September 25, 2017

Women’s Ice Hockey: Keep the Puck Rolling

by Kevin Skirvin ’18

Assistant Sports Editor

 

Cassidy Carels'17 brings the puck over center ice vs. Union.

Cassidy Carels’17 brings the puck over center ice vs. Union.

The Providence College Women’s Ice Hockey Team is beginning to find their groove as they enter the thick of the season. After starting out October 0-3, the Friars have bounced back to sweep RIT in their two-game series. This year’s squad is full of young talent and veteran leadership, with 14 roster spots occupied by underclassmen, versus nine for the upperclassmen. A critical tool for success this season is going to be the power play, which was largely responsible for the Friars’ most recent 3-0 shutout win. PC showed the importance of developing team chemistry and will hope to keep up the surging PP as they face tougher teams like UNH and Northeastern in their upcoming schedule.

The Friars will turn to their goalie Madison Myers ’19 this year in a huge way. Myers finished last season with a goals against average (GAA) of 3.05 and a save percentage of .889. Through five games Myers is sitting at a 2.2 GAA with two straight shutouts, and was just named Hockey East Defensive Player of the week. Shutouts aside, a bigger stat line is the 16 penalties she was able to help kill off in the RIT series. The Friars will need to work on their discipline and try to stay out of the box much more if they hope to continue winning. Being a body short on the ice 16 times in two games is flat out unacceptable if you are coach Bob Deraney. That being said, the only place to go from here is up. Using these early season miscues as points of focus for upcoming games will be key for the Friars success.

From an offensive standpoint PC has been fortunate enough to get some serious lead-by-example type of play from Cassidy Carels ’19, who’s managed to notch four goals and four assists through the first five games. By now this type of production is expected from the senior captain, as she also led the Friars in scoring last season, finishing with 29 points. Her teammates should be looking to find her on the ice more and more during clutch time because whatever mentality she’s got going is working. Hopefully the Friars will continue to draw from the positives of past weeks and work hard to keep improving as they work towards the post season.

 

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