CHA Week in Review, for games through November 23
College Hockey America Weekly Awards
CHA Player of the Week
Kolbee McCrea – RIT
Junior; Forward; Wawa, Ontario
McCrea scored three of RIT's four goals in a weekend split vs. No. 10 Mercyhurst at Ritter Arena. On Friday, she scored both RIT goals, including the game-winner in the first period, as the Tigers hung on for a 2-1 win. Her first goal on Friday was the 50th of her RIT career. On Saturday, McCrea scored RIT's second goal that tied the game at 2-2 early in the third period before Mercyhurst score later in the third period to snap RIT's five-game unbeaten streak, 3-2. McCrea leads the Tigers with seven goals this season.
CHA Goalie of the Week
Ali Binnington – RIT
Junior; Oakville, Ontario
Binnington stopped 76-of-80 shots (.950 save percentage) in a weekend split for the Tigers against No. 10 Mercyhurst. On Friday, Binnington was brilliant, stopping 42 of 43 shots, including all 20 she faced in the third period in a 2-1 win. She was named the game's first star. On Saturday, Binnington made 34 saves in a 3-2 defeat that snapped her unbeaten streak at seven games. She is now 8-3-1 this season with a 1.97 goals against average and .933 save percentage. During her unbeaten streak, Binnington was 6-0-1 with a 0.85 goals against average and .966 save percentage. This is her third-straight CHA Goalie of the Week Award.
CHA Rookie of the Week
Jessica Dodds – Robert Morris
Goaltender; London, Ontario
Dodds started both games for the Colonials over the weekend. She picked up a win and tie to remain unbeaten in her collegiate career at 9-0-1. Dodds' .950 winning percentage is the best in the nation among qualified goaltenders, and she leads the league in wins (9) and goals-against-average (1.48), and is tied for the conference lead in save percentage (.934). The GAA is also sixth-best in the nation, and she also ranks in the top-10 nationally in save percentage and shutouts (3). This is her fourth CHA weekly award of the season.
Lindenwood – The Lindenwood women’s hockey team is off this week … the Lady Lions return to the ice on Dec. 6-7 with a road series at Syracuse … Lindenwood went 1-1-0 last week at home against Penn State … the Lady Lions won game one by a 2-1 margin after scoring two goals in the second period … Carrie Atkinson tied the game at one and Leah Elledge assisted on that goal at the 1:28 mark … Jocelyn Slattery then scored the game-winner at the 8:55 mark with assists from Lyndsay Kirkham and Kendra Broad … Nicole Hensley stopped 22 of 23 shots in the win … Penn State scored the first three goals of the game on Saturday and won 4-1 … Kendra Broad had Lindenwood’s goal with an assist from Jocelyn Slattery … Lindenwood outshot Penn State by a 72-54 margin in the series … Lindenwood was 0-for-five on the power play in the series, while the Nittany Lions were 1-for-eight … Kendra Broad now has a team-high five assists and eight points, while Jocelyn Slattery has a team-high five goals and is second with six points … Jocelyn Slattery has a +3 plus/minus over the last four games and has a team-high +2 for the season … Brooke Peden and Kendra Broad each have a team-high three power-play points.
Mercyhurst – The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team left Rochester, N.Y. with a split against RIT over the weekend. The Lakers fell 2-1 after a solo goal from sophomore Emily Janiga was not enough for Mercyhurst. The goal was Janiga’s 25th of her career. Goaltender Amanda Makela suffered the loss after allowing two goals on 24 shots faced. On Saturday, goals from Janiga and defenseman junior Caroline Luczak and sophomore Lauren Kilroy propelled the Lakers 3-2 over the Tigers. Luczak marked her first goal of the season, with Janiga adding an assist. Kilroy tallied her first career goal and first game-winning goal at the 6 minute mark in the third period to give her team the edge. Sophomore goaltender Julia DiTondo started in her first collegiate contest, and took away her first career win after making 20 saves on 22 shots. With the Tigers win on Friday, it marked the Lakers first loss against RIT in program history. Throughout the entire weekend, Mercyhurst outshot RIT a combined 80 to 46. The Lakers held RIT to one power-play goal on 16 opportunities to move up to fifth in the nation in penalty-kill efficiency (90.1). The Lakers host St. Lawrence University for a weekday series before the Holiday. Games are set for Tuesday, November 26 and Wednesday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. respectively.
Syracuse – For the second weekend in a row, the Orange tied game one of the series, and then lost the second to a CHA opponent, this time at home against Robert Morris. Syracuse tied against the Colonials (12-3-1) on Friday night, 1-1. SU scored first in the game when Nicole Ferrara notched the first shorthanded goal of the season, unassisted, to take a 1-0 lead early in the second period but RMU would tie it up before the second was over and the two tied in overtime. The Orange again took a 1-0 lead off a Nicole Ferrara shot in the second period on Saturday afternoon but RMU tied it just 28 seconds later and then scored a goal late in the third period to win it. Nicole Ferrara was the only Orange player to score multiple points on the weekend, notching goals in both games. Akane Hosoyamada and Danielle Leslie each had an assist on the weekend. The Orange moved to a .500 record by the end of the weekend (6-6-2) and are currently in fourth place in the CHA with six points, one point behind Mercyhurst and seven points behind first-ranked Robert Morris. The Orange will host Colgate (3-11-0, 1-7-0 ECAC) on Tuesday at the Onondaga War Memorial, home of the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, in Syracuse. It will be the team’s first game at the War Memorial since their inaugural 2008-09 season, and will be broadcast in the Syracuse area on Time Warner Cable Sports (see local listings).