Women’s Weekly: November 25th, 2011

Bram, Moses, and Byrne are CHA’s Best

Mercyhurst teammates forwards Bailey Bram and Molly Byrne and Niagara netminder Sarah Moses are the College Hockey America player, rookie, and goalie of the week for the week ending November 20th.

Bram had two goals and two assists and was the game’s first star; while Byrne scored once and lent a helping hand on one more as Mercyhurst clobbered Yale 9-1 on Friday. Bram had the hat trick while assisting on three more and was once again the first star of the game; and Byrne had two assists as Mercyhurst completed the sweep with a 6-2 victory on Saturday. Bram was a +6 for the weekend and Byrne a +4.

Moses made 22 saves in Niagara’s 5-1 win over St. Cloud State on Friday and followed that up with 31 more in the team’s 2-2 overtime tie with the Huskies on Saturday.

ECAC Honors Babstock, Fulton, and Bellamy

Quinnipiac forward Kelly Babstock, Cornell forward Emily Fulton, and Harvard netminder Laura Bellamy are the ECAC player, rookie, and goalie of the week.

Babstock found the back of the net on two occasions while lending a helping hand on a pair and was the first star of the game as Quinnipiac skated to a 6-2 win over Colgate on Friday. She had one assist as the Bobcats were thumped 7-1 by Cornell on Saturday.

Fulton scored once as the Big Red skated to a 3-1 win over Princeton on Friday and tacked on another goal and assist in the game against Quinnipiac on Saturday.
Bellamy made 29 saves as the Crimson edged Clarkson 2-1 on Friday and followed that up with 26 more and the third star of the game honors in the 6-1 win over St. Lawrence on Saturday.

Tutino, Snodgrass, and Boyles Receive Hockey East Honors

Boston University forward Kayla Tutino, Connecticut forward Emily Snodgrass, and Boston College goalie Corinne Boyles are the Hockey East player, rookie, and defensive player of the week.

Tutino scored the game winner shorthanded 11:56 into the third, added one assist, and was the game’s first star in BU’s 4-2 win over Connecticut on Saturday. Snodgrass notched both Huskies’ markers in that game.

In the 3-2 win over Providence on Sunday Tutino added two more goals, one assist, and was once again named the first star of the game.

Snodgrass added one assist in the 3-0 shutout of Vermont on Saturday.

Boyles made 40 saves and was the game’s first star as the Huskies began their weekend with a 3-1 win over Northeastern on Thursday and followed that up with 28 more in the 4-1 win on Friday.

Kessel, Prevost, Molle , and Kuehl Are WCHA Winners

Minnesota forward Amanda Kessel and Wisconsin forward Carolyne Prevost are the WCHA Co-offensive players of the week; while North Dakota defenseman Canadice Molle is the defensive player of the week; and Ohio State forward Taylor Kuehl is the rookie of the week.

Kessel added four goals and one assist and was the second star of the game as Minnesota flattened New Hampshire 11-0 on Friday. She followed that up with the hat trick and the second star of the game award in the team’s 6-1 win and series sweep on Saturday.

Prevost added a goal and assist as Wisconsin skated to a 4-3 win over Rensselaer on Friday and followed that up with two goals and four assists in the team’s 8-2 win and series sweep on Saturday.

Molle began the week with two helpers in the Fighting Sioux’s 5-3 win over Minnesota State on Friday. She was the second star of that contest.

Kuehl lent a helping hand on two goals including one on Danielle Gagne’s game winner 7:57 into the third as OSU doubled Syracuse 6-3. She added another helper on Ally Tarr’s game winner 18 seconds past the midway point of the third period as the Buckeyes nipped the Orange to complete the series sweep with a 4-3 win on Saturday.

Lindenwood Is CHA’s Newest Team

On Remembrance Day CHA Commissioner Robert DeGregario announced that Lindenwood University will be the newest CHA team beginning with the 2012-2013 season.

“The CHA membership was very happy when we received the formal letter of applications from Lindenwood University,” states Commissioner DeGregorio. “The CHA directors voted unanimously to proceed with the application process and as a result I scheduled an official visit at Lindenwood University on October 28 and 29, 2011. As part of the process I meet with the President of the University as well as the Director of Athletics and all other administrators on the campus that are directly involved in Lindenwood’s Women’s Ice Hockey program.”

“This is a historic and landmark day for our Women’s Ice Hockey program,” said John Creer, Lindenwood Director of Athletics. “We really feel honored to have the opportunity to join with the other outstanding members of the prestigious CHA. Joining the CHA provides visibility and name recognition, and legitimizes where we are going with our hockey program. I believe being a part of the conference will motivate and challenge our student-athletes, and hopefully some great rivalries will quickly emerge.”

“We are very honored to have been accepted into College Hockey America, “ said Vince O’Mara Head Women’s Ice Hockey Coach. “This is a very exciting time for all of the member institutions. With the announcement of adding Penn State and now Lindenwood, things are really looking up. We know that we have a lot of hard work ahead of us to be able to compete with the strong programs in the CHA, and we are ready and looking forward to that hard work.” O’Mara goes on to say, “With us being a member of a conference now, that will only assist us in the recruiting process to build a strong women’s hockey program.”

Lindenwood is in the process of moving all of its athletic teams from the NAIA to NCAA Division II. Its women’s hockey program will compete at the Divison I level. Lindenwood, along with fellow CHA newcomer Penn State, will begin league play in 2012-13. The four other members are Mercyhurst, Niagara, Robert Morris and Syracuse. Each league member will play four games (two home, two away) against the other league institutions during the 2012-13 season. The Regular Season Champion will host the 2013 College Hockey America Tournament, as all teams will participate in the Championship.

Wisconsin Tops Both Polls

The University of Wisconsin is once again the top team in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls.

The Badgers were the unanimous choice in the first poll and received 14 of 15 first place votes in the second.

The remainder of the top five remained the same from last week as Minnesota finished second and picked up the final first place vote in the second poll, Cornell third, Boston College fourth, and Boston University fifth.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2011-12 Poll – #9
(first-place votes in parentheses)
1 University of Wisconsin, 190 (19)
2 University of Minnesota, 167
3 Cornell University, 155
4 Boston College, 123
5 Boston University, 113
6 University of North Dakota, 94
7 Mercyhurst College, 67
8 University of Minnesota Duluth, 48
T-9 Harvard University, 39
T-9 Northeastern University, 39
Others receiving votes: Bemidji State University, 7; Clarkson University, 3.

USCHO.com DI Poll
1 Wisconsin (14)
2 Minnesota (1)
3 Cornell
4 Boston College
5 Boston University
6 North Dakota
7 Mercyhurst
8 Minnesota-Duluth
9 Harvard
10 Northeastern
Others receiving votes: Bemidji State 15.

The Games This Week

In game one of the series between Boston College and Northeastern at Matthews Arena on Thursday the Eagles came away with a 3-1 win thanks to goals from Melissa Bizzari, Alison Szlosek, and Emily Field.

In game one of Mercyhurst’s series with Yale on Friday night Bailey Bram led the way with two goals and two assists in the Lakers’ 9-1 victory. Bram had a hat trick and three helpers to lead the Lakers to a 6-2 win and series sweep on Saturday.

Natalie Spooner scored twice and lent a helping hand on one more as Ohio State doubled Syracuse 6-3 on Friday. Ally Tarr scored the game winner 10:18 into the third period as OSU completed the sweep with a 4-3 victory.

May Wilkerson, Kalli Funk, and Erin Burns added a goal and assist each as Niagara skated to a 5-1 win over St. Cloud State on Friday. On Saturday Molli Mott and Callie Dahl scored for St. Cloud State; and Kathleen Bortuzzo and Erica Owczarczak did the same for Niagara as the teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie.

Laurie Jolin, Sarah Robson, and Jessica Hoyle found the back of the net once each and each lent a helping hand on one more for Brown; while Tori Pasquariello scored a pair for Maine as the teams skated to a 4-4 overtime tie on Friday night. The teams skated to a scoreless tie on Saturday.

Blayre Turnbull scored the game winner 5:20 into the third as Wisconsin edged Rensselaer 4-3 on Friday. Brooke Ammerman added a goal and three assists as Wisconsin completed the sweep with an 8-2 win on Saturday.

Amanda Kessel found the twine on four occasions while helping out on one more as Minnesota routed New Hampshire 11-0 on Friday. Jen Schoullis found the net once while assisting on five more as Minnesota swept the Wildcats with a 6-1 win on Saturday.

In the lone WCHA conference series this weekend Jocelyne Lamoureux added a pair and one helper as North Dakota skated to a 5-3 win over Minnesota State on Friday night. Alyssa Wiebe chipped in a pair and lent a hand on one more as North Dakota swept the series with a 6-1 win on Saturday.

In ECAC action Kelly Babstock added a pair of goals and assist to lead Quinnipiac to a 6-2 win over Colgate; Hillary Crowe scored the game winner 15:48 into the third as Harvard edged Clarkson 2-1; Catherine White led the way with a pair of helpers as Cornell skated to a 3-1 win over Princeton; and Brooke Fernandez and Kelly Sabatine scored the goals for St. Lawrence in their 2-0 shutout of Dartmouth on Friday night.

In Hockey East action on Friday Taylor Wasylk beat Florence Schelling twice to lead Boston College to a 4-1 victory over their crosstown rivals Northeastern.

On Saturday Rachel Walsh and Jocelyn Simpson added a goal and assist each to lead Colgate to a 6-4 win over Princeton; Danielle Skirrow scored the lone goal of the game 14:41 into the first period as Clarkson edged Dartmouth 1-0; Brianne Jenner and Catherine White had a goal and two helpers each as Cornell clobbered Quinnipiac 7-1; and Josephine Pucci found the back of the net once and lent a helping hand on two more as Harvard skated to a 6-1 win over St. Lawrence in ECAC action.

Ashley Cottrell, Abby Gauthier, and Jessica Vella scored for Providence in their 3-0 shutout of Vermont; Isabel Menard led the way with two goals for Boston University as they doubled Connecticut 4-2;
In the other WCHA conference series Audrey Cournoyer scored twice while assisting on one more to lead Minnesota-Duluth to a 4-1 win over Bemidji State on Saturday.

In Hockey East action on Sunday Kayla Tutino added two goals including the game winner 12:43 into the third along with one assist as Boston University nipped Providence 3-2; and Nicole Paniccia made 28 saves as Connecticut was outshot 28-23 in their 3-0 win over Vermont.

The Leaders

Robert Morris has the best record in the CHA standings as they are 8-1-1. Mercyhurst forward Bailey Bram has 14 goals while assisting on 11 more in 10 games; while between the pipes Mercyhurst netminder Hilary Pattenden leads all goalies with her 7-2-0 record, 1.26 GAA, and 0.951 SAV%.

Cornell is the top team in the ECAC overall standings with their 7-1-0 record; while Big Red freshman forward Jillian Saulnier is the top point getter with 12 goals and seven assists in eight games played; and Cornell netminder Lauren Slebodnick has won four games; while losing none, and tying none, has a goals against average of 1.25, and 0.938 SAV% to lead all goalies.

Northeastern is the top team in Hockey East with their 10-3-0 record. Among skaters Boston University forward Jenn Wakefield has found the back of the net 10 times while assisting on nine more in the 12 gamse that she has taken to the ice in; and Northeastern netminder Florence Schelling is 9-3-0 with a goals against average of 1.59 and 0.943 SAV%.

Wisconsin sports an 12-2-0 record to lead the WCHA standings; and North Dakota forward Jocelyne Lamoureux has 35 points from 14 goals and 21 assists to lead all point getters. In the nets Minnesota’s Noora Raty is 11-2-0 with a 1.06 GAA and 0.946 SAV% to lead all goalies.

The Games To Come

Play begins on Tuesday as Quinnipiac hosts Boston College; and Colgate is at home to Robert Morris.

Mercyhurst welcomes St. Lawrence for two games Tuesday and Wednesday.

Harvard is at home to Dartmouth on Wednesday.

The Nutmeg Classic begins on Friday as Connecticut faces Quinnipiac; and Yale takes on Robert Morris with the winners of the games to faceoff for the title on Saturday.

The Mayors Cup game will take place on Friday as Providence is at home to Brown.

In non-conference action the two game series will see Rensselaer hosting Syracuse, and Cornell welcoming Boston University on Friday and Saturday; while Harvard is at home to Minnesota and Colgate welcomes Vermont Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday, Boston College plays host to Princeton in the non-conference game; while New Hampshire lays out the welcome mat for Maine in the lone Hockey East game.

On Saturday, New Hampshire and Princeton take to the ice in Durham; and Dartmouth welcomes Northeastern.

In WCHA conference action on Friday and Saturday Ohio State hosts Minnesota-Duluth; and Bemidji State welcomes North Dakota.

Wisconsin is at home to St. Cloud State on Friday and Sunday.

On Sunday, Brown welcomes Boston College; and Union and Providence faceoff in Schenectady.

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