COLLEGE HOCKEY AMERICA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Christine Bestland – Mercyhurst
Senior; Forward; Brunkild, Manitoba
Senior Christine Bestland scored two goals and two assists against Syracuse University over the weekend. In Friday's contest, Bestland tallied the first Mercyhurst goal and added an assist on the Lakers' second. On Saturday she scored an unassisted goal in the second period and also recorded an assist. The four points move her into first place in the league in points and points per game. Bestland had nine shots on goal and was a +3 rating. Bestland needs nine more points for a career 200. This is the third Player of the Week award of the season for College Hockey America's reigning Player of the Year.
COLLEGE HOCKEY AMERICA GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK
Ali Binnington – RIT
Junior; Oakville, Ontario
Binnington stopped 43-of-46 shots in a 2-0 weekend for the Tigers to extend her personal unbeaten streak to six games. On Friday, Binnington stopped 22 shots in a 2-1 win over Penn State. The following day, Binnington made 21 saves in a 3-2 win versus the Nittany Lions, making three huge saves in the final minute of regulation. She is now 7-3-1 this season with a 1.97 goals against average and .928 save percentage. During her unbeaten streak, Binnington is 5-0-1 with a 0.82 goals against average and .963 save percentage. This is her second-straight Goalie of the Week award.
COLLEGE HOCKEY AMERICA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Mackenzie Stone – RIT
Forward; Kars, Ontario
Stone scored the game-winning goal with 1:08 left in regulation in Friday's 2-1 win over Penn State, tipping in Morgan Scoyne's shot from the point. On Saturday, she drew the secondary assist on Erin Zach's game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over the Nittany Lions. Stone now has three goals and five points in 13 games this season. All three of her goals are game-winners, tying her for the lead nationally in that category.
Lindenwood – Lindenwood hosts Penn State this weekend in a CHA series at the Lindenwood Ice Arena … Friday’s game starts at 7 p.m. and Saturday’s contest begins at 2 p.m. … the Lady Lions won the series last year between the two teams by a 2-1-1 mark … in Wentzville, Lindenwood won the first game by a 3-1 margin and the two teams tied the second game by a 3-3 mark … Alyssa West and Chelsea Witwicke each had two goals and three assists against the Nittany Lions in 2012-13 … Chelsea Witwicke and Lyndsay Kirkham were +3 in the series … Nicole Hensley started all four games against Penn State last year and had a 1.97 GAA and a .929 save percentage … the Lady Lions lost a pair of games against Robert Morris last weekend by scores of 3-2 and 3-1 … game one of the series was tied after two periods but the Colonials outscored Lindenwood 2-1 in the final period … Robert Morris scored one goal in every period of the second game for the 3-1 win … Jocelyn Slattery scored twice over the weekend for the Lady Lions, and Lyndsay Kirkham had two assists … Jocelyn Slattery now leads Lindenwood with four goals on the season … Kendra Broad is the team leader with four assists and six points … Lindenwood allowed just 58 shots in the series last weekend, the lowest total it has allowed this year in a series … the Lady Lions also took a season-high with 50 shots in the series, and it tied its season high with three goals in a series.
Mercyhurst – The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team went 1-0-1 in their first weekend series of the season against Syracuse University last weekend. The Lakers remain unbeaten by the Orange with an all-time record of 24-0-2. During Friday’s contest, senior Christine Bestland, freshman Jillian Skinner and sophomore J’nai Mahadeo all tallied goals in the 3-3 tie. Mahadeo scored her first career point and goal to tie the contest in the third period and force overtime. Sophomore Jenna Dingeldein tallied an assist on the first goal of the contest to reach her career-high 50 points. On Saturday, Senior Christie Cicero tallied two goals and an assist to reach her season-high 3 points in a contest. Senior Kaleigh Chippy and Shelby Bram also scored goals in the 5-3 victory. Junior goaltender Amanda Makela made 48 saves on 53 shots faced against Syracuse over the weekend. Bestland tallied four points over the weekend and is now just nine points shy of career 200-points. The Lakers travel to RIT on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23. Both contests will begin at 2:00 p.m.
Penn State – The Nittany Lions continued CHA play this past weekend with a pair of tough losses to RIT, 2-1 and 3-2…The Nittany Lions led in the third period in both matchups, but dropped their fourth straight one-goal decision…In Friday’s game, Nicole Paniccia stopped the first 33 shots and 36 in all while Taylor Gross scored the game’s first goal with 9 minutes to play, assisted by Emily Laurenzi. Gross now leads the team with five goals…On Saturday, Jill Holdcroft notched her first two-goal game, both in the game’s first 13:24, to stake Penn State a 2-0 lead. Both goals came on special teams with a power play effort and Penn State’s first short-handed goal in program history. Celine Whitlinger stopped 37 of 40 RIT shots in the loss. Penn State fell to 0-7-1 all-time against the Tigers with the last four games being decided by one goal…Emily Laurenzi earned two assists this weekend, while freshman Laura Bowman chipped in with one…Penn State continues its four-game road stretch in CHA play with a two-game set at Lindenwood on Friday and Saturday. Penn State is 1-2-1 all-time against the Lions.
Robert Morris – After suffering their first loss since Oct. 18 last weekend against Mercyhurst, Robert Morris rebounded with a sweep of CHA foe Lindenwood at 84 Lumber Arena. The sweep is the Colonials' fourth of the season, and pushes their win total to 11 - good enough for the second highest total in the nation (Minnesota, 13) ... With an assist on an Ashley Vesci goal in Saturday's win, Thea Imbrogno moved into sole possession of second place in the RMU career record books for points. The helper was her 98th point of her career and puts her 23 shy of a tie for first place, which is held by Brianna Delaney (2008-12) with 121 ... Imbrogno wasn't the only Colonial who moved up in the record books after the sweep against Lindenwood, as Rebecca Vint took over third place in career goals with her 45th. Ironically, the player that she passed on the list was Imbrogno, who has 44 for her career. Vint sits eight goals shy of the top spot in the record books, which is also held by Delaney with 53. After earning her eighth win of the season on Friday, Jessica Dodds took over the national lead in winning percentage with a perfect mark of 1.000. Dodds (8-0-0) is one of three netminders to have a perfect winning percentage, but she has twice as many wins as the other two combined. Dodds ranks first in the CHA in goals-against-average (1.61) and second in save percentage (.929) ... Fellow goaltender Courtney Vinet has bounced back in her last three outings, making 70 saves while allowing just three goals. Vinet shut out Penn State on Halloween to earn CHA co-Goaltender of the Week honors, then made a career-high 32 saves against Mercyhurst the week after. A lone third-period goal against Lindenwood spoiled her attempt at a third career shutout, but Vinet's goals-against-average of 2.00 is good enough for fourth in the conference. The Colonials travel to Syracuse this weekend for their final road CHA series before Christmas break. RMU went 1-3 against the Orange last season, but are 3-1 in their last four road meetings with Syracuse.
RIT – The Tigers extended their unbeaten streak to three games with a weekend sweep of Penn State. The Tigers rallied late in both games, scoring twice in the final six minutes to pull out a 2-1 win on Friday, while coming back from 2-0 down to earn a 3-2 win on Saturday. On Friday, Morgan Scoyne scored a goal and added an assist, while Mackenzie Stone broke a 1-1 tie with 1:08 left in regulation. Ali Binnington stopped 22 shots to earn the win. On Saturday, Marissa Maugeri scored twice and assisted on Erin Zach’s game-winner in the third period. Binnington made 21 saves, including three crucial stops in the final minute. RIT is now 7-0-1 all-time against Penn State, with the last four meetings decided by one goal. That was RIT’s first win on Saturday this season, as they were previously 0-5-1 on that day. RIT is 6-0-0 on Friday. The Tigers are 23-8-6 when allowing two or less goals, and 0-13-0 when allowing at least three tallies in its brief Division I history. Kourtney Kunichika needs just one goal and Kolbee McCrea, two tallies, to reach the 50-goal plateau in their collegiate careers. Melissa Bromley played in her 100th career game last Friday vs. Penn State and Erin Zach is four shy of the century mark. Binnington is 5-0-1 with a 0.82 goals against average and .963 save percentage during her personal six-game unbeaten streak. This weekend, RIT continues CHA play with a two-game series vs. perennial power Mercyhurst at Ritter Arena on Friday and Saturday, with both games getting underway at 2 p.m. RIT is currently second with seven points, while Mercyhurst is tied for third with five points. Mercyhurst, ranked No. 10 nationally, won all four meetings between the two schools last season by a combined 22-5. Mercyhurst is 372-103-32 since becoming a Division I program in 1999. The Lakers have made nine straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Frozen Four berth last season and are 146-10-10 in CHA play.
Syracuse – Syracuse went 0-1-1 against Mercyhurst, tying 3-3 on Friday night and losing 5-3 on Saturday afternoon. Syracuse had its first overtime game of the season on Friday, holding off the Lakers for five minutes to end in a tie. It had been more than a year since the Orange has ended a game in a standoff. The last time was at RIT on Nov. 10, 2012. The Orange’s six-game unbeaten streak came to and end on Saturday after Mercyhurst broke a 3-3 tie with 2:56 left in the third period. Jessica Sibley has five points in her last three games after scoring twice Friday and adding an assist Saturday. She sits second amongst CHA rookies in scoring with 9 points (6G, 3A), and also second in the league in power-play points (3-3-6). The only CHA player with more power play points is fellow Orange player Nicole Renault, who leads the team in scoring with 12 points (2G, 10A). Renault also leads all CHA defensemen in scoring. Caitlin Roach also had a three-point weekend, all helpers, and is right behind Renualt in defensive scoring. She has nine points (2G, 7A) on the year. Goaltender Kallie Billadeau earned the decision in both games, and remains atop the CHA with a .932 save percentage. Syracuse special teams continue to be part of the team’s strength. The Orange own the top power-play (21.9%), and second best penalty kill (87.5%) amongst CHA teams on the season. The power-play also ranks fifth nationally. Syracuse will be home this weekend hosting league-leading Robert Morris for two games at Tennity Ice Pavillion.