Feb. 5, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

FINDING THE NET:  UW-Superior moved up to third place in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association after notching a pair of league victories last weekend behind the offensive prowess of junior forward Jodi Holland.

The native of Rochester, Minn., tallied a natural hat trick, including a game-winning goal, as the Yellowjackets downed Concordia-Wisconsin, 5-3, on Jan. 30.  Holland followed with two goals, including another game-winner, as UWS posted a convincing 6-0 victory over Lake Forest.  She was named NCHA Player of the Week for her contributions, and leads the league with 17 goals and eight power-play goals.

With the wins, the Yellowjackets earned their first four-point weekend since November when they swept Concordia during a two-game series.

STALEMATE:   When nationally-ranked Plattsburgh and Middlebury met in a mid-week, non-conference, match-up on Feb. 4, not much was decided in the squads’ second meeting of the season.

Middlebury’s Maggie Melberg netted a game-tying goal with 11 seconds remaining in regulation and the No. 3 Panthers and No. 2 Cardinals then played a scoreless overtime, ending the game with a 2-2 tie.  It was the second time this season that the teams played to a 2-2 tie, keeping the all-time series even at 7-7-2.

The Panthers did extend their unbeaten streak to nine games (7-0-2), which Plattsburgh pushed its unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1).  Middlebury’s two goals were the first scored against the Cardinals in three games.

MAKING THE STOP:  Saint Anselm College sophomore Carley Berry garnered ECAC East Goalie of the Week for the second time this season after compiling 99 saves in a 2-1 week for the Hawks.  

The native of Danvers, Mass., tallied 41 saves in a loss to No. 2 Plattsburgh State on Jan. 27, but followed with 25 saves against league foe Nichols College in a 7-2 win.  Berry then added 33 saves as the Hawks handed Holy Cross its first loss of the season.

Saint Anselm sits in first place in Division C of the ECAC East standings.  Berry ranks fifth in the league with a 1.98 goals against average, and is third with a .926 save percentage.

MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES:  Adrian College will join the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association beginning next season (2009-10) after competing for two seasons as a Division III independent.

Adrian and Marian College’s addition to the conference next season will increase the NCHA’s membership in women’s ice hockey to nine schools.  The league has an NCAA automatic bid for the conference winner.  No. 10 Adrian has played or will play all seven of the current NCHA members this season.

"It's an honor to be welcomed into the NCHA," said first-year head coach Melissa Lomanto. "The conference is comprised of successful hockey programs that will challenge our program and allow us to compete for a national championship. This would not be possible without the effort and support from Adrian College and the athletic department."

NOTABLE:  Concordia (Minn.) College’s Becca Kent contributed three goals and three assists in the Cobbers’ weekend sweep of Augsburg as they climbed to fourth place in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings. The native of Princeton, Minn., played a key role in an offense that produced 14 goals on the weekend – the most in a two-game series in program history.  Kent was named MIAC Player of the Week for her efforts, and is currently tied for the team lead with nine goals … Connecticut College’s Erin Davey sparked the Camels to a pair of New England Small College Athletic Conference road wins last weekend as they moved into third place in the league standings.  The native of Nashua, N.H., combined for three goals and an assist against Hamilton and Wesleyan to earn NESCAC Player of the Week honors.  She has scored five goals in her last four contests … Top-ranked Gustavus Adolophus stretched its unbeaten streak to 17 games (14-0-3) with a sweep of St. Benedict’s to remain unbeaten in MIAC play.   The Gusties have not lost a contest since the opening game of the season against Adrian.   They are 26-0-0 in the all-time series against St. Benedict’s.