October 26, 2013

Mercyhurst blanks Maine

Mercyhurst 5, Maine 0

ERIE, Pa. – Five different Lakers score as the eighth-ranked Mercyhurst University women's hockey team shut-out Maine 5-0 on Saturday afternoon. The Lakers picked up the second straight win and improved to 5-3-1 in the season. Maine fell to 0-5-1 overall.

The Lakers attempted a team high 60 shots against the Black Bears with 27 of them taken throughout the second period. The Black Bears attempted 23 shots on net throughout the contest. 

Junior Amanda Makela picked up her third shutout of the season and sixth of her career while making 23 saves against Maine. Makela improved to 5-3-1 while in net for the Lakers. Maine's Meghann Treacy (0-5-1) made 55 saves on 60 shots on net. 

Sophomore Jenna Dingeldein scored the game-winning goal at the 6:28 mark of the second period, marking her fifth goal of the season. Dingeldein's goal was scored after she crashed the net from an initial shot from senior Christie Cicero. Sophomore Kathy Donohue also added an assist.

The third period the Lakers offense ignited with four goals from four different players. Sophomore Maggie Rothgery started the scoring at the 2:59 mark of the final period. Rothgery scored after a scramble in front of the Maine net with seniors Kaleigh Chippy and Christine Bestland starting that offensive rush.

Chippy then tallied a goal of her own this time led by Rothgery at the 9:02 mark. Donohue passed the puck through to Rothgery at the goalies crease. Rothgery then attempted a shot which was blocked to Kaleigh Chippy who stuffed the puck up behind Treacy's glove, making the score 3-0.

Donohue scored just two minutes later to tally her first collegiate goal as a Mercyhurst Laker before sophomore Emily Janiga completed the scoring at the 15:52. Sophomore Jaclyn Arbour, Cicero and Bestland all added assists.

All told, the Lakers had eight different players tally at least one point throughout the contest. Donohue collected three points on a goal and two assists while Rothgery and Chippy added a goal and an assist a piece. 

With the goal, Dingeldein is just two points from her career 50 while at Mercyhurst. Janiga is now just three points again from her career 50, while Chippy needs seven. Bestland needs 14 points her reach her career milestone of 200 points.

The Lakers return to action as the Lakers compete in their first conference game at Robert Morris University on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9. Puck drop will begin at 3:00 p.m. for both contests at the RMU Island Sport Complex.

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Robert Morris 6, Vermont 4

Pittsburgh, Pa. — The Robert Morris University women’s hockey team earned their second sweep of the season with a 6-4 victory behind two goals from sophomore forward Anissa Gamble (Fredericton, New Brunswick / Burlington Jr. Barracudas).

A day after freshman Maeve Garvey (Oakville, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) registered the first multi-goal effort for a Colonial of the 2013-14 season, Gamble matched her output and in the same breath, scored the first two goals of her career.

For the third straight game, RMU struck first as junior forward Katelyn Scott (Brighton, Mich. / Belle Tire) snuck one past Vermont goaltender Madison Litchfield’s five-hole for her first goal of the season. Junior forward Maddie Collias (Roseville, Mich. / Belle Tire) was credited with the only assist.

The Catamounts would storm back with two goals however, to take their first lead of the series. Victoria Andreakos passed it up to Brittany Zuback, and Zuback then found Amanda Pelkey at the right circle. Pelkey fired a slapshot past freshman goaltender Jessica Dodds (London, Ontario / London Jr. Devilettes) for her third goal of the series. Vermont would then take the lead two and a half minutes later as Klara Myren capitalized on a power play opportunity.

For the second time this series, senior assistant captain Thea Imbrogno (Etobicoke, Ontario / Mississauga Jr. Chiefs) would light the lamp on a power play. Senior captain Kristen Richards (Toronto, Ontario / Niagara University) passed it to freshman forward Brittany Howard (St. Thomas, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) behind the net, and the freshman waited for someone to get open. That person would be Imbrogno, as the senior corralled the puck and beat Litchfield for her fourth goal of the season.

A little more than five minutes later, junior Rebecca Vint (Caldeon, Ontario / Brampton Junior Thunder) would give the Colonials the lead with her third goal of the season. Howard and Richards recorded the assists again – the freshman picking up her ninth helper of the year, while the captain tallied her second of three on the afternoon.

RMU would extend their lead to two goals at the 6:24 mark of the second period. Sophomore forward Ashley Vesci (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Lawrence Academy [Mass.]) gathered the puck off a turnover and found Gamble in front of the net. Gamble then beat Litchfield for the first goal of her career.

The Catamounts pulled within one 10 minutes later as Delia McNally took advantage of a checking penalty on Richards. Rachael Ade and Gina Repaci earned assists on the goal.

Less than two minutes later, Howard scored her third goal of the season with some fancy stickwork. Gathering a pass from fellow freshman Maeve Garvey, Howard would deke two Vermont defenders and catch Litchfield off-balance, giving her enough room to bury the puck. Richards registered her third and final assist of the contest on the goal.

Vermont once again pulled within one at the 14:59 mark of the final period. Seconds after Richards went to the box for hooking, Repaci found the back of the net off passes from Ade and McNally.

However, the Colonials would put it away with 1:55 left in the game. Senior assistant captain Brandi Pollock (Virden, Manitoba / Westman Wildcats) gathered a pass on the blue line and passed it to Vesci. Vesci’s initial shot was saved by Litchfield, but the rebound trickled to Gamble, who then put it away for her second goal of the contest.

Dodds earned her fifth win (5-0-0) of the season after stopping 14 of 18 shots.

Howard tallied three points on the afternoon with her second period goal and assists on Imbrogno and Vint’s scores. The freshman leads the team with 12 points.

RMU moves to 6-2-0 on the season and will open up College Hockey America (CHA) play with Penn State next week on Halloween. Faceoff for Thursday’s contest is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. from the brand new Pegula Ice Arena. 

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RIT 2, Brown 1

ROCHESTER, NY – Despite firing a season-high 55 shots on goal, the RIT women's hockey team (4-5-0) squandered a late third period en route to falling in overtime by a score of 2-1 to the Brown University Bears (1-1-0) on Saturday afternoon at Ritter Arena.
 
Jessica Hoyle scored an unassisted goal with 2:40 left in regulation, while Maddie Woo tallied on the power-play with 1:47 left in overtime to complete the comeback for Brown, who pick up its first win of the 2013-14 season.
 
Brown goaltender Aubree Moore was sensational, stopping 54-of-55 shots to earn the game's first star. She made 17 saves in the first period, 21 in the second, and 16 in the third, thwarting several grade "A" scoring chances by RIT all afternoon.
 
Down 1-0 late in the third, Hoyle intercepted a clearing attempt in the slot after a blocked shot and put a hard shot just inside the right post past RIT goaltender Brooke Stoddart (Elmvale, Ontario/Elmvale), who was making her collegiate debut.
 
In overtime, RIT was assessed a too many players on the ice penalty with 2:04 left, giving Brown a power-play. Off the ensuing face-off, Jennifer Nedow fired a shot from the point that deflected off Erin Conway in front right to Woo, who was all alone at the right side of the net. Woo calmly deposited the loose puck into the open net for the win.
 
Lindsay Grigg (Oakville, Ontario/Oakville Hornets) scored a second period power-play goal for the Tigers, who fall to 0-5-0 on Saturday this season. They are 4-0-0 on Friday.
 
In net, Brooke Stoddart (Elmvale, Ontario/Elmvale) made her collegiate debut, stopping 17 of 19 shots. She was 2:40 away from both her first collegiate win and shutout.
 
RIT was 1-for-7 with the man-advantage, while Brown was 1-for-5.
 
"We need to put teams away on the second day of back-to-back weekends," said RIT head coach Scott McDonald. "We dominated in every facet of the game, except the final score. Give their goaltender full credit, she played tremendous, but we also have to do a much better job burying our chances in front. We missed quite a few open nets and we need to get this solved, especially with league play coming up."

Moore was the story of the first period, stopping all 17 RIT shots she faced, including several in spectacular fashion. Her best save came late in the period, as she robbed Kolbee McCrea (Wawa, Ontario/Burlington Barracudas) right in front of the net twice. McCrea looked to have a wide open net on her second attempt, but Moore slid the left pad in quick fashion to keep the puck out.
 
Moore also made a great save just moments into the game on Jess Paton (Woodstock, Ontario/Waterloo K-W Rangers) who took a feed from Erin Zach (Elmira, Ontario/Cambridge Fury) in the slot and whistled a hard shot that the Brown goalie kept out.
 
Stoddart was not tested often, but she had to make a nifty pad save on Lauren Vella off a hard slap shot from the high slot. Maddie Woo looked to have an open net on the power-play in front, but her shot attempt went wide.
 
Moore continued to keep the Tigers off the board in the second period, making tremendous save upon tremendous save. She stopped 21-of-22 second period shots.
 
Grigg finally broke through on the power-play with 7:29 left in the period, using a perfect screen from McCrea to put a shot from the slot past Moore on the power-play to make it 1-0 Tigers. Moore made saves on McCrea and Kourtney Kunichika (Fullerton, CA/LA Selects) in front before the puck made it to Morgan Scoyne (Drumbo, Ontario/Stoney Creek Sabres) at the left point. She fed Grigg, whose buried the low shot past Moore for her first goal of the season.
 
That goal seemed to energize Brown, who would carry the play at times later in the period.
 
Stoddart had to come up big with just under six minutes left in the period, robbing Brittany Moorehead from point-blank range. With 3:25 left in the period, Hunter Davis wristed a screen shot from the left point that eluded Stoddart, but hit the right post and came out. The goal light came on, but it was ruled the puck never crossed the goal line.
 
Kunichika had three great chances on the power-play right at the outset of the third period to make it 2-0. She missed an open net on a carom off the boards and had two great chances in front denied by Moore. Moore made one of the saves with her right leg with her back turned to Kunichika.
 
RIT is 6-6-1 all-time against Brown, 3-1-0 at the Division I level. Last night, Celeste Brown (Great Falls, MT/National Sports Academy) scored a pair of goals to lead the Tigers to a 2-1 win over the Bears. Kourtney Kunchika played in her 100th collegiate game, while Ali Binnington (Oakville, Ontario/Mississauga Chiefs) made 18 saves to pick up her fourth win of the season.
 
Last season, the Tigers won a pair of road games against Brown by scores of 2-0 and 2-1. 
 
The Tigers are off next weekend. The squad returns to action on Nov. 8-9 with a pair of games at Lindenwood University to kick off College Hockey America play.
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Syracuse 5, Union 2   



SYRACUSE, N.Y.—The Orange used four power play goals to defeat Union, 5-2 on Saturday afternoon to improve to a 4-4-0 record on the season. Jenesica Drinkwater started in net and is now a perfect 2-0-0 in her two appearances so far this year.

"I give Union a ton of credit, they were well prepared and we always have good games against them," Head coach Paul Flanagan said. "They're a well-coached team and they come at you hard and if it weren't for our power play unit today it would probably be a different story here. Our power play unit bailed us out and I thought [senior goalie] Jenesica Drinkwater made some key saves at key junctures of the game."

For just the second time this season, SU outshot its opponent, putting 32 shots on net to Union's 24, the most shots SU has attempted on target so far this year.  Drinkwater made 22 saves in the contest including 10 in the second period.

The Orange went 4-5 on the power play and did not allow Union to score on any of its four power play opportunities. Syracuse has not allowed a power play goal since they played at No. 3 Clarkson, killing 26 penalties along the way.

Senior captain Margot Scharfe and sophomore Nicole Renault each had three points against the Dutchwomen, with Sharfe scoring two goals and an assist and Renault notching three assists.

Syracuse took a 1-0 lead 6:17 minutes into the first period when Scharfe tipped in a slap shot from Renault at the top of the right circle. Caitlin Roach started the play on the left side, passing to Renault and earning herself her third assist of the season.

Roach tallied a goal of her own in the middle of the second period, the first power-play score of the game. Jessica Sibley took a shot on net and scooped up her own rebound, deciding to pass it right to roach who slapped it past Shenae Lundberg to take a 2-0 lead with 10:14 left in the second.

Union would answer 3:39 minutes later off a shot from leading goal scorer Christine Valente. Valente scooped up a rebound from Alli Devin's shot and netted it to cut the SU lead to one goal.

Sharfe tipped in her second goal of the game later in the second period, which would be the eventual game-winner. Kaillie Goodnough slapped one hard at the net from the top of the right circle and Scharfe got her stick on it to make the score 3-1 with 1:27 left in the second.

Nicole Ferrara scored her second goal of the season with five seconds remaining in the second half to go into the second intermission with a 4-1 lead. Akane Hosoyamada flipped a pass from Larissa Martyniuk toward the net and Ferrara was there to finish the job, shooting it past the goalie and gaining a three-goal advantage.

Union scored one last time at the 7:24 mark in the third period when Jessica Kaminsky intercepted a pass and brought it past the center line, passing to Valenti, who gave it back to Kaminsky at the crease and sent it in to cut the Orange lead to two scores.

Syracuse would re-gain its three-goal advantage however, when Melissa Piacentini scored her first goal of the year. Renault wound up and took a shot from the top of the left circle and Margot Scharfe tipped it to Piacentini, who redirected it into the goal.

The Orange start conference play next weekend at Penn State on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m.

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New Hampshire 8, Penn State 5

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State women's hockey team tried its best but couldn't keep up with New Hampshire in an 8-5 loss on Friday night at Pegula Ice Arena. Five different Nittany Lions registered goals as the two teams combined to score 13 goals in the contest, the most in PSU program history.
 
Penn State (2-4-1, 0-0-0 CHA) had leads of 1-0 and 4-3, but couldn't hold on as New Hampshire (4-2-1, 1-0-1 Hockey East) scored five of the final six goals in the game. UNH pulled away by breaking a 5-5 deadlock with three straight goals over the last 3:39.
 
Laura Bowman (Minnetonka, Minn.), Sarah Nielsen (Edina, Minn.), Jess Desorcie(Westford, Vt.), Kelly Seward (Williamsville, N.Y.) and Taylor Gross (Colorado Springs, Colo.) tallied goals for Penn State.
 
Penn State got off to their quickest start in program history when Bowman slipped a shot past Vilma Vaattovaara (23 saves) to put the Nittany Lions up 1-0 just 40 seconds into the game. Jordin Pardoski (Rochester Hills, Mich.) supplied the pass from the point to Bowman who was stationed in the corner on the goal line. Her tight-angled goal was her fourth tally of the year.
 
The Nittany Lions relinquished their early lead when Heather Kashman scored a minute after Penn State killed off their first penalty with just less than 14 minutes remaining in the period. New Hampshire took the lead with 10:33 remaining on a Caroline Broderick power-play goal, one of three scored by the Wildcats Friday evening.
 
Penn State’s power play fought back as Nielsen potted her first collegiate goal on assists from Shannon Yoxheimer (Jackson, Mich.) and Paige Jahnke (Oakdale, Minn.) just 40 seconds into the second period to knot the score at two.
 
UNH’s Kayla Mork tallied her first of the year 4:00 into the frame and Penn State answered at 11:20 on Desorcie’s first goal of the season. Birdie Shaw (Troy, Mich.) flung in a puck from the slot that was deflected to Hannah Hoenshell (Plano, Texas.) Hoenshell tipped it past Vaattovaara to Desorcie who was sitting on the doorstep as the game remained 3-3 after two periods of play.
 
Keeping with Penn State’s quick starts, Seward blasted a power-play tally from the point, her third goal of the season and second on the power play, just 31 seconds into the third period.  Penn State’s 4-3 lead was short-lived as Cassandra Vilgrain scored 14 seconds later to tie the score at four.
 
The 4-4 game lasted over eight minutes until Arielle O’Neill put the Wildcats ahead on a power-play goal at 9:01. Penn State again answered with a power-play goal of its own as Gross cleaned up a loose puck at 11:20 in the third period. The goal was set up by Yoxheimer and Hoenshell. The duo had two assists apiece Friday.
 
New Hampshire took the lead for good on a Jenna Lascelle marker with 3:39 to go in the game. The Wildcats punched in an insurance goal with 2:21 left in the game from O’Neill’s stick, her third goal of the season.  Nicole Gifford sent home an empty-netter in the game’s final 27 seconds for the final 8-5 score line.
 
Gross, Yoxheimer and Hoenshell led Penn State’s offense with two points each. Defensively, Lindsay Reihl (Cheshire, Conn.) and Seward each blocked three shots with Sarah Wilkie (Ashby, Mass.), Reihl and Pardoski leading PSU’s defense with a plus-one rating. In net, Nicole Paniccia (Oakville, Ont.) saved 28 Wildcat attempts.
 
UNH went 3-for-5 on the power play while Penn State went 3-for-6, the first time in school history the team scored three power-play goals. Nielsen led the faceoff battle with an 11-6 record at the dot.
 
The two teams rematch tomorrow afternoon with a 2 p.m. opening faceoff at Pegula Ice Arena.
 

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Lindenwood 4, No. 2 Wisconsin 1

The Lady Lions hockey team put together another good effort on Saturday against the No. 2 team in NCAA Division I. Lindenwood trailed just 2-1 after two periods against Wisconsin before falling 4-1 in Madison.

The Badgers scored twice in the first period to take a 2-0 lead, but Lindenwood would keep Wisconsin off the scoreboard for the next 37 minutes. During that time, the Lady Lions got within one goal when Caitlyn Post scored off an assist from Lyndsay Kirkham.

With the game being just a one-goal contest in the third period, both teams played more defensively. Wisconsin finally broke through with a power-play goal at the 12:29 mark, and then sealed the contest with another goal with less than three minutes remaining.

Wisconsin finished the game with 43 shots, compared to 23 for Lindenwood. Both teams had five power plays. The Lady Lions did not score a power-play goal, while Wisconsin had two power-play goals. The three-goal loss was the best performance for Lindenwood against a nationally-ranked team.

Nicole Hensley made 39 saves in net for Lindenwood. Rachel Weich, Carrie Atkinson, and Jocelyn Slattery all had a +1 plus/minus for the contest. Post had a team-high five shots and she scored her first goal of the season.

Lindenwood is now 0-9-1 on the season, with every game being a non-conference contest against the WCHA. The Lady Lions begin conference play in two weeks at home against RIT.