Dec. 12, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Women's ice hockey head coach Bob Deraney announced the signing of four student athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. Cassidy Carels, Kendra Goodrich, Liv Halvorson and Ari Reid will be joining the Friars as the class of 2017.
"We are very excited to welcome these four tremendous hockey players and their families to our program," Deraney shared. "They are not only going to do great things on the ice but are terrific students and people as well. These four young ladies bring different strengths to our program and are exactly what we were looking for. They are versatile, have high hockey IQ's and every time they step foot on the ice they make an impact, that is what excites us the most."
Reid is a defenseman out of Lakeville, Minn. currently playing for Lakeville South High School. Reid has played in all eight games thus far for the Cougars and leads the team in points with 13 on seven goals and six assists. During the 2011-12 season, Reid was third on the team in scoring with 30 points in 25 games, collecting two points in playoffs.
"Ari is the type of player that has an impact on every game she plays in," Deraney said. "She is a very aggressive, skilled and versatile player that fits perfectly into the type of style we play. Her determination and confidence to make good things happen every time she steps foot on the ice is something every coach is looking for from their players and she embodies that on and off the ice."
Halvorson has played in all seven games for Benilde-St. Margaret's School this season. The Richfield, Minn. native currently leads the defensive corps in scoring with five points on one goal and four assists. Last season Halvorson was third on the team in scoring with 38 points in 25 games, tallying the lone goal for Benilde in the Championship match against Minnetonka.
"We see Liv as the type of player that can play defense or forward at our level," Deraney stated. "With her size, skating ability and aggressiveness she brings intangibles to our lineup that every successful division one program needs. There is no question that she is going to be a force to be reckoned with."
Goodrich plays both forward and defense for Rosemount High School in Apple Valley, Minn. She currently leads the team in scoring with 11 points on six goals and five assists in 10 games played. Last season Goodrich led the team in scoring with 21 points on 10 goals and 11 assists in 20 regular-season games, collecting two points in her one playoff game.
"Kendra is a player that is just beginning to scratch the surface of her ability," Deraney continued. "Her combination of speed, size and athleticism is very exciting and makes her the perfect player to thrive in our program and our style of play. She has tremendous potential that we are excited to bring that out."
Carels is a forward currently playing for the Pembina Valley Hawks AAA team. The Bruxelles, Manitoba native currently leads her team in scoring with 44 points in 27 games. Carels was named to the Canadian U18 Roster to compete in the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship in Heinola and Vierumaki, Finland from Dec. 29, 2012 to Jan. 5, 2013. Carels will be one of 13 forwards travelling with the team. During the 2011-12 season Carels won a gold medal with the Pembina Valley Hawks at the 2012 Esso Cup, Canada's National Female Midget Championship, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Islands.
"Cass is the type of forward that every program needs and we are excited to have," Deraney said. "Her offensive instincts, high energy and skill fits perfectly into our style of play. Her natural ability coupled with the way we want to play is going to allow her to be an immediate impact player for us."
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