Scharfe , Drinkwater, and Raniwsky Are CHA Award Winners
Syracuse teammates forward Margot Scharfe and netminder Jenesica Drinkwater and Niagara forward Kayla Raniwsky are the College Hockey America player, goalie, and rookie of the week for the week ending February 26th. 2012.
Raniwsky scored once for Niagara; and Scharfe added a goal and assist for Syracuse as the Purple Eagles nipped the Orange 3-2 on Friday. Raniwsky added another goal; while Drinkwater made 24 saves for Syracuse as the Orange gained a split in the series with a 2-1 win on Saturday.
ECAC Honors Dempsey, Kosta, and Vigilanti
Harvard forward Jillian Dempsey and Quinnipiac teammates forward Nicole Kosta and goalie Victoria Vigilanti are the ECAC player, rookie, and goalie of the week.
Dempsey added one assist as Harvard skated to a 5-3 win over Princeton on Friday and followed that up with three goals, one assist, and the game’s first star award in the Crimson’s 4-3 win and series sweep on Saturday.
Kosta chipped in a pair of goals and one assist; while Vigilanti made 25 saves as the Bobcats skated to a 4-1 win over Clarkson on Friday. Kosta added one assist; and Vigilanti made 21 more saves in the Bobcats’ 2-1 loss to Clarkson on Saturday.
Hockey East Honors Wakefield, Tutino, and Lacasse
Boston University teammates forwards Jenn Wakefield and Kayla Tutino and Providence goalie Genevieve Lacasse are the Hockey East player, rookie, and defensive players of the week.
Wakefield added three goals, one assist, and the game’s first star award; while Tutino lent a helping hand on three goals as Boston University cruised to a 9-1 win over New Hampshire in the Hockey East quarters on Sunday.
Lacasse made 38 saves and was the third star of the game as Providence College blanked Maine 6-0 in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
Wisconsin Tops Both Polls
The University of Wisconsin topped both the USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazone and USCHO.com polls.
The Badgers received 17 of 19 first place votes in the first poll and 13 of 15 in the second.
The top four remained the same from last week as Minnesota finished second; Cornell third; and Boston College fourth. Cornell got one first place vote in the first poll and the final two in the second.
North Dakota moved up one spot to fifth in the first poll and remained at fifth in the second.
1 University of Wisconsin, 188 (17)
2 University of Minnesota, 165
3 Cornell University, 160 (1)
4 Boston College, 128
5 University of North Dakota, 99
6 Mercyhurst College, 95
7 Northeastern University, 79
8 Harvard University, 53
9 Boston University, 39
10 St. Lawrence University, 21
Others receiving votes: University of Minnesota Duluth, 14; Bemidji State University, 4.
USCHO.com Division I Women’s Poll
February 27, 2012
1 Wisconsin (13)
3 Cornell (2)
4 Boston College
5 North Dakota
9 Boston University
10 St. Lawrence
Others receiving votes: Minnesota-Duluth 15, Bemidji State 1.
The Games This Week
In the final week of regular season play in College Hockey America action Niagara got goals from Erica Owczarczak who had two; and Raniwsky had a single as the Purple Eagles nipped Syracuse 3-2 on Friday night. Scharfe and Holly Carrie-Mattimoe added the Orange markers.
In ECAC quarterfinal action St. Lawrence advanced to the semis with a sweep of Dartmouth. Kelly Sabatine scored twice; and Alley Bero and Karell Émard added singles in the 4-3 win on Friday night; while the Big Green got goals from Camille Dumais who had two and Karlee Odland added a single. Vanessa Emond and Mel Desrochers added all of the offense in the Saints’ 2-0 shutout win on Saturday.
Cornell also swept their series with Brown in two games as Rebecca Johnston scored twice; and Catherine White and Erin Barley-Maloney added singles as the Big Red doubled the Bears 4-2 on Friday. Alena Polenska and Lauren Vella added the Brown goals. Laura Fortino scored twice; and Jillian Saulnier, Erin Barley-Maloney, Brianne Jenner, and Chelsea Karpenko added the Cornell markers.
Harvard got goals from Lyndsey Fry who had three; and Gina McDonald and Josephine Pucci had one each in the Crimson’s 5-3 win over Princeton on Friday. The Crimson completed the sweep with a 4-3 overtime win on Saturday as Marissa Gedman scored the game winner 17:59 into the overtime; while Jillian Dempsey added the other three goals in regulation. Heather Landry, Kelly Cooke, and Sally Butler scored for Princeton.
The series between Quinnipiac and Clarkson went the distance as Nicole Kosta added two goals; while Erica Uden Johansson and Kelly Babstock added singles as the Bobcats skated to a 4-1 win over the Golden Knights on Friday. Katelyn Ptolemy scored the lone Clarkson goal. Jamie Lee Rattray added the game winner 3:33 into the second as the Golden Knights gained a split with a 2-1 win with Danielle Skirrow adding the other goal. Uden Johansson added the Bobcats’ marker. Quinnipiac won the series with a 2-0 win on Saturday as Kosta and Brittany Lyons added the goals.
In the Hockey East single elimination quarterfinal game on Friday night Providence got goals from Haley Frade, Jessica Vella, Ashley Cottrell, Jessica Cohen, Abby Gauthier, and Laura Veharanta in their 6-0 win over the Maine Black Bears.
On Sunday Boston University got three goals from Jenn Wakefield; and Louise Warren, Shannon Stoneburgh, Jill Cardella, Marie-Philip Poulin, Carly Warren, and Isabel Menard added singles as the Terriers cruised to a 9-1 win over New Hampshire. Arielle O’Neill added the lone Wildcats’ goal.
In WCHA quarterfinal action North Dakota swept their series with Bemidji State. Kelsey Ketcher scored twice; and Candace Molle added a single in the 3-1 win on Friday with Erika Wheelhouse adding the lone Beavers’ marker. Monique Lamoureux-Kolls and Jocelyne Lamoureux added the goals in the 2-0 shutout victory on Saturday.
Minnesota-Duluth also swept their series with Ohio State beginning with a 4-3 win on Friday as Jamie Kenyon scored twice; and Jenna McParland and Haley Irwin added singles. Irwin scored twice; and Shara Jasper once in the 3-2 win and series sweep on Saturday. Tina Hollowell and Paige Semenza added the Buckeyes’ goals.
Rachael Bona, Emily West, Bethany Brausen, Kelly Terry, Nikki Ludwigson, and Baylee Gillanders scored for Minnesota in their 6-1 win over St. Cloud State on Friday. Amanda Kessel had the hat trick; and West had a single as the Gophers swept the Hukies with a 6-0 shutout on Saturday.
Brooke Ammerman scored four times; while Brianna Decker had two and Brittany Ammerman a single as Wisconsin blanked Minnesota State 7-0 on Friday. The Badgers finished off the Mavericks with another shutout on Saturday as Brooke Ammerman, Katy Josephs, Decker, and Carolyne Prévost all added singles in the 4-0 win.
Mercyhurst finished the year as the top team in the CHA standings with their 22-6-3 record. Mercyhurst forward Bailey Bram finished as the top scorer with 26 goals and 40 assists in 29 games; while Robert Morris netminder Kristen DiCiocco was the top goalie with her 15-9-3 record, 1.96 GAA, and 0.926 SAV%.
There’s a four way tie for the ECAC playoff scoring lead as Dempsey (3g, 2a), Kosta (3g, 2A), Karpenko (1g, 4a) , and Harvard forward Samantha Reber (5a) all have five points. Cornell’s Amanda Mazzotta (2-0-0, 1.00 GAA, 0.926 SAV%) is the top goalie.
Wakefield and Menard are the top scorers in the Hockey East playoff race as Wakefield has found the net three times while lending a helping hand on one more; and Menard has one goal and three helpers. Providence’s Genevieve Lacasse is 1-0-0 with a 0.00 GAA, and 1.000 SAV% to lead all goalies.
Brooke Ammerman has found the back of the net five times while lending a helping hand on one more to lead all WCHA scorers; while her teammate Alex Rigsby is 2-0-0 with a 0.00 GAA, and 1.000 SAV%.
The Games To Come
In CHA semifinal action Robert Morris welcomes Niagara; while Mercyhurst plays host to Syracuse on Friday with the winners playing for the championship on Saturday.
Cornell is at home to Quinnipiac; while St. Lawrence makes their way to Cambridge to face Harvard in the ECAC semis on Friday with the winners to play for the championship on Saturday.
The Hockey East semis on Saturday will see Northeastern take on Providence; and Boston College faces Boston University in Hyannis, MA.
In WCHA action Wisonsin takes on Minnesota-Duluth; while Minnesota is at home to North Dakota on Friday with the winners of those series to faceoff for the championship on Saturday. All games will be played in Duluth, MN.