The seventh-seeded Friars will host the tenth-seeded Holy Cross Crusaders in the opening round of the Hockey East 2022 tournament this Wednesday, February 23. The puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Schneider Arena.
Scouting the Brothers
The Friars finished the regular season with a 15-13-6 record overall and 12-12-3 in Hockey East. The Friars open the tournament as the No. 7 seed in the tournament, while the Crusaders will serve as the No. 10 seed. This will be the first-ever post-season meeting between the Friars and Crusaders. Providence never lost to Holy Cross during the Crusaders’ four-year tenure in Hockey East, posting a perfect 12-0-0 record. This season, the teams have met in three consecutive games, including back-to-back overtime wins for Providence. The Friars are 19-21 all-time in the Hockey East tournament.
Bochna and Lunny lead the offensive charge for the Friars with 19 points apiece, with Bochna on nine goals and 10 assists and Lunny on seven goals and 12 assists. Caroline Peterson (East Falmouth, Mass.) has a team record 10 goals this season. Defensively, second year Claire Tyo (Massena, NY) leads the team in blocks, with 55. She is followed by Lauren DeBlois (Lewiston, Maine) which recorded 54 blocks. DeBlois also made a significant contribution offensively, with 10 assists.
Abstreiter has made 25 starts in goal. She has a .946 save percentage and a 1.70 goals-against average. The keeper made 757 total saves and had 3 shutouts.
Earlier this season against Holy Cross
The Brothers and Crusaders have met three times during the regular season, in three straight games, with the Brothers winning in all three encounters. Providence beat Holy Cross, 4-1, in their first meeting of the season before earning two overtime wins.
Providence finished the regular season with a home-and-away series against Boston University. In the opener at Schneider Arena, the Friars tied the Terriers, 1-1, through regulation and overtime. The Friars earned the extra point in the Hockey East standings after shootout goals from Sara Hjalmarsson (Bankeryd, Sweden) and Caroline Peterson (East Falmouth, Massachusetts). Hayley Lunny (Bedford, NY) scored the only regulation goal on the power play with assists from Hjalmarsson and Peterson. In the series finale the following night, the teams scored extra time for the second game in a row. Isabelle Hardy (Oakville, ON) scored the game-winning goal 3:36 into overtime to end the 2022 regular season with a win. Lily Hendrikson (Edina, Minn.) scored the Friars’ lone goal in regulation time on the power play.
Sandra Abstreiter Named Finalist for Women’s Hockey Goaltender of the Year
Sandra Abstreiter (Freising, Germany) was announced as a finalist for the Women’s Hockey Goaltender of the Year award on Tuesday, February 22.
Scout the Crusaders
Holy Cross finished the regular season at 3-29 overall with a 1-26 conference record, finishing tenth in Hockey East. Last weekend, the Crusaders fell to Merrimack, 1-3, before falling to the Warriors, 2-3, in overtime in the series finale. As a team, the Crusaders average 1.4 goals per game and allow 3.7. They practice 9.3% of numerical superiorities and kill 80.4% of penalties.
Who to watch
Junior Darci Johal leads Holy Cross offensively with 15 points. She has a team of 11 goals with four assists. Johal is followed by Lilly Feeney who had 12 points on two goals and 10 assists.
Jada Brenon leads Holy Cross in net with 26 starts. She has a 3.44 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage.
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