March 24, 2014

CHA Weekly Release: Mercyhurst's Run Ends in NCAA Semifinals

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CHA Player of the Week

Jaclyn Arbour – Mercyhurst

Sophomore; Forward; South Setauket, N.Y.

Sophomore Jaclyn Arbour tallied the lone Mercyhurst goal in the 5-1 loss against the eventual National Champions Clarkson University. Arbour's goal came at the 8:02 mark of the first period to mark the first time in program history that the Lakers scored first in any NCAA tournament game. She attempted two shots on net and blocked one shot throughout the 60 minutes. Arbour also was one of five players to have an even plus/minus rating.

 

CHA Goaltender of the Week

Amanda Makela – Mercyhurst

Junior; Thunder Bay, Ontario

Junior goaltender Amanda Makela made 30 saves against the second-highest scoring offense in the nation, Clarkson, in the Lakers' NCAA semifinal loss. Makela stopped all 14 shots she faced in the first period, and did not allow a goal on three Clarkson power-plays. Makela finishes the season with a 22-8-4 record, 1.87 GAA, .925 save percentage and six shutouts.

 

CHA Honor Roll

Christine Bestland – Mercyhurst (Senior; Forward; Brunkild, Manitoba) – led the team with five of the Lakers' 19 shots on goal against Clarkson University in the 5-1 loss in the NCAA semifinals. Bestland received ACHA/CCM All America honors at the NCAA tournament banquet last week. The Lakers captain finishes her collegiate career as the second-highest scoring player in Mercyhurst history with 226 career points (92G, 134A) in 143 games.

 

TEAM NOTES

Mercyhurst – The Mercyhurst University women's hockey team fell to the eventual National Champions Clarkson University, 5-1 in the NCAA semifinal in Hamden, Conn. The Lakers finished their season with an overall record of 24-9-4 on the season and reach the NCAA tournament for their tenth consecutive season. Mercyhurst won their 13th consecutive College Hockey America Regular season title with a record of 15-3-2 and reached the championship game 13 times in the programs history. Sophomore Jaclyn Arbour scored the lone Mercyhurst goal against the Golden Knights to give her team a 1-0 edge early in the first. Arbour's goal came at the 8:02 mark of the first period to mark the first time in program history that the Lakers scored first in any NCAA tournament game. Junior Amanda Makela made 30 saves in the loss and allowed four goals to complete her season with an overall record of 22-8-4. As a team the Lakers killed off all three Clarkson power-play opportunities and just allowed two shots on net. Senior Christine Bestland lead the team with five shots on net while senior Christie Cicero attempted three. The five goals were the Lakers first time since January that they let more than two goals against. Their streak of 11 games of allowing two goals or less was snapped against the Golden Knights. The Lakers lost three seniors due to graduation, Kaliegh Chippy, Christine Bestland and Christie Cicero. All three seniors contributed to the Lakers back to back appearances to the NCAA Frozen Four.