Mercyhurst upsets No. 3 Clarkson

Courtesy of Mercyurst Athletic Communications:

Mercyhurst 2, Clarkson 0

POTSDAM, N.Y. – Senior Kaleigh Chippy of the ninth-ranked Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team, notched the eventual game-winning goal in 2-0 upset over third-ranked Clarkson University on Friday afternoon. 

After picking up the Lakers second shutout of the season, Mercyhurst is now 3-3-0 in the season.  Clarkson suffers their first loss, falling to 5-1-0. 

Mercyhurst dominated the opening period by outshooting Clarkson by a margin of 16 to four and captured a 1-0 lead by the efforts of the Lakers special teams.  

During the third power-play opportunity of the period for Mercyhurst, the Lakers put the pressure on early and often.   Halfway through the power-play sophomore Emily Janiga picked up the puck behind Clarkson’s net from senior Kaleigh Chippy attempted shot that went just wide. 

Janiga patiently waited before passing it to the open Chippy on the right side of the goal.  Chippy gave a look to Bram who was even with the net and moved into the crease for Bram to pass pack to Chippy.  She then redirected the puck into the left side of the net at the 16:06 mark to give her Lakers the 1-0 lead heading into the second.  Mercyhurst is now 3-1-0 when leading after the first period of play.
After a penalty filled final two periods, the Lakers had to kill off all six of Clarkson’s one man advantage opportunities.  Through the diving efforts of the Lakers defense, Clarkson only had five shots on net the entire second period to the Lakers’ nine and a game total of 29 to 19. 

Clarkson was given a five-on-three opportunity at the 6:39 mark of the third period.  Mercyhurst again played hard defense with the help of junior netminder Amanda Makela saving three shots on net.  Makela also had help from her posts as Clarkson had two consecutive shots hit pipe during the power-play.  The Lakers killed the Knights two man with a little less than ten minutes to spare in regulation. 

Looking for a last minute goal, Clarkson pulled their goaltender to bring on an extra attacker at the 18:09 mark.  The Lakers held off the offensive rush for 43 seconds before Christie Cicero blocked a shot by Clarkson’s leading goal scorer Erin Ambrose.  Ambrose made a diving poke attempt but Cicero’s speed was not a match as she propelled herself down the ice and scored the empty net goal after just crossing the blue line.

Bram’s assist in the first period marked her sixth straight game notching at least one point for the Lakers.  Bram is second on the team with seven points on two goals and five assists. 

Makela saved 19 shots to mark her second shutout in just three games.  Makela improved to 3-3-0 in the season.  Clarkson goaltender Erica Howe suffered her first loss in net after making 27 saves. 

Mercyhurst is back in action against the third-ranked Clarkson on Saturday, October 19 at 3:00 p.m. at Cheel Arena.

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Courtesy of Lindenwood Athletic Communications:

Bemidji State 5, Lindenwood 0

The Lindenwood women’s ice hockey team gave up two goals in the first ten minutes of the game and eventually fell to Bemidji State on Friday afternoon by a 5-0 margin.

The Beavers took that early 2-0 lead into the locker room after one period and then scored three more times in the second period. The Lady Lions were outshot 35-6 through two periods as Bemidji State took control of the game on its home ice.

Bemidji State finished with a 45-14 edge in shots.  The Beavers were two-of-three on the power play, compared to 0-for-three for Lindenwood.

Alexis Molotky saw her first action in goal on the season in the third period and did not allow a goal while facing 10 shots. Kendra Broad and Jordyn Constance each had a team-high three shots, and Lyndsay Kirkham was nine-for-12 on faceoffs.

Lindenwood and Bemidji State will play again tomorrow afternoon in Bemidji, Minn.

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Courtesy of Syracuse Athletic Communications:

Providence 2, Syracuse 1

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Syracuse dropped its fourth straight contest, this time losing to Providence, 2-1 on Friday night at Schneider Arena. Brittney Krebs scored the lone goal for the Orange, her second of the season, while Kallie Billadeaumade 25 saves in net.

The Friars struck first, scoring 5:58 minutes into the first period. Janine Weber scored the goal off a pass from Cassidy Carels, her second of the season.

Billadeau fended off the Providence offense for the next 25 minutes until Corrine Buie netted the game winner off a setup from Courtney Kukowski and Brittney Thunstrom.

Syracuse was able to keep things interesting in the third period when Brittney Krebs scored an unassisted power play goal on the power play to make it 2-1 with 14 minutes left in the game. The Orange was unable to tie the game despite 14 shots, however, and fell to the Friars.

With Krebs' goal, Syracuse is now 5-27 on power plays this season, which accounts for 63 percent of the team's total goals on the season.

The Orange play again tomorrow at Providence and will drop the puck at 3 p.m. at Schneider Arena.

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Courtesy of Robert Morris Athletic Communications:

Boston University 5, Robert Morris 2

Pittsburgh, Pa. — The Robert Morris University women’s hockey team tallied two goals to tie the game in the second period, but No. 7/8 Boston University came back with three unanswered scores to take the first game of this weekend’s series, 5-2.

The Colonials outshot the Terriers, 36-28, and won 31 of 53 faceoffs. RMU held a 17-8 edge in third period shots, but couldn’t push the puck past goaltender Kerrin Sperry in the final 20 minutes.

Boston first took the lead 12:30 into the game. With senior captain Kristen Richards (Toronto, Ontario / Niagara University) serving a penalty for interference, Sarah Steele fired a puck on net off a pass from Kayla Tutino. Sarah Lefort broke through and deflected the initial shot, tapping it past junior goaltender Courtney Vinet (Camrose, Alberta / Edge School).

The Terriers would extend their lead to two less than three minutes later. After Maddie Elia found Louise Warren in the left faceoff circle, Warren would fire a shot at Vinet in which the netminder first stopped. Warren would push it in on the second attempt to give Boston their first multi-goal lead.

RMU fought back and tied the game in the second period. Junior forward Rebecca Vint (Caledon, Ontario / Brampton Junior Thunder) gathered a pass from classmate Maddie Collias (Roseville, Mich. / Belle Tire) and rifled a shot at Sperry. The Terrier goaltender would make the initial save, but the puck trickled off her padding and to a waiting Thea Imbrogno (Etobicoke, Ontario / Mississauga Jr. Chiefs), who would then light the lamp with her second goal of the season.

The second goal came on a power play opportunity after Lefort went to the box for checking. Freshman Brittany Howard (St. Thomas, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) skated around until she found senior defenseman Anneline Lauziere (St. Thomas, Ontario / London Jr. Devilettes) hanging out alone behind the right faceoff circle. Lauziere would take a page out of the Mighty Ducks playbook, as she threw a knuckle-puck at the net. Sperry was shielded by one of her own defenders and didn’t see the puck until it found the back of the net.

Boston would take back the lead, and take it for good 13:19 into the period. Lefort gathered a pass from Tutino on the left side and back-handed it past Vinet. The Terriers would add another less than three minutes later, as Samantha Sutherland lit the lamp.

The Terriers set the final with 55 seconds left as Taylor Holze gathered a pass from Warren and rattled the cage.

The Colonials were 1-4 on the power play and 2-3 on the penalty kill. Vinet made 23 saves on the evening.

RMU looks to win the rubber match against Boston tomorrow afternoon. Faceoff is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. at 84 Lumber Arena.

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Union 2, Penn State 1

Courtesy Penn State Athletic Communications

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The largest crowd to see a Penn State women’s hockey game saw a hard-fought contest that went the way of the Union Dutchwomen, 2-1, on Friday night at Pegula Ice Arena in front of 1,424 fans.
 
Union (3-3-0) scored on a pair of power plays to earn their first win in four games, while Penn State (1-3-1) found the net on a Shannon Yoxheimer (Jackson, Mich.) rocket in the second period.
 
Union struck first when sophomore Courtney Turner notched her third goal of the season on the power play 14:48 into the opening period. Penn State controlled most of the play early on in the period but the Dutchwomen quickly gained momentum when the Nittany Lions’ Laura Bowman (Minnetonka, Minn.) went to the box for body checking and the game’s first power play. Turner put Union ahead just 14 seconds into the advantage, tipping in a shot from the top of the zone by Maddy Norton. It was Norton’s third assist of the season.
 
Penn State fought back in the second period, out-shooting the Dutchwomen 11-7 for the frame. Yoxheimer received a feed from Taylor Gross (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and sniped a top-shelf rocket to knot the score at one. Gross’s assist was her third of the year.
 
In the third period, the back-and-forth action tipped to Union when Stefanie Thomson scored the game-winning goal on an Ashley Johnston feed. The Dutchwomen had two power plays and both shots found the back of the net.
 
Penn State’s Nicole Paniccia (Oakville, Ont.) made 24 saves, while her counterpart Shenae Lundberg stopped 23 Nittany Lion efforts. Shots on goal were led by Union, 26-24.  Penn State went 0-for-3 on the power play.
 
The Nittany Lions and Dutchwomen rematch tomorrow at Pegula Ice Arena for a 2 p.m. opening faceoff. PSU is looking to break a streak of three one-goal losses to Union.
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RIT 2, Colgate 0
Courtesy RIT Athletic Communications

ROCHESTER, NY – Freshmen Mackenzie Stone (Kars, Ontario/South Carleton) and Lauren Klein (Shoreview, MN/Mounds View) tallied their first collegiate goals, while goaltender Ali Binnington (Oakville, Ontario/Mississauga Chiefs) stopped all 24 shots she faced to record her 10th career shutout, as the RIT women's hockey team (3-3-0) shut out Colgate University (1-4-0), 2-0 at the Bill Gray's Iceplex at Monroe Community College in front of 1,000 fans on Friday evening.

RIT was the designated road team in the contest, despite the game being played just 10 minutes off campus at MCC. This weekend is the annual "Fire on Ice" Hockey Tournament, a weekend for girl's and women's hockey in the greater Rochester area.

The goals by Stone and Klein came just over five minutes apart. RIT got off to a sluggish start in the first period, but allowed just 13 shots over the final two periods for its second shutout of the 2013-14 season and second in a week.

Colgate out-shot RIT, 24-22 for the game. The Tigers were 1-for-5 with the man-advantage and held the Raiders scoreless in six power-play attempts.

Binnington was solid in goal for RIT, turning aside all 24 shots she faced for her second shutout in a week and 10th in 43 career games. She kept RIT in the game with a handful of big saves in the first period, when RIT was out-shot 11-4.

Susan Allen, a Rochester native, made 20 saves in defeat for the Raiders.

"After a very slow start, we found our legs and competed much better as the game went on," said RIT Head Coach Scott McDonald. "We capitalized on a few plays in the second period, which was the difference. Overall, I thought it was a really good, hard-fought game played by two evenly matched teams. Fortunately for us, we got a few more bounces."

After a slow start, RIT scored the all important first goal 4:40 into the second period, just after a 5-on-3 power-play turned into a 5-on-4.Jess Paton (Woodstock, Ontario/Waterloo K-W Rangers) wheeled the puck down low to Kourtney Kunichika (Fullerton, CA/LA Selects). Kunichika then whipped a perfect pass to Stone, who was all alone at the right side of the net for an easy tap-in.

Just over five minutes later, Carly Payerl (Kitchener, Ontario/Waterloo K-W Rangers) and Kolbee McCrea (Wawa, Ontario/Burlington Barracudas) came in on a 2-on-1 break. Payerl's pass eluded McCrea, bouncing off the boards. McCrea would corral the loose puck and feed Klein at the left point. Klein's seeing-eye shot went through traffic and eluded everyone, including Allen, bouncing off the post and in to make it 2-0.

From there, RIT continued to pressure, generating several good chances and the defense stiffened up, allowing little in the way from Colgate. The Tigers killed off a 6-on-3 and 4-on-4 power-play over the final 2:26 to secure the shut out win.

RIT is 14-4-1 against Colgate, snapping a four-game winless streak against the Raiders. Last season, The Tigers dropped a pair of one-goal games against the Raiders. Colgate defeated RIT 2-1 at Starr Rink and 3-2 in overtime at Ritter Arena. RIT held a lead in both games.

The two teams wrap up their regular season series on Saturday night at Ritter Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m.