Women’s Weekly: November 16th, 2011

US Wins Four Nations Cup

For the first time since 2008 the Four Nations Cup title will go south of the 49th parallel as Team USA needed a shootout to get past Canada 4-3 for the Four Nations Cup title on Sunday in Nykoping, SWE.
Former Boston College forward Kelli Stack, Northeastern forward Kendall Coyne; and former Bulldog and Gopher forward Jenny Potter added the regulation goals for the USA with Stack, Minnesota forward

Amanda Kessel, and Wisconsin forward Hilary Knight scored the shootout goals.

Former UMD Bulldog Caroline Ouellette with a single and Ohio State’s Natalie Spooner with a pair scored the Canadian goals in regulation; while Jayna Hefford scored the shootout marker.

Former Badger Jessie Vetter made 32 saves in the win; while Shannon Szabados stopped 53 of the 56 sent her way in the loss.

In the bronze medal game Sweden needed overtime and a goal from Linnea Hedin to get past Finland 2-1; Minnesota Duluth’s Elin Holmlov scored the other Swedish goal with Susanna Tapani scored for Finland.

In preliminary round action on Wednesday former Mercyhurst forward Meghan Agosta added two goals and one assist to lead Canada to a 5-0 shutout of Finland; and Stack had the hat trick for the USA in their 8-0 rout of Sweden.

Hayley Wickenheiser scored the game winner 9:58 into the third period as Canada skated to a 3-1 win over the USA; and North Dakota freshman forward Michelle Karvinen scored in the shootout to give Finland a 2-1 win over Sweden on Thursday.

On Saturday former UMD Bulldog Caroline Ouellette, Boston University’s Jenn Wakefield, and Jayna Hefford scored for Canada in their 3-1 win over Sweden. Holmlov scored the Swedish goal.
Coyne led the way with two goals as the USA routed Finland 10-0.

Robert Morris University Players Sweep CHA Awards

RMU forward Kylie St. Louis, defenseman Kelsey Thomas, and goalie Courtney Vinet are the CHA players, goalie, and rookie of the week for the week ending November 13th.

Thomas added a goal and four assists and St. Louis scored twice while assisting on one more in the Colonials’ 6-2 win over Lindenwood on Saturday. St. Louis had a goal and assist; Thomas added a marker; and freshman Vinet made 31 saves as the team completed the sweep with a 6-0 shutout on Sunday.

ECAC Honors Winkel, Cox, and Howe

Dartmouth forward Ali Winkel, Rensselaer Eleeza Cox, and Clarkson goalie Erica Howe are the ECAC player, rookie, and goalie of the week.

Winkel added three goals and one assist as Dartmouth began the weekend with a 5-4 win over Cornell. Her third goal was the game winner 6:49 into the third period. She finished the week a +2.

Cox added one assist in her team’s 2-2 tie with Brown on Friday and netted the hat trick and the first star of the game award in the Engineers’ 5-0 win over Yale on Saturday.

Howe made 27 saves in Clarkson’s 3-0 shutout of Quinnipiac on Friday and followed that up with 26 more in the team’s 1-0 blanking of Princeton on Saturday.

Pickett, Pasquariello, and Schelling are Hockey East’s Best

Northeastern teammates forward Casey Pickett and goalie Florence Schelling and Maine forward Tori Pasquariello are the Hockey East offensive, defensive, and rookie players of the week.

Pickett added a goal and assist and was the third star of the game; while Schelling made 24 saves as Northeastern doubled Vermont 4-2 on Friday. Pickett found the back of the net twice, lent a helping hand on one more, and was once again the game’s third star; while Schelling made 36 saves and was the second star as the Huskies completed the sweep of the Catamounts with a 5-1 win on Saturday.

Pasquariello’s goal 1:40 into the first period stood up as the game winner as Maine blanked Niagara 3-0 on Friday. She chipped in a pair as the teams skated to a 3-3 overtime tie on Saturday and was rewarded with the first star of the game award for her efforts.

Wisconsin Tops Both Polls

The University of Wisconsin is the unanimous choice in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls and the USCHO.com polls this week.

The top four in both polls remained the same from last week in both polls, while Boston University moved up one spot to fifth in the first poll and remained at fifth in the second.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine 2011-12 Poll – #8

(first-place votes in parentheses)

1 University of Wisconsin, 190 (19)
2 Cornell University, 161
3 University of Minnesota, 160
4 Boston College, 113
5 Boston University, 107
6 University of North Dakota, 82
7 University of Minnesota Duluth, 78
8 Northeastern University, 69
9 Mercyhurst College, 48
10 Harvard University, 26
Others receiving votes: Dartmouth College, 7; Bemidji State University, 4.

USCHO.com DI Poll

1 Wisconsin (15)
2 Minnesota
3 Cornell
4 Boston College
5 Boston University
6 Minnesota-Duluth
7 North Dakota
8 Northeastern
9 Mercyhurst
10 Harvard
Others receiving votes: Dartmouth 7, Bemidji State 6.

The Games This Week

In NCAA action on Thursday Bemidji routed Lindenwood 11-0 at the US Hockey Hall of Fame game in Eveleth, MN. Sadie Lundquist led the way with a goal and five assists.

On Friday in ECAC action Elizabeth Parker and Lyndsey Fry scored to lead Harvard to a 2-0 shutout of Colgate ; Karell Émard and Rylee Smith added a goal and assist each to lead St. Lawrence to a 4-1 win over Princeton; Juana Baribeau also added a goal and assist as Clarkson blanked Quinnipiac 3-0; Taylor Horton scored once and lent a helping hand on one more for Rensselaer, while Sarah Robson and Skyelar

Siwak added the Brown markers as the teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie; Jackie Raines scored the game winner 2:00 into overtime as Yale nipped Union 2-1; and Ali Winkel scored three times and lent a helping hand on one more as Dartmouth edged Cornell 5-4.

On Saturday Camille Dumais added a goal and assist to lead Dartmouth to a 2-0 win over Colgate; Jillian Saulnier made the scoresheet twice with two goals as Cornell skated to a 5-3 win over Harvard; Baribeau was the lone goal scorer as Clarkson nipped Princeton 1-0; Megan hagg scored the game winner with 1:25 left in the first period as Quinnipiac nipped St. Lawrence 3-2; Eleeza Cox had the hat trick in Rensselaer’s 5-0 blanking of Yale; and Katelyn Landry scord the lone goal of the game with 1:12 left in regulation as Brown edged Union 1-0.

In Hockey East action the series between Northeastern and Vermont got underway on Friday as Florence Schelling made 24 saves as Northeaster was outshot 26-22 in their 4-2 win over the Catamouts. On Saturday Casey Pickett led the way for the Huskies with two goals and one assist as Northeastern swept the series with a 5-1 victory.

In games involving the CHA teams Myriam Croussette, Tori Pasquariello, and Brittany Dougherty all added singles in Maine’s 3-0 shutout of Niagara on Saturday; while the teams skated to a 3-3 overtime tie in Sunday’s contest. Kalli Funk, Kelsey Welch, and Kayla Raniwsky all added singles for Niagara; while Pasquariello led the way with two for Maine.

Kelsey Thomas had a goal and four helpers for Robert Morris as they opened their series with Lindenwood with a 6-2 win on Saturday; and Rebecca Vint led the way with two goals as the Colonials completed the sweep with a 6-0 shutout win on Sunday.

In Hockey East action Corinne Buie’s goal 7:08 into the second stood up as the game winner in Providence’s 2-0 blanking of Connecticut; while Isabel Menard led the way with two goals and one assist as Boston University skated to a 5-2 win over New Hampshire on Saturday.

Laura Veharanta scored once and lent a helping hand on two more to lead Providence to a 6-2 win over New Hampshire in the lone Hockey East game on Sunday.

The Leaders

Robert Morris has the best record in the CHA standings as they are 8-1-1. Colonials freshman forward Rebecca Vint has found the back of the net 11 times while lending a helping hand on nine more in the 10 games that she has played in; 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 5-1-0 record; while Big Red freshman forward Jillian Saulnier is the top point getter with 12 goals and six assists in six games played; and Cornell netminder Lauren Slebodnick has won two games; while losing none, and tying none, has a goals against average of 1.51, and 0.903 SAV% to lead all goalies.

Northeastern is the top team in Hockey East with their 10-1-0 record. Among skaters Northeastern forward Casey Pickett has scored nine times while lending a helping hand on eight more in the 11 games that she has skated in; and Northeastern netminder Florence Schelling is 9-1-0 with a goals against average of 1.20 and 0.954 SAV%.

The Games To Come

Play begins with one game on Thursday as Boston College and Northeastern faceoff at Matthews Arena with the second game taking place on Friday in Chestnut Hill.

Mercyhurst is at home to Yale; Ohio State visits Syracuse; and St. Cloud State makes their way to Lewiston, NY to face Niagara; Rensselaer hosts Wisconsin; Minnesota welcomes New Hampshire; and Maine welcomes Brown on Friday and Saturday.

In the conference two day series on Friday and Saturday North Dakota hosts Minnesota State; and Bemidji State is in Duluth to face the Bulldogs in WCHA action on Friday and Saturday.

In ECAC action on Friday Quinnipiac welcomes Colgate; Clarkson is at Harvard; Princeton hosts Cornell; and St. Lawrence makes their way to Hanover to face Dartmouth.

In Saturday’s ECAC action there is four games on Saturday as Princeton welcomes Colgate; Clarkson makes their way to Hanover to take on Dartmouth; Cornell is in Hamden to face Quinnipiac; and Harvard hosts St. Lawrence.

In Hockey East action on Saturday Providence entertains Vermont; and Boston University is at home to Connecticut.

On Sunday Providence welcomes Boston University; and Vermont is in Storrs to visit Connecticut.

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