Sept. 23, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team will kick off the 2011-12 season Saturday, September 24, with an exhibition against visiting McGill University. Face-off at Schneider Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.
McGill women's hockey is one of the most successful collegiate programs in Canada, having won three of the last four national titles. The Martlets again enter the new year as the defending Canadian Interuniversity Sport Champions, having defeated St. Francis Xavier in the finals last spring.
The 2011-12 Friars will be one of the most veteran-laden to take the Schneider Arena ice in some time, returning seven seniors. The last time Head Coach Bob Deraney coached a team with this many seniors was 2005, when eight veterans led the Friars to the Hockey East Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. This year's upper classmen include goaltender Genevieve Lacasse (Kingston, Ontario), already the Friars all-time leader in career saves (2,582) and saves in a season (948). Lacasse is competing this weekend at the Canadian National Team's Fall Festival in Calgary , Alberta.
Also representing the Class of 2012 is the team's leading scorer from a year ago. Forward Kate Bacon (Chanhassen, Minn.) registered totals of 16 goals and 14 assists for 30 points. She is joined by defenseman Jennifer Friedman (San Gabriel, Calif.), whose efforts earned Hockey East Honorable Mention accolades, and sophomores Rebecca Morse (Westfield, N.J.) and Corinne Buie (Edina, Minn.), who were named to the Hockey East All Rookie team. All told, The PC offense is bringing back seven of its top eight point-getters from 2010-11.
Saturday's exhibition will be the seventh meeting between McGill and Providence, with PC holding a 5-1 edge in the all-time series. Last season, the Friars swept the visiting Martlets in a pair of preseason contests. The Friars will open up the regular season next week, traveling to Minnesota for two games at Bemidji State on September 30 and October 1. The Friars return home on October 15 when Mercyhurst comes to Schneider Arena. Face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. and tickets are available by calling the PC ticket office at (401) 865 GOPC.
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