CHA Week in Review, for games through November 23

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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.

 

 

TEAM NOTES

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.

 
Penn State – Penn State split its games at Lindenwood with a 2-1 loss and a 4-1 victory. The Nittany Lions snapped a nine-game losing streak, including the last five games, with the 4-1 win on Saturday…Penn State has taken a lead in its past five games…Jordin Pardoski scored PSU’s only goal on Friday with assists by Jill Holdcroft and Jess Desorcie. Goalie Nicole Paniccia took the tough loss, stopping 33 shots…Penn State scored the first three goals of the game on Saturday en route to a 4-1 win, the largest margin of victory PSU has posted in conference play…The win snapped a 21-game winless streak in CHA competition…Shannon Yoxheimer and Hannah Hoenshell each posted a goal and an assist in the win…Taylor Gross scored her team-leading sixth goal, while Laura Bowman added her fifth of the year…Sarah Nielsen, Amy Petersen and Emily Laurenzi tallied assists…Celine Whitlinger earned the win with a 36-save performance…Penn State looks to form a winning streak when it welcomes Maine to Pegula Ice Arena on Saturday, Nov. 30.
 

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.

 
Robert Morris – Robert Morris won their fifth series of the 2013-14 season by earning a win and a tie at Syracuse this past weekend. The Colonials picked up their first tie of the season last Friday after Ashley Vesci tied the game at 1-1 in the second period, and then they extended their Saturday winning streak to seven games with a 2-1 victory in game two. The 12 wins (12-3-1) through the season's first 16 games is a new program record, eclipsing the 11 victories that the 2011-12 Colonials had during the same timeframe ... Jessica Dodds started both games for RMU over the weekend and stayed unbeaten in her career, as she moved her record to 9-0-1. Dodds' winning percentage (.950) is the nation's best among qualified goaltenders, and the goaltender paces the CHA in wins (9) and goals-against-average (1.48), and is tied for the conference lead in save percentage (.934) ... Rebecca Vint moved into sole possession of fourth place in the program's career record books for assists with her 44th on Saturday. Vint was tied with Kelsey Thomas (2009-13) and now sits one helper behind Sara O'Malley (2007-11) for third place. In addition, with her game-winning goal in Saturday's game, Vint moved into the CHA lead for goals with her eighth ... The Colonials travel to Columbus, Ohio for a non-conference meeting with Ohio State on Tuesday, and then return home on Friday for another non-conference contest; this time with Maine. The Buckeyes are coached by former RMU head man Nate Handrahan, who guided the Colonials from 2006-11.
 
RIT – The Tigers (8-6-1, 4-1-1 CHA) split a weekend series against No. 10 Mercyhurst, winning 2-1 on Friday, while falling 3-2 on Saturday. On Friday, Kolbee McCrea scored two first period goals, inclufing the 50th of her career and Ali Binnington made 42 saves, including all 20 she faced in the third period to give RIT a Division I team record five-game unbeaten streak. On Saturday, Dakota Waites scored her first collegiate goal in the opening period and McCrea scored her third goal of the weekend early in the third period, but the Lakers would garner a 3-2 win and snap RIT’s unbeaten streak. Friday’s win was the first in 10 attempts against a nationally-ranked team for the Tigers in their brief DI history. RIT is now 1-9-0 all-time against nationally-ranked foes. RIT is 7-0-0 on Friday and 1-6-1 on Saturday. The Tigers are 24-8-6 when allowing two or less goals, and 0-14-0 when allowing at least three tallies in its brief Division I history. Kourtney Kunichika needs just one goal to reach the 50-goal plateau in her collegiate careers. Kunichika had three points last weekend to give her 124 career points, seventh moast at RIT. She is thiree points out of sixth and six away from fifth. Erin Zach is two games shy of the century mark for her career. Binnington is 6-1-1 with a 1.13 goals against average and .958 save percentage over her last eight games. RIT has allowed just 25 goals over its last 14 games. This weekend, RIT goes out of conference to compete at the Nutmeg Classic hosted by Quinnipiac University on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the Tigers play No. 5 Quinnipiac at 4, then play either Yale or Connecticut on Saturday at either 1 or 4. RIT defeated Yale 3-0 at Blue Cross Arena last season, but have not played Quinnipiac or Connecticut at the DI level.
 

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).