Women’s Weekly: March 3rd

Syracuse Sweeps Weekly CHA Awards

Syracuse forwards Isabel Menard and Margot Scharfe and goalie Kallie Billadeau are College Hockey America’s player, rookie, and goalie of the week for the week ending February 27th.

Menard added one assist, Scharfe scored once, and Billadeau made 22 saves as Syracuse skated to a 2-1 win over Niagara on Friday. Scharfe was the third star of the game. Menard had a three point night (two goals, one assist), while Scharfe tallied two assists, and Billadeau made 21 saves as the Orange completed the series sweep with a 4-2 win on Saturday.

Hockey East Honors Pickett, Morse, and Schelling

Northeastern teammates forward Casey Pickett and goalie Florence Schelling and Providence rearguard Rebecca Morse are the Hockey East player, defensive player, and rookie of the week.

Pickett added two goals and one assist; and Schelling made 25 saves as Northeastern moved into the Hockey East semis with a 4-0 win over Connecticut on Saturday. Schelling was the game’s first star and Pickett the second.

Morse added one goal as Providence moved into the semifinals with a 5-2 win over Maine on Saturday.

Fischer, Overguard Are ECAC’s Best Defensive Forwards

On Sunday the ECAC announced that Dartmouth College’s Reagan Fischer and Cornell’s Karlee Overguard are the co-winners of the ECAC Defensive Forward of the Year award.

Fischer scored nine goals and assisted on 19 more in the 31 games with Cornell this season, putting her tied for 14th in scoring this season. She currently leads her team with a plus-14 rating.

One of the all-around leaders for Dartmouth, Fischer has developed into a solid player at both ends of the ice for the Big Green during her three years in Hanover. The Irma, Alberta native currently leads her team in the plus/minus category with a plus-14. She can often be seen on the ice blocking shots and leading the special teams. She set a new career-high in assists in a single game with three in a 5-0 win over Connecticut and tied a career-high for points in a game (four) in that same contest this season.

Overguard tallied 26 points (8 goals, 18 assists) in 28 games, putting her tied for 26th in scoring. The Sundre, Alberta native plays a significant role on Cornell’s penalty-killing unit which has only surrendered four goals in 77 opportunities during conference action this season. The Big Red has killed off 94.8 percent of opponents’ power-plays in the 22 league games and 93.8 percent overall, which is best in the nation for the second consecutive season. Overguard has also helped Cornell’s defense post 11 shutouts on the season. She is also one of three main faceoff persons for the Big Red and currently has a plus-21 rating.

Information Courtesy of the ECAC website

Finland Wins European Champions Cup

Ilves Tampere won the European Champions Cup as they won all four of their games that they played. They won the tournament with a 1-0 win over Aisulu Almaty from Kazakhstan on Sunday, thanks to a goal from former University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldog Saara Tuominen.

Also on Sunday SKIF Nizhni Novogorod edged HC Luongo 5-4 for the bronze medal as Yekaterina Smolentseva led the way with two goals.

The tournament began on Friday with two games as Ilves Tampere skated to a 5-3 win over SKIF Nizhni Novogorod as Tawni Mattila led the way with two goals; and former New Hampshire Wildcat Kira Misikowetz scored the game winner 8:58 into the second as HC Luongo edged Aisulu Almaty, 2-1.

There were two more games on Saturday as Karoliina Rantamaki had a goal and assist as SKI Novogorod edged AIS Aisulu Almaty, 2-1; and Sari Karna scored twice in Ilves Tampere’s 5-4 win over HC Luongo.

Misikowetz finished the tournament as the top scorer with four goals and three assists in three games; while AIS Aisuly Almaty’s Daria Obydennova had a 1.62 GAA and a SAV% of .960 to lead all goalies.

Best Players Selected By The Tournament Directorate

Best Goalkeeper 20 OBYDENNOVA Daria AIS – Aisulu Almaty
Best Defenseman 23 BULLO Nicole LUG – HC Lugano
Best Forward 23 TUOMINEN Saara ILV – Ilves Tampere

Wisconsin Tops Polls

Wisconsin is once again the top team in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls this week. They received all 19 first place votes in the first and all 15 in the second.

The top five remained the same from last week in the first poll with Cornell taking second place, Mercyhurst finishing third, Boston University fourth, and Minnesota fifth in the first poll; while Cornell finished second in the USCHO.com poll with Minnesota and Mercyhurst doing the flip flop as the Gophers moved up one spot to third, and the Lakers dropped one to fourth. Boston University stayed at fifth.

Women’s College Hockey Poll – March 1, 2011
1. Wisconsin 190 (19)
2. Cornell 171
3. Mercyhurst 139
4. Boston University 136
5. Minnesota 122
6. Minnesota Duluth 97
7. Boston College 74
8. North Dakota 53
9. Providence 28
10. Dartmouth 21
Others receiving votes: Harvard University, 8; Quinnipiac University, 6.

USCHO.com DI Poll–February 28, 2011
1 Wisconsin (15)
2 Cornell
3 Minnesota
4 Mercyhurst
5 Boston University
6 Minnesota-Duluth
7 Boston College
8 North Dakota
9 Dartmouth
10 Providence
Others Receiving Votes: Harvard 3

The Games This Week

The final weekend of regular season play got underway in College Hockey America on Friday as Kelsey Welch scored the game winner 4:57 into overtime to give Syracuse a 2-1 win over Niagara. Isabel Menard added two goals and one assist as the Orange completed the sweep with a 4-2 win on Saturday.
Meghan Agosta scored twice to lead Mercyhurst to a 6-2 win over Robert Morris on Friday.

In ECAC quarterfinal action Danielle Skirrow had a goal and assist to lead Clarkson to a 4-1 win over Dartmouth on Friday. Dartmouth evened the series with a 4-2 win on Saturday as Amanda Trunzo and Sasha Nanji led the way with a goal and assist each. The Big Green took the series with a 4-3 win on Sunday as Camille Dumais scored the series winner 18:37 into overtime. Jillian Dempsey scored twice to lead Harvard to a 6-1 win over St. Lawrence. Kate Buesser’s hat trick paved the way for the Crimson’s series sweep with an 8-3 win on Saturday. Brittany Lyons’ goal with five seconds left in regulation gave Quinnipiac a 2-1 win over Princeton on Friday; while Kelly Babstock scored the series winner at the 2:31 mark of the second period in Saturday’s 2-1 Quinnipiac victory. Rebecca Johnson had a goal and assist as Cornell skated to a 3-2 win over Rensselaer and had the hat trick in Saturday’s 6-1 Big Red win and series sweep.

In Saturday’s Hockey East quarterfinals, Casey Pickett had two goals and two assists as Northeastern blanked Connecticut 4-0; and Laura Veharanta’s two goals led Providence to a 5-2 win over Maine.

In WCHA first round action Friday, Jen Schoullis scored twice to lead Minnesota to a 4-2 win over Ohio State. Amanda Kessel’s goal 16:51 into the third was the game winner as the Gophers swept the Buckeyes with a 3-2 win on Saturday. Elin Holmlov scored twice to lead Minnesota-Duluth to a 3-0 shutout of Minnesota State on Friday. The Bulldogs got goals from Audrey Cournoyer, Vanessa Thibault, Jessica Wong, Katherine Wilson, and Jocelyne Larocque in their 5-0 win and series sweep on Saturday. Meghan Duggan had two goals and an assist to lead Wisconsin on its 9-3 rout of St. Cloud State on Friday; while Brianna Decker added one goal and two assists in the Badgers’ 5-1 win and series sweep on Saturday. Stephanie Roy added the game winner with 4:52 left in regulation as North Dakota edged Bemidji State 3-2. The Beavers sent the series the distance with a 3-0 win on Saturday thanks to goals from Sadie Lundquist, Kimberly Lieder, and Lauren Williams. Monique Lamoureux-Kolls scored the series winner for the Fighting Sioux with a goal 16:00 into overtime for the 3-2 win on Sunday.

The Leaders

Mercyhurst finished the season with a perfect 16-0-0 conference record and ended up 27-5-0 to finish first in the CHA standings. Agosta won the CHA scoring title with 33 goals and 46 assists in 31 games played; while her teammate Hilary Pattenden is the top goalie at 25-5-0 with a 1.97 GAA and a .921 SAV%.

Johnson leads all ECAC playoff scorers with four goals and one assist; while Quinnipiac’s Victoria Vigilanti leads all goalies with her 2-0-0 record, 0.50 GAA, and a .974 SAV%.

Pickett is the top playoff scorer in Hockey East with two goals and one assist; while Schelling (1-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 SAV%) leads all goalies.

Decker has three goals and four assists to lead the WCHA playoff scoring race; while UMD’s Jennifer Harss is 1-0-0 with a 0.00 GAA and 1.000 SAV% to lead all goalies.

The Games To Come

On Thursday Wayne State faces Robert Morris in CHA quarterfinal action in Syracuse. The semifinals will take place on Friday as Niagara takes on Syracuse; and Mercyhurst faces the winner of Thursday’s quarterfinal match. The championship game will be played on Saturday.

The ECAC semis will be played on Thursday as Harvard takes on Dartmouth; and Cornell faces Quinnipiac with the winners facing off for the championship on Saturday.

In Hockey East action in Boston on Saturday Boston University and Northeastern faceoff in game one; while the second game has Boston College hosting Providence at Boston University. The winners will face off for the championship on Sunday.

In WCHA semifinal action in Minneapolis-St. Paul Wisconsin faces North Dakota; and Minnesota-Duluth takes on Minnesota on Friday with the winners playing for the WCHA championship on Saturday.

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