CHA Weekly Release 1/06/2014

CHA Weekly Release 1/06/2014

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CHA Player of the Week

Rebecca Vint – Robert Morris


Junior, Forward; Caldeon, Ontario

Vint recorded three points in the Colonials’ weekend sweep, two goals and an assist. She scored the first goal on Saturday to get the offense rolling, and earned an assist on the game winner. On Sunday, she again opened the scoring with what would be the eventual game winner. Vint now has 21 points on the season on 10 goals and 11 assists. She has 49 goals and 49 assists in her collegiate career, giving her the third-most points in program history. The former CHA Rookie of the Year is a 1.17 point-per game scorer for her career. She is sixth in the conference in points, and tied for third in goals.


CHA Goaltenders of the Week

Jessica Dodds – Robert Morris

Freshman; London, Ontario

Dodds stellar play continued this weekend with another strong performance. The rookie added two mores wins, and another shutout, to her resume in the Colonials’ sweep of St. Lawrence. Dodds set a new career-high for saves on Sunday, stopping all 32 pucks that came her way. Dodds’ 15 wins are tied for the second-most in the nation, and she is tied for the second-best win percentage as well. Her 1.43 GAA, .938 save and four shutouts all rank in the top-ten among qualified Division I goalies.


Jenesica Drinkwater – Syracuse

Senior; Brantford, Ontario

Drinkwater started both games against Vermont, winning both and improving to a 6-1-0 record on the season. With these two games, she now meets the minutes qualification for CHA and national rankings, in which she ranks second and fifth, respectively, in win percentage (.857). She also ranks third in goals against average in the conference (2.00), 17th among Division I goalies. This is the first time that Drinkwater has started in consecutive games so far this season and she is the only SU goalie to win two consecutive games this year.


CHA Rookie of the Week

Brittany Howard – Robert Morris

Defenseman; Winnipeg, Manitoba

Howard posted three more assists this weekend to bring her season points total to 31, second best in College Hockey America. She is also second in the conference in goals (12) and assists (19), and fifth in the nation in points and assists. Her 1.48 points per game is the eight-best average in the nation. Howard is now third in program history in single-season assists, and fifth in single season points. 




Lindenwood  – The Lindenwood women’s ice hockey team is off until a Jan. 24-25 CHA series against RIT … the Lady Lions are hoping for a strong finish to the conference schedule like last season when they went 5-3-2 during the second half of conference play … Lindenwood started play after Christmas with a two-game series at Minnesota State … the Lady Lions lost game one by a 3-0 score, and fell in the second game by a 3-1 margin … in the opener, the Mavericks were able to score one goal in each period with one even-strength goal, one power-play goal, and one empty-net goal … in the second game, neither team scored for the first 51 minutes before Minnesota State outscored Lindenwood over the final nine minutes … Katie Erickson moved into a tie for the team-lead in goals with her fifth of the season against the Mavericks … Chelsea Witwicke and Caitlyn Post assisted on the goal … Witwicke is now tied for the team-high with five assists … Nicole Hensley had a .936 save percentage against the Mavericks … Lindenwood is on pace to lower its GAA for the third straight season … Katie Erickson has now recorded a point in five out of the last six games.

Penn State – The Nittany Lions lost two games to open the 2014 portion of the season at Ohio State, 8-0 and 4-0…Celine Whitlinger made 48 saves in Friday’s loss, while Nicole Paniccia posted 28 saves in Saturday’s loss…The Nittany Lions have been shut out in four consecutive games, which is a program record. The scoreless streak now stretches to 265 minutes and 15 seconds (last goal vs. Maine, Nov. 30)…The Nittany Lions return home to Pegula Ice Arena for the first time since Nov. 30 against Maine, and for the first two-game series since Nov. 15-16 vs. RIT, when Colgate visits Friday-Saturday for 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. games…The series with Colgate is the first for Penn State.

Robert Morris – Robert Morris – Robert Morris extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games with a sweep of St. Lawrence at 84 Lumber Arena this past weekend. The sweep also moved the Colonials' winning streak to seven games, which is tied for the best mark currently in NCAA Division I women's hockey ... RMU made its fifth-straight appearance in the Poll today, slotting in at ninth, the highest ranking in program history. The Colonials trail Boston University by 13 points for the eighth spot ... With a goal in Sunday's 3-0 victory, Rebecca Vint moved into sole possession of third place for career points. At 98, the junior now sits just two points away from becoming the third player in program history to reach the 100-point plateau. Thea Imbrogno eclipsed 100 points earlier this season in a Nov. 29 game against Maine ... Despite not lighting the lamp this past weekend, Brittany Howard still made history as she inserted her name in the Colonial record books. Howard is now tied for third for single-season assists with 19 and sits three helpers shy of the school record, set by Vint in her freshman campaign. Howard also moved into a tie for fifth for single-season points with 31. The rookie forward is fifth in the nation in both of those categories ... For the third-straight game, Jessica Dodds set a new career-high in saves. Dodds first posted 27 saves in a Dec. 7 win over RIT, then edged that mark by one in Saturday's victory over St. Lawrence. In Sunday's game, Dodds stopped all 32 shots she faced, earning her fourth shutout of the season and her first since Nov. 1 at Penn State. The two-time reigning CHA Goaltender of the Month is now 15-0-1 on the season and ranks seventh in goals against average (1.43) and second in winning percentage (.969) ... With a sweep of St. Lawrence, Paul Colontino tied the school record for career wins with 52. The previous record was set by now-Ohio State head coach Nate Handrahan, who went 52-109-14 in five years with the Colonials ... Robert Morris sits just one win shy of tying the single-season school record of 19 set by the 2011-12 Colonials, who went on to win the program's first CHA title.


RIT – The Tigers (9-11-2, 4-3-1 CHA) opened the 2014 calendar year by falling 2-1 and tying Union 1-1 over the weekend on the road to wrap up their non-conference schedule. RIT is now riding a five-game wineless streak and is just 1-6-1 over its last eight games since defeating then No. 10 Mercyhurst, 3-2, on Nov. 22. Kourtney Kunichika needs just one goal to reach the 50-goal plateau in her collegiate career and is just one point out of sixth all-time at RIT in scoring. The Tigers wrap up the year with its last 12 games against CHA foes, starting this Friday with a home contest against Syracuse at 7:05 p.m. The Tigers and Orange enjoyed a tremendously tight rivalry last season, with the first game ending in a 2-2 tie and next four ending by 2-1 finals, all won by Syracuse. Two of the four came in overtime, including the CHA Semifinal. The Tigers enter the weekend third in the CHA standings with nine points, one ahead of Syracuse.

 Syracuse – The Orange swept Vermont this weekend with a 4-3 win on Saturday and a 3-2 win on Sunday, both in close, back-and-forth games. The score was tied three times over the course of the weekend but SU never allowed Vermont to gain an advantage throughout both games. On Saturday, it was Akane Hosoyamada’s last-minute efforts that put Syracuse on top of Vermont, scoring the game-winning goal with 7.9 seconds remaining in the contest. On Sunday, freshman Larissa Martyniuk’s goal mid-way through the third period and excellent defense for the final 6:29 gave the Orange its third consecutive victory and first sweep of an opponent so far this year. As a team, SU went 2-for-5 on power plays against Vermont, which put the team in first place in College Hockey America, converting on man-up opportunities 18.0 percent of the time this season. After starting both games against the Catamounts, senior goalie Jenesica Drinkwater now qualifies for national and conference rankings. She currently has the second best win percentage in the CHA (.857) and fifth best in the nation. She also ranks third in CHA with a 2.00 goals against average, 17th among all Division I goalies.