Women’s Weekly: Feb 3

Mercyhurst Sweeps CHA Awards

Mercyhurst teammates forwards Jess Jones and Christine Bestland and goalie Hilary Pattenden are College Hockey America’s player, rookie, and goalie of the week.

Jones added two assists; Bestland added one goal, and Pattenden made 10 saves as Mercyhurst blanked Niagara 2-0 on Saurday. Bestland added a goal and assist, Jones scored once, and Pattenden made 15 saves as the Lakers completed the sweep with the 3-0 win on Sunday. Jones and Pattenden were the second and third stars of the game respectively on Saturday.

Skirrow, Howe, and Jenner Take ECAC Honors

Clarkson forward Danielle Skirrow and goalie Erica Howe and Cornell forward Brianne Jenner are the ECAC player, goalie, and rookie of the week.

Skirrow added two goals, one assist, and was the second star of the game; while Howe made 26 saves in Clarkson’s 3-2 overtime win over Quinnipiac on Friday. Skirrow added one more helper, and Howe made 20 saves as Clarkson posted another 3-2 win this time over Princeton, on Saturday.

Jenner added four assists as Cornell romped to an 8-0 win over Union on Friday and added two goals including the game winner 6:04 into the first in the 6-0 win over Rensselaer on Saturday.

Stack, Douville, and Ward Receive Hockey East Awards

Boston College forward Kelli Stack, Vermont netminder Roxanne Douville, and Boston University forward Catherine Ward are the Hockey East player, rookie, and defensive players of the week.

Stack scored twice and was the first star of the game as Boston College skated to a 3-1 win over Providence College on Friday and added two more and was once again the game’s first star on Sunday as the Eagles edged crosstown rivals Northeastern 2-1 on Sunday.

Douville made 31 saves as Vermont was nipped 2-1 by Northeastern on Friday and made 34 more and was the second star of the game on Sunday as Vermont nipped Providence, 1-0.

Ward added a goal, one assist, and was the second star of the game as BU nipped Connecticut 2-1 on Friday and added an assist in the team’s 4-1 loss to Connecticut on Saturday.

Spooner, Fridfinnson, and Rigsby Earn WCHA Honors

Ohio State forward Natalie Spooner, UMD rearguard Laura Fridfinnson, and Wisconsin goalie Alex Rigsby are the WCHA offensive, defensive, and rookie players of the week.

Spooner scored three times, assisted on one more, and was the first star of the game as OSU skated to a 6-1 win over St. Cloud State on Friday and added a goal and assist in the 3-2 win and series sweep on Saturday. She was the third star of that game and finished the weekend a plus-2.

Fridfinnson added two goals as UMD edged Bemidji State 3-2 on Friday and followed that up with one more as the Bulldogs won 5-3 on Saturday. She finished the weekend a plus-3.

Rigsby made 23 saves as Wisconsin skated to a 2-2 overtime tie with Minnesota on Friday followed that up with 27 more in the teams 3-1 win on Saturday. She finished the weekend with a .943 SAV%.

US Preliminary Roster Set

On Friday, USA Hockey announced that the preliminary roster for the 2011 World Championships.

Thirty players have been invited to the camp which takes place from April 4th-12th at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Ann Arbor, MI—the home of the US National Development Team Program. The camp will also involve two pre-tournament games against Canada on April 7th and 8th.

Twenty-seven of the invitees are skaters with three goalies. Twenty-one players will make the trip to Zurich and Winterthur, SUI to defend their back to back world titles that the USA won in 2008 and 2009.

Preliminary Roster Highlights

16 Olympians,
15 World Champions
12 World U18 Champions
15 players from the 2009 World Women’s Championship (gold)
16 players from the 2010 Four Nations Cup (second place)
9 Canadian Women’s Hockey LeagueWestern Women’s Hockey League players
15 NCAA Division I players
5 prep/high school players

Alex Carpenter is the youngest player on the roster and is the daughter of US Hockey Hall of Famer and former NHLer Bobby Carpenter. She has played in the last two IIHF World Women’s U18 Championships and is still eligible for the World U18 Championship in 2012.

Roster

Goalies

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 College (HEA)
Jessie Vetter 5-8 169 12/19/85 L Cottage Grove, WI

Defensemen

Kacey Bellamy 5-8 143 4/22/87 L Westfield, MA Boston Blades (CWHL)
Blake Bolden 5-7 150 3/10/91 R Stow, OH Boston College (HEA)
Megan Bozek 5-9 171 3/27/91 R Buffalo Grove, IL University of Minnesota (WCHA)
Caitlin Cahow 5-4 156 5/20/85 L Vinalhaven, ME Boston Blades (CWHL)
Molly Engstrom 5-9 178 3/1/83 R Siren, WI Brampton Thunder (CWHL)
Michelle Picard 5-6 140 5/27/93 L Taunton, MA Noble and Greenough School (Mass.)/Massachusetts Spitfires 19U (NEGHL)
Josephine Pucci 5-8 157 12/27/90 R Pearl River, NY Harvard University (ECACH)
Angela Ruggiero 5-9 192 1/3/80 R Simi Valley, CA Boston Blades (CWHL)
Anne Schleper 5-10 167 1/30/90 L St. Cloud, MN University of Minnesota (WCHA)

Forwards

Hannah Brandt 5-6 145 11/27/93 R Vadnais Heights, MN Hill-Murray School (MN)
Alex Carpenter 5-6 148 4/13/94 L North Reading, MA Governor’s Academy (MA)/East Coast Wizards 19U (MA) (NEGHL)
Julie Chu 5-8 147 3/13/82 R Fairfiied CT Montreal Stars (CWHL)
Kendall Coyne 5-2 130 5/25/92 L Palos Heights, IL Berkshire School (MA)
Brianna Decker 5-4 152 5/13/91 R Dousman, WI University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Meghan Duggan 5-9 164 9/3/87 R Danvers, MA University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Amanda Kessel 5-6 130 8/28/91 R Madison, WU 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, N.D. University of North Dakota (WCHA)
Gigi Marvin 5-8 166 3/7/87 R Warroad, MN Minnesota Whitecaps (WWHL)
Amanda Pelkey 5-3 130 5/29/93 R Montpelier, VT North American Hockey Academy 19U (VT) (JWHL)
Jenny Potter 5-4 145 1/12/79 L Edina, MN Minnesota Whitecaps (WWHL)
Jen Schoullis 5-9 165 3/7/89 L Erie, PA University of Minnesota (WCHA)
Kelli Stack 5-5 130 1/13/88 R Brooklyn Heights, OH Boston College (HEA)
Kelley Steadman 5-11 160 7/17/90 R Plattsburgh, NY Mercyhurst College (CHA)
Karen Thatcher 5-8 164 2/29/84 L Blaine, WA Boston Blades (CWHL)
Taylor Wasylk 5-9 165 2/21/92 L Port Huron, MI Boston College (HEA)

Head Coach: Katey Stone, Arlington, MA
Assistant Coaches: Mark Hudak, Hanover, NH, Hilary Witt, Lowell, MA

University of Wisconsin Remains No. 1 In Polls

Wisconsin remains the top team in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls this week. They received 11 of 19 first place votes in the first poll and 11 of 15 in the second.

Cornell received the final eight votes in the first poll and the final four in the second to remain in second place; Boston University stays third in both polls; Mercyhurst remains fourth on the first poll and fifth on the second; and Minnesota fourth on the second and fifth on the first.

USA Today/USA Hockey Poll – #17

1 University of Wisconsin, 180 (11)
2 Cornell University, 179 (8)
3 Boston University, 152
4 Mercyhurst College, 129
5 University of Minnesota, 117
6 University of Minnesota Duluth, 95
7 Boston College, 77
8 University of North Dakota, 60
9 Providence College, 15
10 Harvard University, 12 NR

Others receiving votes: Bemidji State University, 10; Northeastern University, 9; Quinnipiac University, 8; The Ohio State University, 2.

USCHO.com D I Poll: January 31, 2011

1 Wisconsin (11)
2 Cornell (4)
3 Boston University
4 Minnesota
5 Mercyhurst
6 Minnesota-Duluth
7 Boston College
8 North Dakota
9 Providence
10 Harvard

Others Receiving Votes: Quinnipiac 7, Bemidji State 6, Northeastern 5, Dartmouth 2, Ohio State 1

The Games This Week

In CHA action on Friday night Jill Szandzik scored for Wayne State; while Isabelle Menard did the same for Syracuse as the teams skated to a 1-1 overtime tie. The Orange gained three of the four available points with a 3-1 win on Saturday as Stefanie Marty, Menard, and Ashley Cockell scored goals; while Micheline Frappier replied for the Warriors.

On Saturday Meghan Agosta and Christine Bestland scored for Mercyhurst as they blanked Niagara, 2-0. Vicki Bendus led the way with a goal and assist, while Bestland and Jess James added singles as Mercyhurst completed the sweep with a 3-0 victory on Sunday.

Friday was a night for shutouts in the ECAC as no less than four teams won without letting the opposition score a goal with Katie Jamieson making 50 saves in a losing cause as Harvard blanked Brown, 4-0; Kimberly Sass made 21 saves for Colgate as they shut the door on Rensselaer, 2-0; Heather Landry scored two of Princeton’s four goals as the Tigers downed St. Lawrence, 4-0; and Rebecca Johnston led the charge for Cornell with the hat trick as the Big Red romped to an 8-0 shutout of Union. In other games Brittany Mulligan’s goal 4:16 into overtime gave Clarkson a 3-2 win over Quinnipiac; and Kelly Foley and Erica Dobos found the twine for Dartmouth, while Aleca Hughes scored Yale’s marker in the Big Green’s 2-1 victory.

On Saturday Melissa Waldie scored the game winner 17:19 into the third period and added one assist as Clarkson edged Princeton, 3-2. Juana Baribeau and Carly Mercer also added a goal and assist each; while Corey Stearns scored both of Princeton’s goals. Camille Dumais added the hat trick plus one helper; while Amanda Trunzo scored twice and added two helpers, and Sally Komarek added a goal and assist in Dartmouth’s 6-0 shutout of Brown; Katharine Chute added a goal and two helpers, Jillian Dempsey and Liza Ryabkina added a goal and assist each, and Kate Buesser and Liza Ryabkina added singles for Harvard; while Aleca Hughes scored twice for and Jenna Ciotti added a tally in Yale’s 5-3 victory over the Crimson 5-3; Brianne Jenner and Hayley Hughes scored twice each, while Catherine White added a goal and assist and Karlee Overguard added a single as Cornell blanked Rensselaer, 6-0; Brittany Lyons had a goal and assist, and Kelly Babstock and Kate Wheeler added singles for Quinnipiac in their 4-2 win over St. Lawrence with Karell Émard and Mel Desrochers added the Saints’ markers; and Kristi-Lyn Pollock scored the lone goal of the game as Colgate edged Quinnipiac, 1-0.

In the home and home series between Hockey East foes Connecticut and Boston University, the Terriers got the game winner from Marie-Philip Poulin 10:30 into the third in their 2-1 win at home on Friday; while Kasey Boucher led the way with a goal and assist; while Taylor Holze, Jenelle Kohanchuk, and Lauren Cherewyk chipped in singles in the Terriers’ 4-1 win in Storrs on Saturday. Kelly Horan scored for Connecticut on Friday; while Jennifer Chaisson scored Connecticut’s goal on Saturday.

In other Hockey East games on Friday Leah Sulyma made 30 saves; while Lori Antflick and Alyssa Wohlfeiler socred the Huskies’ goals as Northeastern edged Vermont, 2-1. Chelsea Rapin scored for the Catamounts.

Stack scored twice for Boston College in their 3-1 win over Providence; while Mary Restuccia added a single. Ashley Cottrell added the Friars’ marker.
In the other Saturday Hockey East game Danielle Ward chipped in two goals and one assist; while Myriam Croussette added a single as Maine nipped New Hampshire, 3-2. Courtney Birchard and Hannah Armstrong added the Wildcats’ goals.

On Sunday Kristina Lavoie led the way for New Hampshire with a goal and assist, while Sarah Campbell, Kristine Horn, and Courtney Sheary added singles for the Wildcats; while Danielle Ward scored both of Maine’s goals in New Hampshire’s 4-2 victory; Kelli Stack scored both goals for Boston College; while Katie MacSorley added the lone Northeastern goal in the Eagles’ 2-1 win; and Teddy Fortin was the only player to find the back of the net in the game as Vermont edged Providence, 1-0.

In WCHA action this weekend Ohio State swept St. Cloud State on Friday and Saturday with a 6-1 win on Friday and a 3-2 victory on Saturday. Natalie Spooner had the hat trick; while Ally Tarr scored twice, and Shannon Reilly added a single for the Buckeyes on Friday; while Julia Gilbert added the Huskies’ lone goal. On Saturday Tarr scored the game winner with 51 seconds left in regulation; while Spooner chipped in a goal and assist; and Minttu Tuominen added a single. Gilbert and Michelle Burke added singles for St. Cloud State.

Duluth also won both of their games against Bemidji State over the weekend. On Friday Laura Fridfinnson led the way with a goal and assist; while Tara Gray scored once and assisted on one more, and Elin Holmlov added a single in the Bulldogs’ 4-3 win with Erin Cody netting all of the Beavers goals. In the Bulldogs’ 5-3 win on Saturday Pernilla Winberg led the scoring with a goal and two assists; while Holmlov, Fridfinnson, Audrey Cournoyer, and Vanessa Thibault added singles; while Bemidji’s goals came off the sticks of Erin Johnson, Kimberly Lieder, and Molly Arola.

On Friday night Wisconsin skated to a 2-2 overtime tie with Minnesota as Meghan Duggan added a goal and assist, and Mallory Deluce scored once for the Badgers; while Sarah Davis and Kelly Terry scored once and lent a helping hand on one more each to lead the Gophers’ offensive attack.

It was the Lamoureux twins night to shine on Friday night as Monique led the way with two goals and one assist; while Jocelyne chipped in a goal and two helpers, Allison Parizek scored twice, and Mary Loken scored once to lead North Dakota to a 6-1 win over Minnesota State. Lisa Edman scored the Mavericks’ lone marker. The tables were turned on Saturday night as Melissa Klippenstein and Kelsie Scott added a goal and assist each; while Edman, Moira O’Connor, and Ariel Mackley added singles as Minnesota State scored a 5-3 win. Alyssa Wiebe, Candace Molle, and Ashley Furia added the Fighting Sioux markers.

The Games To Come

Play begins on Tuesday with one ECAC game as Brown is at home to Yale.

There is one Hockey East game on Thursday when Boston University hosts New Hampshire.

Two CHA series on Friday and Saturday will see Robert Morris at home to Niagara; and Mercyhurst welcomes Wayne State.
In ECAC action on Friday Rensseslaer is at home to Brown; Colgate is in Canton to face St. Lawrence; Clarkson welcomes Cornell; Harvard entertains Princeton; Quinnipiac is at Dartmouth; and Union hosts Yale.

On Saturday Union hosts Brown; Colgate is in Potsdam to face Clarkson; St. Lawrence is at home to Cornell; Dartmouth and Princeton faceoff in Hanover; Quinnipiac travels to Cambridge to face Harvard; and Rensselaer hosts Yale.

In Hockey East action on Saturday Boston College welcomes Connecticut; New Hampshire hosts Boston University; and Vermont makes their way to Orono to face Maine. On Sunday Connecticut hosts Northeastern; and Boston College is in Providence to face the Friars.

In WCHA action on Friday and Saturday Bemidji State is at home to Wisconsin; Minnesota State hosts Minnesota-Duluth; North Dakota makes their way to Columbus to face Ohio State; and Minnesota hosts St. Cloud State.

The Leaders

Mercyhurst leads the CHA standings with their 11-0-0 record; while their 22-5-0 record puts them first overall. Agosta leads all CHA scorers with 27 goals and 38 assists in 26 games played; while her teammate Hilary Pattenden is 20-5-0 with a 2.09 GAA and a .925 SAV%.

Cornell leads the ECAC standings as they are 16-0-0 in the conference and 22-1-0 overall. Babstock leads all point getters with 22 goals and 21 helpers in 27 games. Among backstoppers Cornell’s Lauren Slebodnick is 7-0-0 with a 0.26 GAA to go along with her .985 SAV%.

Boston University leads the Hockey East conference standings with their 11-1-3 record and are 21-2-3 to overall. Poulin (22G, 21A, 22 GP) leads all Hockey East scorers; while her teammate Kerrin Sperry is 15-0-2 with a 1.34 GAA and a .941 SAV% to lead all goalies.

Wisconsin is the top team in the WCHA standings with their 18-2-2-2 record; while they are 24-2-1 to lead overall. Duggan (24G, 33A, 28 GP) leads all WCHA point getters; while Minnesota’s Noora Raty is 17-5-2 with a 1.50 GAA and a .950 SAV% to lead all netminders.

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