MARSHFIELD, Mass. – The Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) postseason semifinal field has been set after two tight quarterfinal games.
The semifinals and championship will be played in a frozen four-style format with semifinals taking place on Saturday, March 4th and the Championship on Sunday, March 5th. All games will be played at Endicott College's Raymond J. Bourque arena.
In the first semifinal of the day number one seed Endicott (11-1-0) will host Stevenson University (7-4-1) in a rematch of last year's championship tilt. The Gulls secured the one seed and right to host the frozen-four weekend after clinching the regular season title. Endicott boasts a balanced attack with ten skaters registering double-digit points on the season. Lexi Klein's (Shoreview, Minn.) 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists) leads the team. The Gulls will also look to goaltender, Vendela Jonsson (Linkoping, Sweden) to continue her incredible play in net for the postseason run. Jonsson's .952 save percentage and six shutouts are both tied for fifth best in the country.
Stevenson is back to defend their title after securing a 2-1 win in the quarterfinals over Johnson & Wales University. The Mustangs will look to two-time CHC Player of the Year in Chelsea Blackburn (Westland, Mich.) to lead the offensive attack. Her 24 goals this season (including the game winner against Johnson & Wales) pace her at fifth nationally. Monica Pozuc (Kent, Ohio) has also been a key contributor for Stevenson this season. Her eight goals and 17 assists rank second best on the team.
The second semifinal pits number two seed Morrisville State College (8-4-0) against three seed SUNY Canton (7-4-1). Morrisville swept the Roos at home in the regular season, but much has changed for both programs since November. After leading the league in scoring and being honored as Rookie of the Year, Vanessa Klimpke (Winnipeg, Maintoba) will look to add a postseason win to her already impressive freshman campaign. Renee Stevenson (Winnipeg, Manitoba) has also been an offensive force for Morrisville as her nine goals and 19 assists for 28 points were third highest in the CHC.
Three seed SUNY Canton took care of business against six seed Becker College, 2-1 in the quarterfinals. The Roos have been clicking down the stretch with their last loss coming back in January against Endicott. Sophomore forwards Tess Adams (Calgary, Alta.) and Jessica Pele (Estevan, Saskatchewan) have led the way for Canton this season, ranking first and second on the team in point scoring. Adams is also amongst the national ranks as her 20 goals on the season are tied for eighth in the nation.
Championship Weekend Schedule
Saturday, March 4 (12:30pm) SF 1: (1) Endicott vs. (4) Stevenson
Saturday, March 4 (4:00pm) SF 2: (2) Morrisville State vs. (3) SUNY Canton
Sunday, March 5 (1:30pm) Championship
All games at Raymound J. Bourque Arena