MARSHFIELD, Mass. – The Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) has announced their pairings for the postseason tournament. Endicott College (11-1-0) claimed the regular season crown and number one seed for the postseason tournament. The number one seed also solidifies hosting rights for Endicott for the championship weekend tournament.
Endicott and number two seed, Morrisville State College, will both receive byes into the semifinals. Number three seed, SUNY Canton, will host six seed Becker College while defending CHC tournament champion and fourth seeded Stevenson University will host fifth seeded Johnson & Wales University in quarterfinal action.
In just their second season as a varsity program Endicott claimed the CHC's regular season crown and home ice advantage throughout the postseason. Offensively the Gulls are led by the trio of Michaela McNamara (Warwick, R.I.), Maggie Layo (Sandwich, Mass.) and Jillian Gibbs (Burlington, Vt.). McNamara's ten points in league rank ninth overall while Layo and Gibbs are tied for 11th with their nine points. Vendela Jonsson (Linkoping, Sweden) has been impressive all season between the pipes for the Gulls. Her 1.22 goals against average and .952 save percentage both rank seventh nationally.
Morrisville State earned the number two seed and bye into the quarterfinal round after posting an 8-4-0 CHC record. The Mustangs are led offensively by freshmen Vanessa Klimpke (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Renee Stevenson (Winnipeg, Manitoba) whose 17 and 16 points rank first and second in CHC point scoring. Stevenson's 11 assists on the year rank first overall in league. Sophomore goaltender Renee Schmaltz' (Beaumont, Alta.) seven shutouts on the season rank third in the nation.
SUNY Canton earned the three seed after going 1-0-1 against Stevenson on the final weekend of the regular season. The Roos feature three skaters who posted double-digit points in CHC action in Tess Adams (Calgary, Alta.), Jessica Pele (Estevan, Saskatchewan) and Margret Troiano (Morristown, N.Y.). Adams' ten goals are tied for second best in the CHC. Noelle Niemiec (Staten Island, N.Y.) is tied for tops in CHC defenseman scoring with seven points.
The sixth seed was awarded to Becker after the Hawks won a tiebreaker against Salem State University for least goals allowed in league play to earn the final spot in the postseason. Bailey Coons (Casper, Wyo.) leads the team with five points in CHC action. Claudia Gee (Randolph, Vt.) and Hannah Elmer (Chicopee, Mass.) round out the top three conference scorers for Becker, each posting four points in CHC play.
Defending CHC Champions, Stevenson University, claimed the fourth seed and hosting rights for their quarterfinal tilt. Chelsea Blackburn's (Westland, Mich.) 12 goals lead the league while her 15 points in CHC contests rank third overall. Monica Pozuc's (Kento, Ohio) 13 points are good for sixth overall, while her four power play points are second best in the CHC.
Johnson & Wales earned the fifth seed after posting a 4-8-0 record in league play. Offensively the Wildcats are led by Katherine Mason (Grafton, Mass.) whose six points in CHC games lead the program. The goaltending tandem of Julia Aberg (Stockholm, Sweden) and Kami Weiner (Elk Grove, Ill.) has stood tall this season as they rank second and third in the CHC in goals against average and save percentage.
The CHC postseason begins with quarterfinal action on Saturday, February 25. The semifinal round and championship game will be held at Endicott College on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5 in a final four style format.
Full CHC Tournament pairings listed below:
#3 SUNY Canton (7-4-1) vs. #6 Becker (2-10-0) – Sat. 2/25 -4:30pm
#4 Stevenson (7-4-1) vs. #5 Johnson & Wales (4-8-0) – Sat. 2/25 -5:30pm
Quarterfinals played at campus of high seed
#1 Endicott (11-1-0) vs. lowest remaining seed (Sat. 3/4)
#2 Morrisville State (8-4-0) vs. highest remaining seed (Sat. 3/4)
Both semifinals to be played at Endicott with Championship game to follow on Sunday 3/5