Agosta, Bauer, and Bestland Earn CHA Honors
Mercyhurst teammates forwards Meghan Agosta and Christine Bestland and Niagara netminder Jenni Bauer are College Hockey America’s player, rookie, and goalie of the week for the week ending January 23rd.
Bestland scored twice, assisted on one more, and was the second star of the game; while Agosta added a goal and two assists as Mercyhurst skated to a 6-3 win over Robert Morris on Friday. Agosta added another goal and assist; and Bestland added two more assists and was once again the second star of the game in Mercyhurst’s 7-1 win and series sweep on Saturday.
Bauer made 28 saves and was the game’s first star as Niagara was outshot 28-18 in their 1-0 win over Syracuse on Friday; and followed that up with 15 more and the second star of the game award as the Purple Eagles won again 3-1 and completed the series sweep on Saturday.
Dumais, Holdcroft, and Slebodnick Receive ECAC Awards
Dartmouth teammates forward Camille Dumais and goalie Lindsay Holdcroft, and Cornell netminder Lauren Slebodnick are the ECAC player, rookie, and goalie of the week.
Dumais added one goal, two assists, and was the second star of the game as Dartmouth beat Vermont 5-1 on Tuesday; while Holdcroft made 19 saves. Dumais scored the game winner 3:46 into the second; and Holdcroft made eight saves as Dartmouth defeated Union 5-1 last Friday. Dumais added a goal and assist; and Holdcroft made nine saves as Dartmouth blanked Rensselaer 3-0 on Saturday. Dumais finished the week a plus-4 and Holdcroft was 3-0-0 with a 0.67 GAA and a .947 SAV%.
Slebodnick made 24 saves Tuesday as Cornell skated to a 3-0 win over Mercyhurst; added 12 saves as Cornell skated to a 6-1 win over Colgate on Friday; and added 14 more in the team’s 5-0 win and series sweep on Saturday. She finished the week 3-0-0 with a 0.33 GAA, and 0.980 SAV%.
Hockey East Honors Lacasse, Poulin, and Garcia.
Lacasse, Poulin, and Garcia Earn Hockey East Honors
Providence netminder Genevieve Lacasse, Boston University forward Marie-Philip Poulin, and Connecticut goalie Alexandra Garcia are the Hockey East player, rookie, and defensive players of the week.
Lacasse began the week with 51 saves and was given the first star of the game award as Providence was outshot 52-31 in their 3-1 win over Boston College on Friday. She followed that up with 35 more and the second star of the game award as the Friars were once again outshot this time 36-29 by Northeastern in their 2-1 win over the Huskies. Lacasse finished the weekend with a .977 SAV%.
Poulin had the hat trick as Boston University blanked Vermont 4-0 on Saturday. Her second goal of the game gave her the record for most points in a single season at BU.
Garcia began the weekend with 31 saves and the first star of the game award as Connecticut shutout Maine 3-0 on Friday. She ended it with 23 more and the third star of the game award as Connecticut completed the sweep of Maine with a 3-1 win on Saturday. She finished the weekend with a .982 SAV%.
WCHA Honors Duggan, Ney, and Davis
Wisconsin forward Meghan Duggan, North Dakota netminder Stephanie Ney, and Minnesota forward Sarah Davis are the WCHA offensive, defensive, and rookie players of the week.
Duggan added two goals and one assist to lead Wisconsin to a 4-1 win over Minnesota-Duluth on Friday. She added another assist as the teams skated to a 4-4 overtime tie on Saturday and finished a plus-4 for the weekend.
Ney made 28 saves as North Dakota blanked St. Cloud State 5-0 on Friday and another 28 more in the team’s 5-0 win and series sweep on Saturday.
Davis added four assists as Minnesota completed their sweep of Ohio State with an 8-1 win on Saturday.
Robert Morris Adds Six For Next Season
Robert Morris Head Coach Nate Handrahan has announced that the school has signed six players for next season.
They are: Chelsea Burdzy (Imperial, PA/Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 19U), Maddie Collias (Roseville, MI /Belle Tire 19U), Katelyn Scott (Brighton, MI/Belle Tire 19U), Erin Staniewski (Strathroy, ON/London Junior Devilettes), Courtney Vinet (Camrose, AB/Edge School) and Rebecca Vint (Brampton, ON/Brampton Junior Thunder).
Burdzy is a local product and plays with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite team of the Tier One Elite Hockey League (TOEHL). The Penguins are 7-5-3 in the league and sit in fourth place in the 12-team conference. The forward is second on the squad with 12 goals and is third on the team with 23 points in 32 games played. She ranks second on the team in points per game in TOEHL play with 11 points in 13 contests and also has six goals in league games. She skated for Team Pittsburgh a season ago and recorded 12 points in 18 league games played.
Collias competes for the first-place Belle Tire 19U team in the TOEHL. Belle Tire is 30-9-4 overall and has not lost a game in nearly two months as it is 13-0-2 in its last 15 outings. It also has claimed multiple championships thus far this season—winning the National Hockey Center Fall Classic and the North American Friendship Tournament. Collias is tied for second on the team with 15 goals and has 24 points in 38 games played. She has six goals in her last seven games and has a plus-16 on the season. Belle Tire is also 11-1-2 in league play and tops the league with 24 points. Collias leads the team with nine goals in league games, including three game-winners, and has 13 points in 14 games played. The forward collected 14 points in 18 league games a season ago for Belle Tire and also registered five points in four playoff games.
Scott is a teammate of Collias’ on their highly-successful Belle Tire squad. The forward is currently second on the team with 29 points and has performed even better recently as she has tallied 24 points in her last 21 games. So far this year, Scott is a plus-16 and has won 59% of the faceoffs she has taken. She has posted more impressive totals in league play as she leads the team with 15 points in 14 games. Scott also recorded six goals and six assists in 18 league contests a season ago for Belle Tire and registered four points in four playoff games.
Staniewski is an assistant captain for her London Junior Devilettes squad of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) and has competed in the London Juniors program since 2000. The defenseman has registered eight points, including one goal, in 24 games this season for the Devilettes. London is currently 12-10-1-3 and is sixth in the 19-team league in goals scored. Staniewski was recently invited to the final Ontario U18 camp and also played on a 2008 provincial championship team. She was also named the top offensive player on her Strathroy District Collegiate Institute team for the 2008-09 season. Staniewski played in 33 games a season ago for the Devilettes as London advanced to the playoffs.
Vinet is a goaltender for the first-place Edge Mountaineers in the Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL). The Mountaineers are 27-7-5 overall and lead the Major Junior West Division with a 16-3-3 league record and is tied for the league lead with 35 points. Vinet is 7-3-1 in JWHL play and sports a 1.92 goals against average in 780 minutes played. She was recently selected as one of just two goalies for the U18 Team Alberta squad which will compete at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, NS in February. Vinet was also in net when Edge ended the 17-game winning streak of North American Hockey Academy, the East Division leader, at the University of Minnesota in December.
Vint committed to RMU a season ago but elected to defer her collegiate career for one year. She is currently tied for the team lead with 12 goals on the Brampton Junior Thunder of the PWHL. The forward is tied for second on the Thunder with 23 points in 20 games and leads the team with four game-winning goals, which is tied for seventh in the PWHL. Brampton is 13-8-3-1 in the PWHL and is fifth in the league in goals scored. Vint collected 19 points in 28 games for Brampton a season ago and also tallied four points in six playoff contests.
This incoming class will look to provide the Colonials with a similar lift as this season’s current freshman class, which has already claimed four College Hockey America (CHA) Rookie of the Week awards and a CHA Rookie of the Month honoree.
Andersson Sets Record
Thirty-five year old Swedish defenseman Gunilla Andersson set the new record for women’s games played for a senior national team as she has played for Sweden in 288 games. She reached that mark when Sweden played four games at the MLP Cup in Kreuzlingen, SUI earlier this month, surpassing Christina Fellner (Oswald), who represented Germany on 287 occasions before retiring in 2009. Her national teammate forward Erika Holst, who played at the University of Minnesota-Duluth from 1999-2003, has played in 285 games as of the same tournament.
Among North American players American Angela Ruggerio leads the way with 251 games played for the Red, White, and Blue; while Hayley Wickenheiser has played 225 games for the Maple Leaf.
Andersson has played in the most world championships with 10 and most world championship games at 49. She has won silver and bronze at the Olympics and two bronze at the world championships. She is among 11 players having participated at four Olympics along with Jennifer Botterill, Jayna Hefford, Becky Kellar, Wickenheiser (Canada), Emma Laaksonen, Karoliina Rantamäki (Finland), Holst, Maria Rooth (Sweden), and Jenny Potter and Ruggiero (USA).
Walter To Coach Team Canada
On Friday Hockey Canada announced that former NHL player Ryan Walter will be the Team Canada Head Coach at the World Championships that will take place from April 16th-25th in Zurich and Winterthur, SUI. He was the Team Canada coach at the 2010 Four Nations Cup when Canada won gold in overtime against the USA in St. John’s, NL in November.
Joining him on the bench as assistants are Dan Church (Toronto, ON/ York University, CIS) and Lisa Jordan (Westville, NS/Saint Mary’s University, CIS).
Walter, 52, played in 1,003 NHL games with three different teams: the Washington Capitals, Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks. In total, he accumulated 646 points over 15 seasons in the NHL, including a career high of 38 goals and 49 assists for Washington in 1981-82. He also won a Stanley Cup with Montreal in 1986. He was the second pick overall in the 1978 NHL draft and played in the 1983 NHL All-Star Game.
After his playing career, Walter worked for TSN as a colour commentator from 1993-1998, where he focused on international hockey and the NHL, subsequently becoming a commentator on television broadcasts for the Vancouver Canucks from 1996-2002. He moved from the broadcast booth to the bench in 2008, serving as an assistant coach with Vancouver through the 2009-10 season.
Dan Church is in his seventh season as head coach of the women’s team at York University in Toronto and has extensive experience coaching for Hockey Canada’s national women’s programs. Most recently, Church guided Canada’s National Women’s U18 Team to its first-ever gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship, held in Chicago, IL in April 2010.
Additionally, Church was head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team during the 2007-08 season, leading the team to a 7-0 record and a gold medal at the 2008 Air Canada Cup. He also served as assistant coach of Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team during the 2006-07 season, winning a gold medal at the 2007 Air Canada Cup. Church also served as head coach of the Canadian team that won gold at the inaugural women’s hockey tournament for the Winter Universiade, held in 2009 in Harbin, China. He won a CIAU (now CIS) national championship in 2001 as an assistant coach with the University of Toronto women’s team, under former National Women’s Team head coach Karen Hughes.
Lisa Jordan is in her 14th year as head coach of the women’s team at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS capturing four AUS championship titles (1998, 2002, 2003, 2010) and being named the 2003 CIS women’s hockey coach of the year. She too has extensive experience coaching within Hockey Canada’s national women’s programs, including her role as assistant coach under Church with the U18 team that won gold at the 2010 World U18 Championship.
Additionally, Jordan served as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Women’s Team during the 2007-08 season, winning a gold medal at the 2007 4 Nations Cup and a silver medal at the 2008 IIHF World Women’s Championship. She was head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team in 2005-06, winning a gold medal at the 2006 Air Canada Cup, and was an assistant coach for the U22 team for two seasons, winning gold medals at both the 2004 and 2005 Air Canada Cups.
Wisconsin Tops 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 11 of the 19 first place votes in the first poll and 10 of 15 in the second.
Cornell remains in second place in both polls getting the final eight first place votes in the first poll and the remaining five in the latter. Boston University remains second in both polls; while Mercyhurst remains fourth in the first polland drops one place to fifth in the second. Minnesota remains fifth in the first poll and moves up one spot to fourth in the second.
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll – #16 (first-place votes in parentheses)
1 University of Wisconsin, 182 (11)
2 Cornell University, 179 (8)
3 Boston University, 150
4 Mercyhurst College, 128
5 University of Minnesota, 122
6 University of Minnesota Duluth, 90
7 University of North Dakota, 68
8 Boston College, 58
9 Providence College, 46
10 Quinnipiac University, 14
Others receiving votes: Bemidji State University, 4; Northeastern University, 4.
USCHO.com DI Poll: January 24, 2011
1 Wisconsin (10)
2 Cornell (5)
3 Boston University
7 North Dakota
8 Boston College
Others Receiving Votes: Bemidji State 3, Harvard 1, Northeastern 1, Princeton 1
The Games This Week
Karlee Overguard led the way with two goals as Cornell shutout Mercyhurst, 3-0 ; and Camille Dumais scored once and found the back of the net twice as Dartmouth skated to a 5-1 win over Vermont on Tuesday.
In the Friday-Saturday series games in CHA action Jenna Hendrikx scored the game’s lone goal with 21 seconds left in regulation as Niagara edged Syracuse, 1-0, in CHA action. In the Purple Eagles’ 3-1 win on Saturday Kaleigh Chippy led the way as she found the back of the net once and lent a helping hand on two more. Bestland led the way for Mercyhust with two goals as the Lakers doubled Robert Morris 6-3 on Friday. On Saturday Jesse Scanzano led the scoring with two goals and two assists in the Lakers’ 7-1 win and series sweep. Jill Szandzik’s second of the year 10:31 into the third was the game winner as Wayne State nipped Quinnipiac, 2-1, on Friday; while Kate Wheeler scored twice for Quinnipiac as they gained a series split with a 3-0 win on Saturday.
Alexandra Garcia made 31 saves as Connecticut was outshot 31-15 in their 3-0 shutout of Maine. Brittany Murphy led the way for Connecticut with two goals on Saturday in the Huskies’ 3-1 win.
Erin Johnson and Emily Erickson added Bemidji’s goals as they blanked Minnesota State 2-0 in WCHA action on Friday. Lauren Williams, Sadie Lundquist, and Annie Bauerfeld led the Beaver offense with goals in the team’s 3-1 win on Saturday. Kathleen Rogan scored the Mavericks’ lone goal.
Amanda Kessel had a goal and two assists to lead Minnesota to a 4-2 win over Ohio State. Kelly Terry had a goal and two assists; Becky Kortum scored twice; Anne Schleper and Mira Jalosuo had a goal and assist each; and Kessel, Sarah Erickson, and Terra Rasmussen had singles in the Gophers’ 8-1 win on Saturday; while Natalie Spooner had the lone Buckeyes’ marker.
The Lamoureux twins provided most of the offense as Jocelyne added two goals and assisted on two more; while Monique added a goal and two helpers as North Dakota romped to a 5-0 victory over St. Cloud State on Friday. On Saturday Allison Parizek led the way with a goal and two helpers; Alyssa Wiebe and Mary Loken had a goal and assist each; and Kelsey Ketcher and Jocelyne Lamoureux had singles each in the Fighting Sioux’s 5-0 victory.
Meghan Duggan found the back of the net on two occasions and lent a helping hand on one more as Wisconsin skated to a 4-1 win over Minnesota-Duluth. The teams skated to a 4-4 overtime tie on Saturday as Madison Packer led the way for the Badgers with a goal and assist; while Kacy Ambroz, Jamie Kenyon, Jessica Wong, and Tara Gray all scored for the Bulldogs.
In the first game of the home and home series between Cornell and Colgate on Friday Chelsea Karpenko led the way with two goals and one assist as Cornell thumped Colgate 6-1 in Ithaca; while Rebecca Johnson scored once and assisted on one more to lead the Big Red to a 5-0 shutout on Saturday in Hamilton.
In non-series play on Friday in the ECAC Kelly Sabatine had a goal and two assists for St. Lawrence in their 4-2 win over Brown; Kalley Armstrong’s goal 6:00 into the second gave Harvard a 2-1 victory over Rensselaer; Sasha Nanji, Geneva Kliman, Reagan Fischer, Alyssa Boehm, and Camille Dumais scored for Dartmouth with Taylor Purvis adding the lone goal for Union in the Big Green’s 5-1 victory; and Clarkson needed overtime and a goal from Melissa Waldie 3:25 to nip Yale, 2-1.
In Hockey East action Providence got goals from Kate Bacon, Rebecca Morse, and Abby Gauthier as the Friars skated to a 3-1 win over Boston College. Kelli Stack added the lone Eagles’ goal.
On Saturday in ECAC action Waldie added two more goals as Clarkson skated to a 5-3 win over Brown; Dumais led the way for Dartmouth with a goal and assist in their 3-0 shutout of Rensselaer, while Amanda Trunzo and Jenna Hobeika added singles; Kate Buesser, Jillian Dempsey, Kelsey Romatoski, and Gina McDonald scored for Harvard in their 4-0 blanking of Union; and Kelly Sabatine and Jamie Goldsmith found the twine for St. Lawrence as they blanked Yale, 2-0.
Poulin had the hat trick in Boston University’s 4-0 shutout of Vermont; and Courtney Birchard scored the game winner 16 seconds into overtime as New Hampshire edged Northeastern on Saturday, 4-3.
In the lone game on Sunday Corinne Buie scored the game winner 2:24 into the third as Providence edged Northeastern 2-1 in Hockey East action.
Mercyhurst leads the College Hockey America standings with their 9-0-0 record; while their 20-5-0 record puts them first overall. Agosta leads all CHA scorers with 26 goals and 36 assists in 24 games played; while her teammate Hilary Pattenden is 18-5-0 with a 2.28 GAA and a SAV% of .900.
Cornell leads the ECAC standings as they are 14-0-0 in the conference and 20-1-0 overall. Quinnipiac forward Kelly Babstock leads all point getters with 20 goals and 21 helpers in the 25 games that she has skated in. Among backstoppers Cornell’s Amanda Mazzotta is 13-1-0 with a goals against average of 0.91 and a .953 SAV%.
Boston University leads the Hockey East conference standings with their 9-1-3 record; while they are 19-2-3 to lead overall. Poulin (21G, 20A, 20 GP) leads all Hockey East scorers; while her teammate Kerrin Sperry is 14-0-2 with a 1.36 GAA and a SAV% of .938 to lead all goalies.
Wisconsin is the top team in the WCHA standings with their 17-2-1-1 record; while they are 23-2-1 to lead overall. Badger forward Hilary Knight (33G, 21A, 26 GP) and Duggan (23G, 31A, 26 GP) lead all WCHA point getters; while Minnesota’s Noora Raty is 17-4-1 with a 1.41 GAA and a .951 SAV% to lead all netminders.
The Games To Come
One College Hockey America series will kick off action on Friday as Wayne State is at home to Syracuse Friday and Saturday; while Niagara welcomes Mercyhurst Saturday and Sunday.
In ECAC conference play on Friday Quinnipiac is at home to Clarkson; Dartmouth makes their way to Yale; Harvard is at Brown; Rensselaer and Colgate take to the ice in Hamilton; St. Lawrence and Princeton faceoff in Princeton; and Union makes their way to Ithaca to face Cornell.
On Saturday Princeton welcomes Clarkson; Brown rolls out the welcome mat for Dartmouth; Harvard makes their way to New Haven to face Yale; Cornell hosts Rensselaer; St. Lawrence is at Quinnipiac; and Colgate hosts Union.
There is one home and home series in Hockey East action this coming weekend as Boston University will host Connecticut on Friday night with game two taking place in Storrs on Saturday. The other conference game on Friday night has Northeastern at Vermont.
New Hampshire hosts Maine Saturday and Sunday; while Boston College hosts their crosstown rivals Northeastern, and Providence is at Vermont on Sunday.
In the WCHA St. Cloud State hosts Ohio State; Bemidji is in Duluth to face UMD; Wisconsin and Minnesota faceoff in Madison; and North Dakota welcomes Minnesota State on Friday and Saturday.