College Hockey America Weekly Recap: October 13, 2014

Friday, Oct. 10

New Hampshire 1, RIT 0

While RIT controlled most of the game, the Tigers couldn’t crack Finnish UNH goalie Vilma Vaattovaara in 32 shots on goal at the Gene Polisseni Center. A primary culprit in the defeat was RIT’s power play, which not only misfired on all eight attempts, but allowed a late second period shorty to Jonna Curtis for the game’s only score. The defeat snapped a nine-game winning streak for RIT, dating back to last season. | Box Score | Recap

Colgate 6, Robert Morris 3

Bobby Mo dropped to 1-4-0 on Friday, coming up on the short end of a barnburner. Colgate, led by two goals each from Miriam Drubel and Megan Sullivan, scored four times in the second period to crack things open, then held on after Katherine Murphy trimmed the Colonials’ deficit to 5-3 midway through the third. | Box Score | Recap

St. Cloud State 2, Lindenwood 0

Nicole Hensley’s 45 saves kept the Lions around for the bulk of the contest, but Payge Pena’s power-play marker with 2:13 left sealed the result for the Huskies. Lexi Slattery scored late in the first period, also on the advantage, to get Lindenwood chasing for the last 40 minutes. | Box Score | Recap

Mercyhurst 1, Maine 0

The five CHA teams in action Friday night combined for just five goals, but unlike any of their league rivals, the Lakers still managed a win without much offense. The story once again was Amanda Makela, whose 25-save shutout made it three consecutive bagels to start the year for the senior from Thunder Bay, ON, including a pair against Providence last weekend. Sarah Robello’s goal 8:22 from the opening puck drop held up. | Box Score | Recap

Syracuse 1, Northeastern 1 (OT)

Along with the Mercyhurst result, the Orange did what they could to salvage an otherwise rough day for the league, by drawing a perennially strong Huskies program. SU’s Alysha Burriss’ first-period goal (her first collegiate tally) matched an equalizer from Olympian Kendall Coyne to force the stalemate. UNH transfer Jenn Gilligan made 28 saves for Cuse. | Box Score | Recap

Saturday, Oct. 10

Mercyhurst 2, Maine 2 (OT)

Makela’s shutout streak was snapped at 185:30 with an early Jennifer More goal, and Mercyhurst’s perfect start was scratched with a tie against Maine in Orono. Emily Janiga scored both goals for the Lakers, who dominated on the shot board with a 41-18 count. | Box Score | Recap

RIT 2, Northeastern 2 (OT)

Sophomore Brooke Stoddart got the nod for usual starter Ali Binnington in goal, and responded in a big way with 38 saves as RIT sent the Huskies back to Boston with a pair of draws from their swing through central New York. Stoddart wasn’t the only underclassman who got it done for RIT, as freshmen Christa Vuglar and Darcy Henderson both scored their first career goals after Northeastern went ahead 2-0 – with Henderson’s knotting the contest with just 33 seconds remaining in regulation. | Box Score | Recap

Robert Morris 2, Colgate 1

Courtney Vinet continued to steal the show from human-looking Jessica Dodds in the early going, this time making 37 saves to give the Colonials their second win of 2014-15. Katie Fergus’ shorthanded effort – in which she pushed through a delayed call for slashing while firing home – midway through the third period was the difference for RMU, as they’ll now navigate series with St. Lawrence and Northeastern before conference play gets underway. | Box Score | Recap

Syracuse 2, New Hampshire 2 (OT)

Other than last weekend’s blowout loss to Boston College, Syracuse is stubbornly chugging along in posting a 1-1-2 start against four different teams from the ECAC and Hockey East. Stephanie Grossi got a goal and an assist for the Orange, while Gilligan got an ambiguous result against her old team. The eastern sampler continues over the next couple weeks with Providence, Connecticut and Clarkson. | Box Score | Recap

Lindenwood 5, St. Cloud State 3

Just as with Penn State when they defeated St. Cloud last week, there are no “meh” wins for Lindenwood. In fact, while the Nittany Lions chipped off their first WCHA win versus SCSU, this one was the Lions’ first non-conference win of any kind since beating a smattering of Division III teams and Sacred Heart in 2011-12. Encouragingly for offensively-challenged LU, they received goals from five different scores including linemates Shara Jasper and Katie Erickson, who also assisted each other. The victory was the first for new Lions coach Scott Spencer. | Box Score | Recap

Quinnipiac 3, Penn State 0

One constant for PSU as the program continues to build depth has been its goaltending, as Celine Whitlinger made 31 saves to keep the score respectable despite the fact that the Nittany Lions recorded just 10 shots on goal for the game, and none in the third period. Star Bobcats freshman Taylar Cianfrano, who played with Penn State’s Emily Laurenzi at the National Sports Academy, was among the scorers for tenth-ranked QU. | Box Score | Recap

Sunday, Oct. 11

Penn State 1, Quinnipiac 1 (OT)

Ties aren’t always easy for context, but PSU’s non-losses since jumping to Division I have been against St. Cloud State, Vermont, Union, Lindenwood, Maine, Colgate, RIT, Sacred Heart and Division III’s Chatham, so adding fringe top ten program Quinnipiac to the list is no small feat. Former Syracuse player Shiann Darkangelo scored for the Bobcats, but she was matched by Amy Petersen early in the third period. Petersen’s Minnetonka High teammate Hannah Ehresmann made 45 saves to negate a massive QU shooting advantage. | Box Score | Recap

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