November 4, 2013

CHA Weekly Awards 11/04/2013

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CHA Player of the Week

Kristen Richards – Robert Morris
 Senior; Forward; Toronto, Ontario

Robert Morris captain Kristen Richards scored three points over the weekend in the Colonials' sweep of Penn State. She had an assist in Thursday's 4-0 win, and in game two on Friday she scored twice, including the eventual game winner. Richards recorded a game-high 11 shots on goal Friday, and was a plus-three for the series. Richards, a senior, is second on the team in scoring with 10 points (3G, 7A) and is a plus-five for the season. She also holds a .597 winning percentage on face-offs for the season.

CHA Goaltenders of the Week 

Courtney Vinet – Robert Morris
Junior; Camrose, Alberta
Vinet earned her second win of the season in a 4-0 shutout over Penn State on Thursday. It was her second career shutout. She turned aside 18 shots, with most of her work coming in the third period, stopping 10 shots in the final frame and helping kill two penalties to prevent Penn State from climbing back into the game. The junior carries a 2.25 GAA and .905 save percentage for the season.
Jessica Dodds – Robert Morris
Freshman; London, Ontario
Dodds followed up her teammate's performance the night before by stopping all 22 Penn State shots to complete the sweep of the Nittany Lions on Friday. It was her third shutout of the season, and she is now 6-0-0 on the year with a .932 save percentage and league-best 1.49 GAA. This is her third CHA weekly award of the season. She has been named the conference's top rookie and goalie, and also took home October's CHA Goaltender of the Month award.

CHA Rookie of the Week

Brittany Howard – Robert Morris
Forward; St Thomas, Ontario
Howard continues to be a key part of the Colonials' offense, adding another goal and four more assists to her league-leading 17 points (4G, 13A). Her 1.70 points per-game ties her for fourth-best nationally, and ranks first nationally amongst freshman. She continues to lead CHA in assists, powerplay scoring (6 pts) and game-winning goals (2). She had five shots and was a plus-four for the series against Penn State. This is Howard's third Rookie of the Week award, and she was also named CHA's Player of the Month for October.

TEAM NOTES

Lindenwood – The Lindenwood women's hockey team will open CHA play this weekend when it hosts RIT for a two-game series ... the Lady Lions and RIT have split their four previous games by a 1-1-2 mark ... all four of those games were CHA contests in 2012-13 ... in Wentzville, the two teams tied 1-1 in the opener before Lindenwood won 4-3 in game two of that series ... Amongst Lady Lions playing this season, Kendra Broad leads the team with four points against RIT, including three assists .... Lyndsay Kirkham had two goals and one assist against the Tigers, and Katie Erickson had one goal and one assist ... Caitlyn Post, Rachel Weich, Alyssa West, and Chelsea Witwicke each had one assist against RIT ... Nicole Hensley went 1-0-2 in goal against RIT last year. She had a 1.58 GAA and a .958 save percentage ... Chelsea Witwicke will play in her 100th collegiate game with an appearance this weekend. She has played 55 games at Niagara and 44 games at Lindenwood ... Lindenwood finished last season by going 5-1-2 in its final eight CHA games ... in conference play last season, Lyndsay Kirkham had a team-high 11 assists and was second with 15 points ... Kendra Broad, Alyssa West, and Chelsea Witwicke all had double-digit points in CHA action ... Alyssa West recorded a +2 plus/minus last year in CHA action ... Nicole Hensley was 7-4-3 in CHA games last year and she had a .939 save percentage ... CHA commissioner Robert M. DeGregorio, Jr. will be on hand this Friday to award the 2012-13 CHA Student-Athlete of the Year award to five Lindenwood players. Those players are Kendra Broad, Alison Wickenheiser, Amy Stober, Chelsea Witwicke, and Nicole Hensley.

 

Mercyhurst – The Lakers were inactive last weekend, but embark on a trip to Pittsburgh to face Robert Morris this Friday and Saturday. They enter CHA conference play riding a four-game unbeaten streak. They went 1-0-1 at nationally-ranked Clarkson before sweeping Maine at home in their last two weekend series. Junior Amanda Makela has been a rock in net so far, recording three shutouts in her last six starts. She only allowed nine goals during the month of October, earning her CHA Goalie of the Month honors to follow up on her three consecutive Goalie of the Week awards. Senior captain Christine Bestland continues to lead the way offensively, and now has 14 points (5G, 9A) on the year. The Lakers struggled against Robert Morris last season, dropping the series 1-3, but ultimately defeated the Colonials in the tournament semifinals en route to their twelfth CHA postseason title. Mercyhurst was 17-3-0 in conference play last year.

 

Penn State – The Nittany Lions opened the CHA season with a pair of losses against Robert Morris at home on Thursday-Friday...Nicole Paniccia was Penn State's standout performer on Thursday, stopping 33 RMU attempts on net, while on Friday, Celine Whitlinger turned aside 43 shots from Robert Morris...Penn State's power play was efficient, allowing just one RMU goal in six opportunities...The Nittany Lions fell to 0-6-0 all-time against the Colonials...Penn State welcomes Syracuse to Pegula Ice Arena for a two-game series Saturday and Sunday, both games at 2 p.m

 

Robert Morris – With a sweep of Penn State this past week, Robert Morris continued their blistering start, moving to 8-2-0. The eight wins in ten games ties a school record with the 2011-12 team, who started 8-1-1 ...The Colonials swept the CHA weekly awards this week, and also saw freshmen Brittany Howard (Player) and Jessica Dodds (Rookie) earn CHA Monthly awards for October. They also received five votes in the latest USCHO.com poll, up from one vote last week. With two goals over the weekend, Rebecca Vint now has 11 in six games against the Nittany Lions. The junior forward tallied a program record five goals in her first meeting with Penn State last season, and has scored in every game against them since ... Goaltenders Courtney Vinet and Dodds each posted a shutout victory against the Nittany Lions, marking the first time in program history that two netminders have blanked an opponent in the same series. It also marks the first time RMU has ever won a series by not allowing a goal ... With five points against Penn State, Howard now leads the nation in assists (13), and is tied for first in points (17) ... Thea Imbrogno moved up to second all-time in the Colonial record books for career points with her 96th and 97th, and is in third in career goals with 44. With two goals, Rebecca Vint moved into fourth in career goals with 43.

 

RIT – The Tigers (4-5-0) were off last weekend. RIT wrapped up its six-game October homestand with a 3-3-0 mark. RIT is 4-0-0 on Friday this season and 0-5-0 on Saturday. The Tigers are 20-8-5 when allowing two or less goals, and 0-13-0 when allowing at least three tallies in its brief Division I history. Kourtney Kunichika needs just one goal and Kolbee McCrea, three tallies, to reach the 50-goal plateau in their collegiate careers. Kunichika played in her 100th career game on Oct. 25 against Brown. Melissa Bromley is three games shy of 100. RIT returns to action on Friday and Saturday, opening up league play with a two-game series at Lindenwood. The Tigers are Lions split the season series in 2012-13 with a 1-1-2 mark. RIT defeated the Lions 5-1 and tied 1-1 at Ritter Arena, while the two teams skated to a 1-1 tie and Lindenwood earned a 4-3 win at Lindenwood.

 

Syracuse – Syracuse was not in action last week, but is riding a three-game winning streak with victories over Providence College, nationally-ranked Boston College and Union. Their recent play earned them votes in both national polls last week for the first time since October 2010. This weekend they travel to Penn State for their first CHA matchup of the year. Syracuse went 13-6-1 in conference play last season, including a four-game sweep against the Nittany Lions. They are 2-3-0 on the road this season. Each of Syracuse's four wins has come by a three-goal margin, and three of their four losses have been in one-goal contests.