Nov. 4, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College women's ice hockey team will host Hockey East rival Maine for two games this weekend. The teams will face-off on Saturday, November 5 at 1 p.m., and again on Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m.
Providence College enters this weekend fresh off its biggest offensive output of the young season. Tuesday night's contest against visiting Yale saw the Friars erupt for nine goals, courtesy several outstanding performances. Senior Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) registered a goal and three assists, while three other players - senior Laura Veharanta (La Verne, Calif.), senior Kate Bacon (Chanhassen, Minn.) and sophomore Corinne Buie(Edina, Minn.) - all tallied two goals apiece. Sophomore Maggie Pendleton (Woodbury, Minn.) contributed a career-best three assists. In goal, sophomore Nina Riley (Lexington, Mass.) earned her first career victory, stopping 22 shots. Freshman goaltender Hillary Drake (Mosinee, Wisc.) made her collegiate debut, stopping the only shot she faced late in the third period.
The Black Bears arrive on the heels of their own impressive victory. Maine downed # 6 Boston College, 5-2, on Sunday night. Junior forward Brittany Dougherty led the way with a hat trick, while goaltender Brittany Ott stopped 31 shots for the victory.
Maine is led offensively by senior Myriam Croussette, who has collected six goals and seven assists for 13 points. Classmate Danielle Ward has six goals and six assists for 12 points. In goal, Ott has played in all ten of the team's games this season, recording a save percentage of .906 and a goals against average of 2.64.
All-time, the Friars are 31-2-6 against Maine. The Black Bears' victories came on November 23, 2003 and last season, on January 3, 2011. Both games were 3-2 decisions in Orono. These will be the first meetings since the two programs met in last years' Hockey East Tournament Quarterfinal at Schneider Arena on February 26. On that day, the Friars outscored the Bears, 5-2. Veharanta led the way with two goals, including the eventual game winner, and goaltender Genevieve Lacasse (Kingston, Ontario) stopped 29 shots, breaking her own single-season record for saves in the process. Providence took three of the four meetings with the Black Bears last season.
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