CHA Roundup: 12/14/2013

No. 6 Clarkson 6, RIT 2

ROCHESTER, NY – The RIT women's hockey team (9-10-1) made history by playing its first outdoor game at cold, snowy Frontier Field on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they fell to No. 6 Clarkson (14-4-2), 6-2 in front of 1,578 fans as part of the 2013 Greater Rochester Frozen Frontier.

With snow falling throughout and the Frontier Field scoreboard reading 13 degrees for the opening faceoff, both teams braved the elements all game. There was a delay during each period for the zamboni to come out and resurface the ice.

The Golden Knights led 3-0 late in the second period before RIT scored twice to cut the lead to 3-2 in the third period. The Tigers had a power-play with a chance to tie the game, but the Golden Knights would score a shorthanded goal at the 7:35 mark, then up the lead to 5-2 with a tally 34 seconds later.

Clarkson scored two goals in a span of 34 seconds in both the second and third periods en route to the win.

Carly Mercer led the Golden Knights with two goals and an assist, while Vanessa Gagnon scored a pair of goals. Olivia Howe and Jamie Lynn Rattray also tallied in the win, while Cayley Mercer added a pair of assists. In goal, Erica Howe made 12 saves for her 14th victory of the year.

Kolbee McCrea (Wawa, Ontario/Burlington Barracudas) scored both RIT goals, giving her a team-best 10 this season. Marissa Maugeri (Ajax, Ontario/Durham West Lightning), Erin Zach (Elmira, Ontario/Cambridge Fury), and Lauren Klein (Shoreview, MN/Mounds View) had assists. In net,Ali Binnington (Oakville, Ontario/Mississauga Chiefs) made 40 saves on 46 shots.

Clarkson out-shot RIT, 46-14, including 22 in the second period. Both teams were 0-for-2 with the man-advantage.

"(Playing outside) was an unforgettable experience for our team, despite the final score," said RIT Head Coach Scott McDonald. "I thought our team showed good fight, coming back to make it 3-2, but credit to Clarkson, they took advantage of a few lapses late."

Clarkson out-shot RIT, 12-2 in a scoreless first period. Despite the 12 shots allowed, RIT did a good job containing the Golden Knights to the outside.

The Golden Knights took control with two goals in 34 seconds and three in a 3:20 span midway through the second period to take a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.

Carly Mercer opened the scoring at the 9:25 mark of the period, as she took a feed from her sister, Cayley Mercer, in front, and roofed a shot over the glove of Binnington for her sixth goal of the season.

Just 34 seconds later, Rattray converted a feed from Brittany Stymer off a giveaway in the corner for her 15th goal of the season. The Golden Knights made it 3-0 at the 12:45 on Carly Mercer's second tally of the period.

McCrea got the Tigers on the board with 2:31 left in the period, taking a perfect feed from Maugeri in close and roofing a shot over Howe for her ninth tally of the year. Zach used a good fore check to cause a turnover deep in the Clarkson zone.

Just 1:21 into the third period, McCrea gave the Tiger faithful a reason to cheer, slamming in a rebound off a shot from Klein for her second goal of the game and 10th of the season to make it 3-2.

With a RIT power-play winding down, Gagnon picked off a pass from a Tiger defenseman and beat Binnington on a partial breakaway with 12:25left to make it 4-2 Golden Knights.

Just 34 seconds later, Howe took a feed from Carly Mercer off a giveaway and beat Binnington to make it 5-2. Gagnon competed the scoring with3:07 left.

This is the second meeting between the two schools this season, with Clarkson, ranked third nationally at the time, rolling to a decisive win onSept. 28 in the season opener between the schools. Clarkson leads the all-time series between the two schools, 8-4-1. Before this season, the two teams had not met since Feb. 16, 1985.

Today's game was the sixth outdoor game in the history of NCAA Women's Hockey.

RIT is off until 2014,travelling to face Union College in a two-game road series on Jan. 3-4.

Courtesy RIT Athletic Communications

 

Mercyhurst 7, Lindenwood 1

WENTZVILLE, Mo. - Hat Tricks by sophomore Emily Janiga and senior Christine Bestland led the Mercyhurst University women's hockey team past Lindenwood University, 7-1 on Saturday afternoon. The Lakers pick up their sixth straight win with the victory.

The Lakers scored two short-handed goals in the first period to give Mercyhurst the edge early on. Sophomore Emily Janiga scored just three minutes into the contest on a short-handed goal to give her team the momentum. On the Lakers second penalty kill, Bestland scored her third short-handed goal of the season and first goal of the contest. The short-handed goals marked the first time Mercyhurst has scored two in a contest since November 18, 2011.

Bestland scored again at the 17:07 mark into the first period to give her team a 3-0 lead heading into the second. Sophomore Jaclyn Arbour and Janiga added the assists. Mercyhurst outshot Lindenwood 17 to eight throughout the first 20 minutes.

At the start of the second, Bestland completed her hat trick on an even strength goal at the 5:14 mark into the second period. Janiga added her third assist of the night, while sophomore Jenna Dingledein added her first of the contest.

Mercyhurst was awarded a power-play opportunity midway through the middle period, which Janiga capitalized on after a 1:20with the extra attacker. The goal by Janiga marked her second power-play goal of the season and tenth overall in the season, giving Mercyhurst the 5-0 edge.

Lindenwood prevented the shutout however after finally breaking through netminder junior Amanda Makela. Lindenwood's Caitlyn Post scored her second goal of the season at the 16:27 mark to complete the scoring heading into the final period. Post was assisted by Alyssa West and Katie Erickson.

The scoring finished after Mercyhurst tallied two goals less than a minute apart from each other. Janiga tallied her third hat trick of her career on her third goal of the contest at the 2:38 mark of the final period. Dingeldein was awarded her second assist of the contest while junior Caroline Luczak picked up her first.

At the 3:07 mark, Lindenwood had a penalty and Mercyhurst controlled the play for enough time for Makela to leave the ice for an extra attacker. Senior Christie Cicero scored her ninth goal of the season with the extra attacker to finish the 7-1 win. Sophomore Maggie Rothgery had the assist along with junior Shelby Bram.

With a little of 16 minutes to go in regulation, the Lakers replaced Makela for freshman Sara Besseling in net to give Besseling her collegiate debut. Besseling played for 16:42 minutes and stopped all eight shots faced.

All told, the Lakers outshot Lindenwood 48 to 23 throughout the three periods. The Lakers also stopped all six Lion power-play opportunities and scored on one of their four chances including nine attempted shots on net.

Makela picked up the win to improve to 11-5-2 in the season. Makela made 14 saves and allowed one goal in the 43:07 minutes played. Lindenwood's Alexis Molotky suffered the loss in her first start of the season (0-1-0) after making 41 saves.

With the hat trick and three assists, Janiga collected her career-high 6 points in a contest. The hat trick marked her third of her career and her short-handed goal was her first collegiate shorty. Bestland was second on the team with five points on her season-high five points in a contest after scoring three goals and two assists. Bestland also extended her scoring streak to six games.

Cicero also extended her scoring streak to five games after having her second consecutive multipoint game. Cicero tallied a goal and an assists in the win and needs just one more assist to reach her career 50 assists.

Both teams meet again at the Lindenwood Ice Center on Sunday, December 15 at 12:00 p.m. central. The contest will conclude the Lakers first half of the season.

Courtesy Mercyhurst Athletic Communications

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The Lindenwood women’s hockey team fell to Mercyhurst on Saturday afternoon at the Lindenwood Ice Arena by a 7-1 score.

Mercyhurst scored the first five goals of the game and outshot Lindenwood 48-23 for the contest. The Lakers had two shorthanded goals, one power-play goal, and one extra-attacker score.

Lindenwood’s goal came in the second period when Caitlyn Post scored after a nice pass from Alyssa West. Katie Erickson also assisted on the score. Alexis Molotky got her first start in goal and made 41 saves. Megan Cox, Chelsea Witwicke, and Jordyn Constance all had a team-high three blocked shots.

Lindenwood and Mercyhurst will play again on Sunday with a noon start time.

Courtesy Lindenwood Athletic Communications