INSIDE HOCKEY » Women http://insidehockey.com Get Inside! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:43:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Clarkson Shocks the World – Wins Frozen Four Title http://insidehockey.com/clarkson-shocks-the-world-wins-frozen-four-title http://insidehockey.com/clarkson-shocks-the-world-wins-frozen-four-title#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 02:28:37 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=57729

HAMDEN, Conn. - For the first time in the history of the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four a non-WCHA team is skating away as NCAA Champions as the Clarkson Golden Knights shocked the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a thrilling 5-4 victory in front of 3573 fans at the High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center on the campus of Quinnipiac University.

Clarkson co-head coach Matt Desrosiers was happily stunned: “What do I say?” Just thrilled beyond belief. The girls believed in themselves all year, even coming in to tonight. They weren’t going to back down and I think they proved it tonight. I am just speechless right now.”

-“I’ll point out the white elephant in this room,” Minnesota senior Bethan Brausen said. “Me and Kelly [Terry] are pretty upset here. But that is just a testament to out team. It’s hard to say goodbye to our teammates more than anything.”

Clarkson (31-5-5) clamped down early and forced the Gophers to play keep away, rather than attack. Much of the night featured dump-and-chase versus their run and gun offense that usually shows. The forecheck worked brilliantly. Still, Minnesota (38-2-1) showed their ability and peppered senior netminder Erica Howe with 12 shots in the opening frame. They were rewarded at the 9:40 mark when Sarah Davis took a puck that was coughed up by Rachael Bona in the left circle off a draw. Davis took a few strides towards the slot and let go a wicked backhander that found the back of the net top shelf to make the score 1-0 Gophers. The goal gives Davis an even 20 goals on the year to round out her career.

The Gophers, with sophomore goalie Amanda Leveille coming off a rough outing against Wisconsin Friday, appeared to struggle defensively. it took 18:37, but the Knights finally broke through. Christine Lambert got a rebound in the goal mouth and put it home through Leveille to make it 1-0. The goal was her ninth of the season. Shannon MacAulay assisted with the initial shot to get the puck on net.

Only 1:03 later, Clarkson took their first lead of the night, as they continued to pressure Livelle. With a delayed penalty and extra attacker, Jennifer Shields came in on the left side and let go a hard slap shot that was tipped in the left circle by Shelby Nisbet to make it 2-1 Knights at the 19:40 mark. It was Nisbet’s ninth of the year with Cayley Mercer assisting on the play.

As if that wasn’t enough, on the ensuing powerplay, Clarkson got into the act again, just 38 ticks into the second stanza. MacAulay had a shot tipped in front and stopped by Levielle, but the ensuing rebound went right to Patty Kazmaier Award winner and senior Jamie Lee Rattray, who scored her 29th of the year to increase the lead to 3-1. Brittany Styner also had a helper on a goal that gave Clarkson a 2 goal lead.

The Gophers are not the number 1 team in the country for no reason, though. They made sure to shut the doubters up before the midway point of the game. at the 6:09 mark, Martanne Menefee scored her 18th goal of the 2013-14 campaign as she redirected a pass by Dani Cameranesi past Howe and into the back of the net.

Almost 2 minutes after the Golden Gophers cut the lead in half, Rachel Bona struck again, scoring her 23rd of the year. It wasn’t as pretty as the goal she had Friday (although she did have a great move on Howe early in the first, that the Clarkson goalie stopped), but much like the previous goals, it was a tap in on a rebound from Megan Wolfe’s shot that put the game back to square one at 7:57. It was Bona’s 23rd goal of the year.

The game stayed tied for the next 23:35, as Clarkson began to play a little sloppy, taking penalties and getting outshot 14-5 in the second. Then, at the 11:32 mark of the third period, the Knights were back. Vanessa Gagnon fed Vanessa Plante in the left circle and Plante let it rip, scoring her third goal of the year and untying the game on what could be considered the most important goal in program history.

Coming into the third told the girls; ‘if you had twenty minutes to win a national championship could you do it,” Desrosiers said. “And they all say ‘yeah, absolutely!”

Then, at the 15:44 mark, Clarkson scored what ended up being the game winner, as MacAulay picked off the puck and skated up the ice on a breakaway, she made a move on Leveille and scored her 13th goal of the year to make it 5-3. She went backhand and top shelf on the Minnesota sophomore standout. with 4:16 left, Clarkson appeared to be in the drivers seat.

“I don’t really know what was going through my mind,” MacAulay said. “I guess I tipped it off the girls stick and I had a lot of time to think about the shot. Without my teams energy on the bench I don’t know if I would have made the shot”

Not for long.

Kelly Terry fed Baylee Gillanders at the left point and she let go a hard slap shot that was redirected by the stick of Clarkson’s Jennifer Shields to cut the lead to 5-4.

That was all the Gophers could get, and in the Championship, it was not enough, as Clarkson gets their first NCAA title in any sport, and the first title in Women’s Hockey for an ECAC program.

For Minnesota, they return 17 players and get two American Olympians back from their Sochi leave.

“This was an incredible team and incredible group of four seniors,” coach Brad Frost said.

“I like to hope that we made our mark on the program,” Terry said. “I think all four of us bring something unique to the table. I have no doubt that this program will be successful for all of eternity.”

At least the program will be successful in the near term.

Clarkson, meanwhile played with 15 skaters, and somehow made it look easy during the tournament.

It doesn’t matter how many skaters we have,” Desrosiers said. “We have had a lot of players step up for us.”

They graduate 7 players including Howe, Gagnon and Rattray.

-“I hope recruits just line up at the door,” Desrosiers exclaimed. “I think it will do a lot for our community and everyone close to us.”

For those seniors, it was a test not only for the championship, but to beat the team they lost to in their first collegiate game.

-“Needless to say we’ve come a long way,” senior captain Carley Mercer said. “We started against Minnesota my freshman year, it didn’t go so well”

Additionally, this win not only puts the Knights back on the map, but, combined with the increased attention put on the Olympic women’s hockey tournament, could shake up the sport completely.

-“It shows that women’s hockey in general is coming a long way,” Desroisers said. “You have those powerhouse teams in the west over the years that won those national championships. Its just nice to be the team to bring one back to the east and the ECAC.

“I think it’s good for hockey to have another team win.”

NOTES:

  • This was the first time that Minnesota had allowed more than three goals since Feb. 11, 2012 when they beat Ohio State 7-4.
  • This was their second loss of the season. Previously they had lost and tied North Dakota this season. They snap a 26 game unbeaten streak.
  • Minnesota fails in their quest to become the second team to win 3 consecutive titles. Minnesota-Duluth won the first three in 2001-03.
  • This was the sixth time an ECAC team played in the National Championship Game. St. Lawrence, Brown, and Harvard (three seasons consecutive), lost the combined first five tournaments. Cornell lost to Minnesota-Duluth in 3 OT in 2010.
  • The already decorated Jamie Lee Rattray added two more accolades to her trophy case. With a goal and assist, she finished the season with 66 points, one more than Hannah Brandt. She was also named to the All Tournament Team (listed below)

ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM:

Forward Jamie Lee Rattray from Clarkson

Forward Rachel Bona from Minnesota

Forward Maryanne Menefee from Minnesota

Defense Renata Fast from Clarkson

Defense Baylee Gillanders from Minnesota

Goalie Erica Howe from Clarkson

Most Valuable Player Jamie Lee Rattray from Clarkson

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Teams Prepare for Ultimate Prize http://insidehockey.com/teams-prepare-for-ultimate-prize http://insidehockey.com/teams-prepare-for-ultimate-prize#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:26:57 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=57648

HAMDEN, Conn. - Four teams entered and two teams on opposite ends of the spectrum remain. It might be easy to say the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers (38-1-1), looking for their third consecutive National Title and sixth overall has the upper hand. Tournament newcomer, the Clarkson Golden Knights (30-5-5), wants to rewrite the history books and become the first non-WCHA team to win a title and the first team from the Potsdam, NY school to win an NCAA Championship.

“I don’t know if it’s fully sunk in yet,” Knights’ co-head coach Matt Desrosiers said. “obviously yesterday we had a big win for the program.”

With inexperienced teams, you tend to not know what you will get. Does a team come out too confident and fall flat after being outplayed? Does a team come out knowing they are facing the best in the country and get beat into submission? While they are still taking it in, Clarkson’s coaches and players believe they are even keel enough to win tomorrow’s heavyweight title bout.

“I kind of view it as a good thing, that it hasn’t sunk in,” Desrosiers added. “We’re going about our business and not overthinking things and just going into tomorrow’s game with an open mind and going out there and just working as hard as we can.

“We’ve never been too high and never been too low. That’s what you want out of your team, especially going into weekends like this. The players are going to enjoy the moment…they remain very focused at the task at hand. They have great aspirations and one of those was to win a National Championship, and they’ve put themselves in a position to do so.”

“We’re ready to be just all in tomorrow,” Clarkson senior forward Brittany Styner said.

“They’re going to get a ‘helluva” good game,” Knights’ senior forward Vanessa Gagnon said Friday night.

“The only film we really have is from last night,” Gophers’ head coach Brad Frost said. “We want to prepare them the best we can…but in the end it comes down to us, and executing for 60 minutes.

“When you’re in the National Championship [you can't play] anything but your best.”

Meanwhile, for the seniors on both clubs, this final game will bring things full circle. These two teams last met – at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, NY – in the opening series of their freshman season, October 1st and 2nd, 2010. Minnesota won by a combined 8-0 (5-0, 3-0). In fact, in five total meetings, including a 3-2 OT victory for Minnesota in the 2010 NCAA tournament, the Gophers have a commanding 5-0 series lead.

“Starting with Minnesota and ending with Minnesota, that’s kind of a cool thing that not everyone gets to do and we get to measure how far we’ve come,” Clarkson senior goalie Erica Howe said.

Meanwhile, it was all smiles on the Gophers’ end. After a wild game to open the Women’s Frozen Four where they snuck out as 5-3 victors over the Wisconsin Badgers, the mood was jovial and relaxed in the post-practice press conference.

In the press conference, Frost was talking about how the seniors all get a practice drill named after them and joked that Sarah Davis would have had a drill named after her, if she scored on a 2-on-1.

“Still working on it,” the 19 goal scorer quipped.

Right on cue, Frost added: “She’s drillless.”

He paused and smiled. “We’ll still try to remember  her.”

If they haven’t done so already, the Gophers have a chance to prove that they are the undisputed dynasty at the Division 1 level.  They are doing it without Olympians Amanda Kessel and Lee Stecklein. Meanwhile, Clarkson had just 15 skaters dressed for last night’s game, and may have one more added Sunday.

While most in the hockey community are predicting Minnesota to win, and many believe it will not be close, look for the “rookies” to make a statement. Even if they can’t hold out and win, Clarkson has been a beast in the East for years, and their tenacity and determination has carried them this far. Look for them to play a hard game and surprise the Gophers. That being said, Inside Hockey predicts: Gophers 5 Knights 3.

 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award

Clarkson senior forward Jamie Lee Rattray was awareded the  Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Saturday morning. The equivalent of the Hobey Baker Award for the men, Rattray becomes the first Knight to win the award for the best player in the NCAA. The Kanata, ONT native is one of seven seniors on the Knights. Coming into the tournament, she had 177 points, a school record.

RAW Clarkson: http://youtu.be/LVxfFncOCqk

RAW Minnesota: http://youtu.be/KiNsKjhNk9o

 

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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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Gophers Survive Scare; Advance to Championship http://insidehockey.com/gophers-survive-scare-advance-to-championship http://insidehockey.com/gophers-survive-scare-advance-to-championship#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 04:46:29 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=57613

HAMDEN, Conn. – The term March Madness is often reserved for basketball, but madness was the name of the game, as the #3 Wisconsin Badgers fell to the #1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5 to 3 in the opening game of the Women’s Frozen Four at the High Point Solutions Arena on the campus of Quinnipiac University.

It was the fifth time the two WCHA (and Big 10) rivals clashed. It was the fifth time Minnesota won. But it wasn’t without a bit of a scare.

“That was unbelievable,” Minnesota head coach Brad Frost said. “I hope everybody enjoyed the game. If you didn’t I don’t know what needs to happen.”

The Gophers looked flat from the start, and elected to play a more physical game from the opening faceoff. Meanwhile, the Badgers peppered the nation’s number one team with 16 shots, and were rewarded with the games opening goal 18:38 into the first period, as Brittany Ammerman scored her team leading 23rd goal of the year. Ammerman came in on the right side and shot it right through the five-hole of goalie Amanda Leveille.

Minnesota went into the break down 1-0.

“I think we should’ve been up 3-0,” Badgers coach Mark Johnson said.

Their reaction was, in typical Gopher fashion, immediate. The Golden Gophers came out flying in the second and made an early statement as just 33 ticks into the stanza, as Kelly Tarry tapped home a rebound off an initial shot by Dani Cameranesi that hit the post. It was the senior’s 16th goal of the year. Bethany Brausen also assisted on the goal that tied the game at 1 goal apiece.

On that play, Courtney Burke was called for body checking, leading Minnesota to a powerplay. This lead to a game shifting goal, as Maryanne Menefee scored gher 17th of the year on the powerplay to give the Gophers their first lead of the night at 2-1, 2:12 into the period. Tarry attempted a pass that was tipped on goal, and the ensuing save went to the left, where Menefee was ready to put it home.

The tied had turned, but as the Gophers couldn’t find the back of the net (they had 10 chances and converted on two in the period), the Badgers regained their confidence. Wisconsin had turned sloppy, but managed to get the equalizer at the 16:20 mark. Katy Josephs got a great feed from Katrina Zgraja in the defensive end and took it up the right side from blue line to blue line and into the right circle, where she slid it past Leveille to make it 2-2.

And the Badgers were not done. Off an Minnesota icing with 31 seconds left, Karley Sylvester ripped home a one timer from the center point, putting Wisconsin ahead 3-2 going into the break.

“Usually when we play Wisconsin, it’s a race to three,” Frost said. “[We thought] we might have let one slip away.”

That was all the Badger scoring. Tonight, it proved to not be enough.

The Gophers settled in and were confident, scoring the game’s final three goals. Give credit to Alex Rigsby, who did not give up and proved why she was the nation’s best goaltender in 2013-14. She made 34 saves on 37 shots, and kept the Badgers in it all the way through, but 5:37 into the third, Hannah Brandt tied the game with her 23rd goal of the year. Milica McMillen set her up with a great pass from right to left, and Brandt sent the puck through the five-hole of Rigsby to tie the game on the powerplay.

Then, at 8:06, Rachael Bona scored the eventual game-winner on a couple of great moves. First she came in on the left side and made an amazing toe drag to the right of her defender, cutting in front of Rigsby. Instead of going backhand, she faked and went back forehand right in front of the center of the goal mouth and got it over Rigsby’s stick to make it 4-3.

“Normally when I do that I go backhand,” Bona said. “I pulled it to my forehand and it went in. I think she was sliding with me right so I went left.”

The Gophers had to wait about 10 minutes, but were rewarded with an insurance goal in the waning minutes. Baylee Gillanders received a drop pass from Brandt and let go a slap shot so hard she fell to the ice to put the game on ice with her 5th goal of the year at 17:32.

“I just kind of left it there for her and she had an amazing shot,” Brandt said.

The Badgers pulled their goalie but couldn’t put it away and end up heading back to Madison empty handed, going 0-5 against the Gophers this year.

“I’m very proud of how our team played,” Johnson said. “In this setting, it wasn’t good enough.”

Minnesota, meanwhile, will take on the Clarkson Golden Knights on Sunday at 3:00 in the National final as they look for their third consecutive championship.

“I didn’t know I was get one,” Bona said. “On Sunday I’ll be playing for my third in three years…it’s unbelievable.”

“Most teams don’t get a chance to play in one National Championship Game,” Brandt said.

NOTES:

  • Minnesota was 0-1-1 when trailing going into the third period. Their lone loss came to North Dakota and the tie was against Ohio State (Minnesota lost in a shootout)
  • Wisconsin’s Rigsby finishes her NCAA career with an even 100 wins.
  • It was the third time Minnesota had beaten Wisconsin by 2 goals or less this season

RAW Minnesota: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Hr2DHsUW2U

RAW Wisconsin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUm2SqkuKMc

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Women’s Frozen Four Set http://insidehockey.com/womens-frozen-four-set http://insidehockey.com/womens-frozen-four-set#comments Sun, 16 Mar 2014 05:07:51 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=57419

On the night the Quinnipiac Bobcats men’s hockey team closed out their home season at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn, the women took center stage as eight teams played for an opportunity to take their talents to “The Bank” next weekend. Here are the results and the schedule for next weekend:

CLARKSON 3 BOSTON COLLEGE 1:

For the first time in the program’s 11-year history, the Clarkson Golden Knights have advanced to the Women’s Frozen Four. Vanessa Gagnon bookended the game with goals at 16:02 in the 1st and 23 seconds of the third, her 16th and 17th respectively. Brittany Styner had her 13th at 11:44 of the second, which was ultimately the game winning goal in Potsdam, NY as the Eagles’  Dana Trivigno scored in the waning minutes of the final frame. Erica Howe made 23 saves en route to the biggest win of her career so far.

MINNESOTA 5 BOSTON UNIVERSITY 1:

In a rematch of last year’s National Championship Game, Kelly Tarry had a hat trick (19, 20, 21) to lead the Golden Gophers to a familiar spot in the Women’s Frozen Four. Terry and Terriers’ Sarah Lefort (32) actually exchanged goals 21 seconds apart midway through the first period, but Amanda Leveille was flawless the rest of the way, stopping the final 23 shots she faced. Rachael Ramsey (12) and Maryanne Menefee (16) also scored for the Gophers in the win in Minneapolis.

MERCYHURST 3 CORNELL 2

After sneaking into the field of 8, the Lakers shocked the world again, knocking off the Cornell Big Red for the second year in a row in Ithaca, NY. Christine Bestland proved she is the “best” in the “land” scoring Mercyhurst’s final two goals (20, 21),  including the ultimate game-winning power-play goal 8:08 into the third. She also assisted on the opening goal for the Lakers by Molly Bryne (4) in the second. Emily Fulton tried to get her team to the big dance, scoring two goals (20, 21), but her goal at 15:21 of the third was not enough as the Lakers move on to the site of the team they snuck into the field behind (Quinnipiac).

WISCONSIN 2 HARVARD 1

The nightcap played to the hype as the Badgers scored the first two goals of the game, and that’s all they needed. Blayre Turnbull (16) opened the scoring 16;56 into the first and Katy Josephs (11) followed up at the 16:24 mark of the second. Alex Rigsby was almost flawless in net, allowing her lone goal on the second to last of the 24 shots she faced. Dylanne Crugnale scored her eighth at 16:37 to make it 2-1 but that’s as close as Harvard got.

FROZEN FOUR SET:

While the times are still up in the air, the matchups are set. Game 1 on Friday is at 5pm ET and game 2 will follow around 8pm. The National Championship Game on Sunday will be at 3pm ET.

GAME A: Minnesota vs. Wisconsin

GAME B: Clarkson vs. Mercyhurst

Inside Hockey has the Women’s Frozen Four covered. Follow us here and AHL beat writer Justin Cohen as he deviates from the pros and takes on the challenge at @IHAHL on Twitter. Justin will have recaps and stories on all of the four remaining teams all the way until a champion is crowned!

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Photo Gallery: North Dakota @ Ohio State (2/22/14) http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-north-dakota-ohio-state-22214 http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-north-dakota-ohio-state-22214#comments Sun, 23 Feb 2014 15:07:22 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=56608

The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrated Senior Day by sweeping North Dakota with a 3-1 win Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, OH.  (Inside Hockey – Rachel Lewis)

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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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Womens Hockey: USA beats Canada at the Ralph http://insidehockey.com/womens-hockey-usa-beats-canada-at-the-ralph http://insidehockey.com/womens-hockey-usa-beats-canada-at-the-ralph#comments Sat, 21 Dec 2013 16:21:35 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=54640

Grand Forks ND – Tonight felt a reunion; twin sisters Jocelyn and Monique Lamoureux played their collegiate hockey at Ralph Engelstad Arena, which sits on the campus of the University of North Dakota.

Actually, it was like they never left.

Before the game, there was a presentation on the big screen honoring the twins and the time they spent at UND. It’s been an emotional week for the Lamoureux’s. Their brother Jacques Lamoureux is in the U.S. Air Force, and he’d just returned from Kuwait.

“Especially to have Jacques home, he just got home from Kuwait, that was really special,” Jocelyne Lamoureux said. “We’re a really close family. So, having him for that – my grandma and my parents – it was pretty cool. This place is home for Monique and I, this community means a lot to us. To share this with our family, was nice.”

Tonight, 5,559 fans came to watch the USA and Canada play in a pre-Olympic match-up. The environment in the arena was awesome, it was electric, at times the noise level was almost deafening.

“I was shocked by how loud the building was, really,” U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Katey Stone said. “At one point it was going through me. I kept feeling like the thunder was going through me, too. What an environment for these kids to play in, leading up to Sochi.”

The teams traded goals in the first period, before team USA blew open the game in the second period scoring three goals. Team USA’s fore-check was relentless and Canada had no answer for it.

Pacing team USA, was the third line of Monique Lamoureux (1g-1a—2pts), Megan Duggan (0g-2a—2pts) and Jocelyne Lamoureux (1g-1a—2pts). That line was nothing short of amazing racking up a combined six points. The twins would also finish the game with the Gordy Howe hat-trick.

USA Team captain Megan Duggan was asked what it was like to be paired with the Lamoureux twins.

“They’re dynamic players,” Duggan said. “They make things happen. They’re smart with the puck, and I enjoy it.”

Five players from each team would be assessed five-minute majors for fighting, after a scrum broke out in front of the American net with nine seconds remaining in the game.  Team USA’s head coach didn’t see all that thrilled with the Canadian’s tactics at the end of the game.

“I am not a proponent of fighting in hockey,” Katey Stone said. “I am proponent of standing up for yourself. If players are going to take cheap shots at our players, there’s going to be answer for that. We will not get pushed around. At the end of the day, we’ll prepare to play any game that we have to play. We’ll go hard, we’ll go clean, if the game gets out of hand, we’ll manage that as well.”

This is what some of the players had to say about the scrum at the end of the game.

“That player (Brianne Jenner) that hit (Josephine) Pucci took her out for a season, two seasons ago,” Monique Lamoureux said. “She took a head shot at her, so were going to stick up for our teammates and were going to protect them. I think Jocelyn obviously body-checked her, but I think it was clean. If you’re going to take a head shot at one of our players there’s consequences for it. Look what happened to me in Burlington (Vermont).”

“You have to protect your own players and you have to protect your own house,” USA forward Brianna Decker said.

Team USA and Canada will play again in St. Paul, Minnesota on December 28, 2013 at the Xcel Energy Center.

Stats of note

USA has now won the last two games in the series, after losing three in a row.

USA outshot team Canada 31-18

Both teams were 0-3 on the power play.

[Official Box Score]

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Women’s Weekly: April 13th, 2013 http://insidehockey.com/womens-weekly-april-13th-2013 http://insidehockey.com/womens-weekly-april-13th-2013#comments Sat, 13 Apr 2013 16:57:38 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=49115

USA Tops Canada; Wins Fourth World Championship In Five Years

Team USA won the Women’s World Hockey Championships for the fourth time in five years with a 3-2 win over Canada at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, ON on Tuesday night.

Scoring for the Americans were Brianna Decker, Amanda Kessel, and Megan Bozek; while Courtney Birchard and Caroline Ouellette did the same for the Canadians.

The Americans got to the finals with a 3-0 semi-final win over Finland on Monday as Hilary Knight, Decker, and Monique Lamoureux scored the American goals.

Canada got to the finals with an 8-1 rout of Russia thanks to two goals from Marie-Philip Poulin; while Jayna Hefford, Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Haley Irwin, Rebecca Johnston, Jennifer Wakefield, and Natalie Spooner had singles.

Earlier in the day Russia won the bronze medal with a 2-0 win over Finland as Anna Shibanova and Alexandrea Vafina had singles.

Following the gold medal game the awards were handed out.

Poulin was named the tournament MVP as she led the scoring with six goals and six assists.

Directorate Awards
Goalie: Nadezhda Alexandrova (RUS)
Defence: Jenni Hiirikoski (FIN)
Forward: Marie-Philip Poulin (CAN)

All-Star Team

Goal: Noora Raty (FIN)
Defence: Meghan Mikkelson (CAN), Catherine Ward (CAN)
Forwards: Marie-Philip Poulin (CAN), Brianna Decker (USA), Jennifer Wakefield (CAN)

Courtesy IIHF

Final Standings:
1. USA
2. Canada
3. Russia
4. Finland
5. Germany
6. Switzerland
7. Sweden
8. Czech Republic

The tournament began with four preliminary round games on Tuesday.

Finland doubled Switzerland 2-1 as Annina Rajahuhta and Michelle Karvinen scored for the Finns; and Katrin Nabholtz replied for the Swiss.
The other game saw Canada needing overtime to beat the USA 3-2.

Wakefield, Johnston;, and Catherine Ward scored for Canada; while Decker and Monique Lamoureux scored for the Americans.

Svetlana Tkachyova, Yekaterina Solovyova, Yekaterina Smolentseva, and Alexandra Yafina scored for the Russians in their 4-0 shutout of Germany.

The Czech Republic got goals from Lucie Povova, Eva Holesova, and Klara Chemelova in their 3-2 win over Sweden. Erika Graham and Elin Holmlov scored for the Swedes.

Preliminary action continued with four more games on Wednesday.

Monique Lamoureux scored twice; while Kessel and Decker added singles as the Americans doubled Finland 4-2. Rosa Lindstedt and Karvinen scored for the Finns.

Poulin had four goals; while Brianne Jenner had two; and Hefford, Meaghan Mikkelson, Irwin, Sarah Vaillancourt, Johnston, Wakefield, and Spooner had singles as Canada routed Switzerland 13-0.

Tatyana Burina, Yekaterina Lebedeva, and Vafina scored for Russia in their 3-1 win over the Czech Republic. Denisa Krizova added the lone Czech goal.

Lisa Johansson scored two goals, while Pernilla Winberg added a single as Sweden edged Germany 3-2. Susann Gotz and Sara Seiler scored for Germany.

Preliminary action concluded with four more games on Friday.

The Americans got goals from Decker who had a pair; while Alex Carpenter, Julie Chu, and Kendall Coy

The Canadians shutout Finland 8-0 with Agosta-Marciano leading the way with the hat trick; while Jenner had a pair; and Vaillancourt, Wakefield, and Baily Bram had singles.

In the two relegation round games Johansson and Emma Eliason scored for Sweden; while Alena Polsenka did the same for the Czechs in Sweden’s 2-1 win on Saturday.

Sweden avoided relegation with a 4-0 win on Monday thanks to Lina Webster, Linnea Backman, Johann Olofsson, and Holmlov.

In addition to the relgation round game there were two quarterfinals played on Saturday.

Karvinen scored the lone goal of the game as Finland blanked Germany 1-0.

The Russians got goals from Burina and Smolentseva in their 2-1 win over Switzerland. Sara Benz scored the Swiss goal. Tkachyova scored the lone Russian goal.

In the placement game on Monday Germany gained fifth place in the tournament with a 5-3 win over Switzerland thanks to goals from Franziksa Busch who had two; while Lisa Schuster, Manuela Anwader, and Marie Delarbre had singles. Jessica Lutz had two for Switerland; while Julia Marty had one.

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Women’s Weekly: March 28th, 2013 http://insidehockey.com/womens-weekly-march-28th-2013 http://insidehockey.com/womens-weekly-march-28th-2013#comments Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:06:28 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=48515

Minnesota, Boston Are Champs

The University of Minnesota and the Boston Blades are the NCAA and CWHL Champions for this season.

The Gophers won the NCAA crown with a 6-3 win over Boston University as Amanda Kessel led the way with two goals; while Hannah Brandt, Milica McMillen, Rachel Ramsey, and Mira Jalosuo had singles. Sarah Lefort, Marie-Philip Poulin, and Jenelle Kohanchuk scored for Boston College.

The Gophers got to the final with a 3-2 overtime win over Boston College on Friday as Sarah Davis scored the game winner 1:39 into the extra frame. Becky Kortum and Brandt also scored for the Gophers. Emily Field and Lexi Bender added the Eagles’ markers.

Boston University got to the finals with a 4-1 win over Mercyhurst on Friday. Poulin, Kohanchuk, Isabel Menard, and Kathryn Miller scored for BU; while CHA player of the week Christie Cicero got the Lakers’ lone goal.

The Boston Blades dethroned defending champs the Montreal Stars with a 5-2 win on Sunday. Kelly Steadman had the hat trick; while Jenn Schoulis had a pair for the Blades. Meghan Agosta-Marciano and Dominique Thibault scored for the Stars.

The Clarkson Cup began on Wednesday with two games.

Boston edged the Toronto Furies 3-2. Kate Buesser scored twice; while Gigi Marvin added a single for the Blades. Amber Bowman and Natalie Spooner scored for Toronto.

Montreal shutout Boston 5-0. Thibault, Haley Irwin, Carolyne Prevost, Emmanuelle Blais, and Ann-Sophie Bettez scored for the Stars.

On Thursday Buesser and Hilary Knight scored for Boston in their 2-0 blanking of Brampton.

Sarah Vaillancourt and Vanessa Davidson scored for Montreal as the Stars shutout Toronto 2-0.

Two games took place on Friday.

Caroline Ouellett had the lone goal of the game as Montreal blanked Boston 1-0.

Rebecca Johnson had two goals; and Spooner, and Meagan Aarts had singles as Toronto edged Brampton 4-3. Bailey Bram scored twice; while Gilian Apps had a single for Brampton.

Kessel Is Patty Kaizmaier Award Winner

Minnesota junior forward Amanda Kessel is the Patty Kaizmaier Award winner for 2013.

She was presented with the award at the McNamara Alumni Center during a sold out brunch ceremony on the campus of the University of Minnesota. This is the 16th year for the award that is given to the top player in NCAA women’s DI hockey by the USA Hockey Foundation.

“Amanda has had a historic season. Her domination on the ice this year has been nothing short of phenomenal. The number of points that she compiled is just one indication of her impact on our team,” said Brad Frost, head coach at the University of Minnesota. “She has proved to be the most dynamic offensive threat in all of NCAA women’s hockey, but her contribution goes much farther. She has grown into a complete two-way player, playing at an elite level in the defensive zone, on the penalty kill, and certainly in the offensive zone. Her domination of the statistical categories speaks for itself.”

Kessel was an important part of the Minnesota Golden Gophers going undefeated this season with a 40-0-0 regular season record as she led the NCAA with 44 goals, 53 assists, and 97 points. Her 2.69 points per game was also tops in the nation.

She also led the nation with five shorthanded goals and was third in game winning goals with eight. She had one point in 33 of the 36 contests that she skated in this season and had 29 multipoint games with 11 of them being four point games and 20 with at least three points.

She was also the 24th player in NCAA history to record 200 points and the ninth to do it in three seasons.

Kessel also helped the Gophers capture the Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season and postseason titles en route to reaching the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four championship game.

In League play she found the back of the net 34 times while assisting on 41 more and led in every offensive category. Her 23 power play points (6G, 17A) was the most in the League; and she was the WCHA Player of the Year. Her 3.00 points per game led the WCHA and she ranked second in short-handed points (2G, 2A) and game-winning goals (6).

Off the ice, Kessel is active in the local community and volunteers her time at places such as HopeKids, Feed My Starving

Children, Amplatz Children’s Hospital and several local elementary schools.

Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Winners
2013 Amanda Kessel, University of Minnesota
2012 Brianna Decker, University of Wisconsin
2011 Meghan Duggan, University of Wisconsin
2010 Vicki Bendus, Mercyhurst College
2009 Jessie Vetter, University of Wisconsin
2008 Sarah Vaillancourt, Harvard University
2007 Julie Chu, Harvard University
2006 Sara Bauer, University of Wisconsin
2005 Krissy Wendall, University of Minnesota
2004 Angela Ruggiero, Harvard University
2003 Jennifer Botterill, Harvard University
2002 Brooke Whitney, Northeastern University
2001 Jennifer Botterill, Harvard University
2000 Ali Brewer, Brown University
1999 A.J. Mleczko, Harvard University
1998 Brandy Fisher, University of New Hampshire

With information from wcha.com

Piper Retires

Team Canada and Brampton forward Cherie Piper has decided to retire from competitive hockey.

She won three Olympic Gold Medals and along with Apps played for the Dartmouth Big Green.

Brampton honored both her and Lori Dupuis during a pre-game ceremony before the team’s last regular season game on March 16th against Toronto that Brampton won 7-0. That game saw Piper score the game’s final goal. She also had another goal and assist. CWHL Commissioner Brenda Andress was also in attendance.

“I think for both of us, it was a nice little ceremony. It was a nice little finish to the game and nice to end on a positive note.”
She finished the season in 23rd place in the CWHL scoring race. When she scored at least once Brampton went 5-3-0.

While retirement may be a hard decision, Piper is at peace with the decision. “I felt good. I feel like I’ve been on a good part of the league, including the CWHL and the old NWHL. I am older and ready to move on with the next phase of my life. It is nice to look forward to new things.” Of note, Piper has goals of becoming an educator.

One aspect stands out as a highlight throughout her remarkable career, “Making new friends. I played with the Aeros organization for seven years. Upon joining Brampton, it is nice to know people as human beings rather than as opponents. It also means we have fun road trips.”

While long bus trips are part of life in the CWHL, Piper sees them as team building opportunities. “We would watch lots of movies. The trips that are the long ones help you to get to know your teammates. You know about them, their families, and their lives. It is a way to get to know each and every one on the team.”

There is one element of the game that Piper will truly miss, “I will miss the team aspect of things. When you play, you see people four to five times a week. Now, we will need to make plans to go for dinner. It is so much easier to go to the rink. The hardest part of retiring will be not seeing these people on a regular basis.”

Entering the Clarkson Cup, Piper (along with teammates Apps, Lori Dupuis and Jayna Hefford) had won IIHF World Gold and Winter Games Gold. A Clarkson Cup would have brought all of them membership in the Triple Gold Club. While the coveted prize is one that has eluded Piper, it was a key motivational factor in her remarkable career. “It is the ideal situation

That is the goal of all players. It would be nice to end on a high note and it’s important to focus.

With information from the CWHL

Brad Frost Is NCAA Coach of the Year

On Thursday Minnesota Head Coach Brad Frost was named the NCAA Coach of the Year.

Frost led the Gophers to an undefeated regular season and was 39-0-0 heading into Friday’s semi final against Boston College.

Frost was the runner up last season. He joined the Gophers’ coaching staff in 2000 as the assistant to Laura Halldorson who won the award in 1998, 2002, and 2004. He became the Gophers’ Head Coach in 2007 and is 184-36-16 over that period.
Frost graduated from Bethel College in 1996 and was a four year letter winner in hockey and a two year letter winner in golf. His 119 career points are eighth in school history. He began his coaching career with the Eagan High School girls program and then spent a year with the Bethel College men’s team. He has also coached internationally with USA Hockey.

Frost was assisted this season by Joel Johnson, Nadine Muzerall and Andy Kent. The runners-up for this year’s flexxCOACH/ AHCA Division I Women’s Coach of the Year Award were Brian Durocher of Boston University and Katie King Crowley of Boston College.

With information from wcha.com

Buquet Wins Elite 89 Award

Mercyhurst senior forward Gina Buquet was given the Elite 89 award for the 2013 NCAA DI Frozen Four at the banquet in Minneapolis, MN on Thursday night.. Buquet is majoring in Exercise Science and has a 3.94 GPA.

The award is given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average that is competing in the NCAA DI Frozen Four finals.

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