November 16, 2013

Colonials sweep fourth opponent of season

Robert Morris 3, Lindenwood 2

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Nov. 16, 2013 – The Robert Morris University women’s hockey team earned their third sweep of the last four weekends as they defeated Lindenwood this afternoon in College Hockey America (CHA) play, 3-1.

Robert Morris (11-3-0, 5-1-0 CHA) has won eight of their last nine games, while the Lions (0-12-2, 0-3-1 CHA) were swept for the fifth time this season.

Despite an even first period in shots (8 to 8), the Colonials jumped out to an early lead 10:15 into the game. Freshman defenseman Mikaela Lowater (Thornhill, Ontario / Mississauga Jr. Chiefs) forced a turnover and quickly passed it to senior assistant captain Thea Imbrogno (Etobicoke, Ontario / Mississauga Jr. Chiefs) skating down the left side of the ice. Imbrogno then slid the puck across the crease to sophomore forward Ashley Vesci (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Lawrence Academy [Mass.]), who buried it past Lindenwood goaltender Nicole Hensley for her third goal of the season.

The assist on Vesci’s goal gave Imbrogno her 98th career point, moving the senior forward into sole possession of second place in that category of the Colonial career record books.

RMU continued to put the pressure on the Lions over the next 20 minutes as they held an 11-2 edge in shots. With a minute and 20 seconds remaining in second period, freshman forward Brittany Howard (St. Thomas, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) broke a two-game point drought when he lit the lamp for her fifth goal of the season. Howard gathered a pass from senior captain Kristen Richards (Toronto, Ontario / Niagara University) and rifled a shot from the left crease. Hensley made the save, but the rebound trickled back to Howard, who carried the puck to the right side of the crease and scored.

Lindenwood pulled within one five minutes into the third period. Jocelyn Slattery forced a turnover at the blue line and skated alone towards junior goaltender Courtney Vinet (Camrose, Alberta / Edge School), sniping one over Vinet’s right shoulder.

The Colonials wouldn’t take long to stretch their lead back to two. Just 23 seconds after Slattery’s goal, junior forward Rebecca Vint (Caledon, Ontario / Brampton Junior Thunder) beat Hensley on a breakaway for her seventh goal of the season. That goal was Vint’s 45thof her career and it moved her past Imbrogno in the RMU record books for third in career goals.

The Lions tried to cut the Colonial lead back to one, as they rifled off 13 shots at Vinet following Vint’s goal, but the junior netminder made every save.

Vinet finished the game with 25 saves and improved her record to 3-3-0 as starting goaltender.

RMU also improved their record to 6-0-0 on Saturdays this season.

The Colonials will take to the road next weekend, as they face CHA foe Syracuse. Friday’s contest is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. from Tennity Ice Pavilion.

 

RIT 3, Penn State 2

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Penn State women’s hockey team opened a 2-0 lead at RIT, but couldn’t hold on as the Tigers won 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Ritter Arena. Sophomore Jill Holdcroft (Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.) recorded her first two-goal game and the program’s first short-handed goal in the first period. Goaltender Celine Whitlinger (Garden Grove, Calif.) made 37 saves.
 
The first period went well for the Nittany Lions as Holdcroft staked a 2-0 lead for Penn State. She tallied her first power-play goal of the year on an Emily Laurenzi(Townsend, Del.) feed 8:01 into the first period. Laura Bowman (Minnetonka, Minn.) picked up an assist as well on the play winning the faceoff.
 
Five minutes later, an RIT turnover on a Tiger power play was intercepted by Holdcroft as she beat Ali Binnignton for the first short-handed goal in Penn State history. It was Holdcroft’s third goal of the year and second unassisted tally with 6:36 remaining in the frame.
 
The second period saw Holdcroft nearly grab a natural hat trick in the opening minutes, but Binnington was there for the save.  From the initial three-shot showing by Penn State, the period belonged to RIT. The Tigers eventually cut the lead in half on a 5-on-3 power-play goal by Marissa Maugeri from Celeste Brown and Dakota Waites with just 2:37 left.
 
Maugeri was at it again just 1:43 into the third period knocking home a rebound from Emily Bulleid. At 7:35, the Tigers took their first lead of the game on the seventh power play as Erin Zach sent home a Maugeri offering.
 
The Nittany Lions pulled Whitlinger with a minute and a half remaining and garnered several quality chances, but Binnington was there for all of them and earned the Tigers a sweep of the series.
 
Penn State fell to 0-7-1 against the Tigers and held a lead in the third period for the third straight game, unfortunately coming away with three losses. The last four matchups with the Tigers have been one-goal games.
 
RIT held a 40-23 edge in shots and a 34-28 advantage in faceoff victories.  The Nittany Lions were 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Tigers were 2-for-7, cashing in on two of their last three extra-player opportunities.
 
Penn State returns to action Friday and Saturday for a road series at Lindenwood. Friday’s game is set for 8 p.m. ET, while Saturday’s contest will start at 3 p.m. ET.
Mercyhurst 5, Syracuse 3
ERIE, Pa.—Mercyhurst (7-4-2, 2-1-1 CHA) used a three-goal third period to get past the Syracuse ice hockey team (6-5-1, 2-1-1 CHA), taking a 5-3 victory on Saturday afternoon at Mercyhurst Ice Center. The teams were tied for most of the game until the Lakers notched the game-winning goal with 2:56 left in the contest.

The Orange converted on two of 10 power play opportunities and limited the Lakers to just two chances. Both teams put 31 shots on target with SU outshooting Mercyhurst in both the second and third periods.

Kallie Billadeau (3-5-1) was the goalie in charge, making 26 saves and allowing four goals in the loss.  This is just the third time this season that she has played two consecutive games.

Eight different Orange recorded a point against Mercyhurst. Caitlin Roach was the only SU player to record two points in the game.

Mercyhurst was the first to score, shooting one from five yards out past Billadeau to take a 1-0 lead with 7:20 remaining in the first period. Nicole Ferrara would tie the game at 1-1 midway through the second with an assist by Allie LaCombe.

Syracuse sent in another one in with 8:08 remaining in the second stanza to take a 2-1 lead. Larissa Martyniuk scored her first goal of the season when she slapped one from just in front of the blue line through defenders and into the goal. The Lakers wouldn't settle for a deficit, however, and scored the second Mercyhurst goal of the game just 27 seconds later.

The Lakers came out strong in the third period, scoring the go-ahead goal 1:58 into the final 20 minutes. SU came right back to tie it when Nicole Renault scored her second goal of the season, assisted by Kaillie Goodnough and Margot Scharfe, bringing the score to 3-3 with 14:20 left in regulation.

With 2:56 remaining in the game, Kaleigh Chippy shot the game-winning goal. The Lakers scored an empty net goal with 11 seconds left to bring the score to 5-3.

The Orange returns home next weekend to take on Robert Morris University on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. at Tennity Ice Pavillion.