RMU Women’s Hockey Remains No. 1 In CHA Power Rankings


The Robert Morris University women’s hockey team commences conference play this weekend in College Hockey America and puts their four-game winning streak on the line with a pair of contests against the Orange of Syracuse University.

Paul Colontino’s Colonials held their spot at No. 12 this week in the Women’s NCAA Division 1 PairWise Rankings. The Blue and White is the only CHA school as of Friday morning in the PW rankings.

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Special teams are going well for the Colonials. Robert Morris is tied for fourth among the top five squads in NCAA DI women’s hockey in power play goals with eight. Two freshmen, forward Amber Rennie and defensman Kirsten Welsh, are the leaders with two power play goals apiece. RMU is third in penalty kills with 36 in eight contests.

Colontino talked about his PK unit on the RMU website, “They work off each other very well. They’re reading each other’s movements extremely well, blocking shots and we’re getting great saves on the penalty kill.”

The Colonials coach talked about the CHA with Arlan Marttila on USCHO.com, “The league itself plays a pretty tight, defensive style of play, so we do have our low-scoring games quite often. When you have those low-scoring games, whether it’s one bounce or one power-play goal or one late five-on-five goal, anybody has got an opportunity to win.”

Here is the latest edition of the College Hockey America Power Rankings:

1) Robert Morris University Colonials – (4-3-1 overall / 0-0-0 CHA) – Last Week #1: The Colonials had a bye last weekend. Redshirt sophomore forward Brittany Howard and freshman defenseman Sarah Quaranta lead the squad and are tied for fourth in the CHA with 10 points each. Quaranta also leads the league in assists with nine. (RPI Rating #13 / KRACH Ranking #16)

2) Syracuse University Orange – (2-3-0 / 0-0-0) – Last Week #3: Syracuse had a pair of players receive CHA weekly player honors. Center Stephanie Grossi tied the single-game team record with five points in the 7-1 victory at home last Wednesday over RIT. The 5-foot-2 sophomore was the CHA Player of the Week for her three goals and two assists against the Tigers. Senior netminder Jenn Gilligan was selected as the CHA Goalie of the Week. She concluded last week with a .902 save percentage and 2.25 goals-against-average. {RPI Rating #22 / KRACH Ranking #24)

3) Penn State Nittany Lions – (3-3-0 / 0-0-0) – Last Week #2: The forward duo of freshman Victoria Samuelsson and junior Amy Petersen are tied for the team lead in assists with four each. Penn State is on the road to take on Lindenwood for a pair of conference match-ups on October 30th and 31st. (RPI Rating #21 / KRACH Ranking #20)

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4) Lindenwood University Lions – (2-4-0 / 0-0-0) – Last Week #4: The Black and Gold have been off the last two weeks. Scott Spencer’s crew is 5-for-27 on the power play in six contests. Senior forward Shara Jasper has two of the five power play goals. The Lions are home for a two-game set against Penn State. (RPI Rating #20 / KRACH Ranking #21)

5) Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers – (1-3-0 / 0-0-0) – Last Week #5: Freshman Kendall Cornine put up a goal in back-to-back wins last weekend over Union College. Her contributions earned her Rookie of the Week kudos from the CHA. The 5-foot-5 freshman is tied for the team lead with five points on two goals and three assists. Scott McDonald’s crew is on the road this weekend for a pair of games against Mercyhurst. (RPI Rating #29 / KRACH Ranking #25)

6) Mercyhurst University Lakers – (0-3-1 / 0-0-0) – Last Week #6: A pair of defensemen, junior Paige Horton and senior Lauren Kilroy, are tied for the team lead in shot blocks with 14 apiece. The Lakers host the defending CHA champions RIT Tigers for a two-game set in Erie this weekend. (RPI Rating #28 / KRACH Ranking #27)

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