Nov. 12, 2008
Providence, R.I. - Providence College women's ice hockey senior forward Mari Pehkonen (Tampere, Finland) competed with Team Finland at the 2008 women's ice hockey Four Nations Cup, while former Friar Karen Thatcher `06 helped Team USA to the Gold medal.
Thatcher and Team USA faced off against Canada in the Gold medal game at the Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y. on November 9. The two teams went into overtime with USA coming out victorious, 3-2, in a shootout. Thatcher registered a goal in USA's 5-2 victory over Sweden on November 4. Prior to the Gold-medal contest, Finland fell to Switzerland by a score of 3-1 in the Bronze medal game.
Pehkonen is a seasoned veteran for Team Finland, having appeared in the 2006 Olympics and the 2007 and 2008 World Championships as well as the 2007 Four Nations Cup. Pehkonen was unable to score in the 2008 Four Nations Cup after finishing the 2008 World Championships with three goals and three assists in five games en route to being voted Team Finland's best forward. Pehkonen finished 2008 as the Friars' third leading scorer with 20 points on nine goals and 11 assists. For her play in the 2008 Hockey East Tournament, including two goals versus Connecticut in PC's 5-1 upset win in the semifinals, Pehkonen was named to the All-Tournament Team for the second consecutive season. This season, she has three goals and three assists in nine games. The Friars will face the University of Connecticut in Schneider Arena at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 16.
While at Providence, Thatcher finished her career with 167 points in 132 games played and she had a hand in PC's Hockey East Tournament titles in 2004 and 2005. Thatcher ranks 10th in career points and led the team in scoring for the second straight time in 2005 with 47 points. She earned the Hockey East Sportsmanship award three consecutive seasons. Thatcher was named an All-America Second Team selection in her final season with the Friars.
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