Weekend Wrap: Feb. 7

Hockey East showdown upcoming in Beanpot
The top two teams in Hockey East will meet on Tuesday with the stakes being the Beanpot, rather than league points.

No. 1 Boston College got revenge on Harvard and then some for its loss to the Crimson in last year’s event final, scoring early and often in an 8-0 annihilation, as BC led by five after a period. Megan Keller keyed the carnage with two goals and an assist, Alex Carpenter also scored twice, and Makenna Newkirk added three helpers. Katie Burt made 12 saves to gain her 10th shutout.

Rebecca Russo and Boston University struck first against No. 5 Northeastern, but Kendall Coyne scored twice in a three-goal rally by the Huskies, who went on to a 3-2 victory. Lauren Kelly also scored for Northeastern, while Alexis Crossley added a late power-play tally while the Terriers had a six-on-three skater advantage to make the last couple minutes interesting. Brittany Bugalski made 30 saves to earn her first Beanpot win.

Both finalists tuned up with one league contest on Saturday.

Northeastern led all the way after Coyne opened the scoring five minutes in and added an assist on Denisa Krížová’s tally nine minutes later in a 3-1 win over Providence. Melissa Haganey added a goal for the Huskies; Christina Putigna netted her ninth for the Friars.

Haley Skarupa scored twice in the third period to lift the Eagles to their 29th win over a pesky Connecticut, 5-4. She added an assist, and Carpenter had two goals plus two helpers.

Badgers on the brink
No. 2 Wisconsin widened its lead in the WCHA to seven points with a sweep at Ohio State. The Badgers can clinch the regular season crown next weekend when they host Minnesota State. Jenny Ryan and Annie Pankowski scored in Friday’s 2-1 win, while Claudia Kepler became the first Buckeye to score against Wisconsin this season. On Saturday, Ann-Renée Desbiens was back in the shutout business, her 15th of the season, the most by a Badger and two shy of the NCAA mark. Baylee Wellhausen and Sam Cogan scored in Wisconsin’s 2-0 win.

Kessel not enough
Amanda Kessel rejoined No. 3 Minnesota and her presence sparked the Gophers to a 3-0 win over No. 8 North Dakota on Friday. Kessel assisted twice, as Minnesota got goals from Hannah Brandt, Sydney Baldwin, and Sophie Skarzynksi. Those were the only goals either team got all weekend. Amanda Leveille saved all 29 shots, and followed it up with a 28-save shutout the next night. Shelby Amsley-Benzie responded with a 25-save shutout of her own for the Fighting Hawks in the 0-0 tie. The goaltenders’ mastery continued into the shootout, where Amy Menke and Kessel were successful early, but the contest continued to the 11th round where Charly Dahlquist converted to win an extra point for UND.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 4 Quinnipiac lost for only the second time this season, 3-2, at No. 10 Colgate on Saturday. The Raiders led all the way after Annika Zalewski’s goal at 16:17 of the first period. Breanne Wilson-Bennett and Olivia Zafuto added goals for Colgate with Bailey Larson having the primary assist on both. The Bobcats twice cut the lead to one on goals by Meghan Turner and Alicia Barry but could not get the tying marker. Ashlynne Rando picked up the win with 32 saves.

Quinnipiac’s weekend started better, 4-1 over Cornell. Christian Higham gave the Big Red a lead 1:45 into the game, but Sydney Rossman saved the other 26 shots as the Bobcats’ offense took over. Kristen Tamberg and Taylor Cianfarano led with a goal and an assist.

Meanwhile, Colgate fell to No. 9 Princeton, 4-2, on Friday. Karlie Lund scored at 12:19 of the third period to break a 2-2 tie and added an empty-netter in the final minute to complete her first collegiate hat trick. Kimberly Newell made 37 saves for the Tigers.

Princeton made it a four-point weekend with a 5-0 shutout of Cornell on Saturday. Newell saved all 30 shots, Kelsey Koelzer had three assists, and Hilary Lloyd and Morgan Sly had a goal with a helper.

No. 5 Clarkson got it done at both ends of the ice in winning over Rensselaer, 9-1, and Union, 4-1. Versus the Engineers, Lauren Lefler scored twice and had an assist, Geneviève Bannon and Renata Fast had a goal with two helpers, and Rhyen McGill assisted three times. Cayley Mercer scored twice on the Dutchwomen.

No. 7 Bemidji State got a series win at St. Cloud State. The teams played to a 3-3 tie on Friday, with the Beavers winning the shootout. Molly Illikainen and Alyssa Erickson scored third-period markers for the Huskies to erase a two-goal deficit. Illikainen and Brittney Anderson had a goal and an assist for SCSU, and Ivana Bilic did the same for Bemidji State. Kaitlyn Tougas led the Beavers to a 4-1 win on Saturday, with two goals and an assist. Bilic and Alexis Joyce had two helpers, and Brittni Mowat stopped 21 of 22 shots.

Other action
Minnesota-Duluth swept at Minnesota State. Michela Cava completed her hat trick at 3:54 of overtime to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 win on Friday. Lara Stalder assisted on all three tallies. The Mavericks got third-period goals from Savannah Quandt and Amanda Martin to force the extra session. On Saturday, Ashleigh Brykaliuk supplied the hat trick and an assist in UMD’s 5-2 triumph. Kayla Black picked up both wins.

Meghann Treacy and Maine shut out Merrimack for the weekend in gaining a sweep, 4-0 and 1-0. Jess Vallotton powered the offense in the opener with a hat trick. In game two, Victorial Hummel broke a scoreless tie at 5:44 of the third period. Treacy made 31 saves to win a duel with Samantha Ridgewell, who turned aside 35 shots.

Vermont surprised New Hampshire with a sweep in Durham, 2-1 and 3-2. Taylor Willard scored the winning goal with 72 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Catamounts the victory on Friday, thanks to 30 saves from Madison Litchfield. The same duo struck again in the second game. Willard potted the game winner midway through the final frame after Cassidy Campeau had tied it up for UVM five minutes earlier. Litchfield came up with 28 more stops.

Connecticut took advantage of New Hampshire’s losses to widen its lead for the final home playoff spot. The Huskies defeated Providence, 3-1, on Sunday. Rebecca Lindblad and Justine Fredette scored in the first period to give Connecticut the lead, and Elaine Chuli made 29 saves, yielding only a power-play goal by Christine Putigna. Leah Lum sealed the win into an empty net.

Mercyhurst had its most successful trip to Robert Morris in recent years, coming home with a sweep by scores of 4-0 and 6-3. Jessica Convery got the start on Friday and came through with a 31-save shutout. Hannah Bale’s first-period goal was all the Lakers needed, but Rachael Smith, Brooke Hartwick, and Sarah Robello hit the net in the second stanza. Down a goal after a period on Saturday, Mercyhurst scored five times in the middle frame. Six different Lakers scored, and Smith and Hartwick added a helper to their strikes.

Syracuse kept pace with a sweep at Penn State. On Friday, the Orange got a tying goal from Morgan Blank late in regulation, and Jessica Sibley won it on a power play with seven seconds left in overtime, 3-2. Syracuse came back with a 2-1 win on Saturday on the strength of Megan Quinn’s power-play goal in the second period. Laura Bowman, who scored both days for the Nittany Lions, had tied it a couple minutes earlier. Jenn Gilligan made 19 saves in the 2-1 Orange victory.

RIT took the first game at Lindenwood, 3-2, but the Lions bounced back with a 2-1 win on Saturday to salvage a split. Jenna de Jonge made 36 in the Tigers’ victory, with goals coming from Carly Payerl, Maddie Grisko, and Brinna Dochniak. Sarah Bobrowski had both Lindenwood goals, with helpers from Shara Jasper. The roles reversed on Saturday, with Jasper putting two in the net and Bobrowski assisting twice, as Nicole Hensley made 30 saves. For RIT, 35 saves from Jetta Rackleff and a power-play tally by Jess Paton weren’t enough.

Harvard’s struggles continued when it settled for a 3-3 tie with Brown. Erin Conway scored the tying goal on a power play with under five minutes left for the Bears, who got a 51-save performance from Monica Elvin. Sydney Daniels scored a pair of goals for the Crimson.

The Crimson finished their week on a high note, stopping Yale, 4-1. Karly Heffernan scored twice and added an assist.

Yale won on Friday at Dartmouth, 4-3, when Jamie Haddad netted a goal at 3:17 of overtime. The Big Green had rallied from two goals down behind goals from Eleni Tebano and Ailish Forfar.

On Saturday, Dartmouth got its first win since November, 5-0 over Brown. Robyn Chemago turned in a 13-save shutout. Laura Stacey scored twice, including a short-handed tally, and Forfar had three points, one being a goal.

St. Lawrence shut out Union, 2-0, as Grace Harrison made 13 saves, and Kennedy Marchment and Kayla Nielsen found the net. Brooke Webster assisted on both. Melissa Black made 38 stops for Union.

Rensselaer and St. Lawrence ground out a 1-1 tie. Laura Horwood put RPI ahead just 26 seconds into the game, but Hannah Miller tied it up in the second period. Lovisa Selander held the Engineers in it with 48 saves, and Grace Harrison stopped 25 shots for the Saints.

What to Watch: Feb. 5

Kazmaier duo
Amanda Kessel last played in an NCAA game the day after being awarded the 2013 Patty Kazmaier Award. On Friday, she returns to collegiate competition when No. 3 Minnesota hosts No. 8 North Dakota at 6:07 p.m. CST.

Saturday, the Gophers and Fighting Hawks conclude their series with a 4:07 p.m. start that produces a statistical first. Alex Carpenter and No. 1 Boston College visit Connecticut on Saturday at 2 p.m. EST, marking the first time to my knowledge we’ll have two Kazmaier winners playing in NCAA games on the same day. It bears noting that when Jennifer Botterill played in the 2003 championship game, she herself owned two Kazmaiers.

Beanpot awarded
Speaking of hardware, Carpenter will attempt to add a Beanpot to her personal resume when No. 1 Boston College and No. 5 Northeastern take the Boston University ice on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. EST in the final. The Eagles claimed their last Beanpot two years ago while Carpenter was away in Sochi at the Olympics. The Huskies won in both 2012 and 2013.

On the undercard, Boston University entertains Harvard at 4:30 p.m. for third place.

No. 4 Quinnipiac at Cornell, Friday, 7 p.m. EST; No. 4 Quinnipiac at No. 10 Colgate, Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
The Bobcats make their final road trip of the regular season. There is a chance that it could also be the last time they play away from home before a possible date in Durham at the Frozen Four, should Quinnipiac retain first place in the ECAC and a top-four spot in the PairWise Rankings.

No. 9 Princeton at No. 10 Colgate, Friday, 7 p.m. EST
The Tigers and Raiders head into the weekend tied for third place with 21 points, so a win here will go a long way to not only locking down a host spot for the quarterfinals, but staying in contention for second. The first round went to Princeton, 3-2.

Rensselaer at No. 5 Clarkson, Friday, 7 p.m. EST
Although the host is second and the visitor eighth, only three games separate these two in the ECAC’s tightly-bunched pack. The Engineers rallied over the Golden Knights with a 2-1 upset in November.

Vermont at New Hampshire, Friday, 7 p.m. EST, and Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
These games will go a long way toward lessening the confusion in the middle of Hockey East. The Wildcats gained their first win of the season in the first contest, and it started a 21-game stretch where they have played at a .500 clip.

Mercyhurst at Robert Morris, Friday, 7:05 p.m. EST, and Saturday, 4:05 p.m. EST
The Colonials present the highest remaining obstacle between Mercyhurst and its 14th consecutive CHA regular-season title. The Lakers took three of four points in the series in December.

No. 7 Bemidji State at St. Cloud State, Friday, 7:07 p.m. CST, and Saturday, 3:07 p.m. CST
Any points that the Huskies can take out of this series increase the likelihood of these two winding up as first-round opponents in three weeks. The Beavers earned twin 3-1 verdicts in October.

No. 5 Northeastern at Providence, Saturday, 2 p.m. EST
The Huskies tune up for the Beanpot; they won both of the earlier games by four goals over the Friars.

Weekend Picks: Feb. 5

I had a pretty good week last week, going 24-7-2 (.757). On the year, I am now 309-88-46 (.749). It’s hard to believe there are only three weeks left in the regular season. Let’s see how we do this week.

Friday, Feb. 5

Rensselaer at Clarkson
The Golden Knights can be mercurial, but I like them on home ice. Clarkson 3-2

Princeton at Colgate
A huge game in the home ice playoff race in the ECAC. Colgate gets revenge. Colgate 3-2

Quinnipiac at Cornell
I don’t think the Big Red are strong enough to stop the Bobcats. Quinnipiac 3-1

Yale at Dartmouth
I’m beginning to wonder if Dartmouth will win again this season. Yale 2-1

Brown at Harvard
The Crimson should regroup after the Beanpot disaster. Harvard 3-1

Union at St. Lawrence
The Saints are usually good enough to beat those below them in the standings. St. Lawrence 3-1

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 5-6

RIT at Lindenwood
I think the Tigers will likely sneak one here, but I though that last week against Penn State too. Lindenwood 2-1, 2-1

Syracuse at Penn State
The Nittany Lions are getting better down the stretch, but the Orange pick up needed points. Syracuse 2-1, 3-1

Mercyhurst at Robert Morris
I thought the Colonials would win against the Lakers the first time they met, and that didn’t work out too well. Mercyhurst 2-1, 3-1

Vermont at New Hampshire
The Catamounts have been too inconsistent for me to pick them. New Hampshire 3-1, 3-2

Minnesota-Duluth at Minnesota State
I’m picking the Mavericks to get their first conference win. Minnesota State 2-1, Minnesota-Duluth 3-2

Wisconsin at Ohio State
The Buckeyes got a surprise win last weekend against Minnesota-Duluth, but the Badgers are in a different category. Wisconsin 4-1, 5-1

North Dakota at Minnesota
Just based on what happened when North Dakota had its rematch against Wisconsin, I think the Gophers get a sweep, especially with the boost of Amanda Kessel’s return. Minnesota 2-1, 3-1

Saturday, Feb. 6

Union at Clarkson
The Golden Knights tighten their hold on second place. Clarkson 4-1

Quinnipiac at Colgate
One of the harder games to pick. Colgate can trouble the Bobcats, but I think the superior Quinnipiac defense wins the game. Quinnipiac 2-1

Princeton at Cornell
Another game I’m not too sure about. I think the visitors get one win on their road trip. Princeton 2-1

Brown at Dartmouth
Let’s call the Big Green to finally get a win again. Dartmouth 2-1

Yale at Harvard
A potential trap game for the Crimson, but I see them dodging a bullet. Harvard 2-1

Rensselaer at St. Lawrence
This is the type of game the Saints should win, but might not. Rensselaer 2-1

Northeastern at Providence
The Huskies take care of business before their two huge games against Boston College. Northeastern 4-1

Boston College at Connecticut
The Huskies have a solid defense, but as long as the Eagles aren’t looking ahead to Tuesday’s game against the other Huskies, they should prevail. Boston College 4-1

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 6-7

Merrimack at Maine
A loss for the Black Bears would be bad. I think the Warriors will steal one. Maine 3-2, Merrimack 2-1

Sunday, Feb. 7

Providence at Connecticut
The Huskies solidify home ice in the Hockey East playoffs. Connecticut 3-2

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Harvard at Boston University
If the Terriers can play like they did against Northeastern, I think they win. Boston University 3-2

Boston College versus Northeastern
This should be a barn-burner of a game. Let’s call BC to win a Beanpot for Alex Carpenter. Boston College 4-2

Weekend wrap: Jan. 31

Bobcats increase ECAC lead
Melissa Samoskevich scored power-play game winners on back-to-back days to help No. 4 Quinnipiac to weekend wins over Harvard, 1-0, and Dartmouth, 2-1. The freshman popped in a rebound 6:52 into Friday’s game with the Crimson. Emerance Maschmeyer slammed the door on the other 37 shots from the Bobcats, but meanwhile, Sydney Rossman was pitching a 20-save shutout, her 12th of the year.

Robyn Chemago was knocked behind her net by one of her own skaters on Saturday, and before she could get back into her crease, Emma Woods had hit the unguarded cage. Samoskevich doubled the lead when she slid a backhand shot through the five-hole on a rush, and that proved to be the deciding goal when sophomore defenseman Hailey Noronha’s first collegiate goal put Dartmouth on the board.

Quinnipiac is unbeaten over its last 20 games.

Badgers shut out St. Cloud State
Ann-Renée Desbiens and No. 2 Wisconsin turned in twin 3-0 shutouts of St. Cloud State. She needed only 15 saves on Saturday and another 13 on Sunday to up her season shutout total to 14, as she closes in on the NCAA record of 17. Katie Fitzgerald did what she could to hold the Huskies in the contests, totaling 86 saves, but Emily Clark got to her for three goals. Sam Cogan and Annie Pankowski had three-point weekends, and Sarah Nurse scored in both games.

Even dozen
No. 6 Northeastern upped its winning streak to 12 games with a 5-2 win over New Hampshire. Lauren Kelly’s goal at 12:25 of the second period broke a 2-2 tie and proved to be the winner for the Huskies, who got two-point games from five different players.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
Makenna Newkirk had a goal and an assist and Megan Keller contributed two helpers to No. 1 Boston College in its 4-1 defeat of Merrimack. Katie Burt needed only 14 saves to gain her 22nd win, while Samantha Ridgewell made 52 saves to prevent greater damage.

No. 3 Minnesota ground out a pair of 2-1 wins at No. 7 Bemidji State. Cara Piazza deflected in the winning goal on a third-period power play on Friday, after Minnesota’s Sydney Baldwin and Ciscely Nelson of the Beavers traded first-period goals. After Lauren Miller gave BSU an early lead on Saturday, it took more than two periods for Dani Cameranesi to knot the score and force overtime. Lee Stecklein sniped a game-winner 47 seconds into the extra session, giving Amanda Leveille a 28-save win and hanging a 42-save loss on Brittni Mowat.

St. Lawrence and No. 5 Clarkson played a home-and-home series, with the Golden Knights coming away with three of the points. Olivia Howe had a goal and three assists to spark Clarkson to a 6-1 win in Canton. Shea Tiley made 27 saves, and Erin Ambrose chipped in three helpers. Lydia Grauer’s power-play goal with under five minutes to play salvaged a 2-2 tie for the Saints in Potsdam. Grace Harrison made 29 saves for SLU. Amanda Titus scored both tallies for the Golden Knights off of assists from Lauren Lefler.

No. 8 North Dakota had all it could handle as it hosted Minnesota State. Layla Marvin’s goal at 10:02 of the third period gave the Fighting Hawks a 2-1 win on Friday and came just 27 seconds after Savannah Quandt hat tied it up for the Mavericks. Jordan Hampton had opened the scoring a period earlier. Shelby Amsley-Benzie made 16 saves to get the win, and Brianna Quade kept MSU in it with 36 stops. UND needed a goal from Becca Kohler at 17:18 of the third period to escape with a 5-5 tie on Saturday. Meghan Dufault had a goal and three assists for the Fighting Hawks, who got a two-goal effort with a helper from Halli Krzyzaniak. On the other bench, Jordan McLaughlin and Emily Antony had three-point games, with the former’s day including two goals.

No. 9 Princeton started its week with a 4-0 victory over Connecticut. Kimberly Newell whitewashed the Huskies, recording 20 saves, and Hilary Lloyd, Morgan Sly, Kelsey Koelzer, and Cassidy Tucker found the net.

On Friday, Princeton rallied past Dartmouth, 4-1. The Tigers lost track of Laura Stacey, who cruised in front of Newell with a pass from Ailish Forfar, and Stacey swung a backhand around the sprawled netminder for a 1-0 Big Green advantage. Karlie Lund tied the score before the second period elapsed, getting behind the Dartmouth defense, collecting a pass from Sly, and beating Robyn Chemago. Jaimie McDonell took over in the third period, scoring on an end-to-end rush with a snipe over Chemago’s glove and adding an insurance goal six minutes later. Molly Contini’s empty-netter finished the scoring and Newell finished with 27 saves.

On Saturday, Harvard snapped the Princeton winning streak that had grown to 12 games. The Crimson skated to a 4-1 win, backed by 34 saves from Emerance Maschmeyer. Miye D’Oench led the attack with a goal and two assists, and Sydney Daniels put her second goal of the game into an empty net to seal the verdict.

No. 10 Colgate earned wins over Rensselaer, 5-3, and Union, 1-0. Five different Raiders hit the net against the Engineers, with Olivia Zafuto and Annika Zalewski having a helper as well. Melissa Black made 39 saves for the Dutchwomen, but she couldn’t prevent Breanne Wilson-Bennett’s power-play goal that gave Ashlynne Rando a 19-save shutout.

Other action
For the second time this season, Rensselaer posted a 2-1 overtime victory at Cornell’s expense. Taylor Woods struck first for the Big Red on a great individual effort, winning a puck battle, carrying to the net front, and finding the goal in the second period. Ten minutes later, Katie Rooney picked off a pass, circled the net, and scored on the short side for the Engineers. After a scoreless third period, Lauren Wash knocked a clearing attempt out of midair and fed Rooney in front for the RPI win, with Lovisa Selander stopping 23 shots.

The Engineers began their week with a 2-1 loss to Yale, making up a game postponed from January 23. Selander made 33 saves, but Taylor Marchin and Jordan Chancellor beat her to put the Bulldogs up by two goals, and Hannah Behounek’s third-period goal was the only one of 18 shots that RPI could get past Hanna Mandl.

Mercyhurst and Syracuse split another series. Once again, the home team took the opener. Emily Costales gave the Orange an early lead, but J’nai Mahadeo tied the game in the second period, and Emily Janiga put the Lakers up to stay with a short-handed goal. Jenna Dingeldein iced the 4-1 win with two empty-net goals in the final minute. Sarah McDonnell got the win by making 21 saves. Jessica Sibley’s goal at 3:30 of overtime gave Syracuse a 2-1 win on Saturday. The Lakers’ Jillian Skinner and Stephanie Grossi of Syracuse sandwiched goals around the first intermission.

Host Robert Morris swept Lindenwood. Maeve Garvey had two goals and an assist in Friday’s 5-2 win. On Saturday, Amanda Pantaleo tallied 1:36 into overtime to lift the Colonials to a 3-2 triumph.

Celine Whitlinger and Hannah Ehresmann of Penn State each registered shutouts over RIT. Amy Peterson scored the game’s lone goal while shorthanded on Friday. Shannon Yoxheimer tallied both goals in the Nittany Lions’ 2-0 win in the finale.

Ohio State won 6-4 on Friday in Duluth. The Buckeyes converted on four of five power-play opportunities and seven skaters had two-point games. Morgan Morse scored twice, including the game-winner, as Minnesota-Duluth bounced back with a 4-3 win.

Connecticut swept Vermont, 2-1 and 3-1. Elaine Chuli made 31 saves and Margaret Zimmer scored the winning goal in the opener. Leah Lum scored twice and added an assist on Saturday.

Maine won its first Hockey East game since October when it posted a 3-1 decision at Providence on Saturday, with Meghann Treacy making 24 saves. Cassidy Carels scored her second goal of the weekend to give the Friars a 1-0 series split. Madison Myers turned in a 20-save shutout.

Defenseman Alexis Crossley scored twice and the line of Sarah Lefort, Victoria Bach, and Kayla Tutino all finished with a goal and two assists in Boston University’s 6-2 victory over Merrimack.

Cornell defeated Union, 3-1, thanks to two goals from Jess Brown.

Yale swept a home-and-home series from Brown, 4-1 and 6-3. Janelle Ferrara and Julia Yetman each scored twice in the second game for the Bulldogs, as did the Bears’ Maddie Woo.

Weekend Picks: Jan. 29

I had a decent week, barring CHA picks, going 22-5-5 (.765) to bring my season record to 287-81-44 (.750). We have some big series this week, including battles of top 10 teams, so hopefully I can do OK.

Friday, Jan. 29

Princeton at Dartmouth
Home ice won’t be enough to get the Big Green a win against the surging Tigers. Princeton 3-1

Quinnipiac at Harvard
The Crimson took the Bobcats to OT back in December. Something tells me they get a win. Harvard 2-1

Colgate at Rensselaer
The Engineers could play spoiler, but I like the Raiders. Colgate 3-2

Cornell at Union
The Dutchwomen’s travails continue. Cornell 4-2

New Hampshire at Northeastern
The Huskies are one of the elite. The Wildcats are improving, but aren’t there. Northeastern 4-1

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 29-30

Syracuse at Mercyhurst
This was a split a few weeks ago, and figures to be again. Mercyhurst 2-1, Syracuse 3-2

RIT at Penn State
My picks record would be even better if I didn’t try to pick CHA games. RIT 2-1, Penn State 2-1

Lindenwood at Robert Morris
I thought the Colonials were getting better, but league play has been a killer. Robert Morris 3-2, Lindenwood 2-1

Brown versus Yale
A tough one to call, but I see the Bulldogs winning both. Yale 3-1, 2-1

Minnesota at Bemidji State
Home ice for the Beavers means closer games, but same results. Minnesota 3-1, 4-1

Ohio State at Minnesota-Duluth
With these teams, you could flip coins and get better results. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, 3-1

Minnesota State at North Dakota
One game will be close, but I see a NoDak sweep. North Dakota 3-2, 4-1

Saturday, Jan. 30

St. Lawrence at Clarkson
Given how the Golden Knights did earlier tonight, I have a hard time seeing this turning out differently. Clarkson 4-1

Quinnipiac at Dartmouth
The Bobcats will get back on track, or continue a win streak if they beat Harvard Friday. Quinnipiac 3-1

Princeton at Harvard
The Tigers won a clash with the Crimson earlier in the year, so why not again? Princeton 3-2

Cornell at Rensselaer
This game was a lot easier to pick last year. Cornell 2-1

Colgate at Union
The Raiders should keep pace in the ECAC races. Colgate 3-1

Merrimack at Boston University
The Terriers get some momentum for the Beanpot. Boston University 4-1

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 30-31

Maine at Providence
Maybe the Black Bears get back in the win column, but it’s not a safe bet. Providence 2-1, 2-1

Connecticut at Vermont
This is likely a split, but I’ll go out on a limb. Connecticut 2-1, 3-2

St. Cloud State at Wisconsin
The Huskies are playing much better than expected, but not good enough to defeat the Badgers. Wisconsin 4-1, 4-1

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Harvard versus Boston College
This is where BC’s streak ended last year, so I think the Eagles will be extra focused. Boston College 3-1

Northeastern at Boston University
The Terriers have fallen off and Northeastern is better. Northeastern 4-1

What to Watch: Jan. 29

While the field is once again strong for Boston’s midseason tournament, hosted by Boston University, it definitely looks like No. 1 Boston College and three would-be spoilers. There have been three different winners over the last trio of seasons, and BU hasn’t even reached the final over that time. It will hope that home ice brings magic, because BU’s only title came as a club team back in 1981.

The semifinals kick off Monday at 5 p.m. EST with the Eagles clashing with defending champion Harvard, the team that ruined their perfect season in last year’s Beanpot final. They played two weeks ago on January 19, and BC was able to neutralize the Crimson attack and gain a 2-0 win.

In the second semi, scheduled for an 8 p.m. start, BU entertains No. 6 Northeastern. The Huskies cruised to a 7-1 rout when they met the Terriers back in October.

Syracuse at Mercyhurst, Friday, 3 p.m. EST, and Saturday, 2 p.m. EST
Just two weeks ago, the top two teams in the CHA collided in Syracuse, and nothing was decided, as they traded two-goal wins. Goals were at a premium, with each scoring three times in the series. Another split would work to the Lakers’ advantage, because they enjoy a two-point edge in the standings, with only six games remaining after this weekend.

No. 4 Quinnipiac at Harvard, Friday, 3:30 p.m. EST
NESN will be airing this contest, as one of last year’s ECAC co-champions welcomes the league’s current leader. Quinnipiac is one of three teams that the Crimson trail, and they’re three games out of first place, so they’ll need some serious help to gain another crown. First things first — a victory over the Bobcats is a must. Quinnipiac prevailed in overtime when it hosted Harvard in December.

New Hampshire at No. 6 Northeastern, Friday, 7 p.m. EST
The Huskies took both halves of a home-and-home series three weeks ago. UNH tries to catch them looking ahead to the Beanpot.

No. 3 Minnesota at No. 7 Bemidji State, Friday, 7:07 p.m. CST, and Saturday, 4:07 p.m. CST
The Beavers took a game off of Minnesota in each of the first two series the two teams played in the Sanford Center, but since then, the Gophers have come home with three straight sweeps, and they won the 2014 WCHA Final Face-Off in the building. Minnesota scored a dozen goals in the first series in November, three more than it managed in five head-to-head meetings last season.

St. Lawrence at No. 5 Clarkson, Saturday, 3 p.m. EST
The Saints try to shake off the effects of the 6-1 beating that the Golden Knights administered two days earlier in Canton.

Cornell at Rensselaer, Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
Critical ECAC points are on the line for two teams that head into the weekend just a game apart in the fight for playoff berths. The Engineers needed OT to come out on top back in October.

Weekend Wrap: Jan. 24

26 and counting
No. 1 Boston College added three more wins to its perfect season. To start its week, Meghan Grieves scored twice on assists by Tori Sullivan, and Katie Burt turned away 29 shots to record a 2-0 shutout of Harvard.

The Eagles returned home to sweep Vermont, 6-2 and 6-1. In the opener, Dana Trivigno had a goal and three assists, while Alex Carpenter scored twice. Carpenter potted two more with a helper on Saturday. She now has 250 career points, good for seventh in the NCAA era.

Tight margins in the CHA
The lower-ranked team gained at least a split in all three series played in the CHA. The six teams combined to score just 18 goals in the six games on the weekend, and half the games went to overtime.

Penn State was the only team to gain ground in the league, taking three of four points from Robert Morris. Bella Sutton was the hero for the Nittany Lions on Friday, scoring at 3:41 of OT to give her team a 3-2 win. Sarah Quaranta had assisted on third-period tallies by Mikaela Lowater at 12:54 and Bittany Howard at 14:40 to bring the Colonials back from a two-goal deficit. Hannah Bramm built the PSU lead, converting assists from Amy Petersen in each of the first two stanzas. Celine Whitlinger earned the win with 33 saves. RMU’s Rikki Meilleur forced overtime again on Saturday with her unassisted goal with 33 seconds remaining in regulation. The game ended in a 2-2 tie, and Hannah Ehresmann finished with 40 saves for Penn State, while Jessica Dodds made 27 stops for the Colonials. Petersen had given the Nittany Lions a third-period lead, after Bramm and Ashley Vesci traded goals in the first frame.

Goals were scarce at Lindenwood. On Friday, it wasn’t until the game’s final minute that Mercyhurst’s Sarah Robello broke through on a power play. Jaclyn Arbour added an empty-netter with nine seconds left, giving Sarah McDonnell, who stopped 25 shots, a 2-0 shutout win. Shara Jasper scored the Lions’ only goal of the weekend 4:44 into Saturday’s game, but that proved to be enough for a 1-0 win, thanks to 35 saves by Nicole Hensley.

Syracuse was unable to gain ground on the Lakers, however, because the Orange had problems of their own versus RIT. Carly Payerl’s second goal of the day a minute into overtime gave the Tigers a 2-1 victory on Friday. Jess Paton had the primary assist, as she did on Payerl’s earlier goal that tied the game after Nicole Ferrara had given Syracuse a lead. Jetta Rackleff made 41 saves to garner the win. The Orange bounced back with a 3-0 win, getting goals from Dakota Derrer, Heather Schwarz, and Alysha Burriss, and 14 saves from Jenn Gilligan.

Favorites prevail in the WCHA
Underdogs had their moments in the WCHA, but not enough of them, as the favored teams took 23 of the 24 points awarded.

No. 1 Wisconsin again had difficulty with No. 8 North Dakota, but this time, the Badgers were able to overcome the adversity and swept in front of two sellout crowds. Erika Sowchuk scored Saturday’s only goal 3:34 into the contest, assisted by Rachel Jones and Jenny Ryan. Ann-Renée Desbiens took over from there, stopping all 29 shots that the Fighting Hawks mustered. Shelby Amsley-Benzie made 31 saves to keep UND close. Wisconsin triumphed, 3-1, on Sunday, when Emily Clark scored the winning goal on a power play with 72 seconds left. Annie Pankowski added an empty-net goal and assisted on the other two tallies for the Badgers. Clark had two helpers as well. Sarah Nurse gave Wisconsin the first lead of the game, before Becca Kohler responded with UND’s only tally of the weekend. Amsley-Benzie finished with 31 saves for the second day, while Desbiens stopped 27 shots to earn her 22nd win of the season.

No. 3 Minnesota’s 7-0 victory at St. Cloud State on Friday gave Brad Frost his 279th win for the Gophers, moving him ahead of Laura Halldorson for most in program history. Sarah Potomak had two goals and three assists, while Dani Cameranesi had a four-point game, and Hannah Brandt, Kelly Pannek, and Kelsey Cline all finished with three points. Amanda Leveille saved all 18 shots to get the shutout. The Gophers power play converted on three of five opportunities on Saturday as they finished off the sweep, 4-2. Milica McMillen, Cara Piazza, Taylor Williamson, and Cameranesi hit the net for Minnesota, while Lauren Hespenheide and Suvi Ollikainen got the Huskies on the board. Brandt finished the weekend with 267 career points, moving her into fourth place on the NCAA list.

No. 7 Bemidji State swept at Minnesota-Duluth, 3-2 and 2-0. Lara Stalder scored Friday’s first and last goals for the Bulldogs, but Kristin Huber equaled that with a pair of power-play tallies for the Beavers, who went ahead to stay on freshman defenseman Melissa Hunt’s first goal of her career. Ivana Bilic of BSU and UMD’s Ashleigh Brykaliuk contributed a pair of helpers. Brittni Mowat got the shutout on Saturday by making 27 stops, supported by goals from Kaitlyn Tougas and Madison Hutchinson. Maddie Rooney saved 26 shots for the Bulldogs.

Ohio State kept Minnesota State winless in the league on the season. The teams skated to a 3-3 draw on Friday, with OSU winning the shootout. Julia McKinnon and Claudia Kepler scored twice with two assists in the Buckeyes’ 8-3 Saturday win. OSU’s Katie Matheny also had a pair of goals, as did Emily Antony, who finished with three goals in the series for the Mavericks.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 4 Quinnipiac skated away from Boston University, 6-1. Taylar Cianfarano led the attack with two goals and an assist, and Kristen Tamberg had one goal in her three points.

No. 6 Northeastern took both ends of a home-and-home series over Connecticut, 4-0 and 7-3. Brittany Bugalski made 15 saves to claim the shutout in the opener. Jordan Krause had three assists and McKenna Brand scored and added an assist. On Saturday, Kendall Coyne scored twice with two helpers, defenseman Lauren Kelly had two goals and an assist, and Brand tallied once with two assists.

No. 5 Clarkson got a short-handed goal from Olivia Howe and an unassisted tally by Rhyen McGill, but had to settle for a 2-2 tie at Cornell when Jess Brown scored a third-period goal. Hanna Bunton had opened the scoring for the Big Red, who got 34 saves from Paula Voorheis. Shea Tiley made 25 saves for the Golden Knights.

Clarkson came from behind to down No. 10 Colgate on Saturday, 3-2, handing Raiders’ netminder Julia Vandyk her first loss in 13 decisions. Geneviève Bannon scored the final two goals for the Golden Knights after McGill had started the rally.

Colgate started the weekend with a tie of its own, 1-1, versus St. Lawrence, gained when Breanne Wilson-Bennett converted on a power play midway through the third period. Grace Harrison saved the other 16 shots from the Raiders, who got 23 stops from Vandyk, marred only by a first-period goal for SLU’s Kennedy Marchment.

Other action
St. Lawrence finished with a three-point weekend when it defeated Cornell, 5-1. Marchment and Hannah Miller scored in the first period, and Jenna Marks grew the lead to three with a short-handed tally. Anna Zorn got the Big Red on the board, but the Saints pulled away on empty-net goals by Justine Reyes and Amanda Boulier. Harrison made 19 saves to get the win.

Harvard’s Emerance Maschmeyer made 23 saves to shut out Dartmouth, 2-0. Karly Heffernan and Lexie Laing provided the goals.

Katie Rooney’s hat trick with an assist highlighted Rensselaer’s 6-2 win over Brown.

Melissa Black’s 39 saves weren’t enough to keep Union from falling to Yale, 2-1. Jamie Haddad and Courtney Pensavalle scored for the Bulldogs after Kathryn Tomaselli had given the Dutchwomen an early lead.

Brown’s Erin Conway scored an extra-attacker goal to tie Union, 2-2, and deny the Dutchwomen their first victory yet again. Lizzy Otten had put Union on the brink of victory with a shorthanded goal, after Tomaselli and Sam Donovan had traded goals.

Katelyn Rae scored twice with an assist and Samantha Ridgewell made 26 saves to get her fourth win when Merrimack downed Brown, 4-1.

Boston University swept a home-and-home series from Providence, 5-1 and 4-2. Rebecca Leslie scored twice and added an assist in the opener. Blair Parent struck twice to give the Friars a two-goal lead on Sunday, but the Terriers rallied behind second-period goals from Maddie Elia, Rebecca Russo, Mary Grace Kelley, and Victoria Bach.

New Hampshire swept Maine, 5-1 and 3-0. Jonna Curtis had a goal and a three-point game on Saturday. Kyra Smith turned in a 32-save shutout on Sunday, supported by a goal and an assist from Carlee Toews.

What to Watch: Jan. 22

Storm warnings
Storms often make people late, but this weekend in the ECAC, a winter storm is making things happen earlier. The league moved up the start times on both Friday and Saturday due to the snowstorm forecast to hit much of the East Coast.

Rensselaer at Brown, Friday, 3 p.m. EST
Last weekend, the Bears grabbed a point from Cornell. Can they do damage to RPI’s playoff push as well?

St. Lawrence at No. 10 Colgate, Friday, 3 p.m. EST
Colgate won in Canton, so the Saints will look to return the favor in Hamilton.

No. 5 Clarkson at Cornell, Friday, 3 p.m. EST
In recent years, the conference lead has often been at stake when these teams have played. There is no such reward this time, but the points are just as vital.

Ohio State at Minnesota State, Friday and Saturday, 2:07 p.m. CST
The Mavericks have demonstrated their improvement in recent weeks. Now is the time to show more tangible improvement in the win column.

No. 3 Minnesota at St. Cloud State, Friday and Saturday, 3:07 p.m. CST
Through coach Eric Rud’s first eight games versus Minnesota, the Gophers have outscored the Huskies 60-1.

Connecticut at No. 6 Northeastern, Friday, 7 p.m. EST; No. 6 Northeastern at Connecticut, Saturday, 3 p.m. EST
It’s offense versus defense when the two squads of Huskies square off in a home-and-home. Earlier this month, offense won as Northeastern came away with the points on home ice, 5-1.

Mercyhurst at Lindenwood, Friday, 6 p.m. CST, and Saturday, 1 p.m. CST
The Lakers retained their grip on the top spot in the CHA last week. They’ll need to avoid a letdown to do so again as they face the Lions in St. Charles.

Vermont at No. 1 Boston College, Friday, 7 p.m. EST, and Saturday, 2 p.m. EST
The Eagles are due to just explode against someone. Sorry, UVM. Last year, the Catamounts were able to keep things from getting out of hand, but BC is a ticking bomb.

No. 7 Bemidji State at Minnesota-Duluth, Friday, 7:07 p.m. CST, and Saturday, 4:07 p.m. CST
The Bulldogs have to be asking, “When will this run of ranked opponents end?” Not until next week. However, UMD played two tight games in Bemidji, so this weekend could bring its first 2016 win.

Union at Brown, Saturday, 1 p.m. EST
If the Dutchwomen don’t win here, it is looking like they aren’t going to win at all.

Rensselaer at Yale, Saturday, 1 p.m. EST
One has to go back to 2007 to find a year where both the Engineers and the Bulldogs made the playoffs, and given they look to be fighting for the same turf, that likely doesn’t change this season.

New Hampshire at Maine, Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. EST
What’s wrong with Maine? The Wildcats hope that the Black Bears don’t figure that out in the next few days. Maine beat UNH by four to kick off the season for both teams.

No. 5 Clarkson at Colgate, Saturday, 3 p.m. EST
The Raiders’ overtime win in Potsdam was the most impressive result of what has been a turnaround season. The teams share third place entering the weekend.

Providence at Boston University, Saturday, 3 p.m. EST; Boston University at Providence, Sunday, 2 p.m. EST
After a tough game at Quinnipiac, the Terriers will attempt to get well at the Friars’ expense.

No. 8 North Dakota at No. 2 Wisconsin, Saturday, 2:07 p.m. CST, and Sunday, 1:07 p.m. CST
I don’t expect that the Fighting Hawks are going to get the warmest of receptions in Madison. However, they really need points to hang onto their newly gained third-place standing.

Dartmouth at Harvard, Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
The Big Green haven’t won in their last 11 games, and the home team has lost three in a row. When’s the last time these two have played when they’ve both been scuffling this badly? The good news is that somebody is going to get much-needed points.

No. 9 Princeton at Connecticut, Monday, 7 p.m. EST
The Tigers take to the ice for the first time in 16 days. This contest could produce a top-notch goalie battle between senior goalies Kimberly Newell and Elaine Chuli.

No. 5 Clarkson at Cornell, Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
St. Lawrence dropped the Golden Knights in their first game as defending NCAA champs, but Clarkson has rattled off five head-to-head wins since then.

Weekend Picks: Jan. 22

Despite my inability to pick CHA games, I still went a very respectable 24-7-4 (.742) last week. On the year, I am 265-76-39 (.748), better than Vegas odds.

Friday, Jan. 22

Rensselaer at Brown
Based on Brown’s loss to Merrimack, I’m going with the Engineers. Rensselaer 3-1

St. Lawrence at Colgate
Colgate squeaked one out against the Saints on the road in December. I think they do so again at home. Colgate 2-1

Clarkson at Cornell
Cornell just hasn’t shown enough consistency for me to think it can win this. Clarkson 3-1

Union at Yale
Two teams that will likely not make the playoffs. Home ice wins. Yale 3-1

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 22-23

Mercyhurst at Lindenwood
The Lions are showing continued improvement, but I think the Lakers take the sweep. Mercyhurst 2-1, 2-1

Robert Morris at Penn State
The Nittany Lions might throw a scare into the Colonials, but not enough to win. Robert Morris 2-1, 3-1

Syracuse at RIT
Did last week’s win show the Tigers are getting a spark? Maybe, but I’ll go with the Orange to sweep. Syracuse 3-1, 3-2

Vermont at Boston College
The Eagles haven’t been playing that great so far in the second half, but they are still winning. Boston College 4-2, 5-2

Connecticut versus Northeastern (home-and-home)
Home ice on Saturday won’t make any difference for Connecticut. Northeastern 4-1, 3-1

Ohio State at Minnesota State
I like the Mavericks to pick up a conference win in this series. Minnesota State 2-1, Ohio State 3-1

Minnesota at St. Cloud State
The Huskies have been known to throw a scare into the Gophers, but I have to go with Minnesota to sweep. Minnesota 3-1, 4-1

Bemidji State at Minnesota-Duluth
The Bulldogs weren’t able to beat Bemidji in October, but they are better now than then. Bemidji State 2-1, Minnesota-Duluth 2-1

Saturday, Jan. 23

Union at Brown
Will the Dutchwomen finally get a win? Probably not. Brown 2-1

Clarkson at Colgate
Look for the visitors to get revenge for the loss back in December. Clarkson 3-2

St. Lawrence at Cornell
Home ice versus the team that showed promise last weekend. Hmm. Cornell 3-2

Dartmouth at Harvard
Will the loss to BC be a springboard, or an emotional drain? Harvard 2-1

Rensselaer at Yale
I’m bucking a trend here and going with the lower-ranked team. Yale 3-2

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 23-24

New Hampshire at Maine
The Black Bears haven’t won in a while, so I’ll go with the visitors. New Hampshire 3-2, 2-1

Providence versus Boston University
Wednesday’s beat down by Quinnipiac shows how far the Terriers have fallen, but I think they win on home ice and then use that to get the win on the road Sunday. Boston University 3-1, 2-1

North Dakota at Wisconsin
The Badgers will be super motivated to get revenge for the series loss in December, and I think they do. Wisconsin 3-2, 4-1

Monday, Jan. 25

Princeton at Connecticut
This will be a close one, but I like the Tigers to pull it out. Princeton 3-2

Tuesday, Jan. 26

Boston College at Merrimack
I have difficulty seeing this being as close as the last time BC played Merrimack on the road. Boston College 5-1

Weekend wrap: Jan. 17

United States wins Under-18 Championship
Connecticut signee Natalie Snodgrass’ second goal of the game 1:47 into overtime gave the U.S. a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Canada and its second straight gold medal.

Leads solidified
In all four leagues, the team that entered the weekend leading the conference maintained the advantage. Although the gap to the nearest pursuer didn’t increase, crossing a week off the remaining schedule and maintaining the status quo is always a good thing.

Quinnipiac gets help
In a week where the ECAC leader played a nonconference series while others cashed in some games in hand, the No. 4 Bobcats were able to maintain their margin when Harvard had a pointless weekend. Meanwhile, Quinnipiac swept visiting Robert Morris, 3-2 and 2-0.

Friday’s game wasn’t actually as close as the final score, as the hosts built a three-goal lead after two periods on goals from Nicole Kosta, Lindsey West, and Meghan Turner, and the Colonials didn’t get back within one until Rikki Meilleur’s extra-attacker goal with under eight seconds left. Natalie Fraser scored the other goal for the visitors, who got two assists from Amber Rennie. Taylar Cianfarano contributed a pair of helpers for the Bobcats.

Saturday, Sydney Rossman saved all 14 shots to record her 11th shutout of the season, tying her once more for the national lead. The game was scoreless until Nicole Connery tallied 3:03 into the third period. Cianfarano sealed the win with an empty-netter. Nicole Brown assisted on both. Jessica Dodds was a hard-luck loser, despite stopping 25 of 26 shots.

Mercyhurst gets split
A day after Syracuse shut out Mercyhurst, 2-0, to forge a tie atop the CHA, the Lakers reclaimed the solo lead with a 3-1 victory.

On Friday, the Orange scored twice from the blue paint. Nicole Ferrara swatted home a power-play rebound in the second period, and Emily Costales swung a puck around the goaltender a third of the way through the final frame. The Lakers were held to 16 shots, and Jenn Gilligan handled all of those.

Mercyhurst struck early on Saturday when Paige Horton and Jenna Dingeldein converted power-play opportunities in the opening stanza. Rachel Smith made it 3-0, and goalie Sarah McDonnell did the rest, yielding only a goal by Ferrara out of the 40 shots she faced.

Another Eagle reaches milestone
Haley Skarupa’s 100th goal at Boston College highlighted the No. 1 team’s sweep of Merrimack to run its perfect start to 23 games. She reached the century mark at 7:01 of the third period in Saturday’s game, her second goal of the game, and she also had two assists. Alex Carpenter matched her four points with a goal and three helpers. Makenna Newkirk scored twice. Gabriella Switaj gained the 6-0 shutout with eight saves.

The home-and-home series began on Friday at Merrimack, where Samantha Ridgewell made 52 saves to limit BC to goals from defensemen Toni Ann Miano and Megan Keller. Katie Burt backstopped the 10-save shutout as the Eagles won, 2-0.

Wisconsin heats up
As the temperatures fell in Bemidji, No. 2 Wisconsin’s offense started to heat up. Jenny Ryan’s tally in the final minute of the first period was the game’s only goal as the Badgers shut out No. 6 Bemidji State, 1-0, on Friday. Ann-Renée Desbiens’ shutout was her 11th of the season and the 28th of her career.

The Badgers completed the sweep in far different fashion, scoring a trio of goals in each of the first two periods and rolling over BSU, 7-1. Sarah Nurse and Emily Clark each netted a pair of tallies. There was only 2:06 remaining when Kristin Huber became the only Beaver to get a puck by Desbiens in four games played by the teams.

Dynamic first line
No ranked team was busier than No. 7 Northeastern, and the Huskies won three times to run their winning streak to nine games. The top line of Kendall Coyne, Hayley Scamurra, and Denisa Krížová dominated the score sheet, combining for 30 points on the week.

Coyne was involved in every goal, scoring twice and assisting on the other three, in Northeastern’s 5-1 defeat of Providence. Scamurra added a goal with three assists and Krížová potted two plus a helper.

Krížová had a hat trick with two assists as the Huskies blew out Maine, 8-1. Coyne was held without a goal, but made up for it with five helpers. She had two goals on Sunday as Northeastern completed the sweep of Maine, 5-2. Scamurra had a goal and two assists. Audra Richards scored in both games for the Black Bears.

Moving up
A week after falling out of the rankings, Colgate made a push to get back in as it climbed the ECAC standings.

The Raiders scored three unanswered goals in the second period in a come-from-behind win over Cornell, 4-3. Shae Labbe’s power-play goal, the third of the game for Colgate, midway through the game was the deciding shot. Kaitlin Doering scored twice for the Big Red.

Bailey Larson led all scorers with three assists as the Raiders downed Brown, 6-2. Breanne Wilson-Bennett, Annika Zalewski, Labbe, and Cat Quirion had two-point games.

Megan Sullivan scored the winning goal with 93 seconds left to lift Colgate over Yale, 4-3. She and Zalewski finished with a goal and an assist.

Julia Vandyk earned all three wins to up her record to 9-0-2 on the season.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
Minnesota State extended No. 3 Minnesota to the limit, but the Gophers came away with one-goal wins both days. Kelly Pannek, Dani Cameranesi, and Megan Wolfe all had a goal and an assist as Minnesota built a three-goal lead and won, 3-2, on Saturday, when Anna Keys and Lindsey Coleman scored in a late rally that fell short by the Mavericks. Hannah Davidson’s early goal and 48 saves by Brianna Quade had MSU poised for the upset on Sunday, but Pannek assisted on third-period goals by Lee Stecklein and Wolfe as the Gophers squeezed out a 2-1 win.

No. 5 Clarkson won twice on home ice, starting with a 1-0 defeat of Dartmouth. Shea Tiley’s 22 saves made Loren Gabel’s goal 78 seconds into the game stand up as the winner. Robyn Chemago stopped 41 shots for the Big Green. The Golden Knights scored four unanswered goals over the final 23:03 to top No. 8 Harvard, 5-2. Geneviève Bannon and Rhyen McGill had a goal and an assist for Clarkson.

The Crimson also fell at St. Lawrence, 2-0. Amanda McClure and Hannah Miller scored first-period goals, and Grace Harrison earned her first shutout with 24 saves.

No. 9 North Dakota came home from Minnesota-Duluth with a sweep. The Fighting Hawks won, 2-1, on Friday thanks to goals from Samantha Hanson and Amy Menke and 21 saves from Shelby Amsley-Benzie, who allowed only an extra-attacker goal by Sidney Morin. Gracen Hirschy’s goal in the final minute of overtime gave UND a 4-3 triumph. The Bulldogs, who got 44 saves from Maddie Rooney, rallied behind third-period goals from Morin and Demi Crossman, the latter an extra-attacker effort with 22 seconds left in regulation.

Other action
St. Cloud State traveled to Ohio State and swept the Buckeyes by identical 2-1 verdicts. Katie Fitzgerald made 60 saves in the series, and Julia Tylke scored the winning goal both days.

Syracuse blanked Union, 4-0. Jenn Gilligan made 20 saves, and Alysha Burriss had a goal and an assist.

Laura Bowman scored a minute into overtime in Penn State’s 3-2 win at RIT to salvage a split. The Tigers took the opener, 3-0, keyed by 33 saves from Jetta Rackleff.

Dartmouth and St. Lawrence skated to a 2-2 draw, breaking a 10-game losing streak for the Big Green. Both Chemago and Harrison made 32 saves, and the Saints’ Justine Reyes scored the tying goal at 8:58 of the third period.

Brown and Cornell also tied, 2-2, on Saturday. Monica Elvin made 46 saves and sophomore Cynthia Kyin’s first goal as a Bear gained them the point.

A day earlier, Cornell outlasted Yale, 6-4. The Big Red got off to three-goal lead 14:30 into the game, and the Bulldogs tied it with a three-goal second period. Cornell won when Jess Brown scored twice late to complete her hat trick. Pippy Gerace had a pair of goals for the Big Red.

Rensselaer swept Union, 2-0 and 3-0. Laura Horwood scored in both games and Lovisa Selander was flawless in stopping 61 shots on the weekend.

Boston University and Vermont played to a 3-3 deadlock on Saturday. Taylor Willard’s second goal of the game with 2:22 to go gained the Catamounts a point. Freshman Sammy Davis netted her first hat trick to help the Terriers to a 6-2 win in the rematch. Samantha Sutherland added a goal with two helpers.

Connecticut took three of four points in a home-and-home series with Providence. Christina Putigna’s third-period goal for the Friars answered an early tally from Theresa Knutson in a 1-1 tie. Knutson came back with a natural hat trick to give the Huskies a 5-2 win on Sunday.

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