CHA Recap for 1/24/2014

No. 8/7 Robert Morris 3, Mercyhurst 1

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Erie, Pa. – Jan. 24, 2014 – In a season that has seen numerous records fall, the Robert Morris University women's hockey team set a new standard in its 3-1 victory over in-state rival Mercyhurst this evening.

The win gives No. 8/7 Robert Morris (20-3-2, 9-1-1 CHA) its 20th victory of the season – breaking the program record of 19 set by the 2011-12 CHA Championship team – and extends the nation's best unbeaten streak to 14 games. Mercyhurst (14-7-3, 7-3-1 CHA) falls four points behind the Colonials in the conference standings.

For the third-straight game, RMU played a scoreless first period. Both the Colonials and the Lakers failed to capitalize on two power play opportunities, while freshman goaltender Jessica Dodds (London, Ontario / London Jr. Devilettes) helped keep Mercyhurst off the board with 12 saves.

The RMU offense once again exploded in the second period, looking similar to its 5-1 victory at No. 10 Quinnipiac last weekend. Less than three minutes into the frame, the Colonials turned up the pressure in their offensive zone. Freshman forward Maeve Garvey (Oakville, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) fired a shot from the left face-off circle that was saved by Laker goaltender Julia DiTondo, but the rebound trickled to Garvey's classmate Mackenzie Johnston (Barrie, Ontario / Etobicoke Dolphins), who then buried the puck past DiTondo for her second goal of the season.

With 12:45 left in the period, sophomore forward Ashley Vesci (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Lawrence Academy [Mass.]) was sent to the penalty box for checking. However, junior forward Rebecca Vint (Caledon, Ontario / Brampton Junior Thunder) picked up her second short-handed goal in as many games after senior assistant captain Thea Imbrogno (Etobicoke, Ontario / Mississauga Jr. Chiefs) found her fellow 100-point club member skating alone on a breakaway.

The Colonials made it 3-0 with six minutes left in the second frame. A turnover in the Mercyhurst defensive zone created a scrum in front of DiTondo, with the puck making its way junior forward Maddie Collias (Roseville, Mich. / Belle Tire). Collias then found Johnston, who batted it in for her second goal of the contest and the first multi-goal effort of her career.

Nursing a 3-0 lead, RMU faced a crucial penalty kill with Vint and senior captain Kristen Richards (Toronto, Ontario / Niagara University) in the box for respective tripping and checking calls. The Colonials stood tall and allowed just three shots on goal during the 5-on-3, with senior assistant captain Brandi Pollock (Virden, Manitoba / Westman Wildcats) sacrificing her body to block two shots during the important kill.

Freshman forward Brittany Howard (St. Thomas, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) was booked for holding with 2:12 left in regulation, giving the Lakers their seventh power play of the game. Mercyhurst pulled Amanda Makela – who came in for DiTondo after the third RMU goal – to give itself a 6-on-4, and with 1:30 remaining the Lakers spoiled Dodds' shutout attempt as Molly Byrne found the back of the net.

Despite the late goal, Dodds earned the 17th win of her rookie campaign after making 22 saves.

Vint's short-handed goal was the 52nd of her career and moved her into a tie with Sara O'Malley (2007-11) for second all-time in Colonial history. The junior forward is now one goal away from tying the program record, which is held by Brianna Delaney (2008-12).

Johnston becomes the sixth different RMU player to record a multi-goal game this season and the third rookie to accomplish the feat.

Robert Morris looks for the sweep tomorrow afternoon as they face Mercyhurst for the final time in the 2013-14 regular season. Puck drop is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. from Mercyhurst Ice Center.

Courtesy Robert Morris Athletic Communications

ERIE, Pa. – The Mercyhurst University women's hockey team dropped a 3-1 decision to the eighth-ranked Robert Morris on Friday afternoon. The Lakers fell to 14-7-3 overall this season and are now 7-3-1 in the CHA while Robert Morris improved to 20-3-2 overall and 9-1-1 in the conference.

Both teams skated to a scoreless first period despite Mercyhurst outshooting Robert Morris 12 to six.

The Colonials came out strong the second period scoring three unanswered goals starting with a shot from Mackenzie Johnston. The even strength goal was tallied at the 2:51 mark of the second after Anneline Lauziere and Maeve Garvey generated an offensive rush in front of the Laker net. Johnston then found the loose rebound in the crease and tapped it past Mercyhurst goaltender Julia DiTondo.

Robert Morris scored again at the 8:43 mark after Mercyhurst gave up the puck in the neutral zone on their power-play. The short-handed goal was scored by Rebecca Vint after she received a go ahead pass by Maddie Collias, whom created the turnover. The short-handed goal marked the Lakers first short-handed goal against this season.

Johnston made the score 3-0 at the 13:59 mark to force head coach Mike Sisti to make a goaltending change. Junior Amanda Makela came in for the relief for the first time this season.

Before the end of the second, Robert Morris almost scored again as the puck bounced off the post behind Makela. The goal would later be waived off and Robert Morris led Mercyhurst heading into the third.

The Lakers took control of the third period by allowing just one Robert Morris shot on net. Mercyhurst collected 10 of their own to outshoot Robert Morris a three period total of 23 to 20. Seniors Christie Cicero (8) and Christine Bestland (7) led the team in shots.

Mercyhurst's only goal came from junior Molly Byrne on a power-play goal with a 1:30 left in regulation. The Lakers pulled Makela to create more offense with two extra attackers. The strategic move paid off as Mercyhurst moved the puck from sophomore J'nai Mahadeo to sophomore Emily Janiga in front of the Colonials net. Bryne finished the play to add her second goal of the season.

DiTondo (2-1-1) suffered her first loss of the season after allowing three goals on 16 shots. Makela made four saves in the relief. Robert Morris' Jessica Dodds remains unbeaten at 17-0-2 on the season.

Both teams are back in action at the Mercyhurst Ice Center on Saturday, January 25 with the faceoff beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Courtesy Mercyhurst Athletic Communications

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RIT 4, Lindenwood 3

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ROCHESTER, NY­ ­– The RIT women's hockey team (11-12-2, 6-4-1 CHA) had a strong offensive performance and held off a late rally by CHA foe Lindenwood (2-18-2, 2-8-1) to earn the 4-3 win on a freezing night in Western New York. The dominant offensive performance was anchored by #Marissa Maugeri# who finished the game with a goal and an assist, and #Erin Zach# who helped assist on two of the Tigers goal.

It was #Melissa Bromley# who got the Tigers on the board mid-way through the first, recording a goal for the second consecutive game. The second period is where the offense was their best though as RIT would net three goals. Maugeri scored the first just 24 seconds into the period, with #Kolbee McCrea# adding her team leading 12th later on. #Mackenzie Stone# rounded out the period for RIT with the fourth goal of the game with just over four minutes remaining in the second.
RIT finished the game with a 38-20 advantage in shots.

For Lindenwood Alyssa West, Caitlyn Post and Lyndsay Kirkham all scored goals, while goaltender Nicole Hensley made 34 saves on the evening.

RIT goalkeeper #Jetta Rackleff# faced just 20 total shots and made 17 saves.
"It seemed like we came out slow each period and then hallway through the period we would just turn it on," said head coach #Scott McDonald#. "We have to play the full 20 minutes every period, but I'm glad tonight the hockey gods were on our side."
The first period got underway with both teams juggled the offensive pressure for the first several minutes. At one point RIT had a great scoring chance when McCrea and Zach had a great two on one chance right out in front of the net but the show by McCrea went just wide and kept the game scoreless.

About half way through the period the RIT offense settled down and was able to move the puck better in the offensive zone. Eventually it was Bromley that saw an open lane and fired a shot from the point right past the outstretched glove of Hensley in net.

Late in the period though Lindenwood would respond with a goal of their own from West and the teams headed into the first break knotted up at 1-1.

The Tiger offense wasted no time in the second as Maugeri added a second goal on a rebound in front just 24 seconds into the period, after Hensley had saved a shot from the right side from Zach.

The lead didn't last long though as several minutes later courtesy of Post who stole the puck and went on a breakaway to tie the game up again, this time at 2-2.

Once again the RIT offense rose to the occasion though, as McCrea would net a goal off a great feed from Zach to take the lead back, 3-2. With just 4:09 to go in the second RIT would work the puck in the offensive zone again and after two solid passes from Clayton and Thurston, Stone would add the Tigers fourth and eventual game winning goal.

In the third the Tiger defense stood its ground for most of the period until a late power play goal by Kirkham got the Lions within one, 4-3.

With under a minute remaining the Lions would pull Hensley to give themselves an extra man, but the RIT defense shut them down as the final seconds ticked away and the Tigers held onto a 4-3 win.

The Tigers are now 3-1-3 all-time against Lindenwood, dating back to last season.

RIT is back at it tomorrow as they take on the Lions for the fourth and final time of the 2013-14 season at 2 p.m. The Tigers will wear their special jerseys as part of the partnership between Autism Up and College Hockey America's "Skate For A Cure," which helps raise money for Autism Awareness.

Courtesy RIT Athletic Communications

Rochester, N.Y. – Lindenwood women's hockey head coach Vince O'Mara shook his lines up for the start of the second half of the conference season. The new look helped the Lady Lions score a season-high in goals on Friday night, but it wasn't enough for the win as they fell to RIT by a 4-3 margin.

The second period was the difference in the game. Lindenwood tied the game at two at the 8:13 mark of the period, but the Tigers retook the lead just 48 seconds late. RIT would go on and add an insurance goal later in the period. Lindenwood got within one with1:28 remaining in the game, but that was as close as it could get.

Alyssa West, Caitlyn Post, and Lyndsay Kirkham scored goals for Lindenwood. Holly Dietzler recorded an assist for her first collegiate point. Other assists were credited to Kendra Broad, Katie Erickson, and Chelsea Witwicke. Post and West both finished with a +1 plus/minus.

Lindenwood and RIT will play their final regular season contest on Saturday afternoon.

Courtesy Lindenwood Athletic Communications

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Syracuse 3, Penn State 2 [OT]

 

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Melissa Piacentini scored the game-winning goal in overtime for the second straight game to give the Syracuse ice hockey team (13-9-2, 5-4-2 CHA) a 3-2 victory over Penn State (4-18-2, 1-10-0, CHA), its third over the opponent this season, on Friday night at Tennity Ice Pavilion. Syracuse remains undefeated in extra minutes this season, going 3-0-2 in overtime.

Allie LaCombe saved SU's chances 30 seconds into overtime when she stopped the puck at the goal line on Jenesica Drinkwater's far side, preventing what would have been the game-ending score.

Piacentini is on a five-game goal streak, tallying seven scores and a helper in that span. Nicole Renault notched two points on the night with a goal and an assist, extending her point spurt to six games, tied for the third-longest in program history.

The Orange dominated possession, getting 95 total shots off including 47 on target and 19 blocked by the PSU defense.Jenesica Drinkwater made 22 stops for Syracuse while Penn State's Celine Whitlinger recorded 44 saves.

SU scored a man-up goal against the Nittany Lions to increase its streak of power play goals to five games.

The Orange controlled the puck for the majority of the first 20 minutes, outshooting Penn State 15-6 but was unable to get one past Whitlinger and the score stayed at 0-0 going into the first intermission. Syracuse got one in the net on the first shot of the game but Akane Hosoyamada was called for a hand pass on a deflection of Caitlin Roach's shot from the point.

Piacentini opened scoring 41 seconds into the second period when she tipped a shot from LaCombe, taken from the left faceoff dot, giving the Orange a one-goal advantage while on the power play.

Nicole Renault increased the lead to 2-0 with 14:47 remaining in the second stanza when she stripped the puck from the defender on the right side and took a hard shot from the top of the faceoff circle that beat the goalie.

PSU fired back with two goals to even the score at 2-2 going into the second intermission. Hannah Hoenshell rebounded a shot into the goal to cut the lead and Laura Bowman scored on a breakaway to even the score.

Syracuse put 19 shots on net in the third period and held the Nittany Lions to just five but could not come up with a score and the Orange went into overtime for the second game in a row.

With 2:16 left in the extra period, Piacentini brought the puck up the right side and used the defender as a screen to get her slap shot to go top shelf past Whitlinger and win the game.

Syracuse finishes its series against Penn State tomorrow, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. in Tennity Ice Pavilion.

Courtesy Syracuse Athletic Communications

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – For the third straight game the Penn State women's hockey team needed an extra frame to settle the score and on Friday night, it was Syracuse that came out on top, 3-2, at Tennity Ice Pavilion.

Despite being out-shot 47-24, the Nittany Lions (4-18-2, 1-10-0 CHA) forced overtime in comeback fashion, using second-period goals by Hannah Hoenshell (Plano, Texas) and Laura Browman (Minnetonka, Minn.). Sophomore netminder Celine Whitlinger saved 44 shots.

Following a scoreless opening stanza, Syracuse (13-9-2, 5-4-2 CHA) scored back-to-back tallies in the first 5:13 of the second period. Melissa Piacentini scored a power-play goal 41 seconds into the frame before Nicole Renault notched an unassisted tally at 5:13 for a 2-0 lead.

Penn State fought back exactly three minutes later as Bowman and Shannon Yoxheimer (Jackson, Mich.) combined efforts to find Hoenshell as the sophomore bagged her second goal in as many games to cut the lead in half. Hoenshell's fourth goal of the year gives her 12 points on the season, one behind Yoxheimer's 13.

With just three minutes remaining in the period, Penn State's relentless attack cashed in on the tying goal by using the Minnetonka connection of Bowman and Amy Petersen (Minnetonka, Minn.). Bowman's tally gives her seven for the season, tied for the team lead, while Petersen's eighth helper of the year moves her into a three-way tie for first on the team in that category with Yoxheimer and Hoenshell.

The Nittany Lions matched the Orange offense in shots with each team recording 11 in the second period.

The momentum shifted Syracuse's way as the Orange looked for the game-winner, but Whitlinger stood tall by stopping 19 shots.

In overtime, Hoenshell nearly scored her second overtime game-winner in a row as she weaved around the Syracuse defense, but her back-hander was stopped by Jenesica Drinkwater (22 saves). Penn State is 1-3-2 this season in overtime.

Down the other way, Piacentini capped her two-goal night with a slap shot from the right wing to give the Orange the 3-2 victory. Syracuse is 7-0-0 all-time against the Nittany Lions; however, four of the last five meetings have been decided by a single goal including the last two games decided in overtime.

Syracuse was 1-for-2 on the power play, while Penn State went 0-for-3. The Nittany Lions blocked 19 shots in all with Jeanette Bateman (Greeley, Colo.) stopping a team-high four, while Jordin Pardoski (Rochester Hills, Mich.) had three blocks. Penn State featured a makeshift defense with Kendra Rasmussen (Sartell, Minn.), typically a forward, making her first appearance on defense.

Faceoffs were evenly matched with Syracuse holding a 26-25 edge. Center Emily Laurenzi (Townsend, Del.) went 11-3 on the night.

The two teams rematch Saturday at 2 p.m. in Tennity Ice Pavilion.

Courtesy Penn State Athletic Communications