CHA Recap for 1/17/2014

No. 8 Robert Morris 1, No. 10 Quinnipiac 1

Hamden, Conn. – Jan. 17, 2014 – The Robert Morris University women’s hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to 12 games as the Colonials skated to a 1-1 tie with the Quinnipiac Bobcats this evening.

No. 8 Robert Morris (18-3-2, 8-1-1 CHA) saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end, but stayed unbeaten in overtime this season (1-0-2). No. 10 Quinnipiac (16-3-6, 7-3-4 ECAC) earned its nation-leading sixth tie of 2013-14.

The first period went by fairly quickly, with just one penalty called in the first 20 minutes. The Colonials gained a power play after Nicole Connery went to the penalty box for checking with 5:04 remaining, but the unit couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity.

The next 20 minutes were also scoreless, but both teams had their chances.

RMU picked up its second power play when Emma Woods was called for interference. Freshman forward Brittany Howard (St. Thomas, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) fired a shot off the face-off that was blocked up front, then junior forward Katie Fergus (Oakville, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) had a shot saved before Woods returned to the ice.

Quinnipiac gained its first man advantage nine minutes into the period. Senior defenseman Kylie St. Louis (Windsor, Ontario / Southwest Wildcats) was sent to the box for interference and the Bobcats immediately went after the Colonial penalty kill unit, rifling off a shot that junior defenseman Kelsey Gunn (Smith Falls, Ontario / Niagara University) blocked, then shooting two more that freshman Jessica Dodds (London, Ontario / London Jr. Devilettes) saved.

Six and a half minutes later, St. Louis was sent back to the penalty box for the same crime. Dodds held strong once again, making three saves on the penalty kill before the senior defenseman returned to the ice.

St. Louis’ return to the ice immediately created one of RMU’s best chances, as the Colonials found themselves on a two-on-one. Sophomore forward Ashley Vesci (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Lawrence Academy [Mass.]) gathered the puck and fired a shot, but Bobcat goaltender Chelsea Laden skated outside the crease to make the save.

That save created an opportunity for Quinnipiac as Kelly Babstock skated up the ice on a two-on-one. Before she could attempt a shot, sophomore defenseman Erin Staniewski (Strathroy, Ontario / London Jr. Devilettes) tripped the Bobcat forward up, giving the home team its third power play chance of the period. However, just like the others, the RMU penalty kill unit held strong and didn’t allow a goal.

Quinnipiac didn’t take long to break through in the third period. With some help from a screen up front, Cydney Roesler rifled a shot that found the back of net just 18 seconds into the frame.

Junior Rebecca Vint (Caldeon, Ontario / Brampton Junior Thunder) almost quickly answered on a two-on-one, but her shot attempt was blocked by a Bobcat defender.

The Colonials fought off two penalties to keep it at 1-0 when Vesci was called for holding at the 5:21 mark and Fergus was caught slashing with nine and a half minutes remaining in regulation. The two penalty kills gave RMU some momentum; something it would convert on with less than five minutes remaining.

With 4:28 left in the third period and Quinnipiac’s Morgan Fritz-Ward sitting in the penalty box for interference, senior defenseman Anneline Lauziere (St. Thomas, Ontario / London Jr. Devilettes) lit the lamp off a pass from Vint. The equalizer gave Lauziere her third goal of the season and moved Vint to 99 career points with the helper. Senior captain Kristen Richards (Toronto, Ontario / Niagara University) was credited with the secondary assist.

Vint picked up a penalty with 1:30 remaining in regulation, but that penalty trickled into overtime as the Bobcats couldn’t capitalize on the man advantage. After returning to the ice, the junior forward then almost ended the game as she dangled the puck through traffic, but her shot attempted was blocked away from the cage.

Dodds stood tall once again in the five minute extra period, making four saves in total. The last of her career-high 36 saves was maybe her best, as she got a pad on a deflection up front to keep the game going.

Robert Morris finishes up its non-conference slate tomorrow afternoon with Quinnipiac in the rubber match between the two teams. Tomorrow’s face-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. from TD Bank Sports Center.

Courtesy Robert Morris Athletic Communications

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Syracuse 5, RIT 4 [OT]

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Melissa Piacentini's overtime goal pushed the Syracuse ice hockey team past RIT, 5-4 on Friday night at Tennity Ice Pavilion, redeeming the Orange's loss last Friday to the Tigers. Piacentini totaled two goals and an assist in her efforts against RIT while freshman forward Jessica Sibley scored three points of her own two goals and an assist.

"Our mindset coming into the game was that we had to push back," head coach Paul Flanagan said. "We had to be a little more physical than we were last Friday and then you have to make plays and I think we did a good job but a couple of missed coverages really cost us in some of those late goals."

Syracuse controlled the puck throughout the 58 seconds of overtime, preventing the Tigers from getting any shots off. Syracuse attempted four shots in extra minutes, three on target but it was the last that gave the Orange its win over RIT.

SU put 49 shots on target and totaled 78 shots throughout the contest while RIT managed 23 shots at the net and 41 overall. Syracuse went 1-3 on power play opportunities and extended its streak to seven straight games with a man-up goal.

Nicole Renault assisted on the game-winning goal, which increased her point scoring stretch to five games. Piacentini and Sibley both scored two goals to maintain their team-leading totals and Sibley's three points on the night made her the team-leader in the category. Piacentini is currently on a four-game goal scoring streak and has totaled six points in the last four games.

Jenesica Drinkwater made 19 saves and the SU defense blocked 14 shots to thwart the Tigers' offense while RIT's Jetta Rackleff made 44 stops in net.

Piacentini opened scoring 2:52 into the game when she carried the puck up the right side past the blue line and took a wrist shot from the hash mark. The goalie mishandled the routine save and the puck slipped under her stick to put the Orange up 1-0.

RIT was quick to tie the game, however, attacking the net mid-way through the first period and coming up with a score. Erin Zach shot one at Drinkwater, who made the save but Kolbee McCrea was there for the put-back at the far post, tying the game at 1-1 with 10:03 remaining in the first.

With 5:26 remaining in the first stanza, Morgan Scoyne took a shot from the point while on the power play that slipped past Drinkwater's shoulder and into the goal, giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission.

The Orange used a man-advantage opportunity of its own late in the second period to delete the RIT lead, bringing the score to 2-2 going into the intermission. Larissa Martyniuk took a shot from the bottom of the right circle, which Akane Hosoyamada attempted to tip in front of the net but the puck got loose and found its way to Jessica Sibley, who sent in the equalizer.

Allie LaCombe added another goal to the SU tally to take the lead 9:19 into the third period. Sibley passed the puck from behind the net to Piacentini in front, who got it to LaCombe with a drop pass. Just under three minutes later Sibley scored the lead-extending goal when she stole the puck from the RIT defense and shot it top shelf to give the Orange a 4-2 advantage.

RIT added two more within three minutes of eachother, however, bringing the score to 4-4 and forcing overtime.

Just 58 seconds into overtime Syracuse found its game-winner when Brittney Krebs slap shot it at the net from the right side, which got caught in traffic and Piacentini slid the puck into the net to put an end to the game.
Syracuse is back in action against Penn State next weekend, taking on the Nittany Lions at home in Tennity Ice Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m.

Courtesy Syracuse Athletic Communications

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SYRACUSE, NY – The RIT women's hockey team (10-12-2, 5-4-1 CHA) rallied late from two goals down to force overtime, but fell to CHA rival Syracuse (12-9-2, 4-4-2 CHA), 5-4 on Friday night at Tennity Ice Pavilion. Marissa Maugeri (Ajax, Ontario/Durham West Lightning) had a terrific night for the Tigers earning two assists and adding the game tying goal late in the third, but it wasn't enough to hold of the Orange off in overtime.

Kolbee McCrea (Wawa, Ontario/Burlington Barracudas) would get RIT on the board midway through the first period with her 12th goal of the season. Erin Zach (Elmira, Ontario/Cambridge Fury) helped assist on the goal, along with Maugeri who grabbed her first assist of the game.Morgan Scoyne (Drumbo, Ontario/Stoney Creek Sabres) would add a second goal for the Tigers shortly after on a power play off a pass from Maugeri to make it 2-1 RIT after one period. With 4:39 left in regulation, Melissa Bromley (Aurora, Ontario/Aurora Panthers) scored her first goal of the season to spark a rally, which was followed 2:23 later by Maugeri's lone goal, completing an improbable comeback to tie the game at 4-4.

Melissa Piacentini opened the scoring three minutes into the game with her first goal of the game, to give the Orange an early 1-0 lead. Jessica Sibley would score the first of her two goals late in the second on a power play. In the third it was Allie LaCombe who netted the third goal for the Orange, followed soon after by Sibley with her second to make it 4-2 Orange. Piacentini closed out the game with her second goal in overtime to give the Orange the 5-4 win.

Final shots were 49-23 in favor of Syracuse, as both teams goaltenders played solid games in net. For the Orange, Jenesica Drinkwater made 19 saves.

RIT goaltender Jetta Rackleff (Bend, OR/Summit) earned her second consecutive start for the Tigers,stopping a career-high 44 saves on an onslaught of 49 shots from the Orange. Rackleff kept RIT in striking distance of the Orange throughout the game, making stellar glove and pad saves on many occasions.

"I thought we were thoroughly outworked all game by Syracuse," said RIT head coach Scott McDonald. "Jetta [Rackleff] played outstanding for us, and that kept it as close as it was, but in the end we had some mental lapses that cost us."

The first period got off to a fast start as the Orange would jump out to a 1-0 lead off the goal from Piacentini from in close. The Tigers would answer though, midway through the period after a centering pass from Maugeri found the stick of Zach, was saved by Drinkwater, but put in by McCrea on a rebound from the left side.

Several minutes later RIT would earn the first power play of the game and took advantage. With just two seconds remaining in the penalty, Maugeri's pass from the corner found Scoyne, who fired a shot from the point and found the back of the net for a 2-1 Tiger lead.

With just over a minute remaining in the period, McCrea came away with the puck on a breakaway chance and drew a hooking penalty that would let the Tigers close out the period with a man advantage and the 2-1 lead.

The second period was all about defense for the Tigers who looked to hold their lead over an aggressive Syracuse offense. The penalty kill unit was outstanding throughout the period killing off two consecutive penalties late in the period. Rackleff was just as fantastic in net during the period saving a handful of shots from all over the Orange offensive zone.

It was the third Syracuse power play however that proved costly, as Sibley would fire a shot from the left circle that sailed past Rackleff and into the net to even it up at 2-2.

In the third Syracuse that came out strong offensively again, generating a handful of shots. Rackleff continued to make great saves including a glove save with 11:36 remaining on a bullet of a shot to keep it tied at 2-2.

Eventually, the Orange broke through in the third period after some fancy stick handling set up LaCombe with goal from the slot to make it 3-2. Minutes later Syracuse added to their lead as a shot from Sibley found the back of the net for the second time in the game.

With time ticking away for the Tigers, they picked up the pressure offensively and broke through with a slap shot by Bromley from the point that flew past the glove of Drinkwater into the net. RIT completed the unlikely comeback just minutes later with just 2:17 remaining in the game, as Maugeri's goal off a shot from the left circle tied it at 4-4.

For the fourth time in seven meetings between the two schools, the game went into overtime where Piacentini ended the RIT rally with her second goal of the game that just dribbled through the legs of Rackleff and into the goal, to give the Orange the 5-4 win.

RIT is now 1-5-1 all-time against Syracuse, 1-1-0 this season. The Tigers remain in third place overall in the CHA standings, holding onto a slim one point lead over the Orange.

The Tigers return home next weekend to face another CHA foe, Lidenwood on Jan. 24 and 25. Friday's game gets underway at 7 p.m., while Saturday's puck drops at 2 p.m. On Saturday, the Tigers will wear special jerseys as part of CHA's "Skate for the Cure". RIT will team up with Autism Up foundation for this year's fundraiser.

Courtesy RIT Athletic Communications