April 28, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College women's ice hockey Head Coach Bob Deraney and his coaching staff have announced the signing of three additional players to the class of 2016. The Friars will welcome forwards Prentice Basten (Monticello, Minn.) and Brittney Thunstrom (Blaine, Minn.), as well as goaltender Allie Morse (Cottage Grove, Minn.) for the 2012-2013 academic year.
"We're excited to add these three terrific young ladies and talented hockey players," said Deraney, who has led the Friars to the Hockey East semifinals or beyond in ten consecutive seasons. "They add depth to our forward and goaltending positions, solidifying an already talented and strong class."
Allie Morse, Goaltender, Cottage Grove, Minn. - The 5-foot-5 netminder was one of the top players at her position in the state of Minnesota, and has been a participant in the USA Hockey National Player Development Camp. This past season, Morse played 26 games for Park High School, recording a save percentage of .916. She was recognized as an all-state selection, as well as a semifinalist for the 2012 Minnesota Ms. Goalie honors. She was also a three-time, all-conference honoree.
"Allie Morse is considered one of the top goaltending prospects in the country, evidenced by her selection to the Warren Strelow Goaltending Development Camp run by USA Hockey," explained Deraney. "Her arrival adds another talented goaltender to the two we already have. Our goaltending position hasn't had this much depth since I have been at Providence College."
Prentice Basten, Forward, Monticello, Minn. - The 5-foot-6, right-shot forward helped lead the Breck School to the Minnesota State Class A Championship this winter. In 27 games, she totaled 32 points on nine goals and 23 assists, with two of the helpers coming in the state title game. In Breck's three tourney games, she contributed seven points.
"Prentice is a tremendous competitor," lauded the Friar coach. "Her combination of competitiveness and skill is a terrific foundation on which to build upon, and a much-needed addition to our program"
Brittney Thunstrom, Forward, Blaine, Minn. - The 5-foot-9, left-shot forward has been a consistent point producer for Blaine High School since her freshman season, leading the squad a year ago with 30 points on 16 goals and 14 assists in 26 games. In three playoff games this season, she contributed four points on two goals and two assists.
"Brittney possesses tremendous speed, size and competitiveness, and her aggressive style is also a welcome addition to our program," said Deraney. "She has tremendous potential, and we look forward to helping her reach that potential."
"We look forward to having these terrific student-athletes and their families join our family and already strong class of incoming freshman," explained Deraney.
Morse, Basten and Thunstrom will join five early signees to make up the new Friar class, including forwards Molly Illikainen (Grand Rapids, Minn.) and Courtney Kukowski (Apple Valley, Minn.), defensemen Lexi Slattery (Circle Pines, Minn.) and Lexi Romanchuk, (San Jose, Calif.) and netminder Sarah Bryant (Bethlehem, Pa.).
"This is a very well rounded class that brings a lot of different assets to the table," the coach added. "If they work extremely hard and smart and prepare the way we need them to, there is no question that some of them will have the opportunity to make immediate contributions to our success next season and we will need them to."
- Go Friars -
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