Players of the Week
Christine Bestland - Mercyhurst
Senior Christine Bestland (Forward, Brunkild, Manitoba) tallied
a goal and two assists in the split over Minnesota State –
Mankato over the weekend. On Friday, Bestland scored the
first goal of the contest then turned around on Saturday and
assisted the first two goals of the game. In total Bestland
scored three points in the weekend, taking a total of 17
shots, and was +1. After scoring three points this weekend,
Bestland improves to a eight game-scoring streak.
Bestland’s career best is eleven set her sophomore
Brooke Peden - Lindenwood
Brooke Peden (Sophomore; Defense; Minburn, Alberta) had a hand in every Lindenwood goal during the team’s series against Bemidji State. In the team’s opener, she assisted on a pair of power-play goals. In game two of the series, she scored her first collegiate goal, a power-play goal that helped Lindenwood tie the Beavers 1-1.
Goaltender of the Week
Nicole Hensley - Lindenwood
Nicole Hensley (Sophomore; Lakewood, CO) had a .940 save percentage and a 1.92 GAA in last week’s series against Bemidji State. In the opening, she made 36 saves in 39 chances. She then made 27 of 28 saves in a 1-1 tie on Saturday. Two of those saves came in the overtime period. Out of the four goals she allowed, two came on Bemidji State’s power play and another came seconds after a power play ended before the skater could return to action.
Rookie of the Week
Jillian Skinner - Mercyhurst
Freshman Jillian Skinner (Defense; Markham Ontario) marked two assists against Minnesota State- Mankato throughout the weekend. Skinner’s first collegiate point was notched on Friday’s game during the second Mercyhurst goal. On Saturday, Skinner contributed on the first goal and only Mercyhurst power-play goal of the weekend.
Lindenwood – Lindenwood women’s ice hockey hits the road for the first time this season when it travels to North Dakota for a two-game series … Lindenwood is 0-3 all-time against North Dakota … last season, North Dakota swept a two-game series in Wentzville, winning 7-3 and 8-4 … the two games are the first this season for the Lady Lions against a nationally-ranked team … Lindenwood is looking for its first win all-time against a ranked program and versus a member of the WCHA … the Lady Lions opened the season by going 0-1-1 against Bemidji State … Lindenwood lost the opener 3-2 after Bemidji State scored the game-winning goal with just 80 seconds remaining … the Lady Lions bounced back for a 1-1 tie in the second game … the tie was the first non-loss for Lindenwood in program history against the WCHA … the Lady Lions scored all three of their goals on the power play, and three of the four goals they allowed were either on the power play or just seconds after one ended … Brooke Peden had a hand in all of Lindenwood’s scores with one goal and two assists … Jocelyn Slattery scored both of Lindenwood’s goals in the opening game off of redirections in front of the goal … goalie Nicole Hensley had a .940 save percentage and a 1.92 GAA in the Bemidji State series.
Mercyhurst – The seventh-ranked Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team split against Minnesota State –Mankato over the first weekend of competition. In game one, senior captain Christine Bestland tallied her first goal of the season, with an assist by junior goaltender Amanda Makela. In the second period, Senior Kaleigh Chippy notched her first goal of the season and the equalizer from freshman Jillian Skinner and junior Shelby Bram. Unfortunately, the Mavericks scored two goals at the start of the third for Mercyhurst to fall 4-2. In game two, the Lakers pulled out a 3-2 win after holding off another Mavericks’ late offensive rush in the third period. Sophomore Jenna Dingeldein gave Mercyhurst an early lead, scoring two goals almost two minutes apart from each other (7:03 & 8:59). Bestland assisted both goals, with Skinner and Bram adding an assist a piece. After scoring three points this weekend, Bestland improves to a eight game-scoring streak. Bestland’s career best is eleven set her sophomore season. Sophomore Maggie Rothgery scored the eventual game winner at the 15:52 mark of the second, with freshman Taylor Accursi and sophomore Jaclyn Arbour adding assists. Goaltender Amanda Makela played 116:55 minutes throughout the entire weekend. Makela allowed six goals and made 47 saves in the weekend split. The Lakers will host Ohio State on Saturday, October 5 as part of the Homecoming celebration on the Mercyhurst University campus. The last meeting between the two teams was back in 2003, when the Lakers traveled to Columbus, Ohio as Mercyhurst pulled off a 2-1 win. Faceoff will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.
Penn State – The Nittany Lion return 24 of 27 letterwinners from a year ago and nearly 99 percent of the offense…Penn State takes on VermontFriday-Saturday, Oct. 4-5…Penn State went 1-1 last season against Vermont, winning the program’s first ever game, 5-3…Penn State returns its top 14 goal scorers from a year ago including All-CHA Rookie Team selection Shannon Yoxheimer (31 points)…Goaltender Nicole Paniccia will play her final season of college hockey after saving 1,028 saves last season. Paniccia has stop 1,696 pucks in her collegiate career between the pipes…Penn State is once again led by captain Taylor Gross, who scored seven goals, 15 assists and 22 points last year. Her assistant captains are seniors Jenna Welch and Lindsay Reihl as well as sophomore Jordin Pardoski…Penn State takes on Quinnipiac next week in Hamden, Conn.
Robert Morris – After defeating the Toronto Jr. Aeros, 6-2, on Sunday in their only exhibition contest, the Colonials' regular season begins on Friday with a two-game home series against RPI. RMU went 1-0-1 against the Engineers last season, defeating them 3-2 in the first game behind Thea Imbrogno's multi-point game (1 goal, 1 assist), and tying them 1-1 in the second. The Colonials are at home for three of their first four regular season weekends, as they host Boston University, Vermont, and the aforementioned RPI squad. Sandwiched in between opening weekend and their series with the Terriers is a road trip to Bemidji, Minn. to face Bemidji State. The single exhibition game with the Aeros marked the first time since 2010-11 that RMU played less than two exhibition contests
RIT – The Tigers (0-1-0) opened the 2013-14 season by falling to No. 3 Clarkson by a score of 12-1 on Saturday afternoon. They defeated the Toronto Jr. Aeros 5-2 in an exhibition contest on Friday. On Saturday, Erin Zach scored RIT’s lone goal. The 12 goals allowed and 11-goal loss were the most allowed by RIT since 1984. All 10 RIT newcomers made their collegiate debuts in the loss to Clarkson, including both rookie goaltenders. Clarkson is the highest ranked team that RIT has played in its short Division I history. Five different Tigers scored in the exhibition win over Toronto, who defeated Ohio State on Saturday. This weekend, RIT travels to play New Hampshire on Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 10 Northeastern on Saturday at 3 p.m. RIT is 0-12-0 all-time against New Hampshire and 0-13-1 against Northeastern, but has not met either school since the 1994-95 season. RIT returns home to play a pair of games against Vermont on Oct. 11-12, as part of Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend.
Syracuse – The Orange started its season with an exhibition game against the University of Guelph on Friday, Sept. 27. SU came away with a 3-1 victory to bolster team confidence going into the first regular season game at No. 10Northeastern. Freshman Elizabeth Scala scored the game-winning goal and Sadie St. Germain and Nicole Ferrara each contributed a goal in the win. Kallie Billadeau, Jenesica Drinkwater and Julie Bengis split equal minutes in net for the Orange. Syracuse enters the 2013-14 season in similar fashion to last season, taking on Northeastern and New Hampshire in the first two games of the season, this time on the road. The Orange plays five of its first six games away from Tennity Ice Pavilion. SU hosts Clarkson in the third game of the season before going on a three-game road trip.