Niagara Sweeps CHA Awards
Niagara defenseman Erica Owczarczak, goalie Abby Ryplanski, and forward Kalli Funk are the CHA player, goalie, and rookie of the week for the week ending November 6th. Owczarczak scored the game winner at the 13:45 mark of the first and was the second star of the game, and Ryplanski made 19 saves and was the first star as Niagara edged Colgate 2-1 on Friday. Funk scored the only goal of the game; and Ryplanski made 27 saves as Niagara completed the sweep with a 1-0 win on Saturday. Funk was the game’s first star and Ryplanski the second.
ECAC Honors Laing, Saulnier, and Gallagher
Princeton forward Denna Laing, Cornell forward Jillian Saulnier, and Union netminder Katie Gallagher are the ECAC player, rookie, and goalie of the week. Lang began the week with one assist as Princeton edged Brown 1-0 on Friday and added two goals and two assists as the Tigers routed Yale 7-1 on Saturday. Saulnier added two goals and three helpers to lead Cornell to a 9-2 win over Syracuse on Tuesday. Gallagher made 33 saves to lead Union to a 2-1 win over Clarkson on Friday and followed that up with 52 more in the 2-2 overtime tie with St. Lawrence on Saturday.
Hockey East Honors Veharanta, Pelkey, Schelling, and Sperry
Providence forward Laura Veharanta, Vermont forward Amanda Pelkey, Northeastern netminder Florence Schelling, and Boston University goalie Kerrin Sperry are the Hockey East player, rookie, and defensive players of the week. Veharanta scored twice and was the second star of the game as the Friars trounced Yale 9-3 on Tuesday; added one more in the 3-3 overtime tie with Maine on Friday; and lent a helping hand on two more as the Friars gained three of four points from the Black Bears with a 7-4 win on Saturday. Pelkey scored once and lent a helping hand on one more as Vermont skated to a 4-1 win over New Hampshire on Thursday. Schelling made 23 saves as Northeastern shutout Connecticut 3-0 on Friday and was the game’s first star. She added 27 more and another first star of the game award as the Huskies skated to another 3-0 win and a series sweep on Saturday. Sperry made 30 saves and was the second star of the game as Boston University skated to a 4-1 win over Boston College on Wednesday. She made 35 more as the team split the home and home series with the Eagles with a 3-1 loss at home on Saturday.
Lamoureux, Raty, and Karvinen Are WCHA’s Best
North Dakota forwards Jocelyne Lamoureux and Michelle Karvinen and Minnesota netminder Noora Raty are the WCHA offensive, rookie, and defensive players of the week. Lamoureaux scored once, lent a helping hand on two more, and was the game’s third star; while Karvinen added two goals, three assists, and was the first star of the game in UND’s 6-2 win over St. Cloud State on Friday. Lamoureux added another goal and two assists; and Karvinen lent a helping hand on one as the team completed the sweep with a 5-1 win on Saturday. Both finished the week a +4. Raty made 20 saves in the Gophers’ 4-1 win over Minnesota-Duluth on Friday and added 22 more in the team’s 3-2 win and series sweep on Saturday.
Wisconsin Tops Both Polls
The University of Wisconsin is the top team in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls this week. They gained 18 of the 19 first place votes in the first poll and 14 of 15 in the second. The top three remained unchanged from last week as Cornell took the final first place votes finishing second; while Minnesota finished third. Boston College moved from sixth to fourth in both polls, while Minnesota-Duluth dropped one spot to fifth in the first poll; and Boston University remained at fifth in the second poll.
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll – #7
(first-place votes in parentheses)
1 University of Wisconsin, 189 (18)
2 Cornell University, 169 (1)
3 University of Minnesota, 155
4 Boston College, 105
5 University of Minnesota Duluth, 102
6 Boston University, 96
7 University of North Dakota, 92
8 Mercyhurst College, 56
9 Northeastern University, 51
10 Harvard University, 26
Others receiving votes: Bemidji State University, 3; Ohio State University, 1.
USCHO.com DI Poll
1 Wisconsin (14)
4 Boston College
5 Boston University
7 North Dakota
Others receiving votes: Bemidji State 10.
The Games This Week
In Hockey East action on Thursday Amanda Pelkey and Meghan Huertas added a goal and assist each as Vermont skated to a 4-1 win over New Hampshire. On Friday Erica Owczarczak scored the game winner 13:45 into the first as Niagara edged Colgate 2-1. Kalli Funk’s goal eight seconds past the midway point of the third was the only goal of the game as Niagara completed the sweep with a 1-0 win.
Cara Johnson scored the game winner at the 17:29 mark of the third as Syracuse edged McGill 2-1 in exhibition action; Olivia Mucha’s goal at the 6:24 mark of the second gave Princeton a 1-0 win over Brown; Émilie Arseneault scored the game winner with 2:53 left in the second gave Union a 2-1 win over Clarkson; Kelly Sabatine and Vanessa Emond scored for St. Lawrence as they nipped Rensselaer 2-1; and Jordan Elkins added a goal and assist to lead Quinnipiac to a 3-0 shutout of Yale in ECAC action on Friday.
On Saturday Brittany Moorehead and Shannon Flately scored for Brown; while Kelly Babstock and Shelby Wignall did the same for Quinnipiac as the teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie; Danielle Skirrow scored the game winner at the 13:56 mark of the third as Clarkson edged Rensselaer 2-1; Kelly Sabatine and Amanda Boulier scored for St. Lawrence, while Lauren Cromartie and Camille Corbin did the same for Union as the teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie; and Deana Laing added a two goals and one assist as Princeton romped to a 7-1 win over Yale.
In Women’s Independent action on Saturday Stacey Hochkins found the back of the net twice and lent a helping hand on one more to lead Holy Cross to an 8-2 win over Sacred Heart; and Kasey Evans added the hat trick to lead St. Catherines to a 7-6 win over Lindenwood.
In Hockey East action in the first game of a home and home series Northeastern welcomed Connecticut with a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Kendall Coyne who had two and Casey Pickett had a single. Northeastern won the second game in Storrs also by a 3-0 score as Katie MacSorley, Coyne, and Rachel Llanes scored. In the Saturday-Sunday series Brittany Dougherty added a goal and assist for Maine; while Maggie Pendleton did the same for Providence as the teams skated to a 3-3 overtime tie on Saturday. On Sunday Rebecca Morse and Corinne Buie each added a goal and assist to lead Providence to a 7-4 win. Alex Carpenter, Emily Pfalzer, and Daniele Welch scored for Boston College in their 3-1 win over Boston University; and Florence Schelling made 24 saves for Northeastern as they shutout Connecticut 3-0 on Saturday.
In WCHA action Monique Lamoureux-Kolls scored twice and lent a helping hand on two more as North Dakota skated to a 6-2 win over St. Cloud State on Friday. Her sister Jocelyne Lamoureux aded a goal and two assists in the 5-1 win and series sweep on Saturday. Jen Schoullis scored twice and lent a helping hand on one more to lead Minnesota to a 4-1 win over Minnesota-Duluth on Friday. Sarah Erickson’s goal 5:28 into the second was the game winner in the Gophers’ 3-2 win on Saturday. On Friday Hilary Knight, Blayre Turnbull, and Karley Sylvester scored for Wisconsin as the Badgers skated to a 3-1 win over Ohio State; while on Saturday Brooke Ammerman’s two goals was all the offense the Badgers needed to complete the series sweep with a 2-1 win.
Ariel Mackley’s goal 17 seconds into the extra frame gave Minnesota State a 2-1 win over Bemidji State on Friday; while Rachael Kelly scored the game’s lone goal 55 seconds past the midway point of the first period was all Bemidji State needed to gain a series split with a 1-0 victory on Saturday. On Sunday Emma Clark scored the game winner 3:02 into the overtime to give New Hampshire a 5-4 win over Dartmouth.
Merchurst tops the College Hockey America standings with their 6-2-0 record. Robert Morris freshman forward Rebecca Vint leads all point getters with nine goals and eight assists in eight games; while between the pipes Mercyhurst netminder Hilary Pattenden leads all goalies with her 5-2-0 record, 1.13 GAA, and 0.957 SAV%. Cornell is the top team in the ECAC overall standings with their 4-0-0 record; while Big Red freshman forward Jillian Saulnier is the top point getter with nine goals and six assists in four games played; and Harvard netminder Laura Bellamy has won two games; while losing none, and tying none, has a goals against average of 0.99, and 0.955 SAV% to lead all goalies.
Northeastern is the top team in Hockey East with their 8-1-0 record. Among skaters Boston University forward Jenn Wakefield has nine goals and seven assists in 10 contests; while between the pipes Northeastern senior netminder Florence Schelling is 7-1-0 with a goals against average of 1.13 and 0.954 SAV%. Wisconsin sports an 11-1-0 record to lead the WCHA standings; and North Dakota forward Jocelyne Lamoureux has 30 points from 11 goals and 19 assists to lead all point getters. In the nets Wisconsin’s Alex Rigsby is 11-1-0 with a 1.50 GAA, and 0.946 SAV% to lead all goalies.
Play begins on Thursday as Independent Lindenwood travels to Eveleth, MN to face Bemidji State in the US Hockey Hall of Fame game. Six ECAC games will take place on Friday as Cornell welcomes Dartmouth; Harvard and Colgate take to the ice in Hamilton; St. Lawrence is at home to Princeton; Clarkson and Quinnipiac take to the ice in Potsdam; Brown and Rensselaer take to the ice in Providence; and Yale is at home to Union. One Hockey East series gets underway on Friday as Vermont hosts Northeastern. On Saturday Dartmouth is at Colgate; Cornell welcomes Harvard; Clarkson is at home to Princeton; St. Lawrence welcomes Quinnipiac; Yale and Rensselaer faceoff in New Haven; and Union is in Providence to face Brown.
Two series will take place in College Hockey America action starting on Saturday and ending on Sunday as Maine welcomes Niagara; and Lindenwood is at home to Robert Morris.
In Hockey East action on Saturday Providence makes their way to Storrs to face Connecticut; and New Hampshire is in Boston to face Boston University.
On Sunday Providence welcomes New Hampshire.