore Kristin O’Neill leads in the team in assists (nine) and points 12. Freshman Madlynne Mills is tied for ninth in the nation in points per game by freshmen with 1.00. She leads the team in goals with six, including three on the power play. In net, junior Marlene Boissonnault has a .928 save percentage and and a 1.81 goals against average. Her record is 5-3-1 through nine games.
All-Time Series with the Big Red
The Friars lead the all-time series with a record of 36-5-1. Last season, Providence traveled to Cornell for a two-game series. Each team earned a victory on the weekend, with Providence winning 2-0 and then Cornell winning 5-1 the following day.
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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