College Hockey America award winners for October 29

College Hockey America award winners for October 29

October 29, 2012 Weekly Release (PDF)


College Hockey America Players of the Week


Kelsey Thomas, Robert Morris

Senior, Forward, Hamilton, Ontario  

 Senior forward Kelsey Thomas registered the first hat trick of her career on Friday as the Colonials took on the No. 7 Huskies of Northeastern University.  Thomas registered a goal in each regulation period of the contest tallying a .750 shot percentage. With the hat trick, Thomas becomes just the sixth player in RMU history to tally at least three goals in a single contest.  Thomas’ effort led the Colonials to a 3-3 overtime tie with the nationally ranked Huskies.


College Hockey America Goaltender of the Week


Stephanie Ciampa, Mercyhrst 

Senior, Goaltender, Peabody, Mass. 

 Ciampa remains undefeated in her career, stopping 19 shots to improve to 5-0-0 this season. Ciampa allowed one goal against #10 Minnesota State to beat them 3-1. Ciampa is second in the CHA with a 1.40 goals-against average, and third with a .934 save percentage.


College Hockey America Rookie of the Week


Emily Janiga, Mercyhurst 

Freshman, Forward, East Aurora, New York  

Emily Janiga scored five points against #10 Minnesota State this past weekend.  On Friday, Janiga scored a goal and two assists to lead her team to an 8-1 victory over the Mavericks.  She again led her team Saturday with two goals, to sweep the Mavericks 3-1. Her three goals over the weekend bring her to nine goals in the season and nine assists.  She is fifth in the nation in points with 18, and fifth in goals.  She leads the CHA in goals, and is second in assists.


College Hockey America Honor Roll

Christine Bestland, Mercyhurst (Junior, Forward, Brunkild, Manitoba) - Bestland in ten games leads her team with 24 points.  She scored five points against #10 Minnesota State over the weekend with five assists.  On Friday, Bestland notched three assists and was +3 to a 8-1 victory over the Mavericks.  On Saturday, Bestland had two more assists towards a 3-1 victory.  Bestland has improved to third in the nation in points, averaging 2.40 points per game, and is first in assists with 18. She leads the CHA in points and assists.

Kallie Billadeau, Syracuse (Junior Goaltender, Minnetonka, Minn.) - Billadeau recorded her third shutout this season at UConn on Saturday, 2-0. Billadeau recorded 32 saves against the Huskies during both of her starts this weekend. She has a GAA of 0.76 and a save percentage of .964. Billadeau has recorded a shutout in three of her four starts this season. Billadeau now has five career shutouts.

Ali Binnington, RIT (Sophomore, Goaltender, Oakville, Ontario) - Binnington stopped 12-of-13 shots in a 4-1 win over Penn State on Thursday to pick up her third straight victory. She is now 3-1-0 this season with a 2.27 goals against average and .899 save percentage.

Shiann Darkangelo, Syracuse (Sophomore, Forward, Brighton, Mich.) - Darkangelo scored two goals this weekend at Connecticut. Darkangelo has notched four goals over the past three games. She has a team-high two game-winning goals.  Her power play tally in the first period at UConn served as the game-winning goal in SU’s 2-0 shutout. She is tied with Laurie Kingsbury for a team-high five goals. Darkangleo has seven points off of five tallies and two assists.

Kristen DiCiocco, Robert Morris (Senior, Goaltender, Niagara Falls, Ontario) - Senior netminder Kristen DiCiocco tallied a total of 64 saves in RMU’s two games against nationally ranked opponents Northeastern and Boston.  In each game, DiCiocco registered game-high numbers for shots blocked.  She registered a .923 save percentage as the Colonials tied with No. 7 Northeastern in overtime Friday evening, 3-3.  On Saturday, DiCiocco held No. 3 Boston below their goals-per-game average of four while registering a scoreless second period. 

Tenecia Hiller, RIT (Senior, Forward, Brampton, Ontario) - Hiller scored two goals in a 1-0-1 week for the Tigers. On Thursday, she scored an insurance goal in the third period of RIT’s 4-1 win at Penn State. On Friday, Hiller fired a shot in from the right wing with just 1:29 left in regulation to give the Tigers a 2-2 tie against the Nittany Lions. Hiller is tied for the team lead in scoring with four goals and six points in eight games.

Akane Hosoyamada, Syracuse (Junior, Defense, Banff, Alberta) - Hosoyamada had a two-point outing on Saturday in SU’s 2-0 win at Connecticut. Hosoyamada had the primary assist on Shiann Darkangelo’s power play game-winning goal in the first period. Hosoyamada also scored her first goal of the season in the second period. She also leads the Orange defense with eight blocks.

Katie Hubert, RIT (Freshman, Forward, Burlington, Ontario) - Hubert recorded her first multiple goal game of her career in Thursday’s 4-1 win at Penn State. Hubert opened the scoring 3:20 into the contest, then tallied the game-winning goal 12:54 into the second period on the power-play to break a 1-1 tie. Hubert now has three goals and five points in eight games this season.

Nicole Paniccia , Penn State (Junior, Goalie, Oakville, Ont.) - The Penn State junior goaltender was outstanding all weekend against RIT, keeping Penn State in each game despite getting out-shot 99-36. Paniccia posted a 2.88 GAA in 125 minutes of game time, making 93 saves with a .939 save percentage as the Nittany Lions earned their first point with a 2-2 tie on Friday vs. RIT. In Thursday’s game, Paniccia had 34 saves…Paniccia was outstanding on Friday, setting a new school record with a career-best 59 saves, staving off dozens of RIT attacks. Paniccia made 18 saves and 25 saves in the second and third periods, respectively, before stopping all five overtime shots from RIT. Over the last four periods and overtime, Paniccia stopped 76 shtos from RIT. Of the six goals allowed, four were power play goals…Paniccia has a 2.64 GAA with a .934 save percentage in six starts this season, allowing just 16 goals against 228 saves.

Shannon Yoxheimer, Penn State (Freshman, Forward, Jackson, Mich.) The Penn State freshman led the Nittany Lion offense for the second straight weekend with a team-high two goals vs. RIT (10/25-26)…Yoxheimer had PSU’s lone goal in a 4-1 loss on Thursday night…She followed that up with a goal and an assist as PSU picked up its first CHA point on Friday, 2-2 vs. RIT…Yoxheimer leads the team in goals (6) and is tied for the team-high in points (8).


College Hockey America Team Notes

LINDENWOOD: Lindenwood plays its inaugural CHA series this weekend when it hosts Mercyhurst on Friday and Saturday at the Lindenwood Ice Arena … the Lady Lions return to the ice for the first time since Oct. 13 … the Lady Lions went 0-4-0 against Mercyhurst during the 2011-12 season … at home, Lindenwood lost to the Lakers by scores of 7-0 and 14-1 … all three goals that Lindenwood scored against Mercyhurst last season came on the power play … Alison Wickenheiser and Alyssa West both had two points against the Lakers last season … Lindenwood’s Taylor Fairchild made over 100 saves in both series against Mercyhurst, including a season-high 67 in the first game in Wentzville … despite not playing the last two weeks, Nicole Hensley continues to lead the CHA in saves with 235 … Lindenwood will be playing a team outside the WCHA for the first time this season.

MERCYHURST: Mercyhurst improves to 8-1-1 after sweeping #10 Minnesota State this past weekend… The Lakers beat the Mavericks 8-1 Friday and 3-1 Saturday… The Lakers improve to fourth in the nation in offense, averaging 4.70 goals a game… Mercyhurst is outscoring their opponents 47 to 20 in ten games, and has 84 assists… The Lakers are 14 of 54 on their power-play with a .259 conversion, scoring 14 of the 47 goals on the power-play… The Lakers had a team game-high of 24 points against Minnesota State this season, scoring team-highs on Friday of eight goals, 16 assists and took 42 shots on goal… Sophomore Shelby Bram scored her game-high of four points on Friday, scoring a goal and added three assists… Freshman Jenna Dingeldein, Junior captain Christine Bestland, and Bram all notched three assists against Minnesota State on Friday, accomplishing their individual game-highs… Freshman Emily Janiga is fifth in the country in scoring with 18 points on nine goals and nine assists in ten games… Janiga is averaging 1.80 points per game, and is tied for fifth in the Nation in goals… Bestland 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… Junior Christie Cicero notched three goals against Minnesota State over the weekend, she had two on Friday and one Saturday… Cicero is third on the team in points (12), on seven goals and five assists… Sophomore Molly Byrne also as 12 points this season, scoring her fourth power-play goal this season, and is tied for first in the Nation with the most power-play goals… The Lakers are tied for first in the CHA, heading to play against opponent Lindenwood Friday, November 2… Bestland leads the CHA in points with 24, assists with 18, and is +14 on the season… Janiga is first on goals with nine, following closely behind is Cicero with seven…Bestland is two goals away from achieving 50 goals in her career at Mercyhurst.

PENN STATE: Penn State rebounded from a 4-1 loss to RIT on Thursday with the first point in the CHA with a 2-2 tie on Friday…The Nittany Lions led for 51 minutes behind Nicole Paniccia’s sterling 59-save performance, the RIT Tigers tied it with 89 seconds left in the third period…Paniccia was outstanding, posting a .939 save percentage with a 2.88 GAA in the two games, playing all 125 minutes, the highlight of the weekend was the 59 saves on 61 shots in Friday’s 2-2 tie…Freshman Shannon Yoxheimer scored in each game and is riding a four-game point streak…The freshman standout leads the team with six goals and is tied for the team lead (with Taylor Gross) with eight points…Yoxheimer and Gross each had three-point weekends against RIT; Yoxheimer had two goals and an assist, Gross had a goal and two assists…Jess Desorcie, Paige Jahnke and Madison Smiddy all tallied assists for the Nittany Lions this weekend…Penn State blocked 38 RIT shots on the weekend as Micayla Catanzariti led the way with five…Penn State continues its season-high six-game home stand with a two-game series beginning Friday night (7:30 p.m.) against Sacred Heart, the Nittany Lions and Pioneers  split games last weekend in Connecticut (SHU 2-1, PSU 6-1)…The series concludes on Saturday afternoon with a 2:00 p.m. opening faceoff…Robert Morris visits Greenberg Ice Pavilion for the schools’ first meeting in women’s hockey history on Nov. 10-11.

RIT: Team Notes: The Tigers enjoyed a solid week, earning three of a possible four points on the road at CHA rival Penn State. On Thursday, the Tigers won their first game as a member of College Hockey America, knocking off Penn State, 4-1. Freshman forward Katie Hubert scored a pair of goals, while junior Erin Zach scored a shorthanded goal and added an assist. Tenecia Hiller also scored as the Tigers out-shot Penn State, 38-13. Ali Binnington made 12 saves to pick up her third straight win. RIT was 2-for-8 with the man-advantage, while Penn State was 1-for-8. On Friday night, RIT found themselves down 2-0 just 8:06 into the contest before rallying back to secure a 2-2 draw. Cekeste Brown and Hiller scored goals for RIT. Hiller tied the game at 2-2 with just 1:29 left in regulation on the power-play, as RIT was 2-for-5 with the man-advantage. RIT out-shot Penn State 61-23, including 31-9 over the third period and overtime. Laura Chamberlain made 21 saves. Senior forward Kim Schlattman is just six points shy from becoming the ninth player in the history of the program to record 100 career points. A handful of Tigers are coming up on 100 career games played. Binnington is second nationally with two shutouts. The Tigers are 4-1 over their last six games, outscoring opponents 21-7, with a pair of shutouts over that time frame. RIT has received balanced scoring this season, as 10 players have between five and six points. Eleven different Tigers have a goal this season. Lindsay Grigg, Morgan Scoyne, and Tenecia Hiller are riding three-game point scoring streaks. RIT is off this weekend, but return to action on Friday, Nov. 9 at Colgate and Saturday, Nov 10 home against Syracuse.  RIT is 13-1-2 against Colgate, with the last meeting between the two teams coming in the 2000-01 season. RIT and Syracuse have never met before. It will be the first of four meetings between the two schools.

ROBERT MORRIS: The Robert Morris University women’s hockey team traveled to New England over the weekend to face off against nationally ranked Northeastern University and Boston University. On Friday, RMU came out with a 3-3 tie against No. 7 Northeastern.  Senior forward Kelsey Thomas led the RMU scoring effort as she tallied the first hatrick of her career registering a goal in each regulation period of the contest.  With the hatrick, Thomas becomes just the sixth player in RMU history to tally at least three goals in a single contest.  Senior assistant captain Cobina Delaney and sophomore forward Rebecca Vint each registered multi-point efforts with two assists.  Junior forward Kristen Richards contributed a single assist in the contest. Senior netminder Kristen DiCiocco received the start in net for RMU.  DiCiocco registered a game-high 36 saves, 15 of which came in the second period. In the second game of the trip, the No. 3 ranked Terriers earned the victory over the Colonials by a 3-0 decision. Despite the loss, the Robert Morris team did put forth some impressive performances against the third ranked team in the country.  RMU fired 24 shots against the Terriers and won 27 of 48 faceoffs.  The Colonial defense also put up some impressive statistics against the Terriers.  RMU held Boston to one less goal then its average of four goals per game this season.  As a team, the Colonials blocked 17 Terrier shots. DiCiocco received her forth start of the season against Boston. For the second consecutive game, DiCiocco stopped more than 30 shot while stopping a game-high 32 shots on the afternoon.

SYRACUSE: SU fell at Connecticut on Friday, 4-2, and rebounded on Saturday with a 2-0 shutout... The Orange has scored 12 of its 25 goals so far this season in the second period…  The Orange has scored at least one goal in the second period of every game so far this season…  Melissa Piacentini notched an assist against UConn on Friday, extending her point-scoring streak to six games (two goals, four assists)... It was the first time this season that the Orange allowed an empty-net goal on Friday… Friday’s loss was the first away loss of SU’s season… On Friday, it was the third time this season that SU has taken 40 or more shots in a game ... After shutting out UConn on Saturday, the Orange set a new program record by notching four shutouts so far this season… The most shutouts that SU has recorded in a single season were three, which was accomplished three different times (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11)… This was Kallie BIlladeau’s third shutout of the season and fifth of her career… She has only allowed three goals scored in four games… Akane Hosoyamada’s second period goal on Saturday was her first tally this season… Shiann Darkangelo has scored four goals in the past three games… Senior forward Holly Carrie-Mattimoe tallied an assist in both games at UConn… Darkangelo is now tied for first on the team with five goals scored… Her first period tally was her second game-winner of the season, a team-high… For the seventh game this season, the Orange outshot its opponent… On Saturday, the SU defense only held UConn to 13 shots, which is the least amount of shots that an opponent has taken in school history.

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