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Re: Hockey - women:

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:52 pm

Southern Maine Seeded Fifth for ECAC Women’s East Tourney

GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine women’s ice hockey team will be the fifth seed and head to Rutland, Vt., on Saturday (4:00 p.m.) to play fourth-seeded Castleton State College in the opening round of the 2015 ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Women’s East Championship Tournament. The ECAC announced the pairings for this year’s tournament Sunday evening.

The Huskies head into the tournament with an 8-14-3 overall record and a 6-8-3 record in league play during the regular season. The Spartans grabbed the final home ice berth for the opening round, passing the Huskies with their win over New England College on the final day of the regular season. The Spartans bring a 12-11-2 overall record into the tournament and were 7-8-2 in league play, including a 5-0 shutout over the Huskies in the season-opening game back in November and a 1-1 tie at USM on February 14.

The four first-round winners will be re-seeded for the semifinals on March 7, with the highest remaining seed taking on the lowest remaining seed, followed by the other two first-round winners playing for the right to advance to the championship game. The two semifinal winners will play for the championship on March 8 with the winner earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament. The semifinals and championship game will be held at the highest seed remaining after the first round games.

The Spartans and Huskies met last year in a first-round tournament game with the Spartans prevailing 1-0. It is the only previous playoff meeting between the two schools.

Junior forwards Anna Daniels (Falun, Sweden) and Taylor Steadman (Hartford, Vt.) lead the Spartans offensively with 22 points (11g, 11a) and 19 points (9g, 10a), respectively. In goal, senior Paula Stephens (Seattle, Wash.) and junior Jess Cameron (Mt. Mellick, P.E.I.) have split the playing time in goal this season.

Sophomore Katie Couture (Harrisville, R.I.) leads the Huskies’ scoring list with 18 points (10g, 8a), followed by classmate Lynn Kozlowski (Stoneham, Mass.) with 16 points (7g, 9a) and senior Julia Pearl (Essex Jct., Vt.) with 15 (7g, 8a). Either senior Liz Bergstrom (Chanhassen, Minn.) or junior Nia Kelly (Santa Rosa, Calif.) will get the nod in goal for the Huskies.



2015 ECAC Women’s East Championship Tournament

First Round Games (Saturday, Feb. 28. At the higher seed)

#5 Southern Maine (8-14-3; 6-8-3) at #4 Castleton State (12-11-2; 7-8-2) 4:00

#6 UMass Boston (9-12-4; 6-9-2) at #3 Manhattanville (10-10-5; 8-6-3) 7:00

#7 Nichols (8-17-0; 5-12-0) at #2 Salve Regina (15-8-1; 13-4-0) 7:00

#8 Univ. of New England (6-14-5; 3-11-3) at #1 Norwich (18-4-3; 15-0-2) 3:00



Semifinals (Saturday, March 7. At highest remaining seed)

Lowest remaining seed vs. Highest remaining seed tba

Other two first-round winners tba



Championship (Sunday, March 8)

Two semifinal winners tba



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Re: Hockey - women:

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:05 pm

Women’s College Ice Hockey
ECAC Women’s East Tournament - Quarterfinal Round Game

#5 Southern Maine Falls to #4 Castleton in Overtime 2-1

RUTLAND, Vt. -- Freshman Hannah Rose (Kenora, Ont.) scored at 15:17 of sudden-death overtime to give the fourth-seeded Castleton State College Spartans a hard-fought, 2-1 victory over the visiting fifth-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies Saturday in a first-round playoff game of the 2015 ECAC Women’s East Championships Tournament at Spartan Arena.

The victory moves the Spartans into next weekend’s semifinals against an opponent to be determined pending the outcomes of other first round games. The Spartans improved to 13-11 2 on the season. The Huskies are eliminated from the eight-team, single-elimination tournament and finished the season 8-15-3 overall.

Rose took advantage of a set up from junior Anna Daniels (Falun, Sweden) and senior Molly Howard (Shelburne, Vt.) to slip a shot inside the far post past USM junior goalie Nia Kelly (Santa Rosa, Calif.) for the game-winning goal.

The Spartans took a 1-0 at 5:25 of the first period as freshman Brianna Keats (Calgary, Alberta) scored her eighth goal of the season, Keats converted from junior Rachel Bombardier (Pittsford, Vt.) and sophomore Lisa Kilroy (Leominster, Mass.).

Senior Julia Pearl (Essex Jct., Vt.) equalized for the Huskies early in the second period scoring a power-play goal at 3:31. The goal, coming off a rebound, was the eighth of the season for Pearl. Junior Chelsea Boucher (Gilford, N.H.) earned the lone assist on the play.

The game settled into a battle of the goaltenders as Kelly and Castleton State senior Paula Stephens (Seattle, Wash.) matched saves for 51 minutes after Pearl’s goal. Kelly finished with 30 saves while Stephens stopped 21 shots.

Kilroy had a golden chance to reclaim the lead for the Spartans in the second period, but Kelly managed to hold her position in front of the near post and make the save to keep the score even. The USM netminder was at it again with less than five minutes remaining in the period as she made a spectacular save to deny Keats. After a Huskie turnover, Kilroy skated around the back of the net and slipped a backhand pass to Keats in the crease, but Kelly made a post-to-post move to reject the effort and preserve the 1-1 tie.

The best chance of the third period came when Kelly skated into the crease to knock a puck from danger and her clearance pass was intercepted by Rose, but the freshman forward's shot deflected off the goalie's pads and was cleared away.



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Re: Hockey - women:

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:11 pm

WOMEN'S HOCKEY FALLS TO AMHERST IN OVERTIME IN PLAYOFF GAME

AMHERST, Mass. -- The Colby College women's hockey team almost did it again to Amherst College, but this time the Jeffs pulled out a 2-1 overtime win in a New England Small College Athletic Conference quarterfinal game Saturday night.

The Mules were the seventh seed last year and upset Amherst in a league quarterfinal game. The seeds were the same this year, with the Jeffs the second seed and Colby at seven.

Both goalies were the key to the game in the first two periods of a scoreless tie. Colby goalie Jess Thulin made 37 saves to close out a terrific first season, while Jeff goaltender Yuna Evans made 29 saves.

Colby scored the first goal of the game when Megan Fortier scored in front off an assist from Brooke Gary at 7:39 of the third period.

Amherst, though, bounced back quickly and tied the game at 1-1 just 1:29 after the Colby goal. Emily Flom scored from Caitlyn Ryan and Erin Martin.

Colby had to kill off a penalty in the overtime session. The Jeffs took advantage of a Mule turnover near the goal. Tori Salmon picked up the puck, was patient to get Thulin to the ice, and then moved to her right to slam in the goal.

Colby closed out the season at 14-11 overall, finishing 14-7 in the final 21 games.

Amherst 2, Colby 1, OT
Scoring by Period - CLB 0-0-1-0=1; AMH 0-0-1-1=2
1st Period
Scoring - None
Penalties - None
2nd Period
Scoring - None
Penalties - Sasha Fritts, CLB (Roughing) 18:54; Anne Gillard, AMH (Roughing) 18:54
3rd Period
Scoring - 1, CLB Megan Fortier/6 (Brooke Gary/3) 7:39
2, AMH Emily Flom/10 (Caitlyn Ryan/12, Erin Martin/22) 9:08
Penalties - None
Overtime
Scoring - 3, AMH Tori Salmon/16 (Eileen Harris/4) 10:33 (GW)
Penalties - Megan Fortier, CLB (Hooking) 7:19
Colby Goaltending - Jessica Thulin (70:33, 39 shots, 37 saves, 2 GA)
Amherst Goaltending - Yuna Evans (70:33, 30 shots, 29 saves, 1 GA)
Win - Yuna Evans, AMH (10-2-2). Loss - Jessica Thulin, CLB (10-8-0).
Shots On Goal - CLB 10-10-5-5=30; AMH 12-7-14-6=39
Power Plays - CLB 0 of 0; AMH 0 of 1
Penalties - CLB 2 (4 min); AMH 1 (2 min)
New Records - Amherst 17-4-4, Colby 14-11-0
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