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Posted: November 12th, 2013

Mercyhurst’s Kaleigh Chippy will join fellow senior F Christie Cicero in serving a one-game suspension Friday.
College Hockey America commissioner Robert DeGregorio has suspended Chippy and Robert Morris senior D Kylie St. Louis for one game for throwing punches at opposing players at the end of a penalty-filled game between these two CHA rivals this past Saturday in Moon Township. Both players initially received major penalties for checking to the head and face-masking, respectively, and game misconducts. But a video review determined that punches also were thrown.
Chippy will miss Friday’s CHA game against Syracuse at Mercyhurst Ice Center. St. Louis will miss Friday’s CHA home game against Lindenwood. Cicero and RMU freshman F Brittany Howard also won’t play that night because they were disqualified from last Saturday’s game for leaving the bench and contact to the head penalties, respectively. Disqualifications carry automatic one-game suspensions. League officials chose not to lengthen their suspensions.

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: September 19th, 2013

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team has been picked to win the College Hockey America championship in the preseason coaches poll, which was released Thursday. The Lakers, which finished 29-7-1 and won an 11th straight conference title a season ago, received five of six first-place votes and 25 voting points.
Syracuse finished second with 19 points, followed by Robert Morris, which earned one first-place vote and 18 total points. Rochester Institute of Technology (13 points), Lindenwood (nine points) and Penn State (six points) rounded out the list.
In other news, Mercyhurst announced ticket prices for the 2013-14 men’s and women’s hockey seasons. Single-game tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Mercyhurst students will continue to receive free admission. Season tickets cost $125, which saves fans $65 on 19 women’s home games and $45 on 17 men’s home games. A season ticket for the combined 36-game home schedule costs $200. Students and senior citizens can purchase season tickets for $75 for one team or $100 for both teams. The women’s team opens the season Saturday at 7 p.m. with an exhibition game against Western Ontario at Mercyhurst Ice Center. The men’s team opens the season Oct. 8 against Guelph at 7:05 p.m. at MIC.
For more information, call the school’s hockey box office at (814) 824-2277.

CHA coaches poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Points
1. Mercyhurst (5) 25
2. Syracuse 19
3. Robert Morris 18
4. RIT 13
5. Lindenwood 9
6. Penn State 6

Posted: March 9th, 2013

The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team are College Hockey America tournament champions again.
The Lakers exploded for four goals in the third period of a 4-1 title-game win against Syracuse in front of 1,127 fans Saturday at Mercyhurst Ice Center. But will the program’s 10th conference championship in the past 11 years serve as the last positive moment of the Lakers’ season?
Mercyhurst (28-6-1) learns its NCAA Division I Tournament fate today at 6 p.m. during a webcast on Lakers coach Michael Sisti said “it would be a crime if we are left out. I think 100 percent we should be in the tournament, and we shouldn’t be the eighth seed either.”
The Lakers hope for one of five at-large spots into the eight-team field, since CHA won’t earn an automatic bid until the 2014-15 season. The other three spots belong to the champions of ECAC Hockey, Hockey East Association and Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
“Anything can happen,” said senior goaltender Stephanie Ciampa, who earned tournament MVP honors after stopping 45-of-47 shots in the top-seeded Lakers’ two wins, including 19-of-20 against the second-seeded Orange (20-15-1). “I think we’re in good enough shape.”

- Victor Fernandes

CHA All-Tournament team
MVP: Stephanie Ciampa, Mercyhurst (45 saves on 47 shots)
Goaltender: Ciampa
Defense: Stephanie DeSutter, Mercyhurst (2 assists)
Defense: Brittney Krebs, Syracuse (2 assists)
Forward: Christine Bestland, Mercyhurst (2 goals, assist)
Forward: Lauren Jones, Mercyhurst (goal, 2 assists)
Forward: Sadie St. Germain, Syracuse (GWG in semifinal)

College Hockey America tournament schedule
Semifinals – Friday
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

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

Mercyhurst 4, Syracuse 1
Note: Champion doesn’t earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament.


Mercyhurst 4, Syracuse 1
Syracuse 0 1 0 — 1
Mercyhurst 0 0 4 — 4
1st Period — None. Penalties — Bestland (M) body checking, :12; Scharfe (S) tripping, 5:15; Janiga (M) interference, 11:14; Johnson (S) hooking, 12:36.
2nd Period — 1. Syracuse, Shiann Darkangelo 16 (Krebs), 19:59 (pp). Penalties — LaCombe (S) tripping, 2:00; Jones (M) hooking, 5:09; Hendrikx (M) cross checking, 6:57; Renault (S) interference, 10:27; DeSutter (M) hooking, 12:41; Piacentini (S) hooking, 13:01; Higson (M) indirect contact to the head – cross checking, 14:03; Hosoyamada (S) hooking, 15:10; Byrne (M) cross checking, 18:51.
3rd Period — 2. Mercyhurst, Molly Byrne 8 (Bestland, Dingeldein), 4:41. 3. Mercyhurst, Caroline Luczak 2 (Jones, Buquet), 6:33 (pp). 4. Mercyhurst, Christine Bestland 28 (Jones), 9:32 (sh). 5. Mercyhurst, Christie Cicero 13 (unassisted), 18:45 (en). Penalties — Piancentini (S) tripping, 4:41; Chippy (M) hooking, 8:16; Goodnough (S) hooking, 9:32; Welch (M) hooking, 11:44.
Shots on goal — Syracuse, 4-9-7—20; Mercyhurst, 10-7-14—31.
Goaltenders — Syracuse, Kallie Billadeau 16-9-0 (30 shots, 27 saves); Mercyhurst, Stephanie Ciampa 19-1-0 (20 shots, 19 saves).
Power plays — Syracuse (1-9), Mercyhurst (1-7).
Referees — Timothy Holtz, Brian Skursky. Linesmen — Jason Leisten, Dorsey Dick.
Attendance — 1,127.

Three stars
* Christine Bestland, Mercyhurst (SH goal, assist) ** Stephanie Ciampa, Mercyhurst (19 saves) *** Caroline Luczak, Mercyhurst (GW goal)

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Posted: March 7th, 2013

No. 9 Mercyhurst University (26-6-1) vs. Robert Morris (15-14-13)
Syracuse (19-14-1) vs. Rochester Institute of Technology (16-15-5)

When: Today, 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (live statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst begins its quest for a 10th College Hockey America tournament championship in the last 11 years with a healthy lineup. Junior F Christie Cicero (severe concussion, sprained neck) rejoined the lineup Feb. 23 against RIT. … The Lakers can capture their 12th conference title in the last 13 years, dating back to the 2000-01 season in the Great Lakes Women’s Hockey Association. … Win or lose, the Lakers learn if they will make a NCAA-record ninth straight NCAA Division I tournament appearance when the eight-team field is unveiled Sunday at 6 p.m. on … Mercyhurst lost the first three regular-season meetings with defending CHA champion Robert Morris before posting a 9-1 home win Feb. 9. … The Lakers swept all four respective meetings with Syracuse and RIT. … Junior F Christine Bestland finished the regular season ranked fourth nationally with 40 assists, fifth with 66 points and ninth with 26 goals. She also tied for second with 10 power-play goals and tied for eighth with six game-winning goals. … Sophomore Ds Molly Byrne and and Vaila Higson were tied for fifth among all defensemen with 31 points apiece. … F Emily Janiga is third among all freshmen with 40 points, one spot ahead of F Jenna Dingeldein (39 points). … Senior G Stephanie Ciampa ranks second with a .944 winning percentage (17-1-0), fourth with a 1.40 goals-against average, tied for seventh with a .935 save percentage and tied for eighth with four shutouts. … RMU needed two wins last weekend over Lindenwood, including a three-overtime victory in the opener, to reach the semifinals. … RIT, which beat Penn State twice by one goal last weekend, looks for a CHA championship in its first season in the league and at the D-I level. … Syracuse reached the title game two of the last three years.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 14th, 2013

No. 9 Mercyhurst University (22-6-1, 13-3-0 CHA) at Syracuse (18-11-1, 12-3-1)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Tennity Ice Pavilion – Syracuse, N.Y.
On the air: (live stream), (live statistics)
What to expect:Mercyhurst can clinch their 11th straight College Hockey America regular-season championship – and 10th outright title – with a sweep of this two-game series. The Lakers lead the Orange by one point with four games left in the regular season. … Mercyhurst split a series with Robert Morris last weekend, while the Orange swept a series from Rochester Institute of Technology by 2-1 scores to extend their winning streak to eight games. … The Orange won six of those games by one goal, including the past four outings. They haven’t lost since Jan. 15 (8-1 at Cornell). … The Lakers swept a two-game series from Syracuse, 1-0 and 4-1, Jan. 11-12 at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … Mercyhurst is unbeaten against Syracuse (20-0-1), with the only blemish being a 1-1 tie Jan. 7, 2012. … The Lakers slipped to ninth from seventh in’s Division I poll this week. They remain seventh in the Ratings Percentage Index and PairWise Ranking, which are used to determine the eight-team field in the upcoming NCAA Division I playoffs. … Junior F Christine Bestland ranks fifth nationally with 61 points and fourth with 2.10 points per game. She also ranks among the national leaders in goals (23), goals per game (0.82), assists (38), assists per game (1.31), power-play goals (nine) and game-winning goals (six). … Sophomore D Molly Byrne is tied for fourth among all defensemen with 28 points and 0.97 points per game. … Freshman F Emily Janiga is third among all rookies with 37 points and 1.28 points per game, one spot ahead of F Jenna Dingeldein (35 points, 1.21 per game). … Mercyhurst senior Stephanie Ciampa (13-1-0 record, 1.24 goals-against average, .941 save percentage, four shutouts) and Syracuse junior Kallie Billadeau (14-6-0, 1.35, .947, six shutouts) are two of the nation’s top goaltenders. … The Orange have relied on the nation’s eighth-best scoring defense (1.93 goals per game). They are only 16th in scoring offense (2.80 goals per game).

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 2nd, 2012

PITTSBURGH – The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team will play for the College Hockey America title.

Yet before earning an opportunity to win a 10th straight conference tournament championship, the sixth-ranked Lakers had to survive a stern test from surprising Syracuse in the CHA Tournament semifinals Friday afternoon.

The top-seeded Lakers held off Syracuse 4-3 in front of 267 fans at Island Sports Center to secure a matchup in Saturday’s 3 p.m. title game against second-seeded Robert Morris. The Colonials (18-9-4) beat third-seeded Niagara 3-2 in the second semifinal.

Fourth-seeded Syracuse (10-22-3) took an early 1-0 lead 6 minutes, 50 seconds into the game on the first of Shiann Darkangelo’s three goals. She nearly matched her four-goal total in 34 regular-season games.

Mercyhurst (23-6-3) tied the score at 1 on Kristine Grenier’s goal at the 10:01 mark of the first period, and then took a 2-1 lead on Christine Bestland’s power-play goal with 1:14 left in the period.

Bestland’s second power-play goal of the game, her 24th goal of the season, handed the Lakers a 3-1 lead 8:37 into the second. But Darkangelo pulled the Orange within a goal on the power play 4:06 later.

Grenier scored again 3:36 into the third to record her first career two-goal game and regain the Lakers’ two-goal advantage at 4-2, only to have Darkangelo score again on the power play with 5:19 left in the game. Grenier had three goals in 31 regular-season games.

But Mercyhurst held off  the Orange down the stretch to seal the hard-fought win.

Hillary Pattenden made 32 saves for the Lakers to become the first goaltender in NCAA history with 100 wins. She outdueled Syracuse’s Jenesica Drinkwater, who had 38 saves. Mercyhurst senior forward Bailey Bram had an assist to become the fourth player in Lakers’ history to reach 200 career points. She joins Meghan Agosta (NCAA-record 303 points), Jesse Scanzano (225) and Valerie Chouinard (200).


College Hockey America tournament schedule

at Island Sports Center, Pittsburgh

Semifinals – Friday

No. 1 Mercyhurst 4, No. 4 Syracuse 3

No. 2 Robert Morris (17-9-4) vs. No. 3 Niagara (10-15-8), 3:45 p.m.

Championship game – Today

Mercyhurst (23-6-3) vs. Robert Morris/Niagara, 3 p.m.

On the air: (live stream), (live statistics)




Mercyhurst 4, Syracuse 3

Syracuse  1  1  1  —  3

Mercyhurst  2  1  1  —  4

1st Period — 1. Syracuse, Shiann Darkangelo 5 (Mullan, Greco), 6:50 (pp). 2. Mercyhurst, Kristine Grenier 4 (B. Bram, S. Bram), 10:01. 3. Mercyhurst, Christine Bestland 23 (Byrne, J. Jones), 18:46 (pp). Penalties — DeSutter (M) high sticking, 3:53; B. Bram (M) cross checking, 5:15; Roach (S) hooking, 10:01; Grenier (M) tripping, 15:30; Darkangelo (S) hooking, 16:31; Skelly (S) roughing, 18:17.

2nd Period — 4. Mercyhurst, Bestland 24 (unassisted), 8:37 (pp). 5. Syracuse, Darkangelo 6 (Greco, Mullan), 12:43 (pp). Penalties — Higson (M) hooking, 6:33; Ferrara (S) hooking, 7:38; S. Bram (M) body checking, 10:40; Byrne (M) boarding, 11:22; B. Bram (M) slashing, 13:24; Drinkwater (S) tripping (served by Ferrara), 15:56.

3rd Period — 6. Mercyhurst, Grenier 5 (Zgoda), 3:36. 7. Syracuse, Darkangelo 7 (Sorensen, Greco), 14:41 (pp). Penalties — Steadman (M) interference, 13:18; Ferrara (S) hooking, 15:26.

Shots on goal — Syracuse, 12-15-8—35; Mercyhurst, 20-11-11—42.

Goaltenders — Syracuse, Jenesica Drinkwater 4-9-1 (42 shots, 38 saves); Mercyhurst, Hillary Pattenden 20-6-3 (35 shots, 32 saves).

Power plays — Syracuse (3-8), Mercyhurst (2-6).

Referees — Scott Bell, Jason Brown. Linesmen — Justin Loomis, Erik Geller.

Attendance — 267.

Posted: February 9th, 2012

Syracuse (9-18-3, 0-5-3 CHA) at No. 5 Mercyhurst (19-6-2, 5-1-2)

When: Friday, 3 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.

Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center

On the air: (live stream), (live statistics)

Up next: vs. Robert Morris (Feb. 17, 7 p.m.), at Robert Morris (Feb. 17, 7 p.m.)

Fast facts: Mercyhurst begins the final two weekends of the regular season following a 5-1 loss at No. 3 Cornell Tuesday. … The Lakers are 1-1-1 in their past three College Hockey America games and 1-2-1 in their past four games overall. … Senior F Kelley Steadman (28 goals for a 1.04 per-game average) trails Wisconsin junior F Brianne Decker (29 goals) on NCAA Division I’s goal-scoring list and Holy Cross senior F Stacey Hochkins (1.15) in goals per game. … The Orange snapped Mercyhurst’s 24-game CHA winning streak with a 1-1 tie at Syracuse Jan. 7. Mercyhurst beat Syracuse 8-4 Jan. 6. … The Lakers, which are second nationally at 4.74 goals per game, scored two goals or fewer in six of eight games they have lost or tied. … They tied a season worst with five goals against in the loss to Cornell. They allowed five in the Dec. 2 loss to the Big Red. … The Orange, which reached the CHA title game the past two seasons against Mercyhurst, are the only winless team in CHA play. Yet seven of their nine wins are against teams from D-I power conferences – ECAC Hockey (Quinnipiac, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Union), Hockey East Association (Connecticut twice, New Hampshire) and Western Collegiate Hockey Association (St. Cloud State). … Syracuse snapped a nine-game winless streak with a 3-2 win at Quinnipiac Jan. 28. But the Orange were swept by Robert Morris in a two-game CHA series last weekend. … The Orange have played 16 games decided by a goal or less (7-7-3).

- Victor Fernandes


Posted: January 6th, 2012

No. 5 Mercyhurst College (12-4-0, 0-0-0 CHA) at Syracuse (8-12-1, 0-1-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.

Where: Tennity Ice Pavilion – Syracuse, N.Y.

On the air: (live stream), (live statistics)

Up next: vs. Niagara (Jan. 13, 7 p.m.), at Niagara (Jan. 14, 2 p.m.)

Fast facts: Mercyhurst plays for the first time since sweeping a doubleheader from Lindenwood Dec. 14-16 at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … The Lakers will be without the Bram sisters, Bailey (21 goals, 48 points) and Shelby (6 goals, 17 points), who are playing for the Canadian National Women’s Under-22/Development Team at the Meco Cup (formerly MLP Cup) in Germany. They have combined for one point in the first two games for Canada (2-0). … Senior G Hillary Pattenden can add to her NCAA Division I record total of 92 career wins. She is tied for fifth nationally with a .750 winning percentage (12-4-0), tied for sixth in save percentage (.939) and seventh in goals-against average (1.72). … Sophomore F Christine Bestland (15 goals, 39 points) ranks sixth nationally in scoring. … Syracuse is winless in three straight and in seven of 11 games since a season-high, three-game winning streak. … The Orange opened CHA play with a 2-1 loss and 1-1 tie against Robert Morris Dec. 9-10. … They have scored 48 goals in 21 games (2.28 per game).

- Victor Fernandes


Posted: November 11th, 2011

Lindenwood University will become College Hockey America’s fifth team starting in the 2012-13 season, Commissioner Robert DeGregorio announced Friday. Lindenwood, a four-time ACHA club national champion located in St. Charles, Mo., is playing its first NCAA Division I season as an independent.

The school officially applied to the conference in September. The Lions are 1-12 this season, with their only win coming against College of Saint Benedict, a D-III school from St. Cloud, Minn., on Nov. 4.

They have lost 11 games against D-I opponents by a combined 100-12 score. They are 0-4 against current CHA schools Mercyhurst College (7-0 and 14-1 losses) and Robert Morris (8-0 and 7-2). They face Syracuse for two games Dec. 2-3, followed by two games at Mercyhurst Dec. 14-15.


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