CHA Weekly Release for 12/16/2013

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CHA Player of the Week

Emily Janiga – Mercyhurst

Sophomore, Forward; East Aurora, N.Y.

Janiga tallied a career-high six points on Saturday against Lindenwood in a 7-1 victory. Janiga scored her third hat trick of her career and added her first collegiate short-handed goal in the process. She also added three assists to contribute to six of the seven goals scored. Janiga registered a combined seven shots on net, had a +4 rating for the series. She also led the team defensively during the 4-1 win Saturday with three blocked shots. She is third in the conference in points (25), goals (11), +/- rating (17) and is fourth in assists (14) on the season.

 

CHA Goaltender of the Week

Amanda Makela – Mercyhurst

Junior; Thunder Bay, Ontario

Makela improved to 12-5-2 on the season after stopping a combined 31 shots in the sweep against Lindenwood. Makela allowed just one goal in each contest to help the Lakers extend their winning streak to seven games. Her .933 save percentage is tied for the best in the league. Makela is second in winning percentage (.684), goals against average (1.74), and saves (449). She also improved to ninth in the nation in goals against average, seventh in save percentage, and 11th in save percentage.

 

CHA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Jillian Skinner – Mercyhurst

Defense; Markham, Ontario

Skinner collected two assists in the weekend sweep of Lindenwood. On Saturday, Skinner earned an assist on the final Mercyhurst goal of the contest. On Sunday she added the primary assist on the third goal of the game. Throughout the two games Skinner attempted six shots on net, collected a +3 rating, and blocked two shots. Her 11 points (1G, 10A) this season rank fourth in College Hockey America defensemen, and third amongst CHA rookies.

 

 

TEAM NOTES

Lindenwood – The Lindenwood women's hockey team is off until a Dec. 31-Jan. 1 series at Minnesota State ... the Lady Lions have already faced Minnesota State twice this season at home and fell by scores of 7-1 and 3-1 ... Kendra Broad and Alyssa West had goals in that series, and Carrie Atkinson and Saville Pickar each had assists ... Lindenwood reached the halfway point of its conference schedule last weekend by losing two games to Mercyhurst ... Mercyhurst outshot Lindenwood 48-23 in game one and won by a 7-1 margin ... Alexis Molotky started her first game in goal and made 41 saves ... Caitlyn Post scored for Lindenwood with assists from Alyssa West and Katie Erickson ... the Lakers scored the first four goals of game two and won by a 4-1 margin ... Nicole Hensley was in goal for Lindenwood and made 38 saves ... Katie Erickson scored for Lindenwood with assists from Chelsea Witwicke and Jordyn Constance ... Katie Erickson has a team-high four power-play goals after scoring on a five-on-three in Sunday's contest ... Kendra Broad leads the team with five assists and nine points ... Jocelyn Slattery has a team-high five goals ... Lyndsay Kirkham is tied with Kendra Broad with five assists ... Katie Erickson has scored a point in four straight contests for Lindenwood ... the Lady Lions have scored a power-play in goal in three out of its last four games, the team's best streak this season.

 

Mercyhurst – The Mercyhurst University women's hockey team extended their winning streak to seven games after capturing a sweep of Lindenwood (7-1, 4-1) this weekend. Senior Christine Bestland and sophomore Emily Janiga both registered hat tricks on Saturday to mark the first time since October 29, 2011 against Lindenwood where two different players scored a hat trick in the same contest. Both Janiga and Bestland scored short-handed goals to also mark the first time since November 18, 2011 that two different players scored a short-handed goal in the same game. Janiga scored a career-high six points to lead the Lakers after contributing to six of the seven goals with the hat trick and three assists. On Sunday, the Lakers captured a 4-1 win after sophomore Jenna Dingeldein tallied two goals and an assist for a season-high three points in a game. Senior Christie Cicero added an assist on the first goal of the game scored by senior Kaleigh Chippy. Cicero's assist marked the 50th of her career and also extended her scoring streak to six games. Junior Shelby Bram set a season-high three assists on Sunday's contest against the Lions and extended her point streak to four games heading into the New Year. Bestland's scoring streak ended at six games Sunday after recording five points on Saturday. She also moved into a tie for first in the nation in short-handed goals this season (3) after scoring one against the Lions. Junior Amanda Makela improved to 12-5-2 on the season after stopping a combined 31 shots in the sweep against Lindenwood. Makela allowed just one goal each contest to contribute to the Lakers seven-game winning streak. Freshman Sara Besseling made her collegiate debut in their third period during Saturday's contest and stopped all eight shots faced. The Lakers host Cornell University on Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.

 

Robert Morris – Robert Morris extended its unbeaten streak to nine games with a sweep of RIT at 84 Lumber Arena on Dec. 6-7. The sweep also gave the Colonials their sixth-straight home win and kept RMU undefeated on Saturdays (8-0-0) this season ... The Colonials find themselves 10th in the USCHO.com Top 10 for the fourth straight week with 23 points. RMU trails No. 9 Quinnipiac by 10 points after being 16 points behind the Bobcats last week ... The Colonials' streak of not allowing a power play goal game to an end in a 4-2 victory over the Tigers on Dec. 7. RMU stopped 28 straight power play opportunities dating back to Nov. 15 vs. Lindenwood before giving up a goal on the penalty kill. The Colonials' penalty kill percentage of .897 leads the CHA and ranks sixth overall in the nation ... After a three-point weekend against RIT, Brittany Howard is second in CHA in goals (12) and points (28), and is ranked third in assists (16). All of those marks lead first-year players and her total of five game-winning goals is the nation's best ... Howard's start compares favorably to RMU's last two CHA Rookie of the Year winners, Rebecca Vint (2011-12) and Thea Imbrogno (2010-11). Imbrogno had 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) and a game-winning goal in her first 19 games before January, while Vint notched 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists) and two game-winning goals in 17 games before the new year ... Jessica Dodds was in goal for both victories against the Tigers and improved her unbeaten record to 13-0-1. Dodds' winning percentage of .964 leads the nation and her 1.49 goals-against-average tops the CHA. Both of those marks, along with her .932 save percentage and three shutouts lead all freshmen goaltenders ... The Colonials enter the winter break with a record of 16-3-1, easily shattering their previous best first-half mark. The 16 wins have already topped last season's total of 15 and are three shy of the school record 19, which was set in 2011-12. RMU also will enter 2014 on top of CHA with a conference record of 8-1-1 (17 points). The Colonials are one victory from tying a school record in that department, as last year's team won nine CHA games.

 

RIT – The Tigers (9-10-1, 4-3-1 CHA) fell below the .500 mark for the first time in two months, falling to No. 6 Clarkson, 6-2 in front of 1,576 fans at Frontier Field in downtown Rochester on Saturday afternoon. It was just the sixth outdoor game in NCAA Women's Hockey history and first for both teams. The two teams braved the snow and cold, as it was 13 degrees at opening puck drop. Kolbee McCrea scored both RIT goals in the loss. RIT trailed just 3-2 with 13 minutes left before Clarkson scored twice in 34 seconds to put the game away. Kourtney Kunichika needs just one goal to reach the 50-goal plateau in her collegiate career. RIT wrapped up its toughest stretch of the season, with six out of seven games against a nationally-ranked opponent. RIT went 1-5-0 in those five games and enter 2014 with a three-game losing streak. RIT is off until Jan. 3-4, 2014, when they travel to Union for a pair of games against the Dutchwomen.