Women’s Weekly, December 9th, 2010

Bendus, DiCiocco, and Bestland are CHA’s Best

College Hockey America has announced that Mercyhurst forwards Vicki Bendus and Christine Bestland and Robert Morris goalie Kristen DiCiocco are the CHA player, rookie, and defensive players of the week for the week ending December 5th.

Bestland scored twice and assisted on one more, and Bendus added one goal and one assist as Mercyhurst skated to a 6-1 win over Niagara on Friday; while Bendus found the back of the net once and assisted on three more, and Bestland added another goal and assist in Mercyhurst’s 7-2 series sweep on Saturday.

DiCiocco made 19 saves in Robert Morris’ 2-1 win over Minnesota State on Friday 29 more as the teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie on Saturday. She was the third star of Friday’s game.

Menard and Brian are CHA Players of the Month

Syracuse forward Isabel Menard and Wayne State goalie Delayne Brian are the CHA Players of the Month for November.

Menard found the twine nine times and assisted on 14 more this year and was the CHA Player of the Week for the second time on November 29th. Syracuse went 1-1-1 that week. During that period she scored twice and assisted on two more over three games. In Syracuse’s 4-3 win over Colgate she scored one power play goal and lent a helping hand on one more, was the lone goal scorer in the game against RPI, and assisted on the game tying goal in the second game against the Engineers. Menard had two goals and three helpers in two games against Clarkson. She has a 0.64 power play points per game streak to put her first in the Leauge in that category; while her1.0 assists per game rank second in the CHA and are tied for seventh nationally.

Brian won three games with two of them shootouts in November. She posted a .928 SAV% to goa long with her 2.50 GAA. She is the first Wayne State goalie since 2005 to post back to back shutouts when Wayne State beat Minnesota State. She made 67 saves in the series and was the League Goalie of the Week twice in November.

Babstock and Vigilanti Are ECAC’s Best

Quinnipiac teammates forward Kelli Babstock and Victoria Vigilanti are the ECAC player, rookie, and goalie of the week.

In receiving both awards Babstock added a goal and assist; while Vigilanti made 17 saves as the Bobcats shutout Brown 4-0 on Friday. They were the first and second stars of the game respectively. Babstock was once again the game’s first star as she scored once; and Vigilanit was the second star as she stopped 22 of the 23 shots that Yale sent her way in Quinnipiac’s 3-1 win on Saturday.

Hockey East Honors Wente, Buie, and Lacasse

Vermont forward Erin Wente and Providence teammates forward Corinne Buie and goalie Genevieve Lacasse are Hockey East’s player, rookie, and goalie of the week.

Wente scored twice as Vermont lost 3-2 to Maine on Friday and added two more as the Catamounts edged the Black Bears 4-3 on Saturday. She was the second star of Friday’s game and the first star on Saturday.

Buie added three assists including one on Jennifer Friedman’s game winner 3:30 into the third and Lacasse added 17 saves as Providence doubled New Hampshire 4-2 on Friday. Buie was the game’s third star. On Saturday Buie scored once and assisted on one more, and Lacasse added 27 more saves in the Friars’ 5-1 victory over Connecticut. Buie was the second star of the game.

WCHA Honors Irwin, Nixon, and Terry

UMD forward Haley Irwin, St. Cloud State goalie Ashley Nixon, and University of Minnesota forward Kelly Terry are the WCHA offensive, defensive, and rookie players of the week.

Irwin began the week with two helpers and Nixon made 39 saves as UMD and St. Cloud State skated to a 2-2 overtime tie on Friday. Nixon was the game’s third star. On Saturday Irwin led the way with the hat trick and two helpers plus the first star of the game award; and Nixon stopped 47 of the 52 shots that were sent her way as the Bulldogs took four of six points from the series with a 5-0 shutout. Irwin finished a +4 for the weekend; while Nixon posted a .925 SAV%.

Terry added a goal, lent a helping hand on three more, was the game’s first star, and finished the weekend a +2 as the Gophers gave Bemidji State a 6-2 beating on Saturday for a career-high four point game.

Hockey Canada Announces U22 Roster

On Friday Hockey Canada announced the roster for the Canadian U22 team that will compete at the MLP Cup that will take place from January 4th to the 8th in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland.

Seventeen of the 22 players played for the U22 team that swept the United States in a three game series in August. Eleven of them played for the gold medal winning team at the 2010 MLP Cup in Ravensburg, Germany.

Two players played for the U18 team that won gold at the World U18 Championships in Chicago, IL in 2010 (Campbell and Saulnier) and four members of the National Women’s Team that won gold for Canada at the 2010 4 Nations Cup in St. John’s, N.L., last month (Bendus, Birchard, Spooner and Watchorn).

Roster Breakdown

Ontario (13): Bendus, Birchard, Deluce, Fortino, Lacasse, Mazzotta, McIntosh, McKeough, Menard, Prevost, Spooner, Watchorn, White
Manitoba (three): Bram, Karpenko, Kohanchuk
Nova Scotia (three): Haverstock, Saulnier, Wong
Quebec (one): Rougeau
Saskatchewan (one): Campbell

Players who were on the gold medal-winning 2010 Olympic Winter Games roster (Rebecca Johnston and Marie-Philip Poulin), or who were centralized with the National Women’s Team during the 2009-10 season (Brianne Jenner and Jennifer Wakefield), were not eligible for 2011 MLP Cup roster selection. Hockey Canada scouts will continue to evaluate these four players with their respective club teams leading up to the 2011 IIHF World Women’s Championship next April in Zurich and Winterthur, SWI.

Goaltender
Genevieve Lacasse L 5’8″ 147 05/05/89 Scarborough, ON Providence College (HE)
Amanda Mazzotta L 5’5″ 155 03/20/90 London, ON Cornell University (ECAC)

Defense
Courtney Birchard L 5’9″ 151 07/14/89 Mississauga, ON University of New Hampshire (HE)
Laura Fortino L ’4″ 144 01/30/91 Hamilton, ON Cornell University (ECAC)
Brittany Haverstock L 5’6.5″ 138 05/03/90 Hammonds Plains, NS University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Stefanie McKeough L 5’7″ 146 01/27/91 Carlsbad, Ont. University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Lauriane Rougeau L/ 5’8″ 166 04/12/90 Beaconsfield, QC Cornell University (ECAC)
Tara Watchorn L 5’9.5″ 176 05/30/90 Newcastle, ON Boston University (HE)
Jessica Wong L 5’6″ 142 03/29/91 Baddeck, NS University of Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)

Forward
Vicki Bendus R 5’2″ 110 04/17/89 Wasaga Beach, ON Mercyhurst College (CHA)
Bailey Bram L 5’7″ 163 09/05/90 Ste. Anne, MB Mercyhurst College (CHA)
Jessica Campbell L/ 5’4.5″ 137 06/24/92 Melville, SK Cornell University (ECAC)
Mallory Deluce L 5’6.5″ 138 04/13/89 London, ON University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Chelsea Karpenko R 5’5″ 158 04/27/90 Winnipeg, MB Cornell University (ECAC)
Jenelle Kohanchuk L 5’7″ 143 10/03/90 Winnipeg, MB Boston University (HE)
Laura McIntosh L 5’5″ 152 01/21/90 Waterloo, ON Ohio State University (WCHA)
Isabel Menard L 5’6″ 159 05/21/91 Ottawa, ON Syracuse University (CHA)
Carolyne Prevost L 5’4″ 143 01/06/90 Sarnia, ON University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Jillian Saulnier L 5’5″ 144 03/07/92 Halifax, NS Toronto (PWHL)
Natalie Spooner R 5’9″ 186 10/17/90 Scarborough, ON Ohio State University (WCHA)
Catherine White L 5’10″ 159 02/05/90 Brampton, ON Cornell University (ECAC)

Schedule/Results

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
10:00 CAN – SUI B Preliminary / Préliminaire Bodensee-Arena Kreuzlingen, SUI
14:00 SWE – FIN A Preliminary / Préliminaire Bodensee-Arena Kreuzlingen, SUI
Wednesday, January 5, 201
10:00 RUS – FIN A Preliminary / Préliminaire Bodensee-Arena Kreuzlingen, SUI
14:00 SUI – GER B Preliminary / Préliminaire Bodensee-Arena Kreuzlingen, SUI
Thursday, January 6, 201
10:00 SWE – RUS A Preliminary / Préliminaire Bodensee-Arena Kreuzlingen, SUI
14:00 GER – CAN B Preliminary / Préliminaire Bodensee-Arena Kreuzlingen, SUI
Friday, January 7, 201
10:00 TBD – TBD — Semifinal / Demi-finale Bodensee-Arena Kreuzlingen, SUI
14:00 TBD – TBD — Semifinal / Demi-finale Bodensee-Arena Kreuzlingen, SUI
Saturday, January 8, 2011
04:00 3A – 3B — 5th Place / 5e place Bodensee-Arena Kreuzlingen, SUI
10:00 L7 – L8 / P7 – P8 — Bronze Bodensee-Arena Kreuzlingen, SUI
14:00 W7 – W8 / G7 – G8 — Gold/Or Bodensee-Arena Kreuzlingen, SUI

Group A
Finland, Russia, Sweden
Group B
Canada, Germany, Switzerland

USA Announces U18 Roster

USA Hockey has announced the U18 roster that will compete at the 2011 World U18 Championships that will take place from January 1st-8th in Stockholm, SWE.

Five of the players played for the team at the 2010 championship with forward Amanda Pelkey making the team for the third time along with two timers defensemen Emily Pfalzer and Michelle Picard as well as forwards Alex Carpenter and Haley Skarupa.

Eighteen of the players played in the three games against Canada in August in Lake Placid, NY where the Americans swept the Canadians for the first time ever in the four year history of the event. The players that competed were goaltenders Megan Miller and Shenae Lundberg; defensemen Amanda Boulier, Courtney Burke, Milica McMillen, Pfalzer, Picard and Lee Stecklein; and forwards Hannah Brandt, Carpenter, Shiann Darkangelo, Emily Field, Layla Marvin, Abby Ness, Pelkey, Paige Savage, Skarupa and Karley Sylvester. This will be the first U18 team for forwards Sydney Daniels and Dana Trivigno.

The team will hold a training camp in Blaine, MN on dEcember 26th and will depart for Sweden on December 27th. Their first game is on New Year’s Day when they face the Czechs.

The Americans won gold in 2008 and 2009 and took silver in 2010.

Team USA Schedule
Jan. 1-8 • Stockholm, SWE
Sat., Jan. 1 Czech Republic Husby Ishall 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 2 Japan Husby Ishall 10 a.m.
Tues., Jan. 4 Sweden Husby Ishall 1:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 5 Quarterfinals Stora Mossen TBD
Fri., Jan. 7 Semifinals Stora Mossen TBD
Sat.. Jan. 8 Bronze-Medal Game Stora Mossen 9:30 a.m., Gold-Medal Game Stora Mossen 1 p.m.

Roster

Goalies
Shenae Lundberg 5-7 144 3/14/93 L Peterborough, NH Deerfield Academy/East Coast Wizards U19
Megan Miller 5-7 135 5/2/94 L Long Grove, IL North American Hockey Academy U16

Defensemen
Amanda Boulier 5-1 130 3/30/93 R Watertown, CT Westminster School (CT)/Connecticut Polar Bears U16
Courtney Burke 5-8 165 9/2/94 L Albany, NY Shattuck St. Mary’s U16
Milica McMillen 5-10 165 7/13/93 L St. Paul, MN Breck School
Emily Pfalzer 5-2 125 6/14/93 R Getzville, NY Mississauga Jr. Chiefs
Michelle Picard 5-6 140 5/27/93 L Taunton, MA Noble and Greenough School/Massachusetts Spitfires U19
Lee Stecklein 5-11 155 4/23/94 L Roseville, MN Roseville High School

Forwards
Hannah Brandt 5-6 145 11/27/93 R Vadnais Heights, MN Hill-Murray School
Alex Carpenter 5-6 148 4/13/94 L North Reading, MA Governor’s Academy
Sydney Daniels 5-8 140 4/19/95 L Southwick, MA Westminster School/Assabet Valley
Shiann Darkangelo 5-11 145 11/28/93 L Brighton, MI Little Caesars U19
Emily Field 5-6 140 4/6/93 L Littleton, MA Lawrence Academy/Assabet Valley U19
Layla Marvin 5-5 135 3/8/93 R Warroad, MN Warroad High School
Abby Ness 5-6 115 4/8/93 R Roseau, MN Roseau High School
Amanda Pelkey 5-3 130 5/29/93 R Montpelier, VT North American Hockey Academy U19
Paige Savage 5-8 150 7/25/94 L Carrollton, TX North American Hockey Academy U19
Haley Skarupa 5-5 135 1/3/94 R Rockville, MD Washington Pride U19
Karley Sylvester 5-10 120 1/30/93 L Warroad, MN Warroad High School
Dana Trivigno 5-4 135 1/7/94 R Setauket, NY Shattuck-St. Mary’s 19U

Head Coach: Jodi McKenna, Middletown, Conn.
Assistant Coaches: Brian Durocher, Brookline, MA Jennifer Kranz, St. Cloud, MN

Cornell Remains Number One In Polls

For the second straight week Cornell is the top team in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls. They received 10 of the 19 first place votes in the first poll and eight of 15 in the second.

Wisconsin and Mercyhurst remained second and third respectively in both polls with Wisconsin getting seven first place votes in the first poll and the remaining seven in the second; while Mercyhurst received the final two first place votes in the first poll.

In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll Boston University moved from fourth to fifth; while Boston College moved up one notch to fifth. Minnesota-Duluth remained at fourth in the USCHO.com poll; while Boston University stayed at fifth.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll – #11

1 Cornell University, 179 (10)
2 University of Wisconsin, 170 (7)
3 Mercyhurst College, 161 (2)
4 Boston University, 120
5 Boston College, 114
6 University of Minnesota Duluth, 109
7 University of Minnesota, 63
8 Providence College, 51
9 University of North Dakota, 31
10 Northeastern University, 26

Others receiving votes: The Ohio State University, 18; Quinnipiac University, 2; Bemidji State University, 1.

USCHO.com DI Poll: December 6, 2010

1 Cornell (8)
2 Wisconsin (7)
3 Mercyhurst
4 Minnesota-Duluth
5 Boston University
6 Boston College
7 Minnesota
8 Providence
9 North Dakota
10 Ohio State

Others Receiving Votes: Northeastern 13, Bemidji State 6, Quinnipiac 4

The Games This Week

On Tuesday Hayley Hughes, Laura Fortino, Brianne Jenner, and Chelsea Karpenko scored for Cornell; while Kelly Dimmen added the Syracuse goal in the Big Red’s 4-1 win.

In the lone Hockey East game on Wednesday Florence Schelling made 22 saves as Northeastern shutout New Hampshire 4-0.

In the series between Mercyhurst and Niagara Christine Bestland led the way for the Lakers with two goals and one assist in Mercyhurst’s 6-1 win on Friday. Kelley Steadman scored twice; and Jesse Scanzano and Meghan Agosta scored once and added two assists each as Mercyhurst completed the sweep of their College Hockey America foes with a 7-2 victory. In the other CHA series Isabel Menard found the back of the net once while assisting on one more to lead Syracuse to a 3-0 shutout of Wayne State on Friday; while she and Jessica Sorensen added a goal and assist each as Syracuse completed the sweep with a 5-3 win on Saturday.

Brianna Delaney scored the game winner 2:34 into the third as Robert Morris edged Minnesota State 2-1 on Friday; while the teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie on Saturday thanks to two goals from Delaney for the Colonials and Melissa Klippenstein and Lauren Zrust for the Mavericks.

In the Hockey East two game series this weekend Dawn Sullivan scored the game winner with nine seconds left in regulation as Maine edged Vermont 3-2 on Friday; while Erin Wente scored the game winner 1:57 into overtime in Vermont’s 4-3 win on Saturday.

In the WCHA series on Friday and Saturday Erin Cody scored both of Bemidji State’s goals as they blanked Minnesota 2-0; while on Saturday Kelly Terry led the way with a goal and three helpers, Amanda Kessel had a goal and two assists, and Sarah Davis found the twine once and assisted on one more as Minnesota rebounded with a 6-2 win.

Jessica Wong scored both of Minnesota-Duluth’s goals; while Julia Gilbert and Molly Mott added St. Cloud’s markers as the Bulldogs and the Huskies skated to a 2-2 overtime tie. Haley Irwin led the way with three goals and two helpers as Minnesota shutout the Huskies 5-0 on Saturday.

On Saturday Brianna Decker’s goal with 1:02 left in the second period was the deciding goal as Wisconsin edged North Dakota 4-3; while the series sweep for Wisconsin on Sunday saw Brittany Ammerman leading the way with one goal and one assist and the first star of the game award in the 6-2 Badgers’ win.

In the home and home ECAC series on Friday and Saturday Toni Sanders and Kristen Jakubowski scored once and assisted on one other each as Rensselaer skated to a 4-1 win over Union in Schenectady, while Sydney O’Keefe, Nona Letuligasenoa, and Toni Sanders scored for Rensselaer as the teams skated to a 3-3 overtime tie in Troy on Saturday.

In the non-series games in the ECAC on Friday night Laura Fortino scored the game winner 9:25 into the first period as Cornell skated to a 3-1 win over St. Lawrence; Kelly Babstock and Bethany Dymarcyzk added a goal and assist each as Quinnipiac shutout Brown 4-0; Alyssa Zupon scored the game winner at the 12:48 mark of the first as Yale nipped Princeton 2-1; Brittany Phillips and Jenna Klynstra found the twine once and assisted on three more each as Colgate dominated Clarkson with a 5-2 win; and On Saturday Danielle DiCesare’s goal 4:01 into the first proved to be the game winner as Princeton blanked Brown 4-0; Amanda Mazzotta made 22 saves as Cornell blanked Clarkson 3-0; and Kelly Sabatine and Michelle Ng lit the lamp post once and lent a helping hand on one more each as St. Lawrence skated to a 5-3 win over Colgate; and Babstock, Erica Uden Johansson, and Jordan Elkins scored for Quinnipiac in their 3-1 win over Yale. Aleca Hughes scored for the Bulldogs.

In Hockey East non-series action Jenn Wakefield found the back of the net twice while lending a helping hand on one more as Boston University blanked Connecticut 4-0 on Saturday; while Kate Bacon added a goal and assist for Providence, while Julie Allen added both of New Hampshire’s goals in the Friars’ 4-2 win.

On Sunday Genevieve Lacasse made 28 saves as Providence skated to a 5-1 win over Connecticut; while Kelli Stack’s three goals and one helper led Boston College to a 6-2 win over Harvard.

The Leaders

Mercyhurst College is 5-0-0 in the College Hockey America standings to put them in first place in the conference and 12-2-0 to finish first overall.

Mercyhurst forward Meghan Agosta is the top point getter with 15 goals and 16 assists over 13 games; while Lakers’ goalie Hilary Pattenden is 11-2-0 with a 2.05 GAA and .904 SAV% to lead all goalies overall.

Cornell’s 8-0-0 record puts them on top of the ECAC conference standings; while their 13-1-0 record places them first overall.

Babstock has found the back of the net on 17 occasions while lending a helping hand on 19 more in the 20 games that she has skated in with Cornell’s Mazotta (13-1-0, 0.91 GAA, .953 SAV%) leads all goalies.

Boston College has a 6-1-2 record to top the Hockey East conference standings; while their cross town rivals Boston University are 13-2-3 to lead overall.
Boston College forward Kelli Stack is the scoring leader with 32 points (21G, 11A) in 17 games. BU’s Kerrin Sperry has backstopped the Terriers to a 10-0-2 record, has a goals against average of 1.32 and .941 SAV%.

A 10-2-0-0 record puts Wisconsin on top of the WCHA conference standings; while they have won 14 games while losing two and tying none to lead overall.
Among skaters Minnesota-Duluth’s Haley Irwin is tops with 17 goals and 15 assists in 14 contests; while her teammate Kim Martin leads all goalies with her 8-3-0 record, 1.12 GAA, and .954 SAV%.

The Games To Come

The final week of play before the Christmas break began on Tuesday with one Hockey East game as Marie-Philip Poulin, Wakefield, and Holly Lorms scored for Boston University as they shutout their cross town rivals Northeastern 3-0.

On Wednesday Union hosts Connecticut for a non-conference game.

New Hampshire is at home to Harvard on Thursday.

In the non-conference two game sets on Friday and Saturday Princeton is at home to Syracuse; while Mercyhurst makes their way to Canton to face St. Lawrence, and Maine hosts Union.

The CHA series will feature Robert Morris at Niagara.

Harvard hosts Boston University on Friday in the non-series contest on Friday.

On Saturday New Hampshire welcomes Dartmouth.

In WCHA action St. Cloud State is at home to Wisconsin; Minnesota welcomes Ohio State; Bemidji State travels to Mankato to face Minnesota State; and North Dakota is in Duluth to take on the UMD Bulldogs.

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