Women’s Weekly: February 1st, 2013

Bestland, Binnington, and Dingeldein Are CHA’s Best

Mercyhurst teammates forwards Christine Bestland and Jenna Dingeldein and RIT goalie Ali Binnington are College Hockey America’s player, rookie, and goalie of the week for the week ending January 27th, 2013.

Bestland began the week with four helpers; and Dingeldein had two goals and two assists as Mercyhurst began the week with a 10-0 rout of Lindenwood on Friday. Bestland was the game’s first star and Dingeldein the third. Bestland ended the week with one goal, one assist, and the third star of the game honors; while Dingeldein scored twice and was the game’s first star in the 5-1 win and series sweep on Saturday.

Binnington made 22 saves as RIT skated to a 2-2 tie with Robert Morris on Saturday and followed that up with 12 more and the first star of the game honors in the 2-0 win over the Colonials on Sunday.

ECAC Honors Mercer, Godin, and Howe

Clarkson teammates forward Carly Mercer and goalie Erica Howe and RPI defenseman Jenn Godin are the ECAC player, goalie, and rookie of the week.

Mercer had the hat trick; while Howe made 18 saves in Clarkson’s 3-1 win over Harvard on Friday. Mercer had another goal; and Howe made 22 saves in the 5-0 shutout of Dartmouth on Saturday.

Godin had one assist in the 2-1 win over Union on Friday and a pair of helpers in the 2-0 win and series sweep on Saturday.

Carpenter, Coyne, Juron, and O’Sullivan Are Hockey East’s Best

Boston College and Northeastern forwards Alex Carpenter and Kendall Coyne are the Hockey East co-players of the week; while Boston University forward Jordan Juron is the top rookie; and Coyne’s teammate goalie Kelsey O’Sullivan is the defensive player of the week.

Carpenter had two assists in the 4-3 win over Providence on Saturday and three goals, two assists, and the first star of the game award in the 8-0 shutout of Connecticut on Sunday.

Coyne scored twice and was the game’s first star; and O’Sullivan made 27 saves and was the second star as Northeastern skated to a 3-1 win over New Hampshire on Thursday. Coyne added the hat trick, one helper, and the first star of the game award; while O’Sullivan added 24 more saves in the 6-3 win over Vermont.

Juron found the back of the net twice; lent a helping hand on one more; and was the first star of the game as the Terriers skated to a 5-2 win over Vermont on Friday.

Lamoureux, Raty, and Brandt Are WCHA’s Best

North Dakota forward Jocelyne Lamoureux and Minnesota teammates Noora Raty and forward Hannah Brandt are the WCHA offensive, defensive, and rookie players of the week.

Lamoureux had one goal, three assists, and was the second star of the game as North Dakota skated to a 6-2 win over St. Cloud State on Friday. She chipped in another goal, two assists, and was the first star of the game in the 3-0 win and series sweep on Saturday.

Brandt scored the game winner 4:28 into the first; and Raty added 25 assists as the Gophers skated to a 2-0 win over Wisconsin on Friday. Brandt had a goal and two assists; and Raty added another 22 more saves in the 5-1 win and series sweep on Saturday.

Alberta Hockey Club To Play Under Bright Lights Of Soctiabank Saddledome This Weekend

CALGARY, Alta. – The Alberta Hockey Club will face off against the Boston Blades under the bright lights of the Scotiabank Saddledome, home of the NHL’s Calgary Flames and WHL’S Calgary Hitmen, this Friday, Feb. 1 in the first of a three-game series between the two talented CWHL teams.

Admission to the game is free for fans, although enthusiastic cheering is expected from the time the puck drops at 7 p.m. MT until after the final buzzer sounds inside the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The special weekend series will feature five players currently vying for spots on Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Ottawa, Ont., including Geneviève Lacasse of the Boston Blades, along with Jocelyne Larocque, Meaghan Mikkelson, Bobbi-Jo Slusar, and Tara Watchorn. Mikkelson won a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, BC while she, Lacasse and Larocque all won gold at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Burlington, VT

“Each and every CWHL game offers entertainment, excitement and inspiration, but this Friday’s feature game at the Scotiabank Saddledome will be an extra special event for fans and players alike,” CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress said. “We can’t wait to see our talented Alberta and Boston rosters take to the ice in the same arena as other high level teams such as the Flames and Hitmen.”

Friday’s game hosted by the CWHL’s Alberta Hockey Club echoes a feature game hosted Nov. 17 by the Toronto Furies, with both historic events coming on the heels of a monumental women’s hockey advancement. The CWHL and NHL made a joint announcement in mid-November stating that Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment will be supporting the Toronto Furies and the Calgary Flames will be backing up The Alberta Hockey Club in five-year deals that will help the best females on the ice keep playing the sport they love, and open up more doors for other National Hockey League franchises to partner up with Canadian Women’s Hockey League teams.

The second game of this weekend’s exciting series takes place Saturday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. MT, while the third and final game is Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1:45 p.m. MT, with the puck dropping on both of those match-ups at the Hockey Alberta Club’s home arena, WinSport Athletic & Ice Complex at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

The doors open for Saturday’s game at the Scotiabank Saddledome at 6 p.m. MT. The Calgary Flames and the Scotiabank Saddledome will bring all elements from their NHL night entertainment package to attendees. Minor hockey teams are welcome to wear their jerseys for a chance to win a practice with Alberta players at the Scotiabank Saddledome, in addition to a tour of the Flames dressing room. The Calgary Flames will also be offering a discounted $5 food and beverage package for a regular pop, hot dog and popcorn. Parking is free in Lot A and in the parkade on the Northeast side of the Scotiabank Saddledome. You can reserve your free tickets through Calgary Flames Customer Service at 403-777-4646. Patrons are requested to enter through the Northeast Avison Young Club entrance. Please visit http://flames.nhl.com for more information.

Courtesy CWHL

Excitement Building In City Of Markham And Surrounding Area For 2013 Clarkson Cup

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – The Clarkson Cup buzz is building in the City of Markham and across the entire Greater Toronto Area.

The 2013 Clarkson Cup, awarded annually to the team that wins the Canadian Women’s Hockey League Championship, is coming March 20-23 to the Centennial Community Centre in Markham, in partnership with presenting sponsor Scotiabank.
The 2013 edition marks the fifth annual Clarkson Cup, named after former Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson and highly regarded as the Stanley Cup of women’s hockey. The Clarkson Cup is quickly becoming the ultimate trophy to strive for in this fast-growing female sport.

“Today’s official announcement, flag raising and fun skate featuring players from our league is the perfect way to kick-off the second half of the hockey season, and the countdown to the Clarkson Cup,” CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress says. “The City of Markham has welcomed us warmly, and we look forward to fans filling the stands at Centennial Arena to take in the top female players fight for the right to be called CWHL champions.”

On behalf of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, Andress also thanks Tim Hortons for supplying the delicious hot chocolate to help today’s guests warm-up after skating at the Markham Civic Centre’s outdoor ice rink.

“We’re extremely excited to be in the City of Markham today, and can’t wait to come back for the 2013 Clarkson Cup,” says Toronto Furies defenceman Tessa Bonhomme, who won gold with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, BC in addition to two world championships. “Hockey fans will be entertained, impressed and inspired by the talent and skill they’ll see on the ice.”

Sisters Kelly and Kristy Zamora, also of the Toronto Furies, along with Markham hometown hockey hero Gillian Apps and fellow Brampton Hockey Club star Liz Knox, are also in attendance for today’s Clarkson Cup announcement and outdoor skate.

This season the Montreal Stars are looking for their third straight Clarkson Cup win, with the Alberta Hockey Club, Boston Blades, Brampton Thunder and Toronto Furies also battling this season for 2013 Canadian Women’s Hockey League bragging rights.

“It’s a privilege to host the prestigious Clarkson Cup event in the City of Markham,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Enjoying this national sporting competition will be exciting for residents and athletes, especially hockey players, boys and girls alike.

“Markham is well known for our outstanding sports programs and facilities, and for developing many Olympic and professional athletes,” Scarpitti says. “We thank the Canadian Women’s Hockey League for accepting our invitation and we welcome athletes, organizers and spectators from near and far. The tournament will be a boon for local residents and businesses. We’re committed to making it the best-ever Clarkson Cup. “

“Scotiabank is proud to support the Clarkson Cup Championship. As a long-time supporter of women’s hockey in Canada, we recognize that hockey also plays an important role in community life in this country,” says Eiji Doi, Scotiabank District Vice President for the Greater Toronto Area, East District. “Whether on the ice or on the bleachers, players and their families grow with and through the sport. Hockey is at the heart of our culture at Scotiabank, and we are thrilled to be partners with the CWHL and supporting something that signals to young girls that big dreams can come true with hard work, team effort and dedication.”

Courtesy CWHL

Pre-Competition Schedule Announced For 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship

Hockey Canada, in partnership with the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship host committee, announced Tuesday the pre-competition schedule for the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship, taking place April 2-9 at SBP Arena in Ottawa and the Nepean Sportsplex.

Pre-tournament action will take place across the Ottawa area March 29-31, with seven different locations hosting international teams for camps, while Arnprior, Pembroke and Smiths Falls will all host pre-tournament games prior to the world championship.

Friday, March 29, 2013
7:00 CZE – FIN Smith Falls Community Memorial Centre Smith Falls, ON

Saturday, March 30, 2013
6:00 ET SUI – RUS Nick Smith Centre Arnprior, ON
7:00 ET CAN – SWE Pembroke Memorial Centre Pembroke, ON

Sunday, March 31, 2013
2:00 ET Exh GER – Carleton University Carleton Ice House Ottawa, ON

“These pre-competition games will be a great way for fans to warm up for the world championship,” 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship general manager Valerie Hughes said. “We look forward to seeing the communities of Arnprior, Pembroke and Smiths Falls come out to their local rinks to take in some of the top women’s hockey in the world.”

“Ontario has always welcomed women’s hockey with enthusiasm, from our biggest cities to our smallest towns, and we know these pre-competition games prior to the world championship will be no exception,” 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship vice-chair and Ontario Women’s Hockey Association president Fran Rider said. “We can’t wait for the puck to drop in all of these Ottawa-area communities, and of course in the nation’s capital for the world championship itself.”
There are several options for purchasing tickets to the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship, including two new ticket packages. The Gold Medal Playoff Package starts at just $114, plus applicable fees, and features six games total, including two quarter-finals April 6, both semifinals April 8 and the bronze and gold medal games April 9. All three doubleheaders take place at SBP Arena, home of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators.

A trio of 2-packs start at just $69, plus applicable fees, and feature four games total. All three options include the Canada-United States and Switzerland-Finland games April 2, along with the choice of either the Canada-Switzerland and Finland-U.S. preliminary games April 3, both quarterfinals April 6 or both semifinals April 8. Please CLICK HERE for more information on these ticket packages.

In addition, the Team Canada Package, featuring all Canada’s National Women’s Team and all medal round games, starts at just $184; the Gold Medal 3-Pack, featuring six games over three days including two quarter-finals and both medal games, starts at just $99, and the Canada-U.S. 3-Pack, featuring six games over three days including the preliminary game between Canada and the United States on April 2, two quarter-finals and both semifinals, starts at just $89. Group rates are also available, and all ticket packages are subject to handling fees. Tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE or by calling 613-599-FANS (3267).

The last time SBP Arena hosted Canada’s National Women’s Team was Jan. 1, 2010, when 16,347 fans filled the stands, breaking a women’s hockey game attendance record, and watched Canada edge the United States 3-2 in a shootout. The 2013 world championship will mark the sixth time Canada has hosted the tournament, joining 1990 in Ottawa, 1997 in Kitchener, ON, 2000 in Mississauga, ON, 2004 in Halifax, NS, and 2007 in Winnipeg, MB

Courtesy Hockey Canada

Minnesota Tops Both Polls

The University of Minnesota was the unanimous choice for the top spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls this week. The Gophers received all 19 first place votes in the first poll and all 15 in the latter.

Boston College moved up one place to second in both polls; while Harvard dropped from second to fourth in the first poll and second to third in the second one. Boston University moved up two spots to third in the first poll and one spot to fourth in the second. Cornell dropped one spot to fifth in both polls.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll
1. Minnesota (19)
2. Boston College
3. Boston University
4. Harvard
5. Cornell
6. Clarkson
7. Mercyhurst
8. Wisconsin
9. North Dakota
10. Minnesota-Duluth

USCHO.com Poll
1 Minnesota (15) 26- 0-0 150 1
2 Boston College
3 Harvard
4 Boston University
5 Cornell
6 Clarkson
7 Mercyhurst
8 Wisconsin
9 North Dakota
10 Minnesota-Duluth

Others receiving votes: Northeastern 5.

The Games This Week

Action began with one Hockey East game on Thursday as Kendall Coyne had a pair; and Brittany Esposito had a single for Northeastern; and Brittany Redlick scored for New Hampshire as the Huskies skated to a 3-1 win over the Wildcats.

Jenna Dingeldein and Emily Janiga had a pair of goals each; and Stephanie DeSutter, Caroline Luczak, Jaclyn Arbour, Vaila Higson, and Kristine Grenier added singles as Mercyhurst routed Lindenwood 10-0 on Friday. Dingeldein had two more, and Christie Cicero, Lauren Jones, and Christine Bestland had one each as the Lakers completed the sweep with a 5-1 win on Saturday. Erica Wynn scored the lone Lindenwood goal.

Nicole Renault scored the lone goal of the game as Syracuse edged Penn State 1-0 on Friday; and they got goals from Julie Knerr, Kaillie Goodnough, Nicole Ferrara, and Jacquie Greco in the 4-1 win and series sweep on Saturday. Jill Holdcroft got the lone Penn State marker.

In the series between Robert Morris and RIT on Saturday and Sunday the teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie on Saturday as Kristen Richards and Katelyn Scott scored for the Colonials; while Carly Payerl and Ariane Yokoyama did the same for the Engineers. Celeste Brown and Marissa Maugeri added the RIT goals as the Engineers got three of four points with a 2-0 win on Sunday.In ECAC action on Friday Brittany Phillips, Miriam Drubel, Rachel Walsh, and Melissa Kueber scored for Colgate; while Jessica Hoyle, Kelly Micholson, and Monica Masucci did the same for Brown as the Raiders edged the Bears 4-3.

Brianne Jenner added a pair; while Cassandra Poudrier, Lauriane Rougeau, and Alyssa Gagliardi added singles as Cornell shutout Yale 5-0.

Amanda Boulier and Rylee Smith scored for St. Lawrence; while Reagan Fischer added the Big Green goal as the Saints nipped Dartmouth 2-1.

Carly Mercer added the hat trick as Clarkson skated to a 3-1 win over Harvard. Kalley Armstrong had the lone Crimson marker.

Taylor Horton scored twice to lift Rensselaer to a 2-1 win over Union. Kelly McGrath added the lone Dutchwomen marker.
On Saturday Shannon MacAulay had a pair; while Mercer, Vanessa Gagnon, and Brittany Styner had singles as Clarkson blanked Dartmouth 5-0.

Toni Sanders and Mariana Walsh scored for RIT in their 2-0 blanking of Union.

Yale got goals from Alyssa Zupon and Jamie Haddad as the Bulldogs shut the door 2-0 on Colgate.

Jillian Saulnier, Jenner, Erin Barley-Maloney, and Hayleigh Cudmore scored for Cornell as the Big Red doubled Brown 4-2

Alena Polenska and Emma Pearson scored for the Bears.

Mary Parker, Armstrong, and Jillian Dempsey scored for Harvard in the Crimson’s 3-1 win over St. Lawrence. Kayla Raniwsky added the lone Saints marker.

In the lone Hockey East game on Friday Boston University skated to a 5-2 win over Vermont. Jordan Juron had a pair; while Sarah Lefort, Marie-Philip Poulin, and Kayla Tutino rounded out the scoring for the Eagles with one each; and Vermont’s goals came from Erin Wente and Amanda Pelkey.

On Saturday Katy Massey scored for Maine; while Emily Snodgrass did the same for Connecticut as the teams skated to a 1-1 overtime tie.

Emily Field, Emily Pfalzer, Melissa Bizzari, and Ashley Motherwell scored for Boston College as the Eagles nipped Providence 4-3. Corinne Buie added a pair; while Brooke Simpson scored once for the Friars.

Four games took place on Sunday.

Rebecca Morse had a pair; while Allison Micheletti, Beth Hanrahan, Maggie Pendleton, Nicole Anderson, Molly Illikainen, Courtney Kukowski, and Buie had singles as Providence romped to a 9-2 win over Maine. Massey and Brianne Kilgour added the Bears’ markers.

Alex Carpenter netted the hat trick; while Melissa Bizzari had a pair; and singles came from Taylor Wasylk, Field, and Motherwell as Boston College routed Connecticut 8-0.

Shannon Stoneburgh, Isabel Menard, and Shannon Doyle found the back of the net for Boston University; while Jessica Hitchcock and Caroline Broderick did likewise for New Hampshire as the Terriers nipped the Wildcats 3-2.

In Independent Division I play Sacred Heart got two goals from Whitney Henderson and a single from Jennifer Hasson in their 3-1 win over Franklin Pierce on Friday. Karsyn Baker had the lone Ravens’ marker.

Casey Stathopoulos, Sarah Delaney, and Sara Hanna added the Sacred Heart goals on Saturday as the Pioneers completed the sweep with another 3-1 win. Baker once again had the lone goal for Franklin Pierce.

In WCHA action on Friday and Saturday there were two games that took place.

In the series between Minnesota-Duluth and Ohio State the Bulldogs Brigette Lacquette had three goals; while Vanessa Thibault, Jessica Wong, Zoe Hickel, and Aleksandra Vafina added singles in the 7-5 win. Tina Hollowell, Kari Schmitt, Sara Schmitt, Ally Tarr, and Julia McKinnon scored for the Buckeyes. Hickel, Brienna Gillanders, and Jenna McParland scored for UMD; while Hokey Langan and Paige Semenza added the OSU markers as the Bulldogs edged the Buckeyes 3-2 on Saturday.

Monique Lamoureux had the hat trick; while Michelle Karvinen, Sam LaShomb, and Jocelyne Lamoureux had singles as North Dakota skated to a 6-2 win over St. Cloud State on Friday. Skye Kelly and Kylie Lane replied for the Huskies. Jocelyne Lamoureux, Josefine Jakobsen, and Meghan Dufault scored for North Dakota in the 3-0 victory and series sweep on Saturday.

In the Friday-Sunday series Hannah Brandt and Mira Jalosuo scored for Minnesota as the Gophers shut down Wisconsin with a 2-0 score on Friday. The Gophers swept the series with a 5-1 win on Sunday with goals coming from Becky Kortum, Brandt, Kelly Terry, Megan Bozek, and Rachel Ramsey. Madison Packer added the lone Badgers’ goal.

The Canadian Women’s Hockey League took a break this past weekend and will resume action this coming weekend.

The Leaders

Boston leads the CHL standings with their 11-3-1 record and 23 points.

Meghan Agosta-Marciano leads all scorers with 11 goals and 19 assists in 14 games played; while Boston netminder Genevieve Lacasse leads all goalies with her 8-1-0-0-1 record, 1.52 GAA, and 0.0.911 SAV%.

Mercyhurst tops all CHA teams as they are 15-5-1; while Bestland tops all scorers with 15 goals and 32 assists in 22 games played. Lakers goalie Stephanie Ciampa is 11-1-0 with a 1.19 GAA, and 0.945 SAV% to top all netminders.

With their 17-2-1 record Harvard tops the ECAC standings. Among skaters Quinnipiac forward Kelly Babstock has found the back of the net 21 times while lending a helping hand on 22 more in the 25 games that she has skated in. Harvard netminder Laura Bellamy is 10-1-0 with a goals against average of 0.68, and a 0.962 SAV% to lead all goalies.

Boston College has a 19-4-2 record to top the Hockey East standings; while Carpenter has found the back of the net 21 times while lending a helping hand on 29 more in the 25 games that she has skated in to lead all skaters; and her teammate Corrine Boyles (15-2-0, 1.85 GAA, 0.920 SAV%) leads all goalies.

Minnesota is 26-0-0 to top the WCHA standings. Gophers’ forward Amanda Kessel leads all point getters with 71 points (34G, 41A); and teammate Noora Raty is tops among goalies with her 24-0-0 record, 0.90 GAA, and 0.958 SAV%.

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