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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Hockey Log

Buie is PC’s third long-term pickup
One player in each position nominally secure for 2010

Forward Corrine Buie, raring to commence her senior season at Edina High School in Minnesota, has verbally committed to the PC women’s hockey team for the autumn of 2010, as was listed on Beyond The Dashers yesterday.

This past winter, Buie put in 22 appearances, did not go a single outing without appearing on the scoresheet, and pitched in 17 goals and 40 points, thus tying Sami Reber for tops on the Edina scoring chart. With that, she garnered an honorable mention on the Minnesota AP All-State team, as did fellow up-and-coming Friar Nicole Anderson of Shakopee and Faribault forward Megan Bergland, younger sister of rising PC men’s sophomore Matt Bergland.

And in her final preparatory campaign, before interscholastic competition begins in November, Buie figures to see bonus autumn action in the state’s High School Elite League, possibly playing with or against Hill-Murray defender Maggie Pendleton, a fellow Providence signee for next fall. Last season, Pendleton led all defensive scorers in the four-team league with a 1-8-9 transcript while Buie finished ninth amongst all skaters at 2-4-6 in a matter of nine Elite League games.

Pending formal NLI confirmation, which is all but guaranteed to happen either before or not long after the current calendar year is up, Buie is the first offensive additive to the Friars’ class of 2014, coupled with the aforementioned defender Pendleton and goaltender Nina Riley, who both initiated their commitment processes in mid-July.

By the time Buie and Pendleton are settled in to the Divine Campus, there will be no fewer than five specimens of Minnesota influence to speak of. Forward Kate Bacon will be a junior and both Anderson and Shattuck-St. Mary’s graduate Jess Cohen will be sophomores.

Up to this point, numerically speaking, PC is knotted for the lead with the likes of Boston College and Wisconsin with already three long-term commitments apiece to speak of. Ten other Division I programs –including conference cohabitants Boston University and New Hampshire- have one presumptive recruit apiece.

And with this season’s senior class brandishing three forwards (Jackie Duncan, Pam McDevitt, Arianna Rigano) and one defender (Colleen Martin), at least two more forwards will likely be pursued within the next year to supplement all graduation losses.

Quick feeds: Rising sophomore Genevieve Lacasse arrived in Calgary for Team Canada’s U22 selection camp, which began with a goalie’s-only session on Thursday…Sal Lombardi, who served as the Friars’ equipment manager from 2000-2006 and still cites Providence as his hometown, has been tabbed to serve in the same capacity with the U.S. Under 18 team, whose roster was released on Thursday. The U18ers, coached by BC’s Katie King, will convene for a weeklong camp starting next Monday, August 17, leading up to their annual three-game series with Canada and later host the next World Championship after the collegiate season at a city to be named later.

Al Daniel can be reached at hockeyscribe@hotmail.com