By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
Staff writer Victor Fernandes has ice in his veins. Hockey – he plays it, coaches it and provides the region's best coverage of it.   Read more about this blog.
 Phone: 814-870-1716
Posts tagged ‘kristen diciocco’
Posted: December 8th, 2012

MOON TOWNSHIP – The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team made history Saturday afternoon, but not for a good reason.
The fourth-ranked Lakers were swept in a two-game College Hockey America series for the first time in the conference’s 11-year history, as they lost to rival Robert Morris 2-1 in front of 202 fans at RMU Island Sports Center. Mercyhurst also lost 3-1 to RMU Friday night.
Mercyhurst (14-3-1, 6-2-0 CHA) was last swept in any regular-season series more than four years ago – by Clarkson Oct. 24-25, 2008. They have lost two straight regular-season games for the first time since October 2011.
The Lakers dominated RMU statistically in the series finale, as they outshot the Colonials 41-23. But RMU goaltender Kristen DiCiocco made 40 saves to outduel Lakers senior Stephanie Ciampa, who earned her first loss of the season in 10 games. DiCiocco allowed only Shelby Bram’s power-play goal with 5 minutes, 39 seconds left in the game.
After a scoreless first period, the Colonials (9-3-2, 5-1-0) built a 2-0 lead on power-play goals scored less than three minutes apart by Dayna Newsom and Thea Imbrogno. RMU recorded 13 of its 23 shots on goal in the middle period.
The Lakers, which head into the Christmas break, begin the second half Jan. 3 with a 7 p.m. exhibition game against the Buffalo Bison at Mercyhurst Ice Center. They resume regular-season action Jan. 11 at home against Syracuse.

Posted: March 3rd, 2012

PITTSBURGH – The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team had two long streaks end Saturday.

Could another long streak end today?

The Lakers’ nine-year stranglehold on the College Hockey America Tournament championship ended Saturday with a 3-2 title-game loss to host Robert Morris in front of 584 fans at Island Sports Center.

The top-seeded and sixth-ranked Lakers’ defeat also snapped their 11-year streak of conference titles that dated back to the 2000-01 season, when they played in the Great Lakes Women’s Hockey Association.

Now the Lakers’ hopes for an eighth straight NCAA Tournament berth rests in the hands of the Division I selection committee. The eight-team field is unveiled today at 6:30 p.m. at But after Saturday’s game, the Lakers’ thoughts were on how they lost to the second-seeded Colonials (19-9-4).

Mercyhurst (23-7-3) outshot RMU 47-15 and totaled 118 overall shots. But Colonials goaltender Kristen DiCiocco made 45 saves while her teammates blocked 50 shots. Twenty-one shots missed the net.

“What are you going to do?” Lakers coach Michael Sisti said of his team’s statistical dominance.

RMU recorded seven of their 15 shots while building a 2-0 first-period lead. Katelyn Scott scored her first goal of the season 3 minutes, 41 seconds into the game. Then Thea Imbrogno scored at the 11:39 mark.

Mercyhurst sliced its deficit in half on Jess Jones’ power-play goal with 3:54 left in the second. But RMU regained a two-goal lead at 3-1 on Brianna Delaney’s goal with 28 seconds left in the period.

Bailey Bram scored 27th goal of the season with six seconds left for the Lakers. But they weren’t able to score the equalizer to force overtime. Instead, the Colonials and coach Paul Colontino, a former student, player and coach at Mercyhurst, secured the first conference title in the program’s seven-year history.

Sophomore Christine Bestland and senior Pamela Zgoda were named to the all-tournament team.

The CHA champion doesn’t receive an automatic bid to the national playoffs, because NCAA rules require a minimum of six teams in a conference. CHA has four teams, including Niagara and Syracuse.

However, Sisti said he believes his Lakers “have clearly done enough” to earn a berth. He pointed to their 23 wins, CHA regular-season championship and two-game sweeps of St. Lawrence and Providence.

No. 10 St. Lawrence (24-9-4) won the ECAC Hockey title with a 3-1 win Saturday against No. 3 Cornell (29-4-0). Providence (16-16-4) faces Boston University today for the Hockey East Association title.

Mercyhurst also split two games at fourth-ranked Boston College (23-9-3) and lost two of three against Cornell. Sisti said Wisconsin (31-4-2), which lost in the semifinals of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs on Friday, and Cornell will earn berths despite not winning their conference titles.

Sisti figures Saturday’s loss cost his team a top-four national seed and home-ice advantage in next weekend’s NCAA quarterfinals. Yet he said, “I’d like to think we’re going to be playing next week. I think we deserve (a berth). What’s tough now is that it’s up to the committee.”


Posted: February 18th, 2012

PITTSBURGH – The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team wanted to sweep Robert Morris this weekend.

Two wins, coupled with two more wins in the College Hockey America tournament March 2-3, would strengthen the sixth-ranked Lakers’ résumé for the NCAA Division I Tournament selection committee.

But Mercyhurst, which secured the CHA’s regular-season championship on Friday, had to settle for a 4-4 overtime tie with the Colonials in front of 179 fans at Island Sports Center Saturday night. The Lakers (22-6-3, 8-1-3) squandered three separate leads, including a 4-3 advantage late in the third period.

RMU’s Dayna Newsom scored the tying goal with 3 minutes, 9 seconds left in regulation. The Colonials (17-9-4, 6-3-3), which were shut out in Friday’s 3-0 loss, also rallied from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits earlier in the game. Then they stymied the nation’s best power play for the final 1:10 of overtime.

Kelley Steadman scored two goals and Bailey Bram had a goal and an assist for the Lakers, which earned the No. 1 seed for the CHA playoffs and a semifinal matchup against No. 4 Syracuse. Hillary Pattenden stopped 32-of-36 shots, but fell short of becoming the first D-I goaltender to reach 100 career wins.

Thea Imbrogno had a goal and an assist for the Colonials, which are seeded second and will face No. 3 Niagara in the semifinals. Courtney Vinet stopped 23-of-25 shots in relief of Kristen DiCiocco.




Mercyhurst 4, Robert Morris 4 (OT)

Mercyhurst  2  1  1  0  —  4

Robert Morris  1  2  1  0  —  4

1st Period — 1. Mercyhurst, Kelley Steadman 31 (Luczak, Grenier), 6:59. 2. Mercyhurst, Steadman 32 (Cicero, Zgoda), 9:44. 3. RMU, Rebecca Vint 21 (Imbrogno, B. Delaney), 14:11 (pp). Penalties — Cicero (M) tripping, 7:30; L. Jones (M) interference, 13:48; Vint (R) cross checking, 15:33; B. Bram (M) interference, 15:41; B. Delaney (R) kneeing, 17:30; J. Jones (M) roughing, 17:45; C. Delaney (R) tripping, 18:48; S. Bram (M) embellishment, 18:48.

2nd Period — 4. Mercyhurst, Jill Szandzik 7 (B. Bram, Bestland), 15:20. 5. RMU, Thea Imbrogno 15 (Vint), 17:28. 6. RMU, Cobina Delaney 8 (Thomas, Newsom), 18:21. Penalties — RMU, too many players (served by Scott), 8:33.

3rd Period — 7. Mercyhurst, Bailey Bram 26 (unassisted), 4:33. 8. RMU, Dayna Newsom 4 (unassisted), 16:51. Penalties — J. Jones (M) hooking, 5:27; Bestland (M) roughing, 19:58; St. Louis (R) holding, 19:58.

3rd Period — None. Penalties — Vint (R) body checking, 3:50.

Shots on goal — Mercyhurst, 13-11-10-4—38; Robert Morris, 12-10-8-6—36.

Goaltenders — Mercyhurst, Hillary Pattenden 19-6-3 (36 shots, 32 saves); RMU, Kristen DiCiocco (13 shots, 11 saves), Courtney Vinet 2-0-1 (25 shots, 23 saves).

Power plays — Mercyhurst (0-4), RMU (1-5).

Referees — Clint Evans, Gui Bradshaw. Linesmen — Jonah Paul, Steven Waters.

Attendance — 179.