Nov. 19, 2008

By Amy Farnum Novin

Elmira College held on to the top spot in the Division III poll after turning in a 1-0-1 record against fifth-ranked RIT last weekend.

Senior Jamie Huntley combined for five goals in the two contests, beginning with a hat trick in a victory over the Tigers. The native of La Jolla, Calif., followed it up with a pair of scores in a 3-3 tie the next day, increasing her nation’s leading goal total to eight this season.

Huntley, who also paces the nation with four power-play goals, garnered ECAC West Player of the Week for her contributions to the Soaring Eagles’ success.  She plays a key role on an Elmira offense that ranks third in the nation with 5.33 goals per game.

GO FOR THE GUSTO: Gustavus Adolphus head coach Mike Carroll picked up his 200th career victory with a 3-0 win against Saint Mary’s on Nov. 15 as the Gusties improved to 2-0 in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action.

Carroll has been at the helm of the program for 10 seasons, compiling a 200-52-11 record and .783 winning percentage during the stretch.  He is only the second head coach in the history of Division III women’s ice hockey to reach the milestone.  Carroll also ranks third in winning percentage all-time among Division III active coaches.

Freshman goaltender Emily Klatt notched 12 saves in the victory, posting her second straight shutout in only her second game of action for the seventh-ranked Gusties.

BUILDING EXCITEMENT: Amherst College will open its season with a rematch of the New England Small College Athletic Conference championship game as the Lord Jeffs host Colby Nov. 21. 

The fourth-ranked Lord Jeffs will be looking to capture their third straight league title, while extending their conference-record 32-game unbeaten streak against league foes.

After bringing a 17-game unbeaten streak into the NCAA Tournament last year, Amherst’s luck ran out in a first-round 3-2 loss to Elmira, but the Lord Jeffs still finished the season with a No. 3 ranking – its’ highest in program history.

ROOKIE REWARD: Massachusetts Institute of Technology freshman forward Kameron Klauber tallied five points in the first two games of her collegiate career as she helped the Engineers to a 1-1 record, including the program’s first-ever season-opening victory.

The native of Carlsbad, Calif., registered an assist and a game-tying goal in her first game, a 3-2 victory over New England College on Nov. 14, and followed it up with a hat trick in MIT’s 5-3 loss to Saint Anselm the following day.

Klauber’s immediate impact earned her ECAC East Women’s Ice Hockey Player of the Week honors.

NOTABLE:  Bethel University opened its season with a sweep of Augsburg thanks to three goals and three assists by senior forward Bethany Murphy-Aultman of Grand Rapids, Minn.  Murphy-Aultman scored two goals in a span of 21 seconds in the Royals’ 7-1 win on Friday, and then added a goal and an assist in a 4-2 victory the next day.  The program’s all-time leading scorer with 88 points, Murphy-Aultman was named MIAC Player of the Week for her efforts … No. 3 Middlebury College began the season with a convincing 5-1 victory over Williams No. 15 as freshman Maggie Melberg showcased her talents with two goals and an assist in her first collegiate game.  The native of Woody Creek, Colo., was named NESCAC Player of the Week for her stellar start.