Women’s Weekly: November 4th, 2011

Bram, Billodeau, and Bram Are The CHA Players of the Week

Mercyhurst forwards Bailey and Shelby Bram and Syracuse goalie Kallie Billadeau are the College Hockey America player, rookie, and goalie of the week. Bailey Bram added a goal and assist; while Shelby Bram added one goal in Mercyhurst’s 7-0 rout of Lindenwood on Friday. Bailey added two goals and five assists; while Shelby scored twice as the team completed the sweep with another lopsided victory—14-1 on Saturday. Billodeau made 17 saves and was the second star of the game as Syracuse shutout Connecticut 4-0 on Friday.

ECAC Honors Jenner, Saulnier, and Holdcroft

Cornell forward Brianne Jenner and Jillian Saulnier, and Dartmouth goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft have been selected as player, rookie, and goalie of the week. Jenner added a goal and two assists and was the third star of the game; and Saulnier found the back of the net four times and was the first star as Cornell skated to a 6-2 win over Colgate last Tuesday night. Jenner had two goals and two assists; and Saulnier chipped in a goal and lent a helping hand on three more in the Big Red’s 9-0 win over Yale on Friday. Jenner added three assists; while Saulnier scored twice to lead Cornell to another 9-0 win this time over Brown to end the week on Saturday. For her efforts Saulnier was also selected as the ECAC Rookie of the Month for October. Holdcroft made 31 saves as Dartmouth and Clarkson skated to a 2-2 overtime tie on Friday and added 24 more in the team’s 1-0 win over St. Lawrence on Saturday.

Rattray and Howe Are ECAC’s Best for October

Clarkson teammates forward Jamie Lee Rattray and goalie Erica Howe are the ECAC player and goalie of the month for October. Rattray had a goal and assist; while Howe made 30 saves as St. Lawrence doubled Clarkson 6-3 on October 1st. On October 8th Rattray lent a helping hand on two goals; while Howe stopped all 18 shots that were sent her way as Clarkson blanked Providence 3-0. In the 3-3 overtime tie against Connecticut on October 9th Rattray had three assists and Howe made 21 saves. On October 14th at Syracuse Rattray added one goal and was the first star of the game; while Howe made 34 saves in the 3-2 win over the Orange. In the series sweep—a 4-2 win—the next day Rattray had a goal and assist; and Howe made 20 saves. Howe made 24 saves on October 21st as the team skated to a 2-2 overtime tie with Boston University. In the 2-1 win over New Hampshire on October 22nd Rattray found the back of the net twice; while Howe made 12 saves. This past Friday Rattray had one assist; and Howe made 27 saves as Clarkson and Dartmouth tied at 2-2 in overtime. Howe made 27 saves in the 2-1 loss to Harvard.

Dougherty, Ott, and Coyne Are Hockey East’s Best

Maine teammates forward Brittany Dougherty and goalie Brittany Ott and Northeastern forward Kendall Coyne are the Hockey East player, defensive player, and rookie of the week. In the game between Northeastern and Maine on Friday night Dougherty scored once; and Ott made 28 saves for Maine; while Coyne added a goal and assist for Northeastern in the Huskies’ 3-2 win. Coyne was the first star of that game. Dougherty scored three times; and Ott made 31 saves as Maine skated to a 5-2 win over Boston College on Sunday. Dougherty and Ott were the first and second stars of the game respectively.

Wakefield, Schelling, and Carpenter Receive Hockey East Monthly Honors

The monthly Hockey East honors for October all go to players who play in the Boston area as Boston University forward Jenn Wakefield, Northeastern goalie Florence Schelling, and Boston College forward Alex Carpenter are the player, goalie, and rookie of the month. Wakefield scored once and assisted on one more as Boston University skated to a 3-1 win over Niagara on Friday, October 7th. She added two goals and two assists and was the second star of the game in the team’s 5-2 win and series sweep of Niagara the next day. Against Union on October 15th she scored twice and was once again the second star in the 6-2 win. In the 2-2 overtime tie against Clarkson on Friday, October 21st she had one assist and added one goal against St. Lawrence in the 3-2 win on October 22nd.

Schelling began the month of October with 26 saves in Northeastern’s 5-2 win over Syracuse on October 7th. She followed that up with 19 more the next day as the Huskies skated to a 5-0 shutout of Colgate the next day. Schelling made 30 saves and was the third star of the game as Northeastern skated to a 3-1 win over Quinnipiac on October 15th. In the 5-3 loss to Princeton on October 21st Schelling made seven saves. She made 30 saves and was the second star of the game in 7-0 win over Yale on October 22nd. Schelling ended the month with 26 saves in the 3-2 win over Maine this past Friday.

Carpenter began October with a goal and three assists in the Eagles’ 3-2 win over Minnesota-Duluth on October 9th. She had her team’s lone goal in the 1-1 overtime tie with Hockey East foes New Hampshire on October 14th. Carpenter added another goal and assist as the team completed the home and home sweep of the Wildcats with a 5-0 shutout the next day. She added two more goals and lent a helping hand on one more in BC’s 4-3 win over Dartmouth on October 23rd. The freshman forward daughter of former NHLer Bobby Carpenter scored again in the team’s 3-1 win over Hockey East foes Providence this past Friday and ended the month with one assist in the team’s 5-2 loss to another Hockey East foe Maine on Sunday.

Wilson, Steffes, and Kelly Receive WCHA Awards

Minnesota-Duluth forward Katherine Wilson, OSU goalie Lisa Steffes, and Bemidji State forward Rachael Kelly are the WCHA offensive, defensive, and rookie players of the week. Wilson had the hat trick in the Bulldogs’ 6-1 win over North Dakota on Saturday and followed that up with one assist in the team’s 2-2 tie with the Fighting Sioux on Sunday. She finished the week with a +3 rating. Steffes made 21 saves in the Buckeyes’ 2-1 win over Minnesota State on Friday and added another 23 more in the 1-0 shutout win and series sweep on Saturday. She was the second star of that game. Kelly scored one goal as Bemidji won their fourth ever game against Minnesota with a 2-1 win on Sunday.

Wisconsin Tops Polls

Wisconsin is the top team in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls. The Badgers earned 18 of 19 first place votes in the first poll and 14 of 15 in the second. Cornell moved up one place to second on both polls and got the remaining first place votes. Minnesota dropped back one place to third in each poll, UMD moved from seventh to fourth; and Boston University dropped back one place to fifth in the first poll and remained at fifth in the second.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll – #6
1 University of Wisconsin, 189 (18)
2 Cornell University, 170 (1)
3 University of Minnesota, 153
4 University of Minnesota Duluth, 112
5 Boston University, 103
6 Boston College, 95
7 University of North Dakota, 74
8 Mercyhurst College, 59
9 Northeastern University, 39
10 Harvard University, 29
Others receiving votes: Bemidji State University, 9; Dartmouth College, 9; Clarkson University, 4.

USCHO.com DI Poll
1 Wisconsin (14)
2 Cornell (1)
3 Minnesota
4 Minnesota-Duluth
5 Boston University
6 Boston College
7 North Dakota
8 Mercyhurst
9 Northeastern
10 Bemidji State
10 Harvard
Others receiving votes: Dartmouth 11, Ohio State 3, Clarkson 1.

The Games This Week

In ECAC action on Tuesday Jillian Saulnier found the net four times for Cornell in their 6-2 win over Colgate. On Friday night Jessica Hitchcock led the way with a goal and assist for Niagara; while Megan Bergland, Erin Wente, and Amanda Pelkey scored for Vermont as the teams skated to a 3-3 overtime tie. The teams skated to another overtime tie on Saturday with Jessica Hitchcock and Kathleen Bortuzzo added a goal and assist each for Niagara; and Emily Walsh, Breanne Sundquist, Kellie Dineen, and Kailey Nash scored for Vermont. Jessica Sorensen found the back of the net twice to lead Syracuse to a 4-0 shutout of Connecticut on Friday.

Allie LaCombe’s goal at the 9:45 mark of the third was the game winner as the Orange completed the sweep with a 2-1 win on Saturday. When Mercyhurst routed Lindenwood on Friday Christine Bestland led the way with two goals for the Lady Lakers on Friday. It was another rout for Mercyhurst on Saturday as Bailey Bram led the way with two goals and five helpers in the 14-1 win and series sweep.

Kelsey Thomas and Taylor Sakundiak scord for Robert Morris; while Amanda Arbogast and Molli Mott did the same for St. Cloud State as the teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie on Friday. Brianna Delaney scored the game winner 5:46 into the second on Saturday as Robert Morris took three of four points with a 3-1 win. Sally Butler scored the game winner 13:54 into the second as Princeton edged Union 2-1; Kelly Babstock and Jordan Elkins scored for Quinnipiac in their 2-0 shutout of Rensselaer; Katelyn Landry scored for Brown, while Miriam Drubel replied for Colgate as the teams skated to a 1-1 overtime tie; Jenna Hobeika and Sasha Nanji scored for Dartmouth, and Danielle Skirrow did likewise for Clarkson as the teams skated to a 2-2 tie; Lyndsey Fry’s two goals and one assist, and Jillian Dempsey’s two goals led the way for Harvard in their 7-1 rout of St. Lawrence; Rebecca Johnson and Brianne Jenner found the back of the net twice and assisted on two mor each as Cornell blasted Yale 9-0 in ECAC conference action on Friday.

In ECAC action on Saturday, Chelsea Karpenko had the hat trick as Cornell dumped Brown 9-0; Kelly Cook scored for Princeton, while Alisa Harrison replied for Rensselaer as the teams skated to a 1-1 overtime tie; Babstock, Jordan Elkins, Breann Frykas, Amanda Colin, and Kristen Eklund scored for Quinnipiac in their 5-1 win over Union; Regan Fisher’s goal at the 16:12 mark of the third period was all that was needed as the game between Dartmouth and St. Lawrence ended 1-0 in the Big Green’s favor; Marissa Gedman scored once and lent a helping hand on one more as Harvard nipped Clarkson 2-1; and Jocelyn Simpson’s goal and assist led Colgate to a 4-0 shutout of Yale.

In DI Indepent action on Saturday Courtney Winters added two goals and one assist to lead Saint Anselm to a 5-2 win over Sacred Heart. Colleen Murphy netted the game winner with 51 seconds left in the second period as Northeastern edged Maine 3-2 on Friday. On Friday Brittany Ammerman scored twice as Wisconsin shutout Boston University 3-0. Brianna Decker had the hat trick for the Badgers in their 6-1 win on Saturday.

In the Hockey East series Corinne Boyles made 37 saves as Boston College was outshot 38-31 in their 3-1 win over Providence on Friday. Jen Schoullis had the hat trick as Minnesota skated to a 4-1 win over Bemidji State on Friday. The Beavers turned the tables with a 3-2 win on Saturday as Sadie Lundquist scored the game winner with 5:29 left in the second period. Ally Tarr’s goal at the 8:33 mark of the second was the game winner as Ohio State edged Minnesota State 3-2 on Friday. On Saturday Hokey Langan’s goal four seconds past the midway point of the third was all that the Buckeyes needed to complete the sweep with a 1-0 win.

In the Saturday-Sunday series Katherine Wilson’s hat trick led Minnesota-Duluth to a 6-1 win over North Dakota. The teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie on Sunday as Michelle Karvinen and Josefine Jakobsen scored for North Dakota with Audrey Cournoyer and Brigette Lacquette adding the Bulldogs’ markers. There was one Hockey East game on Sunday as Brittany Dougherty added the hat trick to lead Maine to a 5-2 win over Boston College.

The Leaders

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%.

Clarkson is the top team in the ECAC standings at 4-2-4; while their senior forward Jamie Lee Rattray has 15 points (5G, 10A) in 10 games played; and Cornell netminder Lauren Slebodnick is 1-0-0 with a 0.00 GAA, and 1.000 SAV% to lead all netminders.

Northeastern leads the Hockey East standings with their 6-1-0 record; while Boston University forward Jenn Wakefield has found the twine on eight occasions while lending a helping hand one five more in nine contests. Northeastern netminder Florence Schelling is 5-1-0 with a goals against average of 1.50 and 0.939 SAV5.

Minnesota tops the WCHA standings at 8-2-0. Among skaters Wisconsin forward Brianna Decker rules the roost with her 12 goals and 12 assists in 10 games played; while Minnesota’s Noora Raty (7-2-0, 1.04 GAA, 0.948 SAV%) is tops among netminders

The Games To Come

The week began with two games on Tuesday as Jillian Saulnier led the way with two goals and three assists as Cornell blasted Syracuse 9-2; and Laura Veharanta, Kate Bacon, and Corinne Buie added two goals each to lead Providence to a 9-3 trouncing of Yale. On Wednesday Mercyhurst played an exhibition contest against the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s Brampton Thunder; and former Lady Laker Vicki Bendus and Jayna Hefford led the way with a goal and assist each in the Thunder’s 3-1 win.

There was also one Hockey East game played on Wednesday as Wakefield had a goal and three assists to lead Boston University to a 4-1 win over cross town rivals Boston College.

One Hockey East game will be played on Thursday as New Hampshire hosts Vermont.

In other games Niagara is at home to Colgate for two games Friday and Saturday; and Syracuse hosts McGill for an exhibition game on Friday. In ECAC action on Friday Princeton welcomes Brown; Clarkson is at Union; St. Lawrence makes their way to Troy to face Rensselaer; and Quinnpiac welcomes Yale. Northeastern and Connecticut begin a home and home series on Friday with the first game being played in Boston and the second one in Storrs, CT.

Four WCHA series will also begin on Friday and end on Saturday as St. Cloud State welcomes North Dakota; Wisconsin is in Columbus to face the Buckeyes; Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth faceoff in St. Paul-Minneapolis; and Bemidji State and Minnesota State take to the ice in Mankato.

In the Saturday-Sunday Hockey East series Providence is at home to Maine. In ECAC conference play on Saturday Quinnipiac hosts Brown; Rensselaer welcomes Clarkson; St. Lawrence faces Union in Schenectady; and Yale and Princeton take to the ice in Princeton. Two games on Sunday will see Dartmouth at home to New Hampshire in non-conference play; while it is an all Boston affair in Hockey East action as Boston University welcomes Boston College.

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