Women’s Weekly: January 4th, 2011

Vint and DiCiocco Are CHA’s Best

Robert Morris forward Rebecca Vint and goalie Kristen DiCiocco are the College Hockey America player, rookie, and goalie of the week.

Vint added a goal, assist, and was the second star of the game; while DiCiocco made 36 saves as Robert Morris lost 3-2 to Bemidji State on Friday. Vint added another assist; while DiCiocco made 24 saves as the Colonials were edged 3-2 by the Beavers on Saturday.

Vigilanti and Shields are the ECAC’s Best for December

Quinnipiac netminder Victoria Vigilanti and Clarkson rearguard Jennifer Shields are the ECAC player, goalie, and rookie of the month for December.

Vigilanit began the month with 16 saves on Friday, December 2nd as Quinnipiac began the month with a 3-0 shutout of Brown. She followed that up with 26 more as the team shutout Princeton 1-0 on December 9th and ended it with 21 more and the first star of the game award in the 3-0 win over Princeton the following night.

Hockey East Honors Coyne, Boyles, and Carpenter

Northeastern forward Kendall Coyne and Boston College teammates goalie Corrine Boyles and forward Alex Carpenter are the Hockey East player, goalie, and rookie of the month for December.

Coyne began December with two goals and the second star of the game honors as Northeastern and New Hampshire skated to a 3-3 overtime tie on Saturday, December 3rd. She followed that up with one goal, one assist, and the second star of the game award as the Huskies skated to a 5-1 win over New Hampshire on December 4th. Coyne ended the month with a goal, two assists, and the first star of the game honors as Northeastern skated to a 4-1 win over Boston College on Wednesday, December 7th.

Carpenter found the back of the net once and lent a helping hand on one more; while Boyles made 21 saves as Boston College began the month with a 4-3 win over Maine on December 3rd. Boyles made 18 saves as the team completed the sweep of Maine with a 1-0 win on December 4th. Carpenter found the twine once, while Boyles stopped 43 shots as Northeastern doubled Mercyhurst 4-2 on December 9th. Carpenter scored once and assisted on one more; while Boyles made 30 saves as BC ended the month with a 3-2 loss to Mercyhurst on December 10th.

Angela Ruggiero Retires

One of the greatest female hockey players in history has announced her retirement.

Angela Ruggiero, a four-time Olympian and one of the greatest women’s ice hockey players in history, officially announced her retirement from the U.S. Women’s National Team Program today.

She competed 16 years for the United States and has played more games (256) in a Team USA uniform than any other ice hockey player in the country’s history. In total, she finished her career with the U.S. Women’s National Team Program having recorded 208 points, including 67 goals and 141 assists.

“I feel honored and privileged to have represented the USA program over the past 16 years,” said Ruggiero, who is a native of Simi Valley, Calif., but also spent time growing up in Harper Woods, Mich. “USA Hockey will always be a part of me and I will cherish the experiences and memories with this team. Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way. I am now looking forward to my next career, as well as continuing my work representing the athletes of the world through my roles on the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee.”

Ruggiero, 31, a star player on all four U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Teams to date, won a gold medal in 1998 as the youngest member (18 years old) of the team; a silver medal in 2002 where she was named the tournament’s top defenseman; a bronze medal in 2006 where she tied for the lead among tournament defensemen with six points (2-4) and was named the tournament’s top defenseman for a second time; and another silver medal at the 2010 Olympics where she was named to the media all-star team.

Ruggiero, who was the top-ranked female hockey player in the world by The Hockey News in 2003, represented Team USA in 10 IIHF Women’s World Championships (gold-2005, 2008-09, 2011; silver-1997, 1999-01, 2004, 2007). In 2005, she scored the shootout goal that gave Team USA its first-ever gold medal in the IIHF Women’s World Championship. She was named the tournament’s top defenseman four times (2001, 2004-05, 2008) and earned a spot on the media all-star team on four occasions (2004-05, 2007, 2009).

USA Hockey’s Bob Allen Women’s Player of the Year in 2003 and 2004, Ruggiero graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in government. She was an NCAA First Team Academic All-American in 2004 and also earned the NCAA’s Top VIII Award that year as one of the top eight student-athletes in the entire NCAA. ESPN.com also named her one of the top-16 female athletes in the world in 2004.

Ruggiero accumulated 253 points (96-157) in her four-year career (1998-2000/2002-04) at Harvard to rank sixth all-time at the University and first among defensemen. The four-time NCAA All-American captured the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award in 2004, an honor bestowed annually on the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey. Ruggiero was a finalist for the honor in each of her four collegiate campaigns.

Ruggiero made history on Jan. 28, 2005, when she and her brother, Bill, competed for the Central Hockey League’s Tulsa Oilers, becoming the first-ever brother-sister tandem to play in a professional hockey game in North America. In that contest, she also became the first female non-goalie to play in a professional hockey game in North America.

Off the ice, Ruggerio, who earned a master’s degree in sport management from the University of Minnesota in January 2011, has inspired the same leadership she created on the ice. The United States Olympic Committee board member was elected (eight-year term) to a highly regarded position as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athlete’s Commission in 2010. The commission serves as a consultative body and is the link between active athletes and the International Olympic Committee. She was later appointed to the IOC Evaluation Commission to examine potential host cities for the2018 Olympic Games and is currently a member of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, and the IOC Entourage Commission.

In addition, Ruggiero is the founder of the All American Girls’ Hockey School; the author of “Breaking the Ice,” her inspirational autobiography; and the former director of the New York Islanders’ Project Hope – an organization that provides young Chinese athletes with access to educational opportunities. In 2007, she appeared in the sixth season of Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice” on NBC. Her charitable efforts are far-reaching and include involvement with the ProSports MVP Olympic Heroes Tour, Right to Play, and momsteam.com.

Courtesy USA Hockey

World U18 Gets Underway

The World U18 Championships got underway New Year’s Eve in Zlin and Prervov, CZE with four games.
In game number one Michelle Lowenhielm, Linn Peterson, Julia Lennartson, and Sabina Kuller all scored for Sweden; while Klara Manazkova added the Czech goal as Sweden skated to a 4-1 win over the Czech Republic.
Catherine Dubois led the way with the hat trick; Taylor Woods and Cayley Mercer scored twice each; and Rebecca Kohler, Luara Stacey, Alexis Crossley, Nicole Connery, and Emily Clark scored for Canada in their 13-1 blasting of Switzerland. Isabel Waidacher added the lone Swiss marker.

Haley Skarupa had the hat trick; while Dana Trivigno scored twice; and Paige Savage, Miye D’Oench, and Sydney Daniels had singles as the USA blasted Russia 8-0.

Anna Kilponen, Jenna Suokko, and Suvi Ollikainen had Finland’s markers as the Finns closed out the day with a 3-0 shutout over Germany.

On Sunday Tereza Vanislova and Klara Chmelova scored the Czech goals as the Czech Republic blanked Russia 2-0.

Stanz got the hat trick; while singles came off the sticks of Selina Wuttke and Waidacher as Switzerland skated to a 5-3 win over Finland. Venla Kotkaslahti, Anni Rantanen, and Emma Ritari scored the Finnish markers.

Skarupa had the hat trick; Anne Panowski scored twice; and Alex Carpenter and Trivgno had singles as Team USA shutout Sweden 7-0.

Woods, Erin Ambrose, Stacey, Cydney Roesler, Kohler, and Dubois all scored for Canada in their 6-0 shutout of Germany.

The Leaders

Skarupa leads all scorers with six goals; while Canadian Elaine Chuli is the best goalie with her 0.00 GAA, and 1.000 SAV%.

The Games To Come

Preliminary round concludes with four games on Tuesday as Sweden takes on Russia, Switzerland faces Germany, the USA takes on the Czech Republic, and Canada plays Finland.

Three games will take place on Wednesday as Sweden faces Finland; and Germany takes on the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals; while Switzerland faces Russia in the relegation round game.

On Friday the semi finals will take place; while the loser of the Sweden-Finland game will face the loser of the Germany-Czech Republic contest; and Russia and Switzerland will play their second relegation round game.

On Saturday the semi final losers will face off in the bronze medal game; Russia and Switzerland will play their third relegation round game; and the gold medal game will be played.

The Games This Week

On Friday Natasha Kostenko, Kimberly Lieder, and Whitney Wivoda scored for Bemidji State; while Anneline Lauziere and Rebecca Vint did the same for Robert Morris as the Beavers edged the Colonials 3-2 at the RMU Showcase at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. In the second game of the series on Saturday Bemidji State completed the sweep with a 3-2 win on goals from Kristin Huber, Tess Dusik, and Kostenko. Both Colonials’ goals came off the stick of Kelsey Thomas.

Gabie Figueroa and Sally Butler scored for Princeton; while Paige Semenza and Ally Tarr added the Ohio State goals as the Tigers and the Buckeyes skated to a 2-2 overtime tie on Friday. The teams skated to a 1-1 overtime draw on Saturday as Paige Semenza added the Buckeyes’ marker; while Butler scored for the Tigers.

In independent action Melissa Robbins scored twice; while Tara Kent, Maura Leahy, and Meaghan Souza added singles for Sacred Heart; and Megan Gerein and Amber Aaskov added Nichols’ goals as Sacred Heart won game one of the Saint Michaels’ tournament with a 5-2 victory on Friday.

Sacred Heart skated to a 3-1 win over Saint Michaels on Saturday as Jamie Mey, Robbins, and Sara Hanna scored for them; while Kristen Spulecki added the Saint Michaels’ marker.

The Leaders

Mercyhurst is 14-4-0 to lead the CHA standings; while Mercyhurst forward Bailey Bram leads all scorers with 27 goals and 27 assists in 18 games played. Between the pipes her teammate Hilary Pattenden is 12-4-0 with a 1.72 GAA, and 0.939 SAV%.

Clarkson is the best team in the ECAC at 12-4-4; while Cornell freshman forward Jillian Saulnier tops all scorers with 14 goals and 11 assists in the 12 games that she has skated in. In the nets based on goals against average Clarkson netminde Erica Howe is 12-4-4 with a 1.55 GAA, and 0.935 SAV%.

Northeastern is the top team in Hockey East with their 13-4-1 record. Among skaters Northeastern’s Kendall Coyne takes over the scoring lead with 14 goals and 12 assists in 16 games; and Florence Schelling is 12-4-1 with a goals against average of 1.64 and 0.941 SAV%.

Wisconsin sports a 19-1-0 record to lead the WCHA standings; and Badger forward Brianna Decker has 48 points from 21 goals and 27 assists to lead all point getters. In the nets Wisconsin’s Alex Rigsby is 19-1-0 with a goals against average of 1.34 and 0.949 SAV%.

Among independents Sacred Heart is 5-9-0; while Lindenwood forward Allison Wickenheiser has six goals and 12 assists in 19 games; and Sacred Heart’s Alexis Schutt is 5-7-0 with a 4.70 GAA and 0.900 SAV%

The Games To Come
Action resumes on Monday as Colgate is at home to Syracuse.

On Tuesday Connecticut welcomes Harvard; and Dartmouth is at home to Vermont.

Yale hosts Brown; and Lindenwood makes their way to Grand Forks to face North Dakota on Wednesday.

One CHA series begins on Friday as Syracuse hosts Mercyhurst on Friday and Saturday.

On Thursday Northeastern is at home to Clarkson; while Boston College welcomes St. Lawrence.

In the non-conference series Providence is at home to Robert Morris.

In ECAC conference action on Friday Rensselaer is at home to Colgate; Union welcomes Cornell; Dartmouth makes their way to Quinnipiac; and Princeton hosts Harvard.

Clarkson is in Boston to face Boston College, and Northeastern is at home to St. Lawrence.

Three Friday-Saturday series will get underway in the WCHA on Friday as Bemidji State is at home to Minnesota State; Wisconsin is in St. Paul-Minneapolis to face Minnesota; and St. Cloud State plays host to Ohio State.

On Saturday in ECAC action Union is at home to Colgate; Cornell is at Rensselaer; Princeton hosts Dartmouth; and Harvard and Quinnipiac take to the ice in Hamden.

There is also one exhibition game as Yale is at home to McGill.

Connecticut welcomes Brown also on Saturday.

Maine hosts Hockey East rivals Boston University on Sunday.

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