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CHA Player of the Week
Hannah Hoenshell was a pest to the Colgate defense all weekend, ultimately setting up the game-tying and game-winning overtime goal on Saturday in a 2-1 win. Hoenshell’s pass across to Laura Bowman tied the game with 1:55 remaining in the second period before her tremendous stick handling gave PSU its first OT win in program history. Hoenshell posted a plus-two rating in the victory, which snapped a five-game skid for the Nittany Lions. The night before, Hoenshell tallied four shots and blocked two shots in a tough 3-2 overtime loss to the Raiders.
CHA Goaltender of the Week
Nicole Paniccia – Penn State
Senior; Oakville, Ontario
Nicole Paniccia had her best showing of the season on
Saturday in a 2-1 OT win over Colgate, stopping 39 of 40
attempts as Penn State broke a five-game losing streak. She posted
a .975 save percentage and won her first game of the season,
snapping a 21-game winless drought. Paniccia posted double-digit
save totals for the first three periods (13, 14 and 10), while
stopping two more in OT. She maintains a 3.38 GAA and .913 save
percentage for the year while seeing an average of over 41 shots
CHA Rookie of the Week
Cassie Clayton – RIT
Forward; Pickering, Ontario
Clayton scored the game-winning shorthanded goal with 1:17 left in regulation on a sensational individual effort to lift the Tigers to a 4-3 win over Syracuse at Ritter Arena on Friday evening. She scooped up a loose puck after Celeste Brown caused a turnover in the neutral zone, deked a Syracuse defenseman at the line to come in on a breakaway and roofed a shot top shelf over the Orange goaltender for the highlight-reel goal. She also caused a penalty in the final seconds while Syracuse had the goalie pulled to clinch the game for RIT. Clayton now has three goals and an assist for the Tigers in 21 games played this season.
Lindenwood – The Lindenwood women's hockey team is off again this week ... the Lady Lions have played just twice since Dec. 16, and they will take to the ice again on Jan. 24-25 with a road series at RIT ... Lindenwood goalie Nicole Hensley leads NCAA Division I with 749 saves this season, 145 more than the next closest goalie ... Katie Erickson and Jocelyn Slattery leads Lindenwood in goals this season ... 80 percent of Katie Erickson's goals have come on the power play, and she has scored 40 percent of Lindenwood's power-play goals ... Kendra Broad leads the team in assists and points.
Penn State – Penn State returned to Pegula Ice Arena for the first time since Nov. 30 and split a series against Colgate...It was a tale of two games as Penn State dominated the majority of Friday's contest before falling 3-2 in overtime. The Nittany Lions led 2-1 before allowing the tying goal with just 2:05 remaining in the third...Jill Holdcroft's goal 6:43 into the second period snapped Penn State's record scoreless streak of 292 minutes. PSU's last goal before then came in the second period during a 1-1 tie with Maine on Nov. 30...Taylor Gross scored her seventh goal of the year assisted by Shannon Yoxheimer's seventh helper of the year, the top-line duo rank atop PSU's scoring charts in their respective categories...On Saturday, Colgate dominated the game, out-shooting Penn State 40-17, but it was the Nittany Lions that came out on top in a 2-1 overtime win...The victory was PSU's first OT win of the young program as the Lions sit at 1-2-2 in OT this season...Laura Bowman's goal with 1:55 left in the second tied the score and Hannah Hoenshell's nifty stickwork gave PSU the win with her third goal of the year. Amy Petersen assisted both goals, while Hoenshell also assisted on Bowman's tally for a two-point day...Nicole Paniccia picked up her first win of the season and the first in 21 starts, saving 39 Colgate shots and registering double-digit saves in the first three periods (13, 14 and 10)...PSU exhibited great team defense, blocking 33 shots for the weekend...Penn State dominated the faceoff dot, going 30-25 on Friday and 32-10 on Saturday for a total of 62-35. Bowman led the way with a 24-8 record. Sarah Nielsen was 14-2...Penn State is off this weekend before returning to CHA play Jan. 24-25 at Syracuse.
Mercyhurst –Mercyhurst extended its unbeaten streak to eight games on Friday before falling 6-4 on Saturday against third-ranked Cornell. On the weekend, the Lakers went 0-1-1 against the out-of-conference opponent and are now 14-6-3 overall this season. Mercyhurst skated to a 4-4 overtime tie on Friday with the help of senior Christie Cicero, sophomores Emily Janiga and Kathy Donohue and junior Shelby Bram who scored a goal each in the effort. Bram and Donohue also tallied an assist to contribute to the Lakers third tie this season. Junior Amanda Makela stopped a career-high 40 shots in the tie, including 13 in the third period. On Saturday, Mercyhurst battled hard but fell 6-4 to the Big Red. Cicero extended her point streak to a career-high nine games this season after scoring another goal against the Big Red this weekend. Sophomore Jaclyn Arbour scored her third goal of the season against the second-best scoring defense in the country. Dingeldein and junior Molly Byrne, who scored her first of the season, also added goals in the loss. Sophomore J'nai Mahadeo tallied a career-high three assists in the contest after the defenseman contributed offensively against the nationally ranked opponent. Makela allowed five goals on 17 shots faced before sophomore Julia DiTondo made a relief appearance. DiTondo made a career-high 18 saves. All told, the Lakers scored eight goals against an opponent who only averages one goal against per game. Mercyhurst is now 7-2-2 at the Mercyhurst Ice Center and is 1-2-2 after being outshot by their opponent. The Lakers return to CHA action on January 24 as Mercyhurst hosts No. 9 Robert Morris for two games in a battle for first place in College Hockey America.
Robert Morris – Robert Morris extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games with a sweep of St. Lawrence at 84 Lumber Arena on Jan. 4-5. Both the Colonials' unbeaten streak and winning streak (7 games) are the current best marks in NCAA Division I women's hockey ... RMU made its sixth-straight appearance in the USCHO.com Poll today. The Colonials continue to climb the rankings, moving up to the eighth spot in this week's poll. The Colonials trail Boston College by 17 points ... With a goal in the 3-0 victory on Jan. 5, Rebecca Vint moved into sole possession of third place for career points. At 98, the junior now sits just two points away from becoming the third player in program history to reach the 100-point plateau. Thea Imbrogno eclipsed 100 points earlier this season in a Nov. 29 game against Maine ... Despite not lighting the lamp this against the Saints, Brittany Howard still made history as she inserted her name in the Colonial record books. Howard is now tied for third for single-season assists with 19 and sits three helpers shy of the school record, set by Vint in her freshman campaign. Howard also moved into a tie for fifth for single-season points with 31. The rookie forward is sixth in the nation in both of those categories ... For the third-straight game, Jessica Dodds set a new career-high in saves. Dodds first posted 27 saves in a Dec. 7 win over RIT, then edged that mark by one in the Jan. 4 victory over St. Lawrence. On Jan. 5, Dodds stopped all 32 shots she faced, earning her fourth shutout of the season and her first since Nov. 1 at Penn State. The two-time reigning CHA Goaltender of the Month is now 15-0-1 on the season and ranks seventh in goals against average (1.43) and leads the nation in winning percentage (.969) ... With a sweep of St. Lawrence, Paul Colontino tied the school record for career wins with 52. The previous record was set by now-Ohio State head coach Nate Handrahan, who went 52-109-14 in five years with the Colonials ... Robert Morris sits just one win shy of tying the single-season school record of 19 set by the 2011-12 Colonials, who went on to win the program's first CHA title.
RIT – The Tigers (10-11-2, 5-3-1 CHA) snapped a five-game winless streak with a dramatic 4-3 win over CHA rival Syracuse on Friday at Ritter Arena. The game was tied 3-3 before Cassie Clayton broke in on a shorthanded rush, deked a Syracuse defenseman to come in on a breakaway and roofed a shot top shelf over the Orange goaltender with 1:17 left in regulation, lifting RIT to its first win over Syracuse. It was RIT's first shorthanded goal of the season. Kourtney Kunichika became the 11th player in the history of the RIT women's hockey program to reach the 50-goal plateau, while Kolbee McCrea and Erin Zach also scored. Jetta Rackleff made 31 saves to record her first CHA win. RIT tied a season-high with three power-play goals in the win. It is RIT's second win in the Division I era when allowing three or more goals. RIT is now 8-3-0 on Friday's this season. The Tigers have a three-point edge over Syracuse for third place in the CHA standings with 11 games remaining. The Tigers and Orange meet once again this time in Syracuse on Friday at 7:05 p.m. The Tigers and Orange enjoyed a tremendously tight rivalry last season, with the first game ending in a 2-2 tie and next four ending by 2-1 finals, all won by Syracuse. Two of the four came in overtime, including the CHA Semifinal. All six games between RIT and Syracuse have either ended in a tie or one-goal difference. On Jan. 25, RIT will wear special jerseys that will be auctioned off online as part of CHA's "Skate for the Cure". RIT will partner with AutismUp to raise money for the organization in its game against Lindenwood at 2 p.m. that day.
Syracuse – The Orange lost its first contest in four games on Friday when RIT notched a last-minute goal to take a 4-3 win. Jessica Sibley had two points in the game, assisting on the first two SU goals. Nicole Renault assisted on a goal to extend her point streak to three games. The Orange has more wins on the road than at home, compiling a 6-5-1 record at opponent sites and a 4-4-1 record between Tennity Ice Pavilion and the Onondaga War Memorial, its home sites. Syracuse wins or ties 69 percent of the time when scoring first, wins 67 percent of the time when leading after the first period and wins 86 percent of the time when leading after the second period. With an active offense, SU rarely loses. The Orange is 7-2-0 when outshooting an opponent and 8-2-1 when it scores three or more goals in a contest. SU has also never lost a game when it holds its opponent to one goal. Caitlin Roach and Nicole Renault lead the team in points with 15 each on the season, 12 of which are assists. They are tied for eighth in CHA in assist scoring, averaging 0.57 per game. Roach and Renault are tied for 13th in points per game among Division I defensemen and first in College Hockey America. Both Roach and Renault are big helpers on the power play, racking up 10 points, a big part of the reason the Orange power play is the best in CHA. Freshman forward Jessica Sibley has 15 points on the year, tied for the most on the team, and co-leads the team in goals with seven on the season. She has scored four power play goals, and two game-winners. Senior goalie Jenesica Drinkwater is 6-2-0 on the season, and will now be the starting goalie after fellow senior Kallie Billadeau had a season-ending injury prior to the series with Vermont. She was the first SU goalie this year to win two consecutive games, defeating Vermont twice last weekend. It was also the first time this season she started in consecutive games. Drinkwater has a .908 save percentage and a 2.25 goals against average. After starting both games against Vermont, she now meets the minutes qualification for national and conference rankings. Her win percentage (.750) is the second-best in CHA and tied for eighth in the country. The Orange is back in action Tuesday when they visit in-state rival Colgate. The game will be aired both in the Hamilton, N.Y., and Syracuse areas on Time Warner Cable Sports.