Bestland, Billadeau, and Fergus Are CHA’s Best
Mercyhurst forward Christine Bestland, Syracuse goalie Kallie Billadeau, and Robert Morris forward Katie Fergus are College Hockey America’s player, goalie and rookie of the week for the week ending October 9th. Bestland had two goals and one assist and was the first star of the game as Mercyhurst split a weekend series with Minnesota State with a 5-4 win on Saturday.
Fergus had a goal, two assists, and the third star of the game award in the Orange’s 8-0 rout of Lindenwood on Friday and followed that up with two goals and another third star of the game award in the team’s 7-2 win and series sweep on Saturday. Billadeau made 33 saves for Syracuse in their 2-1 win at New Hampshire
Thomson, Svoboda, and O’Brien Receive ECAC Honors
Union forward Stephanie Thomson and Rensselaer teammates forward Ali Svoboda and Kelly O’Brien are the ECAC player, rookie, and goalie of the week. Thomson scored twice while assisting on one more in the Dutchwomen’s 9-2 win over Sacred Heart on Saturday. Svoboda added one assist in Rensselaer’s 2-2 overtime tie with Maine on Friday and followed that up with two more goals including the game winner 3:33 into the second; and O’Brien made 18 saves as the team gained three of four points with a 4-0 win on Saturday. Svoboda was the first star of that game and O’Brien the third.
Wakefield, Ward, Carpenter, and Schelling Are Hockey East’s Best
Boston University forward Jenn Wakefield and Maine forward Danielle Ward are the Hockey East co-players of the week; while Boston College forward Alex Carpenter and Northeastern netminder Florence Schelling are the rookie and defensive players of the week. Wakefield found the back of the net once while lending a helping hand on one more in BU’s 3-1 win over Niagara on Friday and followed that up with two goals, two assists, and the second star of the game award in the team’s 5-2 win and series sweep on Saturday.
Ward scored once in the Black Bears’ 4-3 win over Quinnipiac on Friday and added two more goals and the first star of the game honors in the 5-4 win and series sweep on Saturday.
Carpenter scored once and assisted on two more as Boston College nipped Minnesota-Duluth 3-2 on Sunday. Schelling made 26 saves in Northeastern’s 5-2 win over Syracuse on Friday and added 19 ore and the second star of the game honors in Saturday’s 5-0 shutout of Colgate.
WCHA Honors Kessel, Lorence, Wheelhouse, and Spooner
Minnesota forward Amanda Kessel and Ohio State forward Natalie Spooner are the WCHA co-offensive players of the week while, Bemidji rearguard Erika Wheelhouse, and Minnesota forward Meghan Lorence are the defensive and rookie players of the week. Kessel scored twice, lent a helping hand on one more, and was the second star of the game; while Lorence added one goal in the Gophers’ 6-0 shutout of St. Cloud State on Friday. Kessel added the hat trick and the first star of the game award; while Lorence added another goal in the team’s 8-0 shutout and series sweep on Saturday. Coincidently Kessel’s brother Toronto Maple Leafs’ forward Phil Kessel added a hat trick on the same night as the Leafs edged the Ottawa Senators 6-5 at the Air Canada Centre.
Spooner scored all four goals in OSU’s 4-4 tie with Bemidji State on Friday while Wheelhouse added three assists for the Beavers. Spooner added another goal and Wheelhouse another three helpers as the Buckeyes took three of four points with a 5-3 victory.
The Games This Week
On Friday Kendall Coyne added a goal and assist to lead Northeastern to a 5-2 win over Syracuse; Kayla Tutino’ goal with 3:47 left in the game was the game winner as Boston University welcomed Niagara with a 3-1 win; Rebecca Vint lit the lamp post on two occasions while lending a helping hand on one more, and Katie Fergus and Thea Imbrogno had a goal and two assists each as Robert Morris pounded Lindenwood 8-0.
Nicole Germaine scored the game winner 4:11 into overtime as Minnesota State nipped Mercyhurst 3-2; Jenn Gilligan made 39 saves, Kristina Lavoie and Jenna Lascelle added a goal and assist each, and Kristine Horn added a single as New Hampshire shut out Colgate 3-0; Brittany Lyons led the way for Maine with a goal and assist, and Bethany Dymarczyk and Chelsea Illchuk also scored as Maine nipped Quinnipiac 4-3; and Alisa Harrison and Toni Sanders scored for Rensselaer, while Amanda Pelkey and Brittany Zuback did the same for Vermont as the teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie.
In the WCHA Emily Erickson added two goals and one assist, and Sadie Lundquist and Kristi King scored once each for Bemidji; and Natalie Spooner scored four goals for Ohio State as the teams skated to a 4-4 overtime tie; and Amanda Kessel found the back of the net twice and lent a helping hand on one more, Emily West scored twice, Jen Schoullis added a goal and two assists, and Meghan Lorence scored one more as Minnesota blanked St. Cloud State 6-0.
On Saturday Brianna Delaney scored twice while assisting on one more, Katie Fergus scored twice, Cobina Delaney added a goal and two assists, Rebecca Vint scored once and lent a helping hand on one more, and Kelsey Thomas added a single as Robert Morris swept Lindenwood with a 7-2 win; Mercyhurst gained a split in their series with Minnesota State with a 5-4 win thanks to Christine Bestland’s game winner with 2:03 left in regulation.
Boston University completed the sweep of Niagara with a 5-2 win thanks to two goals and two assists from Jenn Wakefield, two goals form Jenelle Kohanchuk, and a goal and assist from Isabel Menard; Karell Émard had two goals and one assist, and Brooke Fernandez and Rylee Smith added singles as St. Lawrence skated to a 4-1 win over Connecticut; Danielle Ward scored twice, Brittany Dougherty had a goal and assist, and Myriam Croussette and Missy Denk added singles as Maine edged Quinnipiac 5-4 in overtime.
Danielle Skirrow found the twine once and lent a helping hand on one more, and Shelby Nisbet and Carly Mercer added a goal each as Clarkson shut out Providence 3-0; Casey Pickett added a pair, Brittany Esposito had one and an assist, and Katie MacSorley and Stephanie Gavronsky had a goal each as Northeastern blanked Colgate 5-0; Ali Svoboda’s two goals along with Andie Le Donne’s and Alisa Harrison’s singles saw Rensselaer blank Vermont 4-0.
Stefanie Thomson and Rhianna Kurio scored twice, while Lauren Hoffman, Molly Kate Devin, Taylor Purvis, Émilie Arseneault, and Bryanne Panchuk added singles as Union blasted Sacred Heart 9-2; and Minnesota-Duluth got goals from Jessica Wong with two, and Pernilla Winberg, Audrey Cournoyer, Haley Irwin, Katherine Wilson, and Zoe Hickel in their 7-2 rout of Boston College.
In WCHA action Carolyne Prévost had the hat trick, while Brianna Decker and Hilary Knight had singles in Wisconsin’s 5-2 win over North Dakota; Ally Tarr also had three goals, while Natalie Spooner and Kayla Sullivan found the back of the net once each as Ohio State took three of four points from Bemidji State with a 5-3 win; and Minnesota got a hat trick from Amanda Kessel, two from Kelly Terry, and singles from Meghan Lorence, Megan Bozek, and Bethany Brausen in their 8-0 blasting of St. Cloud State.
Robert Morris has won both of their games this season to top the CHA standings while forwards Katie Fergus and Rebecca Vint along with Mercyhurst forward Christine Bestland are tied for the scoring lead with three goals and two assists. Robert Morris netminder Kristen DiCiocco has a 1-0-0 record with a 0.00 GAA and 1.000 SAV% to lead all goalies.
In the ECAC St. Lawrence is 2-0-1 to start the year; and Clarkson forward Jamie Lee Rattray has nine points from one goal and eight assists to lead all scorers; and Rensselaer netmidner Kelly O’Brien (2-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 SAV%) leads all goalies.
Maine is the top team in the Hockey East standings at 4-0-0. Boston University forward Jenn Wakefield leads all point getters as she has found the back of the net five times while lending a helping hand on four more; and Northeaster goalie Florence Schelling is 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and 0.957 SAV% to lead all netminders.
Minnesota and Wisconsin are tied for the lead in the WCHA as both teams stand at 4-0-0. Wisconsin forward Brianna Decker has seven goals and five assists to lead all scorers; and Minnesota’s Noora Raty has won all four of the Gophers’ games while posting a 0.27 GAA to go along with her 0.979 SAV%.
The Games To Come
In games involving the CHA teams Clarkson and Syracuse will play a home and home series beginning Friday night in Syracuse and ending Saturday in Potsdam, NY. In the other three two game sets Providence is at home to Mercyhurst; and Niagara hosts Rensselaer Friday and Saturday; and Minnesota State is at Robert Morris on Friday and Sunday. In the games involving ECAC teams on Friday Colgate hosts Lindenwood for two games Friday and Saturday; and Union is in Boston to face Northeastern. On Saturday Northeastern is at home to Quinnipiac; and Boston University is at home to Union.
In Hockey East conference action on Friday Boston College and New Hampshire begin a home and home series in Durham, NH with the other game taking place in Boston on Saturday. In the other non-conference weekend sets Maine host Bemidji State for two games Friday and Saturday; Connecticut is at home to Minnesota-Duluth on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday and Sunday Ohio State welcomes St. Cloud State; and Wisconsin and Minnesota face off in Madison in WCHA conference play.
The Saturday-Sunday games will see North Dakota welcome Vermont.