Sept. 25, 2013
Providence, R.I. -
The Providence College women's ice hockey team will take on McGill for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop in the newly renovated Schneider Arena on Saturday, Sept 28. It will be the sixth time the Friars will open with an exhibition match against McGill. The game will mark the first game played in the newly renovated Schneider Arena.
Last season, the Friars earned a 3-2 win against the Martlets to move their all-time record to 8-1-0 against McGill and 4-1-0 in season opening exhibition games.
The Martlets have collected a record of 2-0 with two exhibition wins against Wilfrid Laurier (5-3) and Queen's (2-1). They return four of the top-five point leaders from the 2012-13 season, including leading scorer Leslie Oles, who tallied 78 points on 37 goals and 41 assists in 39 games. The Martlets also return top goaltender Taylor Salisbury, who collected a record of 17-5-0 for a .916 save percentage and a 1.88 goals against average during the 2012-13 season.
The Friars will look to build off a ninth rank finish in team offense with 114 goals, 17 more than the 2011-12 season. Last season, the Friars finished in fifth place with a conference record of 8-10-3 and an overall record of 15-16-5. Providence earned a spot in the Hockey East semifinal round for the 11th consecutive year, making the Friars the only team in Hockey East to do so. The Friars notched an overtime comeback win on the road to earn their semifinal round appearance. The team battled back from a three goal deficit to defeat New Hampshire 5-4 in the quarterfinal round at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H. Providence went on to face fourth-ranked and top-seeded Boston University in the Hockey East semifinal round, where the Friars fell to the Terriers, 4-0. Providence graduated four veterans, including the 2012-13 leading scorer Nicole Anderson'13.
Providence returns 18 players and welcomes six rookies, including a member of the Austrian National Team and a member of the U-18 Canadian National Team, for the 2013-14 season. The Friars will return four of the five top scorers from the 2012-13 season in junior Haley Frade (Marion, Mass.), sophomore Molly Illikainen (Grand Rapids, Minn.), senior Corinne Buie (Edina, Minn.) and junior Brooke Simpson (Boxboro, Mass.). Providence also returns all three goaltenders from the 2012-13 season. The Friars also return the top three scoring defensemen from last season, including seniors Rebecca Morse (Westfield, N.J.) and Maggie Pendleton (Woodbury, Minn.) along with sophomore Lexi Slattery(Lino Lakes, Minn.).
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