CHA Weekly Awards 10/28/13
CHA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Margot Scharfe – Syracuse
Senior; Forward; Toronto, Ontario
Scharfe recorded four points on the weekend, scoring three goals and one assist against Boston College and Union College. Scharfe scored the third goal of the game against No. 4/3 Boston College to cement the 4-1 victory over the Eagles. She also tipped in two shots against Union, including the second of four power play goals for the Orange. Scharfe scored the first goal against Union and added an assist on the final goal of the game.
CHA GOALIES OF THE WEEK
Amanda Makela – Mercyhurst
Junior; Thunder Bay, Ontario
Amanda Makela made 47 saves on 48 shots faced against Maine to go 2-0-0 over the weekend. Makela improved to 5-3-1 on the season after allowing one goal on Friday in the 2-1 win. On Saturday, Makela made 23 saves to capture her third shutout of the season, which ties her for the most in the nation. This is her third-straight weekly award. Makela leads the league in GAA (1.66) and is second in save percentage (.935).
Kallie Billadeau – Syracuse
Senior; Minnetonka, Minnesota
Billadeau was excellent in net against No. 4/3 Boston College, allowing only one goal on 44 attempts. She stopped 25 shots in the first and second period and made 18 saves in the third period, only letting one rebounded shot get past her. Billadeau didn’t allow any power play goals despite facing eight opportunities, including a five-on-three situation, stopping all 14 shots on target. This is her second win of the season against a top-10 opponent, and her second award of the season. She leads the league in save percentage (.943) and has a 2.03 GAA for the season.
CHA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brittany Howard – Robert Morris
Forward; St Thomas, Ontario
Howard recorded five points (1G, 4A) in the weekend sweep of Vermont. She assisted on the first and second goals of Friday’s contest, which gave the Colonials a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. On Saturday, she added timely scoring again, assisting on the game-tying and go-ahead goals in the second period. Her goal late in the second restored a two-goal lead and was the eventual game-winner. Howard is second in the league in scoring with 12 points (3G, 9A), and ranks first in rookie scoring in the nation. Those nine assists are tied for most in CHA. She is also second in power-play scoring with five points, all assists, and is tied for first in game-winning goals (2).
COLLEGE HOCKEY AMERICA WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Kathy Donohue –Mercyhurst (Soph; Forward; Rochester, N.Y. ) scored a career-high three points against the University of Maine on Saturday. She tallied a goal and added two assists for the three points. Donohue attempted six shots and had a +2 rating over the weekend.
Taylor Gross – Penn State (Senior; Forward; Colorado Springs, Colo.) was Penn State’s most lethal offensive weapon this weekend, tallying a team-high two goals and an assist (3 points) in a pair of close losses to New Hampshire. Gross scored her two goals on six shots (.333 shooting percentage) and registered three blocked shots. Both her goals came on the power play as well.
Thea Imbrogno – RMU (Senior; Forward; Etobicoke, Ont) scored two timely goals for the Colonials during weekend sweep of Vermont, both on the powerplay. On Friday, she scored the first goal of the contest, giving RMU an early lead in an eventual 4-3 win. Her goal on Saturday tied the game at two, and was the first of three-straight RMU tallies that broke the game open.
Ali Binnington – RIT (Junior; GK; Oakville, Ont) stopped 18-of-19 shots in Friday’s 2-1 win over Brown, gicing her a two-game winning streak. Binnington is 4-3-0 this season with a 2.63 goals against average and .914 save percentage
Celeste Brown – RIT (Junior; Forward; Great Falls, MT) scored both RIT goals in a 2-1 win over Brown on Friday night at Ritter Arena. She one-timed a pass from Erin Zach on the power-play early in the second period, then poked home a rebound just 23 seconds into the third period, also on the power-play for the game-winning tally. She had eight shots on goal on Friday, and eight on Saturday, a 2-1 overtime loss. Brown now has four goals in nine games this season.
Brooke Stoddart – RIT (Freshman; GK; Elmvale, Ont) made her first collegiate start on Saturday and despite the 2-1 overtime loss, was very sharp in goal, stopping 17-of-19 shots against Brown. Stoddart was 2:40 away from her first win and shutout.
Jessica Sibley – Syracuse (Freshman; Forward; Luseland, Saskatchewan) scored her third goal of the season against No. 4/3 Boston College, netting the first goal of the game 2:44 minutes into the contest and setting the tone for the 4-1 victory. She was also strong in the faceoff circle against the Eagles, winning 20 of 31 total Orange tries. No other player on either won more than 10 face-offs. Sibley also recorded an assist the next night against Union, helping on the second goal of the game. She leads SU rookies with four points on the season off three goals and one assist.
Lindenwood - The Lindenwood women’s ice hockey team is off this week … the Lady Lions start conference play on Nov. 8-9 at the Lindenwood Ice Arena against RIT … Lindenwood played the No. 2 team in the country, Wisconsin, twice last weekend … in the first game of the series, the two teams were tied late in the first period, but the Badgers scored the final four goals of the game for a 5-1 win … Lindenwood was down just one goal with eight minutes remaining in game two of the series before Wisconsin scored twice in a 4-1 decision … the four goals allowed in that game was the fewest that Lindenwood has allowed to a nationally-ranked team … Lyndsay Kirkham had a goal and an assist in a series, and Caitlyn Post had a goal … Jocelyn Slattery had a positive plus/minus for the series and she tied for the team-high with seven shots … Nicole Hensley had a .906 save percentage and a 4.51 GAA for the series, and she made 97 saves … Kendra Broad had a team-high five blocks against the Badgers … through ten non-conference games, Kendra Broad leads the team with two goals, three assists, and five points … Jocelyn Slattery and Alyssa West have also scored twice on the season … Carrie Atkinson leads the newcomers with two assists and two points.
Mercyhurst - The eighth-ranked Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team captured their first weekend sweep against the University of Maine at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Lakers improved to 5-3-1 after winning 2-1 on Friday and captured the team’s third shutout on Saturday (5-0). On Friday, sophomore Emily Janiga scored just two minutes into the contest to give her team the 1-0 edge before Maine scored the equalizer at the start of the second period. Senior Christine Bestland scored her first game-winning goal of the season at the 15:20 mark of the middle period. In Saturday’s contest, both teams skated through a scoreless first period with Mercyhurst outshooting Maine 14 to nine. Mercyhurst almost doubled their shots as they tallied 27 in the second period, with sophomore Jenna Dingeldein scoring the game-winning goal. The Lakers ignited their offense in the third period with goals from sophomores Maggie Rothgery, Kathy Donohue, Emily Janiga and senior Kaleigh Chippy. Donohue set a career-high three points in a contest after she picked up two assists along with the goal. Dingledein and Janiga are both approaching 50 points for their careers. Dingeldein needs two and Janiga is three away. Senior Christine Bestland needs 14 more points to reach 200 career points. Goaltender Amanda Makela was again phenomenal, allowing just one goal between the two games, earning her third shutout of the season Saturday, and her third-straight CHA Goalie of the Week nod. The Lakers have the weekend off before starting their CHA action at Robert Morris on Friday, November 8 and Saturday November 9.
Penn State – The Nittany Lions hosted an exciting series with New Hampshire this past weekend, dropping an 8-5 barnburner and a 3-1 Sunday afternoon tilt…In the 8-5 game, the lead changed six times and had five ties that ultimately wasn’t decided until the final 3:39 of regulation when UNH put in three goals including an empty netter…Five different Nittany Lions scored in the contest including Sarah Nielsen, who scored her first collegiate goal, and Jess Desorcie, who tallied her first marker of the year…Three Nittany Lions recorded two points apiece—Taylor Gross (goal and an assist), Shannon Yoxheimer (two assists) and Hannah Hoenshell (two assists)…The 13 goals combined were the most in a Penn State women’s hockey game and the eight goals allowed were the most in program history…Penn State last scored five or more goals in a game on Jan. 4, 2013 against Chatham (10-0)…Laura Bowman’s goal 40 seconds into the game was the fastest goal recorded in the short history of PSU women’s hockey…The Nittany Lions tallied three goals within the first 40 seconds of each period…In Sunday’s 3-1 loss, all four goals were scored in the second period as Taylor Gross’s power-play effort with 1:47 left cut the UNH lead in half, 2-1, on a goal assisted by Shannon Yoxheimer, her third assist of the weekend… 35 of 44 Nittany Lion points have come from freshman or sophomores… Celine Whitlinger was solid in net, saving 32 of 35 Wildcat attempts on net…Whitlinger has posted three games of 30 or more saves and has a team-high 144 this season, averaging 36 saves per game...Penn State hosts Robert Morris Thursday-Friday at Pegula Ice Arena for the first conference game at the $90 million state-of-the-art facility.
Robert Morris – With a sweep against Vermont, the Colonials are now 6-2-0 on the season and are off to their second best start in school history. The mark also gives RMU a winning record through eight games for the third straight year. The 2011-12 Colonials started 6-1-1, and last year's team began the year with a record of 5-2-1 ... Behind a five-point weekend, freshman forward Brittany Howard is now second in the CHA in points with 12, and assists with nine. Her performance earned her a second CHA Rookie of the Week award. Those marks also tie her for the national lead in assists, and put her in a tie for sixth place in goals ... A week after sophomore forward Ashley Vesci scored her first career goal in a win against No. 7/8 Boston University, fellow classmate and linemate Anissa Gamble picked up the first two goals of her career in Saturday's 6-4 victory over the Catamounts. Gamble played in 20 games last season without registering a point ... RMU currently holds the top five spots for plus/minus in the CHA. Freshman forward Maeve Garvey leads the conference with a mark of +7, while seniors Anneline Lauziere and Kylie St. Louis, and junior Rebecca Vint each are at a +6 on the season. Gamble comes in fifth with a mark of +3 ... The Colonials go on the road to start CHA play this weekend as they travel to Penn State for a rare Thursday/Friday series. RMU won all four contests against the Nittany Lions last year, with the aforementioned Rebecca Vint tallying eight goals in those four games.
RIT – The Tigers (4-5-0) split a weekend series for the fourth straight weekend, this time against Brown. On Friday, Celeste Brown scored two goals as RIT skated to a 2-1 victory. Ali Binnington made 18 saves for her fourth win of the year. On Saturday, goaltender Brooke Stoddart made her collegiate debut, stopping 17 shots, but RIT squandered a late lead and ran into penalty problems in overtime for the second straight Saturday, allowing a power-play goal with 1:47 left in a 2-1 loss to the Bears. Lindsay Grigg scored RIT’s lone goal on Saturday. The 55 shots for RIT are the most in a game against a true Division I opponent and most ever in a losing effort. RIT wrapped up its six-game October homestand with a 3-3-0 mark. RIT is 4-0-0 on Friday this season and 0-5-0 on Saturday. The Tigers are 20-8-5 when allowing two or less goals, and 0-13-0 when allowing at least three tallies in its brief Division I history. RIT is off this weekend, but returns to action on Nov. 8-9, opening up league play with a two-game series at Lindenwood. The Tigers are Lions split the season series in 2012-13 with a 1-1-2 mark. RIT defeated the Lions 5-1 and tied 1-1 at Ritter Arena, while the two teams skated to a 1-1 tie and the Lions earned a 4-3 win at Lindenwood.