June 15, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Hockey East Coach of the Year Bob Deraney and his staff have released the Providence College Women's Ice Hockey team's 2011-12 schedule. The slate includes 34 regular season games and one exhibition.
The team will play 18 contests at Schneider Arena, including the season opening exhibition against Canadian power McGill University on September 24. Other home highlights include a pair against Mercyhurst, ranked in the nation's top five throughout 2010-11, on October 15 and 16. Later, the Friars will welcome Brown on November 25 for the 17th annual Mayor's Cup.
The conference portion of the schedule includes a January 15 rematch with Northeastern at The Bog Ice Arena in Kingston, Mass. Last season, Providence defeated the Huskies, 2-1, in front of a sold out crowd at the venue.
The Friars will host rival Connecticut on January 28 for the program's Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer contest, an annual fundraiser with Hockey East that benefits the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.
The upcoming campaign will feature one of the most experienced Friar rosters in recent memory. The team will boast eight seniors, including PC's leading scorers from the last two seasons in Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) and Kate Bacon (Chanhassen, Minn.), Hockey East Honorable Mention blueliner Jennifer Friedman (San Gabriel, Calif.) and the college's record holder for career saves in Genevieve Lacasse (Kingston, Ontario.)
The 2010-11 season saw the program register a 22-12-1 record and advance to its ninth consecutive Hockey East semifinals (the only Hockey East member to accomplish the feat). The team went 9-3-0 against foes from outside Hockey East. The resulting .750 winning percentage is the program's best non-conference clip since it joined Hockey East in 2002-03. When taking into account the Friars' two preseason wins against McGill, the percentage jumps to .785.
Providence reached the 20-victory plateau for the sixth time in Head Coach Bob Deraney's 12 years behind the bench. With one more such campaign, Deraney will tie former Friar bench boss John Marchetti, who coached PC from 1980 to 1994, for the record with seven 20-win seasons. Deraney is also approaching Marchetti's victory total at the school. Deraney needs just 37 w's to tie the PC Athletic Hall of Famer's mark of 264.
Tickets to Providence home games are available by calling the PC Ticket Office, at (401) 865 GOPC.
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