Hannah Hoenshell (Soph; Fwd; Plano, Texas) propelled Penn State to an undefeated weekend at Vermont, supplying three points and a game-high plus-four rating in Saturday’s 4-2 win. Hoenshell was involved in three of Penn State’s four goals on Saturday, tallying a goal and two assists. Hoenshell assisted Laura Bowman’s first collegiate goal to give Penn State a brief 2-1 lead. Following Vermont’s tying goal at 2-2, Hoenshell took the ensuing faceoff the length of the ice, darted around a couple defenders and put PSU ahead 3-2 for her second career game-winning goal. Hoenshell again wove through the defense, through the slot and to the right wing, tossing a perfect pass to Bowman who added an insurance goal. Hoenshell played in Friday’s 3-3 overtime tie at Vermont as well, taking one shot.
Kallie Billadeau (Senior; Minnetonka, Minn) stopped 60 of the 64 shots she faced over the weekend, including allowing just one goal to No. 10 Northeastern in Syracuse’s 4-1 upset victory Friday night. Her GAA through two games is 2.02, and her .938 save percentage ranks eighth nationally. On Saturday she made 33 saves, including 14 stops while shorthanded. Two of three goals allowed to UNH were power play goals.
Kelly Seward (D; Williamsville, N.Y.) was fantastic on both sides of the ice this weekend as Penn State went 1-0-1. Seward tallied two goals, which ties for the team high through two games. Seward posted a plus-two rating and seven blocked shots for the weekend. Seward scored the first goal of the season, a power-play tally, in Friday night’s 3-3 overtime tie. Seward fired two shots and posted a plus-one rating in the tie, while blocking four shots. On Saturday, Seward again scored Penn State’s first goal of the day, this time on a long bomb from the point that tied the score at one mid-way through the first period. Seward posted a plus-one rating and blocked three shots for Penn State.
Lindenwood - The Lindenwood women’s ice hockey team is home this weekend for a two-game series against 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 played in this season … Kendra Broad had a point in both games last week, scoring a goal on Friday and assisting on a goal on Saturday … Alyssa West was a +2 plus/minus for the series and Chelsea Witwicke also had a positive plus/minus against North Dakota … Lindenwood improved its penalty kill in game two against North Dakota, holding it to 0-for-seven for the game.
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Mercyhurst - The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team lost their home opener against Ohio State in overtime on Saturday, 4-3. The loss marked the Lakers first home opener defeat since the 2005-06 season. The Lakers came back from trailing 2-0 after two periods of play to send the contest into overtime. Senior Christine Bestland tallied the first goal at the 3:28 mark of the third period and senior Christie Cicero scored to even the score at 5:52. Ohio State evened the score at the 8:40 mark with Mercyhurst trailing for the majority of the second half of the third. With just 2:05 left in regulation, sophomore Jenna Dingeldein tallied her third goal of the season and the tying goal to send the contest into overtime. However, Ohio State picked up their first ever win against Mercyhurst after scoring just two minutes into overtime. Throughout the contest, the Lakers outshot Ohio State 38 to 28 throughout the 62:02 minutes played. Mercyhurst was one for four on their power-play and held Ohio State to 0 for 3. Senior Christine Bestland has extended her scoring streak to nine games and is approaching her career best 11 game scoring streak. Sophomore Amanda Makela suffered her second loss of the season (1-2-0), stopping 24 shots and allowing four goals. Mercyhurst travels to Providence College on Saturday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m. 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.
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Penn State – It was going to be hard for Penn State to top last year’s inaugural performance at Vermont where the Lions won the first game in program history, but the Nittany Lions did so in the season-opening of year two going 1-0-1 against the Catamounts. Penn State and Vermont skated to an exciting 3-3 tie in the opener before the Nittany Lions maintained its undefeated record with a 4-2 win on Saturday…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—Hannah Hoenshell (1g, 2a), Shannon Yoxheimer (1g, 2a) & freshman Sarah Nielsen (3a)…All four newcomers tallied points led by Laura Bowman and Kelly Seward who each tallied two goals; Amy Petersen tallied two assists…Yoxheimer posted all three of her points in Friday’s game…Nine Nittany Lions tallied points and five accounted for Penn State’s seven goals…Hannah Hoenshell posted the team’s best rating with a plus-three for two games and a plus-four in Saturday’s win…Taylor Gross posted a two-point game in Friday’s tie with a goal and an assist…Penn State persevered when the Catamounts scored, responding to four of five Vermont goals with one of their own. Not only that, but each of those four responses was done in 4:58 or less…Hoenshell’s second-period, game-winning goal was scored just six seconds after Vermont tied it up. The six seconds is the fastest back-to-back goals scored by players on different teams in PSU history…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…Paniccia earned the tie on Friday, allowing three goals and posting 35 saves (.921 save percentage)…Whitlinger was outstanding on Saturday with 37 saves and allowing just two goals (.949 save percentage) to earn her second collegiate win.
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Robert Morris – The Colonials opened up the 2013-14 season this 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. RPI jumped on top at the 9:51 mark of the first period when Missy Mankey batted in a rebound off a shot from Laura Horwood. The Engineers would add a power play strike in the second period, and an unassisted goal in the third... On Saturday, RMU would earn their first win of the year - but it didn't come without a scare. The Colonials came out firing on all cylinders in the first period and jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. On the first goal, freshman Maeve Garvey pushed the puck up to fellow classmate Brittany Howard, and Howard rifled a slap-shot topshelf past RPI goaltender Kelly O'Brien. RMU would add another goal when senior assistant captain Thea Imbrogno batted in a rebound from junior Rebecca Vint on the power play... The score would remain at 2-0 for most of the afternoon, but the Engineers would finally break through with 1:04remaining in regulation. With O'Brien off the ice, and seniors Kylie St. Louis and captain Kristen Richards in the penalty box for respective checking and hooking calls, Kathryn Schilter took advantage of the 6-on-3 and brought RPI within in. Then just 39 seconds later, Taylor Mahoney pushed it past freshman goaltender Jessica Dodds to tie it up... In overtime, St. Louis would win it for the Colonials with a slap-shot from the blue line that snuck under the crossbar... RMU 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.
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RIT – The Tigers (1-2-0) enjoyed a solid weekend, picking up their first win of the 2013-14 season, defeating New Hampshire, 3-2 on Friday, before falling to No. 10 Northeastern, 5-4 on Saturday. On Friday, Kourtney Kunichika, Cassie Clayton, and Jess Paton scored, while Ali Binnington made 30 saves. On Saturday, RIT trailed 3-1 before taking a 4-3 third period lead. Northeastern responded with the final two goals to hand RIT the loss. Paton, Kunichika, Kolbee McCrea, and Celeste Brown tallied, while Binnington made 32 saves in defeat. RIT tied a Division I team record with three power-play goals in the loss on Saturday. The Tigers are now 0-8-0 all-time against nationally ranked teams in their short Division I existence. RIT is now 1-12-0 all-time against New Hampshire and 0-13-1 against Northeastern. Paton and Erin Zach now have a point in all three games this season. Clayton scored her first collegiate goal on Friday, while Dakota Waites and Lauren Klein recorded their first collegiate assists. RIT 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.
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Syracuse – Syracuse started the season with a 4-1 win over #10 Northeastern in the season opener on Fri- day, Oct. 4, marking its first victory in SU’s series with the Huskies. The Orange has not bested a ranked opponent since the second game of the 2010-11 season when SU took down #8 New Hampshire, 4-2 (10/8/10). The win was just the third time in program history that Syracuse has beaten someone on the national list and was by the largest margin of victory. The win over Northeastern also marks just the second time the Orange have had a win in its opening game, both times away from its home ice... The Orange split on its opening weekend, losing to UNH 3-2 despite a 2-0 lead in the second period. Syracuse drops to 2-4-0 all time with the Wildcats in its second straight loss in the series. The Orange has scored three of its six goals on the power play, two against Northeastern. Syracuse is 3-13 (.231) on power plays this season and have netted three of nine man-up shots (.333). SU is .800 on the penalty kill, allowing two power play goals in 10 attempts, both from UNH. Senior goaltender Kallie Billadeau has saved 22 of 24 man-up shots taken by SU opponents so far this season.
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