Women’s Weekly: January 24th, 2013

Kunichika, Ciampa, and Piacentini Are CHA’s Best

RIT forward Kourtney Kunichika; Mercyhurst netminder Stephanie Ciampa; and Syracuse forward Melissa Piacentini are College Hockey America’s player, goalie, and rookie of the week for the week ending January 20th.

Kunichika began the week with three goals, three assists, and the first star of the game award as the Engineers romped to an 11-0 win over Sacred Heart on Friday.

Ciampa made 40 saves and was the game’s first star on Saturday in the 3-2 win over Boston College.

Piacentini began the week with one goal in Syracuse’s 2-1 win over Lindenwood on Friday and had a pair in the 8-1 wind and series sweep on Saturday.

Jenner, Haddad, and Slebodnick Receive ECAC Honors

Cornell teammates forward Brianne Jenner and goalie Lauren Slebodnick; and Yale forward Jamie Haddad are the ECAC player, goalie, and rookie of the week.

Jenner began the week with three goals and two assists; while Slebodnick made 13 saves as Cornell skated to an 8-1 win over Syracuse on Tuesday. Jenner had another two goals and two assists, and Slebodnick made 20 saves in the 6-0 win over St. Lawrence on Friday. Jenner ended the week with one goal and one assist; and Slebodnick made 16 saves in the 3-1 win over Clarkson on Saturday.

Haddad found the back of the net twice as Yale edged Brown 3-2 on Thursday.

Hockey East Honors Carpenter, Coyne, Lefort, Gilligan, and Ott

Boston College forwards Alex Carpenter and Northeastern forward Kendall Coyne are the Hockey East co-players of the week, Boston University defenseman Sarah Lefort is the rookie of the week; and New Hampshire goalie Jenn Gilligan and Maine goalie Brittany Ott are the defensive players of the week.

Carpenter had a pair of goals and a helper as the Eagles opened the week with a 5-1 win over Mercyhurst on Friday. She added another pair of helpers in the 3-2 loss to the Lakers on Saturday.

Coyne began the week with a goal; assist; and the third star of the game honors on Wednesday; and Lefort had the hat trick for the Terriers as the Huskies lost 5-4 to Boston University. She added two goals, two assists, and the first star of the game award in the 8-7 win over Providence on Sunday.

Gilligan began her week with 26 saves in the Wildcats’ 4-2 win over Union on Tuesday. She added 13 more in the 3-1 win over Connecticut on Saturday and finished it with 19 more in the 2-0 shutout of Connecticut on Sunday.

Ott made 26 saves and was the game’s first star as Maine skated to a scoreless overtime tie with Vermont on Friday. She added another 23 in the 3-2 win over the Catamounts on Saturday.

WCHA Honors Kessel, Lacquette, and Amsley-Benzie

Minnesota forward Amanda Kessel, UMD forward B rigette Lacquette, and North Dakota goalie Shelby Amsley-Benzie are the WCHA offensive, defensive, and rookie players of the week.

Kessel found the back of the net three times; helped out on one more; and was the first star of the game as the Gophers blasted Minnesota State 8-1 on Friday and added three more assists and was the third star of the game in the 6-0 win and series sweep on Saturday.

Lacquette had one helper as the Bulldogs shutout Bemidji State 3-0 on Friday and had another goal and assist in the 4-2 win and series sweep on Saturday.

Amsley-Benzie made 19 saves and was the second star of the game on Saturday as North Dakota blanked Wisconsin 3-0 and made 29 more and was the third star of the game as the Badgers gained a split with a 2-1 win on Sunday.

Minnesota Tops Polls

The University of Minnesota topped both 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 first place votes in the latter.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll
1 Minnesota 190 (19)
2 Harvard
3 Boston College
4 4 Cornell
5 5 Boston University
6 6 Mercyhurst
7 7 Clarkson
8 8 Wisconsin
9 9 North Dakota
10 10 Ohio State

Others receiving votes: Minnesota Duluth, 4; Northeastern, 4; Dartmouth, 1.

USCHO.com Poll

1 Minnesota (15)
2 Harvard
3 Boston College
4 Cornell
5 Boston University
6 Mercyhurst
7 Clarkson
8 Wisconsin
9 Ohio State
10 North Dakota

Yale To Host White Out For Mandy Game

On Saturday, January 26th the Yale Bulldogs will host the White Out For Mandy game when they host the Colgate Raiders at Ingalls Rink.

The game is a fundraiser for the Mandi Schwartz Foundation that was started by Yale’s former Captain Aleca Hughes who graduated in 2012. The foundation is to honor Mandi Schwartz who graduated in 2010 and passed away in April 2011 when she lost her two year battle with cancer.

The team would like fans who are attending the game to wear white as a “White Out for Mandi” show of support.

The event will also help raise awareness of the need for marrow donors and umbilical cord blood donors. In an effort to save her life, Mandi had a stem cell transplant utilizing blood from two anonymous umbilical cord blood donations. Stem cells for patients with life-threatening illnesses like Mandi’s can also come from marrow donors. Yale hosts an annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive every spring to add potential donors to the Be The Match® Registry. To date, at least 14 matches for patients in need of transplants have been identified through those efforts. One of those matches was a Yale field hockey player, senior Lexy Adams.

The attendance record for a women’s hockey game at Ingalls Rink is 1,539, set on Nov. 1, 2005, when Team USA played an exhibition game against the ECAC Hockey All-Stars. The first “White Out for Mandi” drew a crowd of 1,066, the most ever for a Yale women’s hockey game. The capacity of Ingalls Rink is 3,500.

The weekend of Jan. 25-26 is also Alumnae Weekend at Ingalls Rink.

With information from the Yale Bulldogs

Women’s Ice Hockey Lends A Hand In the Community

Players will join Skate For Joy every Monday to lend a helping hand.

On Wednesday January 17th Providence College announced that the team has teamed up with Skate For Joy to help launch an Inner City Ice Hockey Club. Skate For Joy is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing ice skating to inner-city under-served children. The program is supported by Councilman Nicholas Narducci.

“The Skate for Joy Organization is a perfect partnership for us,” Head Coach Bob Deraney stated. “Their initiative to bring the fun of skating and ice hockey to the community is something we felt we needed to get involved with and welcome the opportunity they have provided us. The Skate for Joy program represents a lot of the same values that I hope our players and program possess. It is the perfect initiative to share the sport we love with the youth of our community and it is a true joy and privilege to be involved with.”

The players will join Skate For Joy every Monday to lend a hand on the ice. Players will assist in teaching skills in physical fitness as well as helping teach children how to respect themselves and others. Skate For Joy looks to create an environment that will assist each child in building self-esteem.

“The kids were awesome to be around and they were all so eager to work with us and learn,” freshman goaltender Allie Morse shared about the team’s involvement with Skate For Joy. “I think it’s great that our team is supporting this event.”

The team started helping out with on ice instruction this past Monday, Jan. 14 at the Bank of America Rink in downtown Providence.

“It has been such a great time teaching the kids to skate,” freshman Lexi Romanchuk stated about the opportunity to help. “Being able to see the excitement the children are experiencing from doing what we love was an amazing feeling and I couldn’t be happier the team is helping out.”

The coaching staff and the Skate For Joy organization first met during the summer of 2012. With the help of Providence and Coach Deraney, Skate For Joy has successfully launched the first hockey program since the start of the organization in 2001. The Friars help out with on ice instruction every Monday during the Skate For Joy 2012-13 season.

“We here at Skate For Joy cannot say enough about Coach Bob Deraney and his team,” Liz DeMetro the Executive Assistant of Skate For Joy shared. “Their support on and off the ice has been instrumental in launching the Skate For Joy hockey program.”

Courtesy Providence College Friars

The Games This Week

The week began with one game on Tuesday as Jenner had the hat trick; Jillian Saulnier had two goals; and Jessica Campbell, Erin Barley-Maloney, and Hayleigh Cudmore had singles for the Big Red; and Jacauie Greco scored the lone Orange goal.

In Hockey East action on Wednesday Sarah Lefort had the hat trick; while Louise Warren and Isabel Menard had singles as Boston College nipped Northeastern 5-4. Paige Savage, Kendall Coyne, Lucie Povova, and Brittany Esposito scored for Northeastern.

In ECAC action on Thursday Jamie Haddad had a pair; while Stephanie Mock had the single as Yale nipped Brown 3-2. Alena Polenska and Laurie Jolin scored for the Bears.

In the series between Boston College and Mercyhurst that began on Friday night with a 5-1 Boston College win Alex Carpenter and Ashley Motherwell added a pair each; while Emily Field had the single for the Eagles; while Jenna Dingeldein had the lone Lakers’ marker. Mercyhurst gained a split with a 3-2 win on Saturday as Dingeldein, Emily Janiga, and Christine Bestland scored the Lakers’ goals; while Melissa Bizzari and Blake Bolden scored for Boston College.

RIT got goals from Tenecia Hiller and Kourtney Kunichika who got three each; while Marissa Maugeri, Ariane Yokoyama, Kim Schlattman, Jess Paton, and Casidhe Kunichika added singles as the Tigers romped to an 11-0 win over Sacred Heart on Friday. Maugeri, Kristina Moss, Celeste Brown, Lindsay Grigg, and Jess Paton scored for RIT as they completed the sweep with a 6-0 win on Saturday.

Brittany Lyons and Nicole Kosta scored for Quinnipiac in their 2-1 win over Robert Morris on Friday night. Kristen Richards added the lone Colonials’ marker. Lyons, Regan Boulton, and Nicole Connery added the Quinnipiac goals on Saturday as they completed the sweep with a 3-2 win. Rebecca Vint and Katie Fergus got the goals for Robert Morris.

Melissa Piacentini and Julie Knerr scored for Syracuse; while Kendra Broad added the lone Lindenwood goal as the Orange won 2-1 on Friday; while Piacentini, Sadie St. Germain, and Shiann Darkangelo added a pair each; and Margot Scharfe and Nicole Ferrara added singles as the Orange completed the sweep with an 8-1 win on Saturday. Allysson Arcibal added the lone Lindenwood marker.

There were three games in ECAC conference play on Friday.

Danielle Skirrow scored twice; while Christine Lambert added a single as Clarkson skated to a 3-1 win over Colgate. Jocelyn Simpson added the lone Raiders’ marker.

Reagan Fischer added a pair; while Jenna Hobeika got a single as Dartmouth blanked Union 3-0.

Jessica Campbell and Brianne Jenner added a pair each; while Victoria Pittens and Emily Fulton added one each as Cornell blanked St. Lawrence 6-0.

In Hockey East series action Vermont and Maine skated to a scoreless overtime tie on Friday; while the Black Bears came out on the winning end of a 3-2 overtime score on Saturday thanks to goals from Missy Denk, Hailey Browne, and Brittany Huneke; while Kellie Dineen and Sarah Campbell scored for the Catamounts.
In the Saturday-Sunday series New Hampshire got goals from Kristina Lavoie, Arielle O’Neill, and Kristine Horn in their 3-1 win over Connecticut. Sarah MacDonnell got the lone Huskies’ marker. Sara Carlson and Lavoie scored for the Wildcats in their 2-0 victory on Sunday.

Casey Pickett and Kendall Coyne had a pair each; while Rachel Llanes, Kelly Wallace, Brittany Esposito, and Katie MacSorley added singles as Northeastern won the scoring battle with Providence with an 8-7 win on Sunday. Molly Illikainen added a couple; while Haley Frade, Lexi Romanchuk, Maggie Pendleton, Rebecca Morse, and Courtney Kukowski added singles for the Friars.

There were three games that took place in ECAC conference play on Saturday.

Eleeza Cox and Jenn Godin scored for Renssselaer; while Sasha Nanji and Sasha Nanji did the same for Dartmouth as the teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie.

Jillian Dempsey scored the lone goal of the game as Harvard shut the door on Union 1-0.

Monica Masucci, and Alena Polenska scored for Brown; while Ashley Dunbar added the Yale marker as the Bears nipped the Bulldogs 2-1.

There were four series in WCHA action on Friday and Saturday.

Molli Mott scored for St. Cloud State; while Danielle Gagne added the lone Ohio State marker as the teams skated to a 1-1 overtime tie on Friday. Ally Tarr found the back of the net twice; Taylor Kuehl added one as the Buckeyes skated to a 3-1 win on Saturday. Abby Ness scored for the Huskies.

Minnesota-Duluth got goals from Jamie Kenyon, Pernilla Winberg, and Pernilla Winberg in their 3-0 shutout of Bemidji State on Friday. Winberg, Gillanders, Jenna McParland, and Brigette Lacquette added the Bulldogs’ goals as the team completed the sweep by doubling the Beavers 4-2 on Saturday. Rachael Kelly and Alex Ehlert added the Beavers’ goals.

Minnesota got goals from Amanda Kessel who had three, and Rachael Bona who had two; and Becky Kortum, Rachel Ramsey, and Meghan Lorence had singles as the Gophers romped to an 8-1 win over Minnesota State on Friday. Hannah Brandt and Megan Bozek had a pair each; and Milica McMillen and Bona had singles as the team completed the sweep with a 6-0 win on Saturday.

Jocelyne Lamoureux scored twice; and Michelle Karvinen added one as North Dakota blanked Wisconsin 3-0 on Friday. Katy Josephs and Madison Packer added the Badgers’ goals as Wisconsin gained a split with a 2-1 win on Saturday. Jocelyne Lamoureux got the lone goal for North Dakota.

In the Canadian Women’s Hockey League Kasey Boucher scored the lone goal on Saturday as the Boston Braves blanked the Toronto Fluries 1-0. In the rematch on Sunday the Braves swept the series with a 5-2 win as Whitney Naslund led the way with two goals; and Hilary Knight, Meagan Duggan, and Caitlin Cahow had singles for the Braves; and Natalie Spooner and Rebecca Johnson scored for Toronto.

In the other two game series Montreal doubled Brampton 6-3 on Saturday as Caroline Ouellett, Marie-Eve Provost, Dominic Thibault, Anne-Sophie Bettez, and Noemie Marin added the Stars goals; while Gillian Apps had a pair; and Sarah Moe added a single for Brampton. The stars completed the sweep with a 9-1 blasting on Sunday. Bettez led the way with a hat trick; Carloyne Prevost had two goals; and Ouellette, Provost, Meghan Agosta-Marciano, and Julie Chu had singles. Laura MacIntosh added the Brampton marker.

The Leaders

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

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 17-4-1; while Bestland tops all scorers with 14 goals and 32 assists in 22 games played. Lakers goalie Stephanie Ciampa is 10-1-0 with a 1.19 GAA, and 0.945 SAV% to top all netminders.

With their 16-1-1 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 9-1-0 with a goals against average of 0.54, and a 0.968 SAV% to lead all goalies.

Boston College has a 17-4-2 record to top the Hockey East standings; while Eagles forward Alex Carpenter has found the back of the net 18 times while lending a helping hand on 25 more in the 23 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 24-0-0 to top the WCHA standings. Kessel leads all goal scorers with 71 points (34G, 37A); and teammate Noora Raty is tops among goalies with her 22-0-0 record, 0.94 GAA, and 0.956 SAV%.

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