College Hockey America Weekly Recap: November 3, 2014

Friday, Oct. 31

Mercyhurst 3, Robert Morris 0

What probably would have been considered an early-season clash of the titans coming into 2014-15 lost a lot of luster on the respective teams’ non-conference schedules. By the time it rolled around, the expectations were much different, and the result backed them up. Amanda Makela only needed 16 saves to pick up her fourth shutout of the year, and Jaclyn Arbour, Megan Whiddon and Emily Janiga scored the goals. The contest got heated in the last six minutes, with a check by RMU’s Maddie Collias sparking things. | Box Score | HurstAthletics.com Recap | RMUColonials.com Recap

RIT 1, Lindenwood 1 (OT)

The first of two weekend duels between arguably the CHA’s two best goalies ended in a push. And surprisingly, it wasn’t because Nicole Hensley needed to make 50 saves to bail the Lions out against one of the league favorites. In fact, after a 19-9 RIT shooting advantage in the opening period that produced a Jess Paton power play marker, LU outshot the Tigers the rest of the way (the final count was 35-27 for RIT) and chipped off a second-period equalizer from Kate Nokelby. The Tigers misses numerous chances to win, most notably a late Celeste Brown deflection goal that was waved off for a high stick. | Box Score | LindenwoodLions.com Recap | RITAthletics.com Recap

Syracuse 3, Penn State 1

Penn State got an early second period power play marker from Amy Petersen – who has eight tallies already this season – but Julie Knerr answered 1:16 later to help produce a fairly solid league-opening win. | Box Score | Cuse.com Recap | GoPSUSports.com Recap

Saturday, Nov. 1

Mercyhurst 4, Robert Morris 1

The back half of the series was a touch more competitive – RMU struck first, through Mikaela Lowater – but things returned to their previous form a minute and a half later when Janiga answered on the power play. She added a late empty-netter, while Molly Byrne collected two apples and Jenna Dingeldein went for one and one. Unsurprisingly, the Lakers were the only CHA team to pick up four points on the league’s opening weekend. | Box Score | HurstAthletics.com Recap | RMUColonials.com Recap

Lindenwood 3, RIT 1

Lindenwood, not defending champion RIT, ended the opening weekend in the top half of the standings after a big upset fueled largely by Shara Jasper. The junior has five goals already, including the 1-1 marker late in the second period of this contest, and also assisted on Brittania Gillanders’ power play winner midway through the third. Carrie Atkinson capped things with an ENG, while Hensley made 39 saves. The Tigers saw an 18-game streak of allowing two goals or fewer snapped. | Box Score | LindenwoodLions.com Recap | RITAthletics.com Recap

Syracuse 2, Penn State 2 (OT)

Despite a 52-17 shooting advantage by the Orange, PSU was able to rally from both 0-1 and 1-2 holes, as Amy Petersen and Laura Bowman took turns assisting each other on the power play. The game’s third hero on the Nittany Lions side was 50-save goalie Hannah Ehresmann, who played with Bowman and Petersen at Minnetonka (MN) High. Jessica Sibley had a hand in both SU goals, and ripped off 10 shots on goal, but couldn’t keep Penn State from its sixth-ever non-loss against CHA opposition. The two teams have a couple of the more odd-looking records in DI at 2-3-5 (Syracuse) and 3-4-3 (Penn State). | Box Score | Cuse.com Recap | GoPSUSports.com Recap

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