Women’s Weekly: 11/19

Canadians Win Four Nations

Team Canada won the Four Nations Cup with a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over Team USA in front of a packed house at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on Sunday.

Cornell forward Rebecca Johnson led Team Canada with two goals including the overtime winner 6:21 into the extra frame. Meaghan Mikkelson scored Canada’s other goal. Julie Chu and Kendall Coyne scored for the Americans. Shannon Szabados made 24 saves in the win; while Molly Schaus stopped 49 in the loss.

Finland edged Sweden 2-1 for the bronze. Karoliina Rantamäki and Annina Rajahuhta scored for Finland, while UMD’s Pernilla Winberg found the back of the net for Sweden. Minnesota goalie Noora Räty made 31 saves in the win. Sara Grahn made 27 for Sweden in the loss.

On Friday the US blanked Sweden, 4-0. Hilary Knight, Kacey Bellamy, Monique Lamoureux –Kolls, and Erika Lawler scored for the Americans. Jessie Vetter made 20 saves in the win; while Grahm stopped 38 in the loss.

Canada routed Finland 15-0 in the other game. Marie-Philip Poulin led the way with three goals; Jennifer Wakefield, Haley Irwin had two each, and Meghan Agosta, Meaghan Mikkelson, Jayna Hefford, Caroline Ouellette, Hayley Wickenheiser, Vicki Bendus, Cherie Piper, and Natalie Spooner all added singles.
Szabados made 12 saves in the win; while Anna Vanhatalo and Raty combined for 41 in the loss.

Baldin, Brian, Imbrogno Are CHA’s Best

Wayne State teammates forward Alyssa Baldin and goalie Delayne Brian and forward Thea Imbrogno are College Hockey America’s player, goalie, and rookie of the week for the week ending November 15th.

In the series with Robert Morris on Friday and Saturday Imbrogno added a goal and assist for the Colonials; while Brian made 39 saves in RMU’s 3-1 win. Baldin added the hat trick; while Brian made 21 saves in Saturday’s 4-1 Warriors’ victory. Imbrogno was the second star of Friday’s contest and Brian the third; while Baldin was the first star of Saturday’s contest.

ECAC Honors Jamieson, Ninji, and Babstock

Brown goalie Katie Jamieson, Dartmouth defenseman Sasha Ninji, and Quinnipiac forward Kelly Babstock are the ECAC goalie, player, and rookie of the week.

Jamieson made 37 saves as Brown got their first shutout of the year with a 1-0 win over Rensselaer on Saturday.

Ninji got the hat trick in Dartmouth’s 3-2 win over Princeton on Friday and added another goal and assist in the Big Green’s 4-3 win over Quinnipiac on Saturday.

Babstock had the hat trick in that game to go along with her hat trick against Harvard in the 4-1 win on Friday. She was the first star of that game and the second star on Saturday.

Hockey East Honors Horan, Douville, and Garcia

Connecticut teammates forward Kelly Horan and goalie Alexandria Garcia and goalie Vermont goalie Roxanne Douville are Hockey East’s player, defensive player, and rookie of the week.

Horan scored the only goal in Connecticut’s 1-0 win over New Hampshire on Saturday, and Garcia made 32 saves as the team was outshot 32-19 in the win. Horan and Garcia were the game’s first and third stars respectively. Horan had another goal, and Garcia made 26 saves as Connecticut was once again outshot this time 27-17 in their 2-1 win on Sunday. Garcia was the first star of that game.

Doubniville made 33 saves as Vermont and Boston University skated to a 1-1 tie on Friday and 30 more as the teams skated to a 2-2 tie on Saturday. Doubniville was the second star of Friday’s game.

WCHA Honors Tikkanen, Ney, and Rogan

The WCHA announced that Minnesota State teammates forwards Nina Tikkanen and Kathleen Rogan and North Dakota goalie Stephanie Ney are the offensive, rookie, and defensive players of the week.

Tikkanen receives the honor for the second consecutive week. She scored twice and assisted on one more, and Rogan added a goal and assist in MSU’s 5-3 win over Ohio State on Friday. Tikkanen had two goals, and Rogan had two assists in the Mavericks’ series sweep with a 4-3 win on Saturday.
Ney made 36 saves as UND was outshot 36-18 in their 1-1 tie with Bemidji on Saturday.

Wisconsin Earns Top Ranking in Polls

Wisconsin was the unanimous choice as the number one team in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls this past week. Cornell, Minnesota-Duluth, Mercyhurst, and Boston University remained at second through fifth on both polls.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll – November 16, 2010

1. Wisconsin 190 (19)
2. Cornell 166
3. Minnesota Duluth 147
4. Mercyhurst 143
5. Boston University 112
6. Boston College 81
7. Minnesota 69
8. Providence 40
9. North Dakota 39
10. Dartmouth 36

Others receiving votes: The Ohio State University, 12; Harvard University, 6; University of New Hampshire, 2; Bemidji State University, 1; Quinnipiac University, 1.

USCHO.com DI Poll November 15, 2010
1 Wisconsin (15)
2 Cornell
3 Minnesota-Duluth
4 Mercyhurst
5 Boston University
6 Minnesota
7 Boston College
8 North Dakota
9 Dartmouth
10 Providence

Others Receiving Votes: Ohio State 16, Bemidji State 7, Quinnipiac 3, Northeastern 2, Harvard 1

Minnesota Signs Four Players For Next Season

University of Minnesota women’s hockey head coach Brad Frost has announced four Minnesota natives have signed National Letters of Intent. Stephanie Anderson (North St. Paul), Rachael Bona (Coon Rapids), Meghan Lorence (Mounds View) and Rachel Ramsey (Chanhassen) have all signed and will join the Golden Gopher program next fall.

Anderson has skated with the Minnesota Thoroughbreds for the past three years where she scored over 100 points in the 2009-10 season as a junior. She has played in 12 games with them this season and is the scoring leader with 18 points. Anderson was part of the US U18 team last year and the U18 Select Team in 2009. She played for North St. Paul High School from 2006-08. Her dad Mike and uncle Tom Parenteau played for the Gophers.

Bona is a senior at Coon Rapids High School and the team captain. Last season she found the back of the net 33 times and assisted on 21 more and scored 26 goals and 11 assists the year before. She is a four time all-conference selection and all-metro. She scored 20 times as an eighth grader and 27 as a freshman. Bona was a member of the Minnesota High School Fall Elite League and played on the Minnesota Icecats. Like Anderson she also played for Team USA at the World U18 Championships last April.

Lorence is a senior at Irondale High School. In her junior year in 2009-10 she scored 5 goals and lent a helping hand on 36 more leading the Knights to a conference and section championship and third in the state. That season she was also named to the Minnesota State High School All-Tournament Team. Lorence, who stands at 5-7, is Irondale’s all time leading scorer with 298 points. 58 of those points came in her freshman year and 50 more as an eighth grader. She is a three time member of the Minnesota High School Fall Elite League and a three year member of the Minnesota Junior Whitecaps. Like Bona and Anderson she also played for Team USA at the World U18 Championships last year.

Ramsey is a senior at Minnetonka High School and is in her second year as team captain. The team began the year ranked first in Class AA. As a junior Ramsey captained the team to a Classic Lake Conference Championship and a 20-4-4 record. She was named an all-state, all-conference selection, and second team all-metro. She started her high school career as a forward before moving to defense her sophomore year. She is Minnetonka’s all time leading scorer with 64 goals and 66 assists. Like Bona and Lorence Rachel is also a member of the Minnesota High School Elite League and the Minnesota Jr. Whitecaps. Ramsey has taken part at various USA Hockey Development Camps. Her dad Mike played for the Gophers and played for 20 years in the NHL with Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and Detroit.

Stephanie Anderson F 11/27/9 5-9 L North St. Paul, MN/Minnesota Thoroughbreds
Rachael Bona F 10/25/92 5-5 L Coon Rapids, MN/Coon Rapids HS
Meghan Lorence F 6/25/92 5-7 L Mounds View, MN/Irondale HS
Rachael Ramsey D 10/14/92 6-0 L Chanhassen, MN/Minnetonka HS

Granato and Jamees Inducted Into Hall

Another significant milestone for women’s hockey was reached last Monday night when American Cammi Granato and Canadian Angela James were the first two women to be inducted into the Hall.

Throughout her career Angela was dubbed the Wayne Gretzky of women’s hockey. She began her career in the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association in the late 1970s leading her team in scoring in eight seasons and was a six time League MVP. She won medals at 12 national championships and four World Championships. She is an eight time MVP of the Canadian National Women’s Championships and is the only African Canadian to captain a Canadian hockey team.

In 2006 James was inducted into the Black Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame and the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Hall of Fame. James was the recipient of Hockey Canada’s Femlae Breakthrough Award in 2005 and was inducted into the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2006. She, Granato, and Geraldine Heaney were inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2008; while James was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. She is the first African Canadian woman to be inducted into the HHOF and only the second African Canadian to be inducted after five time Stanley Cup winner Grant Fuhr who entered the Hall in 2003.

James won the Youth of the Year Award in 1985 and the City of Toronto recognized her as one of their Women in Sport Enhancement in 1992. The Canadian Women’s Hockey League instituted the Angela James Bowl given yearly to the League’s leading scorer. She also had a distinguished playing career at Toronto’s Seneca College and is currently employed there as Sports Co-ordinator. The school won several championships with her on the team and retired her No. 8 jersey. Flemingdon Park Arena was renamed Angela James Arena in 2009.

James didn’t make it to the 1998 Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team as she was cut in a controversial move that some say cost Canada the gold medal.
Granato began playing on boys’ teams from the age of five until she was 16 but never played the last two years of high school because by then body contact was allowed; and with the boys getting bigger they started to target the skilled but smaller Granato.

Granato was a star at Providence College from 1989-1993. She was named the ECAC Rookie of the Year in 1990 and named the ECAC Player of the Year in 1991, 1992, and 1993. Providence won the ECAC Championship in 1992 and 1993. In 99 regular season games for the Friars she scored 139 goals and added 117 assists.

After her ECAC career, Granato moved to Montreal to play in the CIS with the Concordia Stingers and earn her masters degree in sports administration. She scored 178 goals and lent a helping hand on 148 more as Concordia captured three consecutive provincial championships. She was USA Hockey’s Player of the Year in 1996.

In 1998 Granato captained Team USA to the first ever Women’s Olympic gold medal in hockey in Nagano, Japan. She was the US flagbearer at the closing ceremony. She was invited to the NY Islanders training camp following the Games but chose to take a job with the LA Kings as a broadcaster which she did for one season. The Americans were heavily favored to win the gold medal on home soil in Salt Lake City in 2002 but were upset by Canada in the final.

In 2005 the Americans won their first World Championship. That would be the last time that Granato would play for the USA in international competition because like James before her in 1998 Granatao was also cut from the 2006 US Olympic Team in a controversial move.

In 64 international games Granato scored 63 goals and added 52 assists. Granato won the Lester Patrick Award for service to hockey in the USA in 2007 and was the first female inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.

Granato was the rinkside reporter for NBC’s NHL coverage and a color commentator for NBC’s women’s hockey coverage at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
She started the Golden Dreams for Children Foundation, providing support for special needs children. She also operates an annual hockey camp for girls during summers in Chicago and is a partner in BelaHockey, a company that creates hockey accessories for girls.

Cammi is married to former NHL star Ray Ferraro and they have two sons.

The Games This Week

In Hockey East action on Thursday Maine and Northeastern skated to a scoreless overtime tie and a 2-2 overtime tie on Friday as Casey Pickett and Claire Santostefano scored for the Huskies; while Danielle Ward and Missy Denk did the same for the Black Bears.

On Friday Isabel Menard added three assists to lead Syracuse to a 3-1 win over Clarkson.

Kristen Richards scored the game winner 16:04 into the third as Niagara edged Colgate 2-1. In the series split on Saturday Brittany Phillips scored once and lent a helping hand on one more as Colgate won 4-1.

In the CHA series Thea Imbrogno added a goal and assist as Robert Morris skated to a 3-1 win over Wayne State on Friday. In the series split on Saturday Alyssa Baldin added the hat trick in the Warriors’ 4-1 win.

Vermont and Boston University skated to a 1-1 tie on Friday with Kellie Dineen scoring for the Catamounts and Holly Lorms doing the same for the Terriers. The teams finished in a 2-2 OT tie on Saturday as Kerrin Sperry made 29 saves for BU and Roxanne Douville made 30 for Vermont.

Vanessa Emond had two goals and one helper as St. Lawrence demolished Boston College 7-3 on Friday; The teams finished in a 1-1 tie on Saturday as Mary Restuccia scored for the Eagles, and Kayla Sullivan did likewise for the Saints.

Kelly Horan scored the lone goal in Connecticut’s 1-0 shutout of New Hampshire in Storrs on Saturday; and she scored the game winner 14:39 into the first in Sunday’s 2-1 victory.

There were only two series in WCHA action last weekend as Emily Erickson scored the game winner 4:43 into the third as Bemidji edged North Dakota 2-1 on Friday; while the teams skated to a 1-1 tie on Saturday as Sadie Lundquist scored for Bemidji, and Kelsey Ketcher replied for North Dakota.

Nina Tikkinen scored twice and added one helper as Minnesota State beat Ohio State 5-3 on Friday. She scored the game winner 16:15 into the third in Saturday’s 4-3 win.

There were three games played in ECAC conference play on Friday as Sasha Nanji scored three times with her third 2:11 into the overtime being the game winner as Dartmouth edged Princeton 3-2; Kelly Babstock also had a hat trick to lead Quinnipiac to a 4-1 win over Harvard; and Jordan Smelker found the back of the net three times as Rensselaer posted a 4-1 win over Yale.

On Saturday, Nanji added another overtime game winner this time 1:04 in as Dartmouth nipped Quinnipiac 4-3; Princeton and Harvard skated to a 2-2 overtime tie thanks to Katharine Chute’s two goals for the Crimson and Corey Stearns and Kelly Cookie scored for the Tigers; and Jessica Hoyl’s goal 16:45 into the third was the only goal as Brown edged Rensselaer 1-0.

The Leaders

Mercyhurst leads the standings with their 7-2-0 record. Agosta is the leading scorer with 10 goals and nine assists in eight games played; while her teammate junior Hilary Pattenden is 7-2-0 with a 2.18 GAA, and .903 SAV%.

Dartmouth and Cornell share the ECAC lead as they are 6-1-0. Babstock is the conference scoring leader with 27 points (13G, 14A) in 14 games; while Mazotta has a 6-1-0 record to go along with her 1.43 GAA, and .931 SAV% to lead all goalies.

An 8-1-3 record gives Boston University the best record in Hockey East action; while Boston College senior forward Kelli Stack has found the twine on 11 occasions while lending a helping hand on 10 more in 12 games. Between the pipes Boston College’s Schaus is 7-0-2 with a goals against average of 1.13, and .949 SAV%.

Wisconsin is atop the WCHA standings as they are 9-1-0. OSU junior forward Laura McIntosh is the top scorer with six goals and 19 assists in 12 contests. UMD senior goalie Kim Martin is 5-2-0 with a 1.17 GAA, and 0.951 SAV% to lead all goalies.

The Games To Come

There is one CHA series this weekend as Wayne State is at home to Mercyhurst Friday and Saturday. In the non-conference series Robert Morris hosts Wisconsin and Niagara is at Rensselaer also on Friday and Saturday.

In ECAC action on Friday Cornell hosts Princeton; Quinnipiac is in Hamilton to face Colgate; Brown and Clarkson faceoff in Providence; Dartmouth is in Cambridge to face Harvard; and St. Lawrence makes their way to New Haven to face Yale. On Saturday Colgate hosts Princeton; Cornell is at home to Quinnipiac; Yale hosts Clarkson; Harvard and Dartmouth take to the ice in Hanover; and St. Lawrence is at Brown.

Three WCHA conference series gets underway on Friday as Minnesota State hosts Minnesota; St. Cloud State is in Grand Forks to take on the Fighting Sioux; and Ohio State is in Duluth to face the Bulldogs.

In Hockey East action Vermont hosts Connecticut on Saturday; while the Saturday-Sunday affairs are home and home ones as Providence and Northeastern take to the ice in Providence on Saturday with the Sunday game taking place in Boston; and Boston College and Boston University begin their series in Boston on Saturday and moving to Chestnut Hill on Sunday.

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