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CHA Player of the Week
Rebecca Vint – Robert Morris
Junior; Forward; Caldeon, Ontario
Rebecca Vint had a weekend to remember against the Bobcats. The junior forward became the third player in program history to notch 50 career goals, 50 career assists, and 100 career points. Vint picked up the historic helper in the 1-1 tie, then broke through in Saturday's win to register her 50th goal and 100th point on a short-handed shot. Vint sits two goals away from tying the program record. Her 13 goals are tied for the league lead, and her 26 points rank fourth among all CHA players. This is her second CHA award in the last three weeks.
CHA Goaltender of the Week
Jessica Dodds – Robert Morris
Freshman; London, Ontario
Jessica Dodds set a new career-high in saves for the fourth-straight game in the Colonials' 1-1 tie with Quinnipiac. Dodds stopped 36 of 37 shots, including four in overtime to preserve the unbeaten streak. She then stopped 26-of-27 in game two, a 5-1 win. The rookie goaltender is now 16-0-2 on the season and is among the nation's leaders in winning percentage (1st, .944), save percentage (6th, .942), shutouts (t-6th, 4), and goals-against-average (8th, 1.37). This is her seventh CHA weekly award of the season.
CHA Rookie of the Week
Jessica Sibley – Syracuse
Forward; Luseland, Saskatchewan
Freshman forward Jessica Sibley scored three points en route to
a 5-4 overtime win against RIT on Friday. Sibley now has 18 points
on the season, the most on the team, and is tied for the most goals
with nine. Her points came on three consecutive goals. Sibley
scored the game-tying goal in the second period to bring the score
to 2-2, assisted on Syracuse’s third goal and then scored
again to extend the lead to 4-2 in the middle of the third period.
She scored the only SU power play goal of the game, which brought
her season total to five power play goals, the third-most in the
country and tied for the most in CHA. She has the ninth-most points
among all rookies in Division I hockey and the second most in the
conference. She is tenth overall in College Hockey America and has
the fourth-most power play points (10).
Lindenwood – Lindenwood returns to the ice on this weekend for a two-day CHA series at RIT … prior to this series, the Lady Lions have played just two games over a 39-day period … earlier this season, Lindenwood went 0-1-1 against RIT in a series in Wentzville … RIT won game one of the series by a 3-0 margin … the score was tied 0-0 after two periods but the Tigers scored three times in the third period … the teams tied 1-1 in the second game… Katie Erickson put the Lions ahead 1-0 with assists from Alyssa West and Jordyn Constance in the second period, before RIT tied the game early in the third period … four of the five goals scored in that series came on the power play … Lindenwood was one-for-13 on the power play in that series, compared to three-for-14 from RIT … the Lady Lions are 1-2-3 all-time against the Tigers, including a 0-1-1 mark in games played in Rochester … among current players, Kendra Broad leads Lindenwood with three assists and four points against the Tigers … Nicole Hensley has a 1.72 GAA and a .955 save percentage in her career against RIT … Katie Erickson has five points in her last six games … in CHA games this year, Katie Erickson and Jocelyn Slattery both have team-highs of three goals and five points, and Lyndsay Kirkham has a team-high four assists.
Penn State – The Nittany Lions return to the ice for the first time since Jan. 11, a 2-1 overtime win over Colgate at home, when they take on Syracuse at Tennity Ice Pavilion Friday & Saturday...Syracuse holds a 6-0-0 all-time record in the series. Penn State and Syracuse faced each other twice at Pegula Ice Arena earlier this season, with the Orange coming away one-goal victors on each occasion, 2-1 and 4-3 (OT). In the 4-3 loss, Penn State held leads of 2-0 and 3-2, but couldn't hold on...Three of the past four meetings have been decided by one goal as last year's first matchup at Syracuse was a 1-0 win for SU (Jan. 25, 2013) before a 4-1 win the next day...Penn State's penalty killing has improved in recent weeks as the Nittany Lions have posted a PK percentage of 78.1 (25-of-32, 7 GA) through the past 11 games. In that stretch PSU has held its opponents scoreless on the power play seven times. Before then, Penn State was killing off just 68.1 percent (32-of-47, 15 GA) through the first 12 games, allowing a goal in all but 2 of those contests...Following the Syracuse series, Penn State has little time to prepare for its next opponent, Princeton, for a rare Tuesday road game in New Jersey. After Princeton, the Nittany Lions host six straight CHA contests against RIT, Lindenwood and Mercyhurst (Jan. 31-Feb. 16).
Mercyhurst – The Mercyhurst University women's hockey team looks to capture first place against the eighth-ranked Robert Morris Colonials in the CHA standings this weekend. Mercyhurst was off last weekend after going 0-1-1 against third-ranked Cornell. Mercyhurst is 3-6-1 lifetime against the Colonials after going 1-1 earlier in the season. The Lakers have gone 3-4-1 against Robert Morris in the last three seasons. Senior Christie Cicero has been the team leader throughout the second half of the season as she is on an eight-game point streak. Throughout the career-long streak, Cicero has collected 13 points on six goals and seven assists to average 1.6 points per game. Senior Christine Bestland remains the team overall leader in points with 35 points on 13 goals and 22 assists, while sophomore Emily Janiga is second with 28 points. Junior goaltender Amanda Makela is now 12-6-3 on the season with a 2.08 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. Sophomore Julia DiTondo has also seen some action as she relieved Makela against Cornell. DiTondo has played 186:36 minutes with just one goal against for a 0.64 goals against average and a .970 save percentage on 65 shots faced. The Lakers host Robert Morris on Friday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 25 at 2:00 p.m.
Robert Morris – Although Robert Morris' winning streak came to an end at seven games with a 1-1 tie this past Friday at Quinnipiac, a 5-1 victory in game two allowed the Colonials' unbeaten streak to climb to 13 games - which is the nation's best mark ... RMU made its seventh-straight appearance in the USCHO.com Poll today, slotting in at eighth. The Colonials trail Boston College by just four points ... With one more victory, the Colonials will break a single-season program record for wins. The record is currently held by the 2011-12 CHA Championship team, who went 19-9-4 in that historic season ... Speaking of historic, this past weekend was just that for Paul Colontino, as the Colonial head coach won his 53rd career game, moving him into first place for career victories in program history. Colontino moved ahead of Ohio State head coach Nate Handrahan, who coached RMU from 2006-11 ... Rebecca Vint had a weekend to remember against the Bobcats, as the junior forward became the third player in program history to notch 50 career goals, 50 career assists, and 100 career points. Vint picked up the historic helper in the 1-1 tie, then broke through in Saturday's win to register her 50th goal and 100th point on a short-handed shot. Vint sits two goals away from tying the program record held by Brianna Delaney (53, 2008-12) ... Jessica Dodds set a new career-high in saves for the fourth-straight game in the Colonials' 1-1 tie with Quinnipiac. Dodds stopped 36 of 37 shots, including four in overtime to preserve the unbeaten streak. The rookie goaltender is now 16-0-2 on the season and is among the nation's leaders in winning percentage (1st, .944), save percentage (6th, .942), shutouts (t-6th, 4), and goals-against-average (8th, 1.37) ... Brittany Howard tallied an assist over the weekend and continued her climb in the program single-season record books. Howard now sits in a tie with Thea Imbrogno (2011-12) for second in assists (20) and in a tie for fourth with Brianna Delaney (2008-09) in points (32). Howard can break Vint's single-season school record for assists - set in 2011-12 - with three more ... Robert Morris jumps back into CHA play this weekend as they travel to Erie to take on in-state rival Mercyhurst. The Colonials split a two-game series with the Lakers this past November and are 7-6-1 in the last 14 games against their Keystone State foes.
RIT – The Tigers (10-12-2, 5-4-1 CHA) dropped a heartbreaker at Syracuse last Friday in overtime by a score of 5-4. RIT trailed 4-2 with 4:39 left before scoring a pair of goals in a span of 2:23 to tie the game. Marissa Maugeri tied a career-high with three points on a goal and two assists, while Kolbee McCrea added a goal and an assist. Morgan Scoyne and Melissa Bromley also scored for the Tigers. In net, Jetta Rackleff made a career-high 44 saves in the loss. The Tigers have a one-point edge over Syracuse for third place in the CHA standings with 10 games remaining. All seven games between RIT and Syracuse over the last two seasons have ended in either a tie or one-goal difference. Syracuse has now defeated RIT three times in overtime over that span. RIT returns home for a pair of games against CHA rival Lindenwood this weekend (Friday at 7, Saturday at 2). RIT leads the all-time series between the two schools, 2-1-3. On Nov. 8-9, the two teams met in Lindenwood, with RIT taking three of a possible four points. On Nov. 8, RIT broke a scoreless tie in the third period with three goals to win 3-0. The next day, Lindenwood goaltender Nicole Hensley stopped 44 shots as the two teams skated to a 1-1 draw. RIT went 1-0-1 against Lindenwood at Ritter Arena last season. On Saturday, RIT will wear special jerseys that will be auctioned off online as part of CHA's "Skate for the Cure". RIT will team up with AutismUp to raise money for the organization in its game against Lindenwood at 2 p.m. that day. Members of the 2011-12 RIT team that won the Division III NCAA Championship will be honored during the men's game against Niagara on Saturday night, as part of Ritter Arena's Night of Champions. Twelve current Tigers were part of that championship team.
Syracuse – The Orange had their
second of four games against RIT on Friday, this time earning a 5-4
overtime win at home. Melissa Piacentini was responsible for the
win, scoring 0:58 into the extra period. Piacentini and Jessica
Sibley each had three points on the night, which moved them to
second and first, respectively, for most points on the team.
Jenesica Drinkwater made 19 stops in net to improve to an 8-2-0
record on the season and is now even in her career at 22-22-5. The
win improved SU to .500 in conference play (4-4-2) and to 12-9-2 on
the season, already the fourth-best record in program history with
10 games remaining. SU enters round two of CHA play this weekend,
taking on Penn State for the second series this season. Last time
the two squared off, Syracuse came out on top, winning the Saturday
game with a late goal and the Sunday game in overtime.