Best NCAA Women's Hockey Performances of December 2012

Mark Staffieri@@MarkStaff100Contributor IIDecember 31, 2012

Best NCAA Women's Hockey Performances of December 2012

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    As the NCAA winds down the first half of the 2012-13 season, the month of December provided fans with many historic moments.

    From the Minnesota Golden Gophers extending their record-breaking win streak to the Dartmouth Big Green’s sensational seniors reaching personal milestones, fans in all conferences were witness to some remarkable moments.

10. Alex Rigsby Makes 59 Saves in a Weekend Sweep of North Dakota

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    In a high-stakes conference matchup versus North Dakota, Alex Rigsby elevated her game to a level that Wisconsin fans are accustomed to.

    After a shocking 10-6-2 start, Rigsby accumulated 59 saves in a sweep over the Fighting Sioux. During the December 8-9 series, she recorded a .952 save percentage.

9. Marie-Philip Poulin Earns Career Point 100 for the BU Terriers

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    In a 2-2 tie versus the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, Marie-Philip Poulin earned career points 99 and 100. The 100th point of her career came in the third period as the seventh-ranked Terriers scored with 2:09 left in the game.

    Kathryn Miller logged the goal as Poulin became the fastest Terrier to earn 100 career points. She hit the century mark in only her 58th career game.

8. Jaclyn Arbour Logs Her First Career NCAA Goal

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    Mercyhurst freshman Jaclyn Arbour registered the first NCAA goal of her career in a contest versus the Penn State Nittany Lions. Said goal was scored at the 9:04 mark in the second stanza.

    She would later score another goal in a 7-1 whitewash for Mercyhurst on December 1.

7. Terriers and Bulldogs Play to Scoreless Tie

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    A December 9 contest between the Boston University Terriers and Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs resulted in a scoreless tie.

    The Bulldogs outshot the Terriers by a 39-18 mark as Terriers goaltender Kerrin Sperry faced double digits in shots in each period (10 in the first, 13 in the second, 11 in the third).

    Jenna McParland of the Bulldogs would lead all skaters in shots with seven.

6. Reagan Fischer Earns Career Point 100 for Dartmouth

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    In a December 9 road win at Alfond Arena, the Dartmouth Big Green prevailed over the Maine Black Bears to maintain their winning record.

    The highlight of the game was senior captain Reagan Fischer earning career point 100. She would assist on a goal by Jenna Hobeika to reach the magical century mark.

5. Kelly McGrath Logs Her First NCAA Goal in a Sweep for Union Dutchwomen

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    Heading into a weekend series with the Maine Black Bears with a 3-9-3 mark, the Union Dutchwomen came away with a sweep.

    The highlight of the December 14-15 series came in the final match when Union skater Kelly McGrath earned her first career goal. The sophomore from Chelmsford, MA, scored at the 13:55 mark of the third frame to put the Dutchwomen ahead by a 3-1 mark.

4. Camille Dumais Logs Hat Trick to Earn 50 Career Goals

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    In a two-game sweep of the Maine Black Bears (December 8 and 9), Dumais provided a seven-point effort. During the December 8 win, Dumais logged a hat trick as she topped the 50-goal mark in her Dartmouth career.

3. Minnesota Sweeps Wisconsin to Extend Win Streak to 26 Games

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    Heading into the December 1-2 weekend series versus rival Wisconsin, there was a strong belief that Minnesota’s most competitive rival would snap its win streak and put an end to the magical run.

    In the December 1 win, a record crowd of 3,400 fans jammed Ridder Arena as four different Minnesota skaters logged goals while peppering Badgers goalie Alex Rigsby with 41 shots. Noora Raty made 23 saves as Minnesota prevailed by a convincing 4-0 count.

    With the Badgers having made adjustments in the second game, the game was scoreless after two periods. Mira Jalosuo scored at the 9:14 mark of the third for what stood as the game winner. Amanda Kessel would add an empty net goal for a 2-0 win, their lowest scoring game of the season.

    Although the Badgers held super rookie Hannah Brandt scoreless in the December 2 contest, Noora Raty was invincible between the pipes for the Gophers.

2. Amanda Kessel Logs a Hat Trick as Golden Gophers Enjoy 20-0 Start

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    In addition to starting the season with an impressive 20-0 mark, the Golden Gophers extended their winning streak to 28 games.

    Amanda Kessel was the factor in a 5-0 defeat of the Bemidji State Beavers as she logged a hat trick. The prodigious superstar would log a goal in every period of the contest as she entered the holiday break with an amazing 25 goals.

1. RMU Colonials Sweep Mercyhurst Lakers for First Time in Program History

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    After the Robert Morris Colonials pulled off a dramatic upset of the Mercyhurst Lakers in the 2012 College Hockey America Tournament Championship, the Lakers were eager for the opportunity to redeem themselves. A weekend series on December 7 and 8 served as the backdrop for an epic confrontation.

    The home-ice advantage was of great benefit to the Colonials as they maintained their momentum in an unprecedented series sweep of the Lakers (a first in program history). RMU claimed the first contest by a 3-1 score with Katie Fergus logging the game-winning score. High-scoring sophomore Rebecca Vint contributed two assists as the nationally ranked Lakers were outshot by a 22-20 margin.

    Kristen DiCiocco was the factor in the second win as part of the historic sweep. She would stop 41 Lakers shots, while playing two periods of shutout hockey. Thea Imbrogno scored the game-winning tally with Vint assisting.