College Hockey America Weekly Recap: October 20, 2014

Friday, Oct. 17

St. Lawrence 8, Robert Morris 2

Courtney Vinet, whose play had been one of the few Robert Morris bright spots in the early going (especially with Rebecca Vint and Brittany Howard both missing time), was shelled by six Saints goals on 29 shots in 47 minutes. She was lifted for Jessica Dodds in the late going, although Dodds didn’t fare any better in allowing the final two SLU tallies on seven shots. Katie Fergus and Ashley Vesci, the Colonials’ top two point producers so far, scored the goals. | Box Score | RMUColonials.com Recap

Northeastern 4, Mercyhurst 0

The Lakers became the final CHA team to take its first loss in being blanked by Northeastern (MU’s first time being shut out at home since 2012), which was led by Kendall Coyne’s 1-2-3 outing. If you’re a fan of the transitive property, it’s worth pointing out that the Huskies tied both Syracuse and RIT last weekend, results that could indicate a wide-open race once league play gets started. | Box Score | HurstAthletics.com Recap

Penn State 4, Union 1

PSU – competitive enough in the early going to qualify as a surprise team – suffocated Union on the road to climb to 2-2-1, its best record after five games in three varsity seasons (1-4-0 and 1-3-1 are the other entries). A big reason for the improvement has been balance on the former one-line team, as the Nittany Lions received goals from three different forward units this time, with only Caitlin Reilly (1-1-2) notching more than one point. | Box Score | GoPSUSports.com Recap

Saturday, Oct. 18

Mercyhurst 4, Northeastern 2

Hurst bounced back to recover a split with Northeastern, thanks to coming out on the good side of a barrage of late goals. After the Huskies tied the score at 1 with 9:07 to go, three more tallies followed in the next 4:20, two by Lakers Shelby Bram and Jaclyn Arbour, with Emily Janiga adding an empty netter. MU has Minnesota State at home next weekend before the rest of the CHA gets to take their shot. | Box Score | HurstAthletics.com Recap

St. Lawrence 3, Robert Morris 1

The Colonials’ abysmal start (2-6-0) added another L as Dodds got the start in net, but the bleeding continued. Rikki Meilleur scored for RMU, although it was a low-impact goal, coming with 3:30 left in the third period of a 3-0 game. | Box Score | RMUColonials.com Recap

Syracuse 3, Providence 3 (OT)

The Orange and the Friars ended in a push in a wildly entertaining game that featured quick goal exchanges – the score went from 1-1 to 2-2 in 46 late-second-period seconds, then 2-2 to 3-3 in 1:21 of the third period – ending with Melissa Piacentini’s equalizer. Piacentini nearly became the goat later on, thanks to a tripping call bridging the third period and overtime, but Cuse survived to get to 1-1-3 overall. Freshman Abbey Miller made her debut in the SU crease with 22 saves. | Box Score | Cuse.com Recap

Penn State 2, Union 2 (OT)

PSU earned its first series win of the season (and are 2-2-2 overall) despite the best efforts of Dutchwomen goalie Shenae Lundberg, who made 35 saves and kept Union in it to the point where they had a 2-1 lead through 40 minutes. However, Kelly Seward’s power play marker leveled things 3:00 into the third period, a score that stayed locked in the rest of the way. Tonka Twins Amy Petersen and Laura Bowman each collected two points. | Box Score | GoPSUSports.com Recap

Vermont 2, RIT 1

Lindsay Griggs’ goal just 3:27 into the game held up for most of the contest. But not all of it, as Dayna Colang (on the power play) and Victoria Andreakos flipped the result during a third-period spurt in Burlington, VT. Freshman star Amanda Drobot and the more established Amanda Pelkey assisted on both. | Box Score | RITAthletics.com Recap

Sunday, Oct. 19

RIT 2, Vermont 0

The Tigers bounced back to earn a split with UVM in a controlled effort that saw Ali Binnington turn in a 27-save shutout, yet at the same time, not counted on exclusively by a growing team and program. Celeste Brown’s first-period breakaway goal and Kolbee McCrea’s third-period deflection of Taylor Thurston was all of the offense needed, although Catamounts goalie Madison Litchfield was solid in defeat. | Box Score | RITAthletics.com Recap

Syracuse 2, Connecticut 2 (OT)

Another day, another tie for Syracuse, which is now a dodo-rare 1-1-4 on the year after somehow drawing four consecutive games with four different Hockey East teams over the last two weekends. It’s certainly not because the Orange aren’t trying for more: they blitzed UConn goalie Annie Belanger with 39 shots, but wound up needing a Jessica Sibley deflection goal from Alysha Burriss with less than one second remaining in regulation to save the result (a marker that needed to survive a clock-related review). A home-and-home with defending national champ Clarkson looms for the Orange next weekend. | Box Score | Cuse.com Recap

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