CHA Weekly Release: 3/17/2014
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CHA Player of the Week
Christine Bestland – Mercyhurst
Senior; Forward; Brunkild, Manitoba
The Lakers’ captain was outstanding in the 3-2 upset of Cornell in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Saturday. Bestland assisted on Kaleigh Chippy’s power play goal early in the second, which tied the game and sparked the Lakers offense. Bestland scored the go-ahead goal on a wrap-around less than four minutes later, and netted the game-winner in the third period. The three-point performance gives Bestland 226 career points, moving her into second all-time in the program record books.
CHA Goaltender of the Week
Amanda Makela – Mercyhurst
Junior; Thunder Bay, Ontario
Makela stood tall against the third-best scoring offense in the nation, allowing just two goals and making 29 saves in the Lakers' 3-2 win over Cornell in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Makela made several game-saving stops, including holding off a flurry of attempts in the final minutes to preserve the one-goal lead. She improves to a 1.80 goals against average and a .927 save percentage on the season. The win was the first NCAA victory of her career.
CHA Rookie of the Week
Jillian Skinner – Mercyhurst
Defenseman; Markham, Ontario
Jillian Skinner blocked one shot in the defensive position in the 3-2 win over No. 2 Cornell on Saturday. The freshman was an even plus/minus rating in the first NCAA playoff game in her career. Skinner has appeared in 34 games this season, posting 11 points (1G, 10A) and blocking 37 shots. This is her third rookie of the week award of the season.
Mercyhurst – The Mercyhurst University women's hockey team heads to the NCAA Frozen Four for the second consecutive season and fourth time in the last five years. The Lakers defeated No. 2 Cornell in the NCAA quarterfinals for the second straight year, this time by the score of 3-2, to advance to the championships. Senior Christine Bestland marked three points against the Big Red to jump to second place in program history with 226 career points. Senior Christie Cicero also reached the century mark with an assist on the game-winning goal. Junior goaltender Amanda Makela made 29 saves in her NCAA Tournament debut and is now 1-0 in the NCAA playoffs. The Lakers were in the lead heading into the final period to post an undefeated 20-0-0 record after leading after two periods this season. The Lakers face Clarkson University in the semifinal contest on Friday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m. The Lakers faced Clarkson in Postdam, N.Y. early in the season and went 1-0-1 against the Golden Knights. The Lakers are now 5-9 in the NCAA playoffs and look to reach the title game for the second time in program history.