College Hockey America Weekly Release for Games through November 1

College Hockey America Weekly Release for Games through November 1







November 1, 2010 Weekly Release (PDF)

Atlantic Hockey Weekly Award Winners for Games Through November 1

Atlantic Hockey Players of the Week


Meghan Agosta, Mercyhurst

Senior, Forward, Ruthven, Ontario

Agosta scored two goals and added an assist as the Lakers defeated Robert Morris 7-3 in the CHA opener for both teams Friday evening at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. Both goals came during a six-goal first period and were separated by just 20 seconds, occurring at the 19:27 and 19:47 marks. With the scores, Agosta now has a team-leading 10 goals on the season and 20 career lamplighters against the Colonials.

Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week


Christine Bestland, Mercyhurst

Freshman, Forward, Brunkild, Manitoba.

 Bestland scored a pair of goals and added an assist in the 7-3 romp of Robert Morris Friday. Her first goal opened the game at the 1:22 mark of the first period, while her second closed out the scoring for Mercyhurst with nearly 19 minutes to play in the third. She now has four goals and 10 points on the season.

College Hockey America Honor Roll

Sara O’Malley – Robert Morris (Senior, Forward Guelph, Ontario) - O’Malley continued her recent hot streak, broke a school record and tied another at No. 4 Mercyhurst Friday. O’Malley entered the game tied with Kristen Miles atop the all-time RMU career points list with 75, and it didn’t take long before she stood alone in the Colonial record book. Just 10:12 into the first period, O’Malley notched the assist on a goal by rookie Thea Imbrogno to move past Miles and claim sole possession of the top spot on the school’s career points list. O’Malley was not finished rewriting the Robert Morris record book. She lit the lamp in the second period, recording her 43rd career goal in the process, to move into a tie for first place with Miles on the Colonial list of career goals scored. O’Malley also extended her current point streak to five games, tying her career high, and collected her second multi-point effort in the last three games, both against top-five teams on the road.

Thea Imbrogno -  Robert Morris ( Freshman, Forward, Etobicoke, Ontario) - Imbrogno showed she’s already capable of playing with the nation’s best as she picked up a goal and an assist at No. 4 Mercyhurst in the Colonials’ lone game of the week. It was the second multi-point effort of her young career with both games coming against nationally-ranked opponents. Imbrogno is now second on the team in assists (6) and tied for third on the squad in points (8). She has attempted a team-leading 28 shots and is tied for 14th nationally in points per game for rookies.

Julie Rising - Syracuse (Senior, Forward, Anchorage, Alaska) – Rising recorded one goal and one assist in a two-game series with Ohio State. In game one she tallied SU’s only goal of the contest. In Saturday’s 6-2 loss she assisted on the Orange’s first goal. Rising now has five goals and eight assists on the season for a second-best 13 points.   

Akane Hosoyamada – Syracuse (Freshman, Defenseman, Banff, Alberta) – Hosoyamada recorded the first goal of her career in game two of the Ohio State series. She fired six shots in two games against the Buckeyes. 

College Hockey America Team Notes

Mercyhurst: Mercyhurst bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 7-3 rout of Robert Morris in the College Hockey America opener for both teams at the Mercyhurst Ice Center…The Lakers moved their season record to 6-1-0 and all-time mark against RMU to 24-0-0…Captain Meghan Agosta extended her scoring streak against the Colonials to seven games with a pair of goals. She now has 20 goals in 14 career games against RMU…MC broke open the game with six goals in the first period, marking the largest one-period goal total since putting up six in the first period of an 11-1 victory over Quinnipiac in 2004…Along with Agosta, Vicki Bendus and Bailey Bram extended their season point-streaks to seven games with two assists apiece…Bendus is now three assists shy of 100 for her career, standing at 97 through 117 games. If she hits the mark, she will become the second MC player to do so this season, as Agosta accomplished the feat against St. Cloud State…Head coach Michael Sisti is now just 12 wins away from 300 for his career...Mercyhurst faces its first big test of the season Tuesday evening when it takes on No. 2 Cornell in the first part of a home-and-home series at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y. Both teams will be meeting for the first time since last season’s NCAA Women’s Frozen Four matchup, when the Big Red stunned the Lakers, 3-2, in overtime to advance to the national championship game and face Minnesota Duluth...During the regular season, Mercyhurst had pinned a pair of 4-1 setbacks on Cornell in the team’s first action of the year to take an 11-0-1 lead in the all-time series.

Niagara:  The Niagara Purple Eagles were swept in their series with Hockey East New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H to drop its record to 1-6-1 on the season. Niagara was edged in overtime, 1-0, on Friday and fell 2-0 on Saturday. Niagara finished its season slate against Hockey East opponents with a 1-3-0 record. In Friday’s game, the game was scoreless for 64 minutes until the Wildcats scored the winner with 52 seconds remaining. It was only the fourth overtime game in the 26-game series between the teams and the second time in the last three meetings. Niagara fell 2-0 on Saturday, despite outshooting UNH 24-16 in the game. Senior goalie Jennie Bauer had 41 saves and a 1.45 gaa in the two-game set. Niagara will host the St. Lawrence Saints on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. The Purple Eagles trail the Saints in the all-time series 1-10-3 and haven’t played each other since Jan. 28, 2006. Niagara will also host Mercyhurst in a designated non-conference game on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.

Robert Morris: Senior forward Sara O’Malley had a record-breaking performance and Robert Morris outscored No. 4 Mercyhurst over the final 40 minutes, but it wasn’t enough to overcome an early first-period deficit as the Lakers took a 7-3 decision Friday evening in each club’s conference opener. O’Malley, who entered the night tied for the most points in RMU program history, got on the scoresheet early when she fired a gorgeous cross-ice pass to freshman Thea Imbrogno that set up a goal. With the assist, O’Malley became the program’s all-time leader in points. O’Malley and Imbrogno hooked up again in the second period although this time the senior was on the receiving end and lit the lamp herself. In the process, O’Malley tied the Robert Morris school record for career goals (43) while adding her 77th career point. O’Malley tallied her second multi-point effort in the last three games, with both coming against top-five teams on the road, and tied her career high with a five-game point streak. Sophomore Dayna Newsom recorded an assist to stretch her run to five straight games with at least one point. Newsom is only two points shy of her point total from her rookie campaign (12) with 23 regular-season games remaining. Robert Morris will have a week off before commencing with a six-game homestand Friday, Nov. 12, with a two-game set against CHA foe Wayne State. The Colonials will also host undefeated, No. 1 Wisconsin for two games as part of the homestand.

Syracuse:  The Syracuse University women’s ice hockey team was swept by 10th-ranked Ohio State last weekend by scores of 5-1 and 6-2. In game one, senior Julie Rising tallied SU’s only goal of the contest to give her five goals on the season.  In game two, Syracuse and Ohio State were tied at two goals apiece after the first period. Freshmen Akane Hosoyamada and Cara Johnson each recorded the first goals of their careers on power-play opportunities. The Orange went two-for-five on man-up chances. SU outshot the Buckeyes 46-28 and held a 38-32 advantage in faceoffs, but could not find the back of the net. Freshman goaltender Jenesica Drinkwater turned away 22 shots in her fourth career start and recorded her first loss of the season.  The Orange will return home on Friday (Nov. 5) for a matchup against Clarkson at 7 p.m. at Tennity Ice Pavilion.

Wayne State:  Wayne State was idle this past weekend and will be again this week.  The Warriors will return to action Nov. 19-20 when they host Mercyhurst on Skate for the Cure Weekend at the City Sports Center in Detroit.