Women's Ice Hockey Game Notes vs. UConn, UNH

Junior Forward Nicole Anderson

Nov. 10, 2011


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The Providence College women's ice hockey team will face two Hockey East rivals this weekend. The Friars will visit Connecticut on Saturday, November 12 for a 1 p.m. face-off, then welcome New Hampshire on Sunday, November 13 for a 2 p.m. start at Schneider Arena.

PC enters the weekend carrying a three-game unbeaten streak. Most recently, the team defeated Yale, 9-3, on Tuesday, November 1 - the first time PC has scored at least nine goals in a game since February 4, 2007. Later the Friars earned a 3-3 tie and a 7-4 victory against Maine on Saturday and Sunday. Several Friars had outstanding weeks offensively. For the week, senior Laura Veharanta (La Verne, Calif.) accounted for three goals and two assists, classmate Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) added two goals and two assists, and senior Abby Gauthier (Lynn, Mass.) contributed seven assists. Two sophomores also figured heavily into the output, as Maggie Pendleton (Woodbury, Minn.) tallied her first two collegiate goals to go with four helpers, and Corinne Buie (Edina, Minn.) added three goals and one assist. Classmate Nina Riley (Lexington, Mass.) started all three games in the Friars' net, earning her first two collegiate victories.

Connecticut will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak, most recently suffering back-to-back, 3-0 shutouts against Northeastern last weekend...the team features one of the top goaltenders in the conference in senior Alexandra Garcia, who currently carries a .904 save percentage and a 3.15 save percentage. Garcia was named a Hockey East Second Team All-star last season...Connecticut is led offensively by defenseman Sami Evelyn. The senior has registered two goals and four assists for six points.

The Friars enjoy a 29-9-4 record with .738 winning percentage all-time against Connecticut. PC swept the season-series a year ago, most recently capturing the program's first outdoor game, 4-3, on February 13, 2011. The contest was played at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. and was part of Whaler Hockeyfest, a collection of high school, collegiate and professional games to celebrate the sport in the nutmeg state. Veharanta scored twice in the contest and goaltender Genevieve Lacasse (Kingston, Ontario) stopped 20 shots to earn the victory in net...The program's first met during the 1976-77 season as the Friars downed the original, club incarnation of the huskies, 1-0.

New Hampshire enters the weekend fresh off a thrilling, 5-4 overtime victory over interstate rival Dartmouth on Sunday, November 6. Wildcat senior Emma Clark scored the game winner with 2:58 remaining in the extra session, breaking a six-game winless streak. Freshman netminder made 16 saves to record the win...The UNH offense is led by a trio of forwards with seven points: junior Kristine Horn; junior Kristina Lavoie; sophomore Nicole Gifford. Gilligan has played in eight of the Cats' 10 games, registering a .891 save percentage and a goals against average of 2.34.

Perhaps the greatest rivalry in women's collegiate hockey, UNH and Providence have faced-off consistently since the 1976-77 campaign. Locations of these meetings have ranged from Durham and Providence to Worcester, Storrs, Boston and Montreal. The teams have played each other 129 times, including 15 postseason meetings (10 ECAC, 5 Hockey East)...Last season, Providence took two of the three games they played against the Wildcats.



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