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Prospect Pipeline: Putigna’s Point Production Contributing to Providence’s Hot Start

By Billy Fitzpatrick, 12/14/18, 11:00AM EST

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Prospect Profile - Christina Putigna

Christina Putigna is a forward for Providence College from Grimsby, Ontario, a town located between Hamilton and Niagara Falls. The 21-year-old joined the Friars after playing two years of varsity hockey at Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School, as well as two years with the Oakville Junior Hornets, which she captained her final year with the team. Putigna put up 29 and 28 points in 38 games in each season with Oakville before departing for Providence.

Putigna’s 28 points with the Junior Hornets in her final year would remain consistent once joining the Friars, as she recorded 11 goals and 17 points, totaling 28 points in 36 games during her freshman season, good for second on the team. During her freshman season, Putigna was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week twice, Rookie of the Month in November of 2015, and was also named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. In her sophomore season at Providence, Putigna finished third on the Friars in scoring, putting up another 28 points which included nine goals and 19 assists.

Putigna started off her junior year with back-to-back four-point games on Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 against Union and Vermont. She matched her career-high in goals from her freshman season, finding the back of the net 11 times in 2017-18 with Providence. Putigna did this in just 29 games, after missing seven due to injury. Putigna also recorded 13 assists, totaling 24 points. Despite missing seven games, Putigna still finished third on the team in points, fourth in goals, and in a tie for second in assists. She was also named a Hockey East Top Performer twice in October.

This year, Putigna is scoring at more than a point-per-game pace, with 18 points in just 14 games for the 15-3-0 Friars. She has eight goals and 10 assists so far this season and is coming off a three-point performance in Providence’s 5-1 win over Holy Cross on Friday, Dec. 7. Thanks in large part to Putigna, Providence currently sits seventh in NCAA Women’s Hockey rankings.

Top Seniors of the Week

  • Samantha Ridgewell (G) Merrimack: Ridgewell set a career-high in saves over the weekend in Merrimack’s 1-0 win against Boston College. The senior goaltender recorded 51 saves to end the Warriors three-game losing streak. The win gives Ridgewell four shutouts on the season now, to go with a 1.61 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage.

  • Jessie Eldridge (F) Colgate: Colgate’s captain led the way in two games against Syracuse last week, with the Raiders coming out victorious from both matchups. In the first game, Eldridge recorded her eleventh and twelfth goals of the season in a 5-2 victory over the Orange. The offense continued in game two against Syracuse, as Eldridge dominated with a point on all four goals, including three assists, in Colgate’s 4-2 win. The captain is now up to 13 goals and 10 assists totaling 23 points in just 18 games this season.

  • Karlie Lund (F) Princeton: Lund was everyone’s favorite teammate over the weekend, as she helped set up four different goals in wins over RPI and Union for the Tigers. Lund recorded her first two assists in Princeton’s 5-2 win against RPI on Friday, and added two more in a 4-0 shutout of Union on Saturday, extending Princeton’s win streak to four games. With her four assists over the weekend, Lund is now scoring over a point-per-game on the season, with 7 goals and 8 assists for 15 points in 14 games.

  • Kassidy Sauvé (G) Clarkson: Sauvé was a brick wall in net for Clarkson in its weekend sweep of St. Lawrence. Sauvé stopped all 21 saves fired at her in Friday’s 4-0 victory, and followed up that performance with another 26 saves on Saturday. Sauvé is now 12-3-0 with those two wins, with a 1.81 goals against average, a .929 save percentage and three shutouts.

Recognitions

  • Jessie Eldridge’s six point weekend earned her ECAC Hockey Player of the Week for the week ending in Dec. 10. Eldridge’s four points in Saturday’s win against Syracuse set a new career-high for the forward.

  • Kassidy Sauvé has been named ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week for the week ending in Dec. 10 after backstopping Clarkson’s two-game sweep of St. Lawrence over the weekend. Sauvé stopped 47 of the 48 shots she faced and now ranks third in the league in goals against average.