College Hockey America has named the award winners for October 10

College Hockey America has named the award winners for October 10







October 10, 2011 Weekly Release (PDF)

College Hockey America Weekly Award Winners for Games Through Sunday, October 9 

College Hockey America Players of the Week


Christine Bestland - Mercyhurst

Sophomore, Foward, Brinkild, Manitoba

After being held scoreless in Friday’s 3-2 overtime loss, Bestland had a two goals and an assist in Saturday’s 5-4 victory over Minnesota State-Mankato, earning a weekend split with the Mavericks. Bestland scored the first goal of the game shorthanded and then scored the game-winning goal with 2:07 left in regulation, as Mercyhurst improved to 2-2 on the season. Bestland currently leads the team with five points (three goals, two assists) in four games.

College Hockey America Goaltender of the Week


Kallie Billadeau - Syracuse

Sophomore, Goaltender, Minnetonka, Minn.

Sophomore goaltender Kallie Billadeau made 32 saves for the second straight week in a 2-1 win at rv New Hampshire on Saturday. Syracuse, which was outshot 33-14 in the contest, relied on Billadeau in the third period as she made 13 saves to preserve the win. Billadeau is 1-1-0 for the Orange this season, and is seventh in the nation and first in the conference with a .940 save percentage. Her 2.50 goals against average is tied for 17th in the country.

College Hockey America Rookie of the Week


Katie Fergus - Robert Morris

 Freshman, Foward, Oakville, Ontario 

Fergus started off her Colonial career with a bang, tallying three points in her collegiate debut on the strength of a goal and two assists. She notched her first-collegiate point fewer than nine minutes into the opener and proceeded to score her fist goal in style when she put home a shorthanded tally later in the evening. The rookie was far from done for the weekend, though, as she collected her first multi-goal game the following afternoon, becoming one of just two freshmen in school history to tally multi-point performances in the first two games of a season. Fergus finished with three goals and two assists on the weekend for five points. She notched eight shots to shoot at a .375 clip and also had a +5 plus/minus.

College Hockey America Honor Roll

Hillary Pattenden, Mercyhurst (Senior, Goaltender Surrey, B.C.) -Pattenden went 1-1 over the weekend at Minnesota State-Mankato allowing seven goals in two games, while making 62 saves. She stopped 38 of 42 in Saturday’s 5-4 win, salvaging a weekend split with the Mavericks. For the weekend, she finished with a .899 save percentage and a 3.38 goals against average. Her win on Saturday was the 82nd of her career, which is now just nine wins shy of the NCAA Division I record of 91 held by Wisconsin’s Jessie Vetter.

Kristine Grenier, Mercyhurst (Freshman, Foward St. Leon, Manitoba) - Grenier scored her first collegiate goal in Friday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Minnesota State-Mankato. Her goal tied the game at 2-2 and sent it to overtime where the Mavericks eventually won. On Saturday, Grenier picked up an assist on sophomore Christine Bestland’s game-winning goal with 2:07 left in regulation. She leads all Laker freshmen in scoring with a goal and an assist in the first four games. The two points this weekend were the first of her career.

 Jenna Hendrikx, Niagara (Junior, Forward, Winchester, Ont.) - Hendrikx has a goal and an assist for two points this past weekend against the No. 4 Boston University Terriers. Hendrikx picked up both points in Saturday’s 5-2 loss to BU. Hendrikx had a hand in two out of Niagara’s three goals this past weekend. Hendrikx averaged a point a game against the BU Terriers this weekend.


Kristen DiCiocco, Robert Morris (Junior. Niagara Falls, Ontario)-DiCiocco earned the starting nod in RMU’s season opener and earned her first-career shutout as she stopped every Lindenwood attempt in her direction. With the Colonials leading 2-0, the Lady Lions received a chance to get back into the game when they were granted a 5-on-3 advantage. However, DiCiocco held her ground for the 57-second, two-man advantage, keeping Lindenwood off the board. In fact, she held the Lady Lions scoreless throughout the contest despite six power-play chances for the visitors.

Megan Skelly, Syracuse (Senior, Foward, Taber, Alberta) - Senior right winger Megan Skelly had a goal and an assist for Syracuse on its weekend road trip to Northeastern and New Hampshire. The SU co-captain potted her first goal of the season on Friday against the Huskies, a power play tally that brought the Orange within one goal early in the third period. Skelly also assisted on Julie Knerr’s first collegiate goal on Saturday against UNH in the second period. The Taber, Alberta native is tied for second on the team with two points through four games this season, and leads the team with 10 shots on goal.

 Casey Hirsch Syracuse (Freshman, Foward, Maple Grove, Minn.) Freshman right winger Casey Hirsch played in both games for the Orange at Northeastern and New Hampshire. The Maple Grove, Minn. native scored her first collegiate goal, the eventual game-winner, against the Wildcats on Saturday on a deflection from in front of the crease. Hirsch has played in all four games for SU this season.


College Hockey America Team Notes

Mercyhurst: For the second consecutive week, Mercyhurst went 1-1 over the weekend, this time losing the first game in overtime and then bouncing back for a win on Saturday. The last three games that Mercyhurst has played have been decided by one goal - Mercyhurst is 1-2 in those games. Sophomore Christine Bestland had two goals and an assist in Saturday’s 5-4 win over Minnesota State-Mankato. She scored the game-winning goal with 2:07 left in regulation to salvage the split. She leads the team with three goals and two assists through the first four games. Freshmen Kristine Grenier and Shelby Bram (younger sister of senior Bailey Bram) each recorded their first collegiate points over the weekend. Grenier had a goal and an assist over the weekend, scoring the goal that sent the game to overtime on Friday and then assisted on Bestland’s game-winner on Saturday. Bram had an assist on Bestland’s first goal of the game, a shorthanded goal, on Saturday. Senior goaltender Hillary Pattenden made 62 saves over the weekend, including 38 on Saturday. Her win on Saturday was the 82nd of her career, which is now just nine wins shy of the NCAA Division I record of 91 held by Wisconsin’s Jessie Vetter. The Lakers will be at Providence next Saturday and Sunday for a pair of 1 p.m. faceoffs.

Niagara:  Niagara is now 0-4-0 on the season…The Purple Eagles have played two Hockey East foes so far, dropping two games to New Hampshire and two games to No. 4 Boston University…Niagara kicks off a short, three-game homestand this weekend, when it hosts RPI on Friday and Saturday, before taking on St. Lawrence in a rare Tuesday game…Junior Jenna Hendrikx leads the team with two goals, three assists and five points…Behind her is sophomore Jessica Hitchcock and Kelsey Welch with three points…Freshman Kayla Raniwsky picked up her first career goal this past weekend during a 3-1 loss to No. 4 Boston University…Head coach Josh Sciba is still looking for his first career victory…Niagara is 0-3-0 in games decided by two goals or less.

Robert Morris Robert Morris ensured that first-year mentor Paul Colontino’s collegiate head-coaching debut would be a memorable one as the Colonials rolled to an impressive 8-0 victory over visiting Lindenwood Friday evening in their 2011-12 regular-season opener. Colontino, hired this past June, earned his first win with ease as Robert Morris already held a 4-0 lead after just 27 minutes of action. Three different Colonials, including two freshmen, significantly aided Colontino’s cause by each contributing a trio of points. Freshman Rebecca Vint (Caledon, Ontario / Brampton Junior Thunder) also had a unforgettable collegiate debut as she became the first Colonial rookie in program history to have a multi-goal game in a season opener. Vint tallied two goals and an assist while classmate Katie Fergus (Oakville, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) and sophomore Thea Imbrogno (Etobicoke, Ontario / Mississauga Jr. Chiefs) each tallied one score and two helpers. Senior assistant captain Brianna Delaney (Stittsville, Ontario / NCCP Raiders) notched her sixth-career three-point game, courtesy of two goals and an assist, to tie the RMU all-time record for career points as the Colonials won their second game in as many days, 7-2, to sweep their season-opening series from Lindenwood Saturday. Delaney’s 24th-career multi-point game moved her career point total to 97, equaling the Colonial program record that Sara O’Malley set during the 2010-11 campaign. She notched her ninth-career multi-goal game in the process, extending her own program record in that category, while tallying at least one point in her seventh-consecutive game, the third-best streak in school history. Delaney’s younger sister, junior Cobina Delaney (Stittsville, Ontario / Ottawa Senators), matched her sibling’s point output by providing one score and two helpers, all within a 10:50 span, notching her sixth multi-point game and second-career three-point effort. Robert Morris will look for its third win in three tries next weekend when as it hosts a two-game set against Minnesota State. 

Syracuse: Syracuse was 1-1-0 last weekend at Northeastern and New Hampshire … In Friday’s game against the Huskies, the Orange went 2-of-7 on the power play with goals from Holly Carrie-Mattimoe and Megan Skelly, while Jenesica Drinkwater made 23 saves in goal … At New Hampshire, sophomore goaltender Kallie Billadeau made 32 saves for the second straight week to backstop SU to a 2-1 win … Billadeau is seventh in the nation and first in the CHA with a .940 save percentage … Julie Knerr and Casey Hirsch scored their first collegiate goals against the Wildcats, while Hirsch’s score proved to be the game-winner … The Orange’s seven freshmen (Jordyn Burns, Shiann Darkangelo, Nicole Ferrara, Kaillie Goodnough, Casey Hirsch, Julie Knerr and Allie LaCombe) played in all four games this season, and have seven of SU’s 17 points (41.2%)… Syracuse returns to the Tennity Ice Pavilion this weekend for the team’s home opener against Clarkson to begin and home-and-home series with the Golden Knights.