Women’s Weekly: December 14th, 2011

Steadman, DiCiocco, and Vint Are CHA Players of the Week

Mercyhurst forward Kelly Steadman and Robert Morris teammates goalie Kristen DiCiocco and forward Rebecca Vint are the CHA player, goalie, and rookie of the week.
Steadman scored once as Mercyhurst began the weekend with a 4-2 loss to Boston College on Friday and added another goal in the team’s 3-2 win to gain a series split on Saturday.

Kristen DiCiocco made 26 saves and was the third star of the game as Robert Morris skated to a 2-1 win over Syracuse on Friday; and Vint scored the lone goal for the Colonials and was the first star of the game, while DiCiocco made 35 saves and was the first star of the game as the teams skated to a 1-1 overtime tie on Saturday.

ECAC Honors Dempsey, Reber, and Vigilanti

Harvard teammates forwards Jillian Dempsey and Samantha Reber and Quinnipiac netminder Victoria Vigilanti are the ECAC player, rookie, and goalie of the week.
Dempsey scored twice while assisting on one more and was the game’s first star; while Reber added one assist as Harvard skated to a 5-1 win over Providence on Thursday; while Dempsey added another goal and assist, and Reber scored twice as the Crimson finished the week before the Christmas break with a 5-2 win over New Hampshire. Reber was the game’s first star and Dempsey the second. Dempsey finished the week a +4 and Reber a +3.

Vigilanti made 26 saves as the Bobcats shutout Princeton 1-0 on Friday and made 21 more and was the game’s first star in the 3-0 win and series sweep on Saturday. She went 2-0-0 with a 1.00 SAV% this past weekend.

Hockey East Honors Carpenter, Lascelle, and Schelling

Boston College forward Alex Carpenter, New Hampshire forward Jenna Lascalle, and Northeastern netminder Florence Schelling are the Hockey East player, rookie, and goalie of the week.

Carpenter scored once as the Eagles doubled Mercyhust 4-2 on Friday and added another goal and assist as the team lost to the Lakers 3-2 in overtime on Saturday. She finished the week a +3.

Lascalle scored three times New Hampshire lost 8-5 to Dartmouth on Sunday.

Schelling made 29 saves and was the game’s second star as Northeastern defeated Boston University 4-1 on Wednesday. She finished the week with a 0.967 SAV%.

Knight, Altmann, and Friend Are WCHA’s Best

Wisconsin forward Hilary Knight, Minnesota State goalie Ali Altmann, and St. Cloud State netminder Julie Friend are the WCHA offensive, defensive, and rookies of the week.

Knight had a goal and assist and was the first star of the game on Friday as Wisconsin skated to a 3-1 win over Bemidji State. She added the hat trick, another assist, and another first star of the game award as the Badgers completed the sweep with a 3-1 win on Saturday. She finished the weekend a +5.

Altmann made 26 saves and was the game’s first star; while Friend made 11 saves in 13:07 of relief as the Mavericks shutout the Huskies 6-0 on Friday. Altmann followed that up with 16 saves; while Friend stopped 29 of the 30 sent her way and was the second star of the game as the Huskies gained a split with a 2-1 win on Saturday.

Altmann posted a 0.955 SAV% and Friend a 0.952 one.

USA Hockey Announces Winter Training Camp Roster

On Wednesday USA Hockey announced the names of the 41 players who have been invited to the Winter Training Camp that will take place at the National Sports Center’s Schwan Super Rink from December 26th31st in Blaine, MN.

The camp will serve as an evaluation camp and training session for the US National Team.

Twenty one of the twenty two players invited were part of the US team that won the Four Nations Cup in Nykoping, SWE in November.

Sixteen Olympians will also take part including Jenny Potter, who has competed in four Olympic Winter Games (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010), and Julie Chu, who has competed in three Olympic Winter Games (2002, 2006, 2010).

The players will be divided into Blue and White teams prior to camp.

Training Camp Schedule
Dec. 26-31• Blaine, MN • Schwan Super Rink
Tues., Dec. 27 White Practice 6 3-4:15 p.m., Blue Practice 6 4:30-5:45 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 28 Blue Practice 6 8-10 a.m., White Practice 6 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Blue vs. White Game 6 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 29 White Practice 6 8:30-10:30 a.m., Blue Practice 6 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m, Blue vs. White Game 6 6:15-8:15 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 30 White Practice 6 8:30-10 a.m., Blue Practice 6 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 31 Blue vs. White Game 6 8:45-10:45 a.m.

2011 USA Hockey Women’s Winter Training Camp Roster
Goalies (4)
Brianne McLaughlin* 5-8, 130, 6/20/87, L, Sheffield Village, OH Burlington Barracudas (CWHL)
Molly Schaus* 5-8 148 7/29/88 L Natick, MA Boston Blades (CWHL)
Alex Rigsby 5-7 160 1/3/92 L Delafield, WI University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Jessie Vetter* 5-8 169 12/19/85 L Cottage Grove, WI
Defensemen (13)
Kacey Bellamy* 5-8 143 4/22/87 L Westfield, MA Boston Blades (CWHL)
Blake Bolden 5-6 150 3/10/91 R Stow, OH Boston College (HEA)
Megan Bozek 5-9 168 3/27/91 R Buffalo Grove, IL University of Minnesota (WCHA)
Caitlin Cahow** 5-4 156 5/20/85 L Branford, CT Boston Blades (CWHL)
Lisa Chesson* 5-7 141 8/18/86 L Plainfield, IL
Molly Engstrom**5-9 178 3/1/83 R Siren, WI Brampton Thunder (CWHL)
Marissa Gedman 5-9 180 3/12/92 L Framingham, MA Harvard University (ECACH)
Gigi Marvin* 5-8 170 3/7/87 R Warroad, MN Boston Blades (CWHL)
Michelle Picard 5-6 156 5/27/93 L Taunton, MA Harvard University (ECACH)
Geena Prough 5-2 155 3/28/89 R Farmington, MI
Josephine Pucci 5-8 157 12/27/90 R Pearl River, NY Harvard University (ECACH)
Anne Schleper 5-10 167 1/30/90 L St. Cloud, MN University of Minnesota (WCHA)
Montana Vichorek 5-7 150 7/24/90 R Moose Lake, MN Bemidji State University (WCHA)
Forwards (24)
Brittany Ammerman 5-6 145 6/19/92 L River Vale, NJ University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Brooke Ammerman 5-8 155 7/13/90 R River Vale, NJ University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Hannah Brandt 5-8 169 11/27/93 R Vadnais Heights, MN Hill-Murray School (MN)
Julie Chu*** 5-8 147 3/13/82 R Fairfield, CT Montreal Stars (CWHL)
Kendall Coyne 5-2 130 5/25/92 L Palos Heights, IL Northeastern University (HEA)
Brianna Decker 5-4 152 5/13/91 R Dousman, WI University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Jillian Dempsey 5-4 138 1/19/91 L Winthrop, MA Harvard University (ECACH)
Brittany Dougherty 5-7 165 3/19/91 R Chesterfield, MI University of Maine (HEA)
Meghan Duggan* 5-9 164 9/3/87 R Danvers, MA Boston Blades (CWHL)
Emily Erickson 5-9 150 10/10/89 R Coleraine, MN Bemidji State University (WCHA)
Emily Field 5-6 147 4/6/93 L Littleton, MA Boston College (HEA)
Kelly Foley 5-8 145 10/28/89 L South Boston, MA Dartmouth College (ECACH)
Amanda Kessel 5-6 131 8/28/91 R Verona, WI University of Minnesota (WCHA)
Hilary Knight* 5-10 172 7/12/89 R Sun Valley, ID University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Jocelyne Lamoureux* 5-6 154 7/3/89 R Grand Forks, ND University of North Dakota (WCHA)
Monique Lamoureux-Kolls* 5-6 156 7/3/89 R Grand Forks, ND University of North Dakota (WCHA)
Erika Lawler* 5-0 130 2/5/87 R Fitchburg, MA Boston Blades (CWHL)
Casey Pickett 5-4 140 12/14/90 R Wilmington, MA Northeastern University (HEA)
Jenny Potter**** 5-4 145 1/12/79 L Edina, MN Minnesota Whitecaps (WWHL)
Jen Schoullis 5-9 165 3/7/89 L Girard, PA University of Minnesota (WCHA)
Jordan Smelker 5-8 149 6/19/92 L Anchorage, AK Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (ECACH)
Kelli Stack* 5-5 130 1/13/88 R Brooklyn Heights, OH Boston Blades (CWHL)
Kelley Steadman 5-11 160 7/17/90 R Plattsburgh, NY Mercyhurst College (CHA)
Taylor Wasylk 5-9 165 2/21/92 L Port Huron, MI Boston College (HEA)
*2010 Olympian **2006 & 2010 Olympian ***2002, 2006 & 2010 Olympian ****1998, 2002, 2006 & 2010 Olympian

Head Coach: Katey Stone, Arlington, MA
Assistant Coaches: Brad Frost, Cottage Grove, MN, Laura Halldorson, Minneapolis, MN., Bobby Jay, Burlington, MA Katie King, Brighton, MA

Wisconsin Still Number One

The University of Wisconsin is still the top team in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls to first this week. The Badgers took all 19 first place votes in the first poll and all 15 in the second.

Minnesota, Cornell, and Boston College remained second through fourth; while Mercyhurst moved one space to fifth in both polls.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2011-12 Women’s College Hockey Poll – #12
(first-place votes in parentheses)
1 University of Wisconsin, 190 (19)
2 University of Minnesota, 170
3 Cornell University, 152
4 Boston College, 126
5 Mercyhurst College, 114
6 University of North Dakota, 93
7 Northeastern University, 63
8 University of Minnesota Duluth, 44
9 Harvard University, 37
10 Bemidji State University, 34
Others receiving votes: Boston University, 14; Clarkson University, 5; Dartmouth College, 3.

USCHO.com Division I Poll
1 Wisconsin (15)
2 Minnesota
3 Cornell
4 Boston College
5 Mercyhurst
6 North Dakota
7 Northeastern
8 Bemidji State
9 Minnesota-Duluth
10 Harvard
Others receiving votes: Boston University 14, Clarkson 4, Ohio State 1.

The Games This Week

In the first of a two game CHA series between Robert Morris and Syracuse on Friday Thea Imbrogno and Kelsey Thomas scored for the Colonials; and Nicole Ferrara did the same for the Orange as Robert Morris edged Syracuse 2-1. Holly Carrie-Mattimoe added the Syracuse goal; while Rebecca Vint did the same for Robert Morris as the teams skated to a 1-1 overtime tie on Saturday.

In Independent action on Friday and Saturday Sacred Heart began their end of a home and home series with Wesleyan with a 4-2 win in Fairfield as Jamie Mey scored twice; and Caitlin Gottwald and Catie Ladner added singles for Pionneers; while Jordan Schildhaus and Kelsey Muller scored for Wesleyan. On Saturday in Middletown Sacred Heart completed the sweep with a 3-2 win as Gottwald, Meaghan Souza, and Nicole Palazzo potted the Sacred Heart goals; while Glenn Hartman-Mattson and Muller scored for Wesleyan in the Pionneers’ 3-2 win.

Boston College got goals from Caitlin Walsh, Alex Carpenter, Ashley Motherwell, and Danielle Welch; while Kelley Steadman and Pamela Zgoda found the twine for Mercyhurst as the Eagles doubled the Lakers 4-2 on Friday. Christine Bestland, Kelley Steadman, and Jill Szandzik added the Laker goals; while Carpenter and Emily Pfalzer added the Eagles’ markers as Mercyhurst gained a split with Boston College with a 3-2 victory on Saturday.

Brianne Kilgour and Dawn Sullivan scored with Sullivan’s goal the game winner 2:43 into overtime as Maine edged Union 2-1 on Friday. Stefanie Thomson scored the Dutchwomen’s marker. On Saturday Jennifer More and Brittany Huneke scored for Maine; while Lauren Cromartie and Jeannie Sabourin scored the Union markers as the teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie on Saturday.

Melissa Perry scored the lone goal of the game as Quinnipiac began the first game of their home and home series with Princeton in Princeton with a 1-0 win Friday. The Bobcats completed the sweep with a 3-0 shutout on Saturday as Brittany Lyons, Regan Boulton, and Breann Frykas scored the goals.

Samantha Reber scored twice, and Jillian Dempsey, Kaitlin Spurling, and Lyndsey Fry added singles for Harvard; and Nicole Gifford and Maggie Hunt added singles for New Hampshire in the Crimson’s 5-2 win over the Wildcats on Friday.

On Friday Brittany Ammerman, Stefanie McKeough, and Hilary Knight scored for Wisconsin; while Emily Erickson added the lone goal for Bemidji State as the Badgers skated to a 3-1 win over the Beavers. Knight led the way with three goals; while Brooke Ammerman, Stefanie McKeough, and Brianna Decker scored once each for the Badgers; and Kristi King added the Beavers’ goal as Wisconsin completed the sweep with a 6-1 win on Saturday.

Lauren Smith scored twice, and Nicole Germaine, Ariel Mackley, Kari Lundberg, and Kelsie Scott added singles for Minnesota State routed St. Cloud State 6-0 on Friday. Alex Nelson and Sydney Burghardt scored for the Huskies; and Lauren Barnes scored for Minnesota State in the Huskies’ 2-1 win and series split on Saturday.

Clarkson got goals from Juana Baribeau, Carly Mercer, and Danielle Skirrow; while Jessica Hitchcock added the Niagara goal as the Golden Knights opened up the series with a 3-1 win on Saturday. On Sunday Danielle Skirrow scored the lone goal in Clarkson’s 1-0 win and series sweep.

North Dakota got goals from Alyssa Wiebe and Sara Dagenais to shutout Minnesota-Duluth 2-0 on Saturday. On Sunday Audrey Cournoyer, Pernilla Winberg, Jamie Kenyon, Jenna McParland, and Vanessa Thibault scored for the Bulldogs; while Josefine Jakobsen potted the lone Fighting Sioux goal in UMD’s 5-1 victory.

Emily West, Rachael Bona, Rachel Ramsey, and Amanda Kessel scored for Minnesota; while Danielle Gagne added the Ohio State goal as the Gophers skated into Columbus and came away with a 4-1 win on Saturday. Kessel, Jen Schoullis, and Megan Bozek all found the back of the net for the Gophers; while Laura McIntosh added the Buckeyes’ lone goal in the Gophers’ 5-1 win on Sunday.

Dartmouth got two goals each from Kelly Foley and Erica Dobos; while Sasha Nanji, Reagan Fischer, Jenna Hobeika, and Brittany Mills; while Jenna Lascelle with three; while Kristina Lavoie and Kristine Horn got singles for New Hampshire as the Big Green skated to an 8-5 win over the Wildcats on Sunday.

The Leaders

Robert Morris is the best team in the CHL standings a 11-2-2; while Mercyhurst forward Bailey Bram has 20 goals while assisting on 26 more in 17 games; while between the pipes DiCiocco is 9-2-2 with a 1.59 GAA, and 0.935 SAV% to lead all netminders.

Cornell is the top team in the ECAC overall standings with their 10-2-0 record; while Big Red freshman forward Jillian Saulnier is the top point getter with 14 goals and 11 assists in 12 games played; and based on GAA Clarkson’s Erica Howe is the best netminder with her 12-4-4 record, 1.55 GAA, and 0.935 SAV%.

Northeastern is the top team in Hockey East with their 13-4-1 record. Among skaters Coyne takes over the scoring lead with 14 goals and 12 assists in 16 games; and Schelling is 12-4-1 with a goals against average of 1.64 and 0.941 SAV%.

Wisconsin sports a 19-1-0 record to lead the WCHA standings; and Badger forward Brianna Decker has 48 points from 21 goals and 27 assists to lead all point getters. In the nets Wisconsin’s Alex Rigsby is 19-1-0 with a goals against average of 1.34 and 0.949 SAV%.

Among independents Sacred Heart is 3-9-0; while Lindenwood forward Allison Wickenheiser has six goals and 11 assists in 18 games; and Sacred Heart’s Alexis Schutt is 3-7-0 with a 5.39 GAA and 0.891 SAV%.

The Games To Come

It will be a light schedule this coming week as Lindenwood makes their way to Mercyhurst for two games Wednesday and Thursday; and Minnesota State hosts Minnesota-Duluth in WCHA action.

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