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2011–12 College Hockey America women's ice hockey season
League NCAA Division I
Sport Ice hockey
Duration September 2010
through March, 2011
Regular Season

The 2011–12 College Hockey America women's ice hockey season marked the continuation of the annual tradition of competitive ice hockey among College Hockey America members.

Wayne StateEdit

  • May 27: Wayne State University discontinued its women’s ice hockey program. School officials declared the decision was necessary as a result of continuing reductions in the state of Michigan appropriations towards higher education.[1]
Szandzik Mercyhurst

Szandzik in her Mercyhurst jersey.


Player Position New team
Gina BuquetForwardMercyhurst Lakers
Cari Coen Forward/Defense St. Cloud State Huskies[2]
Jill Szandzik Defense Mercyhurst Lakers[3]


News and notesEdit

  • June 13: Mercyhurst Lakers assistant coach Paul Colontino has left the club to become head coach of the Robert Morris Colonials. He is the third head coach in Colonials history, after the resignation of Nate Handrahan, who left to assume the head coaching position at Ohio State.[4]
  • Sept. 6: Robert DeGregorio, Commissioner for College Hockey America (CHA), announced that the Penn State Nittany Lions have been accepted into the CHA. The Nittany Lions will officially join the conference starting with the 2012-13 season. [5]



Date Opponent Location Time Score Lakers scorers
9/17/2011 Wilfrid Laurier University (Exhibition) Erie, Pa. 4 p.m. 10-2[6] Bailey Bram (3), Kristine Grenier (3), Shelby Bram, Christine Bestland, Gina Buquet, Candice Styles
  • September 17, 2011: Senior Bailey Bram registered a hat trick to go with her three assists, as the Lakers trounced the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's ice hockey program by a 10-2 tally. Her sister, Shelby Bram scored one goal while freshman Kristine Grenier also registered a hat trick in the match. Kelley Steadman contributed with four assists.


Date Opponent Location Time Score Lakers scorers
9/24/2011 Stoney Creek (Exhibition) Erie, Pa. 4 p.m. 6-0Kelley Steadman, Christine Bestland, Christie Cicero, Jess Jones, Caroline Luczak, Kristine Grenier
9/25/2011 Toronto Aeros (Exhibition) Erie, Pa. 12 p.m. 5-1Caroline Luczak, Shelby Bram, Christine Bestland, Kelley Steadman, Christie Cicero
  • September 24, 2011: Sophomore Christine Bestland notched five points as the Lakers defeated the Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres of the PWHL by a 6-0 score. The Lakers scored four goals within a five and a half minute time span late in the second period.[7]
  • September 25, 2011: Freshman Caroline Luczak notched a goal, while registering three assists as the Lakers defeated the Toronto Jr. Aeros of the PWHL.[8]

Regular seasonEdit

News and notesEdit


  • September 14: The Lindenwood Lady Lions ice hockey program officially submitted an application to join College Hockey America (CHA) for the 2012–2013 season.[9]
  • In the Mercyhurst Lakers season opener on September 30, 2011, Bestland was named the game's First Star in a 4-0 shutout over the nationally ranked Quinnipiac Bobcats.[10] Bailey Bram scored the game winning goal (it was the 61st goal of her career). Goaltender Hillary Pattenden earned her 13th career shutout (and 81st career win) while Bailey Bram scored the game winning goal.


  • October 1, 2011: Bailey Bram played in her 100th career game for the Mercyhurst Lakers. Bram would be held pointless as the Lakers would lose the game by a 1-0 tally to Quinnipiac. It was Quinnipiac's first victory over Mercyhurst in twelve regular season matches.
  • October 7-8: Robert Morris freshman Katie Fergus accumulated three points in her NCAA debut with one goal and two assists.[11] Against the Lindenwood Lions, she got her first-collegiate point fewer than nine minutes into the opening period. Later in the game, she scored her fist goal as the Colonials were on the penalty kill. In the second game versus Lindenwood, she earned her first multi-goal game.[12] Fergus became one of just two freshmen in Colonials history to register multi-point performances in the first two games of a season.[13] Fergus finished the series versus Lindenwood by scoring three goals and two assists five points. In addition, she had eight shots to complement a +5 plus/minus.
  • October 8, 2011: Brianna Delaney registered the sixth three-point game of her career at Robert Morris. With the achievement, she tied the Colonials all-time record for career points. The 24th-career multi-point game of her career increased her point total to 97. The total now equals the record that Sara O'Malley set during the 2010-11 campaign. [14]
  • October 27-28: The series versus the Lindenwood Lady Lions ice hockey program marked the first time that Lindenwood hosted an NCAA Division I opponent in their home arena.[15] Mercyhurst would win the October 28 match by a 7-0 tally, in which Lakers freshman Shelby Bram would score her first career NCAA goal.[16] The October 29 contest saw Mercyhurst emerge as the victor in a 14-0 whitewash.[17] Kelley Steadman would score four goals and notch an assist, while Jess Jones would earn a hat trick. The Bram sisters (Shelby and Bailey) each earned two goals.[18]


  • December 9: In a 4-2 loss to the Boston College Eagles on December 9, 2011, Kelley Steadman scored her 100th career point. The point was a goal in the second period on Boston College goalkeeper Corrine Boyles.[19]
  • December 10: In a 3-2 overtime victory versus Boston College, Hillary Pattenden made a career high 48 saves to earn the 91st victory of her NCAA career, tying former Wisconsin goaltender Jessie Vetter for the NCAA Division I record.[20] Jill Szandzik scored at 3:01 into overtime for her second goal of the season.[21] Bailey Bram had three assists, including one on the game-winner to give her 40 points in 16 games. Christine Bestland also earned three points. Pattenden’s 48 saves broke her previous high of 38 (made earlier in the 2011-12 season) at Minnesota State-Mankato.
  • December 14: In a 9-0 defeat of the Lindenwood Lady Lions, Hillary Pattenden broke Jessie Vetter's record for career NCAA wins, by notching her 92nd career victory.[22] Forward Bailey Bram scored two goals and added four assists while Kelley Steadman scored the game winning goal.[23]


Overall Conference
Robert Morris 7 5 1 1 11 31 13 0 0 0 0 0 0
#5 Mercyhurst 7 5 2 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Niagara 10 4 5 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Syracuse 10 4 6 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wayne State 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Current rankings: Division I women's poll
  • Rankings based on number of wins in the conference
  • Wayne State was scheduled to play in the 2011–12 season but the women's ice hockey program was dropped

In-season honorsEdit


Pamela Zgoda (right) being awarded the 2012 CHA Regular Season championship trophy on behalf of the Mercyhurst Lakers.

Players of the weekEdit

Week Player of the week
October 3 Jenna Hendrikx, Niagara[24]
October 10 Christine Bestland, Mercyhurst[13]
October 17 Bailey Bram, Mercyhurst[25]
October 24 Rebecca Vint, Robert Morris[26]
October 31 Bailey Bram, Mercyhurst[27]
November 7 Erica Owczarczak, Niagara[28]
November 14 Kylie St. Louis, Robert Morris[29]
Kelsey Thomas, Robert Morris
November 21 Bailey Bram, Mercyhurst[30]
November 28 Christine Bestland, Mercyhurst[31]
December 5 Jess Jones, Mercyhurst[32]
December 12 Kelley Steadman, Mercyhurst
December 19 Bailey Bram, Mercyhurst
January 2 Rebecca Vint, Robert Morrs
January 9 Christine Bestland, Mercyhurst[33]
January 16 Jess Jones, Mercyhurst
January 23 Kelley Steadman, Mercyhurst[34]
January 30 Margot Scharfe, Syracuse[35]
February 6 Bailey Bram, Mercyhurst[36]
February 13 Thea Imbrogno, Robert Morris[37]
February 20
February 27 Margot Scharfe, Syracuse[38]
March 3

Defensive players of the weekEdit

Week Player of the week
October 3 Hillary Pattenden, Mercyhurst
October 10 Kallie Billadeau, Syracuse
October 17 Hillary Pattenden, Mercyhurst
October 24 Abby Ryplanski, Niagara
October 31 Kallie Billadeau, Syracuse
November 7 Abby Ryplanski, Niagara
November 14 Courtney Vinet, Robert Morris
November 21 Sarah Moses, Niagara
November 28 Kristin DiCiocco, Robert Morris
December 5 Hillary Pattenden, Mercyhurst
December 12 Kristin DiCiocco, Robert Morris
December 19 Hillary Pattenden, Mercyhurst
January 2 Kristen DiCiocco, Robert Morrs
January 9 Kristen DiCiocco, Robert Morris
January 16 Amanda Makela, Mercyhurst[39]
January 23 Sarah Moses, Niagara
January 30 Kallie Billadeau, Syracuse
February 6 Hillary Pattenden, Mercyhurst
February 13 Kristen DiCiocco, Robert Morris
February 20 Hillary Pattenden, Mercyhurst
February 27 Jenesica Drinkwater, Syracuse
March 3

Rookies of the weekEdit

Week Player of the week
October 3 Delaney Middlebrook, Niagara
October 10 Katie Fergus, Robert Morris
October 17 Rebecca Vint, Robert Morris
October 24 Allie LaCombe, Syracuse
October 31 Shelby Bram, Mercyhurst
November 7 Kalli Funk, Niagara
November 14 Courtney Vinet, Robert Morris
November 21 Molly Byrne, Mercyhurst
November 28 Shelby Bram, Mercyhurst
December 5 Nicole Ferrara, Syracuse
December 12 Rebecca Vint, Robert Morris
December 19 Vaila Higson, Mercyhurst
January 2 Rebecca Vint, Robert Morrs
January 9 Hailey Browne, Mercyhurst
January 16 Kelsey Gunn, Niagara
January 23 Kayla Raniwsky, Niagara
January 30 Nicole Ferrara, Syracuse
Kalli Funk, Niagara
February 6 Rebecca Vint, Robert Morris
February 13 Rebecca Vint, Robert Morris
February 20
February 27 Kayla Raniwsky, Niagara
March 3

Monthly awardsEdit

Player of the monthEdit

Month Player of the month
October 2011 Bailey Bram, Mercyhurst Lakers[40]
November 2011 Bailey Bram, Mercyhurst Lakers[41]

Defensive Player of the monthEdit

Month Player of the month
October 2011 Hillary Pattenden, Mercyhurst
November 2011 Hillary Pattenden, Mercyhurst

Rookie of the monthEdit

Month Player of the month
October 2011 Rebecca Vint, Robert Morris Colonials
November 2011 Shelby Bram, Mercyhurst


2012 CHA Women's Ice Hockey TournamentEdit

See alsoEdit


  9. Staff. "Lindenwood files application to join CHA", U.S. College Hockey Online, September 14, 2011. Retrieved on September 14, 2011. 
  13. 13.0 13.1

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