January 4, 2014

CHA Roundup: 1/04/2013

Syracuse 4, Vermont 3

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BURLINGTON, Vt.—Akane Hosoyamada's last-second goal lifted the Syracuse ice hockey team (9-8-2) past Vermont (7-9-4) on Saturday afternoon, giving the Orange a 4-3 victory over the Catamounts at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Hosoyamada scored two goals in the contest to give SU its first win after winter break.

"We worked hard in the first period getting our feet back under us after the break," head coach Paul Flanagan said. "We responded well with some good energy. The girls worked hard over the break and we had a good week of practice. It's a great way to start the New Year, getting that win. It was a very back and forth game and [senior goalie] Jenesica Drinkwatermade some good saves. They did a good job pressuring us, especially on the game-tying goal in the third period."

Julie Knerr and Caitlin Roach also had multi-point games. Knerr scored a goal and assist and Roach tallied two assists.

Jenesica Drinkwater made 26 saves, the most stops she has had so far this season, and improves to a 5-1-0 record. Vermont's Roxanne Douville also made 26 stops between the pipes.

The Orange dominated on the dot, winning 28-of-46 (60.9%) faceoffs. Each team scored on one of two power play opportunities.

Syracuse started off strong, taking a 1-0 lead just 45 seconds into the game when Allie LaCombe notched her fifth goal of the season with assists from Nicole Renault and Caitlin Roach.

The Catamounts tied it up 5:44 into the second period when Victoria Andreakos tipped in a shot in front of the goal on the power play that got past Drinkwater to even the score at 1-1.

The Orange answered five minutes later when a lucky bounce put the puck in front of the net, where Knerr was ready for the tip in to regain the lead for Syracuse. Brittney Krebs took the initial shot from the right side that bounced off the boards and set Knerr up for the score with 10:56 to go in the second stanza.

Sadie St. Germain nearly put one in the net with five minutes left in the second period when she stole the puck between two defenders at the blue line, took control in front of the net and wristed one at Douville, who saved it but nearly let it slip past the goal line.

Vermont put a lot of pressure on goal in the closing minute of the second period but two saves by Drinkwater and good defense by Roach maintained SU's lead going into the second intermission.

Hosoyamada made it a two-point lead with 9:22 left in the contest when she took the puck up the left side of the ice into the SU offensive zone, skated it to in front of the net and slapped it past Douville.

Amanda Pelkey answered in similar fashion, doing all the work on the Catamount's second goal of the day. She brought it up the ice and wristed it past Drinkwater at the doorstep to cut the lead to 3-2 with 8:34 remaining in the game.

Vermont would delete the SU advantage with 2:17 left in regulation, evening the game at 3-3. Andreakos took a shot at Drinkwater who saved it but the puck trickled to the left goalpost and Dayna Colang was there to notch the game-tying goal.

A hooking penalty on the Catamounts gave SU the man-advantage to close out the final 48 seconds of the third period and the Orange capitalized, notching the game-winner with 7.9 seconds on the clock to win it 4-3. Roach and Larissa Martyniuk put pressure on the Vermont defense, which blocked all three of their shots but Hosoyamada would find the puck after a Roach shot in time to score her second goal of the afternoon to win the game.

Syracuse and Vermont square off again tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. at Gutterson Arena in Burlington, Vt.

Courtesy Syracuse Athletic Communications
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Robert Morris 4, St. Lawrence 2

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Pittsburgh, Pa. – Jan. 4, 2014 – The Robert Morris University women's hockey team returned to the ice for the first time in the 2014 calendar year, hoping to continue a nine-game unbeaten streak. Behind multi-point performances from three upperclassmen, the Colonials did just that, defeating the St. Lawrence Saints in non-conference play, 4-2, this evening.

With the victory, No. 10 Robert Morris (17-3-1) remained undefeated on Saturdays this season and moved its aforementioned unbeaten streak to double-digits.

After going nearly a month without a game, it didn't take long for the Colonials to get back into the swing of things. Just one minute after the opening face-off, freshman forward Brittany Howard (St. Thomas, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) gathered a rebound off a shot from senior assistant captain Brandi Pollock (Virden, Manitoba / Westman Wildcats) and passed it to junior forward Rebecca Vint (Caldeon, Ontario / Brampton Junior Thunder). Vint then fired a shot from in front of the crease and it made its way past St. Lawrence (6-10-1) goaltender Carmen MacDonald for the junior's 10th goal of the season.

The Saints answered with less than three minutes remaining in the period. St. Lawrence would earn its third power play of the period after Vint was caught for body-checking, and Mel Desrochers made the most of it, corralling a pass from the point before rifling a slap-shot over freshman goaltender Jessica Dodds' (London, Ontario / London Jr. Devilettes) right shoulder.

The score would remain knotted up at one until the 16:14 mark of the second period. Senior defenseman Anneline Lauziere (St. Thomas, Ontario / London Jr. Devilettes) forced a turnover in the RMU offensive zone and found fellow classmate Kristen Richards (Toronto, Ontario / Niagara University) in front of the right face-off circle. Richards deked two Saints defenders before lofting a backhander from the left side of the crease to put the Colonials back in front. The goal was Richards' sixth of the campaign.

RMU would extend its lead to 3-1 with just 12.9 seconds remaining in the frame. With Kayla Raniwsky in the penalty box for checking, Lauziere lit the lamp from the left circle after gathering a pass from Richards. The goal was Lauziere's second of the season, while a secondary assist was credited to Vint.

St. Lawrence looked to pull within one at the 13:52 mark after Pollock joined freshman forward Maeve Garvey (Oakville, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) in the penalty box. The Saints pulled their goaltender to make their five-on-three power play essentially a six-on-three, but after the Colonials won the face-off, senior defenseman Kylie St. Louis (Windsor, Ontario / Southwest Wildcats) fired a shot from the circle that found the empty net.

Playing with an empty net again, St. Lawrence cut the RMU lead to two goals when Alex Moore redirected a shot from Rylee Smith with 4:17 remaining in regulation. However, that was all St. Lawrence could muster with an extra skater, as the Colonial defense stiffened and kept the Saints from getting back into it.

Dodds moved to 14-0-1 in her rookie season after making a career-high 28 saves.

With her multi-point effort, Vint moved into a tie with Sara O'Malley for third place overall in career points with 97.

Robert Morris returns to the ice tomorrow afternoon as they close out their next-to-last non-conference series of the season. Tomorrow's contest with the Saints is scheduled for a3:05 p.m. puck drop.

Courtesy Robert Morris Athletic Communications

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RIT 1, Union 1 [OT]

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SCHENECTADY, NY– The RIT women's hockey team (9-11-2) skated a 1-1 tie at Union (7-12-1), thanks to a late third period goal by Marissa Maugeri (Ajax, Ontario/Durham West Lightning) on Saturday afternoon at Messa Rink.

It was Maugeri's lone goal, her fifth of the season, that forced overtime, off a feed from Kolbee McCrea (Wawa, Ontario/Burlington Barracudas) and Lindsay Grigg (Oakville, Ontario/Oakville Hornets) who had the assists with 9:48 left in regulation.

Union's goal was scored by Jessica Kaminsky, her second of the weekend for the Dutchwomen.

Despite outshooting Union 49-25, RIT struggled mightily in power play situations going 0-for-6 with the extra skater.

Goaltender Ali Binnington (Oakville, Ontario/Mississauga Chiefs) was solid in net making 24 saves on 25 shots, allowing just the one goal early in the first period on a Union power play.

Union Goalkeeper Maddie Dahl was stellar in net as she faced 49 shots on the day and made 48 saves, stopping nearly everything the Tiger offense seemed to throw toward the net.

"Although I thought we had a good effort throughout the game, I thought we showed a lack of poise when scoring opportunities were there," said RIT Head Coach Scott McDonald. "Our power play really let us down this weekend, and they were outworked by Union's penalty killing unit."

RIT came out of the gate with a head full of steam offensively, generating nine shots on goal through the first seven minutes of play. Celeste Brown (Great Falls, MT/National Sports Academy) had the best scoring chance for the Tigers early on a breakaway but her backhander right inside the left post was denied by Dahl.

Minutes later RIT had another great opportunity with three on two off a steal in the neutral zone but Erin Zach (Elmira, Ontario/Cambridge Fury) couldn't net it with a slap shot out in front.

With 8:13 remaining in the first Kaminsky broke the scoreless tie with a great deflection goal on the left side of the net right past the outstretched pad of Binnington.

Later RIT was in business with a 5-on-3 situation where the Tigers fired a handful of shot from all over the offensive zone. Dahl and the defense held tough though killing off both penalties and preserving their 1-0 lead.

When the first period came to a close the Tigers had recorded a season high, 26 shots on goal, outshooting Union by 15.

The RIT offense cooled off a bit entering the second period as neither team really found momentum. At the 8:57 Union nearly added to their lead with a deflection that slid right out in front of the net but Binnington quickly made a stick save to clear out the puck off and keep the deficit at one.

The Tigers had their fair share of chances late with a power play to close out the period, but failed to get on the board.

Finally, in the third Maugeri took the puck off a feed from McCrea and showed some nifty stick handling to take the puck left and slide it back right, pushing it past the pad of Dahl into the right side of the net to tie the game at 1-1.

Later in the period Union would nearly grab the lead back with a deflection that missed by inches on the right side of the net off the netting. RIT would hold strong though and the teams would head to overtime for the second straight night tied at 1-1.

In overtime RIT's offense stayed aggressive looking to grab a game-winning goal. A Union penalty gave the Tigers a great opportunity but Dahl stood tall to make three terrific saves right out in front of the net and kill off the penalty. The final seconds ticked away and the two teams skated to a 1-1 draw.

The tie is only the second of the season for the Tigers, and their first all-time against Union pushing their record against the Dutchwomen to 5-3-1.

RIT wrapped up their non-conference schedule for the 2013-14 season, finishing with a record of 5-8-1.

The Tigers remaining 12 games will all be against CHA foes leading up to the conference tournament in March. RIT starts the final stretch of the season next Friday, Jan. 10, where they welcome Syracuse to Ritter Arena. It will be the first of four meetings between the Tigers and the Orange, with the game getting underway at 7:05 p.m.

Courtesy RIT Athletic Communications

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Ohio State 4, Penn State 0

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Penn State women's hockey squad showed signs of improvement and fight in a hard fought 3-0 loss at Ohio State Sundayevening. Senior netminder Nicole Paniccia (Oakville, Ont.) made 28 saves.

The opening frame was a tightly-contested one with Ohio State (7-11-2, 2-10-2 WCHA) firing off just eight shots, but two found the back of the net. Penn State (3-16-2, 1-9-0 CHA) had five of its own, while OSU's Kari Schmitt and Ally Tarr netted goals.

In the second, Penn State opened the period on two separate power plays in the first 6:44 with the Nittany Lions earning the first three shots including a quality look for Hannah Hoenshell (Plano, Texas). Nevertheless, OSU capitalized going the other way as Danielle Gagne bagged sixth of the year7:20 into the period. Paniccia was solid in net with 12 saves for PSU.

Opening the third was a rejuvenated Penn State side that traded shots with the Buckeyes in the first four minutes including a 2-on-1 by Laura Bowman(Minnetonka, Minn.) set up by Hoenshell. Nevertheless, Ohio State responded just seconds later as Taylor Keuhl put away a 2-on-1 break for a 4-0 lead 4:45 into the third frame.

The Nittany Lions held the Buckeyes to 32 shots as opposed to the 50 allowed on Friday evening in an 8-0 loss. The penalty kill improved as well with Penn State killing off all three OSU opportunities, while giving up two power-play goals the night before. Shannon Yoxheimer (Jackson, Mich.) led the PSU attack with four shots.

Penn State returns to Pegula Ice Arena next week for a two-game series against another first-time opponent in Colgate. The series will take placeFriday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Saturday's contest will be Youth Day with children getting in free with a paid adult.

Courtesy Penn State Athletic Communications