INSIDE HOCKEY » CHA http://insidehockey.com Get Inside! Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:37:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Clarkson’s Magical Season Continues With Convincing Win http://insidehockey.com/clarksons-magical-season-continues-with-convincing-win http://insidehockey.com/clarksons-magical-season-continues-with-convincing-win#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 05:18:41 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=57618

HAMDEN, Conn.- It doesn’t matter what seed they were. Mercyhurst is a tough team to beat. The Lakers are in their 10th NCAA tournament in the last 10 years and know pressure situations. Tonight, however, it was a tournament newcomer that spoiled Cinderella’s ball as the #3 seeded Clarkson Golden Knights defeated the Lakers 5-1 to advance to their first ever National Championship Game at the High Point Solutions Arena on the campus of Quinnipiac University.

“We had an amazing run to get here,” Mercyhurst head coach Michael Sisti said. “I’m so proud of our players.

“They were the better team,” Sisti said of Clarkson.

“[This is] the biggest win in program history,” Clarkson co-head coach Matt Desrosiers said. “I think the girls did a great job of sticking with it tonight.”

It was actually the Lakers who scored first, as Jaclyn Arbour put home her own rebound to make it 1-0 8:02 into the opening frame. Her fifth goal came on an assist from Shelby Bram.

That’s about all the positive that came on the Lakers side, as Clarkson turned up the heat in the second, with some unlikely scorers getting into the act.

With only 15 skaters, the Knights would be the team to get tired quicker, but with each passing minute, they looked sharper and sharper with their efforts paying off 5:00 flat into the second stanza. Renata Fast ripped a shot from the right point to score her second goal of the year past Amanda Makela to tie the score at 1. Vanessa Gagnon assisted on the play.

Gagnon got her scoring on at 9:16 as she did her best Gordie Howe impression. Jamie Lee Rattray, last week’s hero, tried to stuff the puck home from the left side, but it went past the goalie into no-man’s land in the right crease where Gagnon dove to push the puck into the back of the net and score the eventual game winner at 2-1.

“I saw it at the last second so I dove for it,” Gagnon said.

Fast appeared to get another goal at 16:24, as she got a great feed from Shelby Nisbet down low to the same spot on the right point. This time the puck was tipped by Christine Lambert who was credited with her eighth tally of the year to make it 3-1.

“My main goal is to get puck on net, Fast said. ” Whether it gets tipped or just goes in, I had big screens [up front], so it’s a big help.”

6:39 into the third, Brittany Styner scored to make it a three goal lead. She got an amazing feed from Rattray in the left circle and let go a shot from the right circle past Makela to make it 4-1 on her 14th of the campaign.

Clarkson was able to get an empty net goal, as Makela was pulled with 2:24 left in a desperation attempt. Shannon MacAulay was credited with her 12th as she had an easy goal to end the game with 14 seconds left at 5-1.

Defensively, Erica Howe was solid, stopping all but 1 of the 19 shots she faced over the game.

The Golden Knights will face a much more difficult opponent in two time defending champion Minnesota on Sunday at 3pm as they look to be the first non WCHA team to win a women’s hockey title, and look for the first National Championship in school history in any sport.

“They’re going to get a ‘helluva’ good game,” Gagnon quipped.

NOTES:

  • Both teams have had experience on Hamden’s ice. Clarkson is now 6-0-1 at the High Point Solutions Arena as they are ECAC rivals with the Bobcats. Mercyhurst now falls to 2-1-1 in games played at the Hamden rink.
  • Quinnipiac head coach Rick Seeley was the first coach for the Golden Knights. He attended Friday’s game. Clarkson coach Matt Destosiers said that like any other ECAC coach, Seeley wished him luck but had no special message for the team he helped build 11 years ago.
  • Friday marked Clarkson’s first 30 win season in program history.
  • Mercyhurst had snuck into the postseason, beating out host Quinnipiac by tenths of a percentage point in the PairWise. They beat Cornell for the second straight year but again fell in the Frozen Four round. This marked the 10th consecutive year the program had received an at large bid, as the CHA does not get an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

RAW Clarkson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WItyiRgeNGU

RAW Mercyhurst: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhlK6kJlIVI

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Photo Gallery: Penn State @ Ohio State (1/4/2014) http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-penn-state-ohio-state-142014 http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-penn-state-ohio-state-142014#comments Sun, 05 Jan 2014 13:29:37 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=55042

The Ohio State women’s hockey team swept Penn State with a 4-0 win Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, OH.  (Inside Hockey – Rachel Lewis)

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UND Women: Observations from Lindenwood Series http://insidehockey.com/und-women-observations-from-lindenwood-series http://insidehockey.com/und-women-observations-from-lindenwood-series#comments Sun, 06 Oct 2013 16:42:55 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=52347

This weekend, the University of North Dakota Women’s team swept the Lindenwood University by a combined goal total of 11-2. The Lady Lions which hail from Saint Charles, Missouri, proved to be a pesky bunch, but in the end they were outmatched by UND’s depth.  Here are a few things that stuck out from this weekend’s series.

The KKD line showed amazing chemistry this weekend

UND’s second line of Michelle Karvinen, Becca Kohler and Meghan Dufault, showed amazing chemistry after only one weekend of play. The Lady Lions had no answer for this lines speed and if hadn’t been for the Lindenwood goalie Nicole Hensley, they would have scored a lot more goals than they did this weekend. When asked about her line mates’ senior forward Michelle Karvinen was very complementary.

“I think we took a big step this week,” Karvinen said. “Becca Kohler and Megan Dufault are amazing players and when we start getting more goals we’re going to be a dangerous line. It’s going to be really great for our team, to have more lines that can score this year, it’s going to be huge. I am just excited for what is going to happen this season.”

UND head coach Brian Idalski was very pleased with play of his top two lines this weekend.

“Yeah, I like our top two lines,” Idalski said. “They’re playing well, they’re clicking well, they moved the puck pretty well. Obviously, we have a couple of ‘D’  behind them that are helping them get on offense, a little bit faster this year. Those two (lines) are good. We have to sort out (lines) three and four. Quite honestly, there wasn’t a lot of kids that played themselves out of that position. I thought they all had their spots where those groups of kids played well. It’s going to be interesting for us next week.”

Lindenwood goalie Nicole Hensley stands tall in net for the Lions

One of the stories on the weekend was the play of the Lindenwood goalie Nicole Hensley. The sophomore from Lakewood, Colorado stopped 115 of 126 shots she faced for a .912 save percentage. Honestly, if it hadn’t been for the play of Hensley, the scores would have been more lopsided then they were. UND head coach Brian Idalski was very complimentary of the Lion’s goalie.

“Their goaltender (Hensley) is legit,” Idalski said. “She was solid; it kind of takes you back when Bemidji had a couple of goaltenders. She was fantastic, or I think the score would have been a little bit different.”

Josefine Jakobsen and Susanna Tapani have big weekend for UND

Junior forward Josefine Jakobsen (Aalborg, Denmark) and freshman forward Susanna Tapani (Laitala, Finland) were nothing short of amazing this weekend. The duo scored an impressive 12 points combined.  In case anyone is keeping track, Jakobsen scored (2g-4a—6pts) and Tapani scored (1g-5a—6pts) on the weekend.

After the game, an excited Susanna Tapani talked about her weekend and playing with her line mates Josefine Jakobsen and Andrea Dalen.

“It’s always good to start with point, but it’s not the most important thing,” Tapani said. “They’re very good and it’s lots of fun playing with them, it’s European style (hockey), it’s good.”

The UND women’s team returns to the ice next on October 12 & 13 at 2:07 p.m., when they face the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in an important two games series.

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Alabama-Huntsville to End Program http://insidehockey.com/alabama-huntsville-to-end-program http://insidehockey.com/alabama-huntsville-to-end-program#comments Tue, 25 Oct 2011 00:27:12 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=30472

The University of Alabama-Huntsville’s interim president Malcolm Portera announced today that following the 2011-12 hockey season, the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers will cease to exist as a Division I college hockey program. This announcement means that there will no longer be a Division I college hockey program south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

The announcement officially ends 33 years of NCAA college hockey history for UAH. No other program that’s ever won an NCAA title has disbanded. The Chargers won two D-II titles in 1996 and 1998.

According to USCHO, UAH Chargers head coach Chris Luongo informed his team of the president’s decision on Sunday night.

There are many factors that have led to this decision; one major factor is that UAH doesn’t have a conference to call home. After the 2008-09 season, College Hockey America disbanded and the UAH Chargers were left without a conference.

The Chargers applied for membership in the CCHA during 2009. But on August 11, 2009, the Chargers were informed that their bid for membership to the CCHA was denied.  Without a conference to call home, the Chargers have had to play as a Division I independent, which put their program in further jeopardy. It’s very hard to get teams to travel to Huntsville to play hockey if they are not in a conference.

The Chargers also don’t have a building of their own’ they share the Von Braun Center with the Huntsville Havoc of the SPHL and are not the primary tenet, meaning the Chargers have had to play their games  at odd times, which further complicates things for the Chargers.

Here is part of the official announcement from UAH interim president Malcolm Portera.

I want to share with you a decision that has been made following months of careful study. As a result of a financial analysis of our athletic program, and numerous conversations I have had with athletic directors, university presidents and commissioners of Division I ice hockey programs, it has become obvious that, for the best interest of this university, our athletic department and the ice hockey program, we move the team from the Division I level back to its original classification as a club sport at the end of the 2011-2012 season.

In conclusion, this is a sad day for college hockey and for the Alabama-Huntsville hockey team and its fans. This story makes me physically sick to my stomach that in one swoop of a pen, a college administrator can kill a college hockey program with a rich hockey history.

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Women’s Weekly: March 25th http://insidehockey.com/womens-weekly-march-25th http://insidehockey.com/womens-weekly-march-25th#comments Fri, 25 Mar 2011 12:49:25 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=22106

Wisconsin Captures National Championship

The University of Wisconsin is the 2011 NCAA Frozen Four champion with a 4-1 win over Boston University on Sunday afternoon.

Carolyne Prévost led the way with two goals; while Mallory Deluce and Brooke Ammerman had one goal each. Marie-Philip Poulin added the lone Terriers’ goal. Alex Rigsby made 15 saves in the win; while Kerrin Sperry stopped 32 of the 36 in the losing effort.

In Friday’s semifinals, Jenelle Kohanchuk led Boston University to the Frozen four championships with a goal and assist in the Terriers’ 4-1 win over Cornell; while Wisconsin got to the final with a 3-2 win over Boston College as Brianna Decker scored the game winner with 48 seconds left in regulation.

Four Badgers were named to the 2011 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four All-Tournament Team. 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner Meghan Duggan joined Prevost, Ammerman and alev Kelter in receiving all-tournament honors. Duggan and Knight were also named Co-MVPs of the tournament. Boston College goaltender Molly Schaus and Boston University defenseman Catherine Ward completed the all-tournament team.

Duggan Wins Patty Kazmaier Award

Wisconsin forward Meghan Duggan is the winner of the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award Winner. She was presented with the award during a sold out brunch ceremony of 400 people at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, PA. She was chosen from a group of three finalists that also included senior forwards Meghan Agosta (Mercyhurst College) and Kelli Stack (Boston College).

“Meghan is probably the best two-way player, not only in the country, but in the world,” said Wisconsin coach Mark Johnson. “One of the reasons we’re in the position we’re in right now is because of her leadership and what she does on the ice, and probably more importantly, what she does off the ice.”

Amidst a standout senior season, Duggan was near the top of the NCAA leaderboard in all offensive categories and recently led the Badgers as team captain to the NCAA national championship game.

Duggan, who was named an NCAA First-Team All-American, also helped guide Wisconsin to the WCHA regular-season and tournament championships. During Friday night’s 3-2 win over Boston College in the Frozen Four, Duggan broke Wisconsin’s record for points in a single season with 86, which also places her tied for first in the nation. Through the semifinals, she was ranked fourth nationally in goals (39), second in assists (47), was tied for second in power-play goals (11) and was tied for third in the country with three shorthanded goals. In addition, Duggan had six game-winning goals and 27 multi-point games, including nine multi-goal games.

During the season, Duggan recorded 57 points during a Wisconsin program-best 25-game point streak (Oct. 22-Feb. 4). She reached several other Wisconsin and NCAA milestones throughout the 2010-11 season, becoming the seventh player all-time and first Wisconsin player to reach both 100 goals and 100 assists. Duggan also became the 13th player all-time and second Wisconsin player to reach 200 career points.

Through the semifinals of the NCAA tournament, Duggan has led the University of Wisconsin in all-time career points with 237 and is currently tied for fifth in NCAA history. Additionally, she is tied for sixth in NCAA history with 106 career goals.

Duggan was named WCHA Player of the Year and earned All-WCHA First Team honors. She led the league with 61 points, 34 assists and 20 power-play points (9-11), and ranked second with 27 goals. A two-time WCHA Offensive Player of the Week, Duggan won the league’s regular-season scoring trophy with 61 points (27-34) in 28 games.

Off the ice, the 2010 U.S. Olympic silver medalist volunteers at the University of Wisconsin Kids Clinic and the Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Hospital. She has also volunteered with Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin.

With information from usahockey.com

AHCA Announces All-Americans

On Thursday the American Hockey Coaches Association announced the 2011 Reebok Al-Americans. Nine players have been previously honored, including Mercyhurst’s Meghan Agosta who becomes the third four-time First Team All-American. Harvard’s Angela Ruggiero and Jennifer Botterill were the others.

Six of the honorees are Canadian, five American, and one is from Finland.

Six are seniors, four are sophomores, and two are juniors.

Cornell and Wisconsin led the way with three honorees each.

Five selections came from the WCHA, three each from the ECAC and Hockey East, and one from the CHA.

First Team

Goalie Molly Schaus, SR, Boston College % (Natick, MA)
Defense Laura Fortino, SO, Cornell*(Hamilton, ON), Jocelyne Larocque, SR, Minnesota-Duluth@ (St. Anne, MB)
Forward Meghan Agosta, SR, Mercyhurst@$& (Ruthven, ON), Meghan Duggan, SR, Wisconsin
(Danvers, MA), Hilary Knight, JR, Wisconsin@ (Sun Valley, ID)

Second Team
Goalie Noora Raty, SO, Minnesota* (Espoo, Finland)
Defense Lauriane Rougeau, SO, Cornell# (Beaconsfield, PQ), Catherine Ward. SR, Boston University (Montreal, PQ)
Forward Brianna Decker, SO, Wisconsin (Dousman, WI), Rebecca Johnston, JR, Cornell%
(Sudbury, ON), Kelli Stack, SR, Boston College% (Brooklyn Heights, OH)

*First Team in 2010; # Second Team in 2010; @ First Team in 2009; % Second Team in 2009; $ First Team in 2008; & First Team in 2007

Wisconsin finishes Season On Top of USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll

Wisconsin was the unanimous winner of the final USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll for this season taking all 19 first place votes. Frozen Four runner up Boston University finished in second place; while Boston College finished third, Cornell fourth, and Minnesota-Duluth fifth.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll – #24
(first-place votes in parentheses)
1 University of Wisconsin, 190 (19)
2 Boston University, 165
3 Boston College, 140
4 Cornell University, 139
5 University of Minnesota Duluth, 114
6 Mercyhurst College, 98
7 University of Minnesota, 85
8 Dartmouth College, 45
9 University of North Dakota, 38
10 Providence College, 22
Others receiving votes: Ohio State University, 6; Northeastern University, 3.

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Women’s Weekly: March 17th http://insidehockey.com/womens-weekly-march-17th http://insidehockey.com/womens-weekly-march-17th#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2011 17:20:43 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=21421

Agosta and Pattenden Earn CHA Honors

Mercyhurst teammates forward Meghan Agosta and goalie Hilary Pattenden are the College Hockey America player and goalie of the week for the week ending March 13th. Agosta scored twice; while Pattenden made 18 saves as Mercyhurst went down 4-2 to Boston University in the NCAA quartearfinals.

Hockey East Honors Stack, Wakefield, and Sperry

Boston College forward Kelly Stack and Boston University forward Jenn Wakefield are the Hockey East co-players of the week; while Wakefield’s teammate Kerrin Sperry is the Hockey East rookie of the week.

Stack added two goals in the Eagles’ 4-1 win over Minnesota in the NCAA quarterfinals on Saturday. Wakefield also found the back of the net twice; and Sperry made 30 saves in the 4-2 win over Mercyhurst on Saturday.

Three Finalists Named for 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award

Agosta, Meghan Duggan (Univ. of Wisconsin) and Stack (Boston College) have been named the three finalists for the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. The award, which is in its 14th year, is given out annually by The USA Hockey Foundation to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey.

The trio represents three NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey conferences – College Hockey America (Agosta), Hockey East (Stack) and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (Duggan). The 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by LECOM, will be handed out at a brunch ceremony on March 19 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, PA in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four (March 18 & 20).

A limited number of tickets to the ceremony are still available and may be purchased by calling 719-538-1184 or by submitting a completed ticket form at PattyKaz.com. Individual seats are $65, while tables of 10 are available for $600.

Meghan Agosta

One of Mercyhurst College’s team captains, Agosta has become a top-three finalist for the fourth time in her collegiate career. This season, she became the first player in NCAA history to reach 300 career points and now stands at 301 (155-146). She also became the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer with her 151st goal and has 155 goals to date. In College Hockey America play, Agosta was named CHA Player of the Year and earned First Team All-CHA honors, while leading the CHA in all offensive categories and winning the league’s regular-season scoring trophy with 41 points (18-23) in 16 games. Agosta helped lead Mercyhurst to the CHA regular-season and tournament championships, as well as a berth in the NCAA tournament. She currently leads the nation with 84 points, 48 assists, 14 power-play goals and four shorthanded goals, while ranking third with 36 goals and nine game-winning goals.

Meghan Duggan

Amidst a standout senior season with the University of Wisconsin, Duggan was named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year and earned All-WCHA First Team honors. She ranks second nationally with 82 points, 37 goals, 45 assists and 11 power-play goals, and third with three shorthanded goals. As team captain, she helped lead Wisconsin to the WCHA regular-season and tournament championships, as well as a berth in the NCAA tournament. She also led the WCHA with 61 points, 34 assists and 20 power-play points (9-11), and ranked second with 27 goals. Duggan reached several NCAA and Wisconsin milestones this season, becoming the seventh player all-time and first Wisconsin player to reach both 100 goals and 100 assists. She ranks seventh in NCAA history and leads Wisconsin with 233 career points.

Kelli Stack

Stack is the first-ever top-three finalist from Boston College. As a senior captain, she helped lead BC to its first-ever Hockey East tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament. Stack ranks first in the country with four shorthanded goals, fourth with 34 goals and eight game-winning goals, and eighth with 56 points. She led Hockey East with 33 points (22-11), 22 goals, 12 power-play points (7-5), four shorthanded points (4-0) and five game-winning goals. Along with winning the league’s regular-season scoring trophy, Stack was named Hockey East’s Player of the Year and earned Hockey East First Team All-Star honors. In addition, she was named Hockey East Player of the Month twice and Hockey East Player of the Week three times. This season, Stack set the Hockey East records for career points (133) and goals (68). She also set her school record for points (199) and now stands at 207 career points.
NOTES: Meghan Agosta is the second top-three finalist from Mercyhurst College (Vicki Bendus-2010 winner), while Meghan Duggan is the third top-three finalist from the University of Wisconsin (Sara Bauer-2006-07, Jessie Vetter-2009). Sara Bauer won the 2006 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and Jessie Vetter won the award in 2009 … Kelli Stack is the first-ever top-three finalist from Boston College

For more information on the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, visit PattyKaz.com … Mike Ruzzi, sports director at WICU-TV (NBC) in Erie, Pa., will serve as the master of ceremonies, while Laura Halldorson, who led the University of Minnesota women’s ice hockey team to three NCAA Division I national championships as head coach, will be the keynote speaker … The 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony, presented by LECOM, will be broadcast live at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com … USA Hockey and the NCAA will team up once again to put on free girls’ skills clinics in conjunction with the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four. Both will take place on March 19, at Mercyhurst Ice Center with an American Development Model session set for 3-4 p.m. ET and a Try Hockey For Free clinic to take place from 4-5 p.m.

About The Patty Kazmaier Award
An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually presented to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey. Selection criteria includes outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. Consideration is also given to academic achievement and civic involvement. The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is supported, in part, by a grant from the NHL Foundation.

About Patty Kazmaier
The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year varsity letter-winner and All-Ivy League defenseman at Princeton University from 1981-86. An accomplished athlete who helped lead the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship in three consecutive seasons (1981-84), Patty Kazmaier-Sandt died on Feb. 15, 1990, at the age of 28 following a long struggle with a rare blood disease.

Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Winners
1998 Brandy Fisher University of New Hampshire
1999 A.J. Mleczko Harvard University
2000 Ali Brewer Brown University
2001 Jennifer Botterill Harvard University
2002 Brooke Whitney Northeastern University
2003 Jennifer Botterill Harvard University
2004 Angela Ruggiero Harvard University
2005 Krissy Wendell University of Minnesota
2006 Sara Bauer University of Wisconsin
2007 Julie Chu Harvard University
2008 Sarah Vaillancourt Harvard University
2009 Jessie Vetter University of Wisconsin
2010 Vicki Bendus Mercyhurst College

Information courtesy www.usahockey.com

ECAC All-League and All-Rookie Teams Announced

The ECAC has announced their all-league and all-rookie teams. They are:

First Team All-League
Forward Kelly Babstock, Quinnipiac, Rebecca Johnston, Cornell, Brianne Jenner, Cornell
Defense Laura Fortino, Cornell, Lauriane Rougeau, Cornell
Goaltender Jackee Snikeris, Yale

Second Team All-League
Forward Chelsea Karpenko, Cornell, Jillian Dempsey, Harvard, Kelly Foley, Dartmouth
Defense Josephine Pucci, Harvard, Sasha Sherry, Princeton
Goaltender Rachel Weber, Princeton

Third Team all-League
Forward Catherine White, Cornell, Kelly Sabatine, St. Lawrence, Liza Ryabkina, Harvard
Defense Sasha Nanji, Dartmouth, Leanna Coskren, Harvard
Goaltender Victoria Vigilanti, Quinnipiac

All-Rookie Team
Forward Kelly Babstock, Quinnipiac, Brianne Jenner, Cornell, Carly Mercer, Clarkson
Defense Alyssa Gagliardi, Cornell, Marissa Gedman, Harvard
Goaltender Erica Howe, Clarkson

Babstock Is ECAC Player of the Year

Quinnipiac freshman forward Kelly Babstock is the ECAC Player of the Year.

Babstock led the league in goals with 30, assists (28), and points (58) in overall. Her 22 goals and eight assists put her tied for second in league scoring with 30 points. She was a five time ECAC Rookie of the Week and twice won the Player of the Week award. She was the Quinnipiac Athlete of the Month in November and December.

Babstock was the second athlete in Quinnipiac history to receive mention in Sports Illustrated’s weekly publication of its Faces In The Crowd section when she was mentioned on January 17th, 2011. She was also one of the nominees for the Patty Kazmaier award.

University of Wisconsin Unanimous No. 1 in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll

The University of Wisconsin is the unanimous number one team in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll receiving all 19 first place votes.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll
1 University of Wisconsin, 190 (19)
2 Cornell University, 171
3 Boston University, 140
4 Boston College, 136
5 University of Minnesota Duluth, 114
6 Mercyhurst College, 98
7 University of Minnesota, 82
8 Dartmouth College, 45
9 University of North Dakota, 38
10 Providence College, 28 10 22-12-1 13
Others receiving votes: Harvard University, 3.

Hockey Canada World Championship Selection Camp Roster Announced

Hockey Canada has announced the roster for the World Championship team selection camp roster. The camp will take place at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto from April 2nd-5th and is the first time that Hockey Canada has had a selection camp for the tournament since 1997-98. After the camp 21 players will be chosen to play for Canada at the World Championships in Zurich and Winterhur, SUI from April 16th-25th.

When the final roster is chosen the team will have another camp from April 6th-9th in Ann Arbor, MI that will include two games against the USA. Canada’s selection camp roster includes four goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 21 forwards. Of the 37 players invited, 21 helped Canada win gold at the 2010 Four Nations Cup last November in St. John’s NL, 17 were part of the roster that won the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, BC, and 16 players competed at the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Championship in Hämeenlinna, Finland, winning a silver medal.

Breakdown of Selection Camp Roster:
21 players played at the 2010 4 Nations Cup in St. John’s, NL
17 players played at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, BC
16 players played at the 2009 IIHF World Championship in Hameenlinna, Finland
14 players from US universities
12 players from the Canadian Women’s Hockey League
11 players from Canada’s 2011 National Women’s U22 Team
Eight players from Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS)
Two players from the Western Women’s Hockey League
One player from the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC)

The team will leave Canada for Switzerland on April 9th. They will hold another training camp from April 10th-14th that will include a game against Switzerland on April 14th.

Canada has won nine gold medals n 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2007. And silver in 2005, 2008 and 2009 .

The team’s first game is against Switzerland on April 16th.

Roster

Goaltenders
Liz Knox L ’5″ 135 06/09/88 Stouffville, ON Wilfrid Laurier University (CIS)
*Charline Labonté L 5’9″ 163 10/15/82 Boisbriand, QC/McGill University (CIS)
*Kim St-Pierre L/ ’9″ 156 12/14/78 Châteauguay, QC/Montreal (CWHL)
*Shannon Szabados L 5’8″ 147 08/06/86 Edmonton, AB Grant MacEwan University (ACAC)
Defence
Courtney Birchard L 5’9″ 151 07/14/89 Mississauga, ON University of New Hampshire (HE)
*Tessa Bonhomme L 5’7″ 140 07/23/85 Sudbury, ON Toronto (CWHL)
Delaney Collins L 5’4″ 130 05/02/77 Pilot Mound, MB Brampton (CWHL)
Laura Fortino L 5’4″ 144 01/30/91 Hamilton, ON Cornell University (ECAC)
Jocelyne Larocque L/ 5’6″ 140 05/19/88 Ste. Anne, MB University of Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
Stefanie McKeough L/ 5’7″ 146 01/27/91 Carlsbad, ON University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
*Meaghan Mikkelson R 5’9″ 150 01/04/85 St. Albert, AB Edmonton (WWHL)
Lauriane Rougeau L/G 5’8″ 166 04/12/90 Beaconsfield, Que./Qc Cornell University (ECAC)
Bobbi-Jo Slusar L 5’4″ 140 06/06/85 Swift Current, SK Strathmore (WWHL)
Britni Smith R 5’8″ 147 10/13/88 Port Perry, ON Toronto (CWHL)
*Catherine Ward L 5’6″ 135 02/28/87 Montreal, QC Boston University (HE)
Tara Watchorn L 5’10″ 176 05/30/90 Newcastle, ON Boston University (HE)
Forwards
*Meghan Agosta L 5’7″ 147 02/12/87 Ruthven, ON Mercyhurst College (CHA)
*Gillian Apps L 6’0″ 177 11/02/83 Unionville, ON Brampton (CWHL)
Vicki Bendus R 5’2″ 110 04/17/89 Wasaga Beach, ON Mercyhurst College (CHA)
Ann-Sophie Bettez L 5’4″ 135 10/14/87 Sept-Îles, QC McGill University (CIS)
Emmanuelle Blais R 5’4″ 132 11/07/87 Montreal, QC Montreal (CWHL)
*Jennifer Botterill L 5’9″ 158 05/01/79 Winnipeg, MB Toronto (CWHL)
Bailey Bram L 5’7″ 163 09/05/90 Ste. Anne, MB Mercyhurst College (CHA)
Mallory Deluce L 5’7″ 138 04/13/89 London, ON University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
*Jayna Hefford L 5’5″ 138 05/14/77 Kingston, ON Brampton (CWHL)
*Haley Irwin L 5’7″ 172 06/06/88 Thunder Bay, ON University of Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
Brianne Jenner R 5’9″ 159 05/04/91 Oakville, ON Cornell University (ECAC)
*Rebecca Johnston L 5’7″ 167 09/24/89 Sudbury, ON Cornell University (ECAC)
Noémie Marin L 5’6″ 150 04/05/84 Acton-Vale, QC Montreal (CWHL)
*Caroline Ouellette L 5’11″ 172 05/25/79 Montreal, QC Montreal (CWHL)
*Cherie Piper R 5’6″ 167 06/29/81 Scarborough, ON Brampton (CWHL)
*Marie-Philip Poulin L 5’6″ 160 03/28/91 Beauceville, QC Boston University (HE)
Jesse Scanzano R 6’0″ 188 10/15/88 Dollard des Ormeaux, QC Mercyhurst College (CHA)
Natalie Spooner R 5’9″ 186 10/17/90 Scarborough, ON Ohio State University (WCHA)
*Sarah Vaillancourt R/D 5’6″ 140 05/08/85 Sherbrooke, Que./Qc Montreal (CWHL)
Jennifer Wakefield R 5’10″ 166 06/15/89 Pickering, ON Boston University (HE)
*Hayley Wickenheiser R 5’10″ 171 08/12/78 Shaunavon, SK University of Calgary (CIS)
* 2010 Olympic gold medalists

Head Coach Ryan Walter New Westminster, BC Hockey Canada
Assistant Coach Dan Church Toronto, ON York University (CIS), Lisa Jordan Halifax, NS St. Mary’s University (CIS)

The Games This Week

In Saturday’s NCAA quarterfinals Jenn Wakefield scored twice as Boston University doubled Mercyhurst, 4-2; Chelsea Karpenko had two goals and one assist, while Catherine White found the back of the net once and lent a helping hand on two more, and Rebecca Johnson, Laura Fortino, and Brianne Jenner added a goal and assist each as Cornell pounded Dartmouth, 7-1; Kelli Stack scored twice to lead Boston College to a 4-1 win over Minnesota; and Hilary Knight had a goal and assist to lead Wisconsin to a 2-1 win over Minnesota.

The Games To Come

In the NCAA Frozen Four semifinal at Erie, PA on Friday Cornell faces Boston University; and Wisconsin takes on Boston College. The winners will play for the championship on Saturday.

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Mercyhurst, Cornell, Wisconsin, and Boston College Win Conference Tournaments

Mercyhurst, Cornell, Wisconsin, and Boston College won their respective league championships this past weekend.

In College Hockey America action in Syracuse, NY Robert Morris got to the semis on Thursday with a 4-2 win over Wayne State as Cobina Delaney and Sara O’Malley led the way with a goal and assist each.

In the semis on Friday Robert Morris met up with Mercyhurst but fell 3-1 to the Lakers as Jesse Scanzano’s two goals led the way for Mercyhurst in their 3-1 win. The other semi saw Isabel Menard score the lone goal of the game 13:16 into the first as Syracuse nipped Niagara, 1-0.
Meghan Agosta had the hat trick in Saturday’s championship game as Mercyhurst nipped Syracuse 5-4.

In the ECAC semis on Thursday Camille Dumais led the way with a goal and two assists as Dartmouth triumphed over Harvard,; and Hayley Hughes scored the game-winner with her second goal of the game 6:05 into the third as Cornell edged Quinnipiac 4-3 in the other semifinal. Hughes added another goal and two helpers as Cornell blanked Dartmouth 3-0 in the championship game on Saturday.

On Friday in the WCHA semis in Minneapolis-St. Paul Mallory Deluce had a goal and assist to lead Wisconsin to a 3-0 shutout of North Dakota; while Amanda Kessel’s hat trick led Minnesota to a 4-2 win over Minnesota-Duluth. Kelly Nash scored the game-winner 14:11 into overtime on Saturday as Wisconsin captured the WCHA Tournament with a 5-4 win over Minnesota.

Alyssa Wohlfeiler scored twice as Northeastern doubled Boston University 4-2 in the semis on Saturday; while Kelli Stack’s goal 11:57 into the overtime sent Boston College into the final with a 3-2 win over Providence. On Sunday the Eagles won the Hockey East crown with a 3-1 win over Northeastern as Danielle Welch led the way with a goal and assist. Scanzano, Pattenden, and Imbrogno Are CHA Players of the Month for February

Agosta and Billadeau Receive CHA Awards

Mercyhurst forward Meghan Agosta and Syracuse netminder Katie Billadeau are College Hockey America’s player, goalie, and rookie of the week for the week ending March 6th.

Agosta added two assists and was the second star of the game on Friday as Mercyhurst skated to a 3-1 win over Robert Morris in the CHA semifinals on Friday and added three more; while Billadeau made 41 saves as Mercyhurst won the CHA Championship with a 5-4 win over Syracuse on Saturday.
Billadeau made 18 saves as Syracuse edged Niagara 1-0 in the semifinals on Saturday.

Cornell Teammates Sweep ECAC Awards

Cornell forwards Hayley Hughes and Jessica Campbell along with goalie Amanda Mazzotta are the ECAC player, rookie, and goalie of the week.

Hughes scored twice, Campbell added one goal, and Mazzotta made 21 saves as Cornell edged Quinnipiac 4-3 in the semifinals on Thursday. In Saturday’s championship game Hughes added a goal and two assists; while Mazzotta made 14 saves in the 3-0 shutout of Dartmouth. Campbell was injured midway through Friday’s game and wasn’t in the lineup for the final. Hughes was the second star of Saturday’s game.

Hockey East Honors Stack, Bizzari, and Schelling

Boston College teammates forwards Kelli Stack and Melissa Bizzari and Northeastern netminder Florence Schelling are the Hockey East player, rookie, and defensive players of the week.

Stack and Bizzari added one goal and one assist each in the Eagles’ 3-2 win over Providence in the semis on Saturday and had one assists each in Sunday’s 3-1 over Northeastern as Boston College won their first Hockey East championship.

Schelling made 44 saves in Northeastern’s 4-2 win over Boston University in the semis on Saturday despite the team being outshot by the Terriers 46-25. She made 32 more in the game on Sunday.

Patty Kazmaier Finalists Announced

On Thursday the USA Hockey Foundation today announced the 10 finalists for the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. The award, annually bestowed upon the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey, will be presented at a brunch ceremony on March 19 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, PA in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four (March 18 & 20). The three finalists for this year’s award will be announced on March 10.

The Top 10 are:

Meghan Agosta: Mercyhurst College • Forward • Senior • Ruthven, ON

Tied for the lead in the nation with 79 points … Leads the nation with 46 assists, 13 power-play goals and four shorthanded goals, while ranking third with 33 goals and eight game-winning goals … Team captain … Nine-time CHA Player of the Week … Three-time CHA Player of the Month … Leads the CHA in all offensive categories … Notched at least a point in 31 of 33 games played … Has 28 multi-point games, including 17 with three or more points and 10 multi-goal games … Became the NCAA all-time leading point-getter with a four-point effort on Feb. 4, surpassing Julie Chu, who recorded 285 points in her career. Now stands at 296 career points … Became the NCAA all-time leading scorer on Feb. 25, with two goals in a win over Robert Morris University to score 152 career goals. Surpasses Nicole Corriero, who amassed 150 goals in her career … Tied NCAA goals leader Nicole Corriero with her 150th career goal on Feb. 12 … Made numerous appearances at local elementary schools and spent time talking with youth hockey teams around Canada and Erie, Pa. … Volunteered with the Leamington Police Department, assisting officers in community service and drug and alcohol prevention … Helped organize and participated in Skate with the Lakers, a holiday community engagement event that let members of the Erie community meet and skate with the team …Raised funds and helped facilitate the team’s Skate for the Cure Breast Cancer Awareness series.

Vicki Bendus: Mercyhurst College • Forward • Senior • Wasaga Beach, ON

Ranks fifth in the nation with 1.85 points per game and third with 1.19 assists per game … Assistant captain … Has five power-play goals and 17 multi-point games … Ranks third in the CHA with 24 points, ninth with seven goals, second with 17 assists, and tied for second with 10 power-play points (3-7) … Helped organize and participated in Skate with the Lakers, a holiday community engagement event that let members of the Erie community meet and skate with the team … Raised funds and helped facilitate the team’s Skate for the Cure Breast Cancer Awareness series … Volunteered time with Hockey Canada and several community programs teaching children how to skate … Honored with the NCAA Elite 88 Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 88 championships … CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-American.

Meghan Duggan: University of Wisconsin • Forward • Senior • Danvers, MA

Tied for the lead in the nation with 79 points … Ranks second nationally with 44 assists, 2.19 points per game, 1.22 assists per game and 11 power-play goals … Ranks second in the nation in goals (35) and short-handed goals (3), and fifth with 0.94 goals per game … Leads the WCHA with 61 points, 34 assists and 20 power-play points (9-11), and ranks second with 27 goals … Has five game-winning goals … Holds a plus-65 rating in 36 games … Recorded 57 points during a UW program-best 25-game point streak (Oct. 22-Feb. 4) … Ranks seventh in NCAA history and leads UW with 230 career points … Became seventh player all-time and first UW player to reach both 100 goals and 100 assists … Became 13th player all-time and second UW player to reach 200 career points … Has 25 multi-point games, including eight multi-goal games … Team captain … Two-time WCHA Offensive Player of the Week … Volunteered at UW Kids Clinic … Volunteered at Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Hospital … Volunteered with Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin.

Laura Fortino: Cornell University • Defenseman • Sophomore • Hamilton, ON

Leads NCAA defensemen with 36 points (8-28) and ranks 26th overall in the nation with 1.24 points per game … Part of top defensive pairing for nation’s top scoring defense (31 goals in 31 games) … Key member of the top penalty-killing unit in the nation that has allowed just six goals all season (94.1 percent) … Quarterbacks power-play unit ranked second in the nation (25.7 percent) … Leads ECAC Hockey defensemen with 28 points (7-21), good for fifth overall, while leading the league with 21 assists and 14 power-play points (4-10) … Has nine multi-point games … Ranks second among all defensemen in the nation with a plus-41 rating … Named to preseason All-ECAC Hockey team … Big Sister to area girls … Organized Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family program … Helped pack meals for Feed My Starving Children.

Haley Irwin: Univ. of Minnesota Duluth • Forward • Junior • Thunder Bay, ON

Ranks fourth in the NCAA with 2.04 points per game with 42 in 23 games, second with 1.26 assists per game and thirteenth with 0.78 goals per game … Ranks sixth in the nation with two short-handed goals and 15th with four game-winning goals … Ranks seventh in the WCHA with 1.95 points per game with 37 in 19 games, eighth with 0.79 goals per game, eighth with 1.16 assists per game, second with three shorthanded points (2-1), first with two shorthanded goals and fifth with three game-winning tallies … Owns a plus-37 rating … Has had 14 multipoint games, including eight that have included three or more points … Twice named the WCHA’s Offensive Player of the Week … Volunteered with P.R.O. in Thunder Bay, Ont., to help raise money for underprivileged kids in after school activities … Showed dogs for the Thunder Bay Humane Society to help raise money and to raise awareness for adoption … Participated in the Shooting Stars Foundation floor hockey tournament to help raise money for children’s charities in Saskatchewan and helped plan an activity day involving a wide range of sports for schools in the Thunder Bay area … Also volunteers at the Union Gospel Mission in Duluth, Minn., by helping serve meals.

Rebecca Johnston: Cornell University • Forward • Junior • Sudbury, ON

Ranks 16th in the nation with 1.59 points per game, ninth with 0.86 goals per game and 26th with 0.72 assists per game … Ranks sixth nationally with two shorthanded goals (2) and ninth with five game-winning goals … Has 13 multi-point games and has scored in 23 of 31 games … Ranks second in ECAC Hockey with 17 goals, while sitting fourth with 29 points … Third in ECAC Hockey with a plus-40 rating … Named to ECAC Hockey Preseason All-League team … Big Sister to area girls … Organized Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family program … Helped pack meals for Feed My Starving Children.

Hilary Knight: University of Wisconsin • Forward • Junior • Sun Valley, ID

Leads the nation with 46 goals and ranks fifth in NCAA single-season history … Leads the nation with 1.28 goals per game, while ranking third with 75 points, 2.08 points per game and eight game-winning goals … Leads the WCHA with 29 goals and ranks third with 50 points … Has eight power-play goals and two short-handed goals … Holds a plus-53 rating in 36 games … Currently on an 22-game point streak (Dec. 10-Feb. 26) … Has 23 multi-point games, including 15 multi-goal games … Became first UW player to reach 100 career goals … WCHA Preseason Player of the Year … Three-time WCHA Offensive Player of the Week … Assistant captain … Volunteered with UW Kids Clinic … Visited local school Thoreau Elementary.

Noora Räty: University of Minnesota • Goaltender • Sophomore • Espoo, Finland

Ranks third in the nation with a .946 save percentage, sixth with a 1.59 goals-against average and seventh with a .781 winning percentage (24-6-2) in 32 games … Leads the nation and broke a school record with nine shutouts … Also combined with Jenny Lura for two additional shutouts and had five games with only one goal allowed … Broke her own school record for saves in a season, now at 857 … Finished the regular season with a conference GAA of 1.70, ranking second in the WCHA … Her 1515:01 minutes played were the second most in conference action … Opened the season with four consecutive shutouts … Named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week three times … Set a career-high 46 saves when she helped the Gophers to a 2-2 tie against No. 1 Wisconsin … Has volunteered with the HopeKids organization and Skate with the Gophers … Earned a 4.0 GPA during the fall semester.

Molly Schaus: Boston College • Goaltender • Senior • Natick, MA

Fourth in the NCAA with a 1.42 goals-against average, fifth with a .941 save percentage, sixth with a .793 winning percentage (21-4-4 record) and 11th with four shutouts … Team captain … Ranks second in Hockey East with a 1.39 GAA, third with a .941 save percentage and second with a .725 winning percentage … Named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week once … Has recorded 15 games with 20 or more saves and four games with 30 or more saves … Received Bertagna Goaltending Award for the third time in her career in 33rd Annual Women’s Beanpot after BC’s 3-1 victory … Participates in Newton Special Athletes, skating with children with special needs … Annual participant in the Massachusetts Hospital School sled hockey game and visits with disabled students at the school … Participates in Food for Families, collecting and distributing food to low-income families in Boston … Member of the Boston College Athlete Pen Pal Program.

Kelli Stack: Boston College • Forward • Senior • Brooklyn Heights, OH

Ranks eighth in the NCAA with 53 points and third with 33 goals … Team captain … Ranks first in the country with four shorthanded goals, fifth with seven game-winning goals and fifth with eight power-play goals … Leads Hockey East with 33 points, 22 goals, 12 power-play points (7-5), four shorthanded points (4-0) and five game-winning goals … Named Hockey East Player of the Month twice … Named Hockey East Player of the Week three times … Has tallied 18 multi-point games … Became the all-time leading scorer at Boston College this year, with 95 goals … Holds the Hockey East career records in points (133) and goals (68) … Holds the Hockey East active career record in assists (65) … Participates in Newton Special Athletes, skating with children with special needs … Annual participant in the Massachusetts Hospital School sled hockey game and visits with disabled students at the school … Participates in Food for Families, collecting and distributing food to low-income families in Boston … Member of the Boston College Athlete Pen Pal Program.

Information courtesy of usahockey.com

Yale to Hold “100 Holes for Mandi” Fundraiser

On March 17th the Yale women’s golf team will hold a “100 Holes for Mandi” in aid of Yale women’s hockey player Mandi Schwartz who has been battling acute myeloid leukemia for more than two years. The team will take donations per hole and then head into the golf simulator in Yale’s Dave Paterson Golf Technology Center in Payne Whitney Gym to play 100 holes of golf in Mandi’s honor starting at 8 a.m.

Mandi, a 23-year-old native of Wilcox, Sask., has been battling acute myeloid leukemia for more than two years. This past September she required a stem cell transplant at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle that was designed to give her a new immune system using stem cells from two anonymously donated units of umbilical cord blood. A biopsy in December indicated that she has relapsed, and she is now back home with her family.

Those interested in supporting the cause can e-mail their desired donation total and contact information to Coach Rompothong at chawwadee.rompothong@yale.edu. Checks should be made out to “Yale University Relief Fund” with “Mandi Schwartz” in the memo line and sent to:

Chawwadee Rompothong
Yale Athletic Department
PO Box 208216
New Haven, CT 06520-8216
March 3, 2011

WCHA Awards Presented

Three members of the Badgers’ high-scoring line and a pair of players from the University of Minnesota lead the All-WCHA First Team selected by coaches. Wisconsin’s Meghan Duggan, who was the league’s scoring champion with 61 points (27 goals, 34 assists) in 28 games, was named the WCHA’s Player of the Year. The senior from Danvers, MA also leads the first team All-WCHA squad which includes Duggan’s teammates, Hilary Knight, a junior from Sun Valley, Idaho who had 29 goals and 50 points in league play, and Brianna Decker, a sophomore from Dousman, Wisconsin, who had 23 goals and 51 points.

The All-WCHA First team also includes Minnesota junior defenseman Anne Schleper, a junior from St. Cloud, Minnesota and the lone repeater on the team, and teammate and goaltender Noora Räty, a sophomore from Espoo, Finland who had nine shutouts this season, a 1.70 goals-against average in league play and a .943 conference save percentage.

Minnesota Duluth’s Jocelyne Larocque, a senior defender from Ste Anne, Manitoba, completes the first team, one of a trio of honors she received. Larocque also was voted the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year in a vote of the league’s head coaches, was the top-scoring defenseman in the league with six goals, 18 assists and 24 points in 26 league contests, and also was named the WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year.

The WCHA Coach of the Year Award for 2010-11 went to Wisconsin’s Mark Johnson. It is the fourth time Johnson has either won or shared the award. The former ‘Miracle on Ice’ hero and gold medalist in the 1980 Olympics is a three-time national Division 1 coach of the year and his team won over 30 games. In his seven years at Wisconsin, Johnson has an .815 winning percentage. He took a sabbatical to coach the United States team to a silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver 2010. That U.S. team included Knight, Duggan and All-WCHA Second Team members Jocelyne Lamoureux, a forward from the University of North Dakota, and her twin sister Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, ND), a defenseman. Other All-WCHA Second Team members include Haley Irwin, a forward from Minnesota Duluth, Natalie Spooner, Ohio State University’s all-league forward last season, Minnesota Duluth defenseman Jessica Wong, and Bemidji State University goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova, who shared WCHA Player of the Year honors last season. It is the third straight season Tomcikova has been the second team all-league goalie.

Minnesota’s Amanda Kessel was named WCHA Rookie of the Year and leads the All-WCHA Rookie Team and the All-WCHA Third Team. Kessel’s brother, Phil, is a former Minnesota athlete who currently is a NHL all-star with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Also named to the All-WCHA Third Team was Minnesota Duluth senior goaltender Kim Martin (Stockholm, Sweden), who was the league’s goaltending champion with a 1.51 goals-against average in league play, sophomore defensemen Megan Bozek of Minnesota, junior defenseman Brittany Haverstock of Wisconsin, and forwards Elin Holmlov, a senior from Minnesota Duluth, and Erin Cody, a senior from Bemidji State.

Joining Kessel on the All-WCHA Rookie Team were Minnesota forward Kelly Terry, Wisconsin forward Brittany Ammerman, Minnesota defenseman Baylee Gillanders, North Dakota defenseman Kayla Berg, and goaltender Alex Rigsby of Wisconsin.

The conference also today released the 2010-11 All-WCHA Academic Team,comprised of 97 student-athletes representing all eight WCHA women’s member institutions.

Earlier today, USA Hockey, Inc., announced that four WCHA players – Wisconsin forwards Duggan and Knight, Minnesota Duluth forward Irwin and Minnesota goaltender Räty – were among the 10 finalists for the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given each year to the top player in women’s Div. 1 collegiate hockey.

Conference member-team head coaches and assistant coaches vote for the WCHA individual award winners. The WCHA Defensive Player of the Year Award is chosen by the head coaches, while the WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year is selected by the institutional faculty representatives.

2010-11 WCHA Award Winners
WCHA Player of the Year: Meghan Duggan, Sr., F, University of Wisconsin (Danvers, MA)
WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year: Jocelyne Larocque, Sr., D, University of Minnesota Duluth (Ste Anne, MB)
WCHA Defensive Player of the Year: Jocelyne Larocque, Sr., D, University of Minnesota Duluth (Ste Anne, MB)
WCHA Rookie of the Year: Amanda Kessel, Fr., F, University of Minnesota (Madison, WI)
WCHA Coach of the Year: Mark Johnson, Head Coach, University of Wisconsin
WCHA Scoring Champion: Meghan Duggan, Sr., F, University of Wisconsin (Danvers, MA)
WCHA Goaltending Champion: Kim Martin, Sr., G, University of Minnesota Duluth (Stockholm, Sweden)

All-WCHA First Team
Forward: Hilary Knight, Jr., F, University of Wisconsin; Meghan Duggan, Sr., F, University of Wisconsin; Brianna Decker, So., F, University of Wisconsin
Defense: Anne Schleper, Jr., D, University of Minnesota; Jocelyne Larocque, Sr., D, University of Minnesota Duluth
Goaltender: Noora Räty, So., G, University of Minnesota

All-WCHA Second Team
Forward: Natalie Spooner, Jr., F, Ohio State University; Jocelyne Lamoureux, So., F, University of North Dakota; Haley Irwin, Jr., F, University of Minnesota Duluth
Defense: Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, So., D, University of North Dakota; Jessica Wong, So., D, University of Minnesota Duluth
Goaltender: Zuzana Tomcikova, Jr., G, Bemidji State University

All-WCHA Third Team
Forward: Elin Holmlov, Sr., F, University of Minnesota Duluth; Erin Cody, Sr., F, Bemidji State University; Amanda Kessel, Fr., F, University of Minnesota
Defense: Megan Bozek, So., D, University of Minnesota; Brittany Haverstock, Jr., D, University of Wisconsin
Goaltender: Kim Martin, Sr., G, University of Minnesota Duluth (Stockholm, Sweden)

All-WCHA Rookie Team
Forwards: Amanda Kessel, Fr., F, University of Minnesota; Kelly Terry, Fr., F., University of Minnesota; Brittany Ammerman, Fr., F, University of Wisconsin
Defense: Baylee Gillanders, Fr., University of Minnesota Kayla Berg, Fr., D, University of North Dakota
Goaltender: Alex Rigsby, Fr., G, University of Wisconsin

2010-11 All-WCHA Academic Team

To qualify for the All-WCHA Academic Team, student-athletes must have completed one year of eligibility at present institution, prior to the current academic year, and have a grade point average of at least 3.0 for the previous two semesters or three quarters. Members of the 2010-11 All-WCHA Academic Team, by member institution and in alphabetical order are:

Bemidji State University: Molly Arola, Annie Bauerfeld, Erin Cody, Emily Erickson, Jamie Hatheway, Kimberly Lieder, Sadie Lundquist, Alana McElhinney, Mackenzie Thurston, Zuzana Tomcikova Montana Vichorek, Erika Wheelhouse, Marlee Wheelhouse, Abby Williams, Lauren Williams.
University of Minnesota: Megan Bozek, Samantha Downey, Sarah Erickson, Alyssa Grogan, Mira Jalosuo, Becky Kortum, Nikki Ludwigson, Jenny Lura, Noora Räty, Anne Schleper.

University of Minnesota Duluth: Kacy Ambroz, Audrey Cournoyer, Gina Dodge, Laura Fridfinnson, Jennifer Harss, Haley Irwin, Jocelyne Larocque, Mariia Posa, Lana Steck, Vanessa Thibault, Katie Wilson, Pernilla Winberg.

Minnesota State University, Mankato: Alli Altmann, Emilia Andersson, Emmi Leinonen, Ariel Mackley, Erika Magnusson, Moira O’Connor, Jackie Otto, Sarah Schneekloth , Lauren Smith, Nina Tikkinen, Amy Udvig.

University of North Dakota: Kayla Berg, Sara Dagenais, Jorid Dagfinrud, Ashley Furia, Megan Gilbert, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, Mary Loken, Margot Miller Allison Parizek, Stephanie Roy, Ashley Holmes, Jordan Slavin, Alyssa Wiebe.

Ohio State University: Barbara Bilko, Teal Bishop, Amanda Boskovich, Brittany Carlson, Melissa Feste, Jenna Kilpatrick, Sandy Nelson, Liz Rizzo, Paige Semenza, Natalie Spooner, Minttu Tuominen, Kelly Wild.

St. Cloud State University: Katie Allen, Callie Dahl, Anna Donlan, Courtney Josefson, Diana Karouzos, Kylie Lane, Lisa Martinson, Alex Nelson, Haylea Schmid, Ellie Sitek, Brittany Toor, Tayler VanDenakker.

University of Wisconsin: Brianna Decker, Mallory Deluce, Breann Frykas, MN), Alev Kelter, Stefanie McKeough, Kelly Nash, Saige Pacholok, Carla Pentimone, Carolyne Prevost, Geena Prough, Becca Ruegsegger.

Information courtesy of the WCHA website.

The Leaders

Agosta leads the CHA playoff scoring race with three goals and two assists; while Niagara’s Jenni Bauer was 0-1-0 with a 1.02 GAA and a .969 SAV%.

Dumais has four goals and three assists over five ECAC playoff games to lead the conference playoff scoring race; while Cornell’s Amanda Mazzotta is 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and a SAV% of .939.

Northeastern forward Casey Pickett had six points (three goals, three assists) to lead all conference point getters. Between the pipes Boston College’s Molly Schaus (2-0-0, 1.37 GAA, .944 SAV%) leads all netminders.

Wisconsin forward Brianna Decker leads all WCHA point getters with five goals and six assists in four WCHA games; and Minnesota-Duluth netminder Kim Martin is 1-0-0 with a 0.00 GAA and 1.000 SAV% to lead all conference goalies.

The Games To Come

The NCAA quarterfinals will begin on Saturday as Boston University hosts Mercyhurst; Cornell hosts Dartmouth; Minnesota is at Boston College; and Wisconsin is at home to Minnesota-Duluth.

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Syracuse Sweeps Weekly CHA Awards

Syracuse forwards Isabel Menard and Margot Scharfe and goalie Kallie Billadeau are College Hockey America’s player, rookie, and goalie of the week for the week ending February 27th.

Menard added one assist, Scharfe scored once, and Billadeau made 22 saves as Syracuse skated to a 2-1 win over Niagara on Friday. Scharfe was the third star of the game. Menard had a three point night (two goals, one assist), while Scharfe tallied two assists, and Billadeau made 21 saves as the Orange completed the series sweep with a 4-2 win on Saturday.

Hockey East Honors Pickett, Morse, and Schelling

Northeastern teammates forward Casey Pickett and goalie Florence Schelling and Providence rearguard Rebecca Morse are the Hockey East player, defensive player, and rookie of the week.

Pickett added two goals and one assist; and Schelling made 25 saves as Northeastern moved into the Hockey East semis with a 4-0 win over Connecticut on Saturday. Schelling was the game’s first star and Pickett the second.

Morse added one goal as Providence moved into the semifinals with a 5-2 win over Maine on Saturday.

Fischer, Overguard Are ECAC’s Best Defensive Forwards

On Sunday the ECAC announced that Dartmouth College’s Reagan Fischer and Cornell’s Karlee Overguard are the co-winners of the ECAC Defensive Forward of the Year award.

Fischer scored nine goals and assisted on 19 more in the 31 games with Cornell this season, putting her tied for 14th in scoring this season. She currently leads her team with a plus-14 rating.

One of the all-around leaders for Dartmouth, Fischer has developed into a solid player at both ends of the ice for the Big Green during her three years in Hanover. The Irma, Alberta native currently leads her team in the plus/minus category with a plus-14. She can often be seen on the ice blocking shots and leading the special teams. She set a new career-high in assists in a single game with three in a 5-0 win over Connecticut and tied a career-high for points in a game (four) in that same contest this season.

Overguard tallied 26 points (8 goals, 18 assists) in 28 games, putting her tied for 26th in scoring. The Sundre, Alberta native plays a significant role on Cornell’s penalty-killing unit which has only surrendered four goals in 77 opportunities during conference action this season. The Big Red has killed off 94.8 percent of opponents’ power-plays in the 22 league games and 93.8 percent overall, which is best in the nation for the second consecutive season. Overguard has also helped Cornell’s defense post 11 shutouts on the season. She is also one of three main faceoff persons for the Big Red and currently has a plus-21 rating.

Information Courtesy of the ECAC website

Finland Wins European Champions Cup

Ilves Tampere won the European Champions Cup as they won all four of their games that they played. They won the tournament with a 1-0 win over Aisulu Almaty from Kazakhstan on Sunday, thanks to a goal from former University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldog Saara Tuominen.

Also on Sunday SKIF Nizhni Novogorod edged HC Luongo 5-4 for the bronze medal as Yekaterina Smolentseva led the way with two goals.

The tournament began on Friday with two games as Ilves Tampere skated to a 5-3 win over SKIF Nizhni Novogorod as Tawni Mattila led the way with two goals; and former New Hampshire Wildcat Kira Misikowetz scored the game winner 8:58 into the second as HC Luongo edged Aisulu Almaty, 2-1.

There were two more games on Saturday as Karoliina Rantamaki had a goal and assist as SKI Novogorod edged AIS Aisulu Almaty, 2-1; and Sari Karna scored twice in Ilves Tampere’s 5-4 win over HC Luongo.

Misikowetz finished the tournament as the top scorer with four goals and three assists in three games; while AIS Aisuly Almaty’s Daria Obydennova had a 1.62 GAA and a SAV% of .960 to lead all goalies.

Best Players Selected By The Tournament Directorate

Best Goalkeeper 20 OBYDENNOVA Daria AIS – Aisulu Almaty
Best Defenseman 23 BULLO Nicole LUG – HC Lugano
Best Forward 23 TUOMINEN Saara ILV – Ilves Tampere

Wisconsin Tops Polls

Wisconsin is once again the top team in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls this week. They received all 19 first place votes in the first and all 15 in the second.

The top five remained the same from last week in the first poll with Cornell taking second place, Mercyhurst finishing third, Boston University fourth, and Minnesota fifth in the first poll; while Cornell finished second in the USCHO.com poll with Minnesota and Mercyhurst doing the flip flop as the Gophers moved up one spot to third, and the Lakers dropped one to fourth. Boston University stayed at fifth.

Women’s College Hockey Poll – March 1, 2011
1. Wisconsin 190 (19)
2. Cornell 171
3. Mercyhurst 139
4. Boston University 136
5. Minnesota 122
6. Minnesota Duluth 97
7. Boston College 74
8. North Dakota 53
9. Providence 28
10. Dartmouth 21
Others receiving votes: Harvard University, 8; Quinnipiac University, 6.

USCHO.com DI Poll–February 28, 2011
1 Wisconsin (15)
2 Cornell
3 Minnesota
4 Mercyhurst
5 Boston University
6 Minnesota-Duluth
7 Boston College
8 North Dakota
9 Dartmouth
10 Providence
Others Receiving Votes: Harvard 3

The Games This Week

The final weekend of regular season play got underway in College Hockey America on Friday as Kelsey Welch scored the game winner 4:57 into overtime to give Syracuse a 2-1 win over Niagara. Isabel Menard added two goals and one assist as the Orange completed the sweep with a 4-2 win on Saturday.
Meghan Agosta scored twice to lead Mercyhurst to a 6-2 win over Robert Morris on Friday.

In ECAC quarterfinal action Danielle Skirrow had a goal and assist to lead Clarkson to a 4-1 win over Dartmouth on Friday. Dartmouth evened the series with a 4-2 win on Saturday as Amanda Trunzo and Sasha Nanji led the way with a goal and assist each. The Big Green took the series with a 4-3 win on Sunday as Camille Dumais scored the series winner 18:37 into overtime. Jillian Dempsey scored twice to lead Harvard to a 6-1 win over St. Lawrence. Kate Buesser’s hat trick paved the way for the Crimson’s series sweep with an 8-3 win on Saturday. Brittany Lyons’ goal with five seconds left in regulation gave Quinnipiac a 2-1 win over Princeton on Friday; while Kelly Babstock scored the series winner at the 2:31 mark of the second period in Saturday’s 2-1 Quinnipiac victory. Rebecca Johnson had a goal and assist as Cornell skated to a 3-2 win over Rensselaer and had the hat trick in Saturday’s 6-1 Big Red win and series sweep.

In Saturday’s Hockey East quarterfinals, Casey Pickett had two goals and two assists as Northeastern blanked Connecticut 4-0; and Laura Veharanta’s two goals led Providence to a 5-2 win over Maine.

In WCHA first round action Friday, Jen Schoullis scored twice to lead Minnesota to a 4-2 win over Ohio State. Amanda Kessel’s goal 16:51 into the third was the game winner as the Gophers swept the Buckeyes with a 3-2 win on Saturday. Elin Holmlov scored twice to lead Minnesota-Duluth to a 3-0 shutout of Minnesota State on Friday. The Bulldogs got goals from Audrey Cournoyer, Vanessa Thibault, Jessica Wong, Katherine Wilson, and Jocelyne Larocque in their 5-0 win and series sweep on Saturday. Meghan Duggan had two goals and an assist to lead Wisconsin on its 9-3 rout of St. Cloud State on Friday; while Brianna Decker added one goal and two assists in the Badgers’ 5-1 win and series sweep on Saturday. Stephanie Roy added the game winner with 4:52 left in regulation as North Dakota edged Bemidji State 3-2. The Beavers sent the series the distance with a 3-0 win on Saturday thanks to goals from Sadie Lundquist, Kimberly Lieder, and Lauren Williams. Monique Lamoureux-Kolls scored the series winner for the Fighting Sioux with a goal 16:00 into overtime for the 3-2 win on Sunday.

The Leaders

Mercyhurst finished the season with a perfect 16-0-0 conference record and ended up 27-5-0 to finish first in the CHA standings. Agosta won the CHA scoring title with 33 goals and 46 assists in 31 games played; while her teammate Hilary Pattenden is the top goalie at 25-5-0 with a 1.97 GAA and a .921 SAV%.

Johnson leads all ECAC playoff scorers with four goals and one assist; while Quinnipiac’s Victoria Vigilanti leads all goalies with her 2-0-0 record, 0.50 GAA, and a .974 SAV%.

Pickett is the top playoff scorer in Hockey East with two goals and one assist; while Schelling (1-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 SAV%) leads all goalies.

Decker has three goals and four assists to lead the WCHA playoff scoring race; while UMD’s Jennifer Harss is 1-0-0 with a 0.00 GAA and 1.000 SAV% to lead all goalies.

The Games To Come

On Thursday Wayne State faces Robert Morris in CHA quarterfinal action in Syracuse. The semifinals will take place on Friday as Niagara takes on Syracuse; and Mercyhurst faces the winner of Thursday’s quarterfinal match. The championship game will be played on Saturday.

The ECAC semis will be played on Thursday as Harvard takes on Dartmouth; and Cornell faces Quinnipiac with the winners facing off for the championship on Saturday.

In Hockey East action in Boston on Saturday Boston University and Northeastern faceoff in game one; while the second game has Boston College hosting Providence at Boston University. The winners will face off for the championship on Sunday.

In WCHA semifinal action in Minneapolis-St. Paul Wisconsin faces North Dakota; and Minnesota-Duluth takes on Minnesota on Friday with the winners playing for the WCHA championship on Saturday.

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Women’s Weekly: Feb 23 http://insidehockey.com/womens-weekly-feb-23 http://insidehockey.com/womens-weekly-feb-23#comments Thu, 24 Feb 2011 04:08:18 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=19691

Cockell, Bauer, and Imbrogno Earn CHA Honors

Syracuse defenseman Ashley Cockell, Niagara goalie Jenni Bauer, and Robert Morris forward Thea Imbrogno are College Hockey America’s player, goalie, and rookie of the week for the week ending February 21st.

Cockell scored twice for Syracuse; while Imbrogno scored once for Robert Morris as Syracuse and Robert Morris skated to a 2-2 overtime tie on Friday. Imbrogno scored twice; while Cockell added an assist as the teams skated to another 2-2 overtime tie on Saturday. Cockell was the first star of the game on Friday; and Imbrogno was the first star on Saturday.

Bauer made 18 saves on Friday as Niagara shutout Wayne State 1-0 on Friday and added 32 morea nd was the second star of the game as Niagara doubled Wayne State 4-2 on Saturday.

ECAC Honors Trunzo and Holdcroft

Dartmouth teammates forward Amanda Trunzo and Lindsay Holdcroft are the ECAC player, rookie, and goalie of the week.

Trunzo added three assists; and Holdcroft made 33 saves as Dartmouth doubled Cornell 4-2 on Friday. Trunzo tallied one assist, while Holdcroft added 24 more saves as the Big Green nipped Colgate 4-3 on Saturday.

Gallo, Bizzari, and Garcia Receive Hockey East Awards

Maine forward Jennie Gallo, Boston College forward Melissa Bizzari, and Connecticut goalie Alexandra Garcia are the Hockey East player, rookie, and goalie of the week.

Gallo added one goal in Saturday’s 3-2 overtime win over Boston University on Saturday.

Bizzari scored twice for the Eagles in their 2-1 win over New Hampshire on Saturday. Garcia made 33 saves in Connecticut’s 4-2 win over Northeastern on Saturday and added 43 more in the 1-1 overtime tie on Sunday. She was the third star of that game.

Winberg, Bozek, and Packer Are WCHA’s Best

UMD forward Pernilla Winberg, Minnesota defenseman Megan Bozek, and Wisconsin forward Madison Packer are the WCHA offensive, defensive, and rookie players of the week.

Winberg began the weekend with four goals and one assist as Minnesota-Duluth blasted St. Cloud State 8-0 on Friday and added another goal and lent a helping hand on two more as the Bulldogs swept the Huskies with a 9-0 win on Saturday. She finished a plus-2 for the weekend.

Bozek scored once in the Gophers’ 5-3 win over North Dakota on Friday and added two more assists as the Fighting Sioux gained a series split with a 5-3 win of their own on Saturday.

Packer had the hat trick as Wisconsin completed the sweep of Minnesota State with a 9-1 win on Saturday and finished a plus-2 for the weekend.

Boston College Captures Beanpot

Boston College won the 2011 Beanpot Tournament on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Harvard as Mary Restuccia had a goal and an assist, while Kelli Stack and Caitlin Walsh each added a goal of their own. Katharine Chute added the lone Harvard goal.

Boston University and Northeastern skated to a 3-3 tie in the third place contest. Dani Rylan, Katie MacSorley, and Sonia St. Martin scored for Northeastern; while Britt Hergesheimer and Jenn wakefield added a goal and assist each, and Holly Lorms added a single for Boston University.

Sweden, Slovakia and Switzerland Are European Champions

Sweden, Slovakia, and Switzerland are the champions of the Tjorn tournament, Slovakian tournament, and the Mountain Cup.

At the Euro Tournament in Tjorn, SWE on Friday Finland shutout Germany 4-0 as Karolina Rantamaki led the way with two goals, and Annina Rajahuhta and Michelle Karvinen added singles; while Sweden edged Russia, 2-1, as Lina Wester and Frida Nevalainen added singles with Tatiana Burina netting the lone Russian goal.

On Saturday Venla Hovi, Tanja Niskanen, Saara Tuominen, and Essi Hallvar scored for Finland in their 4-0 shutout of Russia; and Emma Nordin, Emma Elasson, Erika Holst, and Wester scored for Sweden in their 4-0 blanking of Germany.

Manuela Anwander had two goals; while Marie Delarbe and Julia Zorn had singles for Germany, and Olga Permyakova scored for Russia in the Germans’ 4-1 win; and Erika Grahm had two goals, while Holst and Wester each lit the lamp once in Sweden’s 4-0 win over Finland to end the tournament.

Final Standings
1. Sweden
2. Finland
3. Germany
4. Russia

In Prievidza, SVK on Thursday Denisa Kížová, Katerina Solnickova, and Lucie Manhartová had one goal each for the Czech Republic in their 3-0 shutout of France; while the host country got goals from Nicol Upková, Anna Džuráková, Zuzana Moravíková, Mária Gajdošová, Jana Kapustová, Janka Kulíková, Romana Vargová, and Petra Jurová; while Victoria Hummel scored for Austria in Slovakia’s 8-1 victory.

In the two games on Friday Simona Studentova added the hat trick; while Lucie Manhartová and Katerina Mrazova scored twice each; and Katerina Solnickova added another goal for the Czechs, and Katharina Hybler added the lone Austrian goal as the Czech Republic followed their former compatriots in Slovakia with an 8-1 win over Austria; and the Slovaks spotted France a 2-0 lead before coming back to score three goals of their own in their 3-2 win thanks to goals from Mária Herichová, Gabriela Žitanská, and Upková. Marion Allemoz and Doriane Gicquel scored the French goals.
On Saturday Amandine Cuasnet scored twice; and Emmanuelle Passard, Lara Escudero, and Gicquel added singles for France; while Esther Kantor scored both of the Austrian goals; and Slovakia defeated their former countrywomen the Czech Republic as Upková, Jurová, and Kapustová scored for the winners; while Tereza Vanisova added the Czech Republic marker.

Final Standings
1. Slovakia
2. Czech Republic
3. France
4. Austria

At the Mountain Cup tournament that started on February 10th in Romanshorn, SUI Phoebe Staenz, Darcia Leimgruber, and Kathrin Lehmann scored for Switzerland; while Sydnee Saracco and Brianne Mahoney scored for the Chicago Mission in the Swiss’ 3-2 win.

On Friday the 11th Andrea Schielderup and Henriette Sietbak scored twice each, and Silje Holos added another for Norway; while Hannah Bielawski scored for the Chicago Mission in Norway’s 5-1 win; while Sara Benz and Christine Meier had two goals each, and Darcia Leimgruber and Nicole Bullo had singles in Switzerland’s 6-2 win over Austria. Eva Schwarzler had both of the Austrian goals.

On February 12th Alexandra Svoboda and Mackenzie Martin scored for Chicag; and Schwarzler added the Austrian goal in the Mission’s 2-1 win; and Benz, Bullo, Anja Stiefel, and Kathrin Lehmann scored for Switzerland; while Brigitte Lersbryggen and Linebalik Oien added the Norwegian goals in the Swiss’ 4-2 win.

Ingvlid Farstad, Schielderup, Helene Martinsen, Madelen Haughansen, Hedda Gjerde, Fladeby Kanulte, and Rikke Tautra scored for Norway; and Janine Weber did the same for Austria in Norway’s 7-1 win; while Melanie Hafliger, Lehmann, and Meier scored for Switzerland, and Taylor Mahoney and Hannah Bielawski scored for the Chicago Mission in Switzerland’s 3-2 win.

Final Standings
1. Switzerland
2. Norway
3. Chicago Mission
4. Austria

Wisconsin Unanimously voted No. 1 in both polls

The University of Wisconsin is the top team in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls this week. They received all 15 first place votes in both polls.

Cornell remained in second place in both polls; while Mercyhurst moved up two spots to third; Boston University remained at fourth; and Minnesota dropped two spaces to fifth.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll – #20 (first-place votes in parentheses)
1 University of Wisconsin, 190 (19)
2 Cornell University, 171
3 Mercyhurst College, 139
4 Boston University, 128
5 University of Minnesota, 118
6 University of Minnesota Duluth, 107
7 Boston College, 75
8 University of North Dakota, 57
9 Dartmouth College, 32
10 Providence College, 26
Others receiving votes: Harvard University, 2.

USCHO.com DI Poll: February 21, 2011
1 Wisconsin (15)
2 Cornell
3 Mercyhurst
3 Minnesota
5 Boston University
6 Minnesota-Duluth
7 Boston College
8 North Dakota
9 Dartmouth
10 Providence
Others Receiving Votes: Harvard 1

The Games This Week

In other games on Tuesday Aleca Hughes scored twice to lead Yale to a 4-2 win over Brown; and Vanessa Emond scored the game-winner 2:38 into overtime to give St. Lawrence a 2-1 win over Clarkson.

In the series between Niagara and Wayne State the Purple Eagles edged the Warriors 1-0 as Kathleen Bortuzzo scored the game winner 1:34 into overtime on Friday. Niagara completed the sweep with a 4-2 win on Saturday as Jessica Hitchcock led the way with two goals and one assist.

Ashley Cockell scored both goals for Syracuse; while Thea Imbrogno and Brianna Delaney scored the goals for Robert Morris as the teams skated to a 2-2 tie on Friday. Saturday’s game ended in another 2-2 overtime tie as Holly Carrie-Mattimoe scored twice for Syracuse; and Imbrogno did the same for Robert Morris.

In ECAC action on Friday Leanna Coskren had three points (two goals, one assist) as Harvard shutout Colgate, 7-0; Jamie-Lee Rattray scored the game winner 5:33 into the first as Clarkson edged Rensselaer, 2-1; Kelly Foley added two goals to lead Dartmouth to a 4-2 win over Cornell; Olivia Mucha’s two goals led Princeton to a 4-2 win over Brown; Ashley Dunbar’s goal at 14:18 of the third was the only goal of the game as Yale squeaked by Quinnipiac, 1-0; and Brooke Fernandez had two goals and two assists as St. Lawrence blanked Union, 4-0.

Jenna Hobeika had a goal and assist as Dartmouth nipped Colgate, 4-3; Juana Baribeau’s two goals led Clarkson to a 4-0 shutout of Union; Lauren Slebodnick made 35 saves as Cornell was outshot 38-29 in their 4-3 win over Harvard; Sally Butler tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in Princeton’s 4-1 win over Yale; Bethany Dymarcyzk led the way for Quinnipiac with a goal and two assists, and Laurie Jolin scored once and assisted on one more for Brown as the teams skated to a 3-3 tie; and Karell Émard’s goal at the 9:53 mark of the second stood up as the game-winner as St. Lawrence nipped Rensselaer, 2-1.

Wakefield scored both goals for Boston University as they blanked Maine 2-0 Friday night in Hockey East action. In Maine’s 4-3 overtime win on Saturday Dawn Sullivan and Brittany Dougherty each scored in regulation for the Black Bears; while Jennie Gallo scored the game winner 1:51 into overtime.

Kate Bacon led the way with a goal and assist for Providence in their 3-2 win over Vermont on Saturday. Jean O’Neill, Abby Gauthier, Ashley Cottrell, and Corinne Buie all added a goal and assist each as Providence completed the sweep with a 6-1 win on Sunday.

In the first game of the home and home series between New Hampshire and Boston College on Saturday night in Boston the teams skated to a scoreless overtime tie. Melissa Bizzari scored the game winner 12:59 into the third on Sunday as the Eagles won 2-1 in Durham.

Jocelyn Slattery found the twine once and lent a helping hand on one more to lead Connecticut to a 4-2 win over Northeastern in game one of their home and home series in Boston on Saturday. On Sunday the in Storrs the teams skated to a 1-1 overtime tie as Sami Evelyn scored for Connecticut, and Lori Antflick replied for Northeastern.

In WCHA action Erin Cody and Emily Erickson added a goal and assist each for Bemidji State in their 4-1 win over Ohio State on Friday; while Erickson scored for the Beavers, and Natalie Spooner had the OSU goal as the game ended in a 1-1 overtime tie on Saturday.

Amanda Kessel added two goals to lead Minnesota to a 5-3 win over North Dakota on Friday; while on Saturday night game ended in the same scored for the Fighting Sioux with Alyssa Wiebe leading the way with three points (one goal, two assists).

Pernilla Winberg scored half of Minnesota-Duluth’s goals and assisted on one more as the Bulldogs blasted St. Cloud State 8-0 on Friday; and Audrey Cournoyer had the hat trick as the Bulldogs completed the sweep with a 9-0 pounding on Saturday.

Brianna Decker scored three of Wisconsin’s four goals and helped out on one more as the Badgers shutout Minnesota State 4-0 on Friday. Hilary Knight led the way with three goals and two assists in Saturday’s 9-1 win and series sweep.

The Leaders

Mercyhurst leads the CHA standings with their 15-0-0 record; while their 26-5-0 record puts them first overall. Agosta leads all CHA scorers with 31 goals and 46 assists in 30 games; while her teammate Hilary Pattenden is 24-5-0 with a 1.97 GAA and a SAV% of .908.

Cornell won the ECAC regular season as they finished with a 20-1-1 record in the conference and 26-2-1 overall. Quinnipiac rookie forward Kelly Babstock won the regular season scoring race with 29 goals and 26 assists in 34 games; while her teammate Amanda Mazotta is the top goalie with her 13-1-0 record, 0.91 GAA, and .953 SAV%.

Boston University finished as the Hockey East conference champions at 15-3-3 record and 25-5-4 overall. Stack (33G, 20A, 32 GP) finished as the regular season scoring champion; while her teammate Molly Schaus (21-4-4, 1.42 GAA, .941 SAV%) finished as the top netminder.

Wisconsin is the regular season WCHA conference champion with their 24-2-2-2 record; while they also finished first with a 30-2-2 record overall. Wisconsin forward Meghan Duggan (32G, 41A, 34 GP) finished as the regular season scoring champion; while Wisconsin’s Alexis Rigsby finished the year with the best record at 20-1-2, Minnesota-Duluth’s Kim Martin had the best goals against average (1.42) and Minnesota’s Noora Raty the best save percentage (.947).

The Games To Come

The last week of regular season play wraps up in College Hockey America next Friday and Saturday as Syracuse hosts Niagara for two games on Friday and Saturday; and Mercyhurst welcomes Robert Morris on Friday.

ECAC quarterfinal action takes place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday if necessary as Dartmouth hosts Clarkson; Cornell welcomes Rensselaer; Princeton and Quinnipiac take to the ice in Princeton; and St. Lawrence and Harvard face off in Cambridge.

In Hockey East quarter final action on Saturday Connecticut hosts Northeastern; while Maine makes their way to Providence.

In WCHA first round action on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday if necessary Ohio State makes their way to Minneapolis-St. Paul to face the Gophers; Minnesota-Duluth welcomes Minnesota State; St. Cloud State makes their way to Madison to face Wisconsin; and North Dakota welcomes Bemidji State.

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Women’s Weekly: Feb 16 http://insidehockey.com/womens-weekly-feb-16 http://insidehockey.com/womens-weekly-feb-16#comments Wed, 16 Feb 2011 13:12:19 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=19128

Agosta, Pattenden, and Imbrogno Earn CHA Honors

For the second consecutive week Mercyhurst teammates forward Meghan Agosta and goalie Hilary Pattenden along with Robert Morris forward Thea Imbrogno are College Hockey America’s player, goalie, and rookie of the week for the week ending February 14th.

Agosta added two assists; while Pattenden made 20 saves as Mercyhurst shutout Syracuse 4-0 on Friday night. Agosta scored once and added two helpers; while Pattenden made 15 saves as the Lakers took the series with a 4-2 win on Saturday.

Imbrogno scored once and assisted on one more Wayne State and Robert Morris skated to a 4-4 overtime tie on Friday and followed that up with one assist in Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Warriors.

Babstock and Holdcroft Are ECAC’s Best

Quinnipiac forward Kelly Babstock is the ECAC player and rookie of the week; while Dartmouth goalie Lindsay Holdcroft is the goalie of the week.

Babstock had two goals and three assists as Quinnipiac skated to a 5-1 win over Rensselaer on Friday and added two more in the 4-0 shutout of Union on Saturday.

Holdcroft made 38 saves on Friday as Dartmouth was outshot 40-26 in their 3-2 win over St. Lawrence on Friday and made 19 more as Dartmouth skated to a 3-1 win over Clarkson on Saturday.

Hockey East Honors Croussette, Raithby, and Lacasse

Maine forward Myriam Croussette, Connecticut forward Stephanie Raithby, and Providence netminder Genevieve Lacasse are the Hockey East player, rookie, and defensive players of the week.

Croussette scored twice, lent a helping hand on one more, and was the first star of the game in Maine’s 4-3 win over Boston College on Saturday.
Raithby scored once in the Huskies’ 2-1 loss to Providence on Saturday; while Lacasse made 30 saves for the Friars. Raithby tallied a couple of assists, while Lacasse made 20 saves for Providence as the Friars completed the sweep with a 4-3 win on Sunday.

Duggan, Larocque, and Mott Win WCHA Awards

Wisconsin forward Meghan Duggan, UMD rearguard Jocelyne Larocque, and St. Cloud State forward Molli Mott are the WCHA offensive, defensive, and rookie players of the week.

Duggan netted the hat trick in the Badgers’ 5-0 shutout of North Dakota on Friday and followed that up with two goals and one assist with her second goal of the game being the game winner 13:09 into the second in the Badgers’ 8-4 win on Sunday.

Larocque added two assists in UMD’s 5-2 win over Ohio State on Friday and tacked on a goal and lent a helping hand on three more with her first assist coming on Brienna Gillanders’ game winner 3:52 into the second as the Bulldogs completed the sweep with a 5-1 win on Saturday.

Mott registered the game winner 6:43 into the second period as the Huskies shutout Minnesota State 2-0 on Friday.

Davidson To Be Inducted Into Olympic Hall of Fame

On April 16th at the Casino New Brunswick in Moncton, former Team Canada Head Coach Melody Davidson will be inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.

Davidson was the head coach of the 2006 and 2010 gold medal winning teams in Torino and Vancouver and was the assistant coach in 2002 in Salt Lake City. Davidson coached Team Canada to four world championship gold medals and two silver medals. She is the only person ever to be named five straight years to the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity’s “Most Influential Women” list. Davidson is globally admired for her dedication to the women’s game, her core belief in values and her leadership.

For a press release on Davidson’s induction, visit the IIHF website.

Wisconsin Remains No. 1 In Polls

The University of Wisconsin remains the number one team in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls this week. They took 13 of the 19 first place votes in the first poll and 12 of 15 in the second. Cornell took second place in both polls taking the remaining first place votes in both.

In the first poll Minnesota moves up one spot to third; while Boston University drops from third to fourth; and Mercyhurst stays at fifth. In the second poll Minnesota moves from fourth to third; and Boston University drops from third to fourth; and Mercyhurst stays at fifth.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll – #19 (first-place votes in parentheses)

1 University of Wisconsin, 184 (13) 1 28-2-2 19
2 Cornell University, 177 (6) 2 25-1-1 19
3 University of Minnesota, 136 4 22-7-2 18
4 Boston University, 134 3 24-4-3 19
5 Mercyhurst College, 127 5 26-5-0 19
6 University of Minnesota Duluth, 95 6 18-7-3 19
7 Boston College, 74 7 19-6-5 19
8 University of North Dakota, 47 8 17-10-3 19
9 Providence College, 45 9 19-11-1 9
10 Dartmouth College, 15 NR 17-9-0 3
Others receiving votes: Quinnipiac University, 9; Harvard University, 2.

USCHO.com DI Poll: February 14, 2011

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Wisconsin (12) 28-2-2 147 1
2 Cornell (3) 25-1-1 138 2
3 Minnesota 22-7-2 111 4
4 Boston University 24-4-3 107 3
5 Mercyhurst 26-5-0 93 5
6 Minnesota-Duluth 18-7-3 77 6
7 Boston College 19-6-5 58 7
8 North Dakota 17-10-3 35 8
9 Providence 19-11-1 31 9
10 Dartmouth 17-9-0 11 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Harvard 10, Quinnipiac 7

Beanpot Gets Underway

The Beanpot Tournament got underway on Tuesday in Chestnutt Hill, MA with two games. In game one, Marissa Gedman led the way for Harvard with a goal and assist; while Lori Antflick, Casey Pickett, and Rachel Llanes all each added a tally for Northeastern as the teams skated to a 3-3 overtime tie. In the other game Kelli Stack scored the game winner 5:36 into the third as Boston College edged Boston University, 2-1.

In other action on Tuesday Amanda Colin scored for Quinnipiac; while Courtney Birchard replied for New Hampshire as the teams skated to a 1-1 tie.

In the series between Mercyhurst and Syracuse on Friday and Saturday Jesse Scanzano led the way with two goals for the Lakers as they shutout the Orange 4-0 on Friday; while Meghan Agosta led the way with a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 4-2 win and series sweep.

Robert Morris and Wayne State skated to a 4-4 tie on Friday night as Thea Imbrogno led the way for the Colonials with a goal and assist; while Julie Ingratta scored twice for Wayne State. Courtney Langston added the game winner 8:29 into the second in Robert Morris’s 2-1 win on Saturday.

In Friday’s ECAC action, Jillian Dempsey scored twice for Harvard, and Jamie-Lee Rattray added a goal and assist for Clarkson as the teams skated to a 3-3 overtime tie; Moira Scanlon netted the game winner 16:37 into the third as Dartmouth nipped St. Lawrence, 3-2; Brianne Jenner got the hat trick plus two assists as Cornell blanked Brown, 8-0; Kelly Babstock had two goals and three helpers as Quinnipiac skated to a 5-1 win over Rensselaer; Denna Laing, Corey Stearns, and Sasha Sherry all scored for Princeton in their 3-1 win over Union; and Brittany Phillips scored the game’s lone goal as Colgate squeaked by Yale, 1-0.

On Saturday Dempsey scored the game winner 4:53 into overtime as Harvard nipped St. Lawrence, 3-2; Reagan Fischer found the back of the net once while assisting on two more as Dartmouth got past Clarkson 3-1; Phillips scored twice for Colgate in their 4-1 win over Brown; Sherry added the hat trick as Princeton doubled Rensselaer, 4-2; Brittany Lyons led Quinnipiac with a goal and two assists 4-0 shutout of Union; and Rebecca Johnston, Jenner, and Chelsea Karpenko led the way for Cornell with a goal and two assists each as the Big red clobbered Yale, 7-1.

In Hockey East action on Friday in the series between Boston College and Maine Jennie Gallo scored for the Black Bears; and Stack replied for the Eagles as the teams skated to a 1-1 overtime tie. On Saturday Myriam Croussette scored the game winner 14:24 into the third as Maine picked up three of four points with a 4-3 win.

Jul Sifers led the way for Vermont with two goals and one assist in their 4-2 win over New Hampshire on Friday; while Arielle O’Neill and Maggie Hunt had New Hampshire’s goals in the Wildcats’ 2-0 shutout win on Saturday.

Holly Lorms scored twice for Boston University on Friday as they edged Northeastern 4-3 at the Walter Brown Arena; while the back end of the home and home series at Matthews Arena on Saturday saw the Terriers complete the sweep with a 5-1 win thanks to Jenn Wakefield and Lorms leading the way with two goals each.

In game one of the home and home series between Providence and Connecticut on Saturday the Friars came away with a 2-1 overtime victory in Providence as Jessica Vella scored the game winner 3:02 into the extra session. The Friars completed the sweep with a 4-3 win as Laura Veharanta scored twice with her second of the game at th 17:39 mark of the second being the game winner.

In the series between Bemidji State and Minnesota on Friday Jen Schoullis added two goals and assisted on one more to lead the Gophers to a 4-1 win; while Noora Raty made 34 saves for Minnesota as they were outshot 34-30 in their 3-0 shutout win on Saturday.

In Columbus Elin Holmlov had two goals and one helper, and Laura Fridfinnson scored twice to lead Minnesota-Duluth to a 5-2 win over Ohio State on Friday; and Audrey Cournoyer’s goal and two assists led the way to a 5-1 Bulldgos’ win on Saturday.

Minnesota State and St. Cloud State split their weekend series in St. Cloud this past weekend as the Huskeis came away with a 2-1 shutout on Friday thanks to goals from Molli Mott and Alex Nelson. It was the Mavericks’ turn for a win on Saturday with Kathleen Rogan, Tracy McCann, and Lisa Edman scoring the goals in a 3-1 victory.
In game one of the Friday-Sunday series between Wisconsin and North Dakota the Badgers came away with a 5-0 shutout win on Friday as Meghan Duggan added the hat trick and Hilary Knight scored twice. Brianna Decker led the way with two goals and two assists as the Badgers doubled the Fighting Sioux, 8-4, on Sunday.

The Leaders

Mercyhurst leads the College Hockey America standings with their 15-0-0 record; while their 26-5-0 record puts them first overall. Agosta leads all CHA scorers with 31 goals and 46 assists in 30 games played; while her teammate Hilary Pattenden is 24-5-0 with a 1.97 GAA and a SAV% of .908.

Cornell leads the ECAC standings as they are 19-0-1 in the conference and 25-1-1 overall. Babstock leads all point getters with 55 points (29 G, 26 A) in the 32 games. Cornell’s Lauren Slebodnick leads all goaltenders with her 9-0-0 record to go along with a 0.64 GAA and a .965 SAV%.

Boston University leads the Hockey East conference standings with their 14-2-3 record; while they are 24-4-3 to lead overall. Stack (32G, 20A, 29 GP) leads all Hockey East scorers; while Boston University’s Kerrin Sperry is 18-1-2 with a 1.42 GAA and a .940 SAV% to lead all goalies.

Wisconsin is the top team in the WCHA standings with their 22-2-2-2 record; while they are 28-2-1 to lead overall. Duggan (30G, 36A, 32 GP) the WCHA in scoring; while Minnesota’s Noora Raty is 21-5-2 with a 1.38 GAA and a SAV% of .954 to lead all netminders.

The Games To Come

The Beanpot Tournament concludes in Chestnut Hill on Tuesday as Northeastern faces Boston University for third place; and Harvard takes on Boston College in the championship game.

The second last weekend of regular season play in College Hockey America action on Friday and Saturday will feature Syracuse at Robert Morris; and Niagara hosting Wayne State.

It is the final weekend of regular season play in the ECAC beginning with six games on Friday as Harvard is at home to Colgate; Clarkson makes their way to Troy to face Rensselaer; Dartmouth hosts Cornell; Princeton and Brown take to the ice in Providence; Yale welcomes Quinnipiac; and Union is at home to St. Lawrence.

Six more contests will be played on Saturday as Dartmouth hosts Colgate; Clarkson is at Union; Harvard and Cornell face off in Cambridge; Yale is at home to Princeton; Quinnipiac makes their way to Providence to take on Brown’ and Rensselaer hosts St. Lawrence.

In the final weekend of regular season play in Hockey East action Maine hosts Boston University on Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday Providence hosts Vermont for two games Saturday and Sunday; while two home and home series will see Boston College host New Hampshire on Saturday with the series concluding in Durham on Sunday; and Northeastern welcome Connecticut on Saturday with the back end of the series taking place in Boston on Sunday.

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