October 12, 2013

Mercyhurst blanks Providence

Courtesy of Mercyhurst Athletic Communications:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior goaltender Amanda Makela of the tenth-ranked Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team made 31 saves in the 5-0 shutout over Providence College on Saturday afternoon.  Mercyhurst improved to 2-2 in the season after capturing their second non-conference win of the season.  Providence fell to 1-2-0 overall.

The last time the Lakers shutout an opponent on the road was against Yale in a 4-0 win on November 17, 2012.  Makela’s 31 saves marked her second highest career saves in a game and her first shutout of the season and fourth of her career.

 Junior Shelby Bram attempted one shot on goal throughout the entire contest which made it past goaltender Sara Bryant just 3:50 into the first period. Senior Christine Bestland set up the goal after creating a turnover behind the Friars net and passed the puck to Bram who was station in the slot to score the eventual game-winner and give Mercyhurst the 1-0 lead.

At the end of the first period, the Lakers were awarded a power-play opportunity to give Mercyhurst a one man advantage at the start of the second.  At the 1:59 mark into the second, Maggie Rothgery tallied her second goal of the season with just one second remaining on the penalty clock in a two on one play with junior Molly Byrne.

With Byrne’s assistance again, the Lakers tallied another goal a little over two minutes later when Bestland added her first shorthanded goal of the season at the 3:12 mark.  With the two assists, Byrne has tallied three points in the early season.

The Lakers were awarded a five minute power-play at the 7:08 mark of the second period.  The final two goals were scored during the one-man advantage.  Sophomore Jenna Dingeldein tallied the first of two power-play goals in the five minutes at the 10:13 mark, while Bestland added the fifth Mercyhurst goal at the 11:21 mark of the period.

Sophomore Emily Janiga started Dingeldein’s goal by winning the faceoff in front of the Friars net to senior Kayleigh Chippy’s stick.  Chippy then passed it to Dingeldein who was located at the just outside the faceoff circle.  Bestland tallied her second goal of the game and fourth of the season by an unassisted goal after taking a shot again at the right side of the Friars net. 

After two periods of play, Mercyhurst had outscored the Friars 5-0 but were outshot by the Friars 25 to 20.  With the last 20 minutes of play, the Lakers were awarded a penalty shot with 15:24 left to play in the contest.  Senior Christie Cicero was awarded the shot after she was interfered on a breakaway however the Friars goaltender Allie Morse stopped the shot to keep the damage at five.

Mercyhurst special teams contributed to the Lakers success throughout the contest.  Mercyhurst was successful three out of nine times with an attempted 19 shots.  The Lakers also killed all nine of Providence’s power-play opportunities after allowing 15 shots on net.

Throughout the entire contest, Bestland tallied two goals and an assist to extend her scoring streak to ten games.  Bestland needs one more game to tie her career-high eleven game scoring streak.  After the assist tallied by Janiga in the second period, she is just seven points away from a career 50 points at Mercyhurst.

The Lakers look to extend their overall record against the Friars on Sunday, October 13 at Schneider Arena.  The two-game series will conclude at 1:00 p.m.

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Courtesy of RIT Athletic Communications:
ROCHESTER, NY – The RIT women's hockey team (2-3-0) fell to visiting University of Vermont (1-2-1) by a score of 5-2 in front of 747 fans at Ritter Arena on Saturday afternoon as part of RIT's Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Dayna Colang and Amanda Pelkey led the Catamounts with four points apiece. Pelkey had two goals and two assists, while Colang added a goal and three assists. Brittany Zuback had a goal and two assists. Victoria Andreakos also scored for the Catamounts, who picked up their first win of the season.

Vermont out-shot RIT, 33-25. Goal;tender Madison Litchfield stopped 32 shots for her first collegiate win.

Ali Binnington (Oakville, Ontario/Mississauga Chiefs) took the loss in net for RIT, stopping 28 shots.Lindsay Stenason (Oakville, Ontario/Appleby Collegiate) and Kolbee McCrea (Wawa, Ontario/Burlington Barracudas) scored for RIT. The goal was Stenason's first of her collegiate career.

Vermont was 2-for-6 with the man-advantage, while RIT was scoreless in seven attempts with the man-advantage.

Unlike last night, where RIT got off to a great start and led 2-0 after one period of play, Vermont was the team that dominated the first period today, going up 3-1 after 20 minutes of play.

Just 3:20 in, Vermont got on the board, as Zuback took advantage of an RIT misplay to tally her second goal of the year. Ashley Salerno fired a shot wide that caromed off the back boards. Binnington went to smother the puck, but she over played it right to Zuback, who fired it in from in tight.

RIT would get on the board at the 12:45 mark, as Stenason fired a long shot from the left point that eluded Litchfield through a screen for her first collegiate tally. Dakota Waites (Whitby, Ontario/Sinclair) and Lindsay Grigg (Oakville, Ontario/Oakville Hornets) assisted on the goal.

Vermont would take advantage of four consecutive RIT penalties later in the period. With just six seconds left on a 5-on-3 advantage, Pelkey fired in a shot from the left side of the net to give the Catamounts a 2-1 lead. Vermont had RIT scrambling for well over a minute in its own zone before Pelkey's tally.

Just 2:17 later, Colang rifled a shot from in tight on a power-play off assists from Pelkey and Zuback to make it 3-1.

RIT was awarded five power-plays in the second period, but could not convert, as Vermont tacked on to its lead with a pair of goals less than two minutes apart to take a 5-1 lead into the second intermission.

The Tigers had two great chances at the start of the period, but could not convert. McCrea had Litchfield beat with a shot in front that rang off the crossbar. Moments later, Mackenzie Stone (Kars, Ontario/South Carleton) had a tremendous chance from point-blank range stopped by Litchfield.

Pelkey tallied her second goal of the game at the 7:39 mark, eluding a Tiger defenseman at the blue line, coming in with a full head of steam and slipping a shot past binnington to the far side to make it 4-1 Catamounts.

Just 1:54 later, Andreakos slipped in a rebound in front after Colang's initial shot was stopped by Binnington.

McCrea scored on a breakaway with 32 seconds left in regulation. She took a long feed fromEmilee Bulleid (Waterdown, Ontario/Stoney Creek Sabres) and slipped a backhander past Litchfield.

RIT is now 7-1-3 all-time against the Catamounts. Last night, the Tigers rolled to a 6-0 win over the Catamounts, as Kourtney Kunichika (Fullerton, CA/LA Selects) tallied a pair of goals.

RIT returns to action on Friday and Saturday with a pair of games against Colgate University of the ECAC. Friday's game will be played at the Bill Gray's Regional Complex on the campus of Monroe Community College at 7 p.m.         
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Courtesy of Penn State Athletic Communications:

HAMDEN, Conn. - The terrific goaltending of sophomore Celine Whitlinger (Garden Grove, Calif.) couldn't withstand Quinnipiac's onslaught as the Bobcats earned a 4-0 victory on Saturday afternoon at TD Sports Center. Whitlinger stopped 55 QU shots, her second highest single-game total.

Whitlinger posted her fourth game with 50 or more saves and was just four saves shy of her career-high of 59, which came in a 5-2 loss to nationally ranked Mercyhurst on Feb. 1, 2013.

Whitlinger was the game's star early on by saving all 22 Bobcat attempts. One flurry of activity came 11 minutes into the game when the Bobcats were stoned on three straight attempts on net. Quinnipiac out-shot Penn State 22-3 in the opening 20 minutes.

Quinnipiac finally broke through five minutes into the second period when Nicole Brown made it 1-0 following 25 Whitlinger saves. The Bobcats put 24 on frame in the period and Whitlinger posted 44 stops.

In the third, Quinnipiac dialed in its accuracy putting three in the back of the net. Emma Woods scored at 1:43, Siann Darkangelo tallied a power-play marker at 6:10 and Nicole Connery made it 4-0 at 8:38.

For Penn State, Shannon Yoxheimer (Jackson, Mich.) and Jenna Welch (Austin, Texas) each put three shots on frame. Quinnipiac's Chelsea Laden picked up her second win of the weekend and her second shutout of the year by making 14 saves.

Penn State returns to Hockey Valley to open Pegula Ice Arena on Friday at 7 p.m. against Union. The Nittany Lions will face-off against the Dutchwomen again on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the first two games of an eight-game home stand at the $90 million state-of-the-art building.

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Courtesy of Lindenwood Athletic Communications

The Lady Lions hockey team remained winless on the season after Minnesota State finished off a two-game sweep on Saturday afternoon. The Mavericks defeated Lindenwood by a 3-1 score.

Minnesota State scored one goal in each period. Lindenwood’s only goal came in the second period when it was already down 2-0. Alyssa West scored the goal. Carrie Atkinson and Saville Pickar each picked up their first collegiate points with assists on the goal.
The Mavericks outshot Lindenwood 37-18, but Nicole Hensley made 34 saves to keep the game close. Neither team was able to score a power-play goal in limited chances.
Lindenwood falls to 0-5-1 on the season. The Lady Lions begin a four-game road stretch next weekend at Bemidji State.
 
Courtesy of Robert Morris Athletic Communications:

Bemidji, Minn. – The Robert Morris University women’s hockey team earned their first sweep of the 2013-14 season, as they defeated the Bemidji State Beavers this evening, 3-0.

A day after junior goaltender Courtney Vinet (Camrose, Alberta / Edge School) stopped 28 of 29 shots in a 3-1 victory over the Beavers, freshman Jessica Dodds (London, Ontario / London Jr. Devilettes) turned away all 22 shots on goal to earn her first career shutout.

Unlike yesterday when the Colonials were held scoreless in the first 20 minutes, RMU would break through 9:06 into the game. Freshman forward Maeve Garvey (Oakville, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) found fellow classmate Brittany Howard (St. Thomas, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) in the offensive zone, and Howard pushed it past Bemidji State goaltender Brittni Mowat for her second goal of the season. Senior defenseman Anneline Lauziere (St. Thomas, Ontario / London Jr. Devilettes) was credited with the secondary assist.

The Colonials would extend their lead to 2-0 at the 12:25 mark thanks to some help from the Beavers. Junior forward Rebecca Vint (Caldeon, Ontario / Brampton Junior Thunder) was tripped up by Allie Duellman on a scoring chance and earned a penalty shot. Vint capitalized on the opportunity, burying it past Mowat for her first goal of the season.

RMU would set the final score at the 7:43 mark of the second period. Senior captain Kristen Richards (Toronto, Ontario / Niagara University) would gather a pass from junior defenseman Erin Staniewski (Strathroy, Ontario / London Jr. Devilettes), and the forward set off the horn with her first goal of the season. Howard earned a secondary assist on the score, and in turn registered the second multi-point game of her career.

The Colonials held a 37-19 advantage on faceoffs and outshot Bemidji State, 28-22. RMU was penalized just three times for a total of six minutes and finished 0-5 on the power play. The three penalties are a new season low.

Up next for the Colonials is a two-game set with No. 7 Boston University. RMU welcomes the Terriers into 84 Lumber Arena for Homecoming weekend, with the first of the two games starting at 7:05 p.m. on Friday night