Game Notes vs. UConn
The Friars are set for a Hockey East home-and-home series with UConn. Friday’s game is at 7:00 p.m. at Freitas Ice Forum. Saturday’s is also at 7:00 p.m., but at Schneider Arena.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars are currently 9-5-3 overall and 6-1-1 in Hockey East. Over the past weekend, #8 Cornell swept Providence with 2-1 and 4-2 wins over the Friars. Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario), Maureen Murphy (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario) scored in the losses. Meaghan Rickard (Coventry, R.I.) notched assists in both games. Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) started in Saturday’s game, while Clare Minnerath (Sartell, Minn.) started on Sunday.
Putigna leads the team offensively with 17 points. Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario) is close behind with 16. Putigna has eight goals and nine assists while MacPherson has four goals and 12 assists. Murphy, who has scored eight goals in the last nine games, leads the team in goals with ten. Boquist and Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba) each have 12 points as well. Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) has played 15 games in net, holds a .926 save percentage and a 1.98 goals against average.
Friars in the Polls
The Friars are ranked in both the USCHO.com and USA Hockey polls for the fifth-consecutive week. This week, the team was picked 10th in both polls. It is the third-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 ten. The forward has scored eight goals in the Friars’ last nine games. She posted her first multi-goal game at Maine on Nov. 10.
Cassidy MacPherson is the Friars’ leader in assists through 17 games. She has 12 assists, which is good for seventh best in Hockey East. She is 32nd nationally in assists per game (0.71).
Killing Off Penalties
The Friars are 22-for-22 on the penalty kill in the last five games. Providence has not allowed a power play goal since Nov. 10 at Maine. The Friars are 9th in the nation in penalty kill percentage with a 86.8% success rate.
Providence has averaged 3.12 goals per game through 17 games. The team is currently 13th in the nation in scoring offense.
The Friars are currently tied for 10th in the nation in scoring defense (2.12 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 12 points on three goals and nine assists. She is tied for second in Hockey East point scoring by defensemen. Additionally, Avery Fransoo has nine points off of nine assists.
Madison Myers has been excellent in net for the Friars so far this season. She holds an 8-4-3 record, a 1.98 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. She is second in Hockey East and 15th nationally in GAA (1.98).
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 Huskies
The Huskies enter the weekend with a 4-5-6 record and a 0-4-3 mark in Hockey East play. UConn is on a three-game streak of ties, including a 3-3 draw with #2 Boston College, a 1-1 tie with Penn State and a 2-2 stalemate with Quinnipiac. Despite not yet earning a league win, the Huskies have tied league-leader Boston College twice. As a team, UConn averages 2.27 goals per game and only allows 2.00 goals per game. The team converts on 17.1 percent of power play opportunities and has an 80.0 success rate on the kill.
Who to Watch
Freshman Natalie Snodgrass, named Hockey East Rookie of the Week on Nov. 27, leads the team with 16 points on 10 goals and six assists. Sophomore Briana Colangelo is the Huskies’ assist leader with nine. Senior Leah Lum is the only other double-digit point scorer with 10 points on four goals and six assists. In net, senior Annie Belanger holds a 3-4-4 record, a .931 save percentage and a 2.12 goals against average.
All-Time Series with the Huskies
The Friars lead the all-time series with a record of 41-16-6. Last season, the Friars won the series 2-1 with a win at UConn and one at home.
In the Friars’ opening weekend, Maureen Murphy and Hayley Lunny (Bedford, N.Y.) notched their first collegiate goals. Ariane Julien (Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec) also tallied her first career assist. Against Quinnipiac (Oct. 6), Chloe Gonsalves (Toronto, Ontario) 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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