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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

PC Hockey Log

Friar Puck confirms Anderson, Groth
Four incoming freshmen now formally on tap

Barring the effects of the variable commitment and transfer winds that are sure to whistle somewhere or other in the women’s hockey world between now and captain’s practices in September, PC’s Skating Sorority has completed its roster renewal process for the 2009-2010 campaign.

The all but inevitable came to fruition yesterday when the Friars officially acknowledged the commitments of Madison Capitols’ U19 defender Emily Groth and Minnesota interscholastic scoring beacon Nicole Anderson to go with wingers Jess Cohen and Jessica Vella, who officially fastened their future in place back on January 14.

Groth was initially cited as a foregone commitment on February 12 by the ever-resourceful beyondthedashers.com. Almost precisely a month later, the same women’s puck-centric database penned Anderson under the same Providence heading.

Another six weeks or so, and now the college sports equivalent of the Electoral College balloting process has passed for them both.

"Emily Groth is a defenseman who is athletic and has a great knowledge of the game,” commented assistant coach and topmost recruiter Meredith Roth in a statement on the PC athletics’ website. “Her passion for the sport and willingness to compete will serve as a catalyst for her teammates on a daily basis.”

Added head coach Bob Deraney on Anderson, who recently nabbed Shakopee High School’s academic-athletic juggling award, “We envision Nicole helping our program in the same fashion. She's a powerful forward who will make an immediate impact on our offense.”

PC presently figures to vacate two roster spots from this past season with four forwards –that including two-way connoisseur Erin Normore, who polished off her career as a center- one defender, and one goaltender on the cusp of snagging their degrees at the Dunk in three weeks.

Assuming there will be no additional acquisitions, which at this rate would most likely arrive via transfer in the thick of the summer, Providence should have one spare body for all three positions next season. With the advent of Anderson, Cohen, and Vella, three of the four offensive holes will be replenished with a grand total of 13 designated front-liners in place.

The defense will more or less gain an extra set of blades with captain Brittany Simpson leaving her tracks while Groth steps in and redshirt freshman Brianna Schwarz –one of two strictly inactive Friars from last season, besides sophomore stopper Christina England- figures to be integrated into the game time rotation.

In the club
Jennifer Perrault, a sports-specific employee in the PC alumni relations office, sent a College-wide e-mail yesterday morning inviting any interested parties to join in on the team’s fifth annual golf outing, which will be held this Saturday at the Cranston Country Club.

Registration will remain open until tomorrow, Perrault’s statement detailed, at a $100 fee for current students and “young alumni” –i.e. those who have graduated no earlier than 2004- and a $150 bill for other attendees. The active festivities, which will designedly follow up on Friday evening’s awards banquet, are to begin at 1:30 p.m. following a “shotgun start, scrabble format.”

Orange squeezed into slate
A virtual Big East hockey clash will be conducted on campus next October when the second-year Syracuse program visits Schneider Arena. As was proclaimed in their press release yesterday, the Orange –who in their inaugural run went 9-16-3 overall and 2-11-3 against their College Hockey America cohabitants- will visit Connecticut on Friday, October 16, and Friartown the following day at a still-undeclared face-off time. And all that coming a week after they have visited the likes of New Hampshire and Boston College.

The inaugural Providence-Syracuse puck playbill will be most noticeably saturated by the deadlocked coaching rivalry between Deraney and Paul Flanagan, who went 5-5-0 against the Friars over nine seasons as the St. Lawrence foreman before he bolted to flood a new pond last summer.

Al Daniel can be reached at hockeyscribe@hotmail.com

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