Olympic Women’s Hockey Notebook: Group Play, Game 1 Notes

Sweden 2, Japan 1

  • This was a decent start to the Olympics for both teams, albeit a better one on the scoreboard for Sweden. I think we’re still a ways away from calling Japan a truly competitive team, but they’re definitely a program on the rise. This isn’t something that will happen this Olympics, or maybe even before the next one, but I’m super intrigued to see where Japan can take things and how quickly they can close the gap developmentally and catch some of these European countries.
  • Sweden does not have the flashiest group of forwards but they have a fairly good mix of experience and skill. Both goals were scored off of really nice plays, especially the go-ahead goal from Sara Hjalmarsson early in the third period. She didn’t hesitate at all taking a no-look feed from Erika Grahm, crashing hard and putting it away. It was a nice sequence for a team that needs that level of execution consistently.
  • Their defense is going to be pressed much harder when they eventually play Switzerland in their final game of group play, but the Swedes take on Korea next, which I think will be a good opportunity for them to settle in a little more. We’re already seeing Emilia Ramboldt being leaned on pretty heavily, but Annie Svedin and Johanna Fällman are also solid players with experience.

Switzerland 8, Korea 0

  • Alina Müller’s performance spoke for itself in this one. She tied an Olympic record with four goals, and had a natural hat trick before the end of the first period. She’s no stranger to big performances on this stage; she assisted on the tying goal and put away an empty netter in the bronze medal game in 2014 – as a 15-year-old. Just a special, special player who already has the tools and the poise to be a major impact player here.
  • I’ve long been a fan of Swiss forwards Phoebe Stänz and Lara Stalder, who both pack a lot of punch as true scoring threats. Müller is on another level even above those two, and there’s no doubt that all three give Switzerland some really good weapons up front. Maybe it’s not worth getting excited about a drubbing against Korea, but this is not a team I’d be willing to write off with those kinds of weapons up front – and a pretty good history of winning medals when they weren’t really in the conversation to do so.

United States 3, Finland 1

  • I think Team Finland is way past the point of being satisfied with close games against the top two. The fact that this game was competitive should be no surprise at this point, and it has to be frustrating for the Finns to not have come away with a win.
  • This was a good showing for Finland, though; Michelle Karvinen and Susanna Tapani were threats all game, as usual, and there’s no way they stay off the scoresheet for too long. Noora Räty was dialed in. Venla Hovi scored the game’s opening goal with seconds left in the first period, and I thought she had a strong game overall. Petra Nieminen made a really nice play to set up that goal, and Emma Nuutinen had a really good showing as well. All encouraging signs for Finland, who will need a well-established secondary attack going forward in this tournament.
  • USA was able to turn it on in the second period, with Monique Lamoureux-Morando driving the net to tie it up and Kendall Coyne grabbing the lead for the U.S. on the power play. The team as a whole definitely looked more in sync than they did in their December series against Canada, and closed out the win in a tight game, which has to feel good confidence-wise at this point.
  • It looked like Team USA was trying out several different defensemen on the power play. It was only the first game, and maybe they wanted to get different people involved in those situations, but I found it to be an interesting personnel decision to not be calling on specific units in such a tight game.

Canada 5, OAR 0

  • OAR netminder Nadezhda Morozova did well to keep the Canadians off the board in the first period, but couldn’t hold them off for much longer in a tough game. Brianne Jenner, who has really been excellent all year, made a great play down low and snuck a feed to Rebecca Johnston in front to help Canada break through.
  • It wasn’t altogether the fastest start for the Canadians but they’re content to just roll their lines and let people like Jenner, Johnston, Marie-Philip Poulin, Natalie Spooner and Jennifer Wakefield make plays. Their attack has really come together this year but they’ll face a bigger challenge in their next game against Finland, who beat them in preliminary round action at the 2017 World Championships.
  • Nice to see Mélodie Daoust with a strong game for Canada, scoring two goals and leading all Canadian forwards in ice time at 17:44. Daoust and Jillian Saulnier are two players who may have had a little more to prove this year compared to other forwards here, and they’ve become important pieces up front for this team when it matters most.

Four Nations: Team Canada Roster Highlights

After capturing last year’s Four Nations title as well as winning gold in Sochi at the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Canadian National Women’s Team will kick off the newest Olympic cycle at the 2014 Four Nations Cup. Kamloops, British Columbia, will play host to the tournament. 10 players will be making their senior team debuts, including two goaltenders, two defensemen, and six forwards. In all, 23 players will be suiting up for Team Canada. With the tournament slated to begin on Nov. 4, here are some quick thoughts highlighting the Canadian roster.

Goaltenders

#30 – Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, Alberta) – Harvard University (ECAC)
#31 – Geneviève Lacasse (Kingston, Ontario) – Boston Blades (CWHL)
#33 – Erica Howe (Orleans, Ontario) – Brampton Thunder (CWHL)

  • Geneviève Lacasse is the lone returning netminder from the 2014 Olympic squad, though she wasn’t the team’s go-to in net. She’ll likely have the inside track on the starting job this time around, however.
  • Emerance Maschmeyer and Erica Howe are going to make big pushes for that starting role in their senior team debuts. They’re both proven at the collegiate level; Howe won a national championship with Clarkson as a senior last season after a dominant four years and Maschmeyer immediately stepped in as the Crimson’s starter as a freshman two years ago. They’ll now get the chance to prove their worth at the international level for the first time.

Defense

#3 – Jocelyne Larocque (Ste. Anne, Manitoba) – Brampton Thunder (CWHL)
#5 – Lauriane Rougeau (Beaconsfield, Quebec) – Montreal Stars (CWHL)
#8 – Laura Fortino (Hamilton, Ontario) – Brampton Thunder (CWHL)
#14 – Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ontario – Brampton Thunder (CWHL)
#27 – Tara Watchorn (Newcastle, Ontario) – Boston Blades (CWHL)
#37 – Erin Ambrose (Keswick, Ontario) – Clarkson University (ECAC)
#38 – Halli Krzyzaniak (Neepawa, Manitoba) – University of North Dakota (WCHA)

  • Jocelyne Larocque, Lauriane Rougeau, and Laura Fortino are undoubtedly the leaders of this defensive corps. They are Canada’s most experienced defensemen and all three played key roles on the 2014 Olympic gold medal-winning squad.
  • With Catherine Ward sitting this one out, one of those three will need to step up as the team’s #1 defenseman. Larocque and Rougeau are both efficient players defensively, but Fortino brings the most upside when it comes to moving the puck, which is one asset that had really separated Ward.
  • Erin Ambrose has so far scored 22 goals and 92 points in 80 games with the Golden Knights in her NCAA career, and she’ll get her first chance to show some of that skill with the national team. She’ll be looking for some improvements from her stint with the Development Team this summer, when she was held off the board in a three-game series against the U.S. Under-22 Team. Her offensive abilities are there, but she’ll need to raise her all-around game at this level.
  • Halli Krzyzaniak will also be making her debut with the senior team. As the youngest player on the blue line, she’s also one of the most intriguing. She hasn’t produced like Ambrose, but her game is much more well-rounded, and she’s already an all-situations player for North Dakota as only a sophomore. It’ll be interesting to see if she gets the chance to show that with Team Canada.

Forwards

#6 – Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ontario) – Calgary Inferno (CWHL)
#7 – Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ontario) – Brampton Thunder (CWHL)
#9 – Jennifer Wakefield (Pickering, Ontario) – Hockey Canada
#11 – Jillian Saulnier (Halifax, Nova Scotia) – Cornell University (ECAC)
#17 – Bailey Bram (Ste. Anne, Manitoba) – Calgary Inferno (CWHL)
#20 – Jenelle Kohanchuk (Winnipeg, Manitoba) – Toronto Furies (CWHL)
#21 – Haley Irwin (Thunder Bay, Ontario) – Calgary Inferno (CWHL)
#24- Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ontario) – Toronto Furies (CWHL)
#26 – Jessica Campbell (Melville, Saskatchewan) – Calgary Inferno (CWHL)
#29 – Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Quebec) – Boston University (WHEA)
#39 – Emily Clark (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) – University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
#40 – Blayre Turnbull (Stellarton, Nova Scotia) – University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
#41 – Kelly Terry (Whitby, Ontario) – Toronto Furies (CWHL)

  • With veterans like Hayley Wickenheiser, Caroline Ouellette, and Meghan Agosta not competing, much of the workload up front will be shouldered by Rebecca Johnston, Natalie Spooner, Haley Irwin, and Marie-Philip Poulin. All four have played a prominent role in the offense for some time now, so it shouldn’t be too much of an adjustment; how the lower lines shake out with so many new players will be much more interesting.
  • 2014 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner Jamie Lee Rattray will suit up for Canada’s senior team for the first time. As a hard-nosed quintessential power forward whose offensive game has developed nicely, she should be a big factor right away for Canada.
  • Bailey Bram and Jenelle Kohanchuk return to the team after centralizing with the Canadians last year; both were two of the final cuts made to the 2014 Olympic roster. They have in the past filled in spots in the bottom-six, and they’re capable players there, but with more open spots up front and experience on their side, they could potentially factor in more prominently this tournament.
  • Jessica Campbell and Kelly Terry are two very intriguing additions; both developed into highly-productive players throughout their four years in college, and Terry in particular finished with some stellar numbers at Minnesota. But both also bring a ton of speed, which is what makes them so effective. That’s a dynamic that we haven’t really seen lately from Team Canada, and it should help to make the offense even more dangerous.
  • Emily Clark will make her senior team debut as the youngest player on the Four Nations squad at just 18 years old. Now a freshman at Wisconsin, she’s been a big factor in the Badgers’ offense already, scoring four goals and nine points in eight games this season. As a more offensive-minded player who’s still a bit raw in other areas, it’ll be interesting to see if she gets ice time in that sort of role for Canada, despite her young age.
  • Clark’s teammate and captain with Wisconsin, Blayre Turnbull, is another one of the team’s 10 newcomers. Now a senior with the Badgers, she has steadily improved throughout her four years and broke out last season as a point-per-game player. She’s hard on the puck and brings a physical element that’s pretty typical of the Canadians.

Four Nations: Team USA Roster Highlights

After settling for a third-place finish last year, the U.S. is aiming for gold at next week’s Four Nations Cup in Kamloops, British Columbia. As the next Olympic cycle officially kicks off, nine players will be make their senior team debut with the squad. In all, 23 players will be suiting up for Team USA. With the tournament getting started next Tuesday, Nov. 4, here are some quick thoughts highlighting the U.S. roster.

Goaltenders

#29 – Brianne McLaughlin (Sheffield Village, Ohio) – Burlington Barracudas (CWHL)
#30 – Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.) – Boston Blades (CWHL)
#33 – Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) – University of Wisconsin (WCHA)

  • Brianne McLaughlin-Bittle and Molly Schaus both captured silver with Team USA at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. However, Jessie Vetter, the team’s starter at both of those Olympic tournaments, will be sitting this one out.
  • With Vetter out, Alex Rigsby should finally get a well-deserved chance to show what she can do between the pipes at the international level. She finished up at Wisconsin last year with a career .941 save percentage and 1.50 goals-against average, and she’s been ready for this opportunity for quite a bit.

Defense

#2 – Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.) – University of Minnesota (WCHA)
#5 – Megan Keller (Farmington, Mich.) – Boston College (WHEA)
#7 – Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) – Boston Blades (CWHL)
#8 – Emily Pfalzer (Getzville, N.Y.) – Boston College (WHEA)
#9 – Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) – Toronto Furies (CWHL)
#22 – Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) – Boston Blades (CWHL)
#23 – Michelle Picard (Taunton, Mass.) – Harvard University (ECAC)
#28 – Alyssa Gagliardi (Raleigh, N.C.) – Boston Blades (CWHL)

  • After spending the majority of her college career with North Dakota on defense, Monique Lamoureux will dress as a defenseman with the U.S. for the first time. She’s plenty capable of creating offense and putting up points from the blue line, as she showed with UND, and she should provide Team USA with some quality minutes at both ends of the ice at her new position.
  • This will be Emily Pfalzer’s first action with the senior team, after making an impact with the Under-22 Team this summer. As a senior with Boston College, she is playing extremely well this season and has made significant strides from where she was at a year ago.
  • Megan Keller is also making her debut as one of the youngest players on the roster. She saw some pretty big minutes with the U22s against Canada and has stepped right in for BC as only a freshman. She’s got a ways to go before becoming a complete player but the raw tools are certainly there.
  • As has been the case for a couple of years now, expect Kacey Bellamy and Megan Bozek to lead the way for this group, particularly Bozek, who really emerged in 2013 as a big-time defender for Team USA. She’s the cornerstone of this defense now and is the team’s most effective blue-liner on both sides of the puck.

Forwards

#11 – Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.) – Boston College (WHEA)
#14 – Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) – Boston Blades (CWHL)
#16 – Amanda Pelkey (Montpelier, Vt.) – University of Vermont (WHEA)
#18 – Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) – Quinnipiac University (ECAC)
#20 – Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) – University of Minnesota (WCHA)
#24 – Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.) – University of Minnesota (WCHA)
#25 – Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) – Boston College (WHEA)
#26 – Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) – Northeastern University (WHEA)
#27 – Annie Pankowski (Laguna Hills, Calif.) – University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
#32 – Dana Trivigno (Setauket, N.Y.) – Boston College (WHEA)
#37 – Paige Savage (John’s Creek, Ga.) – Northeastern University (WHEA)

  • Hannah Brandt makes her return to the senior team after being cut from the Olympic centralization roster last season. She first debuted with the national team at the senior at the 2012 World Championships, when she was just 18 years old and still in high school. After an 82-point freshman season with Minnesota, cutting Brandt last year was one of Team USA’s most perplexing moves. As a high-end offensive talent who back-checks every single time up the ice, she is the total package as a player and her return to the senior team should be more than welcome.
  • Brianna Decker, Alex Carpenter, Kendall Coyne, and Hilary Knight are the lone returning forwards from the 2014 Olympic squad, and will absolutely be counted on to lead the way offensively.
  • Annie Pankowski was centralized with the team for part of last season, and was one of the final cuts made to the Olympic roster. As a freshman with Wisconsin this season, she’s put up 12 points in 10 games so far. She wasn’t really featured at all up front last season, so it’ll be interesting to see if she spends time in a more prominent offensive role at this tournament, with so many other young forwards on the roster.
  • Haley Skarupa and Dana Trivigno are both playing key roles in Boston College’s offense this season. The most notable characteristic of that offense is the willingness of the Eagles’ forwards to use their skill to make a play. They play with a lot of confidence and aren’t afraid in the least to get creative. Those are traits that both Skarupa and Trivigno possess, and the U.S. is surely hoping they’ll make use of them in this tournament.
  • Amanda Pelkey was kept quiet in this summer’s U22 Series against the Canadians, and there are certainly players with more dynamic ability. But the Vermont senior has developed into a very good all-around player over the years, and if she can use her speed, she’ll be an effective player for Team USA.
  • One player who could surprise some people with the impact she could make next week: Shiann Darkangelo. She has yet to really find the form she was in last season with Quinnipiac, but the potential is there. She’s also one of the U.S.’s biggest forwards, and her size will be an asset, especially against Canada.

Women’s Hockey East Weekly Recap: October 27th, 2014

Friday, Oct. 24

Boston University 3, Maine 0

Both Victoria Hanson and Erin O’Neil saw time in net as the Terriers blanked Maine. Sarah Lefort led BU with a goal and an assist, as well as seven shots on goal, while Victoria Bach and Marie-Philip Poulin also scored. | Box Score | GoTerriers.com Recap | GoBlackBears.com Recap 

Boston College 6, Cornell 2

The BC offense had no problems handling Cornell, outshooting the Big Red 43-21. Kate Leary and Alex Carpenter had a goal and two assists each, while Dana Trivigno tallied twice. | Box Score | BCEagles.com Recap | BCEagles.com Highlights

Yale 6, Providence 2

The line of Brooke Simpson, Haley Frade, and Cassidy Carels scored both goals for the Friars in the loss, and Allie Morse made 24 saves in net. | Box Score | Friars.com Recap

Robert Morris 3, Northeastern 2

The Huskies fell into a 3-0 hole early, and despite a fierce third-period rally, could not complete the comeback by game’s end. Freshman Denisa Krizova recorded a goal and an assist, and Lauren Kelly scored the other goal for Northeastern. | Box Score | GoNU.com Recap

Quinnipiac 4, New Hampshire 1

34 saves from Vilma Vaattovaara were not enough for the Wildcats, who fell to 2-5-1 on the year. Brittney Redlick scored the lone goal in the loss. | Box Score | UNHWildcats.com Recap

Vermont 4, Union 0

Amanda Pelkey scored 19 seconds in, and third-period goals from Bella Webster, Brittany Zuback, and Dayna Colang capped off the win for the Catamounts on “Pack the Gutt” night. | Box Score | UVMAthletics.com Recap

Saturday, Oct. 25

Maine 4, Boston University 2

With Poulin out of the line-up for BU, Maine knocked off the Terriers with an upset win to earn the series split at home. The Black Bears scored four-straight goals after Boston University took a 1-0 lead; Audra Richards tallied twice while Morgan Sakundiak netted three assists. Meghann Treacy came up big with 41 saves in net. | Box Score | GoBlackBears.com Recap | GoTerriers.com Recap

Boston College 6, Cornell 2

A four-point night from Haley Skarupa and two goals from Kate Leary powered the Eagles past the Big Red once again. Freshman goaltender Katie Burt made 22 saves to improve to 5-0-1 on the season. | Box Score | BCEagles.com Recap

Robert Morris 2, Northeastern 2 (OT)

Thanks to a last-gasp goal from junior Kendall Coyne, the Huskies were able to salvage a tie against the Colonials. After finding themselves down again in the third period, they erased a two-goal deficit thanks to a tally from Hayley Masters and Coyne’s game-tying marker, which came with 17 seconds left in regulation. | Box Score | GoNU.com Recap

Rensselaer 4, Connecticut 1

Kelly Harris scored the Huskies’ lone goal in the loss, while Elaine Chuli made 25 saves in net. | Box Score | UConnHuskies.com Recap

Vermont 4, Union 0

The Catamounts capped off the sweep with another 4-0 win. Freshman goaltender Molly Depew made 13 saves for the shutout in her first career start, and Amanda Pelkey, Brittany Zuback, and Sarah Campbell each recorded a goal and an assist. | Box Score | UVMAthletics.com Recap

Yale 5, Providence 2

Hanrahan and Frade scored their third and fourth points on the weekend, but the Friars just did not show enough offense all weekend to get past the Bulldogs. Providence is still winless on the season, and now stands at 0-7-1. | Box Score | Friars.com Recap

Sunday, Oct. 26

Dartmouth 6, New Hampshire 2

Facing their second ECAC opponent of the weekend, the Wildcats again didn’t have much of an answer for the offense they were facing. Kate Haslett and Kayla Mork scored in the loss. | Box Score | UNHWildcats.com Recap

Connecticut 2, Rensselaer 2 (OT)

Harris tallied again for the Huskies, and Sarah MacDonnell also got on the board to help UConn earn the tie. Annie Belanger made 30 saves in net as well. | Box Score | UConnHuskies.com Recap

WCHA Women’s Hockey Weekly Recap: October 27th, 2014

Friday, Oct. 24

Wisconsin 2, Bemidji State 1

The Beavers put up a fight at home and rallied late, but came up just short against the Badgers. Katy Josephs and Baylee Wellhausen scored en route to the victory for Wisconsin. Kristine Grenier scored Bemidji State’s lone goal, while Brittni Mowat made 29 saves in net. | Box Score | UWBadgers.com Recap | BSUBeavers.com Recap

Minnesota 5, North Dakota 2

A goal from Tanja Eisenschmid brought UND within one with less than four minutes remaining, but they could not find an equalizer before the Gophers scored two empty-netters. Dani Cameranesi and Milica McMillen led Minnesota with two goals each. | Box Score | GopherSports.com Recap | UNDSports.com Recap

Mercyhurst 5, Minnesota State 1

Erin Krichiver made 40 saves for the Mavericks to keep the game within reach until the third period, when Mercyhurst scored its last three goals to clinch the victory. Nicole Schammel scored the lone goal for Minnesota State. | Box Score | MSUMavericks.com Recap

Saturday, Oct. 25

Wisconsin 4, Bemidji State 3

The Beavers again battled hard but could not hold off a sweep on the part of the Badgers. They kept it pretty close, but could not keep pace with Wisconsin once they jumped out to a two-goal lead midway through the first. Erin Deters made 42 saves in net for Bemidji State, while Brittany Ammerman had a goal and an assist to lead the Badgers. | Box Score | UWBadgers.com Recap | BSUBeavers.com Recap

Minnesota 5, North Dakota 0

The Gophers completely shut down UND on Saturday afternoon, limiting them to just seven shots on net while putting up 51 of their own. Hannah Brandt scored two goals and five points to lead Minnesota, and Lexie Shaw made 46 saves in net for North Dakota. | Box Score | GopherSports.com Recap | UNDSports.com Recap

Mercyhurst 2, Minnesota State 1

Schammel scored her second of the weekend just 56 seconds into the third period to cut into the Lakers’ lead, but the Mavericks couldn’t find an equalizer. Krichiver again kept them in the game with 28 saves. | Box Score | MSUMavericks.com Recap

Minnesota Duluth 3, Lindenwood 1

Meghan Huertas tallied twice and Lara Stalder notched two assists in the victory, while Kayla Black made 24 saves in net for the Bulldogs. | Box Score | UMDBulldogs.com Recap

Sunday, Oct. 26

Minnesota Duluth 6, Lindenwood 2

The Bulldogs swept Lindenwood with a strong offensive effort on Sunday, capturing their third win in a row. Zoe Hickel’s hat trick led Minnesota Duluth, and Stalder set up another three goals to total five points on the weekend. | Box Score | UMDBulldogs.com Recap

ECAC Women’s Hockey Weekly Recap: October 27th, 2014

Friday, Oct. 24

Boston College 6, Cornell 2

Emily Fulton’s two points were not enough for the Big Red, who fell to the Eagles in their opener. Fulton gave Cornell at 2-1 lead in the second period, but BC scored five straight to take the first game of the series. | Box Score | CornellBigRed.com Recap | BCEagles.com Highlights

RIT 4, Brown 1

Erin Conway scored the lone goal for the Bears in the third period, but it was too little, too late for Brown, who was already facing a 4-0 deficit. Monica Elvin made 26 saves in the loss. | Box Score | BrownBears.com Recap

Clarkson 9, Syracuse 0

The Golden Knights rebounded from last week’s two losses to Boston University by routing the Orange. Sophomore forward Genevieve Bannon recorded a hat trick and two assists, while Shannon MacAulay had a goal and three assists. Freshman defenseman Savannah Harmon, who’s been impressive thus far this year, had a goal and two assists. | Box Score | ClarksonAthletics.com Recap

Yale 6, Providence 2

Defenseman Taylor Marchin’s four assists powered the Bulldogs to a victory in their first game of the year. Stephanie Mock had a goal and two assists, while rookie forward Eden Murray had a two-point night off a goal and an assist. | Box Score | YaleBulldogs.com Recap

Quinnipiac 4, New Hampshire 1

Freshman Taylar Cianfarano extended her team lead to goals to six, and 10 different Bobcats recorded points in the win. Quinnipiac continues to show a well-rounded offense, and outshot the Wildcats 38-16 in the contest. | Box Score | QuinnipiacAthletics.com Recap

Vermont 4, Union 0

Shenae Lundberg kept the Dutchwomen trailing by just a goal throughout the first 40 minutes of the game, but Vermont added three more goals in the third period to clinch the victory. | Box Score | UnionAthletics.com Recap

Saturday, Oct. 25

Boston College 6, Cornell 2

The Big Red again could not find much of an answer for BC’s explosive offense, falling behind 2-0 early and never quite catching up. Fulton scored her second of the weekend for Cornell, while Hanna Bunton also netted a shorthanded goal. | Box Score | CornellBigRed.com Recap

RIT 5, Brown 2

Kaitlyn Keon’s power play marker tied things up at 1-1 in the first, but the Bears couldn’t hang on, and the Tigers scored the game’s next four goals to cruise to the win. Freshman Sam Donovan scored her first career goal in the loss. | Box Score | BrownBears.com Recap

Rensselaer 4, Connecticut 1

Senior forward Alexa Gruschow’s two goals and three points led the Engineers to their first win of the season. Kathryn Schilter, Whitney Renn, and Lauren Wash all had multi-point outings as well. | Box Score | RPIAthletics.com Recap

Clarkson 4, Syracuse 1

The Golden Knights completed the home-and-home sweep over the Orange with the win. Cayley Mercer scored two goals, while Bannon had three assists and MacAulay had another two points. | Box Score | ClarksonAthletics.com Recap

Vermont 4, Union 0

The Dutchwomen again could not hold off Vermont’s offense, and ended up being swept on the weekend by the Catamounts on the road. Union has now been shut out in four of its eight games so far this year. | Box Score | UnionAthletics.com Recap

Yale 5, Providence 2

The Bulldogs continued to show some offensive firepower as they capped off the sweep over the Friars. Sophomore Krista Yip-Chuck netted two goals and an assist, while Janelle Ferrara also scored three points off a goal and two assists. | Box Score | YaleBulldogs.com Recap

Sunday, Oct. 26

Dartmouth 6, New Hampshire 2

The Big Green opened the 2014-15 season with the win over the Wildcats. Kennedy Ottenbreit netted two goals and three points, while Laura Stacey led the team with a four-point night off a goal and three assists. | Box Score | DartmouthSports.com Recap | DartmouthSports.com Highlights

Penn State 2, Princeton 1

The Tigers fell in their season opener to the Nittany Lions, falling behind 2-0 in the first period and coming up short in the comeback effort. Cristin Shanahan scored Princeton’s lone goal in the loss. | Box Score | GoPrincetonTigers.com Recap

Connecticut 2, Rensselaer 2 (OT)

The Engineers overcame two different deficits to earn the tie against the Huskies. Shayna Tomlinson and Laura Horwood scored for RPI, and Brianna Piper made 18 saves in net. | Box Score | RPIAthletics.com Recap

ECAC Women’s Hockey Weekly Recap: October 20th, 2014

Friday, Oct. 17

Boston University 3, Clarkson 1

Freshman goaltender Shea Tiley’s shutout streak was snapped at 170 minutes when Dakota Woodworth got Boston University on the board 8:48 into the second. The Terriers took a 2-0 lead less than two minutes later, but Erin Ambrose responded for Clarkson with a goal 19 seconds after. The Golden Knights could not sustain enough of an offensive effort to mount a full comeback. | Box Score | ClarksonAthletics.com Recap

Quinnipiac 4, Maine 0

Two first-period goals from Taylar Cianfarano led the Bobcats’ offensive effort on Friday; Emma Woods and Erica Uden Johansson also chipped in, while Nicole Brown tallied two assists. Quinnipiac outshot the Black Bears by a 47-13 margin. | Box Score | QuinnipiacAthletics.com Recap

St. Lawrence 8, Robert Morris 2

The Saints’ offense exploded on Friday to earn a big non-conference win over Robert Morris. Eight different Saints scored and six different players had multi-point nights, led by Jenna Marks’ goal and two assists. It was the first time St. Lawrence has scored eight goals in a single game since Feb. 23, 2007, in a 9-1 win over Quinnipiac. | Box Score | SaintsAthletics.com Recap

Penn State 4, Union 1

Kathryn Tomaselli scored Union’s lone goal in a loss to a Nittany Lions club that has so far been very opportunistic this year. Shenae Lundberg made 32 saves in net for the Dutchwomen. | Box Score | UnionAthletics.com Recap 

New Hampshire 2, Rensselaer 1

The Engineers are still searching for their first win of the season after falling to the Wildcats on Friday. Alexa Gruschow got RPI on the board first, but the Engineers couldn’t hang on to the lead, finding themselves down 2-1 after the first and unable to pull even again. | Box Score | RPIAthletics.com Recap

Princeton 4, Brown 0 (Exhib.)

Dartmouth 4, McGill 2 (Exhib.)

The Big Green earned the win in exhibition in their first action of the new season. Kennedy Ottenbreit recorded a goal and an assist for a multi-point night, while Robyn Chemago made 15 saves in net. | Box Score | DartmouthSports.com

Saturday, Oct. 18

Boston University 5, Clarkson 2

The Golden Knights could not salvage a split on the weekend, instead falling to 3-3-0 over after being swept by the Terriers. Clarkson again did not have much of an answer for BU, and couldn’t muster enough offense to come back after falling behind 3-0 in the first. | Box Score | ClarksonAthletics.com Recap

Connecticut 2, Colgate 1

Senior Melissa Kueber scored less than five minutes into the third to tie things up at one apiece, but the Huskies found the game-winner with just five seconds remaining in the game. Ashlynne Rando recorded 23 saves between the pipes for the Raiders. | Box Score | GoColgateRaiders.com Recap

Quinnipiac 2, Maine 0

Bobcats rookie forward Taylar Cianfarano continued her stellar play, scoring her fifth goal of the year to break a scoreless tie with 14:58 remaining and lift the Bobcats to a weekend sweep. Chelsea Laden made just seven saves in net for her second-conseutive shutout. | Box Score | QuinnipiacBobcats.com Recap

St. Lawrence 3, Robert Morris 1

Sophomore defenseman Kirsten Padalis had a very strong game, leading the Saints with a goal and two assists from the blue line. Freshman goaltender Brooke Wolejko earned some playing time in net, picking up her first career win with a 15-save performance. | Box Score | SaintsAthletics.com Recap

Penn State 2, Union 2 (OT)

The Dutchwomen got another strong performance in net from Shenae Lundberg, who picked up 35 saves the second time around to help keep Union even with the Nittany Lions. Rebecca Babiak and Kelly McGrath each scored for the Dutchwomen. | Box Score | UnionAthletics.com Recap

Sunday, Oct. 19

Colgate 2, Providence 1

Annika Zalewski broke a 1-1 tie partway through the third period to help push the Raiders to a victory over the Friars. Megan Sullivan scored to get Colgate on the board in the first period, and Ashlynne Rando made 15 saves in net. | Box Score | GoColgateRaiders.com Recap