Game Notes vs. BU
The Friars are set to conclude the 2017 schedule with a Hockey East game against Boston University on Dec. 9. Puck drop is set for 2:00 p.m. at Schneider Arena.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars are currently 10-5-4 overall and 7-1-2 in Hockey East. Over the past weekend, Providence earned a win and a tie against UConn. Maureen Murphy (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario) were the team’s top performers. Boquist scored both goals in Friday night’s 2-2 tie, while Murphy turned in a three-point performance in Saturday’s 4-1 win (two goals, one assist). Blair Parent (Blaine, Minn.) also helped the team to victory on Saturday, scoring two goals in a game for the first time this season.
Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario) and Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario) lead the team offensively with 17 points apiece. Putigna has eight goals and nine assists while MacPherson has four goals and 13 assists. Murphy, who has scored ten goals in the last 11 games, leads the team in goals with 12. Boquist and Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba) are the other major point-getters, with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) has played 17 games in net, holds a .929 save percentage and a 1.91 goals against average.
Friars in the Polls
The Friars are ranked in both the USCHO.com and USA Hockey polls for the sixth-consecutive week. This week, the team was picked eighth in the USCHO poll and 10th in the USA Hockey poll. 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 12. The forward has scored ten goals in the Friars’ last 11 games. She turned a career-high three point performance against UConn on Dec. 2 with two goals and one assist. In that game, she also finished +4.
Cassidy MacPherson is the Friars’ leader in assists through 19 games. She has 13 assists, which is tied for seventh best in Hockey East. She is 31st nationally in assists per game (0.68).
Killing Off Penalties
The Friars are 27-for-27 on the penalty kill in the last seven games. Providence has not allowed a power play goal since Nov. 10 at Maine. The Friars are 10th in the nation in penalty kill percentage with a 87.7% success rate.
Providence has averaged 3.11 goals per game through 19 games. The team is currently 12th in the nation in scoring offense.
The Friars are currently 10th in the nation in scoring defense (2.05 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 third 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 a 9-4-4 record, a 1.91 goals against average and a .929 save percentage. She is third in Hockey East and 12th nationally in GAA (1.91).
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 (Dec. 4), Maureen Murphy was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week for the second time in three weeks. The award came following a three-point, +4 performance against UConn (two goals, one assist).
Scouting the Terriers
The Terriers enter the game with a 7-8-3 record and a 3-6-3 mark in Hockey East play. Most recently, BU defeated Yale, 5-2, behind four goals from Victoria Bach. Prior to that, BU played to a tie and loss with cross-town rival #2 Boston College. The teams tied 2-2 on Friday, before the Eagles won 4-2 on Saturday. As a team, BU averages 3.28 goals per game and allows 2.67 goals per game. The team converts on 21.3 percent of power play opportunities and has an 76.4 success rate on the kill.
Who to Watch
Senior Victoria Bach, recently named Hockey East Player of the Month and National Player of the Month, leads the team with 37 points on 21 goals and 16 assists. She is third in the nation in points per game and second in goals per game. Classmate Rebecca Leslie is close behind Bach with 33 points on 15 goals and 18 assists. She is fifth in the nation in both points per game and assists per game. In net, freshman Corinne Schroeder holds a 7-2-2 record, a 2.07 goals against average and a .929 save percentage. She returned to action on Thursday against Yale, making her first start since Nov. 28.
All-Time Series with the Terriers
The Friars lead the all-time series with a record of 27-24-3. Last season, BU won the series with a 2-0-1 record, including two 5-2 wins in Boston.
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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