RIT Shines in Home Opener; Robert Morris earns win at Bemidji State

RIT Shines in Home Opener; Robert Morris earns win at Bemidji State

Vermont 0, RIT 6

ROCHESTER, NY – The RIT women's hockey team (2-2-0) exploded for a season-high six goals in a 6-0 win over the University of Vermont (0-2-1) in front of 1,161 fans at Ritter Arena on Friday evening. RIT is celebrating its annual Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend. 

CHA Commissioner Robert DeGregorio presented junior goaltender Ali Binnington and senior forward Celeste Brown with their 2012-13 CHA Student-Athletes of the Year awards before the game.

Kourtney Kunichika (Fullerton, CA/LA Selects) scored a pair of goals to lead the way offensively for the Tigers. Jess Paton (Woodstock, Ontario/Waterloo K-W Rangers) and Kolbee McCrea (Wawa, Ontario/Burlington Barracudas) added a goal and an assist apiece, while Morgan Scoyne (Drumbo, Ontario/Stoney Creek Sabres) recorded two helpers. Brown (Great Falls, MT/National Sports Academy) and Brittany St. James (Orono, Ontario/St. Stephen Catholic) also scored for the Tigers. St. James' goal was the first of her collegiate career.

RIT goaltender Ali Binnington (Oakville, Ontario/Mississauga Chiefs) was sharp in net, turning aside 33 shots for her second victory of the season and ninth shutout of her career. She made 24 saves over the final two periods, including 14 shots on six Vermont power-play attempts.

Vermont out-shot RIT, 33-31. In goal, Vermont's Roxanne Douville started, stopping eight shots in the first period before being replaced by Madison Litchfield. Litchfield stopped 17 shots over the final two periods.

RIT was 2-for-5 with the man-advantage, while holding Vermont scoreless on six chances.

"I thought we were excellent in all facets tonight, from Ali (Binnington) in goal, to our defense, who did a great job in the transition game, to our forwards, who were able to finish well tonight," said RIT Head Coach Scott McDonald. "Our team speed was evident all evening. We need to keep this effort uptomorrow."

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Robert Morris 2, Bemidji State 1

Bemidji, Minn. – The Robert Morris University women's hockey team defeated Bemidji State, 2-1, this evening behind two second period goals.

The first period saw chances turned away for both the Colonials and Beavers. After senior assistant captain Brandi Pollock (Virden, Manitoba / Westman Wildcats) went to the box for hooking, Bemidji State rifled off seven shots but only one of them were on net.

RMU would come back later in the period with a shot barrage of six consecutive attempts, but the two that were on net were pushed away by Beavers goaltender Brittni Mowat. The Colonials would then go on the power play at the 11:15 mark after Madison Hutchinson was penalized for tripping, but they couldn't capitalize on the man advantage.

Junior forward Maddie Collias (Roseville, Mich. / Belle Tire) dented the scoreboard first 3:49 into the second period. Senior assistant captain Thea Imbrogno (Etobicoke, Ontario / Mississauga Jr. Chiefs) gathered the puck in the offensive zone and found her fellow forward, who then beat Mowat for her first goal of the season.

A little more than six minutes later, RMU would extend the lead to 2-0 with a goal from freshman forward Maeve Garvey (Oakville, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas). The unassisted strike was her first goal of the 2013-14 campaign as well.

With five seconds remaining in the game, Bemidji State would finally get on the board and, in turn, spoil junior goaltender Courtney Vinet's (Camrose, Alberta / Edge School)shutout. Tess Dusik corralled a pass from Hanna Moher on the man advantage and pushed it past Vinet. That goal would matter little as junior Rebecca Vint (Caldeon, Ontario / Brampton Junior Thunder) won the following faceoff, which secured the Colonials victory.

Vinet stopped 28 of 29 shots and gained her first win of the season. RMU won more faceoffs than Bemidji State (30 to 21) and were outshot (29 to 18). The Colonials were 0-5 on the power play and killed off all four penalties.

RMU will look for their third win of the season and a sweep tomorrow. Puck drop is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. at the Sanford Center.

Courtesy Robert Morris Athletic Communications

No. 3 Clarkson 2, Syracuse 1

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Kallie Billiadeau made 39 saves in goal for the Orange, but it was not enough as Syracuse women's ice hockey (1-3-0) was edged by No. 3 Clarkson (4-0-0), 2-1, in the home opener at Tennity Ice Pavilion on Friday night. The senior netminder from Minnetonka, Minn. kept the Orange in it all night, despite a 41-18 shot advantage for the Golden Knights.

Syracuse made things interesting at the end as Nicole Renault scored on a wrister from the point with a two-man advantage to make it a 2-1 game with 7:32 remaining, but Clarkson's defense was able to hold off the Orange in the games closing minutes.

Syracuse tried pulling Billadeau for the extra skater with 1:10 remaining, but a couple defensive zone face-offs and penalty with 24 seconds left ended the threat.

The Orange penalty killing unit was sharp, holding the Clarkson power play to 0-for-5. The Knights came into the game 6-for-20 with the extra attacker. Syracuse was 1-of-5 on the power play.

Carly Mercer started the scoring for Clarkson with 1:40 left in the first period when she scored her second of the season. The game would stay 1-0 until there was 16:26 remaining in the second period and Mercer struck again, with linemate Jamie Lee Rattray picking up her second assist of the night on the goal.

With 8:11 left in the third period, Clarkson was called for a pair of minor penalties, giving the Orange the two-man advantage. It took just 39 seconds before Renault, a sophomore from Plymouth, Mass., took a cross-ice pass from Caitlin Roach and snapped a shot from the right point by Clarkson goalie Erica Howe's right shoulder for her first goal of the year. Roach and Melissa Piacentini picked up assists on the play.

Howe finished with 17 saves for the Knights.

Syracuse and Clarkson meet on again on Saturday, this time at Cheel Arena in Potsdam. Puck drops at 4 p.m.

Courtesy Syracuse Athletic Communications

Penn State 1, Quinnipiac 5

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Nittany Lion women's hockey team dropped its first game of the season in a 5-1 decision at Quinnipiac on Fridaynight. Shannon Yoxheimer (Jackson, Mich.) tallied her second goal of the season, while Nicole Paniccia (Oakville, Ont.) saved 48 shots.

 Quinnipiac (2-0-1) opened the scoring account 15:29 into the game on a Kelly Babstock power-play tally. The Bobcats doubled the lead through the power play when Shiann Darkangelo found the back of the net 4:12 into the second period.

Yoxheimer cut QU's lead in half on her second goal of the season scored at 8:43 in the second period. Sarah Nielsen (Edina, Minn.) notched her fourth assist of the year, while Taylor Gross (Colorado Springs, Colo.) earned her second helper on the season.

Quinnipiac pushed the lead back to two on a Morgan Fritz-Ward tally with just 75 seconds remaining in the second period. The Bobcats would later add two more late in the third period by Anna Borgfeldt and Meghan Turner. Borgfeldt's tally was registered with 4:46 left in the game, while Turner notched one of her own just 90 seconds later.

Final shots read 53-25 in favor of Quinnpiac. Paniccia stopped 20 shots in the first period, 15 in the second and 13 in the third. QU was 2-for-4 on the power play, while Penn State was 0-for-1.

The Nittany Lions and Bobcats rematch on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Courtesy Penn State Athletic Communications

Minnesota State 7, Lindenwood 1

The Lindenwood women’s ice hockey team fell behind by a large margin early in Friday night’s game against Minnesota State and could not get back into it. The Lady Lions lost by a score of 7-1.

The Mavericks scored four power-play goals in the first period and led 5-1 after 20 minutes of play. Three of those goals came in a 30-second span starting with Lindenwood getting two skaters in the penalty box.

Kendra Broad scored Lindenwood’s only goal of the game late in the first period. With the Lady Lions on the power play, she stole the puck in Minnesota State’s end and was able to finish. Sarah McGall saw her first collegiate action in goal after coming in as a backup. She played over 45 minutes and made 23 saves, while allowing three goals.

Minnesota State finished with a 37-31 edge in shots. It was four-of-six on the power play and also scored a shorthanded goal. The Lady Lions were just one-of-eight with a man advantage.

Lindenwood and Minnesota State will conclude their series on Saturday afternoon at noon at the Lindenwood Ice Arena.

Courtesy Lindenwood Athletic Communications