Sept. 23, 2010
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College women's ice hockey team will begin its 2010-11 campaign against Canadian power McGill University this weekend at Schneider Arena. The teams will play an exhibition game Friday at 7 p.m., and play again Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Friars are the defending Hockey East Regular Season Champions, finishing last season with a 15-11-9 record. The team's 11-5-5 conference mark earned a spot in its eighth consecutive Hockey East Tournament. Providence fell to UConn in the tourney's semifinal.
Providence begins the new endeavor with the overwhelming majority of the team intact. Head Coach Bob Deraney welcomes back 11 of his top 12 scorers, including the entire top five of junior Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.), senior Jean O'Neill (Strafford, Pa.), senior Alyse Ruff (Tualatin, Ore.), sophomore Jessica Cohen (Anchorage, Alaska) and sophomore Nicole Anderson (Jordan, Minn.) Defensively, the team returns five of its top six blueliners, including senior Amber Yung (Rockville, Va.), who represented her country with the USA Under-22 team this summer. In net, the Friars are backboned by junior Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ontario). The Hockey East Second-Team All Star started all 35 games a year ago, breaking the Friars' single season record for saves with 878. Lacasse will miss the pair with McGill this weekend, instead taking part in Hockey Canada's National Team Evaluation Camp. The camp, currently being held in Calgary, is considered the first step in creating the National Team that will represent Canada in various competitions during the 2010-11 season.
McGill is coming off a stellar season as well, finishing as the runner-up for the Canadian Interuniverisity Sport Women's Hockey Championship. The loss to Alberta in the finals snapped McGill's 86-game win streak, the longest such streak in CIS hockey history. The Martlets will be without three of its stars this weekend. Goalie Charline Labonte (Boisbriand, Quebec), forward Ann-Sophie Bettez (Sept-Illes, Quebec) and defenseman Gillian Ferrari (Thornhill, Ontario) are also taking part in Hockey Canada's Evaluation Camp.
The two teams met in the Friars' lone exhibition a year ago. McGill defeated Providence, 7-4, at Schneider Arena, but Providence still holds a 3-1 series lead over the Martlets.
Providence begins its regular season on the road next weekend, visiting Robert Morris on October 2 and 3. The first regular season home game is October 9, when St. Lawrence comes to town for a 2 p.m. face-off. Tickets are available by calling the Providence College ticket office at 401-865-GOPC.
- Go Friars -
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