Weekend Wrap: Feb. 21

Quinnipiac wins ECAC for first time
No. 4 Quinnipiac secured its first ECAC Hockey title with a 9-0 drubbing of Union on Friday. Taylar Cianfarano scored four of the goals and assisted on another, Nicole Kosta had a goal and three assists, while Nicole Connery and Emma Woods had three-point games that included two goals and one goal, respectively. Sydney Rossman had the shutout. The Bobcats took a victory lap on Saturday with a 4-0 win over Rensselaer, upping Rossman’s season shutout total to 15. Emma Greco’s first goal of the year four minutes in was the only offense she’d need, but Connery and Kosta wound up with three points apiece.

No. 5 Clarkson finished as the runner-up. The Golden Knights pounded Brown, 7-0, on the strength of a hat trick by Loren Gabel and two goals and an assist from Olivia Howe. Clarkson needed every minute to win a special-teams battle over Yale, 3-2, on Saturday. Ryhen McGill decided it with a power-play goal with 25 seconds left in regulation. Clarkson’s Shannon MacAulay and Yale’s Krista Yip-Chuck also scored power-play goals, while the Golden Knights’ Geneviève Bannon and the Bulldogs’ Eden Murray struck short-handed. Ultimately, McGill’s goal ended Yale’s season, as the Bulldogs fell a point shy of a playoff spot.

Third place goes to No. 8 Princeton. Versus Rensselaer on Friday, Karli Lund scored with three minutes left to give the Tigers a 3-3 tie. That point proved to be enough to get the Engineers into the postseason. They’ll start the playoffs right where they finished the regular season, at Quinnipiac. Fiona McKenna and Kiersten Falck also scored for the Tigers. RPI got 50 saves from Lovisa Selander, two tallies by Shayna Tomlinson, and an unassisted goal by Alexa Gruschow. Princeton ran into another 50-save performance on Saturday, this by Union’s Melissa Black, but the Tigers prevailed, 4-2, after scoring the game’s first four markers. The Dutchwomen’s season comes to an end without a victory.

When it came to fourth place and the final host spot for the quarterfinals, No. 10 Colgate lost the battle to Harvard but won the war. The Crimson prevailed over the Raiders on Friday, 3-2, when Grace Zarzecki scored with less than two minutes gone in the third period. Annika Zalewski had struck twice for Colgate in the middle frame to tie the game, after Miye D’Oench and Sydney Daniels had given Harvard a first-period lead. That outcome tied the two teams in fourth, but the Raiders went back in front with a 1-0 win over Dartmouth. Ashlynne Rando saved all 32 shots, while Christie Honor stopped 34 for the Big Green, but Breanne Wilson-Bennett finally got a puck by her a quarter of the way through the final stanza.

Harvard had to settle for fifth when it lost on Saturday at Cornell, 3-2, meaning Harvard will head back to Colgate for a playoff round. Hanna Bunton fed Jess Brown in front, and the Big Red’s first shot of overtime, 47 seconds into the extra session, lifted them into the playoff field as the seventh seed. Daniels had brought the Crimson back from two goals down, her second goal coming with an extra attacker on the ice and only 26 seconds remaining in regulation.

Cornell combined that win with its 1-0 victory over Dartmouth on Friday to move from ninth up to seventh over the weekend. Paula Voorheis stopped all 28 shots, and although Robyn Chemago countered with 30 saves for the Big Green, Kaitlyn Doering’s short-handed goal midway through the first period was the difference. That earns the Big Red a trip to Potsdam to face Clarkson in the quarters.

The best that St. Lawrence could hope for heading into the weekend was sixth, and a 2-2 tie with Yale and a 3-0 defeat of Brown were enough to achieve that for the Saints. Hannah Miller and Justine Reyes gave SLU leads, but Jamie Haddad and Janelle Ferrara tied it up for the Bulldogs, who in the final analysis needed another goal somewhere on weekend, either scored or denied. Reyes scored twice for the Saints in the win over the Bears. Next weekend, St. Lawrence will travel to Princeton.

CHA follows a familiar formula with Mercyhurst emerging
The Lakers took it down to the final seconds as to whether they’d win the league outright or share it with Syracuse, but a tie with Penn State on Saturday left them alone on top. Brooke Hartwick scored the winning goal 3:21 into the final period on Friday in a 3-1 victory to clinch a share of the crown for Mercyhurst. Emily Janiga and Amy Peterson of PSU had traded goals earlier, and Jaclyn Arbour hit an empty net. Hartwick scored both goals for the Lakers in the 2-2 tie, while Peterson and Laura Bowman connected for the Nittany Lions.

After losing the CHA tourney in overtime last year, Syracuse finished a heartbreaking second once more. The Orange swept Lindenwood, 6-1 and 2-0, but lost out by one point in the standings. Stephanie Grossi’s hat trick highlighted the first game, and Alysha Burriss also had three points. Maddi Welch stopped all 17 shots in the second game, and Grossi and Jessica Sibley scored.

Carly Payerl’s goal with 34 seconds left in overtime gave RIT a 3-2 win on Saturday and denied Robert Morris the league’s third seed. The Colonials finish tied with Penn State, but the Nittany Lions had a 2-0-2 record in the head-to-head play with RMU. Jess Paton and Darcy Henderson also scored for the Tigers. Anissa Gamble and Mackenzie Johnston struck for Robert Morris, the latter short-handed. Brittany Howard scored twice to give the Colonials a 2-0 win in the series opener, with Jessica Dodds saving all 16 shots.

Mercyhurst and Syracuse receive byes into the semifinals, while RIT visits Penn State and Lindenwood is at Robert Morris.

Final shuffling complete in Hockey East
No. 1 Boston College put the finishing touches on its perfect regular season with a couple of blowouts of Providence, 7-1 and 9-1. In the first game, Dana Trivigno scored twice with two helpers, Alex Carpenter and Haley Skarupa each had a goal with two assists, Megan Keller had three helpers, and Toni Ann Miano tallied twice. In the finale, Andie Anastos netted a hat trick plus an assist, and Skarupa and Miano enjoyed three-point games. Next weekend, the Eagles host Maine, which was idle.

No. 6 Northeastern won the home half of its home-and-home series with Boston University, and in so doing held onto the league’s second seed. The Terriers won, 3-2, on Friday, thanks to 48 saves by Erin O’Neil and goals from Dakota Woodworth, Jordan Juron, and Victoria Bach. The Huskies bounced back with a 6-2 triumph, with Kendall Coyne clicking for two goals and an assist, and Ainsley MacMillan chipping in with three helpers. Northeastern hosts Providence in the first round.

New Hampshire and Connecticut split 2-1 decisions in Durham, and that was enough to lift the Wildcats to the fifth seed and set up a rematch next weekend between the two squads in Storrs. Carlee Toews scored the winning goal on a UNH power-play with 2:42 left on Saturday. The Wildcats also got a goal from Jonna Curtis and 18 saves by Kyra Smith. On Sunday, Theresa Knutson scored her second goal of the game 1:25 into overtime for the Huskies after Elaine Chuli had made 29 stops.

Merrimack finishes its first season with a three-game unbeaten streak, and that development dropped Vermont down to the sixth seed. The Warriors triumphed, 2-1, over the Catamounts on Friday. Paige Voight and Paige Sorensen scored power-play goals and Samantha Ridgewell turned away 25 shots. Down 3-0 after 6:27 on Saturday, Merrimack rallied for a 3-3 tie, capped by Annie Boeckers’ extra-attacker goal with 61 seconds left. Vermont will face Boston University in its quarterfinal.

Order unchanged in WCHA
WCHA teams came out of the final weekend in the same order that they entered.

Despite being swept at No. 3 Minnesota, No. 2 Wisconsin will be the league’s top seed and will host Minnesota State. Amanda Kessel scored twice, the second giving her 100 goals as a Gopher, in her team’s 4-0 win on Friday. Hannah Brandt had two assists, giving her 161 for her career, moving her ahead of Jocelyne Lamoureux for the most assists in WCHA history and into second place in the NCAA behind Julie Chu. Amanda Leveille’s 35-save shutout gives her 30 in her career. Kelly Pannek scored with 54 seconds left in overtime to lift Minnesota to a 4-3 win on Saturday; she also had two helpers. Annie Pankowski had tied the game on a third-period penalty shot.

No. 7 Bemidji State swept Minnesota State, 3-1 and 2-1. Brittni Mowat made 23 saves on Friday for the Beavers, who got a short-handed goal from Stephanie Anderson, a game-winner by Summer Thibodeau, and an empty-netter via Kaitlyn Tougas. Anna-Maria Fiegert gave the Mavericks a lead on Saturday, but BSU won on goals by Lauren Miller and Kristen Huber. Next up, the third-seeded Beavers will host Minnesota-Duluth.

No. 9 North Dakota split with Ohio State. The Buckeyes took Friday’s contest, 3-1. Alex LaMere made 31 saves, and Maddie Field, Dani Sadek, and Claudia Kepler scored, Kepler’s into an empty net. Down 2-0 before Saturday’s game was three minutes old, the Fighting Hawks rallied to a 3-2 win on goals by Amy Menke, Becca Kohler, and Meghan Dufault. Next weekend, the Buckeyes head to Minneapolis, while UND hosts St. Cloud State.

The Huskies finished fifth after trading 3-2 wins with Minnesota-Duluth. Katie Fitzgerald made 31 saves to preserve Friday’s win, in which SCSU raced ahead on goals by Molly Illikainen, Lauren Hespenheide, and Lexi Slattery. On Saturday, the Bulldogs’ Michelle Löwenhielm scored the winning goal with five minutes left, 45 seconds after Julia Tylke had tied it up for the Huskies.

What to Watch: Feb. 19

Last call
Five teams will conclude their 2015-16 season this weekend. Four of those are already known, while the other one will become apparent as the ECAC schedule concludes on Friday and Saturday.

In Hockey East, Merrimack wraps up its first varsity season when it hosts Vermont for a series. These are big points for the Catamounts, who can lock down fifth place with a sweep. UVM might get the fifth seed even without a point, but that is far less certain. What we know for sure is that the Warriors can turn their attention to next season after the games, Friday, 7 p.m. EST, and Saturday, 4 p.m. EST.

In ECAC Hockey, Union is still looking for its first win in its final two games, both on the road. No. 4 Quinnipiac will be looking to clinch its first season crown when the Dutchwomen visit on Friday, 7 p.m. EST. On Saturday, Union travels to No. 8 Princeton, where the Tigers need points to ensure that they’ll be hosting a quarterfinal the following weekend; start time is Saturday, 4 p.m. EST.

Brown has also been eliminated from postseason contention as it journeys to the North Country, but with a two-point lead on Union, it has the motivation of staying out of the basement. Up first is No. 5 Clarkson, Friday, 7 p.m. EST. The Golden Knights will need a lot of help to move up to first, but second place is within their control. The Bears conclude their season on Saturday, 4 p.m. EST, at St. Lawrence. The Saints are tied for sixth, but have only a two-point lead over ninth-place Cornell, so their postseason is not yet assured.

While Dartmouth could conceivably catch Yale in the eighth and final playoff spot, the Bulldogs own the tiebreaker over the Big Green. The Big Green finish on the road with the opportunity to play spoiler for different reasons. On Friday at 7 p.m. CST, Dartmouth visits Cornell, where the Big Red are one point behind Yale for the eighth spot. The Big Green conclude their season on Saturday, 4 p.m. EST, at No. 10 Colgate where the Raiders are looking to grab a home-ice berth.

Already in playoff mode
Four teams in the ECAC are dueling for three remaining playoff spots.

In addition to Dartmouth, Cornell welcomes Harvard on Saturday, 4 p.m. EST. The good news for the Big Red is that they own the tiebreaker with Yale, so if they get more points out of the weekend than Yale does, they’ll qualify for the postseason. It’s also possible for Cornell to displace either Rensselaer or St. Lawrence, who are two points ahead, but the Big Red lose both of those tiebreakers, so they’ll have to gain three points on either of those squads to pass.

Yale sits in eighth, and the only way to be certain of making the tournament is to sweep, although it is possible that it could advance even if it loses both. The Bulldogs visit St. Lawrence on Friday, 7 p.m. EST, and No. 5 Clarkson, Saturday, 4 p.m. EST.

St. Lawrence is tied for sixth with Rensselaer, and the Saints own the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Despite sitting in a sixth-place tie, Rensselaer’s position is precarious because of having to visit two ranked opponents; the Engineers may need help to advance. RPI is at No. 8 Princeton, Friday, 7 p.m. EST, and at No. 4 Quinnipiac, Saturday, 4 p.m. EST.

Pursuit of a crown
With one point in either of its two games, Quinnipiac will win its first ECAC title and secure the league’s top seed. Should it fail, that leaves the door open for Clarkson, which can steal the title with a four-point gain, or share it if it makes up three points on the Bobcats.

Also looking to nail down a trophy is Mercyhurst in the CHA, but this is old hat for the Lakers, who have taken at least a piece of every season title through the league’s first 15 years. Mercyhurst is a game ahead of Syracuse, so two points will ensure that the streak grows to 16. The Lakers host Penn State, Friday, 6 p.m. EST, and Saturday, 1 p.m. EST.

Syracuse is at home versus Lindenwood, Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. EST, needing to gain those two points to share in its first CHA title. The Orange and Lakers have already wrapped up the two byes for the quarterfinals.

Looking to host
The first-round hosts are set in Hockey East and the WCHA.

In the CHA, Penn State (17 points) and Robert Morris (16 points) hold third and fourth, but it is possible for Lindenwood, with 14 points, to overtake either if it gets help. The Colonials close their schedule hosting RIT, Friday, 7:05 p.m. EST, and Saturday, 3:05 p.m. EST.

Harvard is also looking to move into a host position in the ECAC. The Crimson are a game back of two teams, but they can make up that game and earn the tiebreaker when they visit No. 10 Colgate, Friday, 7 p.m. EST, in advance of their game at Cornell.

Playoff previews?
The rest of the games don’t have league implications beyond some shuffling of the seeds.

One such case is No. 6 Northeastern playing a home-and-home series with Boston University. If the Terriers sweep, they will be the second seed in Hockey East. Either way, this series is a potential preview of a league semifinal. BU hosts on Friday, 7 p.m. EST, and the action shifts to Matthews Arena on Saturday, 2 p.m. EST.

No. 2 Wisconsin at No. 3 Minnesota, Friday, 7:07 p.m. CST, and Saturday, 3:03 p.m. CST, could also be dress rehearsal for a WCHA final. However, those teams haven’t met in the conference tournament since 2011, despite having clashed in the NCAA tournament three times in the last four seasons. Long term, the results could figure into seedings come NCAA tournament selections. I hesitate to mention it, because the last time I did a game was partially preempted by a football coach firing, but Saturday’s game will be televised on BTN.

Weekend Picks: Feb. 19

It’s hard to believe the regular season is over already. I had an amazing picks week last week, going 28-3-3 (.867). On the year, I am 359-99-52 (.754), way better than Vegas odds.

Here is to the last weekend in the regular season.

Friday, Feb. 19

Brown at Clarkson
Clarkson should clinch second place with a win here. Clarkson 4-2

Harvard at Colgate
The Crimson won this one big last time. Can Colgate turn the tide? Harvard 2-1

Dartmouth at Cornell
The Big Green have struggled more, and the Big Red are home, so … Cornell 3-2

Rensselaer at Princeton
This will be a close one, but I like the home team. Princeton 2-1

Union at Quinnipiac
The Bobcats clinch their first ECAC regular season crown. Quinnipiac 3-1

Yale at St. Lawrence
Revenge can be a powerful motivator. St. Lawrence 3-2

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 19-20

Penn State at Mercyhurst
The Lakers secure the CHA regular season crown. Mercyhurst 3-1, 3-2

RIT at Robert Morris
The Colonials get one win and leap into third. Robert Morris 3-1, RIT 2-1

Lindenwood at Syracuse
The Orange keep pace, but it’s not enough. Syracuse 3-2, 3-1

Vermont at Merrimack
The Catamounts lock up fifth place in Hockey East. Vermont 3-1, 3-2

Boston College versus Providence (home-and-home)
The Eagles finish the regular season with a perfect record. Boston College 4-1, 4-1

Northeastern versus Boston University (home-and-home)
Something tells me the Terriers get a win on home ice and gain momentum for the Hockey East tournament. Boston University 3-2, Northeastern 3-1

Bemidji State at Minnesota State
The Beavers lock up third in the WCHA with a tough sweep. Bemidji State 3-2, 3-1

North Dakota at Ohio State
The Fighting Hawks rebound from last weekend’s split. North Dakota 2-1, 2-1

Minnesota-Duluth at St. Cloud
With a split, St. Cloud gets fifth place in the WCHA. St. Cloud 3-2, Minnesota-Duluth 2-1

Wisconsin at Minnesota
I doubt this will be a sweep, but maybe the Gophers surprise me. At least I’ll get one game of the likely split right. Minnesota 3-2, 2-1

Saturday, Feb. 20

Yale at Clarkson
The Golden Knights will face a determined Yale squad, and come out on top. Clarkson 2-1

Dartmouth at Colgate
The Raiders could get home ice with a win as long as my pick on Friday’s game is wrong. Colgate 3-2

Harvard at Cornell
The Crimson keep the pressure on. Harvard 3-2

Union at Princeton
The Dutchwomen finish their regular season without a win. Princeton 3-1

Rensselaer at Quinnipiac
The Engineers will need a win here; a tie is more likely. Quinnipiac 2-1

Brown at St. Lawrence
The Saints get a win for a big weekend and the playoff hunt. St. Lawrence 3-2

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 20-21

Connecticut at New Hampshire
I think the Wildcats will get at least one win here. New Hampshire 3-2, Connecticut 2-1

Weekend wrap: Feb. 14

A pair of championships
No. 1 Boston College secured its third straight regular-season title with wins over No. 6 Northeastern, 5-3, and Vermont, 3-0.

Makenna Newkirk had two goals and an assist on Friday versus the Huskies, as did Northeastern’s Kendall Coyne in a losing effort. Alex Carpenter and Haley Skarupa chipped in with a goal and two helpers. Kenzie Kent scored the winning goal with two seconds left in the second period and also had an assist.

Katie Burt made 16 saves against the Catamounts on Sunday to clinch the top spot. Andie Anastos scored the only goal BC would need 6:35 into the contest. Meghan Grieves and Kent added tallies in the second and third periods, respectively. Madison Litchfield made 39 stops for UVM.

The Eagles started the week with another trophy, taking home their second Beanpot in three years, thanks to a 7-0 drubbing of Northeastern in the final. Dana Trivigno celebrated the accomplishment with a hat trick, scoring all of her goals in the final frame, and mixing in a primary assist along the way. Burt enjoyed a 22-save shutout, and Skarupa, Newkirk, Kent, and Megan Keller found the net as well.

Back on top in the WCHA
No. 2 Wisconsin celebrated its first WCHA season title in four years with a sweep of Minnesota State on home ice.

Ann-Renée Desbiens’ 13-save shutout in the 4-0 win over the Mavericks on Saturday gave her 16, one short of the NCAA season record. Sydney McKibbon scored twice for the Badgers, who also got goals from Erika Sowchuk and Baylee Wellhausen.

Wisconsin pounded MSU, 8-1, on Sunday. Senior defenseman Courtney Burke had a huge Senior Day with a goal and four assists. Emily Clark, Annie Pankowski, and Sophia Shaver all had three-point games, including two goals from Clark and one by Pankowski.

Quinnipiac on the brink
In the ECAC, No. 4 Quinnipiac came up a goal short of locking down the season title, but it can sew it up with a win over last-place Union at home on Friday.

Sydney Rossman made 25 saves to earn her 13th shutout, 3-0 over St. Lawrence. Melissa Samoskevich and Emma Woods scored and assisted, and Nicole Brown also potted a goal.

Cayley Mercer’s extra-attacker goal in the final minute gained No. 5 Clarkson a 2-2 tie and prevented Quinnipiac from clinching on Saturday in Hamden. Samoskevich had positioned the Bobcats for a win with a power-play goal 10 minutes earlier. Woods also scored for Quinnipiac, and Loren Gabel had the other tally for the Golden Knights.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
Clarkson pulled ahead of No. 8 Princeton with a 2-1 win on Friday over the Tigers. Brielle Bellerive scored at 6:43 of the final period to lift the Golden Knights to the victory. Amanda Titus and the Tigers’ Kelsey Koelzer traded second-period goals. Shea Tiley made 17 saves, while Kimberly Newell turned away 30 shots to keep Princeton close.

Koelzer scored 25 seconds into overtime to push Princeton over St. Lawrence, 4-3, and keep it in position to host a quarterfinal. Brooke Webster, Jenna Marks, and Justine Reyes contributed goals for the Saints, while Keiko DeClerk, Molly Contini, and Molly Strabley produced the earlier tallies for the Tigers.

No. 10 Colgate got a couple of key wins on the road. The Raiders got a 32-save shutout of Yale from Ashlynne Rando in a 2-0 triumph. Cat Quirion scored 12:30 into the final stanza to break a deadlock, and Jessie Eldridge added a late empty-netter. Hanna Mandl made 21 saves for the Bulldogs, but ultimately, came up one stop short. Colgate came back with a 3-2 defeat of Brown on Saturday. Shannon Ormel’s first goal as a Raider gave her team a lead it would not relinquish with 5:11 gone. Lauren Wildfang and Shelby Perry added goals for Colgate. The Bears’ tallies by Bridget Carey and Maddie Woo were both set up by Sam Donovan.

Minnesota-Duluth’s Maddie Rooney set a program record with 61 saves on Friday, but couldn’t prevent a 7-3 win for No. 3 Minnesota. Hannah Brandt scored twice with an assist, and Milica McMillen also had three points with one goal. Dani Cameranesi and two goals and a helper as the Gophers completed the sweep, 6-2, on Saturday, in a game that saw Amanda Kessel score her first goal since her return to Minnesota’s lineup. Kessel also had an assist in Friday’s game.

No. 7 Bemidji State turned in a home sweep of Ohio State, 3-1 and 6-2. On Friday, Stephanie Anderson scored the winning goal 6:53 into the third period, and Hanna Moher added insurance before another five minutes ticked away. Alexis Joyce had tied the score for the Beavers after the Buckeyes’ Lauren Boyle opened the scoring. Brittni Mowat saved the other 25 OSU shots, and Alex LaMere made 42 saves for the visitors. On Saturday, Kaitlyn Tougas had three points, including a goal, and Joyce scored twice.

St. Cloud State got a split at No. 9 North Dakota in a series that could be a preview of a quarterfinal. Katie Fitzgerald saved all 39 shots from the Fighting Hawks and Molly Illikainen scored a second-period goal to spring a 1-0 upset on Friday. After being shut out for three straight games, UND finally found the net when Becca Kohler struck 7:06 into Saturday’s 3-0 win. Shelby Amsley-Benzie celebrated Senior Day with an 18-save shutout and added an assist on classmate Layla Marvin’s goal. Amy Menke scored and assisted.

Other action
Harvard defeated Boston University, 5-3, in the consolation game of the Beanpot. Maddie Elia had given the Terriers a 3-1 lead into the first intermission with two goals and an assist on Sammy Davis’ tally. The Crimson rallied behind their top line, including two goals and two assists by Miye D’Oench. Karly Heffernan and Sydney Daniels had three-point games, with Daniels scoring twice.

Lovisa Selander made 42 saves to cool off Harvard’s offense and gain Rensselaer a 1-1 tie. Grace Zarzecki put the only puck in the net for the Crimson 10 minutes after Shayna Tomlinson had opened the scoring. Emerance Maschmeyer made 25 saves.

Daniels had another two-goal game and assisted on the third in Maschmeyer’s 3-0, 23-save shutout of Union.

Dartmouth also defeated the Dutchwomen, 3-1, on Friday. Kennedy Ottenbreit scored twice, Lindsey Allen had three helpers, and Robyn Chemago made 19 stops.

The Big Green fell at Rensselaer, 2-1, on Saturday. Taylor Schwalbe scored the winning goal unassisted with five minutes left, and Selander made 28 saves.

Cornell got a pair of 4-2 wins to put itself back in the postseason conversation. Taylor Woods led the way with two goals and an assist in a victory over Brown, as Marlene Boissonnault made 31 saves. Hanna Bunton scored the tying and winning goals 69 seconds apart in the third period to defeat Yale.

Boston University scored a half-dozen times in both halves of a home-and-home sweep of New Hampshire. Rebecca Russo and Rebecca Leslie each had two goals and an assist as the Terriers rallied from two down with a five-goal third period in a 6-4 decision. Leslie’s short-handed goal with 3:28 left won it. Cassandra Vilgrain scored twice for the Wildcats. Victoria Bach and Sammy Davis had two-goal games in Sunday’s 6-2 victory.

Connecticut eked out a sweep of Maine, 2-1 and 4-3. Leah Buress scored 2:41 into overtime to give the Huskies the win on Friday, after Elaine Chuli had made 39 saves. Brittany Berisoff had two goals on Saturday for the Huskies.

Providence got a series win in a home-and-home with Merrimack. Christina Putigna had a goal and two assists as the Friars took the road game, 4-1, with Madison Myers making 28 saves. Samantha Ridgewell made 40 saves for the Warriors, and Paige Voight and Madison Morey scored power-play goals as Merrimack rallied for a 2-2 tie.

Mercyhurst ran its win streak to four with a sweep at RIT, 4-1 and 2-0. In the opener, Rachael Smith had a goal and an assist, Emily Janiga added two helpers, and Sarah McDonnell made 20 stops. McDonnell denied all 11 shots on Saturday, and Jetta Rackleff’s 38 saves didn’t prevent goals by Brooke Hartwick and Janiga.

Syracuse kept pace with 6-1 and 3-2 wins over Robert Morris. Jessica Sibley and Nicole Renault spurred the offense with a goal and two assists apiece in the opener. Jenn Gilligan made 22 saves and the Orange scored three straight on Saturday, capped by Emily Costales’ eventual game winner.

Penn State and Lindenwood traded shutout wins. Shannon Yoxheimer scored twice and Celine Whitlinger stopped all 23 shots as the Nittany Lions won, 3-0. On Saturday, Shara Jasper’s first-period goal stood up thanks to 23 Nicole Hensley saves, and the Lions triumphed, 1-0.

What to Watch: Feb. 12

Looking to clinch
All four conferences could be won outright by the end of this weekend, and two of the leaders have that objective entirely within their own control.

No. 1 Boston College can wrap up Hockey East with two wins. First is a rematch of the Beanpot final when the Eagles host No. 6 Northeastern, Friday, 2 p.m. EST. On Tuesday, BC took control early and put the game out of reach with a five-goal third period.

Sunday, BC travels to Vermont for another 2 p.m. start. The Catamounts own a two-game win streak for the first time since winning on both sides of the holiday break, as they attempt to break the Boston College victory string that has grown to 30. If it stretches to 32 on Sunday, the Eagles will have their third straight season title.

No. 2 Wisconsin can earn the WCHA trophy with a sweep of Minnesota State when the Mavericks visit LaBahn Arena for contests Saturday and Sunday at 2:07 p.m. CST. The Badgers outscored MSU by a 13-0 margin when they made a trip to Mankato in October. This will be UW’s first season crown since 2012. If Ann-Renée Desbiens adds two more shutouts, she’ll tie the NCAA season mark.

In ECAC Hockey, No. 4 Quinnipiac claims at least a share of the championship with a pair of victories. The Bobcats welcome St. Lawrence Friday at 5 p.m. EST. Quinnipiac cruised to a 5-0 triumph over the Saints in November in Canton. Saturday brings No. 5 Clarkson, the second-place team in the ECAC, for a 4 p.m. faceoff in Hamden. The Bobcats have won the last three meetings over the Golden Knights, all shutouts.

Ironically, either St. Lawrence or Clarkson can help Quinnipiac clinch an outright title if they can take points at No. 8 Princeton. The Golden Knights and Tigers drop the puck Friday, 7 p.m. EST. On Saturday at 3 p.m. EST, its the Saints’ turn in Hobey Baker Rink.

Mercyhurst, with only a two-point lead over Syracuse, needs help from Robert Morris if its going to lock up the CHA. The Lakers head to RIT for games Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m. EST. Meanwhile, the Colonials will be in Syracuse to square off with the Orange, Friday, 7 p.m. EST, and Saturday, 3 p.m.

Weekend Picks: Feb. 12

It’s hard to believe there are only two weeks left in the season before the playoffs begin. Instead of the CHA killing me last week, it was Hockey East. I went 22-8-3 (.712) to move to 331-96-49 (.746) on the year.

Let’s see if I can stay above .750 on the regular season.

Friday, Feb. 12

Cornell at Brown
Home ice could garner the Bears a win, considering how dreadful Cornell looked last week, but I’m going with the visitors. Cornell 3-2

Clarkson at Princeton
One of the big games that has huge consequences in the conference. Clarkson 3-2

St. Lawrence at Quinnipiac
The Bobcats get back to the winning column after last week’s loss. Quinnipiac 2-1

Harvard at Rensselaer
Harvard is a team that seems to struggle from period to period, but I like the Crimson in this one. Harvard 3-2

Dartmouth at Union
Dartmouth already got a win last week, and here they continue that trend. Dartmouth 2-1

Colgate at Yale
A potential trap game for the Raiders, but they come out on top. Colgate 3-2

Northeastern at Boston college
This should be closer than the Beanpot final, but same result. Boston College 4-2

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 12-13

Lindenwood at Penn State
This has split written all over it. Penn State 2-1, Lindenwood 2-1

Mercyhurst at RIT
The Lakers take one more step toward the regular season crown. Mercyhurst 3-2, 3-1

Robert Morris at Syracuse
The Colonials can’t afford any more losses, but neither can the Orange. Syracuse 2-1, Robert Morris 3-1

Maine at Connecticut
The superior goaltending of the Huskies should ensure a sweep. Connecticut 3-2, 2-1

Ohio State at Bemidji State
The Buckeyes are showing improvement, but the Beavers are a team that does everything a bit better. Bemidji State 2-1, 2-0

Minnesota at Minnesota-Duluth
Look for the new fearsome top line of the Gophers to get points in both games. Minnesota 4-1, 4-2

St. Cloud State at North Dakota
A hard one to pick, but I have to go with home ice in both games. North Dakota 3-2, 3-1

Saturday, Feb. 13

Colgate at Brown
The Raiders keep pace for home ice. Colgate 3-1

St. Lawrence at Princeton
The Tigers stay even with Colgate. Princeton 2-1

Clarkson at Quinnipiac
I think we see more cracks in the Bobcats’ armor. Clarkson 3-1

Dartmouth at Rensselaer
This game depends entirely on which version of each team shows up. Rensselaer 2-1

Harvard at Union
The Crimson keep their home ice hopes alive. Harvard 3-1

Cornell at Yale
A game that could go either way, so I’ll go with home ice. Yale 2-1

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 13-14

New Hampshire versus Boston University (home-an-home)
The Terriers are so inconsistent, but should have enough for a sweep. Boston University 2-1, 3-1

Providence versus Merrimack (home-an-home)
The Warriors postseason hopes end here. Providence 2-1, 3-1

Minnesota State at Wisconsin
The Badgers capture the WCHA crown this weekend. Wisconsin 3-1, 4-1

Sunday, Feb. 14

Boston College at Vermont
The Eagles will clinch Hockey East by defeating the Catamounts, assuming I’m right about Friday’s game. Boston College 4-1

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.

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