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Women’s D-I wrap: Jan. 25

The unstoppable force meets the immovable object
The country’s top offense and best defense collided on Saturday when No. 1 Boston College hosted No. 3 Quinnipiac. That defense held the Eagles nearly four goals below their scoring average but couldn’t prevent them from winning their 21st straight, 2-1. Haley Skarupa assisted Alex Carpenter’s goal that put BC ahead to stay with 16:21 elapsed, and then scored a goal of her own nine minutes later. Katie Burt made 18 saves and kept the Bobcats off the scoreboard until Nicole Connery broke through with just 2:40 to play.

The Bobcats showed a few more cracks than normal earlier in the week when they journeyed to No. 7 Boston University and fell by a 4-1 score. Victoria Bach put BU ahead five minutes in, and Kayla Tutino and Sarah Lefort expanded that lead to three before Nicole Kosta got Quinnipiac on the scoreboard at the 1:03 mark of the third period. Marie-Philip Poulin’s goal produced the final score; she and Tutino had two helpers along with their goals. Victoria Hanson stopped 21 shots. The Bobcats lost more games during the week than they had the rest of the season.

After a wait, 350
No. 4 Wisconsin hosted No. 7 Clarkson with Mark Johnson looking for the 350th win for the Badgers program under his direction. The Golden Knights made him wait an extra day, battling to a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Cayley Mercer gave the Knights the series’ first lead almost seven minutes into the second period, but it would prove to be her team’s only goal of the weekend. Karley Sylvester squared matters on a power play before three minutes had elapsed, and it was all goalies thereafter. Shea Tiley was kept far busier, making 34 saves for Clarkson.

Johnson’s charges earned him that milestone victory the next day, 4-0, on the strength of Annie Pankowski’s hat trick and 24 stops by Ann-Renée Desbiens.

A program attendance record
No. 5 Harvard drew a crowd of 2,028 fans to the team’s game on Saturday against No. 10 Cornell, and the Crimson came away with a 3-0 win. Mary Parker scored the winner in the first four minutes and added the exclamation point into an empty net. Michelle Picard tallied in the meantime, and Emerance Maschmeyer foiled all 22 shots from the Big Red. Paula Voorheis made 38 saves to minimize the damage for Cornell.

The Crimson won their Friday match as well, with Brianna Laing recording 20 saves to blank Colgate, 4-0. Kalley Armstrong’s two goals 11 minutes apart in the middle stanza were all the offensive support she really needed.

A little thin
Cornell managed to edge by Dartmouth, 2-1, despite only having 13 skaters available. Jess Brown and Sydney Smith contributed goals, while Paula Voorheis turned away 28 shots. Emily Fulton returned to the Big Red line-up the next day at Harvard, but Jillian Saulnier and Hanna Bunton were still out.

Another reaches 200 career points
Hannah Brandt’s three assists in No. 2 Minnesota’s 4-0 shutout of St. Cloud State on Friday pushed her over the 200 mark in points for her career. Brandt became the fourth Gopher to reach that plateau as a junior. Maryanne Menefee scored twice, and senior Shyler Sletta recorded her second career shutout and her first since her freshman season. Sletta has yet to yield a goal in her 10 collegiate appearances.

Seven Gophers found the net on Saturday, with only Alyssa Erickson doing so for the Huskies, as Minnesota completed the sweep, 7-1. Menefee, Brandt, Meghan Lorence, and Nina Rodgers scored in both games.

No chance to reply
Three times RIT took one-goal leads over Syracuse; three times the Orange responded. Their final goal came from Melissa Piacentini on a power-play deflection with an extra attacker on the ice and 11 seconds to go in regulation.

However, RIT senior defenseman Emilee Bulleid scored her second goal of both the season and the game 2:18 into overtime to lift her team to a 4-3 decision. Bulleid took a pass from Caitlin Wallace in transition and sent a wrist shot upstairs. Marissa Maugeri had the other two tallies for the Tigers, as well as a helper.

Positive steps
Vermont, a team that has struggled more than expected in Hockey East play, got a big win on Saturday at Boston University, the league’s second-place team. Madison Litchfield stopped all 39 shots that the Terriers sent her way in posting a 2-0 shutout. Gina Repaci scored the winning goal late in the first period and assisted on Dayna Colang’s insurance tally 3:10 into the final frame. BU, however, did not view it as a positive, and showed up on Sunday in a far different mood. Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga gave her team a lead in the opening minute, and the Terriers made it 5-0 after one period, 8-0 after two, and coasted to a 9-2 win. Freshmen Bach and Rebecca Leslie led the blitz with two goals and an assist.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 6 Minnesota-Duluth had things all its way in sweeping Minnesota State. The Bulldogs pummeled the Mavericks in the opener, 12-0. Brigette Lacquette poured in a hat trick, and her four-point game was equaled by Lara Stalder and Katerina Mrázová. UMD completed the sweep with a more sedate 4-0 win on Saturday. Kayla Black made 25 saves, and Zoe Hickel and Ashleigh Brykaliuk had both a goal and an assist.

It was a lost weekend on the road at St. Lawrence for No. 9 Mercyhurst. The Lakers fell twice to the Saints, 6-1 and 4-1. Six Saints had two-point games on Friday, including two goals by Alex Moore. Kailee Heidersbach figured in all three third-period goals on Saturday to help SLU break a 1-1 tie. Carmen MacDonald made 47 saves on the weekend.

Other action
North Dakota got its offense untracked and swept Bemidji State, 4-1 and 5-1. Stephanie Anderson drew first blood for the Beavers, but Amy Menke struck twice a period later, the first coming short-handed. Shelby Amsley-Benzie made 23 saves the first day and 21 the next, when Menke had another two-point game, including a goal.

Robert Morris defeated Lindenwood twice. The first game was far more dramatic, 2-1 in overtime. Mackenzie Johnston scored for the Colonials to force OT where Amanda Pantaleo’s first goal won it with 21 seconds left. Jessica Dodds made 32 saves. The Lions scored first on Saturday as well before RMU rattled off seven straight goals. Defenseman Mikaela Lowater had five assists. Johnston, Rikki Meilleur, and Rebecca Vint netted two goals.

Yale and Brown split a home-and-home series. The Bears surprised with a 3-2 win on Friday. Yanice Yang scored in the opening minute of overtime in a game that only got that far thanks to 47 saves by Monica Elvin and a tying goal from Maddie Woo. The Bulldogs bounced back with a 6-3 triumph in which Phoebe Staenz had three points and Taylor Marchin scored twice.

Rensselaer took three of four points in a home-and-home set with Union. Laura Horwood netted the tying goal for the Engineers in a 2-2 deadlock and had two points in a 4-2 victory.

Ashlynne Rando made 27 saves in Colgate’s 2-0 win at Dartmouth. Miriam Drubel potted the winner, and Kayla Haus added her first goal of the year.

Northeastern split a series at Maine. The Huskies scored the final five goals to overcome a two-goal deficit in a 5-2 win on Saturday. Hayley Masters and Denisa Krížová scored a pair, and Kendall Coyne had three helpers. A three-goal hole on Sunday proved too great as the Black Bears won, 4-2. Jennifer More had two goals and an assist.

Providence and Connecticut split a home-and-home with the hosts claiming 4-1 wins in each location. Allison Micheletti scored twice and was one of four Friars with two points as PC took the opener. Providence outshot the Huskies 16-1 in the opening 20 minutes in Storrs, but Emily Snodgrass made UConn’s one shot count. Margaret Zimmer scored the deciding goal in the second period. Annie Belanger saved 36 of 37 shots to garner the win.

New Hampshire and Penn State split in Durham. Vilma Vaattovaara stopped all 20 shots and Nicole Jensen netted the winner in a 2-0 win for the Wildcats. Sarah Nielsen and Hannah Bramm had a goal and an assist as the Nittany Lions retaliated with a 3-1 win backed by Celine Whitlinger’s 32 saves.

Women’s D-I picks: Jan. 23

Well, despite different picks, Arlan and I both went 16-7-1 (). On the year, I am 208-74-30, while Arlan is 204-78-30. We’ve got a few different games this week, so either we’ll be close to tied after weekend’s end, or I’ll have a better lead.

Friday, Jan. 23

Syracuse at RIT
Candace: Home ice usually means something in this matchup, but I like the Orange to stay hot after last week. Syracuse 2-1
Arlan: The second half of the CHA schedule looks like one big, ongoing coin flip, but technically, this is left over from the first half. RIT 2-1

Cornell at Dartmouth
Candace: Both teams showed a lot last weekend, but I’ll go with the visitors. Cornell 3-2
Arlan: This looks like a razor-thin margin; Dartmouth is pretty good at home. Cornell 4-3

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 23-24

Lindenwood at Robert Morris
Candace: I want to think that last weekend is a sign the Colonials are waking up, even if it was a loss. Robert Morris 2-1, 1-0
Arlan: There are signs that the Colonials are improving, but as yet, those signs are tough to decipher. Robert Morris 1-0, Lindenwood 2-1

Yale vs. Brown (home-and-home)
Candace: Brown hasn’t been able to score, so … Yale 4-1, 4-2
Arlan: Don’t know that home ice will make a huge difference here. Yale 4-2, 5-2

Rensselaer vs. Union (home-and-home)
Candace: Union has shown some progress, but the Engineers are playing better of late. Rensselaer 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: Union is 0-6 in 2015, but those were all teams that rank higher than the Engineers. Rensselaer 2-1, 3-1

Minnesota at St. Cloud
Candace: I don’t think either will be close. Minnesota 5-1, 5-0
Arlan: The first three games between these two weren’t pretty for the Huskies, but now we introduce Olympic ice and TV timeouts. Minnesota 3-1, 4-0

Minnesota-Duluth at Minnesota State
Candace: The Bulldogs solidify third in the WCHA. Minnesota-Duluth 3-1, 4-1
Arlan: Potentially, the final clash of two coaches who haven’t always been fans of each other. Minnesota-Duluth 2-0, 4-1

Mercyhurst at St. Lawrence
Candace: Overtime wouldn’t surprise me in both of these games. St. Lawrence 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: The Lakers never get swept in these type of games, and they likely won’t here either, but I think SLU is the favorite in each game. St. Lawrence 2-1, 3-2

Penn State at New Hampshire
Candace: CHA games kill me, but so does New Hampshire. Penn State 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: I don’t expect a lot of goals here, and I favor PSU overall, but I have to pick an upset or two. New Hampshire 2-1, Penn State 1-0

Saturday, Jan. 24

Cornell at Harvard
Candace: Cornell hasn’t lost since before Thanksgiving, but I think the Big Red might be tired after traveling to Dartmouth the night before. Harvard 3-2
Arlan: Huge game; not having to travel like Cornell does gives the Crimson a slight edge. Harvard 4-3

Quinnipiac at Boston College
Candace: If Quinnipiac plays the same way they did Wednesday, this could turn into a rout. Boston College 5-1
Arlan: QU games go one of two ways. Usually, the Bobcats dominate on the ice, but not as much on the scoreboard. Otherwise, they lose. Boston College 4-1

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 24-25

Bemidji State at North Dakota
Candace: Bemidji swept this series in the first half, and the Beavers are playing really well. Bemidji State 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: Just about dead even. I’ll give UND a small edge the first day with the Beavers coming off of a rugged series in Madison. North Dakota 2-1, Bemidji State 1-0

Northeastern at Maine
Candace: I’m  going all in this weekend in the picks race. Maine 4-2, 3-2
Arlan: Northeastern showed me something in losing to BU last week, but Maine isn’t going away. Northeastern 3-2, 4-2

Connecticut at Providence (home-and-home)
Candace: I’ll give the Friars the benefit of the doubt. Providence 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: I could try to pick this series on Monday morning and still get it wrong. Providence 3-2, Connecticut 2-0

Clarkson at Wisconsin
Candace: I want to pick Clarkson in one of these, but can’t. Wisconsin 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: I think the Badgers have too much offense to continue to sputter. Wisconsin 4-2, 3-0

Monday, Jan. 26

Princeton at Boston College
Candace: This will be a big one for the Eagles on the scoreboard. Boston College 8-1
Arlan: Looks like a bad matchup for the Tigers beyond the relative rankings. Boston College 7-0

Women’s D-I wrap: Jan. 18

Upset Alert
Three ranked teams fell to unranked opponents over the weekend.

No. 3 Wisconsin became the latest favorite to suffer at the hands of Bemidji State, losing a 2-1 decision in Madison on Friday. Defenseman Emma Terres made her first collegiate goal a big one, scoring at 9:23 of the third period to decide matters after her teammate Hanna Moher and Wisconsin’s Sarah Nurse traded goals in the first period. Brittni Mowat turned in a 40-save performance to earn the win. Erin Deters took over in the Beavers’ net on Saturday, but her 61 stops weren’t enough to prevent the Badgers from earning a 2-1 reversal in overtime when Brittany Ammerman scored 46 seconds into the extra session. Stephanie Anderson opened the scoring in the second period for BSU, but Katy Josephs answered seven minutes later.

Dartmouth rallied in the third period to shock No. 5 Harvard, 4-2. Hillary Crowe gave the Crimson a lead that lasted until 7:53 into the third period, when Morgan Illikainen tied it up. Kalley Armstrong put Harvard back on top a couple minutes later, but it took Lindsey Allen just 80 seconds to square the game at 2-2. Brooke Ahbe gave the Big Green the lead on a power play at 13:51, and Allen’s second goal of the day into an empty net put the game away. Robyn Chemago made 37 saves, 21 of them in the final frame, to backstop the triumph.

North Dakota scored the only two goals of the weekend in sweeping No. 10 Ohio State. Shelby Amsley-Benzie was perfect in making 26 saves on Friday and another 31 on Saturday. UND could only generate 15 shots on goal, but defenseman Tanja Eisenschmid was able to get a puck past Stacy Dancazk midway through the first period in the 1-0 win Friday. In the second game, the blue line came through again when Gracen Hirschy connected in the final minute of the opening frame.

Point number 200 and beyond
Cornell senior Brianne Jenner earned her 200th career point on Tuesday, part of a five-point game for her in a 6-2 demolition of No. 6 Boston University. Emily Fulton scored twice and added a helper, while the trio of Jess Brown, Morgan Richardson, and Erin O’Connor all recorded a goal and an assist.

Friday at Yale, it was goaltender Paula Voorheis’ turn to shine. She stopped all 41 shots she faced in a 2-0 whitewashing of the Bulldogs. Caroline DeBruin’s goal in the final minute of the second period held up, and Emily Fulton sealed the win into an empty net.

On Saturday, the Big Red had to come from behind to upend Brown, 4-2. Sarah Robson’s short-handed goal four minutes into the second period put her squad up 2-1, but Sydney Smith tied it up and Jenner struck for the winning goal. She now has 206 points for Cornell.

Holding on to second
Penn State swept RIT at home to give it sole possession of second place in the CHA. Celine Whittlinger got the better of the matchup with Ali Binnington both days, making 26 saves in the 2-1 win on Saturday and coming back with 27 more on Sunday as PSU prevailed, 3-1. Celeste Brown drew first blood for the Tigers in the series, but a quick flurry reversed the lead. Shannon Yoxheimer scored on a power play at 8:04 of the second period, and just over two minutes later, Bella Sutton, who’d assisted on the prior goal, added an unassisted tally. In the second game, Laura Bowman put the Nittany Lions on top to stay with a short-handed goal in the second period. Sutton’s insurance goal proved key when Cassie Clayton answered, but Hannah Hoenshell quickly restored the two-goal edge.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 1 Boston College shut out Vermont twice in Burlington, 4-0 and 2-0. Katie Burt stopped everything that came her way, 21 shots one day and 13 the next, giving her six shutouts in total. The combination of Alex Carpenter and Haley Skarupa clicked three times on Saturday as they took turns setting each other up for goals. Sunday’s offensive hero was Meghan Grieves, the only shooter to get a puck past Madison Litchfield in 50 shots. Lexi Bender had three assists on the weekend, including on Kenzie Kent’s empty netter in the finale. The Eagles improve to 22-0-1.

Boston University squeaked by Northeastern, 4-3, despite an electrifying hat trick by Kendall Coyne and 45 saves from Chloé Desjardins. After Coyne drew first blood for the Huskies, BU looked ready to cruise when it scored four straight, getting back-to-back goals from Marie-Philip Poulin sandwiched between tallies from Kayla Tutino and Rebecca Leslie, the last one short-handed. Two unassisted goals by Coyne, the first short-handed and the second on an end-to-end rush, pulled Northeastern within a goal with three minutes left. However, the Huskies couldn’t find a tying goal.

No. 9 Mercyhurst’s offense sputtered on home ice, scoring just once through its first five periods and an overtime versus Syracuse, but the Lakers finally got some offensive traction in the final frame on Saturday, coming away with a 3-2 win on the heels of a 1-1 tie. Lauren Kilroy’s first goal of the year gave Mercyhurst the weekend’s first lead, but Alysha Burriss netted an equalizer for the Orange midway through the third period on Friday. Amanda Makela made 22 saves for the hosts, while Jenn Gilligan finished with 19. On Saturday, Stephanie Grossi and Melissa Piacentini staked Syracuse to a 2-0 lead heading into the second intermission, but it took Emily Janiga just 14 seconds to get the Lakers on the board once play resumed. Janiga added a second tally before seven minutes had elapsed, with both goals coming on a power play. Jenna Dingeldein capitalized on a third Syracuse penalty with 7:19 remaining for the 3-2 final. Molly Byrne, J’nai Mahadeo, and Shelby Bram had two-assist games for Mercyhurst, as did Akane Hosoyamada for the Orange.

Maryanne Menefee had a big weekend for No. 2 Minnesota, leading the Gophers with seven points in a sweep of a home-and-home series versus Minnesota State. Menefee had four points and a hat trick in a 7-3 win in Minneapolis. She then surpassed the 100-point mark for her career on Saturday in a 7-1 victory in Mankato, where Menefee was one of four Gophers to turn in identical lines of one goal and two assists. The wins give Minnesota 21 for the season, the 18th straight in which the program has surpassed 20. The Mavericks had four different goal scorers on the weekend, and only Nicole Schammel, with two assists, had multiple points.

No. 7 Minnesota Duluth took care of business with a sweep of St. Cloud State by scores of 2-0 and 3-2. Kayla Black’s seventh shutout set a new season record for the program. Katherine McGovern scored her first goal of the year a couple minutes into the game, and Lara Stalder doubled the lead in the third period. Molly Illikainen gave SCSU its only lead of the series on Sunday, but the Bulldogs came back with goals from Meghan Huertas, Stalder, and Ashleigh Brykaliuk. An extra-attacker goal by Abby Ness came too late to save the Huskies.

No. 8 Clarkson turned in comfortable wins over Union, 4-0, and Rensselaer, 4-2. Jessica Gillham put the Golden Knights up on Union two and a half minutes into the game, and they never looked back. Amanda Titus had a goal and an assist; Olivia Howe and Erin Ambrose had a pair of helpers. Shea Tiley needed 23 saves to log the shutout. Titus and Clarkson grabbed an early lead again on Saturday, but Ali Svoboda drew RPI even 10 minutes later. Howe’s goal midway through put the Knights on top to stay. Savannah Harmon led the offense with a goal and two assists. Cayley Mercer scored in both games.

No. 4 Quinnipiac got the sweep at Robert Morris, but with a few anxious moments in Friday’s 3-2 win. The Colonials twice took leads on goals by Anissa Gamble, her first of the year, and Mackenzie Johnston. Shiann Darkangelo responded the first time, and Taylar Cianfarano scored to force overtime. Taryn Baumgardt potted the winner 70 seconds into OT. The Bobcats returned to their usual script with a 3-0 victory on Saturday. Chelsea Laden saved 20 shots to earn her 12th shutout. Cianfarano and Nicole Kosta contributed a goal plus a helper.

Eight different skaters recorded a point for Harvard as it defeated New Hampshire, 4-1. Unassisted goals from Sarah Edney and Mary Parker were all the Crimson would need, backed by 19 saves from Emerance Maschmeyer.

Other action
New Hampshire got its first sweep of the season to move up to sixth in Hockey East, passing its victim, Connecticut. Amy Schlagel scored at 3:49 of overtime to complete a 3-2 comeback on Saturday. Jonna Curtis and Amy Boucher scored in the second stanza to force bonus hockey; Margaret Zimmer and Kayla Campero had given the Huskies a two-goal lead midway through the first period. On Sunday, Hannah Armstrong scored the winning goal nine minutes into third period en route to a 3-1 final, with Vilma Vaattovaara making 28 stops.

Maine and Meghann Treacy shut out Providence with 30 saves, 2-0. Hailey Browne got the only puck by Allie Morse, who made 27 saves, before Kelsey MacSorley scored the final tally into an empty net.

St. Lawrence got a sweep over the Rensselaer and Union travel pair on home ice. Saints Kennedy Marchment and Megan Armstrong sandwiched first-period goals around one by Hannah Behounek, her first goal as an Engineer. Kayla Raniwsky punctuated the 3-1 win into an empty net. SLU fought back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Dutchwomen, 4-2. Christine Valente and Alex Tancrell-Fontaine lifted Union to its second-period lead, but the Saints rallied behind the first two career goals from Hannah Miller and single tallies from Marchment and Brooke Webster.

Colgate won at Brown, 3-0. Ashlynne Rando made 18 saves, and the goals came courtesy of Shelby Perry, Taylor Craig, and Melissa Kueber, the latter into an empty net.

Yale got the better of Colgate the next day, 5-1. Craig got the Raiders off to a good start, but it was all Bulldogs from there. Phoebe Staenz scored twice and added an assist, and Jaimie Leonoff saved 25 shots.

Women’s D-I picks: Jan. 16

Well, I got one more game than Arlan last week, thanks to Cornell. I went 16-7-2 to move to 192-67-29, while Arlan went 15-8-2 to move to 188-71-29.

Friday, Jan. 16

Colgate at Brown
Candace: Colgate won the last game between these two in OT. Will it repeat? Colgate 2-1
Arlan: Colgate seems to be the better defensive club of late, so we’ll go with that. Colgate 2-1

Rensselaer at St. Lawrence
Candace: The Engineers showed some life last week, but I expect the Saints to win. St. Lawrence 4-1
Arlan: RPI is starting to come on a bit, but so are the Saints and they start from a higher place. St. Lawrence 3-1

Cornell at Yale
Candace: The Bulldogs fell back to Earth last week. Cornell 5-1
Arlan: The Big Red are unbeaten in their last eight games, and I don’t think the Bulldogs are playing well enough to snap that string. Cornell 6-3

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 16-17

Syracuse at Mercyhurst
Candace: The last time out between these two teams, Syracuse got its first-ever win against the Lakers. Don’t see it happening again. Mercyhurst 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: The Lakers spent five weeks itching to get back on the ice. Mercyhurst 6-2, 3-1

RIT at Penn State
Candace: This is probably a split, but I have no handle on RIT right now, or a split order so I’ll pick Penn State. Penn State 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: I got burned reversing the order of an RIT series last week, so I’ll simplify this week, even though it looks like another split. Penn State 1-0, 2-1

North Dakota at Ohio State
Candace: See my comments on Penn State. Ohio State 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: I think this is a flat-out tossup, no matter how wobbly UND looks to the eye test. North Dakota 2-1, Ohio State 3-2

Bemidji State at Wisconsin
Candace: The Beavers play better teams well, but will fall short again. Wisconsin 4-1, 3-2
Arlan: The Beavers will try very hard, but the long January road and the Badgers will exact a toll. Wisconsin 3-1, 4-0

Saturday, Jan. 17

Rensselaer at Clarkson
Candace: The Engineers come up empty in the North Country. Clarkson 3-1
Arlan: Shea Tiley seems overdue for a shutout. Clarkson 3-0

Harvard at Dartmouth
Candace: I’m aware that in rivalry games, prior records often don’t matter, but the Crimson just look too good of late. Harvard 4-1
Arlan: Dartmouth would love an upset, but the Crimson look to be rolling too well to allow that. Harvard 5-2

Union at St. Lawrence
Candace: The Saints keep pace in the ECAC. St. Lawrence 4-1
Arlan: Union has struggled to score on home ice in 2015, and the offense is unlikely to materialize in the North Country. St. Lawrence 4-1

Colgate at Yale
Candace: This might be a very close game, depending on which Yale team shows up. Yale 2-1
Arlan: Big game for the Bulldogs as they move closer to locking down a playoff spot. Yale 2-0

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 17-18

Boston College at Vermont
Candace: The Catamounts played the Eagles tough in November, but that’s pretty much been the highlight of their year. Boston College 5-1, 8-1
Arlan: Look for Vermont to pull a huge upset. Just don’t look for it this weekend. Boston College 4-0, 7-1

New Hampshire at Connecticut
Candace: The Wildcats seem to pull out wins when I least expect them to, but I’m going with a home team sweep. Connecticut 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: UNH is 2-13 over its last 15 games, scoring five times in each win and only 10 goals total in the 13 losses. Connecticut 4-1, 2-0

St. Cloud at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: Though the Bulldogs showed a little vulnerability last week against Bemidji State, I don’t see St. Cloud taking advantage. Minnesota-Duluth 4-2, 3-2
Arlan: The Huskies won the series in Duluth last year, but I don’t sense a repeat is pending. Minnesota-Duluth 4-0, 3-1

Sunday, Jan. 18

Boston University at Northeastern
Candace: The Terriers rebound from the disaster against Cornell. Boston University 4-2
Arlan: I’m convinced that Northeastern will start to play better hockey at some point, but right now, dang. Boston University 6-4

Maine at Providence
Candace: I’ll pick Maine, just to have at least one game different than Arlan. Maine 3-2
Arlan: I have to pick some upsets, and this looks like as good a one as any. Providence 3-2

Quinnipiac at Boston University
Candace: If this was three weeks ago, I might have picked differently. Quinnipiac 2-1
Arlan: Both the Terriers and I have been a little off for much of the season. Quinnipiac 2-0

Women’s D-I wrap: Jan. 11

Eagles take round one
No. 1 Boston College edged No. 4 Boston University in the first of at least three meetings of the two clubs, 4-3. The Eagles came back from 2-0 and 3-2 holes, winning on Tori Sullivan’s second goal of the night. Emily Pfalzer had three assists, but she was injured in the final minute on a hit from behind by BU’s Kayla Tutino, a play that drew a one-game suspension from Hockey East. Marie-Philip Poulin led the Terriers with a goal and an assist.

BC concluded its week by pounding Northeastern in both ends of a home-and-home series, 7-3 and 9-1. In Saturday’s game at Northeastern, Megan Keller, Alex Carpenter, and Haley Skarupa all finished with a goal and two assists. Back in Chestnut Hill on Sunday, Pfalzer returned to the line-up with a goal and two assists, while Kate Leary and Meghan Grieves had two-goal games.

Gophers edge closer to Wisconsin in WCHA
No. 3 Wisconsin visited No. 2 Minnesota in a series that drew 5,169 fans and promised to go a long way to determining the outcome of the WCHA race. As in the first series in Madison, the Gophers took the opener by scoring the final three goals in a 4-1 victory. Hannah Brandt scored two of them and assisted on the third.

The Badgers ended a 14-game losing streak versus Minnesota with a 1-1 tie on Sunday. Karley Sylvester gave Wisconsin a lead late in the second period, but Brandt tied it at 13:28 of the third period. Ann-Renée Desbiens finished with 29 saves; Amanda Leveille stopped 32 shots. Brandt scored again in the shootout to give the Gophers five of a possible six points on the weekend and leave them one behind the Badgers.

The Gophers also defeated St. Lawrence, 5-1, on Tuesday, with Rachael Bona netting two goals and adding an assist.

Another power emerges
No. 6 Harvard continued to surge. The Crimson opened their week with an 8-2 thumping of Connecticut on Tuesday, followed with a 7-1 taming of Union, and finished by putting away Rensselaer, 4-1. Sydney Daniels scored in each period versus the Huskies to complete her hat trick. Lexie Laing tallied twice in each of the three games and had nine points for the week.

Final squad finds victory column
Minnesota State got its first win of the season on Wednesday at Lindenwood. Anna Keys gave the Mavericks a lead 9:47 in. A tally by Hannah Davidson and the first collegiate goal for Amanda Conway pushed the advantage to 3-0 early in the second period. Carrie Atkinson’s response for the Lions was negated by a power-play goal by Kathleen Rogan, yielding a 4-1 final. Erin Krichiver made 26 saves in earning her first victory of the campaign, and Nicole Schammel had a couple of assists.

After a day off, MSU made it two straight over Lindenwood with a come-from-behind, 3-2 win on Friday. Jordyn Constance struck early in each of the first two periods, her first goal coming with only 21 seconds elapsed. However, Conway and Davidson scored to tie the game heading into the second intermission, and Emma Wittchow’s marker with under 12 minutes to play proved decisive. Schammel was the only Maverick with multiple points for the second straight contest with two more helpers.

The Lions salvaged the final of the rare three-game series, 3-1. Lyndsay Kirkham scored twice, both assisted by Shara Jasper, who had the other Lions goal. Nicole Hensley made 26 saves.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 10 (tie) Ohio State celebrated moving into the rankings with a road sweep at St. Cloud State, 3-1 and 4-0. Julia McKinnon had the game-winning goal and an assist in the opener. Kari Schmitt scored twice on Saturday, giving her three for the series, as Kassidy Sauve picked up a 17-save shutout.

Cornell, the other newcomer at No. 10, played back-to-back ties on home ice. The Big Red had to come from two down to salvage a 3-3 draw with St. Lawrence, winning the special teams battle with two power-play tallies by Brianne Jenner and a short-hander from Hanna Bunton. The Saints offset that with even-strength goals from Jacqueline Wand, Kailee Heidersbach, and Ellie Williams and 33 saves by Brooke Wolejko. Cassandra Poudrier gave Cornell a third-period lead over No. 8 Clarkson, but Erin Ambrose netted an equalizer on a power play. The game ended 1-1. Paula Voorheis (40 saves) was kept twice as busy as Shea Tiley, who stopped 20 for the Golden Knights.

Clarkson started its week with a 3-1 defeat of Colgate. Shannon MacAulay, Olivia Howe, and Christine Lambert scored, the last into an empty net.

No. 5 Quinnipiac rattled off three wins. The Bobcats outlasted Princeton, 3-1. Lindsey West and Emma Woods forged a lead. Molly Contini cut it in half for the Tigers, but Shiann Darkangelo provided a dagger into an open net. Chelsea Laden needed only nine saves for her 11th shutout, 3-0 over Brown. Erica Uden Johansson, Cydney Roesler, and Darkangelo had goals. Taylar Cianfarano had her first hat trick as a Bobcat and the team’s first of the season in a 4-1 victory over Yale.

Boston University defeated Maine, 5-3. Victoria Bach led the effort with a goal and two helpers.

No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth split with visiting Bemidji State. The Beavers took the opener, 4-1. Kaitlyn Tougas led all scorers with a goal and an assist, and Brittni Mowat made 37 saves. She made another 37 stops on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs bounced back with a 2-1 win, thanks to Kayla Black’s 23 saves. Brienna Gillanders scored the winning goal in the final minute of the second period.

Other action
Providence had its best week of the season, tying Rensselaer, 3-3, on the road, and sweeping a home-and-home series with New Hampshire. Versus the Engineers, Beth Hanrahan assisted on one goal and scored the other two, including the tying goal with less than five minutes remaining. She scored in both games versus the Wildcats and added two more helpers. Allie Morse stopped 43 of 45 shots in the 3-1 and 4-1 victories.

Connecticut also got a key Hockey East sweep, stopping Vermont by 5-1 and 4-3 scores. In the opener, Elaine Chuli matched the program single-game record with 55 saves. Emily Snodgrass scored twice. On Sunday, Chuli got the day off and Annie Belanger made 37 stops to earn the win as the Huskies came from two down. Sarah MacDonnell scored the winning goal with just over five minutes to play.

Melissa Kueber and Lauren Wildfang scored second-period goals in support of Ashlynne Rando’s 29-save shutout as Colgate dropped Syracuse, 2-0.

Syracuse earned a split at North Dakota with a 2-1 win on Sunday. Jenn Gilligan came through with 44 saves as the Orange took a 2-0 lead and held on. Melissa Piacentini and Stephanie Grossi figured in both goals. Layla Marvin scored twice in UND’s 4-1 win in the opener.

Robert Morris split at RIT, taking the first game, 2-0. Jessica Dodds had a 34-save shutout and Rebecca Vint scored the winning goal. The Tigers jumped to a quick lead on goals by Marissa Maugeri and Cassie Clayton on their way to a 3-2 win.

Dartmouth took road games at Rensselaer, 3-0, and Union, 3-1. Robyn Chemago’s 20 saves and Kennedy Ottenbreit’s pure hat trick dropped the Engineers. Ottenbreit tallied again and Sam Zeiss had a goal and an assist to overcome the Dutchwomen.

Princeton took two ECAC games on home ice. Jaimie McDonell and Ali Pankowski scored early goals, Kimberly Newell made 31 saves, and the Tigers cruised to a 4-1 win over Yale. Maddie Woo opened the scoring for Brown, but Princeton took over from that point and won, 5-1. Alysia DaSilva made 23 saves in earning her third win in as many starts, and Molly Contini and Kelsey Koelzer had three-point games.

St. Lawrence wrapped up its busy week with a 3-1 win at Colgate, leading all the way after Kayla Raniwsky’s goal 3:57 into the game.

Women’s D-I picks: Jan. 9

Arlan and I picked identically last week, and we went 15-4-1. On the year, I am 176-60-27 while Arlan is 173-63-27. This week, we differ on a few games, so let’s see if I put more distance between us or Arlan closes the gap.

Friday, Jan. 9

St. Lawrence at Cornell
Candace: I think the Big Red have ironed out their issues. Cornell 4-1
Arlan: The Saints will have some good games in the second half, but with travel and a couple of key injuries, I don’t expect this to be one of them. Cornell 5-3

Yale at Princeton
Candace: Yale looked really good last weekend, and I think they’ll continue to play well. Yale 3-1
Arlan: The Bulldogs have looked better coming out of the break than the Tigers. Yale 3-2

Dartmouth at RPI
Candace: RPI played well last weekend, and Dartmouth has been up and down, but I think they come out strong. Dartmouth 3-1
Arlan: The Engineers are playing better than they were when they fell to the Big Green in November, but I think that DC gets these critical points. Dartmouth 2-1

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 9-10

Robert Morris at RIT
Candace: The Tigers closed the first half on a 1-7 run, while the Colonials won their exhibition game to start the second half. I’m picking Robert Morris and hoping I get one game right. Robert Morris 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: A month ago, I’d have had zero insight as to what to expect from this series. Add in a break, and my knowledge drops to negative numbers. RIT 2-1, Robert Morris 1-0

Ohio State at St. Cloud
Candace: I think the Buckeyes might pull into the final home ice slot in the WCHA before season’s end. Ohio State 3-1, 4-1
Arlan: This is the type of series where the Buckeyes have traditionally been hurt by an inability to sweep; can they this time? Ohio State 3-1, 1-0

Saturday, Jan. 10

Clarkson at Cornell
Candace: Cornell won in a blowout last month, and I think it will be closer, but the same result. Cornell 3-1
Arlan: Cornell looks poised for a big second half, and it clearly needs one. Cornell 4-2

Yale at Quinnipiac
Candace: This will be closer than the last time the two played. Quinnipiac 3-2
Arlan: If this contest had better rules, I’d pick a 1-1 tie. Quinnipiac 2-1

Brown at Princeton
Candace: I think it will be closer than the last outing between the two, but expect the Tigers to win. Princeton 4-2
Arlan: The Tigers continue to hang around the .500 mark. Princeton 5-4

Harvard at RPI
Candace: Like Cornell, I think the Crimson will have a big second half. Harvard 5-1
Arlan: For whatever reason, the Crimson don’t play that well in Troy, but they look to be on a bit of a roll now. Harvard 4-1

Maine at Boston University
Candace: The Terriers won’t take the Black Bears lightly this time. Boston University 4-1
Arlan: The Terriers should be able to avenge a loss in Orono. Boston University 3-1

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 10-11

Boston College at Northeastern (home-and-home)
Candace: Eagles netminder Gabriella Switaj gave up three goals on her first three shots in her first start of the season against Wednesday, but I think she will be more solid this time out while Katie Burt is still playing for the U.S. in Buffalo. Boston College 4-1, 6-1
Arlan: For the first time in months, the Eagles looked a bit vulnerable versus BU, but the Huskies don’t possess as much firepower. Boston College 4-2, 6-1

New Hampshire at Providence (home-and-home)
Candace: UNH won the last time they played 5-0. The Wildcats haven’t played since, while Providence has had a few games and looked good in them. Let’s go with home ice for each. Providence 3-1, New Hampshire 3-2
Arlan: Providence showed some improvement in tying at RPI, so let’s go with home ice. Providence 3-2, New Hampshire 2-0

Vermont at Connecticut
Candace: I think the Catamounts will have a more consistent second half. Vermont 4-1, 4-2
Arlan: The battle to escape the Hockey East basement. Vermont 3-1, Connecticut 1-0

Bemidji State at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: I would have been looking forward to this series more about six weeks ago, before the Beavers tanked. Minnesota-Duluth 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: Look for the Bulldogs to be on a crusade. Minnesota-Duluth 1-0, 4-1

Wisconsin at Minnesota
Candace: I got burned picking Wisconsin when they played in Madison in the first half, so I’m going with the Gophers. Minnesota 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: These teams learn where they need to improve over the next two months. Minnesota 3-2, 2-1

Syracuse at North Dakota
Candace: North Dakota is looking better after a few shaky outings, and Syracuse seems to have put all its good play into beating Mercyhurst in November. North Dakota 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: In the first semester, the Orange would have gained a split from this trip. Has UND gotten more consistent? North Dakota 4-2, 3-1

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Boston University at Cornell
Candace: I think this will be a barn-burner, but I’m going with the home team. Cornell 4-2
Arlan: The Big Red conclude a three-game week that will go a long way to determining their fate. Boston University 4-3

Women’s D-I wrap: Jan. 5

Don’t let them shoot
No. 5 Quinnipiac opened 2015 with a pair of shutouts, defeating Union, 4-0, and Rensselaer, 1-0. Chelsea Laden earned both, giving her a national-best 10 on the season; she was called on to make only four stops versus the Dutchwomen and another eight in blanking the Engineers. Shiann Darkangelo scored twice against Union, and Nicole Kosta and Cydney Roesler also had two-point games. Taylar Cianfarano banged home her ninth goal of the season off of a centering feed from Nicole Connery to defeat RPI.

Ending a skid
No. 9 Bemidji State experienced its second four-game losing streak of the year when it fell to Lindenwood on Friday, 1-0. Nicole Hensley turned away all 29 shots in winning the duel with the Beavers’ Erin Deters, who made 24 saves but couldn’t prevent Alyssa West’s third goal of the season at 10:38 of the third period.

BSU’s offense came back to life on Saturday in a 6-0 victory over the Lions after scoring only once during the losing string. Sophomore Lauren Miller netted a hat trick and freshman Emma Terres had a trio of assists. Brittni Mowat recorded 30 saves to get the shutout.

Two out of three ain’t bad
Dartmouth played three road games, and all three ended with 5-1 results. The Big Green owned the five on Wednesday at Northeastern and Saturday at Brown, but came out on the short end on Friday at Yale. Dartmouth trailed in the final minute of the second period versus the Huskies, but Lindsey Allen scored at both ends of an explosion that produced four goals in under three minutes. Karlee Odland also tallied twice, and Morgan Illikainen had a goal and two helpers.

DC fell to the Bulldogs as Hanna Åström led the Yale attack with two goals and two assists, Jackie Raines scored and assisted twice, and Jaimie Leonoff turned aside 35 shots.

In upending the Bears, Sam Zeiss struck for a pair of goals and Allen, Odland, and Kennedy Ottenbreit had two-point games.

Starting to roll
The Big Green’s travel partner, No. 6 Harvard, was able to sweep the same two ECAC opponents. After playing at a .500 clip through the first half-dozen contests, the Crimson have now rattled off six straight.

Sydney Daniels scored twice to key a 6-0 win over Brown; Hillary Crowe and Mary Parker had a goal plus an assist.

Lexie Laing and Daniels tallied 25 seconds apart in the waning seconds of the opening period to erase a 1-0 lead for Yale on Saturday. Marissa Gedman provided an insurance goal and Emerance Maschmeyer made 23 saves as Harvard skated to a 3-1 win.

Finding the range
The only other ranked team to resume action in 2015, No. 2 Minnesota, slammed St. Lawrence, 10-0. The Gophers have won their last three outings by a 29-0 composite score. Rachael Bona and Kelly Pannek buried hat tricks.

Moving up
Ohio State succeeded where all others failed, including ranked teams like Quinnipiac and Mercyhurst, by sweeping a series from Penn State. Hayley Studler’s first two goals as a Buckeye proved decisive in a 3-1 win on Saturday, as OSU enjoyed a 35-9 advantage in shots.

The Nittany Lions were closer on the shot chart on Sunday, but farther away on the scoreboard, falling 6-0. Kassidy Sauve saved 23 shots, and the Buckeyes got goals from six different players, including the first collegiate goals by Dani Sadek and Julianna Iafallo. Taylor Kuehl had three points.

Another sweep
Vermont edged past Colgate twice, 3-2 and 2-1. On Friday, Megan Sullivan and Breanne Wilson-Bennett staked the Raiders to leads, only to have Brittany Zuback erase them for the Catamounts. Delia McNally’s first goal of the season at 13:36 of the third period proved decisive for UVM. On Saturday, Taylor Willard struck first for Vermont and assisted on McNally’s second-period goal. Lauren Wildfang notched her first goal for Colgate just in advance of the second-period buzzer, but the Raiders were unable to find an equalizer. Molly Depew made 25 saves in improving to 3-1 on the year.

Other action
Rensselaer took three separate leads on Princeton and made the last one stand up in a 4-3 victory. Katie Rooney scored twice for RPI, as did Hilary Lloyd for the Tigers; Marisa Raspa netted the deciding goal at 12:28 of the second period.

Princeton got a win of its own with a 3-0 triumph over Union. Kelsey Koelzer and Brianne Mahoney combined to set up goals by Molly Contini and Morgan Sly, and Fiona McKenna hit an empty net. Alysia DaSilva turned in a 16-save shutout.

Kennedy Marchment scored twice in a 3-1 win for St. Lawrence at Minnesota State on Saturday. Alex Moore also tallied for the Saints, and goalie Brooke Wolejko made 22 saves while yielding only Kathleen Rogan’s first goal of the season.

In a rare week where only one game went to overtime, Connecticut and Northeastern played to a 3-3 tie. Kendall Coyne scored twice for Northeastern, the second coming at 3:34 of the third period to produce the final deadlock. Lucie Povová also got on the board for Northeastern, with Margaret Zimmer, Emily Snodgrass, and Rebecca Fleming providing the UConn goals.

Women’s D-I picks: Jan. 2

Arlan is within three games of me after the first half. In our last weekend, we went 4-4-1 (.500). On the year, I am 161-56-26 (.716), while Arlan is 158-59-26 (.703). Let’s get to our first week’s action.

Friday, Jan. 2

Harvard at Brown
Candace: This may be closer than in recent years, but the Crimson still take it. Harvard 4-1
Arlan: The Crimson start a busy month on a right note. Harvard 5-1

Princeton at RPI
Candace: RPI showed signs of life at times, but is too inconsistent to beat Princeton. Princeton 4-1
Arlan: Rensselaer was erratic in its final four contests of 2014, which was an improvement over the first 13, when the Engineers were consistently on the short end of the score. Princeton 4-2

Dartmouth at Yale
Candace: I’m tempted to pick the Bulldogs, but they’ve been too inconsistent, and Dartmouth looked good in crushing Northeastern Wednesday. Dartmouth 4-1
Arlan: Can Dartmouth get off to a decent start? It’s been blanked, 8-0, in the first periods of its last four games, but has outscored those opponents 14-6 over the following frames. Dartmouth 3-2

Bemidji at Lindenwood
Candace: Lindenwood is better this year, and this will be a closer series than it might have seemed at the start of the year, but I think Bemidji returns to its winning ways. Bemidji State 3-1, 2-0
Arlan: The Beavers’ previous multi-game losing streak ended with a successful road trip to Minnesota. Bemidji State 1-0, 3-1

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 2-3

Colgate at Vermont
Candace: Vermont was dismal for much of the first half after a strong start, but Colgate wasn’t any better. Vermont 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: The Raiders and Catamounts went into the break on five and six-game losing skids, respectively. Vermont 4-3, 3-2

Saturday, Jan. 3

Dartmouth at Brown
Candace: The Big Green have a great start to the second half. Dartmouth 4-1
Arlan: Dartmouth has looked good when I’ve had a chance to see them, so they could be sitting on a big second half. Dartmouth 4-1

Quinnipiac at RPI
Candace: The Bobcats generally aren’t threatened by anyone in the ECAC outside of the top four. Quinnipiac 4-1
Arlan: The Bobcats had four weeks to think about their only loss of the first half. Quinnipiac 3-0

Princeton at Union
Candace: Union posted a couple of surprising wins to close the first half, but I think Princeton is too strong. Princeton 3-1
Arlan: The Dutchwomen will likely keep it close but come up just short. Princeton 2-1

Harvard at Yale
Candace: Yale gave the Crimson all it could handle last year, but the Bulldogs seem to have regressed a bit. Harvard 3-1
Arlan: If their ECAC quarterfinal last season was an indicator, this should be a great game. Harvard 3-2

Connecticut at Northeastern
Candace: The Huskies looked awful Wednesday, but I think they will pull it together in this game. Northeastern 3-1
Arlan: Northeastern is kind of a mess right now, but this is a key game with a BC-BC-BU stretch looming. Northeastern 2-1

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 3-4

Ohio State at Penn State
Candace: Penn State hasn’t been swept yet in a weekend, but I think it happens here. Ohio State 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: Both teams swept ranked opponents before their breaks; one tie is likely. Ohio State 2-1, 3-2

Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 5-6

St. Lawrence at Minnesota
Candace: As much as I’d like to pick St. Lawrence in one of these, the Saints have been way too unpredictable to do so. Minnesota 3-1, 4-2
Arlan: Early games out of the break can be unpredictable, but the Saints’ whole season has been. Minnesota 3-2, 3-1

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Princeton at Quinnipiac
Candace: Princeton will make this a nail-biter, but fall short. Quinnipiac 2-1
Arlan: It’s been four years since the Tigers won a game in this series. Quinnipiac 2-0

Syracuse at Colgate
Candace: The Orange start their second half off well. Syracuse 3-1
Arlan: Greg Fargo’s teams have been outscored 12-2 in dropping four straight to the Orange over the last two and a half years. Syracuse 2-1

Connecticut at Harvard
Candace: UConn has shown improvement, but not to Harvard’s level. Harvard 4-1
Arlan: The only hurdle here for Harvard would appear to be three games in five days. Harvard 3-1

Wednesday, JAn. 7

Boston University at Boston College
Candace: Even though the Eagles will be without starting goalie Katie Burt, who is on the U.S. Women’s U-18 roster and playing in Buffalo, I think Boston College will pull it out. Boston College 4-3
Arlan: The Terriers typically close the gap by season’s end; this game will demonstrate how sizable that gap currently is. Boston College 5-1

Women’s D-I wrap: 12/20

Buckeyes complete sweep of season series at Bemidji State
Only two teams were in action this week, as Ohio State traveled to Bemidji and sent the No. 9 Beavers into the break on a three-game losing skid. The visitors took command of the series opener with a power-play goal just past the midway point of the opening period. Brittni Mowat got a piece of Taylor Kuehl’s shot, but the puck popped into the air and found the net, with Kari Schmitt earning an assist. Despite a 33-14 advantage in shots, the Beavers were unable to get anything past junior goaltender Stacy Danczak, and their cause was hurt by a late major penalty that forced them to finish the game on the penalty kill. Although short-handed, Bemidji State pulled Mowat for an extra attacker in attempt to even the score, but Julia McKinnon hit the empty net for a 2-0 Buckeyes win.

Claudia Kepler scored both OSU goals on Saturday to help her team to a 2-1 victory. Ohio State again took a first-period lead, but BSU freshman Alexis Joyce answered midway through the game with an unassisted goal on a power play. However, Kepler countered with an unassisted tally of her own with just over seven minutes left in regulation for the final margin. Danczak made 22 stops in net, as the Buckeyes definitely had the answer defensively, holding Bemidji State to just two goals total in the four games the two squads played.

WCHA standings
The defeats were costly for Bemidji State in the standings. Instead of moving ahead of Minnesota-Duluth as they hoped, the Beavers were passed by Ohio State and fall to fifth, just two points ahead of North Dakota. Although OSU, BSU, and UND have played the same number of games, only North Dakota is done with first-place Wisconsin. Minnesota is five points behind the Badgers in second, and the Gophers have two games in hand. Third-place UMD is 10 points back. St. Cloud State has settled into the seventh spot, and winless Minnesota State has only one point and looks doomed to the basement.

ECAC standings
The ECAC has yet to reach the halfway point, and Quinnipiac owns the points lead by one over Clarkson. Harvard and St. Lawrence are tied for third another two points back, but the Crimson have two games in hand over the other three squads in the top four. Another point down finds Cornell and Princeton tied for fifth, with the Big Red also having two games in hand over everyone but Harvard in the upper division. It’s four points back to Yale in seventh, and the Bulldogs are a point up on eighth-place Dartmouth, with a game in hand. Those eight teams look destined to be bound for the postseason, with Brown, Rensselaer, Union, and Colgate all sitting in a tie for last with a single win.

Hockey East standings
Boston College is perfect in league play and sits two games clear of Boston University. The Terriers still control their destiny in the race, because the two have yet to play head to head. Maine is third, three points shy of BU. Northeastern trails the Black Bears by three points but has a game in hand. There is a gap of five points back to Providence in fifth. New Hampshire is sixth and a point behind the Friars. Vermont is in a seventh-place tie with winless Connecticut, a game behind UNH. Connecticut has a game in hand on the Catamounts and two in hand on the Wildcats and Friars.

CHA standings
It’s a familiar story in the CHA, with Mercyhurst setting the pace with half of its games played. Syracuse and Penn State are tied for second three points back, and the Orange have a game in hand on the Lakers and the Nittany Lions. Lindenwood is a game back in fourth place. Robert Morris is three points behind in fifth place, but with two games in hand. RIT is another three points back in last place, but the Tigers have a game in hand on the Colonials and three games in hand on the Lions.

Everyone is on break
The only game left on the 2014 schedule has Dartmouth traveling to Northeastern on New Year’s Eve. The action for 2015 commences on Jan. 2 with four ECAC contests and two nonconference games.

Weekend wrap: Dec. 15

Historic wins
Through the two programs’ first eight meetings, No. 6 Mercyhurst had outscored Penn State 44-5, including a 23-1 composite last season. In the first series of this CHA season between the two squads, the Nittany Lions exacted some sweet revenge by earning a sweep on home ice by scores of 2-1 and 5-3.

On Friday, goaltender Celine Whitlinger was a wall in the PSU net while recording 36 saves, including 14 in the opening frame. Penn State took advantage of a couple of special-teams situations to grab a two-goal lead in the middle frame. While skating four-on-four, Laura Bowman set up Amy Peterson on a two-on-one rush. Peterson then fed Bella Sutton on a power play, and the freshman defenseman skated across the slot and fired a low shot that found its way out of the glove of Amanda Makela and inside of the post. The Lakers dominated the final stanza, holding a 15-2 shot advantage, but Emily Janiga’s goal with 2:36 remaining was all they could get by Whitlinger, and Penn State had its first points ever against the perennial boss of the CHA.

Mercyhurst came out with determination on Saturday, and grabbed a quick advantage on goals by Jenna Dingeldein and Janiga with less than four minutes elapsed. Bowman struck back immediately for the Nittany Lions, and Caitlin Reilly tied it up with a redirection in the second period. Hannah Bramm scored on a third-period power play to give the hosts their first lead of the day, but Janiga netted her third goal of the weekend to tie the game at 3-3 with less than 10 minutes left. However, with under two minutes to go, Bowman fired a shot that somehow crept under Makela and into the goal. Bowman completed her hat trick into an empty net just ahead of the final buzzer, with all three of her tallies being unassisted.

Another upset
No. 9 Bemidji State also took a tumble on Saturday. The Beavers fell on the road to St. Cloud State, 3-0. Goalie Katie Fitzgerald posted a clean ledger by turning away all 34 shots. Amanda Arbogast opened the scoring halfway through the game, and Audrey Hanmer got loose short-handed to provide some insurance 20 minutes later. Lauren Hespenheide added the exclamation point into an empty net.

BSU took the series opener on Friday, 4-1. The Huskies took the first lead on a goal by Kelsey Saelens, but Hanna Moher forged a tie in the final minute of the opening period. She later added two helpers, as Kristin Huber, Ivana Bilic, and Madison Hutchinson struck for the Beavers. Brittni Mowat made 28 saves.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
Only two other ranked teams took to the ice, and a pair of Hockey East powers emerged unscathed.

No. 4 Boston University had its hands full with Providence, but held on for a 3-1 victory. Defenseman Shannon Stoneburgh netted her first goal of the year 2:37 into action, but Brooke Boquist knotted the score for the Friars a period later. Another Terriers’ veteran blue liner scored a timely goal when Shannon Doyle struck with just over a minute left before the second intermission to put BU back on top. Marie-Philip Poulin’s empty-net goal with four seconds remaining sent the Terriers into the break with a seven-game unbeaten streak.

No. 1 Boston College jumped on Dartmouth early and skated to a 6-1 win. Alex Carpenter had a goal and three assists, Haley Skarupa had three points, and Dana Trivigno hit the net twice. Katie Burt made 29 saves for the victors, who finished the semester as the country’s only undefeated team.

Other action
The Big Green also closed on a winning note by upending Vermont, 6-2. The Catamounts looked to be in great shape when they took a two-goal lead into the first intermission on power-play goals by Brittany Zuback and Amanda Pelkey, with 3:05 carrying over from a major penalty on Dartmouth. Instead, the Big Green rallied for three goals in each of the next two periods. Lindsey Allen scored the first, the last, and one in between for her hat trick. Laura Stacey, Karlee Odland, and Catherine Berghuis also tallied.

North Dakota swept RIT, 3-1 and 6-1. Amy Menke’s power-play goal with 2:40 remaining proved to be the winner on Friday. Josefine Jakobsen and Andrea Dalen each had a goal and an assist. Four first-period goals decided Saturday’s contest much earlier. Jakobsen scored twice, while Dalen had a goal and two assists.

Union hosted Maine in a series where only four goals total were scored. The Dutchwomen scored three of them to earn a series win. In the opener, Shenae Lundberg won a goaltending battle over Meghann Treacy by making 28 saves. Union’s Jessica Kaminsy broke the ice past the halfway mark of the final period, and Nicole Russel scored at 17:22 for the final marker in the Dutchwomen’s 2-0 triumph. Hailey Browne salvaged a 1-1 tie for Maine on Saturday when her second-period goal matched one by Kathryn Davis.

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