No. 7 BU, Providence Set for Championship Rematch on Friday Night

GO TERRIERS Sophomore Shannon Stoneburgh has notched a point in each of the last three games (1g, 2a).
Sophomore Shannon Stoneburgh has notched a point in each of the last three games (1g, 2a).

Nov. 15, 2012

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The No. 7 Boston University women's ice hockey team will host Providence on Friday night in the first of two home games this weekend at Walter Brown Arena. Puck drop is slated for 5 p.m.

BU (7-3-1, 3-2-1 WHEA) defeated Providence (7-4-2, 5-1-1 WHEA), 2-1, in double overtime to claim the 2012 Hockey East title. The Terriers are 7-2-1 all-time against the Friars at home, including a 6-2-1 record at Walter Brown Arena. BU has also won five of the last six games in this series.

Junior co-captain Marie-Philip Poulin will be back in the Terriers' lineup after she missed the last two games while playing for Team Canada at the Four Nations Cup in Finland. Poulin scored one goal and added one assist in four games to help Canada earn a silver medal.

Isabel Menard had great success against Providence in her first season in Hockey East, as the senior forward scored two goals and added three assists last year. Senior Jenelle Kohanchuk has three goals and two assists all-time against PC, while classmate Kathryn Miller has three goals and an assist. Freshman Kayla Tutino tallied three goals and had a helper last year, while Poulin has notched four assists against Providence, including two in the Hockey East title game last year.

Junior goaltender Kerrin Sperry also has a good track record against the Friars, as she owns a 4-1-1 record and has allowed just two goals in her last 140:59 against Providence. Sperry posted a 3-1-1 record with a 1.85 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage against the Friars last season.

Providence enters the weekend atop the Hockey East standings, as the Friars have accumulated 11 points in seven league contests. All five of the Friars’ conference wins have come against the bottom three teams in the league standings.

Senior Nicole Anderson leads Providence in goals (8) and points (13), while four players are tied with six assists to lead the team. Scoring has been well-balanced for the Friars, as eight skaters have at least two goals and 10 players have four assists or more. Freshman goaltender Sarah Bryant has started nine of the Friars’ 13 games and has posted a 5-2-1 record. She also owns a 2.78 goals-against average and an .882 save percentage.

Following Friday's contest, the Terriers will welcome No. 5 Harvard to Walter Brown Arena on Sunday afternoon. Puck drop will be at 3 p.m., and there will be a community skate following the conclusion of Sunday's game.



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