March 4, 2012
HYANNIS, MASS. -
The Providence College women's ice hockey team was 7.3 seconds away from the Hockey East Championship, eventually falling to Boston University, 2-1, in double overtime at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center.
The Friars carried a 1-0 lead until the 19:52 mark of the third period. With players from each side in the penalty box and the BU net empty, Terrier captain Jenn Wakefield redirected home a shot taken from the right side, knotting the game and sending it to overtime.
The game progressed into a second extra session, when Wakefield again struck, this time burying a lose puck in the slot at the 2:15 mark to give the Terriers their second title in three years.
The Friars were led by the heroics of senior netminder Genevieve Lacasse (Kingston, Ontario). Sunday, she halted 48 shots, including 15 in the first overtime. With shutouts in the quarterfinal victory over Maine and the semifinal win against Northeastern, she played over 209 tournament minutes without allowing a goal before the game-tying score.
The Friars earned the 1-0 lead at the 10:49 mark of the first period. Senior Laura Veharanta (La Verne, Calif.) created a turnover just inside the Terrier blueline, attacked the net from the right side and lifted the puck into the top right corner. It was Veharanta's 12th of the season.
The All-Tournament Team included three Friars. Senior forward Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) earned the honor at forward with three points in the tournament run, including her 100th career point. And senior Christie Jensen (Delta, B.C.) was recognized as an All-Tourney defenseman for her play defensively and offensively, which included four assists.
Lacasse was the All-Tournament goaltender. Sunday, she added two more Hockey East records to her illustrious resume, which already included every major goaltending mark at Providence College and the conference mark for saves in a tournament game with 58 (set in the 2011 semifinals.). With her work in the title game, she set a new Hockey East single tournament record with 127 saves total, and a Hockey East career tournament record with 276 saves.
Lacasse wraps her Friar career with 64 career victories, 20 career shutouts, 3,482 career saves, and 127 career-games played, again, all Providence College records. She also finishes with a goals against average of 1.96 and a save percentage of .933.
Providence completes the 2011-12 season with a 16-17-4 overall record. It is the only program to advance to the Hockey East semifinals in each of the conference's ten seasons. Providence has now advanced to six of the ten championship games.
- Go Friars -