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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hockey Log Extra: Rookie Report

Author’s note: In its NHL Team Reports section, the current edition of The Hockey News is focusing on impactful rookies. In a nod to that, the Free Press offers a similar report on the PC women’s team.

In only her second twirl wearing game time attire for the Friars, Corinne Buie stepped up to fill a void left by Jean O’Neill, who withdrew from the second of two exhibition games with McGill University due to a mild ailment before the third period. Little did anybody know Buie would answer the same ring under the same circumstances almost as soon as games started to matter.

After the senior co-captain O’Neill went down by way of a lower body injury in Game 2 of the regular season, head coach Bob Deraney promoted junior Kate Bacon to the first line and assigned Buie to supplement the top six. For what little he had seen of her, it was a reasonably comfortable decision, given that she inserted three goals in two bouts with Robert Morris.

Since then, in 11 games on the second line right wing, the frosh from Edina, Minn. has worked entirely with juniors and seniors. But she has let the seasoning rub off on her for the better, charging up a 2-3-5 scoring transcript, leveling 44 shots at the opposing net, and garnering regular minutes on the power play.

Through 13 games overall, Buie is second on the team only to Bacon with 51 SOG and has been allotted no fewer than two shots on a single night, a testament to consistent individual effort.

Maybe more critically, as an early testament to her two-way proficiency, Buie bears a plus-10 rating, tied for third-best among all Friars with left side linemate Laura Veharanta.