CHA Recap for Friday, September 27

#7/8 MERCYHURST 2, MINN. STATE MANKATO 4

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 MANKATO, Minn. – The seventh ranked Mercyhurst University women's hockey team lost to Minnesota State – Mankato in their opening contest of the 2013-14 season. The Lakers fall to 0-1-0 in the early season, while Minnesota State-Mankato is 1-0-0.

Senior Christine Bestland tallied the first goal of the contest, giving Mercyhurst the 1-0 edge after the first period. With the goal, Bestland extended her scoring streak to eight games, dating back to February 22 against RIT. Averaging 1.94 points in the 2012-13 season, Bestland is on pace to break her longest scoring streak (11) set her sophomore year. Goaltender Amanda Makela tallied her second career assist.

After one period of play, the Lakers were outshooting the Mavericks, 14 to 11. However the Mavericks came out strong in the second period, evening out the shots a two period total of 24-23 still in Mercyhurst's favor.

Two early goals from the Mavericks, gave them the 2-1 lead throughout the majority of the second. Shelby Moteyunas scored a power-play goal at the 6:30 mark of the second period, followed by Natalie Stoltz on an even strength goal at 9:29.

Senior Kaleigh Chippy dished in the equalizer with 17:1 minutes elapsed into the second. Freshman Jillian Skinner tabbed her first collegiate point as a Mercyhurst Lakers with the assist. Junior Shelby Bram also marked an assist.

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BEMIDJI STATE 3, LINDENWOOD 2

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The Lindenwood women's ice hockey team allowed a late goal on Friday evening which caused the team to fall 3-2 in its season opener against Bemidji State.

Special teams played a key role in the first two periods as both teams scored a pair of power-play goals. Bemidji State scored first less than 10 minutes into the game to take a 1-0 lead. Lindenwood's Jocelyn Slattery then scored twice in a three-minute span, both coming on tip-ins in front of the goal. The first was at the 17:48 mark of the first period, with assists from Brooke Peden and Kendra Broad. The second was less than a minute into the second period and was assisted by Peden and Chelsea Witwicke.

Lindenwood held the lead for eight minutes until the Beavers tied the game with their second power-play goal. The two programs then went nearly 30 minutes without a goal. The Lady Lions had two power-play chances in the third but could get off only one shot on goal. The Beavers took advantage and scored the game-winner with just 1:20 left in the contest.

The Lady Lions outshot the Beavers in the first period but Bemidji State ended the game with a 39-20 advantage on shots. Most of that came in the second period when Bemidji State outshot Lindenwood 23-6. Nicole Hensley stopped 36 shots in goal for Lindenwood.

Lindenwood and Bemidji State will continue their series tomorrow evening at 6:54 p.m. at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.

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GUELPH 1, SYRACUSE 3 [EXHIBITION]

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 SYRACUSE, N.Y.—The Syracuse ice hockey team defeated the University of Guelph 3-1 in an exhibition game held at Tennity Ice Pavilion. The Orange season opener is on Friday, October 4 at Northeastern in Matthews Arena.

Syracuse scored the first two goals of the game, the first from Sadie St. Germain, who deflected in a shot in front of the goal set up by Akane Hosoyamada with 10:35 remaining in the first period.

Freshman forward Elizabeth Scala had the second score when she directed a pass from Cara Johnson into the net with 9:30 to go in the second period, which would ultimately be the game-winning goal.

The Gryphons took away the shut out off a breakaway shot by Amanda Parkins who skated up the left side and got one past Jenesica Drinkwater late in the second stanza.

Nicole Ferrara had the last say in the game, giving SU a two point lead with 3:51 to go in the second period that would not be answered.

All three Orange goalies saw action in the contest, splitting equal minutes throughout the game.

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TORONTO JR AEROS 2, RIT 5 [EXHIBITION] 

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ROCHESTER, NY – Five different players scored goals, as the RIT women's hockey team rolled to a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Jr. Aeros in the 2013-14 exhibition opener in front of 311 fans at Ritter Arena on Friday evening.

Erin Zach (Elmira, Ontario/Cambridge Fury), Celeste Brown (Great Falls, MT/National Sports Academy), Marissa Maugeri (Ajax, Ontario/Durham West Lightning), Kolbee McCrea (Wawa, Ontario/Burlington Barracudas), and Morgan Scoyne (Drumbo, Ontario/Stoney Creek Sabres) scored for the Tigers, while Dakota Waites (Whitby, Ontario/Sinclair), Jess Paton (Woodstock, Ontario/Waterloo K-W Rangers), andKourtney Kunichika (Fullerton, CA/LA Selects) dished out a pair of assists apiece.

In goal, Ali Binnington (Oakville, Ontario/Mississauga Chiefs) played a spotless first period, stopping eight first period shots. Jetta Rackleff(Bend, OR/Anaheim Lady Ducks) made her debut in the second period, turning aside three shots. In the final period, Brooke Stoddart (Elmvale, Ontario/Elmvale) made seven saves on nine shots in her collegiate debut.

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