Nov. 6, 2009
WAKEFIELD, MASS. - The Providence College women's hockey team will send three of its top players to join a who's who among the women's hockey east stars to battle Team USA in an exhibition game at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H. on November 22 at 1:00 p.m. Junior Amber Yung (Rockville, Va.) and sophomores Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ontario) and Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) will represent Providence. Assistant Coach Meredith Roth will be among the coaches leading the Hockey East All-Stars.
Team USA is competing in the Qwest Tour. The tour is designed to pit Team USA against elite-level competition in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C. The National Team is playing some of the top college programs and conference all-star teams to prepare for the Olympics in February.
The three Providence players were chosen by the coaches of the league. Yung will help man the blue-line for the HE squad. She's recorded a goal and three assists on the season. Cottrell, the lone forward for PC, was selected after leading all Hockey East freshmen with 16 assists in 2008-09. This season, she leads the team with six goals and eight points. Lacasse was one of the two goaltenders selected along with Northeastern's Florence Schelling. Lacasse, the reigning Hockey East Rookie of the Year and Goaltending Champion has started every game for the Friars this season and stands at third in the nation with 227 saves. She boasts a 1.97 goals against average and a .919 save percentage on the season.
Former Friar great Karen Thatcher ('06) will look to put home a goal against the current Friars as she represents PC with Team USA. Thatcher, a 2006 Second-Team All-American and 2005 Hockey East Co-Player of the Year, finished her career at Providence with 65 goals and 102 assists for 167 points, the 10th highest total in program history.
Thatcher is currently competing with Team USA at the Four Nations Cup in Vierumaki, Finalnd.
Tickets for the Hockey East All Stars vs. Team USA can be purchased at the Whittemore Center box office, through www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices are $9 for adults and $5 for students.
Providence is in action tonight when it faces off against the Black Bears from Maine in Orono, Maine at 7:00 p.m. The Hockey East action will continue with a game against first-place and No. 8 Northeastern on Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. in Schneider Arena.
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