College Hockey America award winners for December 10

College Hockey America award winners for December 10

December 10, 2012 Weekly Release (PDF)


College Hockey America Players of the Week


Rebecca Vint, Robert Morris

Sophomore, Forward, Caledon, Ontario 

Sophomore forward Rebecca Vint led the RMU offensive effort in the Colonials’ sweep of No. 4 Mercyhurst. Vint tallied four points in the two game series. In Friday’s contest, Vint scored one goal and passed out two assists.  Vint’s second assist of the contest came on the game winning goal scored in the third period.  Less then three minutes later Vint scored her lone goal of the game to lead RMU to the 3-1 victory.  The multi-point performance marked the sixth of the season for Vint, four of which have come in league contests.  On Saturday, Vint registered one assist, again on the game-winning goal.  Vint’s performance led RMU to its first program sweep of an opponent ranked in the national top-ten.  The sophomore has now tallied 14 points, eight goals and six assists in CHA play.  

Rebecca Vint Highlight video 

College Hockey America Goaltender of the Week


Kristen DiCiocco, Robert Morris 

Senior, Goaltender, Niagara Falls, Ontario 

Senior goaltender Kristen DiCocco led the Colonial defensive effort in RMU’s first sweep of conference foe No. 4 Mercyhurst. DiCiocco combined to register 59 saves in the two-game series with a .967 save percentage. DiCiocco allowed one goal in each contest as she faced 20 shots on Friday and 41 shots on Saturday.  In Saturday’s contest, DiCiocco stopped 20 shots in the first period to register a season high for saves in a single period. The 40-save performance marks a season-high for DiCiocco and is the fifth time this season the senior has registered at least 30 saves in a single game.  DiCiocco has now tallied 127 saves in CHA play with an 1.72 goals against average and a .941 save percentage.  The senior now owns a 4-1-0 conference record.  

Kristen DiCiocco Highlight Video 

College Hockey America Rookie of the Week


Celine Whitlinger, Penn State 

Freshmen, Goaltender, Garden Grove, Calif.

Celine Whitlinger had a career day in Friday night’s 3-1 loss at St. Lawrence, a 2012 NCAA Tournament team, making 45 saves and only giving up two goals…Whitlinger shut out the Saints in the first period behind 14 saves before keeping the game tied at one with 15 more saves in the second...Whitlinger capped her career-high 45 save performance with 16 saves in the third period as St. Lawrence pulled ahead… Her GAA for the weekend was 2.01 and posted a save percentage of .957…Whitlinger’s previous high was 40 saves at Vermont (Oct. 7)…Whitlinger made her first start since Oct. 14 vs. Syracuse.

Celine Whitlinger Highlight Video 

College Hockey America Honor Roll

Kallie Billadeau, Syracuse (Junior, Goaltender, Minnetonka, Minn.) - Goaltender of the Week: Junior goaltender Kallie Billadeau stood strong in net at No. 2 Clarkson, stopping 42 of the Golden Knight’s 45 shots. Her 42 saves were a season-high. Billadeau has a GAA of 1.43 and a save percentage of .941 so far this season while recording four shutouts.

Holly-Carrie Mattimoe, Syracuse (Senior Forward, Sherwood Park, Alberta) - Senior forward Holly-Carrie Mattimoe had a three-point weekend against No. 2 Clarkson. Carrie-Mattimoe had a goal in each game and an assist on Saturday as well. At Clarkson on Friday night, the senior captain gave SU a 1-0 lead after notching a power play goal in the first period. Carrie-Mattimoe scored another power play goal on Saturday night in the first period. She also had the primary assist on Margo Scharfe’s goal with 1:16 left in the game.  Carrie-Mattimoe has a team-high nine goals and four power play tallies. She leads the Orange with 16 points off of nine goals and seven assists.

Nicole Paniccia, Penn State (Goaltender, Oakville, Ont.) - Nicole Paniccia posted her fourth 50-plus save game of the year on Saturday, stopping 54 shots at St. Lawrence in a 4-2 loss…Paniccia has back-to-back 50-save games, making 64 at Mercyhurst on Dec. 1…Paniccia registered a .931 save percentage and allowed only two even-strength goals…Paniccia kept the Nittany Lions in the game, making 23 saves in the first period as the game was tied 1-1, making 18 saves while PSU was down 2-1 and 13 in the third period.


College Hockey America Team Notes

LINDENWOOD: Lindenwood returns to College Hockey America action this weekend with a two-game series against RIT … it is the second series of the year for the Lady Lions against one of the two other newcomers to the CHA with the first being a split against Penn State … Over the last month, Lindenwood has been playing its best defense since moving to the NCAA level … the Lady Lions have allowed three or fewer goals in five of the last six games, and they are allowing 2.5 goals a game over the last four games … Chelsea Witwicke is seventh in the CHA in defenseman scoring with seven points … Witwicke has scored at least one point in five straight games … Lindenwood is looking for its first road victory of the 2012-13 season … the Lady Lions and RIT will be meeting for the first time in women’s hockey … Lindenwood has a +5 plus/minus over the last four games and have outscored opponents 5-4 when both teams have been at even strength … Lindenwood has scored a power-play goal in four out of the last five games and has six power-play goals in that span … Lindenwood has committed four or fewer penalties in five out of the last six games … tahrough 14 games, Lindenwood has the same record as its first NCAA season. It has shown huge improvement though, especially defensively where it is allowing 49 less goals than it did during the first 14 games last year. 

MERCYHURST: Mercyhurst dropped two games against CHA for Robert Morris on Friday, December 7, 3-1 and Saturday, December 8, 2-1.  The last time the Lakers had been swept was back on October 24-25, 2008 at Clarkson University.  That same season the Lakers worked their way to the National Championship before dropping a 5-0 decision against Wisconsin.  The Robert Morris sweep was also the first time the Lakers have been swept in a conference contest since beginning their program back in 1999.  Mercyhurst fell to an overall record of 14-3-1 and 6-2-0 in the CHA.  In each game this weekend, the Lakers were trailing after the first or second period.  Mercyhurst has won a game after trailing after the first or second. Freshman Jenna Dingeldein scored the only Mercyhurst goal on Friday at 15:51 into the first period.  Sophomore Molly Byrne and junior Christie Cicero notched the assists.  Cicero’s helper was her eighth of the season and marked her 50th career point at Mercyhurst.  Sophomore Amanda Makela made 19 saves in the loss for the Lakers.  The Lakers stopped 6-of-8 power-play opportunities given to Robert Morris.  On Saturday, Mercyhurst was trailing 2-0 until sophomore Shelby Bram scored on the only Mercyhurst power-play goal on the weekend with less than 6:00 minute to play to regulation.  Cicero and junior captain Christine Bestland tallied the assists.  Mercyhurst pulled their goalie with 1:00 left in the third, but the Lakers could not muster another goal.  Cicero was the only Laker with multiple points over the weekend.  Head Coach Michael Sisti is two games away from reaching the 350 career wins.  With the two victories, Mercyhurst will be the third fastest program to reach 350 wins.  The Lakers have currently played 473 career games.  Only New Hampshire (437) and Minnesota (461) got to the 350 program wins faster. The Lakers are off until after the Holiday’s.  Mercyhurst will play the Buffalo Bison in an exhibition game on January 3, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. 

PENN STATE: Penn State traveled to 2012 NCAA Tournament side St. Lawrence and dropped two close decisions 3-1 and 4-2…Both games were one-goal games with less than two minutes to play…Celine Whitlinger was the star of Friday’s game, making 45 saves and allowing just two goals as Penn State nearly upset the Saints…Jill Holdcroft’s fifth goal of the season was a power-play tally assisted by Shannon Yoxheimer and tied the game at one late in the second period…In Saturday’s loss, Paniccia made 54 saves, the fourth time this season Paniccia eclipsed the 50-save barrier…For the second straight week, Jess Desorcie gave Penn State an early 1-0 lead on the road at a favored opponent, knocking in a Taylor Gross rebound, also assisted by Shannon Yoxheimer…Yoxheimer’s assist on Saturday made her the first Penn State player to reach double figures in goals and assists; Yoxheimer has an even 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points through 18 games…After SLU scored three straight goals, Hannah Hoenshell tallied her fifth goal of the season to cut the lead to 3-2…St. Lawrence represented just the second team Hoenshell has scored against as her previous four goals were scored on Sacred Heart…Hoenshell’s last goal came on Nov. 2 vs. SHU with a hat trick…Penn State ends the 2012 portion of its campaign on a four-game losing streak…The Nittany Lions return to action when they host NCAA Division III side Chatham (Jan. 4-5) at Greenberg Ice Pavilion.

RIT: The Tigers concluded their seven-game road swing by dropping a pair of contests at Ohio State. RIT lost on Saturday by a score of 3-1, then fell 6-2 on Sunday. On Saturday, Melissa Bromley scored her first goal of the season, while Ali Binnington made 29 saves. On Sunday, Kourtney Kunichika scored a goal on a penalty shot and added an assist, while Casidhe Kunichika also scored. The Tigers have allowed 10 power-play goals over their last four games after allowing just 11 over the first 13 games. The Tigers have also allowed 20 goals over the last four games after allowing just 14 goals over the previous 11 contests. Senior Kim Schlattman, who is nursing an injury that will keep her out of the lineup until January 4, is now just one point shy from becoming the ninth player in the history of the program to record 100 career points. She leads the Tigers with eight goals this season and has 33 goals and 66 assists in 102 career games. Junior Kourtney Kinuchika is just three points shy of 100 for her career. Danielle Read played in her 100th career game on Saturday at Ohio State, while Ariane Yokoyama did the same on Sunday. The Tigers are now 0-4 against ranked opponents this season, having been out-scored 24-6. The Tigers are finished 2-5 on their seven-game, 35-day expedition away from Ritter Arena. Fourteen different Tigers have a goal this season. Ironically, the Tigers are 0-3-1 at Ritter Arena this season. This weekend, RIT returns home to play CHA rival Lindenwood University in the first two meeting between the two schools. Saturday’s game starts at 7 p.m., while Sunday’s contest begins at 2 p.m.

ROBERT MORRIS: The Robert Morris University women’s hockey team completed its sweep of No. 4 Mercyhurst Saturday, 2-1 at the RMU Island Sports Center after upsetting the Lakers 3-1 on Friday. The sweep gives the Colonials a four game unbeaten streak against the Lakers.  The sweep of Mercyhurst is the first in RMU program history and is also the first time RMU has swept an opponent ranked in the national top-ten. On Friday, RMU was led by sophomore forward Rebecca Vint led the RMU scoring effort with one goal and two assists.  The multi-point effort is Vint’s sixth of the season and third straight. The Colonials got on the board first on Friday in the first period, when junior forward Kristen Richards scored her first power play goal of the season with assists coming from Vint and senior forward Kelsey Thomas.  Mercyhurst would respond less than eight minutes later to tie the game 1-1. After an evenly played first half of the third period, sophomore forward Katie Fergus found the net on a RMU power play to end the 1-1 tie that lasted for nearly 33:00.  Junior assistant captain Thea Imbrogno and Vint received the assist on the score. With 2:16 left in the contest, Vint would snipe a shot from the right of the faceoff zone for an unassisted goal which added extra cushion to the RMU lead. On Saturday, after earning the win in Friday’s contest, the Colonials were led by senior goaltender Kristen DiCiocco as she allowed only one goal on 41 shots.  The 40-save performance marks a season high for DiCiocco and is her fifth contest with at least 30 saves this season. RMU scored two goals in the second period to jump out to a 2-0 lead over Mercyhurst.  Each Colonial goal was scored on the power play.  The first goal was scored by senior assistant captain Dayna Newsom with assists going to senior defenseman Jamie Joslin and forward Jennifer Kindret.  Imbrogno would score the second Colonial goal with Vint and Fergus registering the assists. Mercyhurst scored with less than six minutes remaining in the final frame, but the RMU defense was able to hold off the Lakers for the victory. RMU handed Mercyhurst just its third loss this season and its first series in which the Lakers have been swept all season.  The Colonials also gave Mercyhurst goaltender Stephanie Ciampa her first loss of the year.  In the series the Colonials averaged 2.5 goals per game while the Lakers only scored one goal in each contest.  Four of RMU’s five goals came on the power play against Mercyhurst’s penalty kill squad that owned a .849 kill percentage.  The one goal allowed in each contest is the first time in RMU program history where the Colonials have held Mercyhurst to one goal in a single-game. 

SYRACUSE: After being swept by No. 2 Clarkson in a home-and-home series, the Orange are now 9-8-1 overall and 5-7-0 in nonconference play... Against ranked teams, the Orange holds a 3-31-1 record all time and is 0-3 this season against teams ranked in the top-10... Senior forward Holly Carrie-Mattimoe leads the Orange offense with nine goals and seven assists for 16 points… Sadie St. Germain recorded her first short-handed tally of career on Friday night… Kallie Billadeau recorded a season-high 42 saves in the contest at Clarkson… Clarkson outshot SU, 45-27, while the Orange tallied exactly nine shots in all three periods on Friday... On Saturday, Carrie-Mattimoe had one goal and one assists against the Golden Knights and while Nicole Ferrara had two assists... Ferrara leads the Orange with 10 assists... Jenesica Drinkwater tallied 20 saves on Saturday while sharing time in net with Julie Bengis, who notched 10 saves in her first game at home.

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