College Hockey America Weekend Preview
The first weekend of November has arrived for College Hockey America with two-conference games and six non-conference games. Lindenwood host Mercyhurst in their first ever CHA conference game. Penn State will host Sacred Heart, while Robert Morris travels to Vermont and Syracuse will play at Union. RIT has the weekend off.
Lindewood (0-6-0) welcomes Mercyhurst (8-1-1) to Wentzville, MO to play its inaugural CHA series at the Lindenwood Ice Arena. Sophomore Alison Wickenheiser leads the Lions with three points on a goal and two assists. Freshman goalie Nicole Hensley continues to lead the CHA in saves with 235 despite not playing the last two weeks.
The Lakers went 4-0-0 against the Lady Lions last season. Mercyhurst currently is fourth in the nation in offense, averaging 4.70 goals a game. Led by junior captain Christine Bestland who leads the nation in assists with 18, and is third in scoring with 24 points on six goals and 18 assists, averaging 2.40 points per game and freshman Emily Janiga who is fifth in the country in scoring with 18 points on nine goals and nine assists. Senior goalie Stephanie Ciampa remains a perfect 5-0, with 1.40 GAA and .934 save percentage.
Penn State (2-5-1) welcomes Sacred Heart (1-4-0) to Greenberg Pavilion for a two-game series. The two same teams split the series when they met two weekends ago in Connecticut, Pioneers won 2-1 on Friday and the Nittany Lions prevailed 6-1 on Saturday. Freshman Shannon Yoxheimer (6-2-8) and junior Taylor Gross (2-6-8) continue to lead Penn State offense. Junior goalie Nicole Paniccia set a new school record with a career-best 59 saves last Friday, Paniccia has a 2.64 GAA with a .934 save percentage in six starts.
Robert Morris (1-2-1) travels to Burlington, VT to take on the Catamounts (2-5-0) in the Gutterson Fieldhouse in a two-game set. The Colonials have had a balanced attack with senior Kelsey Thomas three goals and one assist, while sophomore Rebecca Vint has a goal and three assists. Robert Morris leads the all-time series 2-1.
Syracuse (4-4-0) hits the road for two games series against Union (2-4-0) in Schenectady, N.Y. The Orange hold a 5-1-0 all-time series lead over the Dutchwomen. They split last season at Tennity Ice Pavilion with Union winning 4-3 in overtime on October 21, while Syracuse won 5-3 in the second game of the series. Freshman Laurie Kingsbury leads the Orange with five goals and four assists. She is followed by senior Holly Carrie-Mattimoe who has four goals and three assists and sophomore Shiann Darkangelo five goals and two assists. Junior goalie Kallie Billadeau picked up her third shutout last weekend and has an overall record of 3-1 with .964 save percentage and 0.76 goals against average.
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