CHA Player of the Week
Christine Bestland – Mercyhurst
Senior, Forward; Brunkild, Manitoba
Senior Christine Bestland collected five points over the weekend, and recorded the 200th point of her career, in a sweep of Penn State. On Friday, Bestland figured into four of the seven goals scored, recording her second collegiate hat trick and adding an assist. The four point outing was a season-high for the Lakers' captain. On Saturday, Bestland assisted on a first period goal to reach the career milestone. Bestland is the fifth player in program history to reach the achievement and the 25th player in NCAA Division I women's hockey. She attempted 14 shots on net and had a +5 rating. Bestland also extended her point streak to five games. She is tied for the league-lead in points with 28 (10G, 18A) and is seventh in the nation in points per game (1.47). This is the fourth player of the week award for the reigning CHA Player of the Year.
CHA Goaltender of the Week
Jessica Dodds – Robert Morris
Freshman; London, Ontario
Dodds added two more wins to her resume this weekend, stopping 45 shots and allowing just three goals in two games to remain unbeaten in her collegiate career. At 13-0-1 she is tied for the second-most wins in the nation, and has the best winning percentage in the country among qualified goaltenders. She leads CHA in goals against average at 1.49, also good for seventh in the nation, and carries a .932 save percentage and three shutouts. This is her fourth weekly award, and second goaltender of the week award, of the season.
CHA Rookie of the Week
Larissa Martyniuk – Syracuse
Defenseman; Winnipeg, Manitoba
Martyniuk had three points this week, tied for the most on the team. She assisted on three goals, all against Lindenwood. She had two assists in the 4-1 victory, including one on the game-winner. After this week, Martyniuk has seven points on the season, the second-most among Syracuse rookies and fourth-most among all Orange skaters. She now ranks eighth in CHA in defenseman scoring and fifth in rookie scoring. This is Martyniuk’s first CHA weekly award.
Lindenwood – The Lindenwood women's hockey team split a weekend series in Syracuse this weekend. The Lady Lions earned a 2-1 victory on Friday thanks to Katie Erickson's first career goal with six seconds remaining in the third period. Kendra Broad scored the other Lindenwood goal, her fourth of the season. Broad leads the team with nine points. Nicole Hensley made 46 saves in the win. Lindenwood fell in a 3-0 hole on Saturday in Syracuse, N.Y. and lost to the Orange by a 4-1 margin. Syracuse jumped out to a big lead thanks to special teams play. In the first period, the Orange got on the board at the 11:28 mark with a shorthanded goal. Syracuse would add two more goals in the second period, including a power-play score. Lindenwood cracked the scoreboard midway through the third period with a power-play goal by Alyssa West. Katie Erickson assisted on that goal, giving the rookie her second point of the weekend. Syracuse would score the final goal on an empty-net in the final minute of the game. Syracuse had a 48-21 advantage in shots. Both teams had one power-play goal, with Lindenwood having four chances and the Orange having just three. Lindenwood returns home next week to face defending CHA Champion Mercyhurst for a two-game series on Saturday and Sunday.
Penn State – The Nittany Lions lost two tough games at Mercyhurst by scores of 7-0 and 8-0...Penn State tallied 35 shots in Friday's 7-0 loss which matched the most MU has allowed all season and the most PSU has ever had against the Lakers...Celine Whitlinger made 34 saves in Friday's loss, while Nicole Paniccia had 45 stops in Saturday's loss...Shannon Yoxheimer fired nine shots on Friday, which was the most by a Nittany Lion since she shot eight against Lindenwood on Feb. 8, 2013...Penn State is off for the rest of the semester and will return to action Jan. 3-4 at Ohio State.
Mercyhurst – The Mercyhurst University women's hockey team collected career and season highs in the weekend shutout of Penn State University. The Lakers collected 16 goals from eight different Lakers in the team effort. Mercyhurst also had 17 of the 18 players collect at least one point in the efforts. On Friday, senior Christine Bestland collected her second career hat trick, including one short-handed goal and an assist. Senior Kaleigh Chippy scored two goals while sophomores Jenna Dingeldein scored one. Freshman Paige Horton scored her first collegiate goal to make the score 7-0. Sophomore Emily Janiga collected a career-high four assists in a contest, while freshman Jillian Skinner added a season-high two assists. Junior goaltender Amanda Makela stopped 35 shots on net in the shutout to mark a career-high of her own. On Saturday, Bestland collected her 200th point to become the fifth player in program history and the 25th player in NCAA Division I women's hockey to do so. Senior Christie Cicero matched her career-high three assists in the 8-0 victory while senior Kaleigh Chippy collected two goals for a four-point weekend. Sophomore Julia DiTondo recorded her second win of the season and first collegiate shutout after stopping a career-high 19 shots on net. As a team, Mercyhurst improved to seventh in the nation in scoring margin (1.58). They are seventh in their scoring offense (3.26) and eighth in goals against, now averaging 1.68 goals per game. The Lakers also rank eighth in their penalty kill (88.8). Mercyhurst travels to Lindenwood University before the holiday break for a two game series on Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15.
Robert Morris – Robert Morris extended its unbeaten streak to nine games with a sweep of RIT at 84 Lumber Arena this past weekend. The sweep also gave the Colonials their sixth-straight home win and kept RMU undefeated on Saturdays (8-0-0) this season ... The Colonials' streak of not allowing a power play goal game to an end in Saturday's 4-2 victory over the Tigers. RMU stopped 28 straight power play opportunities dating back to Nov. 15 vs. Lindenwood before giving up a goal on the penalty kill. The Colonials' penalty kill percentage of .897 leads CHA and ranks sixth overall in the nation ... After a three-point weekend, Brittany Howard leads CHA in goals (12), is tied for first in points (28), and is ranked second in assists (16). All of those marks lead first-year players and her total of five game-winning goals is the nation's best ... Howard's start compares favorably to RMU's last two CHA Rookie of the Year winners, Rebecca Vint (2011-12) and Thea Imbrogno (2010-11). Imbrogno had 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) and a game-winning goal in her first 19 games before January, while Vint notched 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists) and two game-winning goals in 17 games before the new year ... Jessica Dodds was in goal for both victories this past weekend and improved her unbeaten record to 13-0-1. Dodds' winning percentage of .964 leads the nation and her 1.49 goals-against-average tops CHA. Both of those marks, along with her .932 save percentage and three shutouts lead all freshmen goaltenders ... The Colonials enter the winter break with a record of 16-3-1, easily shattering their previous best first-half mark. The 16 wins have already topped last season's total of 15 and are three shy of the school record 19, which was set in 2011-12. RMU also will enter 2014 on top of CHA with a conference record of 8-1-1 (17 points). The Colonials are one victory from tying a school record in that department, as last year's team won nine CHA games.
RIT – The Tigers (9-9-1, 4-3-1 CHA) dropped a pair of tough contests to No. 10 Robert Morris last weekend, losing 2-1 on Friday and 4-2 on Saturday. Celeste Brown scored RIT's lone goal on Friday, while Jess Paton and Carly Payerl tallied goals on Saturday. Ali Binnington stopped 73-of-78 shots in the weekend series. Despite the two losses, RIT is third in the CHA standings. The Tigers are 24-9-6 when allowing two or less goals in their brief Division I history. Kourtney Kunichika needs just one goal to reach the 50-goal plateau in her collegiate career. She recorded her 125th career point on Friday. RIT is wrapping up its toughest stetch of the season, with six out of seven games against a nationally ranked opponent. On Saturday, the Tigers close out the 2013 calendar year by playing its first-ever outdoor game on Saturday, Dec. 14 vs. No. 6 Clarkson at Frontier Field, home of the Rochester Red Wings at 12:05 p.m. The game is part of the "Frozen Frontier", a 10-day hockey festival to celebrate hockey in the Greater Rochester area (www.frozenfrontier2013.com). Tickets are still available at www.rithockey.com. The Tigers will look to avenge a season-opening loss to the nationally ranked Golden Knights, who enter with a 13-4-2 record.
Syracuse – Syracuse ice hockey used a dominant overall performance to beat Lindenwood, 4-1 at the Tennity Ice Pavillion on Saturday afternoon. Four Orange provided two-point games to spearhead the offense as Nicole Ferrara and Margot Scharfe totaled a goal and assist each while Larissa Martyniuk and Caitlin Roach secured a pair of assists apiece. On Friday, a last-second goal was to blame for the loss against Lindenwood. The teams were tied after the second period but the Lady Lions notched the game-winner with six seconds left to take their second victory of the season. The Orange took an early 2-0 lead over Cornell on Tuesday but the Big Red came back in the second period to take the victory.