LACASSE BACKSTOPS PROVIDENCE TO 4-0 SHUTOUT WIN OVER PRINCETON
Junior goaltender Genevieve Lacasse makes 35 stops for Friars
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team received a goal and an assist from junior Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) and 35 saves from junior goalie Genevieve Lacasse en route to a 4-0 victory today over visiting Princeton.
It is Lacasse's 11th career shutout.
The Friars jumped on top early in the second period and never trailed. At 6:24 of the middle period, PC broke in on a 3-on-3 rush. Freshman Corinne Buie (Edina, Minn,) left the puck for junior Laura Veharanta (La Verne, Calif.) at the Tiger blue line. Veharanta carried wide right, and hit Cottrell in stride in the slot to set up the center's second score of the season.
The Friars extended the edge, 2-0, while working with a five-minute power play advantage early in the third (given when Tiger Rose Alleva was ejected from the game for hitting from behind). Junior Kate Bacon's (Chanhassen, Minn.) shot from close range was deflected upwards. Classmate Abby Gauthier (Lynn, Mass.) batted the puck out of mid air and home. After a video review, it was determined the play would stand, and Gauthier earned her second goal of the season.
Junior Jen Friedman (San Gabriel, Calif.) added insurance at the 9:52 mark of the third, again while on the power play. Friedman blasted a slap shot from the right point, through a screen set by sophomore Jessica Vella (Pickering, Ontario), and into the back of the net. Three-0 Providence.
The fourth Friar goal was an empty net score from Vella at 16:31 of the final period.
All proceeds from today's game will benefit organizations that promote Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention, including the Sojourner House and SOAR. Sojourner House serves victims throughout the Providence area, providing shelter, advocacy, and information. SOAR is a task force of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, made up entirely of survivors of Domestic Violence, and is designed to make sure domestic violence victims' voices are heard and considered in the making of policy in Rhode Island.
The Friars return home on Friday (October 29) to begin Hockey East play. Providence hosts No. 5 Boston University for a 7 p.m. start. Tickets are available by calling the Providence College ticket office at 401-865-GOPC.