Women’s Weekly, October 13th, 2010

Agosta, Brina, and Bestland Are CHA’s Best

Mercyhurst forward Meghan Agosta, Wayne State goalie Delayne Brian, and Mercyhurst forward Christine Bestland are College Hockey America’s offensive, goalie, and rookie player of the week for the week ending October 10th. It is the second week in a row Agosta won the offensive player of the week award.

Agosta had two goals and one assist with her first goal of the game 7:33 into the second being the game winner in Mercyhurst’s 5-2 win over Maine.

Agosta scored twice; and Bestland added a goal and three assists as Mercyhurst completed the sweep with a 6-1 win on Saturday. Bestland’s first assist came on Kelley Steadman’s game winner at the 2:33 mark of the first.

Brian made 26 saves and was the second star of the game as Wayne State shutout St. Cloud State on Friday for her fifth career shutout. She followed that up with 39 in the 1-0 loss to Minnesota on Saturday. She finished the weekend with a 0.50 GAA and 0.985 save percentage.

Uden, Johansson and Vigilanti Receive ECAC Honors

Quinnipiac teammates forward Erica Johansson and goalie Victoria Vigilanti are the ECAC player, rookie, and goalie of the week for the week ending October 10th.

On their way to being named the player and rookie of the week and goalie of the week Uden Johansson added a goal and assist and was the second star of the game in Saturday’s 4-0 shutout of Northeastern on Saturday. Vigilanti made 27 saves in that game and was the third star as the Bobcats were outshot 27-20.

Uden Johansson had the hat trick including the game winner 2:29 into the first, and Vigilanti made 13 saves as Quinnipiac blanked Sacred Heart 5-0 on Sunday. Uden Johansson was the first star of that game and Vigilanti the third.

Hockey East Honors Bacon, Wasylk, and Ott

Providence forward Kate Bacon, Boston College forward Taylor Wasylk, and Maine goalie Brittany Ott are Hockey East’s player, rookie, and defensive player of the week.

Bacon had the hat trick in the Friars’ 6-1 win over St. Lawrence on Saturday and followed that up with another goal in the team’s 5-0 shutout of Clarkson on Sunday. She finished the weekend with a plus-5 rating.

Wasylk scored the game winner with 4:42 left in the first period in BC’s 4-0 shutout of Colgate on Friday and followed that up with a goal and three assists—one of which came on Mary Restuccia’s game winner 18 seconds into the third in the Terriers’ 5-2 win over Syracuse.

Ott stopped 69 of the 74 pucks sent her way for a school record in the Black Bears’ 5-2 loss to Mercyhurst on Saturday and followed that up with 45 more in the 6-1 loss on Sunday.

Prevost, Ney, and Steffes Take WCHA Awards

Wisconsin forward Carolyne Prevost, North Dakota goalie Stephanie Ney, and Ohio State goalie Lisa Steffes are the WCHA offensive, defensive, and rookie players of the week.

Prevost had three goals with her first being the game winner 9:18 into the second as Wisconsin thrashed Bemidji State 7-1 on Friday night. She followed that up with another game winner with 1:12 left in the first in Sunday’s 2-0 series sweep.

Ney had one assist as North Dakota gained a split with Minneosta-Duluth with a 4-2 win on Sunday and made 30 saves in the win.

Steffes stopped 17 of the 18 shots sent her way in Ohio State’s 4-1 win over Robert Morris on Friday night and 23 of the 24 as the Buckeyes swept the series by the same score on Saturday.

Mercyhurst Tops Both Polls

Mercyhurst replaces Minnesota-Duluth as the number one team on the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls this week.

The Bulldogs fell all the way to fifth on both polls. Cornell, Minnesota, and Wisconsin are second, third, and fourth on both polls.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll

1 Mercyhurst College, 172 (7)
2 Cornell University, 155 (6)
3 University of Minnesota, 144 (2)
4 University of Wisconsin, 141 (2)
5 University of Minnesota Duluth, 138 (2)
6 Boston University, 81 6 2-1-0 3
7 University of North Dakota, 75 8 2-2-0 2
8 Boston College, 58 10 2-0-0 3
9 Harvard University, 40 7 0-0-0 1
10 The Ohio State University, 18 NR 2-0-0 1

Others receiving votes: Providence College, 11; Quinnipiac University, 8; University of New Hampshire, 4.

USCHO.com Division I Women’s Poll
October 11, 2010

1 Mercyhurst 3)
2 Cornell (7)
3 Minnesota (3)
3 Wisconsin (1)
5 Minnesota-Duluth (1)
6 Boston University
7 Boston College
8 North Dakota
9 Harvard
10 Ohio State
10 Providence

Others Receiving Votes: Quinnipiac 8

The Games This Week

In the series between Ohio State and Robert Morris on Friday Laura McIntosh and Natalie Spooner both found the back of the net twice and added an assist for the Buckeyes in their 4-1 win. OSU won by the same score on Saturday with Spooner leading the way with the game winner 17:24 into the second and another helper.

Moira O’Connor’s game winner with 1:58 left in regulation gave Minnesota State a 3-2 win over Niagara on Friday. The teams skated to a scoreless overtime tie on Saturday.

In the Vermont-Rensselaer series Celeste Doucet, Teddy Fortin, and Breanne Sundquist scored for Vermont while Kendra Dunlop, Jill Vandegrift, and Katie Daniels did likewise for Rensselaer as the teams skated to a 3-3 overtime tie on Friday; while Doucet scored for Vermont with Jordan Smelker replying for Rensselaer as the teams skated to a 1-1 overtime tie on Saturday.

In the Bemidji-Wisconsin series that began on Friday Carolyne Prévost had the hat trick to lead the Badgers to a 7-1 thrashing. Prevost had another goal, and Breann Frykas had a goal and assist in the 2-0 series sweep on Sunday.

Haley Irwin and Jessica Wong had a goal and assist each for Minnesota-Duluth as the Bulldogs blanked North Dakota 4-0 on Friday; while the Fighting Sioux turned the tables with a 4-2 win on Sunday as Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls had a goal and assist each.

On Friday Stefanie Marty and Megan Skelly had a goal and assist each as Syracuse skated to a 4-2 win over New Hampshire; Delayne Brian stopped all 26 shots that she faced as Wayne State blanked St. Cloud State 3-0; Melissa Bizzari scored twice to lead Boston College to a 4-0 shutout of Colgate; and Jen Schoullis’ game winner at the 18:53 mark of the third saw Minnesota nip the Minnesota Whitecaps 3-2 in an exhibition game.

Meghan Agosta had two goals and one assist with her first at the 7:33 mark of the second being the game winner, and Vickie Bendus had a goal and assisted on Agosta’s game winner to lead Mercyhurst past Maine 5-2 on Saturday. Agosta had two more goals, Kelley Steadman had two goals, and Christine Bestland scored once and lent a helping hand on three more in the 6-1 series sweep on Sunday.

Amanda Kessel scored the game winner 5:38 into the first as Minnesota blanked Wayne State 1-0; Kelli Stack had three goals and one assist in Boston College’s 5-2 victory over Syracuse; Maude Blain had a goal and assist for Connecticut as they skated past Clarkson 3-1; Kate Bacon’s hat trick led Providence past St. Lawrence 6-1; Jenn Wakefield found the twine twice while helping out on one more as Boston College dumped Union 6-2; Erica Uden Johansson and Kelly Babstock had a goal and assist each for Quinnipiac as they blanked Northeastern 4-0; Brittany Phillips scored the game winner 1:35 into overtime as Colgate nipped New Hampshire 1-0; and the exhibition contest had Iya Gavrilova Allie Thunstrom, and Gigi Marvin adding a goal and assist each for the Minnesota Whitecaps with Kylie Lane and Alex Nelson scoring for St. Cloud State as the Whitecaps doubled the Huskies 4-2.

Kelly Sabatine scored the game winner 11:44 into the third as St. Lawrence edged Connecticut 3-2; Alyse Ruff scored twice and assisted on one other as Providence blanked Clarkson 5-0; and Quinnipiac also dumped Sacred Heart by a 5-0 score thanks to Babstock’s one goal and two helpers on Sunday.

The Leaders

Mercyhurst leads all teams in the CHA standings with their 4-0-0 record.

Agosta leads all scorers with six goals and five assists in four games; while Mercyhurst goalie Hilary Pattenden’s record matches that of her team to go along with her 1.37 GAA and 0.930 save percentage.

Quinnipiac’s 4-0-0 record gives them the lead in the ECAC standings; while Babstock’s four goals and six helpers in four games. Between the pipes Quinnipiac’s Victoria Vigilanti is 4-0-0 with a goals against average of 0.25 and 0.988 save percentage.

New Hampshire is 1-0-0 in Hockey East play to lead the conference standings.

Connecticut forward Jocelyn Slattery and New Hampshire forwards Sarah Cuthbert and Kristina Lavoie all have a goal each to lead the conference scoring race with New Hampshire’s Kayley Herman is 1-0-0 with a 1.01 GAA and 0.938 save percentage to lead all goalies.

Wakefield is the top overall scorer with eight points (5G, 3A) in three games; while based on goals against average Vermont’s Kelci Lanthier is 0-0-1 with a 0.92 GAA and 0.976 save percentage.

Wisconsin is 2-0-0-0 to lead the WCHA conference standings; while their 4-0-0 record puts them first overall.

Prevost leads all conference scorers with four goals in two games; while her teammate Becca Ruegsegger is 1-0-0 with a 0.00 GAA and 1.000 save percentage to lead all conference goalies.

Prevost’s teammate forward Hilary Knight has five goals and three assists in four games to lead all scorers overall. Between the pipes Minnesota’s Noora Raty and her backup Alyssa Grogan, Ruegsegger and her backup Alexis Rigsby, and Ohio State’s Lisa Steffe are 2-0-0; while Raty, Ruegsegger, and Grogan have a 0.00 GAA and 1.000 save percentage to lead all goalies overall.

The Games To Come

The Friday-Saturday non-conference series will see Mercyhurst making their way to Bemidji; and Wayne State in Boston to face Boston University.

In the Friday-Saturday conference contests Boston College is in Vermont in Hockey East action; while North Dakota is in Minnesota; and St. Cloud State faces Ohio State in Columbus in WCHA play.

In non-conference play on Friday Syracuse hosts Providence; Clarkson is at home to St. Lawrence; New Hampshire is at Rensselaer; Union hosts Sacred Heart; and Connecticut is in Hamden to take on Colgate; while Cornell hosts Etobicoke and Princeton is at home to McGill in exhibition play.

In the non-conference series on Friday and Saturday Maine host Quinnipiac.

In the Saturday-Sunday conference contest Minnesota-Duluth welcomes Minnesota State.

At the Pittsburgh College Hockey Showcase Robert Morris hosts Northeastern Saturday and Sunday.

In the other contests Syracuse hosts Connecticut; St. Lawrence is at home to Clarkson; Colgate hosts Providence; and Union takes on New Hampshire at home; while Cornell hosts Mississauga in exhibition play.

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