College Hockey America Weekly Recap: October 28, 2014

Friday, Oct. 24

Clarkson 9, Syracuse 0

Syracuse’s string of four straight ties ended in spectacular fashion, with the Orange getting hit by a train at defending national champ Clarkson. Genevieve Bannon had a hat trick with two assists for the Golden Knights. | Box Score | Recap

Mercyhurst 5, Minnesota State 1

Visiting Minnesota State was of little concern for Mercyhurst, which turned in a dominant effort in a home win. Sarah Robello and Megan Whiddon each netted a pair of goals for the Lakers, who improved to 5-1-1 on the back of a 45-18 shooting advantage. | Box Score | Recap

RIT 4, Brown 1

Thanks to the abbreviated schedule of Ivy League teams, this game was the regular-season opener for Brown, but the Tigers got the Bears off on the wrong foot thanks to Ali Binnington – who carried a shutout into the late stages of the game – and RIT’s trademark balance. Each player on the road team’s top two lines collected a point, but none had more than two. | Box Score | Recap

Robert Morris 3, Northeastern 2

A much-needed win for RMU and particularly Jessica Dodds, who emphatically ended her uneven start to the season with a 39-save effort that proved vital to the victory. Ashley Vesci, one of the Colonials’ bright spots this season, potted a pair to push her team to a 3-0 third-period lead before a late Huskies rally nearly got it all back. Notably, Rebecca Vint made her return to the lineup, another sign that things might be turning in Moon Township. | Box Score | Recap

Saturday, Oct. 25

Mercyhurst 2, Minnesota State 1

The Lakers clamped down on the Mavericks even tighter than they did on Friday – allowing just nine shots – and got barely enough offense to get by. Emily Janiga and Taylor Accursi popped Mercyhurst out to a 2-0 lead at the second intermission, but a Nicole Schammel answer early in the third period made the last 19:04 interesting. MU opens conference play next week with a league-best 6-1-1 overall mark. | Box Score | Recap

Clarkson 4, Syracuse 1

Cuse was a bit more competitive in the Tennity Ice Pavilion half of their home-and-home with Clarkson, using a Larissa Martyniuk goal to stay within 2-1 until a pair of late Cayley Mercer tallies. Bannon assisted on three of the four Knights goals to cap an eight-point weekend. | Box Score | Recap

Robert Morris 2, Northeastern 2 (OT)

RMU came within 17 seconds of its first series sweep of the season, but had to settle for their first weekend without a loss of the season thanks to a late Kendall Coyne goal. Rikki Meilleur, a St. Adolphe, Manitoba native, scored twice to give the Colonials their ill-fated 2-0 lead, while Courtney Vinet made 43 saves and helped fight off a Huskies power play in overtime to save the tie. Northeastern goalie Taylor Crosby did not see action in the adopted hometown of her famous brother, as Chloe Desjardins continued to take every goaltending minute for NU this year. | Box Score | Recap

RIT 5, Brown 2

RIT turned in another great effort to complete a road sweep. Freshmen Victoria Pitawanakwat and Lauren Carroll each scored their first career goals, Caiti Wallace grabbed her first of the season, and more conventional suspect Kolbee McCrea had the other two. The 5-2-1 Tigers open CHA play with Lindenwood next weekend. | Box Score | Recap

Minnesota-Duluth 3, Lindenwood 1

Lindenwood certainly hasn’t been afraid of the top programs nationally and in the WCHA, and it’s started to pay off a bit with surprisingly-competitive results against teams like Shannon Miller’s Bulldogs. Shara Jasper scored the Lions goal with 2:20 remaining, and LU was only outshot 31-25 – a pretty strong departure from the usual “kept in it by Nicole Hensley” posture. | Box Score | Recap

Sunday, Oct. 26

Minnesota-Duluth 6, Lindenwood 2

Lindy carried a 1-0 lead into the first intermission of this one, again off the stick of Jasper (who now has four goals in her first six college games), before UMD chased Hensley with five unanswered through the second and early third periods. Captain Zoe Hickel led the way for the Bulldogs with three goals and an assist, while Jordyn Constance also scored for the Lions. | Box Score | Recap

Penn State 2, Princeton 1

Amy Petersen’s two first-period goals held up the whole way though as the Nittany Lions climbed to a stunning 3-2-2, their latest over-.500 record during their time in NCAA Division I (despite winning just 11 games in the first two seasons of DI play, PSU did start those campaigns 1-0-0 and 1-0-1). Celine Whitlinger’s 29 saves were enough to withstand a late Tigers rally, in back of a defensive effort that has only allowed two goals per game this season when removing the 0-8 outlier against Minnesota. | Box Score | Recap

Monday, Oct. 27

Princeton 4, Penn State 1

Penn State got “women’s hockeyed” into a Monday afternoon tilt, thanks to a home football game at the school Saturday night, combined with men’s hockey games Friday and Sunday, and couldn’t finish off what would have been the program’s first major-conference and Pegula Ice Arena sweep (PSU swept Sacred Heart and NCAA Division III Chatham in 2012-13 at former home Greenberg Ice Pavilion). Perhaps the best news for the Nittany Lions – who managed just 13 shots on goal – was that the score came from Laura Bowman on a rebound effort, the first of the year for 2013-14’s leading goal getter. | Box Score | Recap

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