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Posted: March 8th, 2014

Lindsay Grigg scored 13 minutes, 43 seconds into the second overtime, and Ali Binnington made a career-high 62 saves, to lead Rochester Institute of Technology to a 2-1 win over eighth-ranked Mercyhurst today in the College Hockey America championship game at Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Tigers (20-15-3) captured their first CHA title in only their second season as a NCAA Division I program.
Grigg fired a slap shot from the blue line and slipped through a crowd and beat goaltender Amanda Makela for the title-winning goal. Christie Cicero scored the Lakers’ lone goal early in the third period to force overtime.
Now the Lakers (23-8-4), which outshot the Tigers (20-15-3) by a 63-25 count, await their fate in the NCAA Division I Tournament. The eight-team field will be unveiled Sunday at 6 p.m. on

Check out post-game interviews with Lakers head coach Michael Sisti and captain Christine Bestland

College Hockey America Tournament recap
at Mercyhurst Ice Center
Semifinals – Friday

No. 1 Mercyhurst 2, No. 4 Syracuse 1
No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology 4, No. 2 Robert Morris 1
Championship game – Saturday
RIT 2, Mercyhurst 1 (2OT)

CHA All-Tournament Team
Goaltender – Ali Binnington, RIT*
Defense – Lindsay Grigg, RIT
Defense – J’nai Mahadeo, Mercyhurst
Forward – Shelby Bram, Mercyhurst
Forward – Kaleigh Chippy, Mercyhurst
Forward – Kourtney Kunichika, RIT
* Most Valuable Player

Posted: February 8th, 2014

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team continued their recent surge Saturday afternoon. Special teams and defense had much to do with that.
The 10th-ranked Lakers scored three power-play goals on five chances on the way to a 5-2 College Hockey America win against Rochester Institute of Technology in front of 335 fans at Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Lakers have won five straight games to improve to 19-7-3 overall and 12-3-1 in CHA play.
Christie Cicero, Kaleigh Chippy and Jenna Dingeldein had a goal and assist apiece, with Cicero moving within five points of the 100-point mark for her career. Amanda Makela made 14 saves to earn the win.
Mercyhurst held RIT (13-14-3, 8-6-2) to 16 shots on goal. Meanwhile, the Lakers capitalized on the power play – with Chippy and Cicero scoring in the first period to open a 2-0 lead, and Dingeldein scoring early in the third to break open a 3-2 game. Brooke Stoddart made 37 saves on 42 shots for the Tigers.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014

Mercyhurst junior Amanda Makela was named College Hockey America’s goaltender of the week for the sixth time this season after stopping 57-of-60 shots in the Lakers’ two-game sweep of Syracuse this past weekend. She has a 2.03 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and five shutouts this season.

Posted: December 17th, 2013

Senior forward Daniel O’Donoghue earned Atlantic Hockey Association player of the week honors for recording three assists in a 5-5 tie with Robert Morris on Saturday. He reached 100 career points that night to become the 16th player in the program’s NCAA Division I history to top the century mark.
O’Donoghue is the fourth Laker to earn AHA’s weekly honors, along with junior Jimmy Sarjeant (goaltender of the week three times), junior forward Daniel Bahntge (co-player of the week Dec. 3) and freshman forward Kyle Dutra (rookie of the week Oct. 29).
Also, check out this story on the Lakers’ new committed recruit

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team swept all three weekly honors from College Hockey America on Monday. Sophomore forward Emily Janiga was named player of the week for totaling a career-high six points (three goals, three assists) in a 7-1 win against Lindenwood on Saturday, while junior Amanda Makela was named top goaltender after stopping 31-of-33 shots in a two-game sweep of the Lions. Freshman defenseman Jillian Skinner earned top rookie honors for her two assists in those games.

Posted: December 14th, 2013

Mercyhurst (12-5-2, 5-2-1 CHA) at Lindenwood (2-14-2, 2-5-1)
When: Today, 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.
Where: Lindenwood Ice Arena – Wentzville, Mo.
On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst completes the first half of the season with a second straight two-game series against a struggling College Hockey America team. The Lakers swept Penn State by a combined 15-0 score at Mercyhurst Ice Center last weekend, as 18 skaters that dressed for those games recorded at least a point. … The Lakers have a nearly month-long Christmas break before facing No. 3 Cornell at MIC on Jan. 10-11. … The Lakers have won a season-high five straight games by a combined 24-6 score. … With two wins, they would move within a game of idle Robert Morris (16-3-1, 8-1-1) in the CHA standings. … The Lakers have won all eight career meetings with Lindenwood by a combined 64-5 score, including four shutouts. … Senior F Christine Bestland can climb into third on the Lakers’ career scoring list with two points this weekend. She is tied for fourth with Valerie Chouinard (200 from 2005-09), one point behind Bailey Bram (201 from 2008-12). … The Lakers have allowed three goals or fewer 17 times. … Junior G Amanda Makela has a 10-5-2 record, 1.83 goals-against average, .933 save percentage this season, including 3-2-1, 2.04 and .930 in conference play. … The Lakers have improved to seventh in NCAA Division I with 3.26 goals scored per game and eighth at 1.68 goals against per game. … Lindenwood split a two-game CHA series with Syracuse last weekend, their second straight series split. … Junior F Kendra Broad leads the Lions with four goals and nine points. … Sophomore G Nicole Hensley, CHA’s reigning rookie of the year who set the NCAA single-game record with 90 saves a season ago, has a 3.47 goals-against average and .915 save percentage overall. Her statistics improve to 2.37 and .934 in CHA play. On Wednesday, Lindenwood learned the school will serve as host for the 2017 Women’s Frozen Four at Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 7th, 2013

Record: 0-9-1, 0-0-0 CHA
Top players: So. G Nicole Hensley (0-9-1 record, 4.46 goals-against average, .903 save percentage), Jr. F Kendra Broad (2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points), So. D Brooke Peden (1-2-3), Sr. F Jocelyn Slattery (2-0-2), Jr. F Alyssa West (2-0-2)
What to watch: The Lions’ third season in NCAA Division I has been as difficult as the first two. They are a combined 15-56-3 at this level as they head into CHA play. But at least they have a strong building block in Hensley, who set the NCAA record with 90 saves in a 2-1 triple-OT loss to Robert Morris in the CHA playoffs last March. She broke former Mercyhurst star Desi Clark‘s mark of 78.

Record: 5-3-1, 0-0-0 CHA
Top players: Sr. F Christine Bestland (5-9-14), Jr. G Amanda Makela (5-3-1, 1.66, .935, 3 shutouts), Jr. F Shelby Bram (2-6-8), Sr. F Christie Cicero (3-4-7), Jr. D Molly Byrne (0-4-4)
What to watch: The Lakers are young, with 15 freshmen and sophomores. But it’s hard to count out this team at playoff time, given their track record (NCAA-record nine straight trips to the national playoffs) and leaders like Bestland, Cicero and Byrne.

Penn State
Record: 2-7-1, 0-2-0 CHA
Top players: So. F Shannon Yoxheimer (3-5-8), Sr. F Taylor Gross (3-4-7), So. F Hannah Hoenshell (1-4-5), Fr. F Sarah Nielsen (1-4-5), Fr. F Laura Bowman (4-0-4)
What to watch: The Nittany Lions are off to a sluggish start in their second CHA season. They need to keep the puck out of their net to turn it around. PSU has allowed four goals or more five times in their seven losses.

Robert Morris
Record: 8-2-0, 2-0-0 CHA
Top players: Fr. F Brittany Howard (4-13-17), Fr. G Jessica Dodds (6-0-0, 1.49, .932, 3 shutouts), Sr. F Kristen Richards(3-7-10), Sr. F Thea Imbrogno (5-4-9), Jr. F Rebecca Vint (5-3-8)
What to watch: The Colonials have a strong blend of experience and youth, starting up front with Howard, Richards and Imbrogno and in net with Dodds and junior Courtney Vinet (2-2-0, 2.25, .905). They are contenders to win a conference title for the second time in three seasons.

Rochester Institute of Technology
Record: 4-5-0, 0-0-0 CHA
Top players: Sr. F Kourtney Kunichika (5-2-7), Jr. G Ali Binnington (4-3-0, 2.63, .914, 2 SO), Jr. F Kolbee McCrea(3-3-6), So. F Jess Paton (3-3-6), Jr. D Morgan Scoyne (0-5-5)
What to watch: The Tigers head into their second season in CHA with a chance to make a name for themselves. They have wins over two Hockey East Association teams – New Hampshire and Vermont – and a one-goal loss to a strong Northeastern club. They also have a strong roster, led by Binnington in goal.

Record: 4-4-0, 0-0-0 CHA
Top players: So. D Nicole Renault (1-8-9), Sr. G Kallie Billadeau (2-4-0, 2.03, .943), So. F Melissa Piacentini(1-5-6), Sr. F Margot Scharfe (4-1-5), Sr. D Caitlin Roach (2-3-5)
What to watch: The Orange join Mercyhurst and RMU in the national poll. With a goaltending tandem like Billadeau and Jenesica Drinkwater (2-0-0, 1.50, .940), they should be in the running in the CHA this season.

Posted: July 29th, 2013

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team had nine players make College Hockey America’s All-Academic Team for the 2012-13 season – junior F Christine Bestland, sophomore F Shelby Bram, senior F Gina Buquet, senior G Stephanie Ciampa, freshman G Julia DiTondo, sophomore F Kristine Grenier, senior F Lauren Jones, sophomore G Amanda Makela and freshman F Maggie Rothgery. Buquet, Jones and DiTondo were on the student-athletes of the year list for posting cumulative 4.0 GPAs.

Posted: January 25th, 2013

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team felt right at home at Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena.
Behind a potent offense left by Christine Bestland’s six points and Jenna Dingeldein‘s two goals, the No. 6 Lakers dominated Lindenwood from start to finish in a 10-0 College Hockey America win Friday afternoon in a game that was initially scheduled for Mercyhurst Ice Center.
A water main break Thursday forced Mercyhurst officials to close the school and send students home through the weekend. But the change of venue didn’t bother the Lakers (18-4-1, 9-2-0 CHA), which have won all seven career meetings with the Lions by a combined 47-3 score.
Bestland assisted on all three first-period goals on her way to six assists. Her fourth assist, on Dingeldein’s second goal, sparked a three-goal second period. Bestland also assisted on the final two of the Lakers’ four third-period goals to give her 95 career assists. She also reached 150 career points in the game. Shelby Bram added three assists, while Caroline Luczak had her first career goal and an assist. Molly Byrne added a goal and assist for the Lakers, which outshot the Lions 48-17.
Amanda Makela (eight saves) and Julia DiTondo, which made nine saves in her collegiate debut, combined on the shutout. Taylor Fairchild made 36 saves for the Lions (2-22-1, 2-8-1). The two teams conclude the weekend series today at 2 p.m. at Erie Insurance Arena.

Posted: December 3rd, 2012

The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team remains fourth in the latest Division I poll, which was released Monday.
The Lakers (14-1-1), which swept a two-game College Hockey America series from Penn State by a combined 12-1 this past weekend, is eight voting points behind third-ranked Cornell (10-3-0). Minnesota (18-0-0) remains No. 1 with all 15 first-place votes and 150 points.
Clarkson (13-3-0) is still second while Harvard (8-1-0) moved into fifth. Boston College (10-3-2), Boston University (11-3-1), North Dakota (11-5-0), Wisconsin (10-6-2) and Northeastern (9-5-2) completed the top 10.
In other Lakers news, sophomore defenseman Vaila Higson was named CHA’s player of the week for totaling two goals and five points in the wins against Penn State. She has 20 points on the season and has averaged 1.25 points per game in a six-game point streak. Freshman forward Jaclyn Arbour was named rookie of the week for scoring her first two collegiate goals in Saturday’s win. Sophomore goaltender Amanda Makela was named to the honor roll for her shutout Friday night.

Posted: September 28th, 2012

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team welcomed Rochester Institute of Technology to the big time harshly Friday night in front of 1,055 fans at Frank Ritter Memorial Ice Arena. The Lakers scored twice in the first 18 seconds and four goals in the opening period on the way to handing the Tigers a 6-2 loss in their first NCAA Division I game.
The 10th-ranked Lakers (1-0-0, 1-0-0 College Hockey America) scored six unanswered goals before RIT (0-1-0, 0-1-0), which moved to D-I after winning the D-III national championship a season ago, scored twice in the second period.
Christie Cicero scored eight seconds into the game on an assist from Christine Bestland. Cicero returned the favor 10 seconds later, as she set up Bestland for a 2-0 Lakers’ lead. Jenna Hendrikx, one of three transfers from the now-defunct women’s program at Niagara, scored the first of her two goals 8:13 into the first. Molly Byrne capped the onslaught 6:29 later.
Shelby Bram and Hendrikx scored early in the second for the Lakers, which produced offensively despite failing on all eight power-play chances. Carly Payerl and Katie Hubert scored for the Tigers, which went 1-for-8 on the power play.
Bestland had two assists in her three-point outing while Cicero had two points. Freshman Jenna Dingeldein had her first two career points, both assists, in her collegiate debut. Kathy Donohue, a Rochester native, and Emily Janiga, also recorded their first collegiate point on assists. Sophomore goaltender Amanda Makela (19 saves on 21 shots) earned the win in her second career start. The Lakers and Tigers complete the weekend series today at 2 p.m. in Rochester.