PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Providence will play the Merrimack Warriors on Dec. 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Schneider Arena for a Hockey East match up. The game will be each team’s last game of 2016.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars skate into the last game of 2016 with a 8-10-1 record, and a 4-6-1 mark in Hockey East. Providence played two ranked opponents last week, losing to then-No. 10 Northeastern and then-No. 6 Boston College.
Last Time Out
Providence’s Cassidy Carels recorded her fifth multi-goal game performance and second against a ranked opponent, scoring two goals against Northeastern on Nov. 30. Clare Minnerath made her Friar debut, making 10 saves in the third period against No. 6 Boston College.
Keeping the Mayor’s Cup
Providence kept the 22nd Mayor’s Cup in Friartown, for the first time since 2007 & 2008. Providence defeated Brown, 7-3, on Nov. 26. The Friars took a 4-0 lead in the first 11 minutes of the game. Blair Parent registered her first career hat trick, a feat no Friar has accomplished since Cassidy Carels in 2013.
With the 7-3 Mayor’s Cup Victory, Providence now holds nearly every single-game leader category. Cassidy MacPherson’s four assists claims the single game assists record and ties the single game points record, also held by Cassidy Carles and Brooke Boquist from 2015’s 6-1 victory. Blair Parent’s hat-trick ties the single game goals record.
Providence ranks ninth nationally in scoring, averaging 3.21 goals per game. The Friars are the third team in Hockey East in the top-10 in this category.
The Friars in Hockey East
Nearing the end of the first half, Providence has played 11 Hockey East games and is tied for sixth place. Four Friars are among the statistics leaders, three of whom are rookies. Neve Van Pelt ranks third in face off percentage, Avery Fransoo ranks fourth in blocked shots, and Whitney Dove is third in defensive scoring. Cassidy Carels is fourth overall in goal scoring, tied for fifth in power play points, and tied for third in power play goals (4).
Cassidy Carels leads the Friars with 20 points from 12 goals and 8 assists. The senior captain has played 17 games in the 2016-17 season, and the Friars are 5-1-1 when she tallies an assist. Carels has registered at least a point in each of the Friars’ eight wins.
Who to Watch
Brooke Boquist and Christina Putigna each have 17 points thus far. Boquist has scored 10 goals and seven assists while Putigna has recorded seven goals and 10 assists. A total of nine Friars have registered double digit points this season, including two freshmen defenders (Whitney Dove & Rachel Rockwell).
Madison Myers has led the way in goal for Providence. The sophomore has played twelve games for a .902 save percentage and 2.74 goals against average.
Providence ranks ninth nationally in combined special teams (53.4%). The Friars hold a 14.7% conversion rate on the power play and 87.2% success rate on the penalty kill.
Scouting the Warriors
Merrimack travels to Providence with a 6-12-2 overall record and 2-9-0 mark in Hockey East. The Warriors hold a 19.2% conversion rate on the power play but a 77.4% success rate on the penalty kill.
On the road, Merrimack is 4-7-1 and in road Hockey East games they are 2-4-0.
Who to Watch
The Warriors are led by sophomore Katelyn Rae, who has 16 points from 11 goals and five assists in 20 games. Paige Voight has recorded the second most goals on the team, with 10.
Lea-Kristine Demers has led the way in net, playing 13 games and posting a .898 save percentage and a 3.34 goals against average.
All-Time Series with the Warriors
Providence leads the all-time series 3-0-1. The last time the two teams met was Oct. 29, when Providence defeated the Warriors, 6-2. The Friars are 1-0-1 against the Warriors at Schneider Arena.
The Last Time
Providence beat Merrimack, 6-2, at Lawler Rink on Oct. 29. Brooke Boquist led the Friars, scoring two goals in 18 seconds and adding two assists. Kate Friesen also added two goals and an assist. In the game, Providence went perfect on special teams, killing all three penalties and scoring on both power play opportunities.
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