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Posted: August 27th, 2013

Former Mercyhurst University women’s hockey player Jess Jones was selected third overall by the Brampton Thunder in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League Draft on Monday. She joins two former Lakers – Vicki Bendus and Bailey Bram – with the Thunder and four former Lakers in the league. Meghan Agosta-Marciano plays for the Montreal Stars, while Kelley Steadman plays for the Boston Blades. Jones totaled 61 goals and 154 points in 138 games for Mercyhurst from 2008-12. She had 28 goals and 53 points on the way to leading Belarus Pantera Minsk to the championship of the Elite Women’s Hockey League in Austria a season ago.

Posted: May 7th, 2013

Girard native Jen Schoullis and Mercyhurst alumnus Kelley Steadman will join 39 other players attending the United States Women’s National Team camp June 16-23 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. The camp will determine the players that will train together and play in various events in preparation for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which will be held Feb. 7-23 in Sochi, Russia. That roster will be announced June 24.
The final 21-player Olympic team will be unveiled in late December. Schoullis, 24, and Steadman, 22, led the Boston Blades to the Canadian Women’s Hockey League championship this past March before winning gold with the U.S. at the IIHF Women’s World Championship in Ottawa, Ontario, last month.

Posted: March 27th, 2013

Girard native Jen Schoullis scored the first two goals and Mercyhurst alumnus Kelley Steadman scored the last three to lead the Boston Blades to a 5-2 win over the Montreal Stars in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League title game last weekend at Centennial Community Centre in Markham, Ontario.
Steadman’s power-play goal with 8 minutes, 51 seconds left in the second period snapped a 2-2 tie against the two-time defending Clarkson Cup champion Stars. Then she completed her first hat trick in the CWHL and the first in the Blades’ tournament history. Former Laker Meghan Agosta-Marciano scored Montreal’s first goal of the game. She led the league in the regular season with 46 points.
Schoullis, who won a national title at the University of Minnesota a season ago, and Steadman now hope to represent the United States at the IIHF Women’s World Championship, which begins Tuesday and runs through April 9 in Ottawa, Ontario. Agosta-Marciano joins former Laker Bailey Bram on Team Canada’s roster.

Posted: July 19th, 2012

Former Mercyhurst University goaltender Hillary Pattenden was the No. 1 overall pick and one of three former Lakers selected in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League draft Tuesday.
Girard native and forward Jen Schoullis was Boston’s fourth-round selection.
Pattenden went first to Team Alberta, the first goalie ever to go No. 1 and the second straight season a Mercyhurst player has been selected in the top spot. Montreal drafted NCAA career scoring leader Meghan Agosta first in 2011.
Forward Bailey Bram was selected by Brampton in the second round and forward Kelley Steadman went to Boston in the fourth round
Pattenden, 21, is the first NCAA goaltender to earn 100 career victories. She is a native of Surrey, British Columbia.
Schoullis, 23, completed her playing career with Minnesota this past spring, winning the NCAA championship. She was among Division I’s scoring leaders and played prominent minutes for Team USA in international tournaments.
Bram, 21, played for Canada at the Women’s World Championship this year. She scored 201 career points for Mercyhurst including 68 as a senior.
Steadman, 22, led Mercyhurst with 33 goals as a senior. She played for the United States in the 2011 world championship.
The season is scheduled to start in October. Montreal is the defending Clarkson Cup champion.

- From staff reports

Posted: April 1st, 2012

Former Mercyhurst standout forwards Meghan Agosta, Vicki Bendus and Bailey Bram will represent their native Canada at the IIHF World Women’s Championship. The event runs from Saturday through April 14 in Burlington, Vt.
They earned spots on the 22-player roster during the six-day Canadian National Women’s Team selection camp, which ended Saturday. Agosta, the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer, led the Montreal Stars to the Canadian Women’s Hockey League this season. She also was named the league’s player of the year. Bendus, the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner, played for the Brampton Thunder this season. Bram concluded her Mercyhurst career last month.

Posted: November 1st, 2011

Vicki Bendus and Jesse Scanzano return to Mercyhurst Ice Center tonight. But unlike the past four years, when they starred for the Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team, they will play against the Lakers.

Bendus and Scanzano will headline the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s Brampton Thunder in a 7 p.m. exhibition game against the No. 8 Lakers. Bendus, the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner as national college player of the year, was drafted fourth overall in the last CWHL draft.

Scanzano, the fifth overall selection by Toronto, will play for Brampton for this game. Bendus and Scanzano completed their college careers a season ago as two of the players in program history.

The Thunder also has former Mercyhurst players Natalie Payne (2005-08) and Ashley Pendleton (2003-07) and past United States Olympian Molly Engstrom on the roster.

Posted: August 4th, 2011

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – Former Mercyhurst College women’s hockey players Meghan Agosta, Vicki Bendus and Jesse Scanzano were all drafted in the top five of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) draft held recently in Mississauga, Ontario.

Agosta was drafted first overall by Montreal and was followed closely by Bendus, who went fourth overall to Brampton, and Scanzano, who was drafted fifth overall by Toronto. Also drafted from Mercyhurst in the CWHL draft were defensemen Melissa Lacroix (17th overall by Toronto) and Cassea Schols (60th overall by Alberta).

The five aforementioned players join three other former Lakers currently playing in the CWHL: goaltender Laura Hosier (Brampton), defenseman Ashley Pendleton (Brampton), and forward Samatha Shirley (Burlington).

- From Mercyhurst news release


Posted: August 18th, 2010

Four Mercyhurst College alumnae and two players with ties to the Lakers women’s hockey program were selected Aug. 12 in the first-ever Canadian Women’s Hockey League draft.

Mercyhurst graduates Ashley Pendleton (Class of 2007), Michelle Bonello (‘07) and Natalie Payne (‘08) were among the top 12 picks in the three-team draft that took place at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Defender Samantha Shirley (‘06) went 36th to Burlington. Alexandra Hoffmeyer and Courtney Unruh, who each played parts of their college careers at Mercyhurst, went 28th to Toronto and 29th to Brampton. The draft was only for the three Ontario-based teams in the five-team league. Teams also have been placed in Boston and Montreal; the Boston franchise’s tryout roster features Mercyhurst alum Danielle Ayearst, and this past season’s Montreal roster included Laker great Stefanie Bourbeau.

Canadian Olympian and Ohio State star defender Tessa Bonhomme went first overall to Toronto Tryouts to fill out roster spots will take place in September.

The four-year-old CWHL was restructured this summer in an attempt to create a full-fledged women’s pro league.