CHA Weekly Awards 11/11/2013

CHA Weekly Awards 11/11/2013

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Emily Janiga – Mercyhurst

Sophomore; Forward; East Aurora, N.Y.

Janiga extended her points-streak to six games with two goals and one assist against Robert Morris over the weekend. On Friday, Janiga scored the eventual game-winning goal against the Colonials. Saturday, Janiga factored into both of the Lakers’ goals, assisting on the first goal in the second period and scoring at the beginning of the third. Janiga attempted seven shots on net and was a +2 rating throughout the weekend. The goal scored against the Colonials on Saturday also marked Janiga’s 50th career point.



Ali Binnington – Rochester Institute of Technology

Junior; Oakville, Ontario

Binnington stopped 44-of-45 shots in a 1-0-1 weekend for the Tigers. On Friday, Binnington stopped all 23 shots she faced for her third shutout of the season and 11th of her collegiate career in a 3-0 win over Lindenwood. The following day, Binnington made 21 saves in a 1-1 tie versus the Lady Lions. She is now 5-3-1 this season with a 2.08 goals against average and .927 save percentage.


Heather Schwarz – Syracuse

Forward; Naugatuck, Conn.

Heather Schwarz recorded her first collegiate points against Penn State over the weekend, assisting on both of the game-winning goals as the Orange took two one-goal victories in Happy Valley, 2-1 on Saturday and a 4-3 OT win on Sunday afternoon. Schwarz was a plus-two for the weekend. She has played in nine games this season and has the third most points among rookies on the team.



Team Notes

Lindenwood – The Lindenwood women’s ice hockey team travels to Moon Township, Pa. this weekend for a pair of CHA contests against Robert Morris … the Lady Lions have played Robert Morris 10 times in their first two seasons of NCAA play, more than any other opponent … Lindenwood is 3-7-0 in those games against Robert Morris … Lindenwood is 3-1-0 against Robert Morris in CHA contests, with a 1-1-0 mark on the road and a 2-0-0 mark at home … besides those four regular season games last year, Robert Morris won two games against Lindenwood in the first round of the CHA Tournament … Nicole Hensley had a 2.11 GAA and a .954 save percentage against Robert Morris last season … Hensley made 90 saves in the triple overtime game against Robert Morris in game one of the CHA Tournament … among Lindenwood players on the ice this weekend, Lyndsay Kirkham and Kendra Broad each have six points against the Colonials … Kirkham has five assists against Robert Morris and Kendra Broad has four goals … Alyssa West and Jocelyn Slattery each have five points against Robert Morris … Lindenwood went 0-1-1 in its first CHA series of the year last weekend at home versus RIT … in game one, the two teams were tied 0-0 after two periods before the Tigers scored three times in the first 10:27 of the third period … the two teams tied 1-1 in the second game with Katie Erickson scoring in the second period for Lindenwood and RIT tying the contest in the final period … all of the goals in the series were power-play scores except for RIT’s final goal in the first game … Alyssa West and Jordyn Constance both assisted on Lindenwood’s goal in the series … Nicole Hensley had a .950 save percentage and a 1.92 GAA against the Tigers.


Mercyhurst – The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team split with Robert Morris University for their first weekend series against a conference opponent. The Lakers still maintain an overall record of 33-5-1 against the Colonials despite the split. Mercyhurst shutout Robert Morris on Friday after goaltender Amanda Makela matched her season-high 31 saves to pick up her fourth shutout of the season. Sophomore Emily Janiga scored the first goal at the 2:10 mark of the middle period and sophomore Jaclyn Arbour scored at the 18:29 mark to extend the lead 2-0. Sophomore Jenna Dingeldein tallied an assist and is just one point away from 50 points for her collegiate career. Senior Christine Bestland and junior Molly Byrne also marked assists.  On Saturday, the Lakers suffered a 3-2 loss against the Colonials after letting in three goals all in the first period.  Sophomore Kathy Donohue scored just one minute into the middle frame to narrow the lead to 3-1 and Janiga tallied her 50th career point with a goal at the 2:41 mark of the third period.  Senior Kaleigh Chippy tallied two assists while Arbour marked one. Janiga extended her point streak to six games after the weekend against the Colonials.  Goaltender Julia DiTondo made her debut of the season after entering at the beginning of the second period during Saturday’s contest.  DiTondo stopped all eight shots faced. After the weekend, the Lakers are now 6-4-1 overall in the season and 1-1-0 in the CHA with Syracuse heading to the Mercyhurst Ice Center on Friday, November 15 and 16. 


Penn State – The Nittany Lions continued CHA play this past weekend with a pair of tough losses to Syracuse, 2-1 and 4-3 (OT)…In Saturday’s game, Penn State and Syracuse were tied going into the third before the Orange notched an early goal just 90 seconds into the last frame. Goaltender Nicole Paniccia made 37 saves on 39 shots in the loss…In Sunday’s game, Penn State was poised to claim its first win over Syracuse and first win in CHA play since Nov. 16, 2012, but couldn’t hold on to leads of 2-0 and 3-2. Eventually, the Orange notched a 4-3 overtime win...The balanced Nittany Lions received goals from four different players—Jordin Pardoski, Kendra Rasmussen, Taylor Gross and Amy Petersen. Pardoski, Rasmussen and Petersen all earned their first markers of the season…Eight different Nittany Lions tallied points on the weekend with Petersen being the lone repeat point-earner with a goal and an assist…Sophomore netminder Celine Whitlinger made 51 saves, her second 50-plus save performance of the year, and did everything she could to provide Penn State a victory on Sunday. She saved the first 34 shots on goal in the game, holding the lethal Orange offense scoreless through 39 minutes of play…Penn State went 1-for-2 on Saturday on the power play and followed that up with a 1-for-6 showing on Sunday.  The Nittany Lions have now registered power play goals in five of the past seven games…The Nittany Lions travel to RIT this week for a two-game set against the Tigers. Last season the Nittany Lions went 0-5-1 against RIT including two tough one-goal losses in the CHA Quarterfinals last season. 


Robert Morris – With a series split against in-state rival Mercyhurst, Robert Morris moved to 9-3-0 on the year, and 3-1-0 in the CHA. The 9-3-0 start is the second best in school history, falling just shy of the 10-1-1 start from the 2011-12 team ... This week the Colonials again earned 10 votes in the USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine poll - the most they have ever received from any national rankings. Last week was the first time that RMU earned votes in both national polls for two straight weeks, which was a program first ... Freshman goaltender Jessica Dodds continued the blazing start to her collegiate career, as she allowed just two goals in Saturday's 3-2 victory over No. 9 Mercyhurst. The first-year netminder hasn't lost a game in seven starts and has posted a 1.56 goals-against-average ... The Colonials' four-game homestand ends this weekend as Lindenwood comes to the Steel City in a rematch of last year's thrilling CHA Quarterfinals. RMU outlasted the Lions in three overtimes behind Cobina Delaney's game-winning goal to take Game 1, then rode a shutout from Kristen DiCiocco to win the series in Game 2 ... Despite not registering a point this weekend, freshman Brittany Howard still leads the CHA in assists (13) and points (17). Nationally, she ranks tied for first in assists and tied for fifth in points


RIT – The Tigers (5-5-1, 1-0-1 CHA) opened up CHA play with three points in a road weekend at Lindenwood. On Friday, the Tigers scored three third period goals in a 3-0 win. Mackenzie Stone, Cassie Clayton, and Maurissa Maugeri scored for the Tigers, while Ali Binnington made 23 saves for her third shutout of the season and 11th of her collegiate career. Taylor Thurston recorded her first collegiate point, an assist on Clayton’s goal. On Satutrday, Kolbee McCrea scored RIT’s lone goal, while Binnington made 21 saves in the 1-1 tie. RIT is 5-0-0 on Friday this season and 0-5-1 on Saturday. The Tigers are 21-8-6 when allowing two or less goals, and 0-13-0 when allowing at least three tallies in their brief Division I history. Kourtney Kunichika needs just one goal, and Kolbee McCrea two tallies, to reach the 50-goal plateau in their collegiate careers. Melissa Bromley is one game shy of 100 for her career. Binnington has a 1.73 goals against average and .937 save percentage over her last eight games. This weekend, RIT continues CHA play with a two-game series vs. Penn State at Ritter Arena on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s contest begins at 7 p.m., while Saturday’s game starts at 3 p.m. The Tigers lead the all-time series between the two schools, 5-0-1. RIT went 4-0 against the Nittany Lions at Ritter Arena in 2012-13. Overall, RIT outscored the Nittany Lions, 17-6, out-shooting them 281-113. On Friday, the first 1,000 fans will receive a white t-shirt and are encouraged to “White Out Ritter Arena”.

Syracuse – Syracuse won both its games against PSU last weekend by just one goal, the closest margin of victory all season, and is now on a five-game winning streak. The Orange won 2-1 on Saturday afternoon, taking the lead 3:10 into the game. PSU tied it at the end of the first period but SU had the last say, notching the game-winner 1:27 into the third stanza. The Orange played from behind on Sunday until they made up for the deficit in the third period, scoring two goals to force overtime and win 4-3 in extra minutes. This was the first time this season that Syracuse played an extra period. The last time SU played in overtime was the CHA Semifinal win over RIT. Melissa Piacentini led the team in points on the weekend with three, scoring both of the goals in Saturday’s game and assisting on the game-winner on Sunday. Syracuse will play host to nationally-ranked conference foe Mercyhurst for a pair of games this weekend in a rematch of last year’s CHA tournament championship game. The Lakers also swept all four regular season meetings last year.