Women’s Weekly: February 2nd, 2012

Syracuse Sweeps Weekly CHA Awards

Syracuse forwards Margot Scharfe and Nicole Ferrara and goalie Kallie Billadeau are the College Hockey America player, rookie, and goalie of the week for the week ending January 29th, 2012.

Scharfe scored once and lent a helping hand on one more; while Ferrara scored once; and Billadeau made 53 saves as the Orange edged Quinnipiac 3-2 on Saturday. Syracuse was outshot 55-23 in that contest. Ferrara was the first star of that game and Billadeau was the second.

ECAC Honors Baribeau, Cox, and Bellamy

Clarkson forward Juana Baribeau; RPI forward Eliza Cox; and Harvard netminder Laura Bellamy are the ECAC player, rookie, and goalie of the week.

Baribeau began the weekend with two goals as the Golden Knights skated to a 4-1 win over Colgate on Friday. She added a hat trick in the team’s 5-3 win over Cornell on Saturday.

Cox added a goal and two assists as Rensselaer skated to a 3-1 win over Union on Friday. She chipped in two more as Rensselaer blanked Union 3-0 on Saturday.

Bellamy made nine saves as Harvard thrashed Yale 8-0 on Friday and made 18 more and was the second star of the game as the Crimson shut the door 3-0 on Brown on Saturday.

Lavoie, Sperry, Pelkey, and Lacasse Are Hockey East’s Best

New Hampshire forward Kristina Lavoie and Boston University netminder Kerrin Sperry are the Hockey East co-players of the week, and Vermont forward Amanda Pelkey is the rookie of the week; and Providence netminder Genevieve Lacasse is the defensive player of the week.

In the series between New Hampshire and Vermont on Saturday and Sunday Lavoie scored three times and was the first star of the game for the Wildcats; and Pelkey added two and was the third star for the Catamounts as New Hampshire won 4-2 on Saturday. Both added an assist as Vermont gained a split with a 2-1 win on Sunday.

Sperry made 30 saves and was the game’s first star as the Terriers shutout Boston College 6-0 on Wednesday. She added 28 more in the 3- win over Northeastern on Saturday.

Lacasse stopped all 19 shots that were sent her way and was the game’s first star as the Friars began the weekend with a 2-0 shutout of Connecticut on Saturday and added 32 more and another first star of the game award in the team’s 5-2 win and series sweep on Sunday.

WCHA Honors West, Rigsby, and Jakobsen

Minnesota forward Emily West, Wisconsin netminder Alex Rigsby, and North Dakota forward Josefine Jakobsen are the WCHA’s offensive, defensive, and rookie players of the week.

West added the hat trick and the game’s first star award as the Gophers doubled the Minnesota State Mavericks 6-3 on Friday and added another goal on Saturday in the 4-1 win and series sweep. She finished the week a +2.

Rigsby made 39 saves as the Badges edged the Bemidji State Beavers 3-2 on Friday. She added 19 more as the team swept the Beavers with a 1-0 win on Saturday.

Jakbosen lent a helping hand on two goals as the Fighting Sioux lost 6-2 to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday and scored once and assisted on two more as the team gained a split in the series with a 5-2 win on Saturday.

Wisconsin Is Tops In Both Polls

The Unversity of Wisconsin remained in the top spot in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls.

They received 18 of 19 first place votes in the first poll and all 15 in the second.

Minnesota moved up one spot to second in both polls and got the last first place vote in the first poll. Cornell dropped back one spot to third; Boston College remained at fourth; and Mercyhurst moved up one to fifth in the first poll and moved up two spots to fifth in the second poll.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine 2011-12 Women’s College Hockey Poll – #17 (first-place votes in parentheses)

1 University of Wisconsin, 189 (18)
2 University of Minnesota, 170 (1)
3 Cornell University, 154
4 Boston College, 120
5 Mercyhurst College, 102
6 University of North Dakota, 90
7 Harvard University, 73
8 Northeastern University, 69
9 University of Minnesota Duluth, 33
10 Dartmouth College, 32
Others receiving votes: Boston University, 5; Bemidji State University, 4; St. Lawrence University, 3; Clarkson University, 1.

USCHO.com Division I Women’s Poll January 30, 2012

1 Wisconsin
2 Minnesota
3 Cornell
4 Boston College
5 Mercyhurst
6 North Dakota
7 Northeastern
8 Harvard
9 Minnesota-Duluth
10 Dartmouth

Others receiving votes: Bemidji State 8, Boston University 3, Clarkson 1, St. Lawrence 1.

The Games This Week

The week began with one game on Tuesday.

Sarah Robson scored three times; and Janice Yang added a single as Brown skated to a 4-1 win over Yale. Heather Grant scored the lone Yale goal.

In the lone Hockey East game on Wednesday Boston University blanked Boston College 6-0 as Jenn Wakefield, Louise Warren, Tara Watchorn, Taylor Holze, Marie-Philip Poulin, and Caroline Campbell all added singles.

Kalli Funk scored the lone goal of the game as Niagara blanked Robert Morris 1-0 on Friday in the first of a home and home series in Niagara. Robert Morris gained a split with a 1-0 win at home on Saturday as Brianna Delaney was the lone goal scorer.

Syracuse and Quinnipiac also split their series. The Bobcats got goals from Erica Uden Johansson, Kate Wheeler, and Nicole Kosta in the 3-0 win on Friday. Nicole Ferrara, Margot Scharfe, and Caitlin Roach scored for the Orange; while Brittany Lyons and Breann Frykas added the Bobcats’ markers as Syracuse edged Quinnipiac 3-2 on Saturday.

In the Friday-Saturday series between Ohio State and North Dakota Natalie Spooner scored twice; and Danielle Gagne, Kari Schmitt, Taylor Kuehl, and Paige Semenza added singles as Ohio State skated to a 6-2 win on Friday night. Jocelyne Lamoureux and Michelle Karvinen scored the Fighting Sioux markers. In the series split on Saturday Alyssa Wiebe, Kelsey Ketcher, Mary Loken, Josefine Jakobsen, and Jocelyne Lamoureux scored for North Dakota; while Melissa Feste and Paige Semenza added the Ohio State goals as the Fighting Sioux skated to a 5-2 win over the Buckeyes.

On Friday Carolyne Prévost, Brianna Decker, and Madison Packer scored for Wisconsin; while Whitney Wivoda and Erika Wheelhouse scored for Bemidji State as the Badgers edged the Beavers 3-2. Hilary Knight scored the lone goal of the game as the Badges swept the series with a 1-0 win on Saturday.

Emily West scored three times; and Bethany Brausen, Sarah Erickson, and Kelly Terry added singles as the Minnesota Golden Gophers began their weekend with a 6-3 win over Minnesota State. The Mavericks got goals from Tracy McCann who had two and Kari Lundberg with a single. West, Kelly Seeler, Rachel Ramsey, and Terry scored for the Gophers in the 41 win and series sweep on Saturday. Lauren Zrust added the lone Mavericks’ goal.

Minnesota-Duluth got goals from Audrey Cournoyer who had three and Haley Irwin and Jenna McParland who had singles in their 5-0 shutout of St. Cloud State on Friday. Vanessa Thibault and Jessica Wong scored for the Bulldogs on Saturday; while the Huskies got a goal from Alex Nelson as UMD completed the sweep with a 2-1 win.

In the Saturday-Sunday Hockey East series Kate Bacon and Jessica Vella scored for Providence in their 2-0 shutout of Connecticut on Saturday in the first game of a home and home series in Providence. In Storrs on Sunday the Friars completed the sweep with a 5-2 win thanks to goals from Beth Hanrahan and Abby Gauthier with two each; and Nicole Anderson with a single; and Sarah MacDonnell and Maggie Walsh added the Huskies’ markers.

Kristina Lavoie had the hat trick; and Heather Kashman added a single for New Hampshire; while Vermont got two goals from Amanda Pelkey as the Wildcats doubled the Catamounts 4-2 in Durham on Saturday.
In the lone ECAC series this weekend on Friday Jordan Smelker, Eleeza Cox, and Sierra Vadner scored for Rensselaer; while Maddy Norton did the same for Union as the Engineers beat the Dutchwomen 3-1 in Schenectady. On Saturday in Troy the Engineers completed the sweep with a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Eliza Cox with two and Smelker with one.

In other ECAC action on Friday Jamie Lee Rattray and Juana Baribeau scored for Clarkson; while Colgate’s goal came from Rachel Walsh in the Golden Knights’ 4-1 win over the Raiders. Rebecca Johnston scored twice; and Alyssa Gagliardi, Brianne Jenner, Jillian Saulnier, and Jillian Saulnier added singles for Cornell; while Bailey Habscheid, Mel Desrochers, Jamie Goldsmith, and Rylee Smith added the St. Lawrence goals as the Big Red skated to a 6-4 win over the Saints. Sasha Nanji scored twice for Dartmouth, and Erica Dobos netted a single; and Alena Polenska scored for Brown as the Big Green defeated the Bears 3-1. Harvard got goals from Kaitlin Spurling who scored twice; and Elizabeth Parker, Jillian Dempsey, Kalley Armstrong, Samantha Reber, Gina McDonald, and Hillary Crowe netted singles as the Crimson shut the door 8-0 on Yale.

On Saturday Baribeau scored three times; and Rattray, and Danielle Skirrow added singles as St. Lawrence got past Cornell 5-3. Johnson, Chelsea Karpenko, and Erin Barley-Maloney added the Golden Knights’ goals. Rylee Smith found the twine on three occasions; while Karell Émard, Kelly Sabatine, and Jacqueline Wand all scored once each as St. Lawrence blanked Colgate 6-0. Nanji and Kelly Foley added a pair each; while Reagan Fischer and Moira Scanlon had one apiece as Dartmouth blanked Yale 6-0. Spurling added two; while Sarah Edney added one as Harvard shut the door 3-0 on Brown.

In Hockey East action on Saturday Jenn Wakefield, Isabel Menard, and Jill Cardella scored for Boston University; while Kendall Coyne added the Northeastern goal in the Terriers’ 3-1 win over the Huskies.

On Sunday Kellie Dineen and Erin Wente scored for Vermont as the Catamounts edged the New Hampshire Wildcats 2-1. Nicole Gifford scored the lone Wildcats’ marker.

The Leaders

Mercyhurst is 18-5-1 to lead the CHA standings; while Mercyhurst forward Bailey Bram leads all scorers with 22 goals and 33 assists in 22 games played. Between the pipes Robert Morris netminder Kristen DiCiocco is 12-8-2 with a 1.86 GAA, and 0.931 SAV%.

Cornell is the best team in the ECAC at 16-4-2-0; while Cornell forward Johnson tops all scorers with17 goals and 20 assists in the 20 games that she has skated in. In the nets based on goals against average her teammate Amanda Mazzotta is 10-2-0 with a 1.67 GAA and 0.924 SAV% to lead all goalies.

Northeastern tops the Hockey East standings at 17-6-3. Among skaters Northeastern’s Kendall Coyne is the top scorer with 22 goals and 17 assists in 24 games; and Northeastern’s Florence Schelling is 15-5-5 with a goals against average of 1.51 and 0.946 SAV%.

Wisconsin sports a 24-2-2 record to lead the WCHA standings; and North Dakota forward Jocelyne Lamoureux has 65 points from 27 goals and 38 assists to lead all point getters. In the nets Rigsby is 24-2-2 with a goals against average of 1.48 and 0.949 SAV%.

Sacred Heart is 8-14-1 to lead the Independent standings; while Lindenwood forward Alison Wickenheiser has found the back of the net 15 times while lending a helping hand on 15 more in the 27 games that she has skated in. Sacred Heart’s Alexis Schutt is 8-12-1 with a 4.06 GAA and 0.905 SAV% to lead all goalies.

The Games To Come

Play began with one game on Monday as Princeton got goals from Paula Romanchuk, Danielle DiCesare, and Rose Alleva; while Thea Imbrogno and Maddie Collias scored for Robert Morris as the Tigers edged the Colonials 3-2.

The Beanpot tournament got underway Tuesday in Boston as Rachael Lanes scored for Northeastern; and Emily Field did the same for Boston College as the teams skated to a 1-1 overtime tie; and Boston University got goals from Jenn Wakefield, Jill Cardella, Isabel Menard, and Marie-Philip Poulin in their 5-2 win over Harvard. Jillian Dempsey and Sarah Edney added the Crimson markers.

Two CHA conference matchups will take place on Friday and Saturday as Niagara is at home to Mercyhurst; and Robert Morris is at Syracuse.

In the WCHA conference action on Friday and Sunday Wisconsin welcomes Minnesota State; while North Dakota is at home to Bemidji State; Minnesota is in St. Cloud to face the Huskies; and Ohio State makes their way to Minnesota-Duluth to face the Bulldogs.

In ECAC action on Friday Clarkson welcomes Brown; Princeton is in Hanover to face Dartmouth; Harvard welcomes Quinnipiac; Cornell and Rensselaer take to the ice in Ithaca; Colgate is at home to Union; and St. Lawrence rolls out the welcome mat for Yale.

On Saturday St. Lawrence hosts Brown; Harvard welcomes Princeton; Quinnipiac takes on Dartmouth in Hanover; Colgate and Rensselaer faceoff in Hamilton; Union makes their way to Ithaca to face Cornell; and Clarkson is at home to Yale.

In Hockey East action on Saturday and Sunday Maine hosts Vermont.

On Saturday New Hampshire welcomes Boston University; Connecticut is in Boston to face Northeastern; and Providence is in Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College

New Hampshire faces Connecticut in Storrs on Sunday.

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