2008–09 Mercyhurst Lakers women's ice hockey season

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2008–09 Mercyhurst Lakers women's ice hockey season
College Hockey America champions
NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship, Runner-up
Conference CHA
Home ice Mercyhurst Ice Center
Rankings
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine TBD
USCHO.com/CBS College Sports TBD
Record
Overall 31-6
Home 17-0
Road 13-5
Neutral 1-1
Coaches and Captains
Head Coach Michael Sisti
Captain(s) Meghan Agosta
Alternate captain(s) Vicki Bendus

The 2008–09 Mercyhurst Lakers women's ice hockey team represented Mercyhurst College in the 2008–09 NCAA Division I women's ice hockey season. The Lakers were coached by Michael Sisti and had a 16-0 record in their conference. Assisting Sisti were Paul Colontino and Louis Goulet. Mike Folga was the Head Equipment Manager. The Lakers qualified for the Frozen Four and were finalists in the 2009 NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship. The Lakers went 16-0 in conference play last season en route to their seventh-straight CHA Title. From 2002 to 2009, the Lakers were 74-3-5 in the regular season against CHA competition and 14-0 in the postseason.[1]

Exhibition[edit]

Date Opponent Location Score
9/27/2008 Guelph Erie, Pa. 9-2
10/03/2008 Team USA Blaine, MN. 1-4
10/04/2008 Team USA Blaine, MN. 2-4

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Regular season[edit]

  • In the season-opening victory Oct. 10 at Boston University, Vicki Bendus registered two assists. Bendus scored a game-winning goal and added two helpers Nov. 22 at Brown. On December 6, Vicki Bendus scored two goals, including game-winner, vs. Syracuse. She had one of her best games as she scored one goal and added two assists, including a helper on Meghan Agosta’s game-winner, in win over Niagara Feb. 21.In addition, she assisted on Bailey Bram’s game-winning goal Feb. 27 at Wayne State.[3]
  • Bailey Bram recorded her first career goal, a game-winner, in first game, Oct. 10 at Boston University. Seven days later, she recorded two assists, helping on Valerie Chouinard’s game-winner, Oct. 17 vs. Renssalaer. She scored two goals Oct. 31 at Colgate and she scored a hat trick, including the game-winner, Feb. 7 at Niagara. Bram netted the game-winner in each game during weekend series Feb. 27 and 28 at Wayne State. She scored multiple goals in two games and two or more points in seven contests.[4]
  • Rookie goaltender Hillary Pattenden played in and started 27 games as a freshman, while posting a 24-3-0 record along with a 1.95 goals against average, .906 save percentage and one shutout. Pattenden became the first freshman goaltender to post 20 or more wins in a single season. She won 12 consecutive decisions from Jan. 23 at Robert Morris through NCAA semifinal victory over Minnesota on March 20. Pattenden recorded her first collegiate win Oct. 10 at Boston University and won her first three starts of the season.[5]
  • Meghan Agosta appeared in 32 games and led the team and conference with 41 goals, 37 assists, 78 points, 14 power-play goals, three shorthanded goals, +40 plus/minus rating, and 280 shots.
  • Vicki Bendus was named assistant captain. She ranked second on the team and tied for third in the conference with five game-winning goals and two shorthanded tallies. She ranked third on the team and third in the CHA in assists. She ranked seventh in CHA in points scored.[3]
  • Jesse Scanzano led the team with a .191 shooting percentage while ranking second on team in goals, assists, points, and power-play goals (11). For her efforts, she was named to the All-CHA Second Team. Scanzano’s numbers were the fifth-best single-season offensive numbers in program history. She averaged 2.25 points per game during 16 conference games and was second in conference scoring behind teammate Meghan Agosta. Overall, she ranked sixth in the nation in points scored, and eighth in NCAA Division I in goals and assists[6]

Standings[edit]

Scoring streaks[edit]

  • Vicki Bendus had a seven-game point scoring streak from Nov. 14 through Dec. 12, registering four multiple-point contests and two game-winners during that span. In addition, she recorded a goal in four straight games from Nov. 21 through Dec. 6. From Feb. 13 through Feb. 27, she recorded 10 assists in five-game span.
  • Bailey Bram posted a seven game point-scoring streak (four goals, six assists) from Feb. 21 through NCAA semifinal vs. No. 2 Minnesota on March 20

Roster[edit]

Number Name Height Position Shoots Class
1 Nicole Nelson 5-8 G L Sr.
4 Pamela Zgoda 5-6 D R Fr.
6 Johanna Malmstrom 5-8 D L Jr.
8 Melissa Lacroix 5-9 D R So.
9 Kelley Steadman 5-11 F R Fr.
11 Vicki Bendus 5-1 F R So.
13 Bailey Bram 5-7 F L Fr.
15 Anna Johnson 5-11 D L Fr.
16 Hayley McMeekin 5-5 F L Sr.
18 Valerie Chouinard 5-5 F R Sr.
20 Meghan Corbett 5-6 F R Fr.
21 Ashley Cockell 5-8 D R So.
22 Jess Jones 5-4 F L Fr.
23 Jesse Scanzano 6-0 F R So.
26 Geena Prough 5-2 F/D R So.
27 Julie Hersey 5-8 F R Fr.
28 Cassea Schols 5-9 D R So.
30 Hillary Pattenden 5-6 G L Fr.
35 Courtney Drennen 5-7 G L Sr.
87 Meghan Agosta 5-6 F L Jr.

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Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Location Score
10/10/2008 Boston University Boston, MA. 4-2
10/11/2008 Boston University Boston, MA. 2-3
10/17/2008 RPI Erie, Pa. 2-1
10/18/2008 RPI Erie, Pa. 4-1
10/24/2008 Clarkson Potsdam, N.Y. 2-5
10/25/2008 Clarkson Potsdam, N.Y. 2-4
10/31/2008 Colgate Hamilton, N.Y. 3-4
11/1/2008 Colgate Hamilton, N.Y. 4-3 OT
11/14/2008 Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. 4-1
11/15/2008 Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. 7-1
11/21/2008 Providence Providence, R.I. 3-0
11/22/2008 Brown Providence, R.I. 5-1
12/5/2008 Syracuse Erie, Pa. 5-1
12/6/2008 Syracuse Erie, Pa. 9-2
12/12/2008 No. 4 St. Lawrence Erie, Pa. 5-2
12/13/2008 No. 4 St. Lawrence Erie, Pa. 2-1
1/10/2009 Vermont Erie, Pa. 8-1
1/11/2009 Vermont Erie, Pa. 8-1
1/16/2009 No. 10 Connecticut Storrs, Ct. 2-3
1/17/2009 No. 10 Connecticut Storrs, Ct. 5-2
1/23/2009 Robert Morris Moon Township, Pa. 6-4
1/24/2009 Robert Morris Moon Township, Pa. 5-0
1/30/2009 No. 10 Wayne State Erie, Pa. 4-2
1/31/2009 No. 10 Wayne State Erie, Pa. 4-2
2/7/2009 Niagara Niagara University, N.Y. 8-2
2/8/2009 Niagara Niagara University, N.Y. 5-0
2/13/2009 Robert Morris Erie, Pa. 5-1
2/14/2009 Robert Morris Erie, Pa. 8-1
2/20/2009 Niagara Erie, Pa. 7-0
2/21/2009 Niagara Erie, Pa. 8-1
2/27/2009 Wayne State Detroit, Mich. 4-3
2/28/2009 Wayne State Detroit, Mich. 4-2

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Player stats[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Player GP Goals Assists Points Shots +/- PIM
Meghan Agosta 32 41 37 78 280 +40 36
Jesse Scanzano 37 27 35 62 141 +37 72
Valerie Chouinard 34 21 24 45 174 +27 16
Vicki Bendus 37 11 30 41 115 +14 38
Bailey Bram 37 16 19 35 130 +26 42
Hayley McMeekin 37 9 26 35 119 +20 34
Jess Jones 37 16 18 34 98 +33 24
Ashley Cockell 37 6 21 27 80 +38 70
Kelley Steadman 37 13 9 22 110 +14 44
Melissa Lacroix 37 2 16 18 61 +36 50
Cassea Schols 36 4 13 17 50 +31 52
Geena Prough 37 3 13 16 83 +36 26
Meghan Corbett 35 6 5 11 32 +11 8
Pamela Zgoda 36 0 7 7 30 +12 12
Johanna Malmstrom 32 1 2 3 15 +8 14
Lauren Ragen 10 0 3 3 11 +1 2
Julie Hersey 31 0 2 2 2 +3 6
Anna Johnson 36 0 1 1 0 +13 12
Hillary Pattenden 29 0 1 1 0 +0 0

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Goaltenders[edit]

Player Games Played Minutes Goals Against Wins Losses Ties Shutouts Save % Goals Against Average
Nicole Nelson 4 44:06 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 0.00
Hillary Pattenden 12 606:09 17 7 3 0 2 .926 1.68
Courtney Drennen 29 1568:33 51 24 3 0 1 .906 1.95

Postseason[edit]

Vicki Bendus recorded four assists in the postseason. She assisted twice in the CHA quarterfinal victory over Niagara March 6. Meghan Corbett registered the game-winning goal in CHA final against Wayne State on March 7, after netting one goal in CHA semifinal March 6 vs. Niagara[9]

On March 14, Bendus and Bailey Bram both got the helper on Kelley Steadman’s goal in NCAA quarterfinal win over No. 7 St. Lawrence. During the postseason, Meghan Corbett tallied three postseason goals, including a second period marker in national semifinal victory over No. 2 Minnesota March 20[9] In that game, Bram scored a first-period goal.

College Hockey America championship[edit]

  • Seminfinals
    • Mercyhurst 8, Niagara 2
  • Finals
    • Mercyhurst 6, Wayne State 1

NCAA Hockey tournament[edit]

  • NCAA Quarterfinals (played in Erie, Pa.)
    • Mercyhurst 3, St. Lawrence 1
  • NCAA Frozen Four Semifinals (played in Boston, Ma.)
    • Mercyhurst 5, Minnesota 4
  • NCAA Frozen Four Finals (played in Boston, Ma.)
    • Wisconsin 5, Mercyhurst 0
    • The game was played on March 22. Jessie Vetter stopped 37 shots for an NCAA record 14th shutout of the season (it was also her second in a national championship game) as Wisconsin won its third women's hockey title in four years with a 5-0 victory over Mercyhurst.[10]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Meghan Agosta, RBK Hockey/AHCA First Team All-American
  • Meghan Agosta, Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top Three Finalist
  • Meghan Agosta, 2009 Frozen Four All-Tournament Team
  • Meghan Agosta, CHA Player of the Year
  • Meghan Agosta, CHA Three Star Player of the Year
  • Meghan Agosta, All-CHA First Team
  • Meghan Agosta, 2009 CHA All-Tournament Team [11]
  • Bailey Bram, 2009 CHA Rookie of the Year
  • Bailey Bram, 2009 CHA All-Rookie Team [4]
  • Hillary Pattenden, 2009 All-CHA Second Team
  • Hillary Pattenden, 2009 CHA All-Rookie Team
  • Hillary Pattenden, 2009 CHA All-Tournament Team [12]

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