November 16, 2013
Colonials sweep fourth opponent of season
Robert Morris 3, Lindenwood 2
Pittsburgh, Pa. – Nov. 16, 2013 – The Robert
Morris University women’s hockey team earned their third
sweep of the last four weekends as they defeated Lindenwood this
afternoon in College Hockey America (CHA) play, 3-1.
Robert Morris (11-3-0, 5-1-0 CHA) has won eight of their last
nine games, while the Lions (0-12-2, 0-3-1 CHA) were swept for the
fifth time this season.
Despite an even first period in shots (8 to 8), the Colonials
jumped out to an early lead 10:15 into the game. Freshman
defenseman Mikaela Lowater (Thornhill, Ontario / Mississauga Jr.
Chiefs) forced a turnover and quickly passed it to senior assistant
captain Thea Imbrogno (Etobicoke, Ontario / Mississauga Jr. Chiefs)
skating down the left side of the ice. Imbrogno then slid the puck
across the crease to sophomore forward Ashley Vesci (Pittsburgh,
Pa. / Lawrence Academy [Mass.]), who buried it past Lindenwood
goaltender Nicole Hensley for her third goal of the season.
The assist on Vesci’s goal gave Imbrogno her
98th career point, moving the senior forward into
sole possession of second place in that category of the Colonial
career record books.
RMU continued to put the pressure on the Lions over the next 20
minutes as they held an 11-2 edge in shots. With a minute and 20
seconds remaining in second period, freshman forward Brittany
Howard (St. Thomas, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) broke a
two-game point drought when he lit the lamp for her fifth goal of
the season. Howard gathered a pass from senior captain Kristen
Richards (Toronto, Ontario / Niagara University) and rifled a shot
from the left crease. Hensley made the save, but the rebound
trickled back to Howard, who carried the puck to the right side of
the crease and scored.
Lindenwood pulled within one five minutes into the third period.
Jocelyn Slattery forced a turnover at the blue line and skated
alone towards junior goaltender Courtney Vinet (Camrose, Alberta /
Edge School), sniping one over Vinet’s right shoulder.
The Colonials wouldn’t take long to stretch their lead
back to two. Just 23 seconds after Slattery’s goal, junior
forward Rebecca Vint (Caledon, Ontario / Brampton Junior Thunder)
beat Hensley on a breakaway for her seventh goal of the season.
That goal was Vint’s 45thof her career and it
moved her past Imbrogno in the RMU record books for third in career
The Lions tried to cut the Colonial lead back to one, as they
rifled off 13 shots at Vinet following Vint’s goal, but the
junior netminder made every save.
Vinet finished the game with 25 saves and improved her record to
3-3-0 as starting goaltender.
RMU also improved their record to 6-0-0 on Saturdays this
The Colonials will take to the road next weekend, as they face
CHA foe Syracuse. Friday’s contest is scheduled to start at
7:00 p.m. from Tennity Ice Pavilion.
RIT 3, Penn State 2
N.Y. – The Penn State women’s hockey team
opened a 2-0 lead at RIT, but couldn’t hold on as the Tigers
won 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Ritter Arena.
Sophomore Jill Holdcroft (Pennsylvania
Furnace, Pa.) recorded her first two-goal game and the
program’s first short-handed goal in the first period.
Goaltender Celine Whitlinger (Garden
Grove, Calif.) made 37 saves.
The first period went
well for the Nittany Lions as Holdcroft staked a 2-0 lead for Penn
State. She tallied her first power-play goal of the year on
an Emily Laurenzi(Townsend, Del.) feed 8:01
into the first period. Laura
Bowman (Minnetonka, Minn.) picked up an assist as
well on the play winning the faceoff.
Five minutes later, an
RIT turnover on a Tiger power play was intercepted by Holdcroft as
she beat Ali Binnignton for the first short-handed goal in Penn
State history. It was Holdcroft’s third goal of the year and
second unassisted tally with 6:36 remaining in the
The second period saw
Holdcroft nearly grab a natural hat trick in the opening minutes,
but Binnington was there for the save. From the initial
three-shot showing by Penn State, the period belonged to RIT. The
Tigers eventually cut the lead in half on a 5-on-3 power-play goal
by Marissa Maugeri from Celeste Brown and Dakota Waites with just
Maugeri was at it
again just 1:43 into the third period knocking home a rebound from
Emily Bulleid. At 7:35, the Tigers took their first lead of the
game on the seventh power play as Erin Zach sent home a Maugeri
The Nittany Lions
pulled Whitlinger with a minute and a half remaining and garnered
several quality chances, but Binnington was there for all of them
and earned the Tigers a sweep of the series.
Penn State fell to
0-7-1 against the Tigers and held a lead in the third period for
the third straight game, unfortunately coming away with three
losses. The last four matchups with the Tigers have been one-goal
RIT held a 40-23 edge
in shots and a 34-28 advantage in faceoff victories. The
Nittany Lions were 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Tigers were
2-for-7, cashing in on two of their last three extra-player
Penn State returns to
action Friday and Saturday for a road series at Lindenwood.
Friday’s game is set for 8 p.m. ET, while Saturday’s
contest will start at 3 p.m. ET.
Mercyhurst 5, Syracuse
Pa.—Mercyhurst (7-4-2, 2-1-1 CHA) used a
three-goal third period to get past the Syracuse ice hockey team
(6-5-1, 2-1-1 CHA), taking a 5-3 victory on Saturday afternoon at
Mercyhurst Ice Center. The teams were tied for most of the game
until the Lakers notched the game-winning goal with 2:56 left in
The Orange converted on two of 10 power play opportunities
and limited the Lakers to just two chances. Both teams put 31 shots
on target with SU outshooting Mercyhurst in both the second and
Billadeau (3-5-1) was the goalie in charge,
making 26 saves and allowing four goals in the loss. This is
just the third time this season that she has played two consecutive
Eight different Orange recorded a point against
Roach was the only SU player to record two
points in the game.
Mercyhurst was the first to score, shooting one from five
yards out past Billadeau to take a 1-0 lead with 7:20 remaining in
the first period. Nicole
Ferrara would tie the game at 1-1 midway
through the second with an assist by Allie
Syracuse sent in another one in with 8:08 remaining in the
second stanza to take a 2-1 lead. Larissa
Martyniuk scored her first goal of the season
when she slapped one from just in front of the blue line through
defenders and into the goal. The Lakers wouldn't settle for a
deficit, however, and scored the second Mercyhurst goal of the game
just 27 seconds later.
The Lakers came out strong in the third period, scoring the
go-ahead goal 1:58 into the final 20 minutes. SU came right back to
tie it when Nicole
Renault scored her second goal of the season,
assisted by Kaillie
Goodnough and Margot
Scharfe, bringing the score to 3-3 with 14:20 left
With 2:56 remaining in the game, Kaleigh Chippy shot the
game-winning goal. The Lakers scored an empty net goal with 11
seconds left to bring the score to 5-3.
The Orange returns home next weekend to take on Robert Morris
University on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2
p.m. at Tennity Ice Pavillion.