Weekend wrap: Feb. 15

Lucky number 13
Mercyhurst avenged an earlier sweep at Penn State with one of its own over the Nittany Lions to secure its 13th-straight CHA banner. The Lakers blanked PSU twice, 2-0 and 4-0.

Julia DiTondo needed just 11 saves to do the honors in the first game. Celine Whitlinger denied 34 shots at the other end of the ice, but Jenna Dingeldein and Shelby Bram got pucks past her, with Emily Janiga assisting both.

Amanda Makela registered her eighth shutout on 18 shots in game two, matching the program’s season mark. Whitlinger posted another 36 stops, but was done in by the same culprits. Janiga scored twice, while Bram and Dingeldein had a goal plus two assists, with the latter’s tally hitting an empty net.

3, 9, 139, 251
Those aren’t winning lottery numbers. No. 2 Minnesota swept No. 6 Minnesota-Duluth to clinch its third-straight and ninth overall WCHA season title. The two wins gave the team’s seniors a record 139 wins in their careers and carried Brad Frost past the 250-win plateau as coach. Two of those seniors, Rachel Ramsey and Meghan Lorence, had a goal plus two assists in Friday’s 7-1 win. The Bulldogs fought harder on Saturday, but an unassisted, third-period goal by Dani Cameranesi trumped 25 saves by UMD’s Kayla Black. Lee Stecklein hit an open net and Amanda Leveille finished with 19 stops in the 2-0 shutout.

A Beanpot and an inside track
No. 4 Harvard won the program’s 14th Beanpot by hanging the first loss of the season on No. 1 Boston College, 3-2. Miye D’Oench’s second-period, power-play goal decided the contest in the Crimson’s favor. Mary Parker scored one goal and had helpers on the other two, while Karly Heffernan had a tally and an assist. Emerance Maschmeyer was awarded MVP honors for the tournament, making 30 saves in the final and only allowing goals to Andie Anastos and Haley Skarupa.

Harvard followed that up by winning a pair of ECAC games to expand its conference lead to three points with only two games remaining. Maschmeyer yielded an early goal to No. 10 Cornell’s Emily Fulton, but came up with 23 stops in her team’s 4-1 win. Sydney Daniels scored twice, and Samantha Reber and Parker had a goal and an assist. D’Oench netted two more goals and added a helper in a 5-0 shutout of Colgate.

North Country splits
Princeton and No. 5 Quinnipiac visited No. 8 Clarkson and St. Lawrence, with the home teams prevailing on Friday but succumbing on Saturday.

It took a third-period goal by Cayley Mercer for the Golden Knights to overcome 40 saves by Kimberly Newell in Friday’s 2-1 win. The Tigers’ Molly Contini opened the scoring just over three minutes into the action, but Savannah Harmon tied it before the first intermission.

Carmen MacDonald stopped all 20 shots as the Saints put away the Bobcats, 3-0. Amanda Boulier, Jessica Hon, and Jacqueline Wand supplied the goals.

Quinnipiac turned to Sydney Rossman in net on Saturday, and she made 14 saves to blank Clarkson, 1-0. Shea Tiley stopped 27 shots to hold the Golden Knights in the game, but Cydney Roesler finally beat her with a power-play goal with 2:35 left.

Newell made 38 saves in Canton as Princeton salvaged a 4-2 win over SLU with a three-goal comeback over the final 3:09, including the winning tally by Cristin Shanahan and an empty-netter in the last minute.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
Cornell also fell at home to Dartmouth, 3-2. Jillian Saulnier scored twice to put the Big Red up for the first intermission, but Ailish Forfar’s second goal knotted the game in the middle stanza, and she assisted Lindsey Allen’s third-period game-winner. Robyn Chemago rejected 44 shots.

No. 3 Wisconsin had to settle for a split at Ohio State. The Badgers combined a two-goal performance from Blayre Turnbull with the 12th shutout for Ann-Renèe Desbiens into a 2-0 victory on Friday. The Buckeyes celebrated their Senior Night on Saturday with a 4-3 win. Claudia Kepler scored short-handed six minutes into the final frame to put OSU on top, and Danielle Gagne potted the eventual winning goal five minutes later. Wisconsin got one extra-attacker goal, but not another to tie. Stacy Danczak won with 28 saves.

No. 9 North Dakota swept St. Cloud State, 4-0 and 2-0. Shelby Amsley-Benzie stayed hot by stopping 16 shots in the first game and 22 more in the second. Becca Kohler, Meghan Dufault, Josefine Jakobsen, and Amy Menke all had a goal with a helper in the opener. Jakobsen and Menke scored again on Saturday as the Huskies’ Julie Friend stopped 36 of 38 attempts on net.

Boston College bounced back from its loss by sweeping Maine, 6-0 and 4-1. The Eagles blew open a close game Friday with four-goals in a third period that saw them outshoot the Black Bears 17-1. Dana Trivigno had a goal with two assists; Alex Carpenter had three helpers. Carpenter scored twice on Saturday.

No. 7 Boston University broke a Beanpot losing streak with a 3-1 win over Northeastern in the consolation game. Victoria Hanson made 31 saves and Marie-Philip Poulin scored two unassisted goals. The Terriers got a hat trick and an assist from Sarah Lefort and three points from Poulin to drop Providence, 6-1, with Erin O’Neil turning away 27 shots.

Other action
Syracuse blew an early four-goal lead and had to settle for a 4-4 tie with Lindenwood on Friday. Melissa Piacentini had two goals with an assist to put the Orange in front; Jordyn Constance had three helpers for the Lions. Piacentini scored and assisted to lift Syracuse to a 3-1 win on Saturday, after Constance gave Lindenwood the lead. Jenn Gilligan earned the win with 22 saves.

Deuces were wild as RIT and Robert Morris played to a couple of 2-2 ties. Four times on the weekend the Tigers took leads; four times the Colonials answered.

New Hampshire gained three of four points with a 4-2 win and a 3-3 draw at Vermont. Jonna Curtis scored two of the Wildcats’ four straight goals in the opener; Vilma Vaattovaara had 33 saves. Sarah Campbell and Dayna Colang brought the Catamounts back from two down on Saturday to deny UNH a sweep. Kayla Mork scored twice for the visitors and Vaattovaara recorded another 43 stops.

Northeastern also got three of four road points at Connecticut. Denisa Krížová scored in the final minute of Saturday’s 4-3 win, in which Kendall Coyne tallied twice with an assist. UConn’s Annie Belanger and Chloé Desjardins were kept busy with 48 and 42 saves respectively in Sunday’s 2-2 tie, as each team scored twice on the power play.

Bemidj State swept Minnesota State, 4-0 and 4-3. Brittni Mowat’s 26-save shutout bettered 53 stops from Erin Krichiver, with Kaitlyn Tougas and Kristin Huber tallying twice and Alexis Joyce adding three assists. Lauren Miller found the net twice on Saturday while Whitney Wivoda had a trio of helpers.

Dartmouth also claimed a 5-2 win at Colgate, with Karlee Odland scoring twice.

Yale won twice on home ice, shutting out Rensselaer 5-0 and posting a 4-2 win over Union. Jaimie Leonoff turned away all 31 shots from the Engineers. Jackie Raines and Eden Murray had a goal and two assists. Krista Yip-Chuck and Kate Martini contributed a goal and a helper to thwart the Dutchwomen, whose highlight was a penalty-shot goal from Erica Kelly.

RPI edged Brown, 3-2, on goals from Lauren Wash, Alexa Gruschow, and Hannah Behounek.

Brown and Union played to a 3-3 tie, thanks to a late tying goal by Union’s Jessica Kaminsky.

Women’s D-I picks: Feb. 13

Arlan and I tied last week, thanks to Cornell coming back to beat Quinnipiac in overtime. We both went 18-8-2 (.678) to move to 259-99-36 (703).

Friday, Feb. 13

Princeton at Clarkson
Candace: Princeton has proven a dangerous team of late, but I have to think home ice matters. Clarkson 3-1
Arlan: Sometimes, the score alone is so profound that nothing more need be said. This is not one of those times. Clarkson 2-1

Dartmouth at Colgate
Candace: Dartmouth has looked very vulnerable of late, and Colgate is playing better, but I’m sticking with the Big Green. Dartmouth 2-1
Arlan: Colgate defeated the Big Green three weeks ago, but prior to that, it hadn’t done so in five years. Dartmouth 3-2

Harvard at Cornell
Candace: Are the Crimson due for a letdown after the emotional win over Boston College in the Beanpot? This probably goes to OT. Harvard 3-2
Arlan: Does the Beanpot bring complacency or a zest for more hardware? Harvard 4-3

Quinnipiac at St. Lawrence
Candace: If this was two weeks ago, I’d probably pick differently. Quinnipiac 2-1
Arlan: My upset special — or maybe it’s not that special. St. Lawrence 2-1

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 13-14

Penn State at Mercyhurst
Candace: Penn State hasn’t been swept in conference this season, but there is no percentage in picking against the Lakers on home ice. Mercyhurst 2-1, 4-1
Arlan: I’ll admit it; over the years, Mercyhurst has conditioned me to the extent that I’m willing to buy into a “Turned a Corner” theory based on a sweep of a last-place team. Mercyhurst 3-1, 3-2

RIT at Robert Morris
Candace: Arlan seems to have a better handle on Robert Morris games than me. Robert Morris 3-2, RIT 2-1
Arlan: I’m fairly confident that this will be a split. As for the order, that’s based mainly on lunar tables. Robert Morris 2-1, RIT 1-0

Lindenwood at Syracuse
Candace: I should have picked the Orange last week. Syracuse 2-1, 2-1
Arlan: Syracuse is a biblical name that means, “That draws violently.” So we’re going to have a violent tie? Or two? Wait, it’s a boy’s name. Yeah, I’m stalling. Syracuse 3-2, 2-1

Maine at Boston College
Candace: I think the Black Bears are going to bear the brunt of an Eagles team angry at its first loss. Boston College 6-1, 8-1
Arlan: BC is anxious to get back on the ice. Boston College 4-0, 7-1

New Hampshire at Vermont
Candace: Will Vermont finally start to do as well in conference as it has out of conference? Vermont 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: The Wildcats won the first meeting handily, back when they couldn’t defeat anyone else, one of two wins in a stretch of 13 losses. Vermont 2-1, 4-3

Wisconsin at Ohio State
Candace: The Badgers are solidly the second-best team in the WCHA. I don’t think they will let the Buckeyes surprise them. Wisconsin 3-1, 4-1
Arlan: The Buckeyes are still looking for their first goal versus the Badgers this season; they should get at least one on Senior Day. Wisconsin 3-0, 2-1

North Dakota at St. Cloud State
Candace: North Dakota moves into third place in the WCHA after this weekend. North Dakota 4-1, 4-0
Arlan: UND has about 1,000 more reasons to be motivated for this series than do the Huskies. North Dakota 5-0, 3-2

Minnesota-Duluth at Minnesota
Candace: The Bulldogs got a tie the last time these two played, but I think the Gophers will rebound from the North Dakota loss. Minnesota 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: This rivalry will continue once Shannon Miller is gone from UMD, but I doubt it will ever be quite the same. Minnesota 2-1, 4-2

Saturday, Feb. 14

Quinnipiac at Clarkson
Candace: I’m going with Arlan’s first instinct. Quinnipiac 2-1
Arlan: My first instinct is to pick Quinnipiac. Think long, think wrong. Clarkson 1-0

Dartmouth at Cornell
Candace: The Big Red get a cortical win. Cornell 4-1
Arlan: It shouldn’t be as close as the first meeting. Cornell 5-2

Princeton at St. Lawrence
Candace: The Saints get back in the win column. St. Lawrence 2-1
Arlan: What I like about the ECAC is I don’t have to worry about trying to pick splits. St. Lawrence 3-2

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 14-15

Boston University vs. Providence (home-and-home)
Candace: Which Terriers team shows up? Boston University 3-2, 4-1
Arlan: Assuming that the Terriers realize that they really, really need these games. Boston University 4-2, 6-2

Northeastern at Connecticut
Candace: Even though Northeastern hasn’t beaten the top teams, the Huskies have looked good against them, so I’m picking Northeastern. Northeastern 2-1, 4-2
Arlan: A vote for Senior Day. Northeastern 4-2, Connecticut 2-1

Monday, Feb. 16

Minnesota State at St. Cloud
Candace: Home ice equals a win. St. Cloud State 2-1
Arlan: The Huskies have yet to win in 2015, so they’re due. St. Cloud State 2-1

Women’s D-I wrap: Feb. 08

Pass the hat
For those who enjoy throwing a hat out onto the ice, it was a good week that offered ample opportunities.

Freshman Nicole Schammel got things started on Monday when her hat trick lifted Minnesota State to its first conference win of the season, 5-1, over St. Cloud State, with Schammel adding an assist to her efforts.

Emily Fulton’s natural hat trick rescued No. 9 Cornell from an upset on the road at Colgate on Tuesday. Brianne Jenner had the primary assist on each as the Big Red, down a pair with just over six and half minutes left, rallied for a 3-2 victory. Fulton’s second goal tied the game with 68 seconds remaining in regulation with an extra attacker on the ice and her team on the power play. She completed her hat trick with another power-play goal at 2:06 of overtime.

No. 4 Harvard had two players record hat tricks during the week; surprisingly, neither came in the game where the Crimson scored nine times. Lyndsey Fry completed her hat trick in the final minute of the second period of Harvard’s 6-1 handling of Yale. Miye D’Oench added two goals with an assist. Mary Parker needed a minute less to get to three goals the following day at Brown, adding an assist along the way, as the Crimson cruised to a 7-1 triumph. Karly Heffernan tallied twice with two helpers, and D’Oench netted two more.

Perhaps the sweetest hat trick came from Blayre Turnbull for No. 3 Wisconsin. She struck three times on the power play and assisted on another power-play goal as the Badgers dumped No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth, 5-0, on the night they honored Turnbull and the rest of their senior class. Courtney Burke had a helper on all four goals by the PP unit. Annie Pankowski had a goal in her three-point game in support of Ann-Renee Desbiens’ 20-save shutout, her second blanking of the Bulldogs in as many days. She and UMD’s Kayla Black both proved impenetrable on Friday night when their teams battled to a scoreless tie, with Wisconsin winning the shootout point. Desbiens is second in the country with 11 shutouts, while Black ranks third with nine.

Beanpot begins
Harvard started its week in fine fashion, thrashing No. 6 Boston University in a Beanpot semifinal, 9-2. Sydney Daniels put the Crimson on top with just 34 seconds elapsed, and Fry’s assist on the play was her 100th point at Harvard. By the halfway point of the contest, the lead had grown to 5-0. Jessica Harvey and Hillary Crowe found the net twice.

Earlier, No. 1 Boston College came back to best Northeastern, 3-1. McKenna Brand struck first for the Huskies, but Emily Field tied the game 10 minutes later while the teams were skating four-on-four. Haley Skarupa sniped the game-winner at 11:29 of the final frame, and Northeastern was unable to rally before Andie Anastos hit an empty net. Katie Burt made 17 saves to win.

A couple more centuries
Amanda Pelkey’s goal at 3:45 of overtime gave Vermont a 2-1 win at Maine, and it was her 100th career point. Meghann Treacy’s 53 saves for the Black Bears were not enough, because Madison Litchfield only allowed a first-period goal to Victoria Hummel while making 26 stops. Dayna Colang tied it up early in the second on a power play with her 16th goal of the year.

Shelby Bram’s 100th point at Mercyhurst came when she opened the scoring at RIT on Friday in the Lakers’ 5-1 win. Emily Janiga scored twice, and she repeated that feat on Saturday as Mercyhurst won by a 3-0 score. Julia DiTondo won both games, including the 20-save shutout.

Three for the road
No. 10 Clarkson took to the road and went a perfect three-for-three.

The Golden Knights started the week on Tuesday at No. 8 St. Lawrence with a key 3-1 win. Olivia Howe put Clarkson ahead to stay in the second period and then assisted on Cayley Mercer’s insurance goal. Shea Tiley made 42 saves, and Christine Lambert had primary assists on all three goals.

Clarkson ground out a 2-1 win on Friday at Rensselaer. Tiley came up with another 27 stops. Cayley Mercer scored the first goal and assisted on Savannah Harmon’s winning tally. Alexa Gruschow scored an unassisted goal while short-handed for RPI.

The week ended with a 6-0 win at Union. Tiley needed only 16 saves to secure her shutout. Mercer scored twice, Howe had a goal and three helpers, and Lauren Lefler netted her first goal for Clarkson.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
For the second straight week, a ranked team overcame No. 5 Quinnipiac in Hamden on Friday night in overtime, only to be tripped up at Princeton on Saturday. This time it was Cornell. Hanna Bunton scored the deciding goal with 40 seconds left in OT, giving the Big Red back-to-back victories in sudden-death, 4-3. Kaitlin Doering had tied the game for Cornell with 6:18 to go in regulation. Quinnipiac got a lift from freshman Raquel Pennoyer who contributed a goal and an assist, her first points for the Bobcats.

On Saturday, Princeton’s Hilary Lloyd didn’t give Cornell the chance for more overtime heroics, scoring the winning goal with 79 ticks left on the third-period clock. Kimberly Newell made 39 saves in the Tigers’ 3-2 triumph. Princeton got a pair of tying goals, unassisted from Cassidy Tucker in the middle stanza and by Jaimie McDonell in the third period. Fulton scored the Big Red goals, both assisted by Jenner and Jillian Saulnier.

Quinnipiac rebounded with a 2-0 defeat of Colgate. Chelsea Laden celebrated her senior night with a 24-save shutout, her 13th. It was also her 22nd win on the season, most ever for a Quinnipiac netminder. Morgan Fritz-Ward and Nicole Connery scored the goals in the second period. Ashlynne Rando made 46 saves in defeat.

St. Lawrence had to settle for a 1-1 tie at Union on Friday. Shenae Lundberg yielded only an early goal to Megan Armstrong, denying 41 shots on the night. Kathryn Tomaselli got a third-period equalizer past Carmen MacDonald, who finished with 21 saves. The Saints came back with a 2-1 victory at Rensselaer, as Brooke Webster and Kayla Raniwski netted the tallies. MacDonald saved 24 shots.

Boston College added a 6-0 stroll past Connecticut to its week’s work. Anastos and Field had four-point games, with two goals for the former. Burt made 19 saves in her shutout.

Boston University got back in the win column at New Hampshire, 4-2. Victoria Bach and Maddie Elia had a goal and an assist, and Rebecca Leslie had three helpers.

North Dakota handed No. 2 Minnesota its second shutout loss of the season, 3-0, on Friday. Amy Menke scored on a short-handed breakaway late in the second period, and Josefine Jakobsen navigated around the defense for an unassisted goal a minute and a half later. Menke sealed the win into an empty net. Shelby Amsley-Benzie turned away 25 shots for the shutout. The Gophers came back to win, 3-1, on Saturday. Jakobsen struck with 77 seconds elapsed, but Dani Cameranesi tied it up on a power play. Hannah Brandt found the five-hole to give Minnesota its first lead of the weekend, and Rachel Ramsey added another power-play goal. Amanda Leveille’s 17 saves included stopping Leah Jensen on a breakaway.

Other action
Syracuse turned in a sweep on home ice over Robert Morris. Nicole Renault tallied the winner a couple of minutes after Maddie Collias had leveled the game at one in the third period for the Colonials. Jenn Gilligan made 25 saves. Heather Schwartz potted the deciding goal in Saturday’s 3-1 win. Sophomore Laurence Porlier scored her first career goal for the Orange.

Ohio State also got a home sweep, defeating Minnesota State by scores of 3-2 and 6-0. Lauren Spring scored Friday’s game-winner on the power play late in the third period, 39 seconds after Schammel’s short-handed goal, her second tally of the contest. Alexa Ranahan assisted on all three OSU scores. Kassidy Sauve stopped all 14 shots to blank the Mavericks on Saturday. Maggie Rothgery led the way with two goals and two assists; Katie Matheny also scored twice. Bryanna Neuwald had three helpers.

Sticking with a familiar theme, host Bemidj State swept St. Cloud State. Brittni Mowat backstopped a 3-1 win with 24 saves, and Kaitlyn Tougas put BSU on top to stay. Tougas scored the game’s only goal on Saturday while short-handed, and Mowat turned in a 14-save shutout.

Penn State split with Lindenwood. The Nittany Lions got two goals and an assist from Laura Bowman in Friday’s 3-2 win. The hosts bounced back with a 4-2 win on Saturday. Jordyn Constance got one of her three points when she assisted on Britannia Gillanders’ winning goal.

Laura Stacey’s third-period goal proved to be the difference in Dartmouth’s 4-3 win over Brown. Kaitlyn Keon and Sarah Robson each had a goal and two assists for the Bears.

Yale upended Dartmouth, 6-2, scoring the final four goals with under eight minutes left. Jackie Raines and Phoebe Staenz each lit the lamp twice, and Raines added an assist. Jaimie Leonoff made 28 saves.

Princeton defeated Colgate, 4-1, with Morgan Sly scoring twice.

Hayley Masters struck 38 seconds into overtime in Northeastern’s 2-1 win over Providence. Chloe Desjardins saved 26 shots.

Elaine Chuli made 45 saves for Connecticut as it battled back to earn a 2-2 tie at New Hampshire. Rebecca Fleming and Margaret Zimmer tallied in the second period to equal first-period goals by Kayla Mork and Cassandra Vilgrain for the Wildcats.

Women’s D-I picks: Feb. 6

Well, there’s a month left in the season, and Arlan and I are tied. I knew I should have picked Maine. Oh well. Last week, I went 15-10-2 (.592) while Arlan went 16-9-2 (.626). On the year, we are 241-91-34 (.704).

Friday, Feb. 6

Brown at Dartmouth
Candace: The Big Green have been inconsistent, but they are at home. Dartmouth 4-2
Arlan: Having won only once in its last 13, it’s safe to say Brown is in a rough patch. Dartmouth 5-2

Yale at Harvard
Candace: Yes, it’s a trap game with BC looming on Tuesday, but I can’t vote against the Crimson. Harvard 3-2
Arlan: Two words: trap game. Harvard 4-2

Colgate at Princeton
Candace: Colgate looked really good against Cornell, but I still think Princeton wins. Princeton 3-2
Arlan: The good news for Colgate is that Emily Fulton does not play for the Tigers. Princeton 3-1

Cornell at Quinnipiac
Candace: Because I have to pick against Arlan in at least one game. Cornell 3-1
Arlan: I get the sense that the Bobcats will either win a low-scoring, one-goal game or lose by four. Quinnipiac 2-1

Connecticut at Boston College
Candace: Wherefore art the Eagles offense? Boston College 4-1
Arlan: There have been years where the Eagles would lose a game like this, but even then, you never saw it coming. Boston College 6-0

Providence at Northeastern
Candace: The Huskies further solidify home ice for the Hockey East tournament. Northeastern 4-2
Arlan: Two teams that looked good enough in losing to BC that it makes you wonder why they sometimes look so bad. Northeastern 4-2

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 6-7

Penn State at Lindenwood
Candace: Penn State doesn’t do well on the road, but I think they’ll be extra motivated to stay close to Mercyhurst. Penn State 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: Lindenwood limited the Nittany Lions to 11 shots in winning the most recent game in Pa. Penn State 2-1, 3-2

Mercyhurst at RIT
Candace: I assume these games will be close, but think the Lakers win both. Mercyhurst 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: Nothing like a series matching two teams whose primary goaltender didn’t make it to the end of her most recent start to ramp up the variance. Mercyhurst 3-1, 1-0

Robert Morris at Syracuse
Candace: Robert Morris has looked better of late, Syracuse hasn’t, and if I pick a sweep, I’ll get at least one game right. Robert Morris 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: Sometimes we accuse the Colonials of being inconsistent, but I have to say they are consistently one of the most unpredictable teams in the land. Syracuse 3-2, Robert Morris 2-1

St. Cloud at Bemidji State
Candace: The Beavers should get back to their winning ways. Bemidji State 3-2, 3-2
Arlan: The Beavers make their 2015 home debut coming off of yet another bye week. Bemidji State 3-1, 4-0

Minnesota State at Ohio State
Candace: Minnesota State finally got a conference win, but Ohio State is a better team and at home. Ohio State 3-2, 4-1
Arlan: The Mavericks are definitely improving, but it’s tough to pick a road team that ranks 33rd and 34th respectively in scoring and defense. Ohio State 4-1, 2-0

Minnesota at North Dakota
Candace: There is no percentage in betting against Minnesota. Minnesota 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: These teams could meet in a month in the same building; big crowd for Friday? Minnesota 2-1, 1-0

Minnesota-Duluth at Wisconsin
Candace: While I’m tempted to pick a split, I have to like the Badgers in this. Wisconsin 3-1, 2-1
Arlan: The Bulldogs need to find a win in Madison or Minneapolis, or they’ll lose control of their at-large destiny. Wisconsin 1-0, 3-1

Saturday, Feb. 7

Yale at Dartmouth
Candace: Yale won this pretty convincingly a month ago, but I think Dartmouth comes better prepared. Dartmouth 3-2
Arlan: These are the type of games where Dartmouth benefits from having Harvard as a travel partner. Dartmouth 3-2

Cornell at Princeton
Candace: The Big Red should take this one. Cornell 4-2
Arlan: The Big Red aren’t a very big favorite in this one, but after losing to the Tigers in the first half and seeing what happened to Harvard, they should be ready. Cornell 4-3

Colgate at Quinnipiac
Candace: These are the games Quinnipiac doesn’t lose. Quinnipiac 4-1
Arlan: This being Senior Night should ward off any potential letdown for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac 3-0

Vermont at Maine
Candace: Still wish I’d picked Maine last week to sweep New Hampshire. Maine 3-2
Arlan: Here is this week’s game that is most likely to end in a tie. Maine 2-1

Boston University at New Hampshire
Candace: The Terriers need a thorough win after getting spanked by Harvard. Boston University 4-1
Arlan: Based on the result versus Harvard, UNH is catching the Terriers at a bad time. Boston University 5-1

Sunday, Feb. 8

Connecticut at New Hampshire
Candace: Picking New Hampshire games just kills me. New Hampshire 3-1
Arlan: The Wildcats go for the season sweep. New Hampshire 2-1

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Northeastern vs. Boston University
Candace: I don’t know why the women’s version of the Terriers does so badly in the Beanpot, but I expect a win in this one. Boston University 3-2
Arlan: The Terriers do not play well in Beanpot games, but this one is much more crucial for them than it is for Northeastern. Boston University 4-3

Boston College at Harvard
Candace: It will be closer than the thrashing in November, but I think ultimately you’ll see the same result. Boston College 3-2
Arlan: Can I change my mind on Monday? Boston College 2-1

Women’s D-I wrap: Feb. 1

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss
No. 4 Harvard took over first place in the ECAC … for one day. The Crimson battled back at No. 5 Quinnipiac with a 2-1 win in overtime and moved ahead of the Bobcats in the standings. Nicole Kosta picked up a rebound and backhanded the puck into the net, giving Quinnipiac the lead and senior Shiann Darkangelo her 100th point in her college career. Harvard came back on two plays that originated below the goal line. Kalley Armstrong kicked a pass from Sydney Daniels to her stick and scored from in close to tie the game in the second period. Daniels scored to win it with 94 seconds left in overtime on assists from Sarah Edney and Lyndsey Fry. Emerance Maschmeyer made 26 saves to earn the victory.

Quinnipiac regained the conference lead on Saturday. Harvard fell to Princeton and Kimberly Newell, 1-0. Newell denied all 32 Crimson shots, and Molly Contini’s first-period goal, her 14th of the year, stood up as the game-winner. Kelsey Koelzer and Hilary Lloyd assisted.

Meanwhile, the Bobcats ended a three-game losing skid with a 3-1 win over Dartmouth. Nicole Kosta sandwiched two goals around one from Nicole Connery, and by the time Brooke Ahbe got the Big Green on the board, it was too late.

BU and Brian Durocher reach 200 wins
No. 7 Boston University recorded the program’s 200th win, all under coach Brian Durocher, as the Terriers upended Connecticut, 5-3. BU scored the final three goals to overcome a Huskies lead. Shannon Doyle, Rebecca Russo, and Kayla Tutino all had a goal and an assist, while Marie-Philip Poulin added three helpers. Caitlin Hewes was the only UConn player with multiple points.

Surge continues
North Dakota continued its rise up the WCHA standings as it visited No. 6 Minnesota-Duluth. UND took five out of a possible six points giving it 17 of 18 points in its last three series versus middle-tier teams in the league. North Dakota started that stretch in sixth place, but now looks to be well-positioned to finish third. Josefine Jakobsen scored the only goal just past the midway point in a 1-0 win on Friday. Shelby Amsley-Benzie stopped all 30 shots she faced.

Zoe Hickel scored the tying goal for the Bulldogs halfway through the third period on Saturday in a 2-2 tie. UND took the shootout. Hickel assisted on the game’s first goal from Ashleigh Brykaliuk; Lara Stalder had helpers on both Duluth goals. Both North Dakota goals came in the second period, with Becca Kohler striking short-handed and Leah Jensen converting on a power play.

UND sits a game behind the Bulldogs with a seemingly-easier final three weeks.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 1 Boston College posted two 4-2 wins that were rather pedestrian by its standards. The Eagles dropped Princeton on Monday, getting a pair of goals from Kate Leary and Alex Carpenter, and a pair of assists from Haley Skarupa and Dana Trivigno. On Friday, the victim was Providence. Carpenter spurred the charge with a goal and two assists while Skarupa scored twice.

Ohio State rallied to tie No. 2 Minnesota on Friday, 3-3, on a pair of goals by Taylor Kuehl. Meghan Lorence had a goal and an assist for the Gophers, who won the shootout point. Kelly Pannek had three points as Minnesota won, 3-1, on Saturday to earn five points on the weekend and remain more than two games ahead of Wisconsin atop the WCHA.

The No. 3 Badgers swept Minnesota State, 3-0 and 5-1. Ann-Renee Desbiens pitched her ninth shutout on Friday; Emily Clark figured in all three tallies, including scoring twice. Erin Krichiver made 50 saves in a losing effort. Freshman Lindsey Colemen scored her first goal for the Mavericks to give them a lead on Saturday, but Karley Sylvester and Jenny Ryan had a goal and an assist in Wisconsin’s burst.

Jaimie Leonoff made 43 saves to aid Yale to a 3-2 upset of No. 8 Clarkson. Jamie Haddad, Aurora Kennedy, and Courtney Pensavalle scored for the Bulldogs; Janelle Ferrara had two primary assists. Christine Lambert netted both goals for the Golden Knights. Clarkson bounced back with a 6-0 trashing of Brown. Christine Lambert had a trio of primary helpers, and Olivia Howe netted a pair of goals. Cayley Mercer, Genevieve Bannon, Shannon MacAulay, and Erin Ambrose each had a goal and an assist. Shea Tiley turned in a 15-save shutout.

No. 9 St. Lawrence upped its winning streak to seven, defeating Brown, 4-0, and Yale, 4-3. The Saints poured 62 shots on the Bears net, where Monica Elvin stopped 42 of 43 shots in relief. Amanda Boulier tallied once and assisted twice. Carmen MacDonald kept her ledger clean while thwarting 14 shots. SLU built a 4-1 lead against the Bulldogs. Yale attempted to rally midway through with two goals within a minute, but it could not find an equalizer. Yale’s Jackie Raines had a goal and an assist, as did Jenna Marks and Boulier for the victors.

No. 10 Cornell got its offense firing in an 8-2 win over Union and stayed hot in thumping Rensselaer, 7-1. The Big Red got production from many sources on the weekend, most notably seven points from Jillian Saulnier and six apiece from line mates Emily Fulton and Brianne Jenner.

Other action
After splitting with Robert Morris, Mercyhurst’s lead in the CHA is down to a single point. The Lakers rallied for a 2-1 overtime win on Friday. Jenna Dingeldein tied the game in the second period and set up Emily Janiga’s winning goal at 2:05 of OT. In game two, the Colonials put up a three spot in the second period on goals by Mackenzie Johnston, Maddie Collias, and Jessica Gazzola. Dingeldein had a goal and an assist as Mercyhurst’s third-period rally fell short in RMU’s 3-2 triumph.

Penn State closed the gap with a 2-2 tie and a 4-2 win over Syracuse. Emily Laurenzi scored the tying goal for the Nittany Lions on Friday after Alysha Burriss and Melissa Piacentini of the Orange had answered an early tally by Caitlin Reilly. Celine Whitlinger made 40 saves for PSU in the first game and another 34 in Saturday’s win. Hannah Hoenshell had a goal and an assist, and Reilly had two helpers.

RIT split at Lindenwood. The Tigers claimed a wild 5-4 win in overtime. Jordyn Constance scored twice as the Lions jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period. RIT started a rally late in the second period, scored three times in just over six minutes, and grabbed a 4-3 lead with 62 seconds left in regulation. It took Shara Jasper just 19 seconds to tie it up and force OT on an assist by Constance, only to have Kolbee McCrea end matters 2:25 into the extra session. Taylor Thurston had three points for RIT. Saturday’s game was vastly different; Lyndsay Kirkham scored the only goal 23 seconds in and Nicole Hensley made 16 saves to preserve a 1-0 win for Lindenwood.

Colgate defeated Rensselaer, 4-2. Melissa Kueber and Megan Sullivan had a goal with an assist. The Raiders settled for a 2-2 tie with Union. Nicole Gass scored the tying goal in the third period. Kathryn Tomaselli potted both tallies for the Dutchwomen.

Dartmouth and Princeton also skated to a 2-2 deadlock, with the Tigers coming from two down. Robyn Chemago made 43 saves, but she couldn’t prevent Molly Contini’s tying goal at 10:53 of the third frame.

Northeastern held off Vermont, 4-3. Kendall Coyne had a goal and an assist to help NU to a three-goal lead, and the Catamounts’ comeback came up short.

Dayna Colang’s hat trick highlighted the attack when UVM bounced back with a 7-3 win over Providence. Brittany Zuback contributed three assists.

Maine split at New Hampshire, winning on Saturday, 3-0, before falling, 4-2. Meghann Treacy had 36 saves in her shutout; Hailey Browne scored and assisted. The Wildcats built a three-goal lead on Sunday, and the Black Bears’ comeback came up short despite two points from Emilie Brigham. UNH had four different goal scorers, including Brooke Avery’s first goal, and only Sara Carlson had multiple points.

Women’s D-I picks: Jan. 30

Arlan has almost completed quite a comeback from trailing me by up to six games. Now I only have a one-game lead with a month left in the season. Hopefully I can hold him off. Last week, I went 18-7-2 while Arlan went 21-4-2. On the season, I am () while Arlan is ().

Friday, Jan. 30

Yale at Clarkson
Candace: Yale has never quite gotten untracked. Clarkson 3-1
Arlan: Yale kept the first game close, but it’s doubtful the Bulldogs will improve on that. Clarkson 3-1

Rensselaer at Colgate
Candace: I may end up trailing Arlan by the end of this weekend. Oh well, c’est la vie. Rensselaer 3-2
Arlan: Both have improved as the season has gone along, but because the Raiders rely more on rookies, I’ll look to them to have the higher ceiling this year. Colgate 2-1

Dartmouth at Princeton
Candace: This will be a close one, but I’m going with the Big Green. Dartmouth 3-1
Arlan: Dartmouth does better when I’m off its bandwagon. Princeton 3-2

Harvard at Quinnipiac
Candace: Harvard won the first one back in December, and I think they will again. Harvard 2-1
Arlan: The Bobcats are undefeated at home, outscoring opponents 32-5, so why don’t I trust them here? Harvard 2-1

Boston College at Providence
Candace: Will the Eagles finally start scoring like they did in the first half? Boston College 5-1
Arlan: Sunday, the Friars were back to their old downfall of losing despite a large shot advantage. That likely won’t be the case versus BC. Boston College 6-0

Northeastern at Vermont
Candace: Which Vermont team shows up: the one that beat Boston University, or the one that got crushed by Boston University? Northeastern 3-2
Arlan: One of those games where maybe even the teams don’t know what to expect. Northeastern 4-3

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 30-31

RIT at Lindenwood
Candace: The Tigers have shown a few signs of life of late, so I’ll go with them. RIT 2-1, 2-1
Arlan: Lindenwood has scored more than two tallies against a goalie only twice, and not since Nov. 8. The Tigers aren’t exactly prolific either. RIT 1-0, 2-1

Syracuse at Penn State
Candace: Me picking Penn State sweeps hasn’t gone well, but Syracuse let me down last week too, so who knows? Penn State 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: The Nittany Lions have done very well at home in CHA play. Penn State 3-2, 2-1

Mercyhurst at Robert Morris
Candace: Although Robert Morris finally got a sweep, and has beaten Mercyhurst more than any other CHA team, I have to go with the Lakers. Mercyhurst 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: Robert Morris has the better record in 2015, but I keep expecting the Lakers to rebound.  Mercyhurst 2-1, 4-2

North Dakota at Minesota-Duluth
Candace: If I had picked North Dakota to sweep in either of the last two weeks, Arlan wouldn’t be so close. Maybe I’ll get one game right if I do. Then again, Duluth is at home. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, North Dakota  2-1
Arlan: Look for a gritty series. Minnesota-Duluth 2-1, North Dakota 2-1

Ohio State at Minnesota
Candace: I don’t think I will bet against Minnesota in the rest of the season. Minnesota 4-1, 4-2
Arlan: The Buckeyes have stayed within two goals in each of the last three meetings. Minnesota 3-1, 4-2

Saturday Jan. 31

Harvard at Princeton
Candace: I don’t think this will be that close. Harvard 4-1
Arlan: The Crimson seem to have solved their Princeton problem the last couple of years. Harvard 3-2

Dartmouth at Quinnipiac
Candace: While Dartmouth has surprised a few teams, I don’t see the Bobcats losing four in a row. Quinnipiac 3-1
Arlan: The Bobcats can’t afford a hangover coming off of a big game versus Harvard. Quinnipiac 3-1

Yale at St. Lawrence
Candace: St. Lawrence may be the team most flying under the radar. St. Lawrence 4-1
Arlan: The Saints stay on a roll. St. Lawrence 4-2

Boston University at Connecticut
Candace: While the Terriers might be more worried about Harvard, I think losing to Vermont will still be in their minds and they’ll come out strong. Boston University 4-2
Arlan: The Terriers tune up for the Beanpot. Boston University 5-3

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1

Maine at New Hampshire
Candace: Oh Maine, how you vex me. I was tempted to pick a Maine sweep, but New Hampshire has played well of late. New Hampshire 3-1, Maine 2-1
Arlan: Some of the Black Bears league numbers don’t make a lot of sense, like three more wins than losses despite being outscored, and better on the road than at home. New Hampshire 2-0, Maine 3-1

Sunday, Feb. 1

Providence at Vermont
Candace: If Providence hadn’t lost to Connecticut last week, I might pick the Friars. Vermont 3-2
Arlan: After the series at BU, how can anyone predict what the Catamounts might do? Vermont 4-2

Monday, Feb. 2

St. Cloud at Minnesota State
Candace: Minnesota State might finally get a win, but I’ll go with the visitors. St. Cloud 2-1
Arlan: I don’t like this pick, because the Mavericks have looked better when I’ve watched both teams play, but this is a vote for Julie Friend. St. Cloud State 2-1

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Clarkson at St. Lawrence
Candace: St. Lawrence is playing better, though Clarkson has had the better of this rivalry of late. Home ice wins. St. Lawrence 3-1
Arlan: The Saints have been considerably better at home than on the road. St. Lawrence 2-1

Boston University at Harvard
Candace: Which Boston University team shows up? Harvard 2-1
Arlan: Should see more offense than their previous 1-1 tie. Harvard 4-2

Boston College at Northeastern
Candace: BC has beat up on the Huskies pretty badly this year, but this might be closer. Boston College 5-2
Arlan: This is the closest to a negative BC stat I can find this season — the Eagles are winless in neutral-site games. Boston College 7-2

Women’s D-I wrap: Jan. 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women’s D-I picks: Jan. 23

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

Friday, Jan. 23

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

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

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 23-24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, Jan. 24

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

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

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 24-25

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

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

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

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

Monday, Jan. 26

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

Women’s D-I wrap: Jan. 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women’s D-I picks: Jan. 16

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

Friday, Jan. 16

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

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

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

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 16-17

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

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

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

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

Saturday, Jan. 17

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

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

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

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

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 17-18

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

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

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

Sunday, Jan. 18

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

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

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

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