Nov. 10, 2009

 

By Amy Farnum
NCAA.com

TOUGH AT THE TOP:
Top-ranked Mercyhurst College bounced back from its only loss of the season with a two-game sweep of Wayne State (Mich.) as the Lakers opened College Hockey America league play last weekend.

Junior Jesse Scanzano, the CHA Preseason Player of the Year, paced the Lakers with four goals and two assists, including her third career hat trick in the series finale on Nov. 7. The forward from Montreal, Quebec, was named CHA Player of the Week for her contributions. Scanzano has totaled six goals and 17 points in just eight games.  

After a weekend off, the Lakers will return to CHA action in a two-game series at Niagara on Nov. 20-21.

KNIGHT SHIFT: Clarkson University kept its grip on the No. 2 spot in the latest USCHO.com Division I poll as the Golden Knights stretched their winning streak to seven games with a pair of ECAC Hockey road wins last weekend.

Senior defenseman Carlee Eusepi notched the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over then-No. 10 Harvard, and then added an assist on the game-winning score in the Golden Knights 3-1 win versus Dartmouth the next day.

The assistant captain from Oakville, Ontario, not only led Clarkson in scoring, but also anchored the Golden Knights’ defensive effort, which ranks second in the nation (1.15 GAA).  

Clarkson owns an 11-1-1 overall record and sits in first place in the ECAC Hockey standings with a 5-0-0 league mark. The Knights look to stay unbeaten in league play at Cornell and Colgate this weekend.

‘CATS ON THE PROWL: No. 3 New Hampshire stayed on top of the Hockey East standings with a three-point weekend in a home-and-home series against No. 8 Boston University, sparked the play of junior defenseman Courtney Birchard.

The native of Mississauga, Ontario, registered four points on the weekend, tallying a goal and an assist in both games against the Terriers.  Birchard helped the Wildcats avert their first Hockey East setback with a game-tying goal with 54 seconds remaining in the 4-4 series finale on Nov. 7.  She was named Hockey East Pure Hockey Player of the Week for her efforts.

Birchard has compiled seven goals and six assists for 13 points to lead the nation in defensemen scoring with 1.08 per game.  She also ranks second overall in the nation with five power-play goals.

The Wildcats look to stretch their five-game unbeaten at Vermont on Nov. 14.

TIGER TALES: Princeton cracked the USCHO.com Division I Poll at No. 10 this week after extending its unbeaten streak to five games with victories at Yale and Brown last weekend.

Freshman goaltender Cassie Seguin tallied 20 saves in her first collegiate win and shutout at Yale, and followed it up with 20 stops in the Tigers’ 5-0 victory over Brown the next day.  She was named ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week for her outstanding play.

Seguin has now played eight straight shutout periods and has a shutout streak of 163:16. She is 2-1-1 overall with a 1.64 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.

Princeton returns to action against ECAC Hockey foes Dartmouth and Harvard this weekend.