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Friday, November 21, 2008

Hockey Log

Women’s Hockey vs. Mercyhurst quick hits

Like tonight’s host Friars, the Mercyhurst Lakers spent a jutting portion of their October grudgingly bearing more clips to the cleft than an aspirant national bigwig can handle. By month’s end, Providence had charged up a 3-5 overall log –sculpted entirely around losses of a one or two-goal difference- while the Lakers stood at 3-4, climaxing their iffiness with a 4-3 loss at Colgate October 31.

But like the Friars, ever since the calendar Zamboni completed its first of six tours around the 2008-09 slate, the Lakers have stabilized and have yet to lose a game in November, springing back to nip the Raiders, 4-3, in overtime in Part II of their visit there, then sweeping the first-year, Orange-flavored cupcakes from Syracuse last weekend.

And like apparently ascending Skating Sorority of PC, that of Mercyhurst can, in large part, attribute its newfangled smoothness to a freshman goaltender. Just as the Friars have been pampered by the poise of Genevieve Lacasse in their own three-game-old winning streak, the Lakers have Hillary Pattenden to credit for their last three Ws –although the last one was shared with senior Nicole Nelson and her lone 20 minutes of action as of yet this season.

Pattenden, Nelson, and senior Courtney Drennen all converged on their crease this autumn with a stake in succeeding the internationally seasoned Laura Hosier. Thus far, the novice has delivered the most convincing seminars, rolling up a 6-1-0 record versus the Nelson/Drennen combination of 0-3-0.

· PC’s top scorers: Laura Veharanta (10-3-13); Erin Normore (3-8-11); Ashley Cottrell (1-8-9)
· Mercyhurst’s top scorers: Jesse Scanzano (7-3-10); Hayley McMeekin (6-2-8); Meghan Agosta and Bailey Bram (4-4-8)
· Projected goaltending matchup: Genevieve Lacasse vs. Hillary Pattenden
Site: Schneider Arena, 7:00 face-off
· Media: Gametracker, online video streaming courtesy friars.com

Men’s Hockey @ UMass-Lowell quick hits
Their ignition still flimsy and utterly unresponsive, the 0-6-1 Friars suddenly have the taxing task of salting an evident sugar-rush fueling the UMass-Lowell Riverhawks, who assertively docked them, 4-1, but a month ago.

While PC was decisively losing the full breadth of a battle to bar lonely derision with Maine last weekend, Lowell blitzed New Hampshire, 8-3, and stuffed up the Massachusetts Minutemen, 2-0, for their first bang-bang, four-point weekend of the year. They have thereby pole-vaulted into a three-way knot for fifth place in Hockey East at 3-2-0, opposite the Black Bears and Wildcats.

Early it still may be, especially knowing that nobody has yet consumed the first third of their 27-game league schedule. But the Friars, beyond the mere sake of psychological rehab, may note that the Riverhawks have two games in hand.

· PC’s top scorers: Matt Bergland (2-9-11); John Cavanagh (3-3-6); Matt Taormina and Ian O’Connor (2-3-5)

· Lowell’s top scorers: Kory Falite (6-3-9); David Vallonari (1-7-8); Ben Hollstrom and Maury Edwards (2-5-7)

· Projected goaltending matchup: Chris Mannix vs. Nevin Hamilton

· Site: Tsongas Arena, 7:00 face-off

· Media: Gametracker, online audiocast

Quick Feeds: The PC women are currently 5-0 when Alyse Ruff lights the lamp. When she is barred from the scoresheet, her team is 1-5-1…Junior grind-liner Pam McDevitt charged up her first career goal in a 7-3 throttling of the Lakers last season, only one game after she had etched her first helper as part of a 4-0 triumph of Niagara, tomorrow night’s adversary…Behind only Boston College, the Riverhawks currently boast the second most responsive power play in league action at an even 25% conversion rate…Carter Hutton, Lowell’s victorious goaltender in their last get-together with Providence, is shelved with an ankle ailment reportedly until mid-December…The Lakers and Purple Eagles will engage with both of the Divine City programs over a two-night stay here. Niagara will visit Brown tonight, then switch sites with Mercyhurst…From Lowell, the PC men venture up to New Hampshire tomorrow night, where the program is a wholesomely hollow 0-10 spanning over the last four seasons.

Al Daniel can be reached at hockeyscribe@hotmail.com

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