CHA Recap for 10/19/2013

No. 3 Mercyhurst 1, No. 9 Clarkson 1 [OT]

POTSDAM, N.Y. – Sophomore Emily Janiga of the ninth-ranked Mercyhurst University women's hockey team scored in the second period to force a 1-1 tie against third-ranked Clarkson University on Saturday afternoon.

The Lakers improved to 3-3-1 overall in the season and are now 8-4-4 lifetime against the Knights. Clarkson is now 5-1-1 overall in the season.

After the opening period the Lakers trailed 1-0 after an even strength goal was score by Clarkson's Christine Lambert. Shelby Nisbet created a break up in the Lakers' defensive zone and sent the puck up lose in front of the Mercyhurst net. Lambert came from the left side of the ice and finished the puck behind goaltender Amanda Makela.

The Lakers were outshot by Clarkson only 12 to 10 throughout the first despite killing one penalty and had to overcome a Clarkson five on three at towards the end of the opening period.

Clarkson started the beginning of the second period on a power-play which Mercyhurst killed easily in the first 1:30 of play.

Sophomore Emily Janiga collected her first goal of the season on the equalizer at the 11:35 mark of the second period. Senior Christine Bestland took advantage of an opportunity with two Mercyhurst Lakers open in front of the Clarkson net after stripping the puck away from defensemen Erin Ambrose behind the goal.

Bestland then took a look before passing the puck behind the sight of netminder Erica Howe to Janiga who shot the puck to the top left corner of the goal. The Lakers offense was ignited after the goal as they took control the majority of the middle period. Junior Shelby Bram was also awarded an assist.

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Courtesy Mercyhurst Athletic Communications

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Union 1, Penn State 2

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Nittany Lion women's hockey team used a late third-period goal from freshman Laura Bowman(Minnetonka, Minn.) to defeat a stingy Union squad Saturday afternoon at Pegula Ice Arena in front of 814. Celine Whitlinger(Garden Grove, Calif.) stopped 20 shots and Jill Holdcroft (Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.) scored her first goal of the season to pace Penn State (2-3-1).

The script in Saturday's game against Union (3-4-0) was much the same as Friday night's game with the two teams tied at one entering the third period. Union was unable to get past Whitlinger on a power play midway through the period. The sophomore from California turned away two power-play shots and 30 seconds after the penalty expired, Union's Kelly McGrath took an elbowing penalty.

A nice string of passes led to Amy Petersen (Minnetonka, Minn.) sliding a pass in front of net that got past Sara Nielsen (Edina, Minn.). The puck bounced off the boards to Jeanette Bateman (Greeley, Colo.) who rifled a shot off the pad of Lundberg where Bowman was able to clean up the game-winner. The assist for Petersen was her third of the year and Bateman notched her first point of the season.

In the final frantic 90 seconds, Union pulled Lundberg and Whitlinger lost her stick. Penn State was resilient, blocking passes and disrupting the Union onslaught. Whitlinger stopped a Maddy Norton attempt from distance as Penn State skated off with its first win at Pegula Ice Arena.

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Courtesy Penn State Athletic Communications

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Syracuse 4, Providence 1

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Syracuse picked up its second win of the season against Providence on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Friars by a 4-1 margin. Four different Orange scored goals in the contest and Jenesica Drinkwater made 25 saves in her first appearance of the season.

The Friars had six more shots on goal but SU's 20 were enough to claim victory. Melissa Piacentini recorded two assists in the contest, giving her four on the season.

Syracuse was the first to score when Caitlin Roach scored the first unassisted goal of the season for the Orange. Roach brought the puck from the left face-off circle and past the goalies reach to gain a 1-0 advantage with 6:18 left in the first period.

The Orange used a big second period to secure the win, scoring two goals to take a 3-0 lead going into the final stanza.Allie LaCombe scored the second goal of the game, the eventual game-winner, netting one in a scramble in front of the net on the power play.

Margot Scharfe found her first points of the season soon after LaCombe netted her goal, scoring off a slap shot taken as she won the face-off in the left face-off circle. Melissa Piacentini and Eleanor Haines assisted on the play, helping get the puck to Scharfe in a scramble to win the face-off.

LaCombe and Scharfe scored within three minutes of each other with the game-winner scored at 1:17 and the lead-extender being scored at 3:50 in the second period.

Providence scored a goal 5:15 into the third period to steal the shutout from Drinkwater, when the senior goalie was unable to stop a rebound of a breakaway shot by Brooke Simpson. Allison Micheletti collected the bounce-back and slipped it past Drinkwater to cut the Syracuse lead to two.

Julie Knerr had the final say in the contest, scoring midway through the third stanza to secure the win and end with a score of 4-1. Credit the assists to Akane Hosoyamada and Larissa Martynuik.

The Orange host Boston College and Union on Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (2 p.m.), the first all-home weekend of the season.

Courtesy Syracuse Athletic Communications

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Colgate 2, RIT 1 [OT]

ROCHESTER, NY – Liz Trautz scored on a 5-on-3 power-play 2:12 into the overtime session to give Colgate (2-4-0) a 2-1 victory over the RIT women's hockey team (3-4-0) in front of 738 fans at Ritter Arena on Saturday evening.

RIT opened the period on a power-play and looked to end it just 15 seconds in, as Kolbee McCrea (Wawa, Ontario/Burlington Barracudas) had a golden opportunity from right in front of the net go off her stick. Seconds later, McCrea was given an interference penalty.

While RIT was killing off that penalty, Celeste Brown (Great Falls, MT/National Sports Academy) was whistled for a body checking penalty. RIT would not be able to clear the puck out on the ensuing 5-on-3. From the slot, Nicole Gass fired a shot that Trautz redirected past RIT goaltender Jetta Rackleff (Bend, OR/Anaheim Lady Ducks) for the game-winner.

RIT out-shot Colgate 41-29. Both goalies were tremendous all evening. Colgate's Ashlynne Rando made 40 saves and was named the game's first star. Rackleff, who made her collegiate debut, was very good between the pipes for RIT, stopping 27 shots. She was named the game's second star.

Colgate scored both goals on the power-play, going 2-for-8. RIT, despite firing 13 shots with the man-advantage, were 0-for-7.

Neither team scored in a quickly played first period, where each team fired 13 shots on goal.

RIT held the majority of zone play over the first 10 minutes, while Colgate battled back to have an edge over the last half of the period.

Marissa Maugeri (Ajax, Ontario/Durham West Lightning) had two great chances in the first two minutes. She came in on a 2-on-1 and had her shot from the right side stopped by Rando. Moments later, she had a great chance in front stopped by Rando.

Rackleff, making her first collegiate start, had to come up big on a scramble in front later in the period. Kayla Haus fired a shot from the left side that Rackleff stopped. The rebound came to Katelyn Parker who had a chance stopped by the goaltender.  Haus had a second chance in front that Rackleff gobbled up.

Both teams scored once in a lively second period, in which RIT held a 15-13 edge in shots.

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Courtesy RIT Athletic Communications

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Lindenwood 1, Bemidji State 4

The Lindenwood women’s hockey team scored first on Saturday in Bemidji, Minn., but Bemidji State scored the final four goals of the game in a 4-1 win over the Lady Lions.

Just seven seconds into a power play in the first period, Katie Erickson scored with an assist from Carrie Atkinson. It took the Beavers just over one minute though to tie the game at one.

The score remained 1-1 until the third period and the turning point came while the Lady Lions were on another power play. The Beaver scored two shorthanded goals within 35 seconds of each other to take a 3-1 advantage. Bemidji State added one more goal less than two minutes later and that was the final goal of the game.

Lindenwood was outshot 39-20 in the game. The Lady Lions did have the only power-play goal, but they were one-for-seven with a man advantage, while Bemidji State was 0-for-five.

Lindenwood falls to 0-7-1 on the season. It travels to nationally-ranked Wisconsin next weekend for a pair of games.

Courtesy Lindenwood Athletic Communications