March 4, 2011
BOSTON, MASS. - NO.9/10 Providence College women's ice hockey earned several seasonal awards from the Women's Hockey East Association Friday, including the conference's Coach of the Year Honor for Head Coach Bob Deraney.
In addition, freshman Corinne Buie (Edina, Minn.) was named Rookie of the Year Runner-Up, while senior Amber Yung (Rockville, Va.) and junior Kate Bacon (Chanhassen, Minn.) were recognized as second-team all-stars. Junior goaltender Genevieve Lacasse (Kingston, Ontario) and junior defenseman Jennifer Friedman (San Gabriel, Calif.) earned honorable mention.
It is the second year in a row Deraney has earned Hockey East Coach of the Year and second time overall. He led the Friars to a 21-11-1 regular season record this year. The mark included the program's best non-conference record (9-3) since it joined Hockey East in 2002. It is the sixth time the Friars have reached the 20-win plateau in Deraney's 12 years behind the bench. The Friars reached the mark despite playing just five of their 34 games with a full line-up due to injuries.
Buie enters this weekend's conference semifinals third on the team in scoring with 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists). The output places her second in the conference, behind category winner Marie Philip Poulin of Boston University.
Bacon leads the Friars, heading into the weekend, with a career-best 30 points (16 goals, 14 assists). She also is the team leader in four other categories, including goals, power play goals, short-handed goals and shots taken. Her efforts earned her an invitation to the US National Team's training camp in December.
It is the second year in a row Yung has been recognized as a second-team all star. The senior enters the weekend with a plus/minus rating of +20 and is third on the team with 15 assists. She, too, was recognized this year by the US national team, playing for the Under-22's in an August series against Canada.
Lacasse broke her own, single season record for saves in a season. She enters the weekend with 890 stops, surpassing the mark of 878 she set last year. With 31 more saves, she will tie the career save record of 2,555 reached by Jana Bugden in 2006. She played against Yung in the August Under-22 series and also led Canada to gold in the MLP Cup in January.
Throughout the season, Friedman has been one of the nation's leaders in points by a defenseman. She enters the weekend third among conference blue liners with 22 points (6 goals, 16 assists).
The Friars will face Boston College on Saturday, March 5 in the Hockey East Semifinals. Face-off at Walter Brown Arena, the host site for the semifinals and finals, is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Tickets for the semifinals and Championship are $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, children, and students.
There is a $2 group rate for parties of 10 or more. Students with a valid identification from any WHEA school get in free. To purchase group tickets call 617-358-7016. Tickets can be purchased in person at Agganis Arena, at Walter Brown Arena on game day, and through www.Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets and via phone at 800-745-3000.
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