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MOON TWP, Pa. – Second period rush led the ninth-ranked Mercyhurst University women's hockey team to their second consecutive shutout in the 2-0 win over Robert Morris on Friday afternoon.
The Lakers improved to 6-3-1 overall in the season and captured their first College Hockey America conference win of the season (1-0-0). Mercyhurst also extended its unbeaten streak to 4-0-1.
The Colonials suffered their first conference loss of the season to fall to 2-1-0 in the CHA and 8-3-0 overall.
Junior Amanda Makela matched her season-high 31 saves in a contest to pick up her fourth shutout of the season. Maklea is now 6-3-1 while in net for Mercyhurst.
Sophomore Emily Janiga tallied the eventual game-winning goal in the middle period after the Lakers skated to a 0-0 tied after the first. Just two minutes into the second, Janiga extended her scoring streak to five contests and gave Mercyhurst the 1-0 edge. Sophomore Jenna Dingeldein contributed with the assist.
Sophomore Jaclyn Arbour scored her first goal of the contest at the 18:29 mark of the second to extend the lead 2-0 just before the end of the second period. Senior Christine Bestland and junior Molly Byrne added the assists.
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Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Robert Morris University women's hockey team took to the ice for their College Hockey America (CHA) home opener this afternoon against No. 9 Mercyhurst. Despite a solid effort between the pipes from junior goaltender Courtney Vinet (Camrose, Alberta / Edge School), the Colonials' five-game winning streak came to an end, as they fell 2-0 to the nationally-ranked Lakers.
Vinet stopped 32 of 34 shots, including 16 in the second period.
The first period saw stellar goaltending from both netminders, as Vinet and Mercyhurst's Amanda Makela combined to stop 18 shots. Vinet in particular pushed aside four shots in a row near the crease before covering up the puck.
The Lakers broke a scoreless tie 2:10 into the second period. Jenna Dingeldein forced a turnover in her own offensive zone and rifled a shot at Vinet, who made the initial save. The rebound trickled to Emily Janiga, who then lit the lamp to make it 1-0. With 1:31 remaining in the period, Mercyhurst extended that lead to its final tally of 2-0, as Jaclyn Arbour redirected a shot from Christine Bestland to get on the board.
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ST. CHARLES, MO – In its first road game in over a month, the RIT women's hockey team (5-5-0, 1-0-0 CHA) scored three third period goals to snap a scoreless tie and defeat Lindenwood University (0-10-1, 0-1-1 CHA) 3-0 in the College Hockey America opener for both teams on Friday evening.
MacKenzie Stone (Kars, Ontario/South Carleton) got the scoring started for the Tigers with a goal just 37 seconds into the third period. Nearly 10 minutes later Cassie Clayton (Pickering, Ontario/PEAC School) would add a second goal for the Tigers, her second of the season, giving RIT the 2-0 lead. Just 15 seconds later, Marissa Maugeri (Ajax, Ontario/Durham West Lightning) added the third and final RIT goal to cap off the scoring for the night.
RIT goaltender Ali Binnington (Oakville, Ontario/Mississauga Chiefs) played a fantastic game in net facing 23 shots from Lindenwood, but holding strong to earn her third shutout of the season and the 11th of her career.
Through the first 10 minutes of play, RIT controlled the tempo of the game giving themselves several great scoring chances and outshooting the Lions 6-3. However, Lindenwood made the first period more intersting by taking over offensively for the next few minutes and getting several good looks at a goal themselves.
Lindenwood would out-shoot RIT 8-7 over the scoreless opening period.
As the puck was dropped to start the second period of play, the attack was on for RIT as they quickly went to work on offense. Within the first seven minutes the TIgers ballooned their shot total to 20 as they were active in front of Lindenwood net. In the final minute of the period Kolbee McCrea(Wawa, Ontario/Burlington Barracudas) tried to score on a wrap around goal on Hensley's left side but she was denied and after slashing penalties by each team the the period would end with a 0-0 score.
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The Lindenwood women's hockey team fell in its conference opener on Friday night at the Lindenwood Ice Arena by a 3-0 score to RIT.
It took just over ten minutes for RIT to turn a tight game into a 3-0 victory. After both teams were scoreless for the first 40 minutes, the Tigers got onto the scoreboard just 37 seconds into the third period with a power-play goal. RIT then sealed the game with two goals within 15 seconds midway through the period.
Lindenwood lost a chance to win due to a struggling power play. The Lady Lions had nine power plays in the game and could not get the puck into the net. Lindenwood had 12:30 of play with a man advantage, including over eight minutes in the third period. RIT, meanwhile, was two-for-six with an extra person on the ice.
Prior to the game, four Lady Lions received their awards for being named the 2012-13 CHA Student-Athletes of the Year. The players honored by CHA commissioner Robert M. DeGregorio were Kendra Broad, Nicole Hensley, Alison Wickenheiser, and Chelsea Witwicke. Former Lindenwood skater Amy Stober also earned the honor but was not in attendance after graduating after last season.
Lindenwood and RIT conclude their series tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. in Wentzville, Mo.
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