Nov. 19, 2008
By Amy Farnum Novin
Boston University is enjoying a program-record nine-game unbeaten streak (6-0-3) and the team’s highest ranking ever at No. 5 after posting a pair of victories last weekend.
Senior goaltender Allyse Wilcox garnered Hockey East Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week for her contributions in front of the net. The native of Grand Blanc, Mich., tallied 30 saves in a 2-0 victory over Princeton for her first shutout of the season, improving her goals against average to 1.83, and save percentage to .934. She ranks fourth in the Hockey East in GAA. Wilcox has served as the Terriers’ primary goaltender since the program’s inception in 2005.
BACK IN THE MIX: Mercyhurst worked its way back into the USCHO.com Division I poll at No. 10 after sweeping Syracuse to extend the Lakers’ winning streak to three games following a three-game skid at the end of October.
Junior Meghan Agosta collected seven points in the two games, beginning with a power-play goal and an assist on the game-winning goal in the 4-1 win on Nov. 14. The forward from Ruthven, Ontario, then netted a hat trick, including the game-winning score, the next day. She was named College Hockey America Player of the Week for her outstanding play.
Freshman goaltender Hillary Pattenden fended off 34 of 36 shots over the weekend as she improved her season mark to 6-1-0, earning CHA Rookie of the Week honors.
KNIGHT, KNIGHT: After returning from the 2008 Women’s Four Nations Cup during a stint with Team USA, Wisconsin’s Hilary Knight did not miss a beat.
The sophomore from Hanover, N.H., began the Badgers’ sweep of North Dakota with a trio of assists in a 5-1 win on Nov. 15, and followed it up with her second hat trick of the season in a 4-0 victory a day later. Knight completed her natural hat trick with a power-play goal in the third period against UND. The Badgers remained unbeaten in 22 games against North Dakota with the two victories.
Knight currently leads the nation with 1.33 goals per game, and ranks fourth in Division I with 2.08 points per game. She also is also tied for the nation’s lead in power-play goals with seven on the season.
RED RETURN: The return of Cornell sophomore Rebecca Johnston to the Big Red lineup last week made an immediate impact as she led the team with four goals in a sweep of ECAC Hockey foes. Johnston missed the first three games of November serving as a member of Team Canada in the Four Nations Cup – a period in which the Big Red was 0-2-1.
Johnston, the native of Sudbury, Ontario, netted the first two goals of the game in a 3-2 overtime win against Brown, and then added another pair of scores in the Big Red’s 3-0 victory against Yale the following day. It was the first time Cornell defeated Yale since the 2002-03 season. She leads the team with 12 points in four games of action.
For her efforts, Johnston picked up her second ECAC Hockey Player of the Week nod as the Big Red improved to 4-2-1 on the year.