Bestland, Billadeau, and Hensley are CHA’s Best
Mercyhurst forward Christine Bestland, Syracuse netminder Kallie Billadeau, and Lindenwood goalie Nicole Hensley are the CHA player, rookie, and goalie of the week for the week ending February 3rd.
Bestland had three goals and was the first star of the game Friday as Mercyhurst skated to a 5-2 win over Penn State on Friday and ended it with two goals, one assist, and another first star of the game award in the series sweep—a 4-1 win—on Saturday.
Billadeau made 31 saves in the 3-2 win over Robert Morris on Friday and added 28 more in the 2-1 win over the Colonials on Saturday.
Hensley made 37 saves in the 1-1 overtime tie with RIT on Friday and made 33 more in the 4-3 win on Saturday.
Jenner, Newell, and Contini Receive ECAC Awards
Cornell forward Brianne Jenner, Princeton Kimberly Newell, and her teammate forward Molly Contini are the ECAC player, goalie, and rookie of the week.
Jenner began her week with four goals and two assists in the 8-1 win over Union on Friday and added a goal and assist in the 3-1 win over Rensselaer on Saturday.
Newell made 28 saves in the 3-1 win over Yale on Friday. She added 24 more; and Contini had the hat trick as the Tigers skated to a 6-1 win over Brown on Saturday.
Hockey East Honors Vella, Bryant, and Sperry
Providence teammates forward Jessica Vella and goalie Sarah Bryant and Boston University goalie Kerrin Sperry are the Hockey East player, rookie, and defensive player of the week.
Vella had one goal; and Bryant made 19 saves as the Friars skated to a 5-0 win over Connecticut on Friday. Vella found the back of the net two more times; and Bryant had 32 more saves in the 4-3 win and series sweep on Saturday.
Sperry made 23 saves in the 4-2 win over Northeastern on Saturday.
Jakobsen, Kessel, Raty, and Brandt are WCHA’s Best
North Dakota forward Josefine Jakobsen and Minnesota forward Amanda Kessel are the WCHA co-offensive players of the week; while Kessel’s teammates goalie Noora Raty and forward Hannah Brandt are the defensive and rookie players of the week.
Jakobsen had the hat trick and was the game’s first star as North Dakota doubled Minnesota State 4-2 on Friday. She added three goals, three assists, and the first star of the game honors in the 8-2 win and series sweep on Saturday.
Kessel had two goals, two assists, and was the second star of the game award; Brandt had two assists; and Raty had 24 saves and the first star of the game award as the Gophers shutout Minnesota-Duluth 5-0 on Friday. Kessel found the back of the net once, lent a helping hand on three more, and was the first star of the game; Brandt had a goal and two assists and was the second star; and Raty added 16 saves as Minnesota swept the Bulldogs with a 6-2 win on Saturday.
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; Boston University; Cornell, and Harvard rounded out the top five in both polls.
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll
1. Minnesota (19)
2. Boston College
3. Boston University
8. North Dakota
1 Minnesota (15) 26- 0-0 150 1
2 Boston College
3 Boston University
9 North Dakota
The Games This Week
There were three series in CHA action this weekend on Friday and Saturday.
Syracuse got goals from Nicole Ferrara who had a pair; while Melissa Piacentini had a single in their 3-2 win over Robert Morris on Friday. Thea Imbrogno and Cobina Delaney scored for the Colonials. The Orange completed the sweep with a 2-1 win on Friday thanks to goals from Ferrara and Margot Scharfe; while the lone Robert Morris goal came from Kelsey Thomas.
Bestland scored three times; while Kaleigh Chippy and Jenna Hendrikx added singles as Mercyhurst began their weekend with a 5-3 win over Penn State on Friday. Jordin Pardoski and Hannah Hoenshell had the Nittany Lions’ markers. The Lakers completed the sweep with a 4-1 win on Saturday as Bestland had another pair of goals; and Vaila Higson and Shelby Bram had singles. Jill Holdcroft had the lone Penn State goal.
Katie Erickson scored for Lindenwood; while Tenecia Hiller did the same for RIT as the teams skated to a 1-1 tie on Friday. Alison Wickenheiser scored twice; while Lyndsay Kirkham and Kendra Broad added singles as Lindenwood gained three of four points with a 4-3 win on Saturday. Hillier, Kim Schlattman, and Danielle Read scored for RIT.
In ECAC action on Friday Jamie Lee Rattray , Renata Fast, and Brittany Styner scored for Clarkson; while Brooke Fernandez added the St. Lawrence marker as the Golden Knights skated to a 3-1 win over the Saints.
Kelly Babstock and Nicole Connery added a pair each; while Felica Vieweg added a single as Quinnipiac shutout Brown 5-0.
Kalley Armstrong and Jillian Dempsey scored for Harvard; while Lindsey Allen and Laura Stacey did the same for Dartmouth as the teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie.
Eleeza Cox found the back of the net twice; while Toni Sanders and Jenn Godin added one each as Rensselaer defeated Colgate 4-1. Jenna Klynstra added the lone Raiders’ marker.
Brianne Jenner scored four times; while Jillian Saulnier, Emily Fulton, Anna Zorn, and Monika Leck added singles as Cornell routed Union 8-1. Rebecca Babiak added the lone Dutchwomen goal.
Cristin Shanahan, Denna Laing, and Sally Butler added the Princeton goals; while Stephanie Mock added the Yale goal as the Tigers got past the Bulldogs 3-1.
On Saturday Amanda Boulier added a pair; while Kailee Heidersbach added a single for St. Lawrence as the Saints edged Clarkson 3-2. Shannon MacAulay and Brittany Styner scored for the Golden Knights.
Contini had the hat trick; while Brianna Leahy had a pair; and Kelly Cooke had a single as Princeton dumped Brown 6-1. Laurie Jolin added the Bears’ goal.
Jessica Campbell, Cassandra Poudrier, and Brianne Jenner scored for Cornell; while Eleeza Cox added the Rensselaer goal as the Big Red skated to a 3-1 win over the Engineers.
Hanna Åström and Paige Decker added the Yale goals; while Erica Uden Johansson and Babstock scored for Quinnipiac as the teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie.
In Hockey East action on Friday and Saturday in the home and home series between Providence and Connecticut Friday night in Storrs the Friars got goals from Corinne Buie who had a pair; while Beth Hanrahan, Haley Frade, and Jessica Vella had singles in the 5-0 win. The Friars completed the sweep with a 4-3 win at home on Saturday thanks to Vella who had two; and Frade and Brooke Simpson had one each. Kayla Campero, Rachel Farrel, and Sarah MacDonnell scored for the Huskies.
Vermont split their series with New Hampshire with a 3-1 win on Friday thanks to goals from Brittany Zuback who had two; and Amanda Pelkey had a single. Arielle O’Neill scored for the Wildcats. Hannah Armstrong scored twice; while O’Neill and Kristina Lavoie had singles in the Wildcats 4-2 win on Saturday. Kellie Dineen and Valerie Stoul scored for the Catamounts.
Sarah Lefort, Louise Warren, Jenelle Kohanchuk, and Kayla Tutino scored for Boston University; while Kelly Wallace and Kendall Coyne did the same for Northeastern as the Terriers doubled the Huskies 4-2 on Saturday.
Alex Carpenter had a pair of goals; while Melissa Bizzari, Lexi Bender, Dru Burns, and Kate Leary had singles as Boston College doubled Maine 6-3. Shawna Lesperance had two; and Missy Denk scored once for the Black Bears.
In the Friday-Saturday WCHA series Ohio State needed overtime and a goal from Ally Tarr with 27 seconds left to get past Bemidji State 2-1 on Friday. Tina Hollowell got the other Buckeyes’ marker. Natasha Kostenko scored for the Beavers. The Beavers got goals from Mackenzie Thurston and Kostenko in their own 2-1 win on Saturday. Julia McKinnon scored for the Buckeyes.
Minnesota got two goals from Kessel and singles Becky Korkum, Milica McMillen and Sarah Davis in their 5-0 shutout of Minnesota-Duluth on Friday. Jordyn Burns, Milica McMillen, Brandt, Rachael Bona, Meghan Lorence, and Kessel scored for the Gophers; and Pernilla Winberg and Jenna McParland added the Bulldogs’ markers as the Gophers completed the sweep with a 6-2 win on Saturday.
Jakobsen had the hat trick; while Jocelyne Lamoureux had two goals; and Michelle Karvinen, Tanja Eisenschmid, and Monique Lamoureux had singles as North Dakota skated to an 8-2 win over Minnesota State. Lauren Smith and Kelsie Scott scored for the Mavericks.
In the Canadian Women’s Hockey League on Friday Hilary Knight and Gigi Marvin scored for Boston; while Jenna Cunningham scored for Team Alberta in a game that was played in front of 800 fans at the Calgary Saddledome.
On Saturday Meaghan Mikkelson and Olivia Sutter scored for Alberta; while Whitney Naslund did the same for Boston in Alberta’s 2-1 win.
The series ended on Sunday with a 4-1 win by Boston as Knight, Naslund, Cherie Hendrickson, and Kate Buesser scored for the Blades; while B. Zuber added the Alberta goal.
Boston leads the CHL standings with their 13-4-1 record and 27 points.
Montreal’s 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 10-1-0-0-1 record, 1.42 GAA, and 0.915 SAV%.
Mercyhurst tops all CHA teams as they are 21-5-1; while Bestland tops all scorers with 20 goals and 38 assists in 27 games played. Lakers goalie Stephanie Ciampa is 12-1-0 with a 1.25 GAA, and 0.942 SAV% to top all netminders.
With their 17-3-1 record Harvard tops the ECAC standings. Among skaters Jenner has found the back of the net 26 times while lending a helping hand on 24 more in the 21 games that she has skated in. Harvard netminder Laura Bellamy is 10-1-1 with a goals against average of 0.79, and a 0.958 SAV% to lead all goalies.
Boston College has a 21-4-2 record to top the Hockey East standings; while Carpenter has found the back of the net 23 times while lending a helping hand on 30 more in the 27 games that she has skated in to lead all skaters; and her teammate Corrine Boyles (17-2-0, 1.87 GAA, 0.923 SAV%) leads all goalies.
Minnesota is 28-0-0 to top the WCHA standings. Gophers’ forward Amanda Kessel leads all point getters with 83 points (37G, 46A); and teammate Noora Raty is tops among goalies with her 26-0-0 record, 0.91 GAA, and 0.958 SAV%.