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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Hockey Log

Breaking tradition
PC women hope to snap Mayor’s Cup’s annual takeback

The smudged CD lens that has recorded Bob Deraney’s slapshot-paced assessment of tonight’s 14th annual Mayor’s Cup bout is sincerely circumstantial.

As has been the case since 2002, Thanksgiving week culminates with the women’s edition of the Divine City Dance between the PC Friars and Brown Bears. And as has been the case every even-numbered year in that stretch, the Friars are trying to renew their claim to the Cup for another year on the enemy pond.

“As I told them,” said Deraney in reference to the conclusion of his post-game lecture after last week’s 2-2 home knot with Niagara, “we’ve got Brown coming up next Saturday, the game was scheduled for this week, and Brown’s gonna make us bring the Cup over there just to bring it back.”

Which, of course, Providence has not done in 2004 nor 2006. The last time the host program didn’t skate off with the petite token of civic bragging rights was when a 4-4 tie was drawn in 2002 at Meehan Auditorium. The visitor has not been victorious in this annual affair since Brown wrested away a 4-0 decision in the House That Lou Built the year prior.

Although, this season, that trivial trend will be tinkering in conflict with another: the host Bears –who belatedly commenced their season on October 24, at which point the Friars were already 2-4 overall- boast a hollow 0-4-0 transcript at home.

More to tactical relevance, PC’s key to snaring the now 2-8-1 Bears and tipping their own scale back on the north end of the .500 mark is another suffocating barrage at senior goaltender Nicole Stock, who on this weekend last year withstood 20 of 22 first period stabs, but ultimately gave out well enough to hand the Friars a fairly facile 5-2 victory.

Apart from an 18-save, 4-1 overhaul of Union November 1, Stock has rerun her maximum sweat motif in every start-to-finish venture this season, never facing fewer than 30 shots per night. Already, she has rolled up six individual bushels exceeding 40 saves –all but one them in suffocating, losing efforts. The only time she was statistically rewarded for her end of the bargain was in an opening weekend 2-2 knot at St. Cloud State.

· PC’s top scorers: Laura Veharanta (10-4-14); Erin Normore (4-8-12); Ashley Cottrell (1-8-9)
· Brown’s top scorers: Andrea Hunter and Paige Pyett (3-3-6); Maggie Suprey (2-2-4)
· Projected goaltending matchup: Genevieve Lacasse (PC) vs. Nicole Stock (Brown)
· Site: Meehan Auditorium, Providence, RI; 7:30 face-off
· Media: online audiocast courtesy friars.com

PC Men at Union Quick Hits
· PC’s top scorers: Matt Bergland (3-10-13); John Cavanagh (4-4-8); Matt Taormina (3-5-8)
· Union’s top scorers: Stephane Boileau (4-5-9); Adam Presizniuk (5-3-8); Lane Caffero (4-3-7)
· Projected goaltender matchup: Justin Gates (PC) vs. Corey Milan (Union)
· Site: Messa Rink, Schenectady, NY; 7:00 face-off
· Media: online audiocast courtesy friars.com

Quick Feeds: Top gun Andrea Hunters has cultivated all six of her points over Brown’s first six ECAC games. She has conversely been kept mum over five interleague contests…Stock is one of only three rostered seniors on the Bears roster. Of the other two, forward Frances Male has charged up a goal and an assist over ten games while forward Savannah Smith has yet to see a lick of game action this season…On the PC men, only starting defenseman Bryce Aneloski is in the black on the plus/minus front with a +1 rating, one knob down from where he was prior to last night’s opening draw. Paul Golden and Andy Balysky, who both watched the 4-2 falter to Dartmouth from the upper bowl, kept their even rate intact, but Matt Taormina –Aneloski’s established associate- dipped to a -1…Dartmouth’s Joe Stejskal and Scott Fleming led all contesting shooters last night with seven SOG apiece. At one point, during the 11th minute of the first period, Stejskal discharged three consecutive shots in one unwhistled shift, though he was held off the scoresheet the whole night…The Union Skating Dutchmen (5-4-1 overall) will be waiting comfortably after their 5-4 home overhaul of Army.

Al Daniel can be reached at hockeyscribe@hotmail.com

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