Women’s Weekly: November 30th, 2011

Bestland, DiDiocco, and Bram Receive CHA Honors

Mercyhurst teammates forwards Christine Bestland and Shelby Bram and Robert Morris goalie Kristen DiDiocco are College Hockey America’s player, rookie, and goalie of the week.
Bestland scored the game winner 1:08 into the third, added one assist, and was the game’s third star; while Bram had two assists with one of them coming on Bestland’s game winner as Mercyhurst skated to a 5-3 win over St. Lawrence on Tuesday. In Wednesday’s 4-1 win and series sweep Bestland added two goals, one assist, and another first star of the game award; while Bram added a pair of helpers and the third star of the game award. Bestland’s second goal of the game at the 15:36 mark was the game winner; while one of Bram’s helpers came on that goal.

DiDiocco began the week with 30 saves in Tuesday’s 5-2 win over Colgate and was the second star of that contest. She followed that up with 13 more in the 1-0 win over Yale on Friday and ended it with 20 more in the 3-2 loss to Quinnipiac on Saturday.

ECAC Honors Komarek, Laden, and Mazzotta

Dartmouth forward Sally Komarek, Quinnipiac netminder Chelsea Laden, and Cornell goalie Amanda Mazzotta are the ECAC player, rookie, and goalie of the week.
Komarek began the week with one assist in the Big Green’s 3-2 win over Harvard on Wednesday and ended it with two goals and one helper as the team edged Northeastern 4-3 in overtime on Saturday.

Laden made 33 saves as the Bobcots got their first victory over a nationally ranked opponent when they defeated Boston College 2-1 on Tuesday.

Mazzotta made 20 saves as Cornell skated to a 3-1 win over Boston University on Friday and 20 more as the Big Red completed the sweep with a 7-1 rout of the Terriers on Saturday.

Anderson, Burns, Coyne, and Ott are Hockey East’s Best

Providence College forward Nicole Anderson and Boston College rearguard Dru Burns are the Hockey East co-players of the week; while Northeastern forward Kendall Coyne is the top rookie and Maine goalie Brittany Ott the defensive player of the week.

Anderson added a goal and three assists as Northeastern closed out the week with a 5-0 shutout of Union on Sunday.

Burns also had a goal and three helpers as the Boston College Eagles soared to a 6-1 win over Princeton on Friday. Her seconds assist came on Jackie Young’s game winner at the 17:20 mark of the first period. She added another assist on Alex Carpenter’s game winner with 3:40 left in the first as the Eagles skated to a 3-1 win over Brown on Sunday.

Coyne scored twice as Northeastern went down 4-3 to Dartmouth on Saturday.

Ott made 23 saves in Maine’s 5-2 win over Vermont on Wednesday and made 32 more and was the game’s second star in the Black Bears’ 3-0 shutout of New Hampshire on Friday.

WCHA Honors Spooner, Wheelhouse, and Josephs

Ohio State right winger Natalie Spooner, Bemidji State rearguard Erika Wheelhouse, and Wisconsin forward Katy Josephs are the WCHA offensive, defensive, and rookie players of the week.

Spooner scored all four of her team’s goals in the Buckeyes’ 4-1 win over UMD on Friday night and finished the week a +3.

Wheelhouse found the twine once, lent a helping hand on one more, and was the game’s third star as Bemidji State lost 5-2 to North Dakota on Friday. She added two helpers as the team gained a split with a 3-2 win on Saturday.

Josephs added one helper in the Badgers’ 5-0 stomping of St. Cloud State on Friday and added another goal in the team’s 6-1 win and series sweep on Sunday. She finished the weekend a +2.

World U18 Team Canada roster Announced

On Thursday Hockey Canada announced the names of the players that will represent Canada at the 2012 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship that will take place from Dec. 31, 2011 to Jan. 7, 2012 in Prerov and Zlin, CZE.

Defenceman Erin Ambrose returns to the roster after claiming a silver medal at the 2011 IIHF U18 Championship in Stockholm, SWE and winning Canada’s first-ever gold medal at the 2010 IIHF U18 Championship in Chicago, IL.

Five other players also return to Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team after claiming silver at last year’s world championship, including Meghan Dufault, Rebecca Kohler, Cayley Mercer, Cydney Roesler, and Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, Ont./Toronto, PWHL).

Eighteen players were also members of the U18 Team for a three-game series against the U.S. U18 Team in August in Rockland, ON falling 3-2 in the first game but coming back to win 3-2 and 6-4 in the second and third games.

The roster also includes two members of the Alberta team that won the gold medal at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, NS in February (Maschmeyer, Sowchuk); one member of the Notre Dame Hounds, who won the gold medal at the 2011 Esso Cup, Canada’s National Female Midget Championship, in St. Albert, AB in April (Woods); and two players who participated in the 2011 IIHF High Performance Women’s Camp in Bratislava, SLO in July (Capizzano, Krzyzaniak).

Goaltenders
29 Elaine Chuli , L, 5’6, 132, 05/16/1994, Waterford, ON, Stoney Creek (PWHL)
30 Emerance Maschmeyer, L, 5’6, 141, 10/05/1994, Bruderheim, AB, Lloydminster (AJHL)

Defense
2 Morgan Richardson, L, 5’4, 147, 06/17/1994, Ottawa, ON< Ottawa (PWHL)
10 Alexis Crossley, L, 5’8, 154, 04/07/1994, Cole Harbour, NS, Shattuck-St. Mary’s (U.S. Prep)
13 Erin Ambrose, R, 5’5, 132, 04/30/1994, Keswick, ON, Toronto (PWHL)
14 Jordan Krause, R, 5’9, 162, 09/30/1994, Kelowna, BC, Pursuit of Excellence (Midget AAA)
18 Halli Krzyzaniak, R, 5’8, 156, 02/05/1995, Neepawa, MB, Pursuit of Excellence (Midget AAA)
21 Cydney Roesler, R, 5’9, 154, 02/21/1994, Stittsville, ON, Ottawa (PWHL)
23 Abbey Frazer, L, 5’6, 128, 08/25/1994, Hudson, QC, John Abbott (Collégial AA)

Forwards
3 Emily Clark, L, 5’5, 130, 11/28/1995, Saskatoon, SK, Saskatoon (SFMAAAHL
5 Ashleigh Brykaliuk, R, 5’5, 129, 05/01/1995, Fredericton, NB, Balmoral Hall (JWHL)
7 Laura Stacey, R, 5’10, 143, 05/05/1994, Kleinburg, ON, Toronto (PWHL)
11 Taylor Woods, R, 5’3, 127, 09/26/1994, Morden, MB, Balmoral Hall
12 Kristyn Capizzano, L, 5’2, 119, 01/03/1995, Oakville, ON, Mississauga (PWHL)
15 Meghan Dufault, R, 5’3, 152, 04/17/1994, Winnipeg, MB, Balmoral Hall (JWHL)
16 Sarah Lefort, L, 5’7, 164, 02/09/1994, Ormstown, QC, Stanstead College (NAPHA)
19 Erika Sowchuk, L, 5’6, 145, 02/19/1994, Vauxhall, AB, Edge School (JWHL)
20 Cayley Mercer, L, 5’7, 127, 01/18/1994, Exeter, ON, Bluewater (PWHL)
24 Nicole Connery, L, 5’6, 129, 01/27/1994, Newmarket, ON, Mississauga (PWHL)
25 Rebecca Kohler, R, 5’11, 172, 09/03/1994, St. Thomas, ON< Bluewater (PWHL)
26 Shannon MacAulay, L, 5’11, 176, 06/22/1994, Mount Herbert, PEI, Warner School (JWHL)
28 Catherine Dubois, L, 5’8, 170, 07/29/1995, Quebec City, QC, Ontario Hockey Academy (U19)

Coaches
Pierre Alain , Head Coach, Mirabel, CAN, St-Jérôme (Collégial AA)
Jim Fetter , Assistant Coach, Waterloo, ON, St. Cloud State University (WCHA)
Carla MacLeod , Assistant Coach, 06/16/1982, Calgary, AB, Mount Royal University (CIS)

Wisconsin Tops Both Polls

The University of Wisconsin is the unanimous number one in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls.

The Badgers took 19 first place votes in the first poll and 15 in the latter. It’s the 10th straight week at the top in the first poll.

The top four remained the same from last week as Minnesota finished second, Cornell third, and Boston College fourth. North Dakota moved from sixth to fifth in both polls.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll – #10
(first-place votes in parentheses)

1 University of Wisconsin, 190 (19)
2 University of Minnesota, 167
3 Cornell University, 156
4 Boston College, 126
5 University of North Dakota, 100
6 Mercyhurst College, 86
7 Boston University, 82
8 University of Minnesota Duluth, 57
9 Bemidji State University, 36
10 Northeastern University, 14
Others receiving votes: Harvard University, 12; Dartmouth College, 10; Ohio State University, 7, Quinnipiac University, 2.

USCHO.com DI Poll November 28, 2011
(first-place votes in parentheses)

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

The Games This Week

Play began with three games on Tuesday as Rebecca Vint led the way with two goals for Robert Morris in the Colonials’ 5-2 win over Colgate; Bailey Bram hit the net once and helped out on a pair more as Mercyhurst skated to a 5-1 win over St. Lawrence; Amanda Colin scored the game winner 35 seconds into overtime as Quinnipiac edged Boston College 2-1; and Caroline English beat Alexius Schutt on two occasions as Holy Cross shutout Sacred Heart 6-0.

Mercyhurst completed their sweep of St. Lawrence thanks to Christine Bestland’s two goals and one assist; Sasha Nanji scored the game winner 17:10 into the third as Dartmouth edged Harvard 3-2 in ECAC action; and Danielle Ward found the twine twice to lead Maine to a 5-2 victory over Hockey East rivals Vermont on Wednesday.

At the Nutmeg Classic in Storrs, CT on Friday Thea Imbrogno scored the lone goal of the game 3:4 into the third as Robert Morris shut out Yale 1-0; while Jordan Elkins led the way with two assists for Quinnipiac as they doubled Connecticut 4-2.

Breann Frykas scored the game winner 13:58 into the third as Quinnipiac won the championship with a 3-2 victory over Robert Morris on Saturday.

Connecticut finished in third place with a 3-1 win over Yale as Jocelyn Slattery, Caitlin Hewes, and Emily Snodgrass scored for the Huskies; while Aleca Hughes replied for the Bulldogs.

Brown won the Mayors’ Cup game as Brittany Moorehead scored the game winner 14:31 into the first period in the Bears’ 2-1 win over Providence.

Rebecca Johnston found the twine twice and lent a helping hand on one more as Cornell got past Boston College 3-1 on Friday; and Jillian Saulnier led the way with two goals and three assists as the Big Red coasted to a 7-1 win and series sweep on Saturday.

Kaillie Goodnough’s goal and assist was good enough as Syracuse nipped Rensselaer 4-3 on Friday. On Saturday the Engineers gained a split with the Orange as Jordan Smelker and Alisa Harrison scored, while Jordyn Burns did likewise for the Orange in the RPI’s 2-1 win.

Dru Burns added a goal and three assists as Boston College welcomed Princeton with a 6-1 win;; and Brittany Ott made 32 saves as Maine was outshot 32-21 in their 3-0 shutout of New Hampshire in the lone Hockey East contest on Friday.

There were three WCHA series that got underway on Friday.

In the first one Brianna Decker led the way with two goals and one assist as Wisconsin shut the door on St. Cloud State 5-0.

In the first of the two evening contests Natalie Spooner was a one woman scoring machine for Ohio State as she scored all four goals as her team skated to a 4-1 win over Minnesota-Duluth. The Bulldogs turned the tables with a 6-2 victory on Saturday as Pernilla Winberg led the way with two goals and one assist.

Michelle Karvinen beat Zuzana Tomcikova once and assisted on one more to lead North Dakota to a 5-2 win over Bemidji State. Like the UMD Bulldogs the Beavers gained a split in their series with the Fighting Sioux with a 3-2 win on Saturday as Emily Erickson led the way with a goal and assist.

Nicole Gifford had the hat trick as New Hampshire skated to a 3-1 win over Boston College; Brittany Phillips also scored three times and helped out on one more as Colgate beat Vermont 5-1; and Sally Komarek’s goal 51 seconds into overtime saw Dartmouth nip Northeastern 4-3 in non-conference action on Saturday.

In game one of the Gophers’ 2-1 win over Harvard on Saturday Emily West and Anne Schleper scored for the Gophers; while Marissa Gedman added the Crimson marker. The brooms were out on Sunday as Kelly Terry scored three of the Gophers’ seven goals in the 7-3 win.

Alex Carpenter, Danielle Welch, and Jackie Young all scored for Boston College in the Eagles’ 3-1 win over Brown; Providence shut the door on Union 5-0 Genevieve Lacasse stopped all 25 shots sent her way; and Roxanne Douville made 29 saves as Vermont was outshot 13-29 in their 3-0 blanking of Colgate.

The Leaders

Mercyhurst has the best record in the CHA standings at 10-2-0; while Mercyhurst forward Bailey Bram has 16 goals while assisting on 16 more in 12 games; while between the pipes Mercyhurst netminder Hilary Pattenden leads all goalies with her 9-2-0 record, 1.40 GAA, and 0.946 SAV%.

Cornell is the top team in the ECAC overall standings with their 9-1-0 record; while Big Red freshman forward Jillian Saulnier is the top point getter with 14 goals and 10 assists in 10 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 10-4-0 record. Among skaters Boston University forward Jenn Wakefield has found the back of the net 10 times while assisting on 10 more in the 14 games that she has taken to the ice in; and Northeastern netminder Florence Schelling is 10-4-1 with a goals against average of 1.77 and 0.936 SAV%.

Wisconsin sports a 15-1-0 record to lead the WCHA standings; and North Dakota forward Jocelyne Lamoureux has 41 points from 15 goals and 26 assists to lead all point getters. In the nets Wisconsin’s Alex Rigsby is 15-1-0 with a goals against average of 1.50 and 0.938 SAV%.

The Games To Come

On Tuesday Union pays a visit to New Hampshire.

Dartmouth will play host to Harvard for an ECAC contest; while the lone Hockey East game will be an all Boston affair as Northeastern welcomes Boston University.

On Friday and Saturday Mercyhurst is at home to Cornell; Ohio State welcomes Niagara; and Syracuse takes on Lindenwood in Syracuse in the non-conference two games series; while in the WCHA North Dakota is at home to Minnesota; St. Cloud State is in Duluth to take on the Bulldogs; and Minnesota State faces Wisconsin in Mankato.

In ECAC action on Friday Brown is at home to Quinnipiac; Princeton is in New Haven to face Yale in the White Out for Mandi game in memory of former Yale Bulldog Mandi Schwartz who lost her battle with acute myeloid leukemia last April; Clarkson hosts Rensselaer; and Union is in Troy to face St. Lawrence.

There are four Hockey East Saturday and Sunday series this weekend with two of them being home and home affairs that will see New Hampshire host Northeastern Saturday with the second game in Boston on Sunday; and Providence at home to Boston University on Saturday and the teams taking to the ice in Boston on Sunday.

In the other two games Vermont is at home to Connecticut; and Maine hosts Boston College.

In ECAC action on Saturday Brown welcomes Princeton; Quinnipiac is at Yale; St. Lawrence and Rensselaer take to the ice in Troy; and Union is in Potsdam to face Clarkson.

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