Aug. 31, 2011
VIERUMÄKI, Finland -
Providence College senior goaltender Genevieve Lacasse (Kingston, Ontario) has completed her first tournament with the Canadian National Team, winning two of the three games she played at the IIHF's 12 Nations Tournament.
Wednesday, Lacasse started the finale of the round robin tournament, allowing four goals and stopping six shots in a 6-4 loss to Sweden.
Earlier in the competition, the Friar senior shut out Slovakia, making eight saves en route to an 11-0 victory. It marked her fourth-consecutive shutout in international competition.
The highlight for Team Canada this week came in Monday's in-tournament exhibition with Team USA, the defending World Champions. Lacasse stopped 44 shots and was brilliant in a shootout to lead the defending Olympic champions to a 4-3 victory.
According to Hockey Canada, the 12 Nation's tournament served as an evaluation of national team candidates for the upcoming season, including the 2012 World Championships in Burlington, Vt.
For Lacasse, the national team berth is the latest in a series of international accomplishments. Earlier this year, she led the Canadian Under-22 National Team to the gold medal in the MLP Cup, stopping every shot she faced while earning three victories in net.
Lacasse is already one of the most prolific goaltenders in Friar history. During the last collegiate campaign, she became the Providence College record holder in career saves (2,582) and saves in a season (948). She also broke the Hockey East mark for saves in a tournament contest, halting 58 shots in the semifinal, overtime loss to eventual champion, Boston College.
Providence College begins its 2011-12 season on September 24, hosting Canadian power McGill for an exhibition at Schneider Arena. Face-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and tickets are available by calling the PC ticket office at (401) 865 GO PC.
- Go Friars -