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Women’s hockey set to host Vermont before heading to Holy Cross and Boston College

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The Brothers will host the Vermont Catamounts on Friday, December 31 at 2:00 p.m. at Schneider Arena as the Brothers return after the holiday break. Providence will then travel to Holy Cross on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 4:30 p.m. and Boston College on Monday, Jan. 3 at 7:00 p.m. for a pair of Hockey East road games.

Scouting the Brothers
The Friars are currently 7-5-5 overall and 4-4-2 in Hockey East. In their last outing, Providence picked up a 1-0 shutout win over Princeton (December 3) before leveling the following night, 1-1 (December 4). Sara Hjalmarsson (Bankeryd, Sweden) scored the Friars’ only goal in Game 1 against Princeton, and the winner, on the power play. Hjlamarsson was assisted by Hayley Lunny (Bedford, NY) Sandra Abstreiter (Freising, Germany) made 34 saves in what served as his second shutout of the season and eighth shutout of his career. The following night, Caroline Peterson (East Falmouth, Mass.) scored for the Friars in the final period for a 1-1 draw, helped by Lunny and Lauren DeBlois (Lewiston, Maine). Mireille Kingley (Sudbury, ON) was in goal for the Friars in Game 2 against Princeton and recorded 30 saves for a .968 save percentage on the night.

Lindsay Bochna (Toronto, ON) leads the Friars in points (13) and goals (6). Lunny is the team leader in assists (eight) and has 12 points overall. Brooke Becker (Orchard Park, NY) and Peterson have eight points apiece. 17 different Brothers have points over the season and 12 players have scored at least one goal.

Abstreiter and Kingsley both saw time in goal for the Friars, with Abstreiter getting his first action against Holy Cross (November 1). Abstreiter has 10 starts, with a 1.67 goals-against average and .944 save percentage and 287 saves. Kingsley has seven starts, a 1.40 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage with 190 saves.

Kingsley wins Defensive Player of the Week honors
Kingsley was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week on Dec. 6. It was his second league title this season. The senior goaltender recorded her first career shutout against Merrimack, 3-0 (November 30) with 18 saves before recording 30 saves as the Friars took on Princeton for a 1-1 draw in the series finale out of conference (December 4) .

Scouting Vermont
Maine is 9-7-2 overall and 6-4-1 in Hockey East. The Catamounts are coming off a win over Boston College, with a 3-1 win at home (December 10). This will be the first time the teams meet this season.

As a team, Vermont averages 2.6 goals per game while allowing 2.4. The Catamounts convert on 20.0% of power play chances and kill 90.2% of penalties.

Who to watch
Senior Maude Poulin-Labelle had six goals and 11 assists for a team-high 17 points. Poulin-Labelle is followed by Theresa Schafzahl and Natálie Mlýnková, who have 14 and 13 points respectively, each with seven goals, a team high.

Blanka Škodová and Jessie McPherson both have starts in goal for the Catamounts. Škodová has a 1.99 goals-against average and .900 save percentage with 10 starts. McPherson has a 2.57 goals-against average and .870 save percentage after starting eight games.

Holy Cross Scouting
Holy Cross comes into the game 3-14 overall and 1-11 in Hockey East. In their last outing, the Crusaders beat Brown University, 4-2, at home (December 10). This will be the first time the teams meet this season.

Holy Cross averages 1.5 goals per game and gives up 3.7. The Crusaders have converted 3.4% power play chances so far this season. The team killed 79% of the opponent’s power play.

Who to watch
Junior Mary Edmonds leads Vermont offensively with seven points on three goals and four assists. Darci Johal, Carlier Magier, Millie Sirum and Lilly Feeney are the Crusaders’ other top scorers, with six points apiece. Johal is the team’s top scorer (six).

Senior Jada Brenon has played 12 games. She has a 3.65 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage. She posted a shutout and has a 2-10 overall record.

Scouting at Boston College
The Eagles come into the game 10-8 overall and 8-5 in conference. In their last Hockey East game, the Eagles were defeated by Vermont 1-3 in Burlington (December 10). In the home-and-away series played between the two teams earlier in the season, the series ended 1-1, with each team earning a win on their home ice.

Boston College averages 2.3 goals per game and gives up 2.4. The Eagles have converted 10.2% of opportunities to the power play this season and have killed 84.1% of the opponent’s power plays.

Who to watch
Boston College’s offense is led by Hannah Bilka, who has 15 points this season, leading the team in goals (seven) and assists (eight). Bilka is followed by Kelly Browne and Abby Newhook who have 13 and 12 points respectively.

Abigail Levy has taken on sole goaltending duties for the Eagles this season. In 18 games, Levy recorded 664 saves for a .939 save percentage and a 2.39 goals-against average.