Jan. 12, 2010


By Amy Farnum

Freshman forward Holly Carrie-Mattimoe earned College Hockey America Rookie of the Week honors after sparking Syracuse University to a pair of victories last week that pushed the Orange into the USCHO.com poll for the first time in program history.

The native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, netted the game-winning goal in a 1-0 overtime victory versus then-No. 8 Cornell, giving the Orange their first-ever win over a nationally-ranked opponent.  Carrie-Mattimoe went on to tally the first goal of the game in a 7-2 defeat at St. Anselm on Jan. 8, and then assisted on the game-winning score.  She has netted goals in three straight games, and ranks fourth on the squad with 16 points.

No. 10 Syracuse will defend its new national ranking when its hosts Quinnipiac in a two-game series on Jan. 15-16.
The first-ever women’s collegiate hockey outdoor game drew an NCAA-record crowd of 6,889 fans who witnessed New Hampshire rally from  3-1 deficit entering the third period en route to a 5-3 win over then-No. 9 Northeastern at the Sun Life Frozen Fenway at Fenway Park on Jan. 8.

WILD RIDE: UNH freshman forward Kristina Lavoie netted the game-winning goal with 5:30 remaining in the contest, and followed it up with an empty-net tally, to lift the Wildcats to their 26th straight victory against the Huskies.  The native of Fonthill, Ontario, was named the Hockey East’s Rookie of the Week for her contributions.

Lavoie has five multi-point outings, and has compiled six points in the last three games.  She ranks third on the team with eight goals, and is ninth in the nation in rookie scoring with 0.84 points per game.

No. 3 New Hampshire returns to the ice for a home-and-home Hockey East series versus Providence on Jan. 15-16.  The Wildcats trail first-place Northeastern by two points in the league standings.

ROOKIE REWARD: Quinnipiac University moved into a tie for second place in the ECAC Hockey standings as the Bobcats downed then-No. 5 Harvard and Dartmouth behind the stellar goaltending of freshman Victoria Vigilanti last weekend.

The native of Woodbridge, Ontario, stopped 51 shots in the two contests, allowing just one goal in the Bobcats’ 2-1 defeat of Dartmouth.  Vigilanti tallied 31 saves in her third shutout of the season as Quinnipiac knocked off Harvard, 1-0, for the first time in program history.  She was named ECAC Goaltender and Rookie of the Week for her performance.

"Victoria was at her best this weekend," said head coach Rick Seeley. "She has been solid for us all year but her confidence and determination seem to peaking. I thought our team played very well in front of her but she still knew she would need to be close to perfect for us to enjoy this kind of success...and she was."

The Bobcats travel to Syracuse for a two-game non-conference series on Jan. 15-16.

CUP FOR THE CANADIANS:  Mercyhurst juniors Vicki Bendus and Jesse Scanzano and sophomore Bailey Bram combined for seven goals and 18 points as members of the Canadian National Women’s Under-22 Team that claimed the 2010 MLP Cup in Ravensburg, Germany, on Jan. 9.  

Bendus recorded a goal and two assists in the 9-0 win over Switzerland in the gold medal game as the Canadians captured their seventh gold medal in the last eight years.  

The trio now returns to the top-ranked Lakers, who will host No. 4 Clarkson on Jan. 15-16 in non-conference play.