CHA Weekly Release for 12/02/2013

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College Hockey America Weekly Awards

 

CHA Player of the Week

Brittany Howard - Robert Morris

Freshman, Forward; London, ONT

Freshman Brittany Howard continued her stellar play last week for the Colonials, figuring into all six Robert Morris goals in both games played. She scored the game-tying goal, and then assisted on Rebecca Vint’s game-winner in a 2-1 win over Ohio State on Tuesday. Howard followed that up by scoring all four goals to lead the Colonials to a 4-2 victory over Maine in a Black Friday showdown. The rookie leads all CHA players in points with 25, and goals (10) and is second in assists (15) and power play points (1-6-7). Howard and also leads all rookies in the nation in points, goals and assists.  Her four game-winning goals are also a Division-I high. This is her first player of the week award, though she has been named CHA Rookie of the Week three times so far this season. Howard was also the CHA Player of the Month for October.

 

CHA Goalie of the Week

Amanda Makela - Mercyhurst

Junior; Thunder Bay, ONT

Junior goaltender Amanda Makela captured two wins over St. Lawrence to improve to 9-5-2 in the season. Makela made 55 saves throughout the series and allowed four goals to seal the sweep. The 33 saves in the second game marked Makela’s season-high. Overall she has a 1.94 GAA, second best in CHA, a .927 save percentage and four shutouts on the season. This is her fourth goalie of the week award after winning three straight during the month of October.

 

CHA Rookie of the Week

Heather Schwarz – Syracuse

Forward; Naugutuck, Conn.

Schwarz notched the first goal of her career to tie the game with 13 seconds remaining in the second period in Tuesday’s game against Colgate, a game the Orange would go on to win 2-1. She now has three points on the season and has the second best season rating on the team (+3). Schwarz has the third-most points among freshmen on the team, and has 11 blocked shots in 14 games played, fifth most amongst Syracuse forwards. This is her second rookie of the week award this season.

 

 

TEAM NOTES

Lindenwood – Lindenwood (1-13-2, 1-4-1 CHA) resumes CHA play this week with a two-game series at Syracuse ... the Lady Lions are 1-5-0 all-time against Syracuse ... in conference games, Lindenwood is 1-3-0 against Syracuse ... Lindenwood is 1-3-0 all-time on the road against Syracuse, including a 1-1-0 mark last season ... Lindenwood's victory was a 2-1 overtime win when Caitlyn Post scored the game-winner with assists from Kendra Broad and Lyndsay Kirkham ... two of the four games played in Syracuse between these two teams have gone into overtime ... among active players, Kendra Broad and Caitlyn Post lead Lindenwood with two goals and three points versus Syracuse ... Lyndsay Kirkham had two assists last season against the Orange ... Nicole Hensley was 1-1-0 against Syracuse last season with a 2.48 GAA and a .940 save percentage ... Nicole Hensley has started every game this season for Lindenwood and has been in net for nearly 93 percent of the minutes ... in just CHA games, Jocelyn Slattery is fifth in the conference with three goals ... Carrie Atkinson is second in conference games for freshman goals with two ... Lindenwood is second in conference play in combined special

Penn State – Penn State (3-12-2, 1-7-0) played a lone non-conference matchup with Maine, tying the Black Bears 1-1 at Pegula Ice Arena on Saturday, Nov. 30...Shannon Yoxheimer scored a goal and Nicole Paniccia saved 44 shots...Penn State is unbeaten in its past two games for the second time this year (1-0-1 start vs. Vermont)...Penn State returns to CHA play at Mercyhurst Dec. 6-7 for the final series of the semester.

Mercyhurst – The 10-5-2 (3-2-1 CHA) Mercyhurst University women's hockey team captured their second series sweep of the season in a midweek matchup with St. Lawrence. In game one, the Lakers captured a 3-2 with the help of senior Christie Cicero scoring two goals including her first game-winning goal of the season. Sophomore Kathy Donohue scored the tying goal at the 9:44 mark in the third period before Cicero finished at 18:47. In game two, sophomore J'nai Mahadeo scored the first goal of the contest before Cicero made it 2-0 before the end of the opening period. Donohue scored her first collegiate game-winning goal at the 11:03 mark into the third period. The Lakers held off a last minute rush by St. Lawrence after they pulled their goal for the last two minutes. Mercyhurst is now 5-1-1 with their home ice advantage almost halfway through the season. Senior Christine Bestland had a two point weekend and needs just five more points to join just four other players who have achieved the milestone of a career 200 points at Mercyhurst. Bestland is tenth in the nation in scoring after averaging 1.35 points per game with 23 points this season and is tied for sixth in assists per game (0.94). As a team, the Lakers are 12th in scoring margin (0.88) and their penalty kill is tenth after killing 100 of the 114 opponent power-plays. The Lakers return to action against Penn State on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7. Saturday also marks the Lakers annual "Pink the Rink".

Robert Morris – Robert Morris (14-3-1, 6-1-1 CHA) moved their unbeaten streak to a season-high seven games with two wins last week. The Colonials first traveled to Ohio State on Tuesday to face a Buckeyes squad that had beaten Mercyhurst and No. 4 North Dakota, and knocked them off, 2-1, thanks to a third period goal from Rebecca Vint. RMU then returned home for a Friday contest against Maine and came away with a 4-2 victory, headlined by a career performance from Brittany Howard ... Howard scored all four goals in the win over the Black Bears, setting a career-high for goals in a game. The hat trick was the Colonials' first of the season, and the first since Vint accomplished the feat in a 7-1 win at Penn State on Nov. 10, 2012. Howard's trick also placed her third all-time for goals in a single game, with Vint and Megan Picnic (Oct. 27, 2006 vs. Chatham) each holding the record with five ... Thea Imbrogno became the second RMU player to reach 100 career points in the win over Maine on Friday, as she notched an assist on Howard's second goal. Imbrogno tallied two more assists to give her three on the afternoon, and comes into this week's contests with 102 career points, 19 behind the career recordholder Brianna Delaney, who registered 121 points from 2008-12 ... Vint also moved up in the record books with a three-assist afternoon against the Black Bears. The three helpers gave the junior forward 47 for her career, moving her past Sara O'Malley (2007-11) for third all-time ... The Colonials host second-place RIT this weekend in what is RMU's last series of the 2013 calendar year. After the series with the Tigers, the Colonials won't be in action again until Jan. 4-5, 2014, when they host St. Lawrence..

RIT – The Tigers (9-7-1, 4-1-1 CHA) earned third place honors at the Nutmeg Classic hosted by Quinnipiac University. On Friday, the Tigers fell to No. 8 Quinnipiac, 8-0 and rebounded to defeat Connecticut in overtime on Saturday, 4-3. Erin Zach scored the game-winner 2:06 into overtime and added two assists. Marissa Maugeri added a goal and two assists and was plus-4 in the win. Celeste Brown tied the game with 1:52 left in regulation. In net, Jetta Rackleff picked up her first collegiate win, stopping 42 shots. Zach, who played in her 100th career game on Saturday, was named to the Nutmeg Classic All-Tournament Team. Saturday was the first time RIT won at the D-I level when allowing at least three goals in a game. The Tigers were 0-15-0 previously in that scenario. RIT is now 1-10-0 all-time against nationally-ranked foes. RIT is now 7-1-0 on Friday and 2-6-1 on Saturday this season. The Tigers are 24-8-6 when allowing two or less goals in their brief Division I history. Kourtney Kunichika needs just one goal to reach the 50-goal plateau in her collegiate career. Goaltender Ali Binnington is 6-1-1 with a 1.13 goals against average and .958 save percentage over her last eight games. This weekend, RIT returns to conference play with a weekend series at No. 10 Robert Morris on Friday and Saturday. RIT leads the all-time series between the two schools 4-2-1. The two teams met three teams between 2007 and 2008. Last season, RIT went 3-0-1 against the Colonials, allowing just four goals in the four contests.

Syracuse – Syracuse won their first of two games at the Onondaga War Memorial, home of the AHL's Syracuse Crunch, 2-1 over Colgate last week with a last-minute goal from Allie LaCombe, her third game-winner of the season. The Orange also used a late goal in the second to tie the game at 1-1 with 13 seconds remaining in the period. Freshman Heather Schwarz scored the first of her career to tie the game, flicking one in during a scrum in front of the net. With this win, Syracuse moves to 7-6-2 on the season and 3-2-1 at home. This is the second consecutive win for SU when playing at the War Memorial. The Orange last played at the downtown Syracuse location on Feb. 21 2009, defeating St. Anslem 4-1. This Tuesday the Orange plays its second of three games at War Memorial Arena when they host nationally-ranked Cornell. The Orange are 1-1 this season against teams in the top-10 during the week of the contest. They defeated No. 3/4 Boston College at home, and lost to No. 3 Clarkson in the season opener. Cornell enters at 9-1-2 on the season, suffering its first loss in its last outing against No. 7/8 Boston College this past Saturday. The team is currently ranked third in the nation in this week's USCHO.com poll. The Big Red have played just four games on the road so far this season, winning two and tying two. Cornell averages 4.00 goals per game, second-most in the nation behind No. 1/1 Minnesota. The Syracuse penalty kill, which ranks eighth nationally at 89.3%, will have their work cutout for them against the Cornell power play, which ranks first nationally, converting 30.9% of their opportunities. Tuesday night's game will be televised in the Syracuse area on Time Warner Cable Sportsnet. After Tuesday, Syracuse remain home this weekend to host CHA foe Lindenwood for two games at the Tennity Ice Pavillion.