Dec. 9, 2008


RED HOT: Cornell's Rebecca Johnston picked up her third ECAC Hockey Player of the Week award of the season after helping the Big Red to three points in a pair of league games last week.

The sophomore forward from Sudbury, Ontario, tallied an assist in a 3-2 win at Clarkson on Dec. 5, and added her first career hat trick plus an assist in a 4-4 tie against third-ranked St. Lawrence the next day. The tie ended a 19-game losing streak for Cornell against the Saints, giving the Big Red three points after a St. Lawrence/Clarkson weekend for the first time in program history. Johnston paces the nation with 2.30 points per game, and ranks second in Division I with 1.20 goals per game.

The Big Red will return to the ice on Jan. 4 against Providence.

FIRST TIMERS: The University of Vermont claimed its first win over a ranked opponent as the Catamounts upended then-No. 6 Boston University on Dec. 6.

Sophomore Teddy Fortin and senior goaltender Ashley Walenty garnered Hockey East TPS Player of the Week and Pure Hockey Co-Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for their efforts.

Fortin netted a pair of goals against BU, including the game-winner, and also recorded an assist in a 2-1 loss to Northeastern the following day. The native of Brunswick, Maine, now leads the team with 12 points.

Walenty stopped a season-high 34 shots against BU for the Catamounts' second straight win in Hockey East play. The native of Lake Placid, N.Y., also registered 23 saves in the loss to Northeastern.

GOAL BY BOAL: Wayne State University posted a sweep at Niagara as senior Melissa Boal became only the fifth player in NCAA Division I history to score 100 career goals. The NCAA began sponsoring the sport in 2000-01.

The native of Pakenham, Ontario, began the weekend with two scores, a power-play goal and game-winner, and an assist in WSU's 5-3 come-from-behind win on Dec. 5. Boal then added another power-play goal in a 4-2 win the next day, earning College Hockey American Player of the Week honors. She ranks sixth in the nation with 1.75 points per game.

Wayne State has won nine of its last 10 games entering winter break. The Warriors resume play on Jan. 2 at St. Cloud State.

NOTABLE: Harvard junior goaltender Christina Kessler has been selected as a member of Canada's National Women's Under-22 Team to compete at the 2009 MLP Cup on Jan. 2-6 in Ravensburg, Germany. Canada will be vying for their seventh straight title in the event. Kessler, who ranks 14th in the nation with a 1.89 goals against average, will miss at least three games in goal for the No. 9 Crimson. She set the NCAA Division I single-season shutout record with 12 last year ... Connecticut's Michelle Binning notched her fourth game-winning goal of the season with a power-play tally in the third period of a 2-1 victory over then-No. 8 Boston College on Dec. 5. She is tied for second in the nation in game-winners and leads the Huskies with seven power-play goals.