Sept. 25, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's hockey team will step onto the ice for an exhibition match against McGill University on Saturday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Schneider Arena.
The Friars are coming off the 2008-09 season that saw PC advance to the Hockey East Tournament for the seventh consecutive year, joining UNH as the only two teams to reach the postseason in all seven years of Hockey East play. After finishing with a record of 17-16-3, Providence earned the fourth seed and a home playoff match against fifth-seeded Connecticut in the Hockey East quarterfinals. The Friars ousted Connecticut, 3-0, before falling to eventual champion New Hampshire in the semifinals, 3-1.
Providence returns 16 letterwinners from last season, including reigning Rookie of the Year and Goaltending Champion, Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ont.). Lacasse was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team and was a Second-Team All-Star. She finished the season with a record of 15-11-1 overall, posting a 1.94 goals against average and a .933 save percentage.
Even after losing six seniors to graduation, the Friars still boast 64 percent of the total scoring from last season. Sophomores Laura Veharanta (La Verne, Calif.) and Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) joined junior Alyse Ruff (Tualatin, Ore.) on the top line for much of 2008-09 and will look to lead the team in scoring once again. Ruff finished the year with 10 goals and 10 assists while Cottrell added 16 assists and five goals for 21 points. Veharanta led PC with 31 points and 16 goals. She was named a Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star and joined Lacasse on the All-Rookie Team, being named the only unanimous selection.
McGill University is the two-time defending Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) champions. Providence owns a 3-0 record all-time against the Martlets. The Friars have outscored McGill 24-0 in those three contests. The last time the two teams met was on October 11, 2003 at Schneider Arena when PC shutout McGill by a score of 7-0.
The Friars begin the regular season with a pair of league contests at home against Maine on Friday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m. The second game will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Schneider Arena on Saturday, October 3.
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