All six College Hockey America teams will be in action this weekend in a total of 11 games. Lindenwood (0-1-1), Mercyhurst (1-1-0) and RIT (0-1-0) will look to build upon last weekend’s performances, while Penn State, Robert Morris and Syracuse see their first regular season action.
CHA teams will be the visitors in eight of 11 games this weekend. RIT and Syracuse each pay visits to Northeastern and New Hampshire, the Nittany Lions travel to Burlington for a pair of games against the Catamounts, and the Lindenwood Lions head to North Dakota for an early season test against the #4 Fighting Sioux. Robert Morris hosts Renssalaer for a pair of games, and the Lakers take on Ohio State in their home opener.
Lindenwood – Lindenwood women’s ice hockey hits the road for the first time this season when it travels to North Dakota for a two-game series … Lindenwood is 0-3 all-time against North Dakota … last season, North Dakota swept a two-game series in Wentzville, winning 7-3 and 8-4 … the two games are the first this season for the Lady Lions against a nationally-ranked team … Lindenwood is looking for its first win all-time against a ranked program and versus a member of the WCHA … the Lady Lions opened the season by going 0-1-1 against Bemidji State … Lindenwood lost the opener 3-2 on a late goal … the Lady Lions bounced back for a 1-1 tie on Saturday … the Lady Lions scored all three of their goals on the power play. CHA co-Player of the Week Brooke Peden had a hand in all of Lindenwood’s scores with one goal and two assists… Jocelyn Slattery scored both of Lindenwood’s goals in the opening game… CHA Goalie of the Week Nicole Hensley had a .940 save percentage and a 1.92 GAA in the Bemidji State series.
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Mercyhurst – The ninth-ranked Lakers will host Ohio State on Saturday, October 5 as part of the Homecoming celebration on the Mercyhurst University campus. The last meeting between the two teams was back in 2003, when the Lakers traveled to Columbus, Ohio and pulled off a 2-1 win. Faceoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. Mercyhurst split against Minnesota State–Mankato over the first weekend of competition. Senior forward, and CHA co-Player of the Week, Christine Bestland scored in the opener. Classmate Kaleigh Chippy also tallied, but the Lakers fell to Mavericks 4-2. In game two, the Lakers pulled out a 3-2 win after holding off another late offensive push in the third period. Sophomore Jenna Dingeldein gave Mercyhurst an early lead, scoring two goals less than two minutes apart. Bestland assisted both goals, with CHA Rookie of the Week Jillian Skinner and Shelby Bram each adding an assist. Bestland improves her point streak to eight games. Her career best is eleven games, set her sophomore season. Sophomore Maggie Rothgery scored the eventual game winner at the 15:52 mark of the second. Goaltender Amanda Makela played 116:55 minutes throughout the entire weekend. Makela allowed six goals and made 47 saves in the weekend split.
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Penn State – The Nittany Lions return 24 of 27 letterwinners from a year ago and nearly 99 percent of the offense… Penn State takes on Vermont Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5… Penn State went 1-1 last season against the Catamounts, winning the program’s first ever game, 5-3… Penn State returns its top 14 goal scorers from a year ago including All-CHA Rookie Team selection Shannon Yoxheimer (31 points)…Goaltender Nicole Paniccia will play her final season of college hockey after making 1,028 saves last season. Paniccia has stopped 1,696 pucks in her collegiate career between the pipes…Penn State is once again led by captain Taylor Gross, who scored seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points last year. Her assistant captains are seniors Jenna Welch and Lindsay Reihl as well as sophomore Jordin Pardoski… Penn State takes on Quinnipiac next week in Hamden, Conn.
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Robert Morris – After defeating the Toronto Jr. Aeros, 6-2, on Sunday in their only exhibition contest, the Colonials' regular season begins on Friday with a two-game home series against RPI. RMU went 1-0-1 against the Engineers last season, defeating them 3-2 in the first game behind Thea Imbrogno's multi-point game (1 goal, 1 assist), and tying 1-1 in the second. The Colonials are at home for three of their first four regular season weekends, as they host Boston University, Vermont, and the aforementioned RPI squad. Sandwiched in between opening weekend and their series with the Terriers is a road trip to Bemidji, Minn. to face Bemidji State. The single exhibition game with the Aeros marked the first time since 2010-11 that RMU played less than two exhibition contests.
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RIT – This weekend, RIT travels to play New Hampshire on Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 10 Northeastern on Saturday at 3 p.m. RIT is 0-12-0 all-time against New Hampshire and 0-13-1 against Northeastern, but has not met either school since the 1994-95 season. RIT returns home to play a pair of games against Vermont on Oct. 11-12, as part of Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend. The Tigers (0-1-0) opened the 2013-14 season by falling to No. 3 Clarkson by a score of 12-1 on Saturday afternoon. They defeated the Toronto Jr. Aeros 5-2 in an exhibition contest on Friday. On Saturday, Erin Zach scored RIT’s lone goal. The 12 goals allowed and 11-goal loss were the most allowed by RIT since 1984. All 10 RIT newcomers made their collegiate debuts in the loss to Clarkson, including both rookie goaltenders. Clarkson is the highest ranked team that RIT has played in its short Division I history. Five different Tigers scored in the exhibition win over Toronto, who defeated Ohio State on Saturday.
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Syracuse – The Orange started its season with an exhibition game against the University of Guelph on Friday, Sept. 27. SU came away with a 3-1 victory to bolster team confidence going into the first regular season game at No. 10 Northeastern. Freshman Elizabeth Scala scored the game-winning goal and Sadie St. Germain and Nicole Ferrara each contributed a goal in the win. Kallie Billadeau, Jenesica Drinkwater and Julie Bengis split equal minutes in net for the Orange. Syracuse enters the 2013-14 season in similar fashion to last season, taking on Northeastern and New Hampshire in the first two games of the season, this time on the road. The Orange plays five of its first six games away from Tennity Ice Pavilion. SU hosts Clarkson in the third game of the season before going on a three-game road trip.
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