Women’s Weekly, October 6th, 2010

Agosta, Pattenden, and Imbrogno CHA’s Best

Mercyhurst teammates forward Meghan Agosta and goalie Hilary Pattenden and Robert Morris forward Thea Imbrogno are College Hockey America’s player, goalie, and rookie of the week for the week ending October 3rd.

Agosta had a goal and two assists, and Pattenden made 22 saves as Mercyhurst downed St. Cloud State on Friday. One of Agosta’s assists was the 10th for her career as she joins teammate Jesse Scanzano as the only Mercyhurst players to accomplish that feat. She was also the second star of the game.

Agosta added another goal, two assists, and the first star of the game award; and Pattenden made 19 saves as Mercyhurst completed the sweep with a 6-1 win on Saturday.

Imbrogno scored once and assisted on two more on her way to being named the game’s third star as Robert Morris nipped Providence 5-4 on Friday and added another assist in Saturday’s series split—a 5-2 loss.

Quinnipiac Sweeps ECAC Awards

Forwards Kate Wheeler and Kelly Babstock and goalie Victoria Vigilanti are the ECAC player, rookie, and goalie of the week for the week ending October 3rd.

Wheeler had two goals, Babstock had a goal and assist, and Vigilanti made 20 saves in the 3-0 shutout of Niagara on Friday. Babstock’s goal at the 17:48 mark of the first was the game winner. They were the first, second, and third stars of the game respectively.

On Saturday Babstock had another goal and two helpers with her second coming on Regan Boulton’s game winner 45 seconds into the second period. Wheeler added one assist; and Vigilanti made 24 saves. Babstock was the first star of that game.

Hockey East Honors Wakefield, Buie, and Sperry

Boston University teammates forward Jenn Wakefield and goalie Kerrin Sperry and Providence forward Corinne Buie are the Hockey East player, defensive player, and rookie of the week for the week ending October 3rd.

On Saturday Wakefield had one goal as BU lost to North Dakota 5-4. She added another two goals and lent a helping hand on two more, and Sperry made 21 saves as Boston University gained a split in the series with a 6-2 win on Saturday. Wakefield’s second goal of that 9:36 into the first was the game winner. She was the first star of that game.

Buie socred once in the Friars’ 5-4 loss to Robert Morris on Friday and added two more in the 5-2 win on Saturday. She was the game’s first star.

Knight, Tomcikova, and Kessel Receive WCHA Honors

Wisconsin forward Hilary Knight, Bemidji goalie Zuzana Tomcikiova, and Minnesota forward Amanda Kessel are the WCHA offensive, defensive, and rookie players of the week for the week ending October 3rd.

In Wisconsin’s 7-0 shutout of Rensselaer on Friday Knight scored once and followed that up with the natural hat trick with her first 33 seconds into the game being the game winner and two assists in Saturday’s 6-0 series sweep.

Tomcikiova made 27 saves and was the game’s first star as Bemidji shutout Wayne State for her ninth career WCHA shutout.

Kessel, who is the younger sister of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel and University of New Hampshire forward Blake Kessel, scored twice and assisted on two more as Minnesota shutout Clarkson 5-0 on Friday. Her first helper came on Jen Schoullis’s game winner 10:08 into the first period. She added the game winner with 3:21 left in the second and another assist in Saturday’s 3-0 win and series sweep. Kessel finished a +4 for the weekend.

UMD Tops Both Polls

The University of Minnesota-Duluth are the number one team in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls this week.

They earned 17 first place votes in the first poll and 12 in the latter. Cornell, Mercyhust, Minnesota, and Wisconsin all rounded out the top five in that order in both polls.

Mercyhurst and Minnesota received the remaining first place votes in the first poll; while Cornell, Mercyhurt, and Minnesota got the remaining three in the latter.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
Women’s College Hockey Poll – October 5, 2010

1. Minnesota Duluth 188 (17)
2. Cornell
3. Mercyhurst 160 (1)
4. Minnesota 128 (1)
5. Wisconsin 119
6. Boston University 88
7. Harvard 65
8. North Dakota 40
9. New Hampshire 38
10. Boston College 33

USCHO.com Division I Women’s Poll
October 4, 2010

1 Minnesota-Duluth (12)
2 Cornell (1)
3 Mercyhurst (1)
4 Minnesota (1)
5 Wisconsin
6 Boston University
7 Harvard
8 New Hampshire
9 Boston College
10 North Dakota

Others Receiving Votes: Clarkson 17, Ohio State 6, Quinnipiac 5, St. Lawrence 2, Providence 1

The Games This Week

The season began with nine non-conference games and two exhibition contests on Friday night.

In the series between Bemidji State and Wayne State it was the Beavers who came out on the winning end of a 3-0 score on Friday as Erin Cody had a goal and assist. Wayne State gained a series split with a 4-2 win on Saturday as Julie Ingratta scored twice.

Second star of the game Jean O’Neill found the back of the net for the game winner with 2:13 left in regulation as Providence nipped Robert Morris 5-4 on Friday; while Corinne Buie’s two goals helped the Friars complete the sweep with a 5-2 victory on Saturday.

Third star of the game Victoria Vigilanti made 20 saves as Quinnipiac shut the door on Niagara 3-0 on Friday; while Kelly Babstock’s one goal and two assists led them to a series sweep with a 3-1 win on Saturday.

Vicki Bendus had two goals and one assist; while Meghan Agosta, Kelley Steadman, and Jesse Scanzano scored once and assisted on two more each as Mercyhurst blasted St. Cloud State 9-1 on Friday. Agosta tacked on one more goal and two helpers as the Lakers took the series with a 6-1 win on Saturday.

On Friday Amanda Kessel scored twice and lent a helping hand on two more as Minnesota blanked Clarkson 5-0. She added another goal and assist in the 3-0 shutout on Saturday.

Carolyne Prévost beat Sonja van der Bliek twice to lead Wisconsin past Rensselaer 7-0 on Friday. Hilary Knight found the back of the net twice while lending a helping hand on three more in Wisconsin’s 6-0 win on Saturday.

Katie MacSorley scored twice for Northeastern, while Megan Skelly scored once and assisted on one more for Syracuse as the teams skated to a 4-4 overtime tie in the other non-conference game on Friday.

In the two exhibition contests Alley Bero scored the game winner with 39 seconds left in regulation as St. Lawrence edged McGill 2-1; and Jenny Potter and Megan McCarthy had a goal and assist each for the Minnesota Whitecaps, while Jessica Wong did likewise for Minnesota-Duluth as the teams skated to a 3-3 overtime tie.

There was one Hockey East contest on Saturday. Kristina Lavoie scored the game winner 7:58 into the first period as New Hampshire nipped Connecticut 2-1.

In the non-conference game on Saturday Brittany Esposito’s goal 3:34 into overtime gave Northeastern a 3-2 win over Union.

In exhibition play Taylor Volpe had a goal and two assists to lead Colgate past the Ottawa Senators 7-1; Emily Walsh had a goal and assist for Vermont, and Gillian Ferrari and Ann-Sophie Bettez scored for McGill as the teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie; Hokey Langan found the twine once and lent a helping hand on one more as Ohio State shut the door on Wilfred Laurier 2-0; and Laura Fridfinnson added a couple of markers and assists for Minnesota-Duluth, while Potter added another goal and two assists for the Minnesota Whitecaps in the Bulldogs’ 6-4 win.

The Boston University-North Dakota series started on Saturday as Monique Lamoureux-Kolls started the year at her new school with a bang with two goals and two assists as the Fighting Sioux edged the Terriers 5-4. On Sunday Wakefield added two goals and two assists as the Terriers gained a split with a 6-2 win.

The Leaders

Mercyhurst leads the CHA standings with their 2-0-0 record; while Agosta is the top point getter with two goals and four assists in two games. Mercyhurst netminder Hilary Pattendon has a 2-0-0 record to go along with her 1.20 GAA and 0.939 SAV%.

Quinnipiac tops the ECAC standings as they are also 2-0-0. Babstock leads all scorers as she has found the back of the net twice while assisting on three more in two games. Vigilanti leads all goalies with her 2-0-0 record, 0.50 GAA, and 0.978 SAV%.

New Hampshire is 1-0-0 to lead the Hockey East conference standings; while Maine is 2-0-0 to lead overall.

There is a three way tie for the Hockey East conference scoring race as forward Jocelyn Slattery of Connecticut and New Hampshire forwards Sarah Cuthbert and Kristina Lavoie all have one goal each. Maine forward Brittany Dougherty has two goals and five assists in two games to lead overall.

In the net New Hampshire’s Kayley Herman is 1-0-0 with a goals against average of 1.01 and 0.938 SAV% to lead all conference goalies. Overall Maine’s Brittany Ott is 1-0-0 with a 0.00 GAA and 1.000 SAV% to lead all goalies overall.

Wisconsin and Minnesota are tied for the WCHA overall lead with their 2-0-0 records. Wisconsin forward Hilary Knight has the scoring lead with four goals and two assists; while Bemidji’s Zuzana Tomcikova, Minnesota’s Noora Raty, Wisconsin’s Becca Ruegsegger and Alex Rigsby, and Minnesota’s Alyssa Grogan are all 1-0-0 with a 0.00 GAA, and 1.000 SAV% among goalies.

The Games To Come

Six two game series get underway on Friday with four of them being non-conference and two WCHA conference games as Robert Morris welcomes Ohio State; Minnesota State is at home to Niagara; Wayne State makes their way to St. Cloud to face the Huskies; Vermont is at Rensselaer; Wisconsin hosts Bemidji State; and Minnesota-Duluth is in Grand Forks to face North Dakota. The WCHA contests take place on Friday and Sunday; while the rest are Friday-Saturday affairs.

The exhibition series has the Minnesota Whitecaps visiting Minneapolis-St. Paul to face Minnesota.

In non-conference action on Friday Syracuse welcomes New Hampshire; and Colgate is at home to Boston College.

In Saturday’s non-conference play Connecticut hosts Clarkson; Providence welcomes St. Lawrence; Boston University is at Union; Northeastern is in Hamden to face Quinnipiac; and Colgate welcomes New Hampshire.

Maine hosts Mercyhurst for two games Saturday and Sunday.

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