What to watch: First BC-BU showdown

Two teams that have finished first and second in Hockey East in some order for the last three seasons, and four of the last five, collide for the first time this year.

No. 2 Boston College at Boston University, Saturday, 3 p.m. EST, Boston University at Boston College, Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
In recent years, this has been must-see action. Boston University has defeated Boston College at least once in every season but the Terriers’ first, and even then they managed a tie. After their recent three-game losing streak that culminated with a 7-1 whipping at Northeastern, it looked doubtful that would be continuing this year. After BU’s own 7-1 win over Yale on Tuesday, the team’s most convincing win so far, the Terriers are riding a three-game win-streak heading into their upcoming home-and-home series with the Eagles. Is that a sign they’ve figured things out, or just that they found three opponents that were struggling even worse? BC looks to provide some answers. With Northeastern’s Kendall Coyne away at Four Nations, it’s likely that BC’s Alex Carpenter will retake the country’s points lead. The Eagles have only allowed one goal in their last six games and are riding a streak of three straight shutouts.

No. 8 Northeastern at Maine, Friday, 7 p.m. EST
The Huskies look to continue their winning ways in Coyne’s absence. They came up short in their most recent game in Orono in January. The Black Bears sit at .500 both overall and in the league after their four-game winning streak ended at Vermont.

Mercyhurst at Penn State, Friday, 7 p.m. EST, and Saturday, 2 p.m. EST
The Lakers suffered a painful sweep in Happy Valley last year that contributed greatly to the end of their run of NCAA tournament appearances. Now they return to the scene of the crime, fresh off their first wins of this season. The Nittany Lions have hit a rough patch of their own and are winless in their last four tries.

Cornell at No. 10 Princeton, Friday, 7 p.m. EST, Cornell at No. 7 Quinnipiac, Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
After unexpected struggles on home ice last week against the Rensselaer and Union travel pair, the Big Red really need to get some points out of this weekend. Their power play has yet to click in 16 opportunities. The Bobcats suffered their first loss of the season. Princeton is one of the country’s four remaining unbeaten teams and one of three with perfect records.

Four Nations Cup, championship game, Sunday, 8:30 a.m. EST
A pair of preliminary round games on Saturday remain to finalize the participants, but the event looks on track for another Canada versus United States final.

Women’s D-I wrap: Nov. 1

Wisconsin gets defensive
The No. 3 Badgers seemingly haven’t given up a goal since back in the days of captain’s practice. Wisconsin blanked Minnesota State twice to run its shutout string to eight games and take sole possession of first place in the WCHA. Goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens backed both of the wins, making 16 saves in Friday’s 6-0 victory and turning away 18 shots on Saturday as the Badgers cruised, 7-0. She leads the country with seven shutouts.

Six different Badgers scored on Friday, and Sophia Shaver was the only UW player with two goals on Saturday. Courtney Burke, who scored in each game, was the top point getter for the weekend with five.

Shuffling at the top
No. 7 North Dakota jettisoned No. 1 Minnesota from the unbeaten ranks with a 4-3 win on Friday. UND gave the Gophers a taste of their own medicine, using a dominant second period to seize command, including a 17-7 advantage in shots. Meghan Dufault scored a pair of goals nine seconds apart with five-plus minutes remaining in the frame to give the hosts a lead they would not relinquish. Amy Menke also struck twice for UND, while Dani Cameranesi had a goal and an assist in a losing effort.

Minnesota took the first game of the series on Thursday, 5-1, by jumping out to a 3-0 lead with 16:48 elapsed. The Gophers got goals from Caitlin Reilly and Nina Rodgers on a reconfigured third line, and five others had two-point games.

All tied up
Half of the dozen ECAC games played went to overtime, and five ended in ties.

No. 4 Clarkson avoided its first loss, but the Golden Knights didn’t win either. In fact, they didn’t even score on Friday at No. 8 Harvard, as the two squads ground out a 0-0 draw. Clarkson’s Shea Tiley and Molly Tissenbaum of the Crimson both recorded 23-save shutouts.

The next day, No. 10 Dartmouth came from three goals down after one period to tie Clarkson, 3-3. Brook Ahbe, Kennedy Ottenbreit, and Lindsey Allen scored for the Big Green in the course of 8:36 of action that spanned the second intermission, erasing the lead provided by Savannah Harmon, Geneviève Bannon, and Cayley Mercer. Robyn Chemago came on in relief for Dartmouth and slammed the door, saving all 24 shots she faced.

The Union and Rensselaer travel pair visited Colgate and Cornell, with all four contests knotted after 60 minutes.

In the only ECAC action where overtime produced a decision, Lauren Wash converted a feed from Alexa Gruschow 2:34 into OT to lift Rensselaer over Cornell, 2-1. Kaitlin Doering scored the game’s first goal at 3:05 of the third period, but Wash set up Gruschow for the equalizer 80 seconds later on a five-on-three power play. Engineers’ goalie Lovisa Selander stopped 30 of 31 shots from the Big Red.

Also on Friday, Colgate’s Shelby Perry tallied an extra-attacker, power-play goal in the final minute of regulation to tie Union, 2-2. Melissa Black made 58 saves for the Dutchwomen, who got goals from Jacyn Reeves and Kathryn Tomaselli. Jessie Eldridge, who assisted the tying goal, had the other marker for the Raiders.

Black stayed busy on Saturday in Ithaca, saving another 39 shots, but she couldn’t prevent another lead from slipping away late when Pippy Gerace and Hanna Bunton dug Cornell out of a two-goal deficit. Kelli Mackey and Jessie Kaminsky scored 70 seconds apart in the first period to give Union a lead that lasted until 5:03 remained in regulation.

Colgate also lost a two-goal lead in the third period when RPI’s Katie Rooney scored twice, the second with 2:32 left, to produce a 3-3 tie. Amanda Kimmerle also hit the net for the Engineers. The Raiders’ goals were knocked in by Bailey Larson, Shelby Perry, and Shae Labbe.

That’s a lot of hats
Kendall Coyne netted her ninth hat trick as a Husky and second this season to provide No. 9 Northeastern all of the offense it needed to down Merrimack, 5-1. Brittany Bugalski made 21 stops for the Huskies, who also got scoring from Christina Zalewski and Hayley Scamurra. Paige Voight’s fourth tally of the season was the only damage done by the Warriors.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 2 Boston College and Connecticut played a home-and-home series, with the site making little difference as the Eagles posted twin 4-0 triumphs. Katie Burt ran her shutout total to five by making 15 saves on Friday and another 11 on Saturday. BC got goals from four players on Friday; Haley Skarupa with a goal and an assist led three multi-point games. Defensemen Kali Flanagan and Megan Keller each had a goal and two helpers as the Eagles completed the sweep. Elaine Chuli recorded an even 100 saves on the weekend for the Huskies.

Another bookend sweep occurred in St. Cloud, where No. 6 Bemidji State skated past the Huskies twice by 3-1 scores. Stephanie Anderson converted twice in the third period on Friday to break open a scoreless game, with Brittni Mowat making 28 saves to best Katie Fitzgerald. Ciscely Nelson lit the lamp 2:45 into the final period to edge the Beavers ahead on Saturday. Molly Illikainen’s short-handed goal in the second period had tied the game for SCSU.

No. 5 Quinnipiac dropped from the unbeaten ranks when Yale’s Janelle Ferrara struck for goals 67 seconds apart late in the third period to give her team a 4-3 win. Cydney Roesler had put the Bobcats on top midway through the stanza on the power play, but Quinnipiac ultimately fell despite outshooting the Bulldogs, 26-9. The Bobcats enjoyed an even wider bulge in shots, 37-3, in their 4-0 win on Friday over Brown, with Taylar Cianfarano scoring twice.

Harvard got its first win of the year, 3-2, over St. Lawrence on Saturday. Haley Mullins netted the winning goal with 94 seconds remaining in regulation. Miye D’Oench potted a pair of second-period goals for the Crimson, both short-handed and on the power play. Harvard got a 28-save effort from Brianna Laing. Jenna Marks and Amanda Boulier provided the Saints’ scoring.

Dartmouth lost for the first time this year, falling to St. Lawrence, 4-2. The Big Green led 2-1 after Lindsey Allen and Ailish Forfar tallied power-play goals in the first period, but SLU flipped the decision with power-play goals of its own, by Kirsten Padalis in the first period and Alex Moore in the second. Megan Armstrong had opened the scoring in the first period for the Saints, and Amanda Boulier cemented the win into an empty net.

Other action
Princeton stayed perfect through four games, defeating Yale, 4-3, and Brown, 3-0. The Tigers took a see-saw affair over the Bulldogs on Friday when Kelsey Koelzer and Fiona McKenna scored third-period goals to earn the victory. Krista Yip-Chuck had given Yale a short-lived lead. The Tigers led throughout against Brown after Cassidy Tucker got them on the board 3:43 into the game. Alysia DaSilva earned the 16-save shutout.

Mercyhurst got its first wins of the year, sweeping RIT, 5-0 and 4-3 in overtime. Sarah Robello was the first of five Lakers to find the net on Friday, 7:26 into the middle frame. Sarah McDonnell needed only 11 saves to register her first shutout. Cassie Clayton gave the Tigers a lead 4:44 into the third period on Saturday on a power play, but Robello drew Mercyhurst even on its own power-play opportunity with 98 seconds to go. Jenna Dingeldein notched the winner 2:07 into the extra session. Rachel Smith and Sarah Hine had three-point games.

Host Lindenwood got a series win over Penn State, taking Friday’s game, 5-2. PSU took a 2-1 lead into the final period, but Shara Jasper broke loose with a hat trick for the Lions. Nicole Hensley made 33 saves to preserve the win. Micayla Catanzariti scored 4:02 into the third period to salvage a 1-1 tie for the Nittany Lions on Saturday. Lindenwood’s Britannia Gillanders opened the scoring back in the first stanza. Celine Whitlinger’s 35 saves and 31 from Hensley ensured a deadlock.

Syracuse had to settle for a split at Robert Morris. The Orange took the opener, 4-3 in overtime, when Jessica Sibley produced a winner after 62 seconds. Mikaela Lowater had tied the game for the Colonials. Alysha Burriss had two goals for Syracuse, as did Ashley Vesci of RMU. The Colonials came back on Saturday to win, 2-0, thanks to Brittany Howard’s goal at 12:59 of the final frame. She assisted on Vesci’s empty-net goal. Jessica Dodds saved all 23 Orange shots.

Maine continued the frustration for Providence, dropping the Friars in overtime, 2-1. Allyson Matteau knocked in the winning goal at 3:05, after Brooke Stacey forced overtime with an extra-attacker goal with 71 seconds left. Meghann Treacy made 29 saves for the Black Bears, allowing only Cassidy Carels’ goal.

New Hampshire got its first victory of the season, blanking Vermont, 4-0. Four different Wildcats scored in support of Vilma Vaattovaara’s 18-save shutout.

UNH was on the other side of the verdict on Sunday, falling to Boston University, 5-3. The Wildcats held a 3-1 win after goals by Julia Fedeski, Jonna Curtis, and Amy Schlagel, but a pair of goals by Sammy Davis set up Victoria Bach’s game-winner. Vaattovaara had stymied Bach on a first-period penalty shot.

Vermont came from behind to win a 4-2 battle of power plays over Maine on Sunday. Dayna Colang’s tally with 12:23 gone in the third period gave the Catamounts the win. Mackenzie MacNeil’s empty-net goal was the only scoring at even strength.

What to watch: Four Nations season

The 2015 Four Nations Cup takes place next week in Sundsvall, Sweden. This means two things to fans: the opportunity to watch, or at least follow, some hockey from across the pond, and the loss of some high-profile players from collegiate rosters for as much as 10 days.

The impact of the latter isn’t quite as widespread this year because the United States roster only includes three current college players, all senior forwards: Stephanie Anderson, Bemidji State; Kendall Coyne, Northeastern; and Emily Janiga, Mercyhurst. The United States players should be available to their college teams through Friday, Oct. 30.

Canada has the largest contingent of current NCAA players with seven: Emily Clark, Wisconsin, sophomore forward; Renata Fast, Clarkson, senior defenseman; Halli Krzyzaniak, North Dakota, junior defenseman; Sarah Lefort, Boston University, senior forward; Emerance Maschmeyer, Harvard, senior goaltender; Sarah Nurse, Wisconsin, junior forward; and Sarah Potomak, Minnesota, freshman forward. These players will miss this entire weekend as well as the next.

For the European rosters, it’s a bit more guesswork, because I’m not always sure when I find a roster if it matches the right event. However, I believe that Finland’s roster includes three freshmen forwards: Anna Kilponen, North Dakota; Suvi Ollikainen, St. Cloud State; and Vilma Tanskanen, North Dakota. The only college player from Sweden participating in Four Nations is Maria Lindh, Minnesota-Duluth, sophomore forward, but the Bulldogs don’t play again until Nov. 13.

The final day of competition for the tournament is Sunday, Nov. 8. While waiting for the international action to get going, here are some games to take in closer to home.

No. 1 Minnesota at No. 7 North Dakota, Friday, 7:07 p.m. CDT
The Gophers lost two of the three games they played in the Ralph Engelstad Arena last year, and UND has beaten Minnesota at least once in four of the last five seasons. Friday is UND’s “Pack the Ralph” promotion.

Connecticut at No. 2 Boston College, Friday, 2 p.m. EDT, No. 2 Boston College at Connecticut, Saturday, 2 p.m. EDT
Surprisingly, the Huskies are two games above .500. If they are still above .500 after Saturday, then we’ll have news. Their pattern has been to fall behind, and then rally successfully. Connecticut did show a different formula in shutting out Penn State on Saturday. Good thing, because the fall-behind plan is a dubious strategy against BC.

No. 4 Clarkson at No. 8 Harvard, Friday, 7 p.m. EDT, No. 4 Clarkson at No. 10 Dartmouth, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EDT
Which stop presents the bigger challenge for the undefeated Golden Knights? After last weekend, we’re not so sure. Clarkson eked out a pair of one-goal wins on this trip last year, but needed overtime to pull the game out in Hanover. If it can get another sweep, Clarkson would establish itself as the team to beat in the ECAC, despite this being only the first full weekend of league play.

Princeton at No. 8 Yale, Friday, 7 p.m. EDT, No. 5 Quinnipiac at Yale, Saturday, 4 p.m. EDT
Will the Bulldogs be predators or prey in the ECAC? It’s likely that the answer will vary from week to week. The Bobcats doubling up on Yale last weekend suggests the latter, but now the action shifts to New Haven.

Syracuse at Robert Morris, Friday, 7:05 p.m. EDT, and Saturday, 3:05 p.m. CDT
After going winless in its first four games, Robert Morris has reeled off four straight wins. Now it kicks off its CHA season against the Orange, the preseason favorite in the conference whose last three losses have been by a single goal. Both games in Moon Township ended in ties last year, while Syracuse swept on home ice. The Colonials are winless in the last six meetings in this rivalry, and have won only one of the last 11 versus the Orange.

Women’s D-I picks: Oct. 29

I’ve been doing pretty well through October. Last week, I went 21-6-1 (.767). Those splits I pick kill me. On the year, I am 80-17-7 (.802).

We have some big games his week, so let’s see how I can do.

Thursday-Friday, Oct. 29-30

Minnesota at North Dakota
Home ice should keep these close, but Minnesota ought to get the sweep. Minnesota 3-1, 3-2

Friday, Oct. 30

Quinnipiac at Brown
I’m expecting a pretty routine win for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac 4-1

Union at Colgate
The Raiders could only muster a split last week, but I think they take this. Colgate 3-2

Rensselaer at Cornell
The Big Red lost two very different games last weekend. RPI looked good at first, but has fallen off. Cornell 4-2

St. Lawrence at Dartmouth
I’m not sure how much we can take away from Harvard losing to the Big Green last week. St. Lawrence 3-2

Clarkson at Harvard
Home ice will help, but Clarkson is more seasoned right now. Clarkson 4-2

Princeton at Yale
The Tigers looked good in a sweep last weekend of Mercyhurst. Princeton 3-2

Northeastern at Merrimack
The Huskies look right now to be the team challenging the Eagles. Northeastern 5-1

Providence at Maine
Woe to the Friars on a long road trip. Maine 4-1

New Hampshire at Vermont
The Wildcats looked pretty good last weekend against Clarkson, so why not pick them for the win. New Hampshire 3-2

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 30-31

Penn State at Lindenwood
The Nittany Lions were surprised last weekend by Connecticut. A split is likely, but there’s no percentage in it. Penn State 2-1. 3-2

RIT at Mercyhurst
The Lakers have to win at some point right? Mercyhurst 3-2, 2-1

Syracuse at Robert Morris
Again, a split is likely, but I have no idea which night is which. Robert Morris 3-2, 2-1

Connecticut vs. Boston College (home-and-home)
UConn is better this year, but BC can put up points in a hurry. Boston College 4-1, 4-1

St. Cloud at Bemidji State
The Beavers will get back to their wining ways, but both games will be close. Bemidji State 2-1, 2-1

Wisconsin at Minnesota State
I’m beginning to wonder when the Mavericks will get their first league win. It won’t be this weekend. Wisconsin 5-1, 5-1

Saturday, Oct. 31

Princeton at Brown
Look for the Tigers to get out early. Princeton 4-1

Rensselaer at Colgate
RPI finally gets a win again. Rensselaer 3-2

Union at Cornell
The Big Red get a pair of ECAC wins on the weekend. Cornell 4-1

Clarkson at Dartmouth
The Golden Knights stay out in front of the rest of the ECAC. Clarkson 4-1

St. Lawrence at Harvard
The Crimson finally get their first win of the year. Harvard 3-2

Quinnipiac at Yale
The Bobcats doubled up on scoring last week against the Bulldogs, and I don’t think enough time has passed for Yale to be better. Quinnipiac 5-1

Sunday, Nov. 1

Boston University at New Hampshire
The Terriers aren’t looking great right now, but should have enough talent to gut out a win. Boston University 3-2

Maine at Vermont
It’s a long road trip for one game, but I like the Black Bears. Maine 4-2

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Yale at Boston University
The Terriers might finally bust out some scoring. Boston University 5-2

Women’s D-I wrap: Oct.25

Boston College and Wisconsin both get sweeps in top-10 battles
As was the case last year, No. 2 Boston College left little doubt as to which was the better team as it dropped No. 9 Cornell twice, 4-1 and 8-0. Although the Big Red had the benefit of home ice this year in its debut, the goal disparity was even greater than it was a year ago when they fell twice by 6-2 scores.

Alex Carpenter’s 100th goal of her career broke a 1-1 tie on Friday at 9:17 of the third period. That came on a power play, and she added the game’s final goal into an empty net while BC had two skaters in the penalty box. Paula Voorheis suffered the loss for Cornell, despite stopping 40 of 42 shots. Carpenter netted a hat trick on Saturday, and Makenna Newkirk and Haley Skarupa also had three-point games. Katie Burt turned in a clean slate with 23 saves.

Ann-Renée Desbiens and No. 3 Wisconsin blanked No. 6 Bemidji State for the weekend, 3-0 and 4-0. Desbiens has a national-best five shutouts for the season, and Wisconsin has turned in six straight. Rachel Jones and Sam Cogan scored first-period goals, and Annie Pankowski added an empty-netter on Friday. Sarah Nurse returned to the Badgers’ line-up on Saturday after a two-game absence and scored the only goal her team would need at the 5:40 mark. Erika Sowchuk tallied twice.

Back-to-back hats
No. 4 Clarkson got a hat trick each day from Cayley Mercer in sweeping New Hampshire, 4-2 and 6-4. She completed the feat 1:30 into the third period on Friday and had the hats flying at 13:42 of the second period on Saturday. The Golden Knights Loren Gabel scored on Friday before tallying twice and adding a helper on Saturday; Jonna Curtis matched that production for the Wildcats.

Northeastern sends a message in Hockey East
No. 10 Northeastern served notice that it will be a contender in HEA play this year, opening its conference slate with wins over Boston University, 7-1, and Providence, 4-0. Seven different Huskies scored and seven had two points as Brittany Bugalski frustrated the Terriers with 30 saves. She picked up her first collegiate shutout over the Friars, as Denisa Krížová figured in all the goals, two of which came off the stick of Kendall Coyne.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
Despite trailing for the first time this season, No. 1 Minnesota got the sweep of Minnesota-Duluth, 5-2 and 6-1. The Bulldogs broke on top Friday night behind power-play goals from Ashleigh Brykaliuk and Lara Stalder, and yeoman’s work in net by rookie Maddie Rooney, who finished with 43 saves. Senior Milica McMillen had three assists in the Gophers’ rally, lifting her above the 100-point mark for her career, becoming the sixth Minnesota defenseman in program history to accomplish that feat. Hannah Brandt boosted her career point total to 239 with three assists in the series, moving her ahead of Krissy Wendell and into second place for the program. Kelly Pannek had three goals and three assists in the series, and Dani Cameranesi also scored three times.

Dartmouth got the better of opening night versus No. 5 Harvard, as the hosts triumphed 2-1. Miye D’Oench drew first blood for the Crimson, but Lindsey Allen’s tying goal just beat the first-period buzzer. Allen assisted Kennedy Ottenbreit’s winning tally in the second period. Robyn Chemago made 20 saves.

After a 3-0 win on Friday, No. 7 North Dakota could only salvage a 4-4 tie with St. Cloud State on Saturday. Shelby Amsley-Benzie needed just six saves to get the shutout. She got offensive help from Layla Marvin, Meghan Dufault on a penalty shot, and an empty-net dagger from Gracen Hirschy. After being shut out in all five of its previous WCHA contests, SCSU finally figured out where the net was on Saturday. Molly Illikainen’s short-handed goal four minutes into the game started the senior on her way to a hat trick. Illikainen tallied her third goal 66 seconds into the third period, and to that point, UND had only an extra-attacker, delayed-penalty goal by Kayla Gardner. Hannah Potrykus upped the Huskies lead to 4-1 at 11:35 of the period before things got really interesting. UND pulled goalie Lexie Shaw a half minute later and was rewarded with three extra-attacker goals over the final four and a half minutes of the frame, two by Amy Menke sandwiched around one from Marvin. Payge Pena scored in the fourth round of the shootout after a scoreless overtime to gain the Huskies an extra point.

No. 8 Quinnipiac remained undefeated with a 6-3 victory over Yale in a nonconference game. The Bobcats outscored the Bulldogs 2-1 in all three periods. Nicole Kosta led the way with two goals and an assist, while Melissa Samoskevich had a goal and two assists. Krista Yip-Chuck was the only player for Yale to have a multi-point game with a goal plus a helper.

Other action
Princeton kicked off its season with a road sweep over Mercyhurst, 3-2 and 2-1. Senior Kimberly Newell made 28 saves in getting Friday’s win and added another 27 on Saturday. Morgan Sly and Audrey Potts had a goal plus an assist on Friday, with Cristin Shanahan netting the deciding goal at 11:21 of the third period. Karlie Lund and Sly tallied in the second game.

A week after recording its first league win, Merrimack added its first victory outside of Hockey East, stopping Colgate, 4-2, after the Raiders had taken the series opener, 4-3. On Friday, Breanne Wilson-Bennett scored the deciding goal with under three minutes left, after Colgate twice rallied from a goal down. Katelyn Rae scored twice and Jackie Pieper once for the Warriors, and Shae Labbe, Lauren Wildfang, and Annika Zalewski hit the twine for the Raiders. Samantha Ridgewell made 47 saves and picked up her second win on Saturday. Colgate got tying goals from Bailey Larson and Wildfang, but this time, it was Marie Delarbre that decided the matter in Merrimack’s favor, her second of the game. Paige Voight and Meghan Martin had the other Warriors goals.

Vermont got its first win of the season, 3-1, over Providence. Molly Depew made 23 saves to out-duel Madison Myers. Dayna Colang, Bridge Baker, and Victoria Andreakos scored for the Catamounts, the third into an empty net.

Boston University bounced back with a 5-2 defeat of Vermont. Maddie Elia led all scorers with two goals and an assist.

Jenny Potter coached her first WCHA wins, sweeping Minnesota State, 5-3 and 4-0. Claudia Kepler had two goals and an assist to lead the way on Friday. Two tallies from Lauren Spring and Alex LaMere’s 17-save shutout were Saturday’s highlights.

Connecticut squeezed out a sweep at Penn State, 1-0 and 4-3. Elaine Chuli was perfect on all 28 shots she faced on Saturday, with Leah Lum providing the only goal late in the second period. The Huskies rallied from a 3-1 hole on Sunday, with Marisa Maccario scoring the deciding tally with 8:25 remaining.

Maine swept Brown, 4-0 and 4-1. Brooke Stacey and Jillian Langtry had a goal and an assist to support Meghann Treacy’s 14-save shutout. Bridget Carey opened Saturday’s scoring for Brown, but the Black Bears took over the rest of the way. Emilie Brigham had the only multi-point game.

RIT took both games at Union, 3-1 and 2-1. Jessica Kaminsky notched the series’ first goal for the Dutchwomen. Caitlin Wallace and Kendall Cornine put the Tigers on top and Carly Payerl hit an empty net. Jenna de Jonge made 20 saves to garner her first collegiate win. Cornine and Jess Paton gave RIT a lasting lead on Saturday, and Brooke Stoddart saved 22 shots, denied a shutout only by a third-period goal by Kathryn Tomaselli.

Syracuse dumped RIT, 7-1, on Wednesday in the week’s first action. Stephanie Grossi completed her hat trick while short-handed in the second period; she also had a pair of assists. Melissa Piacentini contributed four helpers.

St. Lawrence downed Syracuse, 3-2, on Saturday. Justine Reyes, Amanda Boulier, and Hannah Miller netted the Saints’ goals.

Women’s D-I picks: Oct. 23

As the weeks go by, I have more losses on each slate, but maybe that’s just the result of picking more games. I still went a very respectable 19-6-2 (.740), and am now 59-11-6 on the year (.815).

With a lot of interesting games on the docket, it might be hard to do really well, but let’s give it a go.

Friday, Oct. 23

Harvard at Dartmouth
This series used to be one of the premier ones in the ECAC, but Dartmouth has fallen from its lofty perch, so let’s pick the Crimson to open strong. Harvard 4-2

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 23-24

Minnesota-Duluth at Minnesota
The Bulldogs just aren’t what they were four or five years ago, and while at least one game should be close, I like the Gophers to sweep. Minnesota 5-1, 3-2

Bemidji State at Wisconsin
Usually, a high-flying offense gets stymied by a top defense, but the Badgers have done well against the Beavers. Wisconsin 3-2, 3-1

North Dakota at St. Cloud
Poor St. Cloud is currently in the middle of a brutal stretch of running the gauntlet against the four nationally ranked WCHA teams. After getting blown out by Minnesota and playing Wisconsin better, now the Huskies get a stingy North Dakota team before facing an even stingier Bemidji State next weekend. These games should be closer than last weekend’s, but the results are the same. North Dakota 3-2, 3-2

Minnesota State at Ohio State
Which former Olympian grabs their first conference win? I’m betting on home ice. Ohio State 2-1, 2-1

Boston College at Cornell
BC dominated these games at home last year. The Eagles haven’t looked as good this year, but with Cornell graduating its top three scorers from last season, I like BC. Boston College 4-2, 4-1

New Hampshire at Clarkson
These games could get ugly. Clarkson 5-1, 5-0

Colgate at Merrimack
Aside from a short lapse in the third period last Sunday against Connecticut, the Raiders have looked pretty good, and while Merrimack got its first program win last weekend, I like a sweep. Colgate 2-1, 3-1

Brown at Maine
It’s a long bus ride up to for the Brown Bears to face the Black Bears. Expect the darker mascot to win. Maine 4-2, 3-1

Princeton at Mercyhurst
The Lakers haven’t gotten off to a good start, but these are the Tigers’ first games. Split. Mercyhurst 2-1, Princeton 3-1

RIT at Union
The Tigers have looked dreadful so far, while the Dutchwomen show improvement. Two ties wouldn’t surprise me. Union 2-1, RIT 3-2

Saturday, Oct. 24

Boston University at Northeastern
Who would have thought at the start of the year that the Huskies would be ranked and the Terriers wouldn’t? BU has a lot of talent, but Northeastern is scoring a lot, and BU hasn’t been good defensively. Northeastern 4-3

Vermont at Providence
The Catamounts get their first win. Vermont 3-2

Yale at Quinnipiac
The Bobcats have had the better of this rivalry of late, and I think that continues. Quinnipiac 4-2

Syracuse at St. Lawrence
Two teams I have a lot of trouble getting a handle on. St. Lawrence 4-3

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 24-25

Connecticut at Penn State
The Huskies have been improved so far, but I’m going for the home ice sweep. Penn State 3-2, 4-2

Sunday, Oct. 25

Vermont at Boston University
The Terriers get back in the win column, but it’s close. Boston University 3-2

Providence at Northeastern
The Huskies stay hot, and probably put up a lot of goals. Northeastern 5-1

What to watch: first glimpses of Ivy

After giving the other 29 teams a head start, the six Ivy League squads are now set to join the competition.

Voters in the D-I Women’s USCHO.com Poll, who have been taking their best guesses as to where teams like No. 5 Harvard and No. 9 Cornell might belong after graduating impactful senior classes, will at last have some actual data points to analyze. Brown has a new head coach as it looks to improve on its last place finish. Princeton, Yale, and Dartmouth attempt to move up the standings and host an ECAC quarterfinal series, but a surge by a team that finished in the bottom third could potentially knock any of them out of the postseason altogether.

Princeton at Mercyhurst, Friday, 3 p.m. EDT and Saturday, 2 p.m. EDT
Mercyhurst kicked off its season three weeks earlier, but the Lakers and Tigers have the same number of wins entering the weekend. These may not be must-win games for the hosts’ NCAA at-large bid hopes, but they’re at least really-should-win games. The two programs last met in November of 2007, with the Lakers sweeping two games in Hobey Baker Rink.

Harvard at Dartmouth, Friday, 7 p.m. EDT
Perhaps the fairest way for the Ivy League teams to compensate for their later start is to have them debut against each other, but this is the only all-Ivy matchup. The Crimson and the Big Green have the advantage of having a travel partner in the same situation, affording a better opportunity to schedule such an opening game. One of Harvard’s four conference losses last year came on its trip to Hanover.

No. 2 Boston College at Cornell, Friday, 7 p.m. EDT and Saturday, 3 p.m. EDT
The Eagles caught Cornell coming out of the gate last year and thumped the Big Red twice by identical 6-2 scores. Cornell was unable to get its season turned around in time and saw its string of five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances end. BC’s Alex Carpenter, who scored in both games last year, needs one more goal to reach 100 for her career.

Brown at Maine, Friday, 7 p.m. EDT and Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
The series opens in Auburn, Maine, at Norway Savings Bank Arena before concluding at the Black Bears’ usual home of Alfond Arena in Orono. The Robert Kenneally era begins at Brown. These two programs met in each of the previous four seasons, with Brown holding a 3-2-3 edge in those series.

Yale at No. 8 Quinnipiac, Saturday, 4 p.m. EDT
These in-state rivals meet in a nonconference series. The Bobcats have played four times, but they are coming off a bye week with only an exhibition. Yale looks for a replacement for goalie Jaimie Leonoff from senior Rachelle Graham, junior Hanna Mandl, and freshman Kyra O’Brien. Mandl has the experience edge, having appeared in 10 games with five starts in her career.

Ivy-free options

Minnesota-Duluth at No. 1 Minnesota, Friday, 6:07 p.m. CDT and Saturday, 4:07 p.m. CDT
Maura Crowell attempts to lead a Minnesota-Duluth rally in what once was one of the best rivalries in the sport. The Gophers’ Hannah Brandt, who tallied five times last year against the Bulldogs, also sits at 99 career goals.

No. 6 Bemidji State at No. 3 Wisconsin, Friday, 7:07 p.m. CDT and Saturday, 3:07 p.m. CDT
The only matchup besides BC and Cornell to feature two ranked teams also pairs two of the top three in the WCHA standings. Wisconsin boasts the country’s top scoring defense, while the Beavers are fourth in that category.

Women’s D-I wrap: Oct. 18

History made in Hockey East
Milestones were reached throughout the week in Hockey East.

Merrimack posts program’s first win
After going winless in two nonconference series, Merrimack broke through with its first victory in its debut in league action.

“It’s a pretty sweet victory,” coach Erin Hamlen said.

Backed by 34 saves from Samantha Ridgewell, the Warriors triumphed over New Hampshire, 2-1. Ridgewell was able to hold off the Wildcats while they outshot Merrimack, 15-3, over the opening 20 minutes, allowing her team to seize a lead on Paige Voight’s goal late in the frame. Voight collected a pass from defenseman Meghan Martin, split the defense, and snapped in a short-range wrist shot for the Warriors’ first HEA goal. Martin added another assist early in the final period, clearing a puck away from the slot while on a penalty kill; Jackie Pieper picked it up along the side boards, carried the length of the ice, and backhanded in the program’s first short-handed goal. UNH drew within one on a Jonna Curtis goal, but Ridgewell and the Warriors prevented an equalizer.

“She’s one of the calmest goalies that I’ve ever encountered,” Hamlen said. “The nice thing about that is she settles the team.”

Merrimack was on the other end of a 2-1 score on Sunday versus Maine. Emily Volpe gave the Warriors an early lead, but the Black Bears rallied on the strength of second-period goals from Catherine Tufts and Abbey Cook. Meghann Treacy made 32 saves and Maine’s penalty kill did the job all five times.

Coyne nets 100th goal
A series hosting Mercyhurst that got off to a disastrous start for Northeastern ended with a sweep for the Huskies by scores of 5-4 and 7-3.

The first of two goals for Kendall Coyne on Saturday was the 100th in her Northeastern career. Coyne totaled three goals and seven points on the weekend.

The Lakers got off to a dream start on Friday. Sarah Robello’s second goal of the day put them up 4-0 just over 12 minutes into the contest. A five-on-three power-play goal from Jordan Krause provided a breath of life to the Huskies by the intermission. Coyne scored a highlight-reel, short-handed goal and McKenna Brand took advantage of another power play to close the score to 4-3. Hayley Scamurra struck with a minute to go in the second period to tie it up, and then she won it midway through the final frame.

Mercyhurst got the early jump again on Saturday, taking a first-intermission lead on goals from Emily Janiga and Taylor Accursi. Early in the second period, a Lakers penalty killer provided a prime example of why you can’t skate to the bench for a new stick while the puck is in your zone. By the time she returned, Coyne had capitalized on the two-skater advantage to bury a shot. Paige Savage tied the game four minutes later. J’nai Mahadeo gave Mercyhurst one final lead, but it was obliterated by a five-goal third period for Northeastern, including a Denisa Krížová hat trick.

Both teams entered the weekend searching for a starting goaltender, and the Lakers are still looking. For the Huskies, despite muffing the first shot she faced after coming on in relief on Friday, Brittany Bugalski stopped the next 28 shots to earn that win and backed it up with another on Saturday.

Carpenter blazes beyond 200-point plateau
Senior Alex Carpenter of No. 2 Boston College hit 200 career points on Monday while notching a hat trick in a 7-3 defeat of St. Lawrence. The Eagles also cruised over Maine, 4-0, and New Hampshire, 6-0. Carpenter wound up with four goals and four assists for the week, sits at 207 points at BC, and is tied for the national lead with 17 points. Haley Skarupa, Kristyn Capizzano, and Kenzie Kent all had two-goal games during the week. Katie Burt made 43 saves to earn both shutouts.

Defensive tilts
Offense was in much shorter supply as No. 6 North Dakota and No. 8 Bemidji State played a series on both sides of the Red River. On Friday in Bemidji, it took a shootout goal by UND’s Becca Kohler to prove it really was possible to put a puck in the net and give her team a second WCHA point after the teams played to a 0-0 overtime tie. Shelby Amsley-Benzie needed 23 saves to earn her shutout; Brittni Mowat stopped all 32 official shots for the Beavers.

Moving to Grand Forks on Saturday, Lexie Shaw got the call in net for the hosts. Amy Menke buried a power-play rebound midway through the second stanza to give UND the first lead of the weekend. With under two minutes left in regulation and Mowat off for an extra attacker, Lauren Miller fired a shot through a screen to tie the game, the Beavers’ first goal of the weekend after 123 minutes of offensive futility. With only eight seconds remaining until another shootout, BSU’s Alexis Joyce threw a shot toward the goal that hit a skate and deflected past Shaw for a 2-1 OT win for the Beavers. Kaitlyn Tougas assisted on both goals, and Mowat made 24 saves for the win.

Clarkson stays perfect
No. 4 Clarkson continued its perfect start at No. 9 Boston University’s expense. The Golden Knights traveled to Boston and swept by scores of 4-2 and 4-1. Sarah Lefort set up goals by Kayla Tutino and Maddie Elia to give the Terriers the early advantage. Emma Keenan answered with her first collegiate goal less than two minutes later, and Loren Gabel tied the score eight seconds before the second intermission. Kelly Mariani needed just 88 seconds out of the break to give Clarkson its first lead of the day, and Cayley Mercer put the game away with the Knights’ fourth straight goal. Shea Tiley made 34 saves to win the opener.

On Saturday, Olivia Howe connected twice to give Clarkson a 2-0 lead. Sammy Davis pulled BU to within one by the end of the middle period, but Geneviève Bannon thwarted a further rally with a pair of goals, the second into an empty net. Tiley saved 22 more shots.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 1 Minnesota and No. 2 Wisconsin traded opponents from the previous weekend, and neither ran into much difficulty.

The Badgers earned a road sweep over St. Cloud State, 5-0 and 2-0. Ann-Renée Desbiens needed only 10 saves to claim a shutout on Friday. Megan Miller was only slightly busier as she turned away 14 shots Saturday, as the Huskies failed to generate any offense for a second straight week. Katie Fitzgerald did her best to provide a better outcome for her team’s home opener, stopping 40 shots the first day and 32 of the 33 she faced on Saturday. Two short-handed goals for Sarah Nurse 21 seconds apart highlighted Friday’s game; only Erika Sowchuck put a puck by Fitzgerald in the second game.

Three times host Ohio State scored in the closing seconds of a period, but outside of that, it was all Minnesota in its 7-2 and 11-2 wins. Sarah Potomak, Dani Cameranesi, and Hannah Brandt all had eight-point weekends, with Brandt netting a hat trick on Saturday and Cameranesi hitting the net twice each day. Caitlin Reilly scored her first two goals as a Gopher, and Claudia Kepler had a goal in each game for the Buckeyes.

Other action
St. Lawrence swept a home-and-home series from Vermont, 4-0 and 3-2. Hannah Miller scored the first and final goals on Thursday in support of Brooke Wolejko’s 17-save shutout. The Catamounts scored first and last on Friday, but the Saints’ three second-period goals proved decisive.

Robert Morris won twice at Rensselaer, 2-0 and 3-1. Jessica Dodds handled all 39 shots to get a shutout in the opener, with Mackenzie Johnston and Ashley Vesci providing tallies. Taylor Schwalbe finally lit the lamp for the Engineers 35 seconds into game two, but Dodds gobbled up the other 34 RPI attempts. Johnston tied the game within a minute, and Amber Rennie and Kirsten Welsh added power-play goals 10 minutes later.

Minnesota-Duluth evened both its WCHA and overall records with a 4-2 and 4-0 sweep of Minnesota State. Katherine McGovern opened the scoring 4:47 into Friday’s action and the Bulldogs led the rest of the way. Lara Stalder, Morgan Morse, and Catherine Daoust hit the net for UMD, as did Amanda Conway and Emily Antony for the Mavericks. Maddie Rooney made 14 saves to get her first shutout, with Maria Lindh and Michela Cava potting a pair apiece.

Penn State swept Union by identical 3-0 scores, with Celine Whitlinger and Hannah Ehresmann each picking up a shutout. Laura Bowman scored in each game, and Victoria Samuelsson and Amy Peterson had three assists in the series.

Colgate defeated Providence, 6-2. Megan Sullivan and Jessie Eldridge had two-goal games for the Raiders.

Connecticut came from behind twice to topple Syracuse, 4-3. Nicole Ferrara and Nicole Renault put the Orange up by two, but Justine Fredette and Madison Badeau tied the game with goals 16 seconds apart. Melissa Piacentini gave Syracuse another lead, but freshman Jordy Zacharias knotted the game at three after 49 seconds. Theresa Knutson scored the game-winner with under three minutes left in regulation. All of the Connecticut goals were the players’ first of the season.

Connecticut came from behind a couple more times to salvage a 3-3 tie with visiting Colgate. Leah Buress and Brittany Berisoff scored in the final 10 minutes for the Huskies, after the Raiders had built a 3-1 lead on power-play goals by Megan Sullivan, Bailey Larson, and Annika Zalewski. Elaine Chuli made 40 saves for the Huskies, who also got a goal from Margaret Zimmer. Shelby Perry had three helpers for Colgate.

Syracuse rebounded with a 4-0 shutout of Providence. Jenn Gilligan needed only 10 saves for the shutout. Jessica Sibley, Morgan Blank, Nicole Ferrara, and Emily Costales netted the goals.

What to watch (Lord knows how)

Last week, I tried to highlight a few games that were available to watch for those of us from outside the area. One was even on good, old-fashioned television. Well, mostly.

BTN, in its infinite wisdom, cut away during the second period to bring live, breaking coverage of the press conference to announce the firing of Maryland’s football coach. I found this decision flawed on so many levels.

First, maybe Maryland football has more fans than all of the women’s college hockey programs put together, although I can’t say that I’ve personally ever met one or watched a minute of Terrapins football, let alone one of its press conferences. But as others pointed out, would any of these Maryland football fans have been tuned into a women’s college hockey game that was on opposite of NFL games?

Second, it was a press conference. A press conference. I don’t think we need Allen Iverson to explain where that should rank.

There were many other ways that BTN could have handled sharing the news that Randy Edsall would no longer be coaching Maryland football. The announcer of the hockey game could have told us — and he did. An announcement could have scrolled across the bottom of the screen, and they did that, too. Beyond that, borrow a line from Hawk Harrelson, and say, “He gone!” Then let’s get back to hockey, and you can give us a press-conference highlights package between periods.

I know that the hockey game was still available online, but the whole point is that we’re supposed to get to watch our sport on a real TV screen for once. Let the football press conference people go sign into BTN2GO. No, why show live competition when we can instead watch old guys talk? Although if that’s what we want to watch, there’s always C-SPAN.

So this week, I’ll tell you what there is to watch, but you’ll have to figure out how to watch it. Because as I found out last week, our options for watching could change at any minute if somebody who I didn’t know existed should happen to get fired.

Five things to watch
McGill is starting to pop up on the schedule. No, the Martlets aren’t one of the five things that I’m recommending, but it is a sure sign that the Ivies are getting close to joining the rest of ECAC Hockey.

Mercyhurst at Northeastern, Friday, 2 p.m. EDT and Saturday, 1 p.m. EDT
Emily Janiga and Kendall Coyne, senior captains who are also the active career points leaders for their squads, meet in one of those early-season clashes that start to sort out who might be part of the NCAA at-large bid discussion. Early though it may be, getting swept this weekend could wind up haunting either team all season.

North Dakota vs. Bemidji State, Friday, 2:07 p.m. CDT and Saturday, 2:07 p.m. CDT
This is a home-and-home series. Bemidji State is threatening to be a regular on the “What to watch” list. One reason is the Beavers had a top-10 defense last year and a so-so offense, meaning they play a lot of close games. Last season, North Dakota’s defense was not quite as strong, but was also top-10, while its offense also fell outside the top 10. Both teams feature All-American goaltenders, have top-10 rankings, and who knows, by the time they next meet, they might both even have nicknames.

Clarkson at Boston University, Friday, 7 p.m. EDT and Saturday, 3 p.m. EDT
A year ago, the Terriers traveled to Potsdam, N.Y. and came home with two wins. Now, No. 4 visits No. 9. I’ve heard that revenge is a dish best served cold — where better than on the ice?

Alex Carpenter, Saturday, 2 p.m. EDT and Sunday, 2 p.m. EDT
The schedule lists these games as Boston College hosting Maine and New Hampshire, but Carpenter is the reason to watch. The reigning Patty Kazmaier Award winner hit and surpassed the 200 point mark for her career on Monday with four points versus St. Lawrence. She sits an even 100 shy of Meghan Agosta’s NCAA career points mark. At her present pace, Carpenter will be setting a new record about the time that the postseason arrives. Although, if some Hockey East teams don’t show some improvement soon, that will be a conservative estimate.

Colgate at Connecticut, Sunday, 2 p.m. EDT
Could this be a breakthrough season for the Raiders? Two games do not a season make, but Colgate has a shot at putting together a nice string out of the gate. This trip to Storrs could be the toughest obstacle it will face this month.

Women’s D-I picks: Oct. 15

Well, I fell back to Earth a little last weekend, but still did pretty well, going 18-4 (.818). On the year, I am also pretty stellar, going 40-5-4 (.857). Let’s see if I can keep myself above .800!

Thursday-Friday, Oct. 15-16

Vermont at St. Lawrence
I think these will be close games, but pick the Saints in a sweep. St. Lawrence 3-2, 4-2

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 16-17

North Dakota at Bemidji State
This has split all over it, but I’ll probably get the days wrong. Bemidji State 3-2, North Dakota 2-1

Minnesota at Ohio State
OSU gave up 15 goals last weekend against Wisconsin; this could get ugly. Minnesota 5-1, 4-0

Wisconsin at St. Cloud State
St. Cloud gave up 18 goals to Minnesota last weekend. This, too, could get ugly. Wisconsin 5-1, 7-0

Minnesota State at Minnesota-Duluth
Minnesota State will keep both games close. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, 2-1

Clarkson at Boston University
A split is likely, but I’m bucking the trend and picking Clarkson to sweep. Clarkson 3-2, 3-1

Mercyhurst at Northeastern
How many splits will this weekend have? Northeastern 3-2, Mercyhurst 3-2

Robert Morris at Rensselaer
This should tell us a lot about both programs. I’m going for an RPI sweep. Rensselaer 3-2, 2-1

Saturday, Oct. 17

Maine at Boston College
BC at home equals a nice win. Boston College 4-1

New Hampshire at Merrimack
Is this the first win for the Warriors? New Hampshire 3-2

Syracuse at Connecticut
I think the Orange might just take the CHA this year. They can’t afford nonconference losses though. Syracuse 4-2

Colgate at Providence
I think the Friars are going to take a while to gel, and Colgate looked good last time out. Colgate 3-2

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 17-18

Union at Penn State
The Nittany Lions can’t afford to get too swept up in their upset of Boston University last weekend. Penn State 3-1, 3-2

Sunday, Oct. 18

New Hampshire at Boston College
From what I’ve seen of New Hampshire so far, this could get ugly. Boston College 5-1

Maine at Merrimack
The Black Bears get a split out of their trip down 95. Maine 4-1

Syracuse at Providence
The Orange get another win over a Hockey East squad. Syracuse 4-2

Colgate at Connecticut
A tough game to call, but I think Connecticut is improved this year. Connecticut 4-2

Wednesday, Oct. 21

RIT at Syracuse
RIT will come together at some point, but not in this game. Syracuse 4-2

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