CHA Recap for Tuesday, 11/26: Down to the Wire

CHA Recap for Tuesday, 11/26: Down to the Wire

Mercyhurst 3, St Lawrence 2

ERIE, Pa. – Senior Christie Cicero scored two goals to propel the Mercyhurst University women's hockey team over St. Lawrence University on Tuesday evening. The Lakers improved to 9-5-2 in the season with the out of conference win. St Lawrence fell to 6-8-1 overall this year.

Both teams skated through a scoreless first period with the Lakers taking control. Mercyhurst outshot St. Lawrence 13 to three in the opening period with five different players taking two shots on net.

At the start of the second, St. Lawrence took advantage of two power-play goals. At the 2:10 mark, Mel Desrochers tallied her sixth goal of the season after shooting the puck just under Makela shoulder from an odd angle. The Saints' Kristen Padalis scored four minutes later to stretch the score 2-0 on a back to back power-play goal.

Mercyhurst then scored three unanswered goals starting with Cicero. She scored her first goal of the game on a Lakers power-play opportunity at the 15:55 mark. The Lakers kept the puck moving with sophomore Emily Jangia starting the momentum. Janiga then passed it to senior Christine Bestland to the right side of the Saints' net. Bestland then tossed the puck to Cicero who blasted the puck past goaltender Carmen MacDonald.

Sophomore Kathy Donohue tied the contest at two on another power-play goal in the final period. Junior Shelby Bram passed the puck to sophomore Jenna Dingeldein at the hash marks for a shot on net. The shot went through the crease where Donohue was waiting back door and slide the puck as MacDonald.

For another nine minutes, both teams skated through the 2-2 tie. With 1:13 left on the clock, Cicero crashed the net and forced the puck through the legs of MacDonald to give her team the goal advantage. Bram and senior Kaleigh Chippy added the assists. The goal marked Cicero's first game-winning goal of the season.

All told, the Lakers outshot the Saints' 40 to 24 throughout the entire contest. The Lakers were successful two times out of their seven chances on the power-play. The penalty killed allowed two goals on five Saint opportunities.

Junior goaltender Amanda Makela took the win and improved to 8-5-2 in the season. Makela stopped 22 of the 24 shots faced. MacDonald fell to 6-3-1 after making 37 saves.

Both teams are back in action at the Mercyhurst Ice Center on Wednesday, November 27 at 3:00 p.m.

Courtesy Mercyhurst Athletic Communications



Syracuse 2, Colgate 1

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Allie LaCombe sent in the game-winning goal in the closing seconds to give the Syracuse ice hockey team (7-6-2) a 2-1 victory over Colgate(3-13-0) on Tuesday night at the Onondaga War Memorial. This is the third game-winner LaCombe has notched so far this season.

Jenesica Drinkwater was between the pipes for Syracuse and kept her record a perfect 4-0-0 with her 18-save performance against the Raiders. Brittney Brooks was in net for Colgate and made 36 saves in her efforts against the Orange.

The Orange played an aggressive offense in second and third periods, outshooting Colgate 58-17 in the final 40 minutes. The Raiders put just eight shots on target in the last two stanzas while Syracuse notched 31 shots at the goalie.

Neither team was able to gain much of an advantage throughout the first period, each getting 13 shots off. Drinkwater had 10 shots come her way and she made impressive saves to keep the score at 0-0 going into the second period.

Colgate was the first to score in the game when Rachel Walsh took a shot at Drinkwater, who made the save, but Walsh would strip the puck away from the SU netminder before she was able to maintain possession and stop play. Walsh passed it left to Miriam Drubel, who was waiting at the crease and shot it in before Drinkwater could turn and make the save. Colgate took a 1-0 lead with 4:02 remaining in the second period.

The Orange refused to go into the second intermission with a deficit and scored with 13 seconds remaining in the period.Julie Knerr took a shot at Brooks which led to a scrum in front of the goal. In the midst of Colgate defenders and SU players, the puck slid out, giving Heather Schwarz enough room to get a shot off. Schwarz flicked it up and over traffic, scoring her first career goal and tying the game at 1-1 before heading into the locker room.

Syracuse attempted 30 shots throughout the third period but it was the final one that would win the game. Jessica Sibleyshot one at Brooks, who was able to make the save but LaCombe fired right back, this time with success and the Orange took a 2-1 lead with just 35 seconds remaining in the game, which wasn't enough time for Colgate to stop the SU victory.

SU is now 2-1 all-time at the War Memorial and moves to 3-2-1 at home this season. This was also the first Syracuse home game ever televised, airing on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.

The Orange plays again on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the Onondaga War Memorial, taking on No. 3 Cornell at 7 p.m. The game will air on TWC SportsChannel.

Courtesy Syracuse Athletic Communications




Robert Morris 2, Ohio State 1

Columbus, Ohio – The Robert Morris University women's hockey team traveled to Columbus, Ohio for a weekday non-conference game with Ohio State this evening. For the second-straight game, junior forward Rebecca Vint (Caldeon, Ontario / Brampton Junior Thunder) notched the winning goal, as the Colonials earned a 2-1 victory at OSU Ice Arena.

No. 10 Robert Morris (13-3-1) outshot the Buckeyes (3-9-2), 26-20, and held the Ohio State power play unit without a goal on five chances.

For the third straight game, the Colonials played in a scoreless first period. RMU had their best scoring opportunity at the 16:14 mark when Sara Schmitt went to the box for hooking, but junior forward Katelyn Scott (Brighton, Mich. / Belle Tire) and Kylie St. Louis (Windsor, Ontario / Southwest Wildcats) both had shots saved by Buckeye goaltender Lisa Steffes.

Also for the third straight game, the Colonials' opponent would strike first. With both Kari Schmitt of Ohio State and senior defenseman Anneline Lauziere (St. Thomas, Ontario / London Jr. Devilettes) in the penalty box, the Buckeyes broke through with a goal from Claudia Kepler five minutes into the period.

RMU answered three and a half minutes later. Senior assistant captain Brandi Pollock (Virden, Manitoba / Westman Wildcats) corralled the puck along the right boards and passed it to senior captain Kristen Richards (Toronto, Ontario / Niagara University) skating towards the blue line. Freshman forward Brittany Howard (St. Thomas, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) skated down the right end, as Richards went to work on the Ohio State defense. The senior forward deked the lone defenseman and caught Steffes off-balance, then passed it to Howard, who would bury the puck into an open net for her fifth goal of the season.

The Colonials registered the game-winning goal 4:13 into the final period. Howard skated into the RMU offensive zone from the right end and rifled a shot that was initially saved by Steffes. A scramble ensued in front of the net for a few seconds, then the puck found Vint's stick as the junior batted it in for her ninth goal of the season.

The Buckeyes had an opportunity to tie it up with three minutes remaining, but the Colonial defense stood tall. Freshman goaltender Jessica Dodds (London, Ontario / London Jr. Devilettes) first made a save on a shot from Annie Svedin, and then three more shots were blocked up front. Dodds would make two more saves before the puck finally came out of the Ohio State offensive zone.

With 1:27 remaining in regulation, the Buckeyes would use their timeout and pull their goaltender. Howard went to the penalty box with 50 seconds remaining for a tripping call, but Ohio State could only manage a shot wide on the 6-on-4.

Dodds made 19 saves and moved her unbeaten record to 10-0-1.

With the victory, RMU stayed unbeaten on the road this season as they hold a 6-0-1 record away from 84 Lumber Arena.

The Colonials are back in action on Friday afternoon against Maine. The non-conference game is scheduled to start at 2:05 p.m. from 84 Lumber Arena. Fans who attend the game will make a donation to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh instead of paying a regular admission fee.

Courtesy Robert Morris Athletic Communications