No.12 Women’s Hockey Travels To Boston College For Friday Night Matchup

PROVIDENCE, RI – The No.12 Friars will travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to matchup against the Boston College Eagles for the first time this season on Friday, Feb. 3. Puck drops at 6:00 pm in the Conte Forum.

Scouting the Friars

The Friars are currently 18-8-4 overall and 13-6-4 in Hockey East play. The Friars are coming off weekend matchups against the University New Hampshire and the University of Maine. On Friday, Jan. 27 the Friars defeated the University of New Hampshire, 7-4. On Saturday, Jan.28 the Friars tied the University of Maine, 4-4, in overtime. The Friars went on to win the shootout, 2-1, for the extra Hockey East point.

Sandra Abstreiter (Freising, Germany) finished the weekend with 44 saves and currently holds a .929 save percentage with a 1.79 GAA this season. Sara Hjalmarsson (Bankeryd, Sweden) led the Friars in total points over the weekend with six. Hjalmarsson recorded three goals and two assists against New Hampshire and another goal against Maine. Noemi Neubauerova (Prague, Czech Republic) recorded three points with two goals and an assist on Friday.

USCHO Division I Women’s Poll: January 30, 2023
As of Jan. 30, the Friars are ranked No.12 in the most recent USCHO NCAA Women’s Hockey rankings. Providence received 79 votes.

Hockey East Award Winners
Sara Hjalmarsson was named Hockey East Co-Player of the Week as announced on Jan. 30 for recording her fourth career hat trick on Jan. 27 against the University of New Hampshire.

Claire Tyo was named Hockey East Defender of the Week as announced on Dec. 12 for tallying three assists in a single game on Dec. 10.

Sara Hjalmarsson was named Hockey East Player of the Week as announced on Nov. 21. Hjalmarsson was recognized for having a four-goal game against Maine on Nov. 19.

Abstreiter was named Hockey East Stop It Goaltender of the Week as announced on Nov. 21. Abstreiter was recognized for tallying her sixth shutout this season and 63 saves over the weekend.

Kirchmair was named Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month as announced on Nov. 2. Kirchmair was recognized for leading the Friars in goals with seven and leading all of Hockey East in goals among freshman.

Kirchmair was named Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week as announced on Oct. 24. Kirchmair was recognized for earning two goals over the weekend. She has recorded seven goals and two assists across eight season games. She leads the Friars in goals and is second in points with nine.

Abstreiter was named Hockey East Goaltender of the Week as announced on Oct. 17. Abstreiter was recognized for another shutout weekend against Holy Cross. With a combined 25 saves she is the first goalie in program history to tally four-consecutive shutouts.

Abstreiter was named Hockey East Goaltender of the Week as announced on Oct. 10. Abstreiter was recognized after a shutout weekend over Union College and RPI, posting a combined 35 saves.

Hockey East Preseason Poll
The Friars were picked to finish fourth in the Hockey East Preseason Poll, which was released on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Providence received 61 points and was picked to finish behind Northeastern (90), Vermont (79) and Boston College (76). The Huskies, who won the 2022 Hockey East Tournament, received nine first place votes.

Fresh Friar Faces
Providence welcomes seven new players (three transfers and four freshmen) to the roster for the 2022-23 season. Noemi Neubauerova (Prague, Czech Republic) is a graduate student from Colgate University. Ida Press (Uppsala, Sweden) is a graduate student from University of Maine. Rachel Weiss (Calgary, Alberta) is a junior from Penn State. The four freshmen are M├ęgane Quirion (Saint-Eustache, Quebec), Kayla Kutes (Kirkland, Wa.), Reichen Kirchmair (Oakville, Ontario) and Cristina Cavaliere (Mississauga, Ontario).

Captains Named
Graduate student Caroline Peterson (East Falmouth, Mass.) was named captain for the 2022-23 season, along with alternate captains. Sandra Abstreiter (Freising, Germany) a graduate student, senior Lauren DeBlois (Lewiston, Maine), and graduate student Hunter Barnett (Caledon, Ontario).

Scouting the Eagles
Boston College currently holds a 15-12-1 overall record with a 13-10-0 Hockey East record. The Eagles’ last weekend matchup was against the University of Vermont and Merrimack College. On Friday, Jan. 27 the Eagles fell to the Vermont Catamounts, 3-2. On Saturday, Jan. 28 Boston College shutout Merrimack College, 4-0. As a team, Boston College averages 30.3 shots per game and hold a .077 conversion rate on power plays with a 50.1 faceoff success percentage.

Who to Watch
Senior Hannah Bilka leads the Eagles in total points and assists with 32 and 21, respectively. Sophomore Abby Newhook leads the team in goals with 14.

Graduate student goaltender Abigail Levy has appeared in 22 games for the Eagles. Levy has recorded 11 wins and 672 saves for a .942 save percentage and a 1.86 GAA.

All Time Series with the Eagles
Providence currently leads the all-time series record against Boston College 56-42-3.
The last time the Friars faced off against the Eagles was in January 2022. The Friars fell to the Eagles, 4-2, on Jan. 25.

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