Mass. College Hockey: BU Women’s Wins Third Straight Hockey East Championship

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Boston University sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the women’s ice hockey team, which captured its third straight Hockey East crown this afternoon with a 3-2 win over archival Boston College:

HYANNIS, Mass. –  The Boston University women’s ice hockey team won its third straight Hockey East championship after a 3-2 come-from-behind win over fourth-ranked and top-seeded Boston College on Sunday afternoon at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center.

BU (24-12-1) trailed by a goal entering the third period, but a power-play goal by senior captain Louise Warren and freshman Maddie Elia’s game-winner within the first 8:12 of the frame propelled the Terriers back to the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight year. BU joins New Hampshire as the only schools with four or more conference crowns.

The Terriers will visit No. 1 Minnesota in a rematch of last season’s national championship game. The quarterfinal contest will be played at Ridder Arena at 5 p.m. ET. BC (27-6-3) also advanced to the national tournament with an at-large bid, making it the third straight year that both schools have made the final eight.

Senior goaltender Kerrin Sperry was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season after her second straight 40-plus save performance of the weekend. She stopped 119 of the 125 shots she faced during the three tournament tilt, including all 18 that BC threw at her in the final frame. The North Reading, Mass., native is the second back-to-back MVP honoree in the 12-year tournament history and won her last nine Hockey East tournament starts, which is a league record.

Sophomore Rebecca Russo tallied a goal and assisted on Elia’s winner. Senior Kaleigh Fratkin had an assist, as did sophomore Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga and junior Shannon Stoneburgh. Fratkin, Russo, Sperry and Warren were all chosen for the All-Tournament Team.

Dana Trivigno gave BC a 1-0 lead just 1:15 into the proceedings, but Russo tied the game at the 8:04 mark with her second power-play goal of the weekend. After the Eagles cleared the zone, Stoneburgh retrieved the puck and went indirect off the boards to Russo in the neutral zone. The sophomore forward skated into the BC zone and beat Corinne Boyles (31 saves) with a wrister from the slot for her 11th goal of the season.

Sperry and the Terrier penalty killers were tasked with killing two minutes of a 5-on-3 power play after sophomores Sarah Lefort and Dakota Woodworth each took a penalty on the same shift. They came through in fine style and held the Eagles to just one shot on goal.

BC took a 2-1 lead into the second period thanks to a Taylor Wasylk goal with 26 seconds to play in the first. Sophomore Jordan Juron thought she tied the game early in the second stanza when her shot bounced off Boyles and appeared to cross the goal line. Video replay confirmed that Boyles gloved the puck on the line just in time to keep the Eagles on top. The Terriers outplayed the Eagles in the middle frame, outshooting BC by a 14-5 margin.

Warren tied the game, 2-2, with the Terriers’ second power-play goal of the game at the 2:50 mark of the third period. Sophomore Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga cycled the puck to Fratkin, who fired the perfect pass to Warren in front. She redirected it past Boyles for her 27th strike of the season.

Elia provided the tournament-winner at the 8:12 juncture of the period. Off an offensive-zone draw, Russo’s initial shot was turned aside by Boyles, but Elia collected the rebound, wrapped around the cage and tucked the puck into the back of the net for her 13th goal of the season.

The Eagles pressed in the final five minutes, but Sperry was sharp in turning aside all eight shots she faced within that time frame. Boyles was pulled in favor of an extra attacker with 1:02 remaining in regulation, but the Terriers held BC to just one shot on goal in the final minute.

BU has won all three tournaments decided in Hyannis. The Terriers went 3-1-0 against the WCHA this season, including two wins over Minnesota Duluth.

36th Women’s Boston Beanpot: Boston College Tops Northeastern, 3-0

By NoontimeSports.com 

The 36th Women’s Boston Beanpot tournament concluded this evening with Boston College defeating Northeastern University, 3-0, at Kelley Rink in Chestnut Hill.

BC, which hadn’t won the tournament since defeating Harvard 3-1 in 2011, earned its fifth title in program history. The win also avenged last year’s 4-3 setback to Northeastern.

Taylor Wasylk provided the Eagles with the lead for good when she netted her 10th goal of the season at 16:02 in the first period. BC’s lead would increase to 3-0 in the third, thanks to power play strikes by Meagan Mangene and Melissa Bizzari

BC’s Corinne Boyles improved to 18-5-2 between the pipes as she stopped 25 shots, including 12 during the final frame, while Andie Anastos finished the contest with two assists.

Northeastern netminder Chloe Desjardins deflected 27 of 30 shots, while Katie MacSorley fired eight shots on net.

BC and Northeastern will each return to action on Saturday, February 15 as the Eagles travel to Maine for a 1 p.m. face-off, while the Huskies host Connecticut for a 2 p.m. face-off.

Mass. College Hockey: All-New England Teams & Awards

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of Northeastern University Associate Director of Athletics Communication Mark Majewski, here’s this evening’s release about the All-New England Teams and Awards:

BOSTON – The New England Hockey Writers Division I and II/III Men’s and Women’s All-Star teams and awards have been finalized after tallying votes from all Division I, II and III coaches and respective media outlets throughout New England. This year’s banquet will be held on Tuesday, April 16 at the Prince Restaurant in Saugus, Mass. The banquet will start at 6 p.m. All awards and All-Star teams will be presented at the gala. All coaches, student-athletes, family members and friends are encouraged to attend Tuesday’s banquet. Please contact Kristen Blake at (781) 245-2122 or by email at intern@hockeyeastonline.com for information on attending this event. Cost is $40 per person.

Below are the award winners for all four teams.

2012-13 NEW ENGLAND MEN’S DIVISION I ALL-STARS AND AWARDS

CLARK HODDER AWARD – DIVISION I COACH OF THE YEAR  

Rand Pecknold (Quinnipiac)

LEONARD FOWLE AWARD – MOST VALUABLE PLAYER    

Johnny Gaudreau, So., F, Carney’s Point, N.J. (Boston College)

GEORGE C. CARENS AWARD – ROOKIE OF THE YEAR  

Jon Gillies. Fr., G, South Portland, Maine (Providence)

HERB GALLAGHER AWARD – BEST FORWARD  

Johnny Gaudreau, So., F, Carney’s Point, N.J. (Boston College)

BOB MONAHAN AWARD – BEST DEFENSEMAN  

Chad Ruhwedel, Jr., D, San Diego, Calif. (UMass Lowell)

PAUL HINES AWARD – MOST IMPROVED PLAYER  

Evan Rodrigues, So., F, Etobicoke, Ontario (Boston University)

FRANK JONES AWARD – MOST DEFENSIVE FORWARD

Tim Schaller, Sr., F, Merrimack, N.H. (Providence College)

JOE TOMASELLO AWARD – UNSUNG HERO 

Danny Biega, Sr., D, Montreal, Quebec (Harvard)

PARKER / YORK AWARD – CONTRIBUTION TO NEW ENGLAND HOCKEY 

Jack Parker (Boston University)

GOALTENDERS    

Eric Hartzell, Sr., G, White Bear Lake, Minn. (Quinnipiac)

Jon Gillies, Fr., G, South Portland, Maine (Providence)

DEFENSEMEN   

Trevor van Riemsdyk, So., D, Middletown, N.J. (New Hampshire)

Chad Ruhwedel, Jr., D, San Diego, Calif. (UMass Lowell)

Mike Matheson, Fr., D, Pointe-Claire, Quebec (Boston College)

Jordan Heywood, Jr., D, Regina, Saskatchewan (Merrimack)

FORWARDS    

Johnny Gaudreau, So., F, Carney’s Point, N.J. (Boston College)

Steven Whitney, Sr., F, Reading, Mass. (Boston College)

Mike Collins, Jr., F, Boston, Mass. (Merrimack)

Kenny Agostino, Jr., F, Flanders, N.J. (Yale)

Brett Gensler, Jr., F, St. Charles, Mo. (Bentley)

Joe Pendenza, Jr., F, Wilmington, Mass. (UMass Lowell)

 

2012-13 NEW ENGLAND WOMEN’S DIVISION I ALL-STARS AND AWARDS

DIVISION I WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR  

Katie King Crowley (Boston College)

DIVISION I WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Alex Carpenter, So., F, North Reading, Mass. (Boston College)

GOALTENDERS

Corinne Boyles, Sr., G, Wheaton, Ill. (Boston College)

Roxanne Douville, Jr., G, Beloeil, Quebec (Vermont)

DEFENSEMEN  

Blake Bolden, Sr., D, Stow, Ohio (Boston College)

Shannon Doyle, Jr., D, Baldwin, Ontario (Boston University)

Regan Boulton, Sr., D, Brandon, Manitoba (Quinnipiac)

Emily Pfalzer, So., D, Getzville, N.Y. (Boston College)

FORWARDS   

Alex Carpenter, So., F, North Reading, Mass. (Boston College)

Kendall Coyne, So., F, Palos Heights, Ill. (Northeastern)

Marie-Philip Poulin, Jr., F, Beauceville, Quebec (Boston University)

Kelly Babstock, Jr., F, Mississauga, Ontario (Quinnipiac)

Jillian Dempsey, Sr., F, Winthrop, Mass. (Harvard)

Haley Skarupa, Fr., F, Rockville, Md. (Boston College)

 

 2012-13 NEW ENGLAND MEN’S DIVISION II/III ALL-STARS AND AWARDS

DIVISION II/III MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR

Peter Belisle (UMass Boston)

DIVISION II/III MEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Colin Mulvey, Sr., F, Worcester, Mass. (Norwich University)

GOALTENDERS

Zeke Testa, Sr., G, Wellesley, Mass. (Babson)

Ben Coulthard, Jr., G, South Windsor, Conn. (Trinity)

Jack Astedt, Sr., G, Angelholm, Sweden (Plymouth State)

DEFENSEMEN 

Shaun Jameson, Sr., D, Long Beach, Calif. (Wentworth)

Rob Florentino, Sr., D, West Roxbury, Mass. (UMass Boston)

Brett Kaneshiro, Sr., D, Laguna Niguel, Calif. (Curry College)

Ollie Koo, Jr., D, Greenwich, Conn. (Bowdoin)

Tim McGarry, Sr., D, Kennett Square, Pa. (Bowdoin)

Brandon Hew, Sr., D, Fresno, Calif. (Amherst)

FORWARDS 

Keith Buehler. Jr., F, Skaneateles, N.Y. (Wesleyan)

Joseph Caveney, Sr., F, Fitchburg, Mass. (Fitchburg State)

Colin Mulvey, Sr., F, Worcester, Mass. (Norwich)

Travis Janke, Jr., F, Swift Current, Saskatchewan (Norwich)

Travis Daniel, Jr., F, North Brunswick, N.J. (UMass Boston)

Josh Harris, Sr., F, Torrance, Calif. (Castleton)

Branden Parkhouse, Sr., F, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Becker)

Pier-Oliver Cotnoir, Sr., F, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec (Norwich)

Daniel Weiniger, Sr., F, Warren, N.J. (Bowdoin)

2012-13 NEW ENGLAND WOMEN’S DIVISION II/III ALL-STARS AND AWARDS

DIVISION II/III WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR  

Marissa O’Neil (Bowdoin College)

DIVISION II/III WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR   

Geneva Lloyd, Sr., D, Calgary, Alberta (Amherst College)

GOALTENDERS

Alexa Pujol, Jr., G, New Canaan, Conn. (Trinity)

Kayla Lessard, Sr., G, Enfield, Conn. (Bowdoin)

DEFENSEMEN

Geneva Lloyd, Sr., D, Calgary, Alberta (Amherst)

Kayla Parsons, Jr., D, Fairbanks, Alaska (Norwich)

Rachel Porter, Sr., D, Franklin, Mass. (Salve Regina)

Madison Styrbicki, Sr., D, Edina, Minn. (Middlebury)

FORWARDS

Tori Charron, Jr., F, Tecumseh, Ontario (Norwich)

Jill DeBus, Sr., F, Howell, Mich. (Norwich)

Kayte Holtz, Sr., F, New Berlin, Wis. (Bowdoin)

Rachel Kennedy, Fr., F, Trumbull, Conn. (Bowdoin)

Tori Salmon, So., F, Batavia, N.Y. (Amherst)

Courtney Winters, Jr., F, Swampscott, Mass. (Saint Anselm)

BU Women’s Hockey Tops BC, 4-2 (Press Release)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of Boston University athletics, here is Friday’s press release from the Terriers first hockey game of the season against Boston College: 

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Freshman forward Sarah Lefort (Ormstown, Que.) scored her first two collegiate goals as the No. 6 Boston University women’s ice hockey team defeated No. 3/4 Boston College, 4-2, on Friday night at Conte Forum.

Lefort scored in the second period to tie the game and then potted the winner at the 6:17 mark of the final frame. Junior co-captain Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que.)assisted on both of Lefort’s goals, as BU begins its season with a 1-0-0 record.

Sophomore defenseman Shannon Stoneburgh (Pickering, Ont.) opened the scoring for BU while freshman forward Jordan Juron (Latham, N.Y.) scored her first collegiate goal to close the Terriers’ account. Freshman Rebecca Russo (Shelton, Conn.) collected her first collegiate assist on Stoneburgh’s goal to round out the scoring for the Terrier rookies.

Ten Terriers in total registered a point as BU improved to 7-0-1 at Conte Forum in its last eight league games. Junior Kerrin Sperry made 29 saves to earn the win, including 12 in the second period.

Stoneburgh scored the first goal of the Terriers’ 2012-13 campaign at the 2:28 mark of the first period when her shot from the top of the left circle snuck through Corinne Boyles’ (24 saves) five-hole. Russo and senior Jenelle Kohanchuk each added an assist.

The Eagles nearly evened the score with 7:10 remaining the period, but Sperry stoned sophomore Alex Carpenter, the team’s leading goal-scorer last season, with a nifty blocker save to maintain the status quo.

Sperry had Carpenter’s number again later in the first when she kicked her left leg out to deny the sophomore. However, the Eagles finally beat Sperry at the 3:08 mark of the second stanza, with Carpenter earning an assist on Emily Field’s goal. BC took the lead nearly three minutes later on the power play when Ashley Motherwell scored to make it a 2-1 game.

The Terriers responded quickly, however, and tallied their second goal of the game at the 9:05 mark of the second period thanks to a pretty 2-on-1 between Poulin and Lefort. Redshirt sophomore Caroline Campbell began the play with a pass up the right wing to Poulin before a line change. The junior co-captain then streaked into the BC zone and slid a pass to Lefort, who had a wide open net in which to place the puck.

BC did its best to try and regain the lead at the end of the second period, but Sperry stood tall. She made two great saves with 5:50 to play in the period, including a kick save off a point-blank rebound. The junior netminder then kept the game tied right before the intermission when she saved a 2-on-1 chance and covered the loose puck while skaters from both sides converged on top of the crease.

Lefort grabbed the game-winner thanks to the Terriers forcing a turnover in their own zone. Poulin picked a loose puck up and pushed it forward to senior co-captain Jill Cardella. She streaked up the right wing and passed it to Lefort, who was at the left post to tip it past Boyles.

Juron’s goal came just 41 seconds after Lefort gave BU the lead. Junior Louise Warren’s initial shot was stopped, but Juron was in perfect position to fire home the rebound. Senior Isabel Menard also assisted on the goal.

Sperry made 23 of her 29 saves in the final two frames to preserve the victory, which was the 41st of her career. She is now three wins away from breaking the program record set by former goaltender Allyse Wilcox (’09).

BU will be back in action on Saturday afternoon when the Terriers welcome the Boston Blades of the CWHL to Walter Brown Arena for an exhibition contest. Former Terriers Kasey Boucher (’12) and Holly Lorms (’11) will face their former team for the first time. Puck drop is scheduled for 3 p.m.

For more information on the women’s hockey team — HOP HERE.

Countdown to 34th Women’s Boston Beanpot: Boston College

By NoontimeSports.com 

Our trip to the 34th Annual Women’s Boston Beanpot on Tuesday, Jan. 31, begins with a quick look at the Boston College Eagles.

BC Eagles Women’s Hockey:

Record: (18-7-2)

Hockey East Record: (11-3-2)

Current Streak: BC will enter Tuesday’s contest against Northeastern University having won two of their last three games. They recently lost to Boston University on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6-0.

Last Beanpot Championship: The Eagles soared to victory last year by defeating Boston University in the opening round, and Harvard University in the championship.

Biggest Win: The most commanding win the Eagles endured this season was against Princeton University on November 25, 2011. The Eagles tallied three goals in the first period, two in the second, and one in the third to earn their ninth victory of the season.

Toughest Loss: Despite outshooting Boston University in the third frame, the Terriers defeated the Eagles, 6-0. Junior Corinne Boyles registered her seventh loss between the pipes, but managed to save 30 shots.  

Player to Watch: Freshman Alex Carpenter leads the Eagles with 26 points, (14 goals, 12 assists). So far this season, she’s registered three game winning goals and three game winning assists.

Beanpot Prediction: The Eagles enter the tournament as the clear favorite. They’ve won two of the last three tournaments, and three of the last five. BC has only lost twice in the month of January, but has earned four critical conference victories. Finally, against Northeastern this season, BC is 2-0-1, and has outscored the Huskies, 8-3.