All six CHA schools are back in action this weekend in non-conference contests. CHA teams have been no stranger to road play in the early going. League members have been the visitors in 11 of 16 non-exhibition games this season. They have a 4-6-1 record in those contests, with four losses (and one win) coming against top-ten opponents. This weekend,Penn State (at Quinnipiac), Robert Morris (at Bemidji State), No. 10 Mercyhurst (at Providence) and Syracuse (at No. 3 Clarkson Saturday) look to improve upon that mark with a combined seven more away games. RIT and Lindenwood will look for success at home against Vermont and Minnesota State, respectively. The Orange will host the Golden Knights in Syracuse Friday to open the weekend series.
Lindenwood vs Minnesota State – The Lindenwood women's ice hockey team (0-3-1) is home this weekend for a two-game series against 1-3-0 Minnesota State ... the series is the first of two between the Lady Lions and Mavericks this season. The Lady Lions are 0-6-0 all-time against Minnesota State ... last season, Minnesota State won all four meetings against Lindenwood, with the closest contests being two three-goal games in Mankato ... last week, Lindenwood dropped two contests to nationally-ranked North Dakota by scores of 5-1 and 6-1 ... goalie Nicole Hensley had the sixth-most saves for a single-game in NCAA history when she stopped 69 saves in the second game of the series ... Hensley has stopped over 90 percent of the shots she has faced in every game that she has played this season ... Kendra Broad had a point in both games last week, scoring a goal on Friday and assisting on a goal on Saturday... Lindenwood improved its penalty kill in game two against North Dakota, holding it to 0-for-7 for the game.
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No. 10 Mercyhurst at Providence – Mercyhurst (1-2-0) travels to Providence College (1-1-0) on Saturday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m to begin a two-game set against the Friars. The weekend series will conclude on Sunday, October 13 at 1:00 p.m. The Lakers are 11-3-0 lifetime against the Friars. Their last meeting was at the Mercyhurst Ice Center when the Lakers sweeping Providence, 6-3 and 5-0, in a weekend series exactly one year ago, October 12 and 13th of 2012. Last weekend, the Lakers lost their home opener against Ohio State in overtime, 4-3. The loss marked the Lakers first home opener defeat since the 2005-06 season. Christine Bestland tallied the first goal of the contest, extending her scoring streak to nine games. She could potentially tie her career-long point streak this Sunday against the Friars. With the Lakers down one and just 2:05 left in regulation, sophomore Jenna Dingeldein tallied her third goal of the season to send the contest into overtime. However, Ohio State picked up their first-ever win against Mercyhurst minutes later. The Lakers outshot Ohio State 38-28. Sophomore goalie Amanda Makela suffered her second loss of the season (1-2-0), stopping 24 shots and allowing four goals.
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Penn State at Quinnipiac – Penn State (1-0-1) travels to Connecticut this weekend for two games against Quinnipiac, the first-ever meeting between the schools. Both teams enter at 1-0-1. Penn State earned a win and tie last weekend on the road against Vermont, while the Bobcats did the same at St. Cloud State. After the first two weeks of regular season play, Penn State is the only undefeated team remaining in College Hockey America... Three Nittany Lions finished the weekend with three points, including CHA Player of the Week Hannah Hoenshell. All four newcomers tallied points, led by Laura Bowman and CHA Rookie of the Week Kelly Seward, who each tallied two goals. Nine Nittany Lions tallied points and five accounted for Penn State's seven goals... Hoenshell's game-winning goal in the second period of Saturday's game was scored just six seconds after Vermont tied it up. Goaltending was of major importance for Penn State as the Lions were out-shot in both games (38-21 on Friday, 39-22 on Saturday) as the duo of Nicole Paniccia and Celine Whitlinger combined for 72 saves on 77 shots.
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Robert Morris at Bemidji State – RMU (1-1-0) travels to Bemidji State this weekend and looks to pick up their first win against the Beavers since Nov. 17, 2007. The Colonials are 1-5-0 against Bemidji State in their history, with their last meeting coming in the 2011 RMU Hockey Showcase at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Beavers are 1-0-1 so far this season after opening their schedule against fellow CHA member Lindenwood two weeks ago.
The Colonials opened up the 2013-14 season last weekend with a split against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In Friday's contest, Robert Morris fell to the Engineers, 3-0, despite outshooting them, 25-20. On Saturday, the Colonials bounced back with a quick start, and held on to earn the 4-3 victory in overtime.
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RIT vs Vermont – RIT (1-2-0) returns home to play a pair of games against Vermont on Friday and Saturday as part of Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend. Friday's game from Ritter Arena starts at 7 p.m., while Saturday's game starts at 3 p.m. RIT is 6-0-3 all-time against the Catamounts, having last played them on Jan. 28, 2001, a 1-1 tie at Ritter Arena. The Catamounts enter at 0-1-1 after a weekend series against Penn State.
The Tigers (1-2-0) picked up their first win of the 2013-14 season last weekend, defeating New Hampshire, 3-2 on Friday. They fell to No. 10 Northeastern, 5-4 on Saturday. RIT tied a Division I team record with three power-play goals in the loss on Saturday. Jess Paton and Erin Zach now have a point in all three games this season. Goalie Ali Binnington made 30 and 33 saves in the two games last weekend.
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Syracuse vs No. 3 Clarkson – The Orange (1-1-0) is set for a home-and-home weekend series with Clarkson University this weekend. The 3-0 Golden Knights have outscored opponents 21-4, including a 12-1 victory over fellow CHA team RIT in the season opener. Syracuse started the season with a 4-1 win over No. 10 Northeastern in the season opener on Friday, Oct. 4, their first-ever victory over the Huskies. The Orange had not bested a ranked opponent since the second game of the 2010-11 season when SU took down No. 8 New Hampshire, 4-2. The win was just the third time in program history that Syracuse has beaten someone on the national list and was the largest margin of victory. The Orange split its opening weekend, losing to UNH, 3-2 on Saturday. Syracuse has scored three of its six goals on the power play, which is operating at 25.0% through two games. CHA Goalie of the Week Kallie Billadeau backstopped the win against Northeastern with 27 saves, and has posted a .938 save percentage in two starts this season.