Bestland, DiCiocco, and Browne Receive CHA Awards
Mercyhurst forwards Christine Bestland and Hailey Browne; and Robert Morris goalie Kristen DiCiocco are College Hockey America’s player, rookie, and goalie of the week for the week ending January 8th, 2012.
Bestland scored once and lent a helping hand on two more; while Browne scored twice and was the second star of the game as Mercyhurst began the week with an 8-4 win over Syracuse. Bestland was the lone goal scorer in the team’s 1-1 tie with the Orange on Saturday.
DiCiocco made 43 saves on Friday as Syracuse nipped Providence 3-2. She added 23 more as the team lost 3-1 to the Friars on Saturday.
Ogilvie, Leck, and Weber Are the ECAC’s Best
Cornell teammates forward Kendice Ogilvie and Monika Leck and Princeton goalie Rachel Weber are the ECAC player, rookie, and goalie of the week.
Ogilvie scored once and lent a helping hand on four more; while Leck scored twice as Cornell cruised to a 9-1 win over Union on Friday. Ogilvie scored once; and Leck lent a helping hand on two more as the Big Red completed the sweep with a 3-0 shutout on Saturday.
Weber made 20 saves as Princeton blanked Harvard 3-0 on Friday and added 39 more as the team skated to a 2-2 overtime tie with Dartmouth on Saturday.
Hockey East Honors Restuccia, Tutino, and Riley
Boston College forward Mary Restuccia, Boston University forward Kayla Tutino, and Providence netminder Nina Riley are the player, rookie, and defensive players of the week.
Restuccia added one assist in the Eagles’ 2-1 loss to St. Lawrence on Thursday. She lent a helping hand on three more as the team edged Clarkson 3-2 on Friday.
Tutino added a goal, assist, and the first star of the game award as the Terriers edged Maine 2-1 on Sunday.
Riley made 18 saves as the Friars lost 3-2 to Robert Morris on Friday and added 24 more and the third star of the game award as the team gained a split with the Colonials with a 3-1 win on Saturday.
Spooner, Raty, and Kelly Receive WCHA Awards
Ohio State forward Natalie Spooner, Minnesota netminder Noora Raty; and Bemidji State forward Rachael Kelly are the WCHA offensive, defensive, and rookie players of the week.
In the Buckeyes’ 2-0 win over St. Cloud State on Friday Spooner scored twice and was the first star of the game. She chipped in another goal, assist, and the third star of the game award as the team completed the sweep with a 4-3 win on Saturday.
Raty made 34 stops in the Gophers’ 3-3 overtime tie with Wisconsin on Friday and followed that up with 22 more and the first star of the game award as the Gophers won 1-0 on Saturday.
Kelly added two assists as the Beavers gained a split in their series with Minnesota State with a 4-0 shutout on Saturday.
Canadians Are Golden at World U18
Team Canada ended the Americans’ dominance of the World U18 championships with a 3-0 shutout of their cross border rivals in Zlin, CZE on Saturday.
The Americans had won three of the four previous championships with Canada’s other win coming in 2010.
Alex Crossley, Sarah Lefort, and Cydney Roesler scored the Canadian goals.
Sweden won the bronze medal with a 4-1 win over Germany as Matihdah Andersson, Michelle Lowenhielm, Elin Johansson, and Isabell Palm scored for them; while Germany’s goal came from Keristin Spielberger.
In the final relegation game Russia edged Switzerland 2-1. Valeria Pavlova scored twice; and Renata Isanbayea added a single for the winners; while the Swiss goals came from Lara Stadler and Phoebe Stanz. Switzerland is relegated to the 2013 U18 DI championships for next year. They will be replaced by Hungary who won the DI championships in Tromsa, NOR on Wednesday as they finished the tournament as the top team with a 4-1-0-0 record.
Skarupa finished the tournament as the top scorer with 11 goals; while based on goals against average Canadian Elaine Chuli finished as the top goalie with her 0.00 GAA and 1.000 SAV%.
German goalie Franziska Albl was selected the best goalie; while Canadian forward Erin Ambrose was the best defenseman; and Boston College forward and American Alex Carpenter was the best forward.
Earlier in the week on Tuesday Sweden skated to a 6-2 win over Russia as Anna Kjellbin had the hat trick; and Andersson, Lina Backlin, and Linn Peterson had singles. Lyudmila Belyakova scored both Russian goals. In Germany’s 6-1 win over Switzerland Spielberger scored four goals, while Marie Delarbre scored twice; while Stadler added the Swiss marker. In the USA’s 13-1 romp over the Czech Republic Haley Skarupa had the hat trick; Carpenter and Anne Pankowski scored twice each; and Courtney Burke, Paige Savage, Briana Mastel, Kate Schipper, Miye D Oench, and Molly Illikainen added singles; while Tereza Vanisova added the lone Czech marker. Canada got goals from Sarah Lefort, Rebecca Kohler, Laura Stacey, Meghan Dufault, Nicole Connery, Emily Clark, and Cydney Roesler added Canada’s goals in their 7-0 blanking of Finland.
On Wednesday Sweden made it to the semifinals with a 2-1 win over Finland as Andersson and Peterson scored the Swiss goals; while Emma Nuutinen scored for Finland. In a relegation round game Switzerland doubled Russia 4-2 as Stanz scored twice; and Romy Eggimann and Stalder added singles; while Lyudmila Belyakova added the Russian markers. In the other quarterfinal game Germany nipped the Czech Republic with Spielberger scoring both German goals; while Klara Chmelova scored for the Czechs.
In the first semi final on Friday the USA trounced the German 7-1 as Maryanne Kennedy-Menefee, Kate Flugg, and Skarupa scored twice each; and Carpenter added a single for the USA; while Spielberger added the German goal.
In the final relegation game the Russians skated to a 5-3 win over Switzerland as Yevgenia Dyupina and Belyakova scored twice each; and Xenia Baibakova added a single for Russia; while Eggiman, Stanz, and Stadler added the Swiss markers.
Cayley Mercer scored twice; while Erin Ambrose, Sarah Lefort, Laura Stacey, Erika Sowchuk, and Kristyn Capizzano scored for Canada as they blanked Sweden 7-0 in the other semi final.
Finland finished fifth with a 5-3 win over the Czech Republic thanks to goals from Venla Kotkaslahti, Jenna Suokko, Noora Tulus, Vilma Tanskanen, and Saana Valkama; while the Czech markers came off the sticks of Vasinova, Chmelova, and Samantha Kolowratova.
Minnesota Tops Polls
The University of Minnesota is the new number one team in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls.
The Gophers earned 13 first place votes in the first poll and ten in the second.
Wisconsin dropped back to second with four first place votes in the first poll and three in the second; while Cornell got the final two first place votes in both polls and finished third.
Boston College and Mercyhurst rounded out the top five in both polls.
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll – #14 (first-place votes in parentheses)
1 University of Minnesota, 183 (13)
2 University of Wisconsin, 170 (4)
3 Cornell University, 160 (2)
4 Boston College, 114
5 Mercyhurst College, 109
6 University of North Dakota, 103
7 Northeastern University, 72
8 University of Minnesota Duluth, 44
9 Bemidji State University, 33
10 Harvard University, 31
Others receiving votes: Dartmouth College, 17; Boston University, 6; St. Lawrence University, 3.
USCHO.com DI Poll
January 09, 2012
1 Minnesota (10)
2 Wisconsin (3)
3 Cornell (2)
4 Boston College
6 North Dakota
9 Bemidji State
Others receiving votes: Boston University 6, Dartmouth 6, St. Lawrence 6, Princeton 2, Robert Morris 2.
The Games This Week
On Monday Melissa Kueber, Jenna Klynstra, Taylor Volpe, Shannon Doyle, and Brittany Phillips scored for Colgate in their 5-0 shutout of Syracuse.
In Harvard’s 8-1 romp over Connecticut Lyndsey Fry and Gina McDonald scored twice each; while Kaitlin Spurling, Hillary Crowe, Jillian Dempsey, and Kalley Armstrong added singles for the Crimson; while Kayla Campero added the lone Huskies marker. Dartmouth got goals from Reagan Fischer, Jenna Hobeika, Ali Winkel, Camille Dumais, and Sam Zeiss; while Erin Wente and Delia McNally scored the Vermont goals as the Big Green skated to a 5-2 win over the Catamounts.
Janice Yang scored twice for Brown; while Emilie Dolan and Lauren Vella added singles; and Ashley Dunbar scored for Yale in the Bears 4-1 win over the Bulldogs.
North Dakota laid a 14-0 thrashing on Lindenwood with Monique Lamoureux-Kolls leading the way with four goals; while her sister Jocelyne pitched in with a hat trick. Mary Loken added two goals; and Alyssa Wiebe, Kelsey Ketcher, Kayla Berg, Margot Miller, and Andrea Dalen added singles.
On Thursday Kendall Coyne scored twice; while Claire Santostefano, and Rachael Lanes added singles as Northeastern skated to a 5-2 win over Clarkson. Juana Baribeau and Carly Mercer scord the Golden Knights’ goals. Amanda Boulier and Rylee Smith scored for St. Lawrence; while Ashley Motherwell scored for Boston College in the Saints’ 2-1 win.
Mercyhurst gained three of four points against Syracuse with an 8-4 win on Friday and a 1-1 tie on Saturday. Kelley Steadman had three goals, Hailey Browne scored twice, and Lauren Jones, Christine Bestland, and Gina Buquet had singles for the Lakers on Friday; and Megan Skelly, Margot Scharfe, Shiann Darkangelo, and Jacquie Greco scored for Syracuse. Bestland scored for Mercyhurst; while Lisa Mullen added the Syrause marker on Saturday.
Robert Morris split their series with Providence. The Colonials came out on the winning end of a 3-2 score on Friday as Cobina Delaney, Thea Imbrogno, and Rebecca Vint added goals; while the Friars got goals from Ashley Cottrell and Beth Hanrahan. On Saturday Kate Bacon, Cottrell, and Laura Veharanta found the back of the net for the Friars; while Kelsey Thomas pitched in the goal for Robert Morris.
In ECAC action on Friday Eleeza Cox led the way with two goals; while Madison Marzario and Taylor Horton added singles for Rensselaer; while Melissa Kueber scored for Colgate as the Engineers nipped the Raiders 2-1. Blake Bolden, Dru Burns, and Ashley Motherwell lit the lamp post for Boston College; while Hailey Wood and Gabrielle Kosziwka added the Clarkson markers as the Eagles edged the Golden Knights 3-2. Xandra Hompe, Monika Leck, and Erin Barley-Maloney scored twice each; and Emily Fulton, Laura Fortino, and Kendice Ogilvie added singles for Cornell; while Rhianna Kurio scored the lone Union marker as the Big Red scored a big 9-1 win over the Dutchwomen. In Dartmouth’s 3-2 win over Quinnipiac Jenna Hobeika, Erica Dobos, and Camille Dumais found the back of the net for Dartmouth; while the Quinnipiac goals came from Kate Wheeler and Amanda Colin as the Big Green edged the Bobcats 3-2. Princeton got goals from Sally Butler who had two and Danielle DiCesare with a single as the Tigers blanked Harvard 3-0.
The non-conference game saw Brooke Fernandez, Kelly Sabatine, and Ellie Williams score for St. Lawrence; while Brittany Esposito and Claire Santostefano replied for Northeastern as the Saints edged the Huskies 3-2.
In independent action Concordia (MN) got goals from Madison Gendreau, Ali Nelson, Katelyn Dold, and Abby Taffe; while Samantha Redick scored twice, and Alyssa West added a single for Lindenwood in Concordia’s 4-3 win. Lindenwood gained a series split with a 6-1 win on Saturday as Alison Wickenheiser scored five goals, and Megan Cox added a single; while Taffe added the lone Concordia marker.
In the series between Sacred Heart and Neumann Sacred Heart got goals from Sara Hanna, Nicole Palazzo, Melissa Robbins, and Alex Davis; while Nicole Alexopoulos, Kayla Dubowski, and Amanda Simpson added the Neumann markers as Sacred Heart nipped Neumann 4-3 on Friday. Neumann gained a split in the series with a 3-2 win on Sunday as Diane Peters, Angela Gilmour, and Edie Brenning added the goals for the winners; while Sacred Heart got goals from Palazzo and Caitlin Gottwald.
Minnesota State gained a split with Bemidji State as the Mavericks got goals from Lauren Barnes and Lauren Zrust in their 2-1 win on Friday. Kristin Huber scored the lone Beavers’ marker. On Saturday Danielle Williams scored twice, and Sadie Lundquist and Marlee Wheelhouse added singles in the Beavers’ 4-0 shutout win.
St. Cloud State also gained a split in their series with Ohio State. Spooner scored both of the Buckeyes’ markers in the team’s 2-0 shutout win on Friday; while Molli Mott, Alex Nelson, Jaclyn Daggit, and Brittany Toor scored for the Huskies; while the Buckeyes’ got goals from Spooner, Ally Tarr, and Taylor Kuehl as St. Cloud State nipped Ohio State 4-3 on Saturday.
Minnesota took three of four points from Wisconsin as the Gophers began the weekend with a 3-3 overtime tie with the Badgers on Friday. The Gophers got goals from Anne Schleper, Megan Bozek, and Jen Schoullis; while Carolyne Prévost, Brianna Decker, and Brooke Ammerman added the Badger markers. Kelly Seeler scored the lone goal of the game Saturday as Minnesota shut out the Badgers 1-0.
In ECAC action on Saturday Taylor Volpe and Brittany Phillips scored for Colgate; while Union’s goal came from Rhianna Kurio in the Raiders’ 2-1 win. Fortino, Ogilvie, and Brianne Jenner scored for Cornell as they blanked Rensselaer 3-0. Kelly Foley and Reagan Fischer scored for Dartmouth; while Brianna Leahy added Princeton’s goal as the Big Green got past the Tigers 2-1. Harvard got goals from Kaitlin Spurling, Marissa Gedman, and Fry; while Quinnipiac’s markers came off the sticks of Erica Uden Johansson, Kelly Babstock, and Kate Wheeler as the teams skated to a 3-3 overtime tie.
In non-conference play Kayla Campero scored for Connecticut; while Jacquie Pierri replied for Brown as the teams skated to a 1-1 overtime tie.
Melodie Daoust added three goals for McGill, and Ann-Sophie Bettez had one as the Martlets shut out Yale 4-0 in an exhibition contest.
In the lone Hockey East game on Sunday Jenn Wakefield and Kayla Tutino scored for Boston University; while Danielle Ward added the Maine marker as the Terries edged the Black Bears 2-1.
Mercyhurst is 15-4-1 to lead the CHA standings; while Mercyhurst forward Bailey Bram leads all scorers with 21 goals and 27 assists in 18 games played. Between the pipes her teammate Hilary Pattenden is 13-4-0 with a 1.80 GAA, and 0.933 SAV%.
Cornell is the best team in the ECAC at 12-2-0; while Jenner tops all scorers with seven goals and 20 assists in the 12 games that she has skated in. In the nets her teammate Lauren Slebodnick is 6-0-0 with a 1.30 GAA and 0.932 SAV% to lead all goalies.
Northeastern is the top team in Hockey East with their 14-5-1 record. Among skaters Northeastern’s Kendall Coyne takes over the scoring lead with 16 goals and 13 assists in 18 games; and Florence Schelling is 12-4-1 with a goals against average of 1.64 and 0.941 SAV%.
Wisconsin sports a 19-2-1 record to lead the WCHA standings; and Badger forward Brianna Decker has 50 points from 22 goals and 28 assists to lead all point getters. In the nets Wisconsin’s Alex Rigsby is 19-2-1 with a goals against average of 1.40 and 0.949 SAV%.
Sacred Heart is 7-11-1 to lead the Independent standings; while Wickenheiser has found the back of the net 11 times while lending a helping hand on 12 more in the 22 games that she has skated in; while Sacred Heart’s Alexis Schutt is 7-9-1 with a 4.20 GAA and 0.905 SAV% to lead all goalies.
The Games To Come
Play will begin with five games on Tuesday as Providence and Dartmouth take their game to Fenway Park; Cornell is at home to Colgate in an ECAC contest; Connecticut hosts Union, St. Lawrence hosts Vermont; and New Hampshire is in Boston to face Boston College in the lone Hockey East game.
Mercyhurst will host game one of the series with Niagara on Friday with the scene switching to Niagara on Saturday in a College Hockey America contest.
In Hockey East action New Hampshire hosts Connecticut for two games Friday and Saturday; while Boston University welcomes Maine, and Vermont is at home to Boston College on Saturday and Sunday.
In WCHA action Friday and Saturday Minnesota-Duluth is at home to Minnesota; Bemidji State welcomes Ohio State; and St. Cloud State makes their way to Mankato to face Minnesota State.
In independent action on Friday and Saturday Sacred Heart hosts Penn State for two exhibiton contests; and Bethel is at home to Lindenwood.
St. Olaf hosts Lindenwood on Sunday.
In ECAC action on Friday Yale is at home to Clarkson; Colgate welcomes Princeton; Cornell and Quinnipiac take to the ice in Ithaca; Darmouth and Rensselaer faceoff in Hanover; St. Lawrence makes their way to Providence to face Brown; and Union is in Cambridge to take on Harvard.
On Saturday Brown is at home to Clarkson; Cornell welcomes Princeton; Quinnipiac travels to Hamden to face Colgate; Harvard and Rensselaer take to the ice in Cambridge; Yale hosts St. Lawrence; and Dartmouth is at home to Union.