Women’s D-I wrap: March 08

RIT duplicates CHA run
Last season, RIT knocked off the top two seeds as it earned its first CHA title. This time, the Tigers took out the league’s top three seeds, and its reward paired a CHA trophy with an NCAA invitation.

Once again, the second overtime proved kind to the Tigers in the championship game versus Syracuse. Carly Payerl scored a pretty goal on a wrist shot 3:15 into the second extra session. Morgan Scoyne hit her at center ice, and Payerl worked a give-and-go with Kolbee McCrea at the blue line to gain the zone. Lindsay Grigg’s goal 30 seconds into the third frame had tied the game at 1-1, equaling the tally a period earlier from Emily Costales for the Orange. Ali Binnington was again named tourney MVP after making 44 saves in the final.

The Tigers gained entry into the title game by dropping host Mercyhurst, 4-1. Mackenzie Stone deposited the winning goal with just over a minute left in the second period. RIT also got goals from Marissa Maugeri, Cassie Clayton, and Caitlin Wallace. Binnington earned an assist on Wallace’s empty-netter and finished with 26 saves.

Syracuse advanced with a 2-0 shutout of Penn State. Jenn Gilligan stopped 11 shots. Allie LaCombe scored the opening goal short-handed and assisted on Kaillie Goodnough’s power-play tally.

Poulin propels Boston University to Hockey East glory
Boston University and Marie-Philip Poulin demonstrated that they were done playing second fiddle to Boston College and Alex Carpenter in Hockey East. Poulin scored the Terriers’ first two goals in the league’s title game and then assisted on Sarah Lefort’s goal into an empty net that clinched the 4-1 win over the Eagles, gaining Poulin tournament MVP recognition. BU has now won the championship four years running. Victoria Hanson made 32 saves, including denying Emily Field on a breakaway that would have tied the game. Maddie Elia netted the other BU goal on a power-play rush. Carpenter scored the lone goal for BC on a redirection.

Poulin’s hat trick was more than enough offense for Boston University to end Northeastern’s season with a 6-1 verdict in the semifinal. Her hat trick was in the books and the lead was five goals by the time the Huskies got on the scoreboard in the third period. Poulin added an assist, and senior defenseman Shannon Doyle had a goal and two helpers.

Elaine Chulie made 51 saves to allow Connecticut to hang around against BC, but UConn wasn’t able to generate enough offense to pull the upset, as the Eagles advanced with a 3-1 win. Kaliya Johnson and Haley Skarupa got pucks by Chulie, and Carpenter found an empty net. Katie Burt made 19 saves, yielding a lone tally to Kayla Campero.

Harvard explodes late to secure ECAC crown
Trailing Cornell, 2-1, early in the third period, Harvard rattled off five straight goals and cruised to a 7-3 win, earning the ECAC Championship and denying the Big Red a spot in the NCAA field. Tournament most outstanding player Sarah Edney scored two goals with an assist; Mary Parker matched that and added an extra helper. Jillian Saulnier scored twice for Cornell, and Emily Fulton assisted three times.

Harvard rallied to defeat Quinnipiac, 2-1 in overtime, in its semifinal. Miye D’Oench went to the net to score the winning goal at the 2:39 mark. Edney was credited with the tying goal in the third period when a Bobcats skater knocked her seemingly harmless shot out of the air and into the net. Emma Woods had given Quinnipiac a lead six minutes into the game. Emmerance Maschmeyer made 30 saves to garner the victory for the Crimson.

Cornell also staged a comeback to advance over Clarkson, 3-1. Saulnier and Hanna Bunton struck 23 seconds apart seven minutes into the third period to give the Big Red a 2-1 lead, and Brianne Jenner provided an insurance goal six minutes later. Paula Voorheis saved 19 shots, yielding only a first-period tally to Cayley Mercer, as Cornell dropped the Golden Knights in the league playoffs for the second straight year.

Nurse delivers WCHA title for the Badgers
Sarah Nurse demonstrated the scoring punch Wisconsin possesses on its third line. The sophomore scored twice in the opening period of the final against Bemidji State, first on a laser to the top corner and then on a creative shot from behind the goal line. By the time she added a third-period assist, she’d wrapped up the tournament’s most outstanding player award. Ann-Renée Desbiens dealt with the 15 shots the Beavers mustered. Karley Sylvester and Katarina Zgraja had the other Wisconsin tallies in the 4-0 triumph.

Nurse scored twice and added an assist as Wisconsin ended North Dakota’s second-half run with a 4-1 win. Mellissa Channell gave the Badgers a first-period lead and Sydney McKibbon doubled it in the next stanza. Desbiens made 26 saves, with only Tori Williams able to score for UND.

Bemidji State reached the first championship game in program history with its second 1-0 shutout of Minnesota of the season. Junior Stephanie Anderson scored the game’s lone goal on a third-period rush. Brittani Mowat saved all 37 shots that came her way.

NCAA field
Cornell, North Dakota, and Syracuse all came up a win short of the NCAA tourney, leaving us the following tournament bracket:

RIT at No. 1 Minnesota
BU at No. 4 Wisconsin
Quinnipiac at No. 3 Harvard
Clarkson at No. 2 BC

Women’s D-I picks: March 7

I forgot to pick the CHA championship today, but here are my picks for Sunday’s finals.

Sunday, March 8

Cornell vs. Harvard
Which wins, defense or offense? Usually I’d say the former, but the Big Red have looked very good the last couple of weeks, so they are my upset pick. Cornell 3-2

Boston University vs. Boston College
I think the Terriers might just pull this out; they looked really good today against Northeastern, but I’m going with BC to win a nail-biter. Boston College 3-2

Bemidji State vs. Wisconsin
The Beavers will certainly carry a lot of emotion into the contest with an NCAA tournament berth on the line, but Wisconsin looked really good today against North Dakota. Advantage Badgers. Wisconsin 3-1

Women’s D-I picks: March 6

Well, I correctly picked every series but one last week (RIT-RMU), but I didn’t do so well in picking all the games, so this weekend, I’m only picking the first one. Last week, I went  22-7 (.758), which is actually pretty respectable. Let’s see how I do this week.

Friday, March 6

RIT at Mercyhurst
The Lakers probably have been itching to get some revenge for last year’s loss to RIT in the CHA tournament, and I think they get it. Mercyhurst 4-2

Penn State vs. Syracuse
Neither team has been particularly good away from home, and I’ve seen some positives from both this season. Going with the Lions in a nail-biter. Penn State 3-2

Saturday, March 7

Cornell at Clarkson
The Big Red are playing for the NCAA tournament, but so is Clarkson, which sits on the bubble. Can Shea Tiley contain Cornell’s big forwards? Clarkson 3-2

Quinnipiac vs. Harvard
The Crimson won both games between the two teams this year, and I think they will again. It will also be a one-goal game. Harvard 3-2

Connecticut vs. Boston College
Can the Huskies keep BC under six goals? Boston College 5-1

Northeastern vs. Boston University
I’m tempted to pick the upset, but I think BU is just a bit of a better-rounded team. Boston University 3-2

Bemidji State vs. Minnesota
This will be a close battle, but the Gophers should advance. Minnesota 3-2

North Dakota vs. Wisconsin
Nobody has been hotter than North Dakota in the second half, so let’s go with them for the upset. North Dakota 3-2

Women’s D-I wrap: March 1

Sweeping up
A dozen of the 14 quarterfinal series played across the four conferences resulted in sweeps, two of those accomplished by the road team. While much of the action went according to script, there were also some upsets, overtimes, and comebacks in the mix.

The field of 30 teams that started the weekend with NCAA Championship dreams was reduced to 16. It will be cut in half over each of the next two weekends to yield the contingent for the Frozen Four.

On paper, the ECAC looked to be wide open. The road teams had proven capable of springing upsets over the course of the season, and all of the hosts had vulnerable stretches. Instead, the four ECAC series produced sweeps by all four of the higher seeds.

Top-seeded Clarkson never let Dartmouth get comfortable, outshooting the Big Green 17-3 over the opening 20 minutes and cruising to a 6-0 victory in the opener. Although her workload picked up, Shea Tiley was up to the task in her first taste of the postseason, earning a 21-save shutout. Cayley Mercer scored twice and added an assist. Saturday’s game remained scoreless until Amanda Titus’ goal at 16:21 of the middle frame, the second straight game where she broke the ice. The Golden Knights had double Dartmouth’s shots on goal in each period and went on to a 4-1 victory.

Harvard had a far easier time against Yale than it did a year ago, dispatching the Bulldogs by scores of 2-1 and 3-0. Jamie Haddad gave Yale the weekend’s first lead, but it would prove to be the only puck it would get past Emerance Maschmeyer. Miye D’Oench and Sydney Daniels tallied to give the Crimson the triumph in a game where all of the scoring occurred in the second period. Daniels struck just 3:28 into Saturday’s game, and Samantha Reber and Josephine Pucci had tripled the advantage before the game’s midpoint. Maschmeyer was flawless in dealing with 24 attempts.

Quinnipiac shook off its late-season struggles, blanking Princeton for the weekend, 7-0 and 2-0. Chelsea Laden made 29 total saves in garnering both shutouts, giving her 16 for the season, one shy of the NCAA record. Emma Woods got the Bobcats off to a fast start on Friday by scoring the first of her team’s four first-period goals 6:04 into the contest. Taylar Cianfarano tallied twice. Nicole Connery’s second-period goal on a power play proved decisive on Saturday, and Nicole Brown hit an empty net.

Cornell had to survive a little more drama than the league’s other winners, but 3-1 and 3-2 victories over St. Lawrence got the job done. Brooke Webster’s tying goal five minutes into the final period was all Paula Voorheis allowed on 19 shots on Friday, and the Big Red got a game winner from Jess Brown to go with a goal by Cassandra Poudrier and an empty-net clincher by Jillian Saulnier. The Saints took a two-goal lead into Saturday’s third period, thanks to markers by Ellie Williams and Jacqueline Wand. Goals five minutes apart by Anna Zorn and Saulnier drew Cornell even, and Emily Fulton netted the winning goal with 3:18 left in regulation.

Clarkson will host Cornell in one semifinal, while Harvard faces Quinnipiac in the other. All the remaining games will be played in Potsdam.

Fan favorite Bye was ousted, as were Lindenwood and Robert Morris, but Penn State makes its first venture into the semifinals and defending champion RIT kept its hopes for a repeat alive.

The Tigers finished at the bottom of the standings, but they were undaunted by having to go on the road to sweep RMU. On Friday, the Colonials’ Maddie Collias provided a first-period answer to Emilee Bulleid’s goal, but Ali Binnington handled the other 30 shots sent her way. Mackenzie Stone scored what proved to be the winning goal out of a scrum 4:19 into the second period, and Caitlin Wallace iced the 3-1 win into an empty net. In game two, Lindsay Grigg took a pass from Wallace and fired in the game’s only goal at the 3:11 mark of the opening period. Robert Morris once again generated 31 shots on goal, but this time, Binnington denied all of them to gain her fifth shutout.

Penn State hosted postseason action for the first time, and the Nittany Lions overcame Lindenwood by scores of 1-0 and 3-1. Shannon Yoxheimer scored the only goal in the opener midway through the first stanza, and Celine Whitlinger made it stand up with a 23-save shutout. Yoxheimer netted her second winning goal in as many days on Saturday, and freshman defenseman Bella Sutton was all over the score sheet with the primary assist and two goals of her own. Whitlinger yielded only a power-play goal to Lyndsay Kirkham.

The remaining teams head to Erie to compete for the crown, with RIT facing Mercyhurst and Penn State taking on Syracuse.

Hockey East
Connecticut became the second road team to advance when it traveled to Orono and swept Maine for the second week in a row. New Hampshire pushed Northeastern to a third game but fell just short after taking a series lead.

Boston College made short work of Providence, advancing with 6-2 and 8-0 triumphs. Meghan Grieves and Andie Anastos potted a pair apiece in the opener, with the latter adding an assist. Katie Burt made 15 saves on Saturday to reach 10 shutouts in her freshman campaign. Dana Trivigno topped the point parade with two goals plus an assist, and Emily Pfalzer had one of each to push past the century mark in points for her career.

Kayla Tutino scored four times, all assisted by Marie-Philip Poulin, when Boston University claimed game one over Vermont, 8-1. Rebecca Leslie returned to the line-up with a pair of tallies. The Terriers pulled away early on Saturday in winning 7-2. Victoria Bach opened the scoring a minute in and added two helpers. Samantha Sutherland found the net twice.

Sarah MacDonnell put Connecticut ahead to stay on Friday with a second-period goal and added an assist as the Huskies defeated Maine, 3-2. Teammate Kayla Campero also had a goal and a helper, as did Audra Richards and Emilie Brigham for the Black Bears. Both Maine’s Meghan Treacy and UConn’s Elaine Chuli were bidding for shutouts on Saturday, and their efforts forced the game to overtime still scoreless. It was Chuli that was rewarded with the 45-save shutout when Rebecca Fleming scored 10:31 into bonus hockey to give the Huskies a 1-0 win.

They aren’t the only Huskies advancing, as Northeastern came back from a game down to take its series versus New Hampshire. Ashley Wilkes made 40 saves and Cassandra Vilgrain scored 17 seconds into the final period to make 2-1 winners out of the Wildcats on Friday. On Saturday, Caroline Broderick twice scored tying goals for UNH, the second coming with 1:55 left in regulation to knot the score at 2-2. However, a half minute later, Denisa Krížová cleaned up the rebound of a Kendall Coyne breakaway to give NU the 3-2 win. On Sunday, Coyne scored on an early power play, but Ali Praus’ first career goal drew the Wildcats even by the first intermission. Amy Boucher gave UNH the advantage in the second period, but Jordan Krause responded 91 seconds later. Coyne sniped a power-play goal to give the Huskies a lasting lead at 13:17 of the final stanza. Krížová’s long pass sent Coyne in on another breakaway, which she converted to complete her hat trick and give Krížová her third assist of the day. Down 4-2, UNH got an extra-attacker goal from Kayla Mork with just under three minutes remaining, but the Wildcats couldn’t find an equalizer before their season expired.

Hockey East moves to Hyannis for the remainder of its tournament, with BC facing Connecticut and BU matching up with Northeastern.

Bemidji State kept the best season in program history rolling as it recorded 20 wins for the first time and brought the curtain down on Minnesota-Duluth’s year in the process. Ohio State was also eliminated, but it stretched North Dakota to a third overtime in the final game of the series, the longest game of the season to date.

The Bulldogs and Beavers split both regular season series, so it was no surprise that they played a dramatic quarterfinal. Stephanie Anderson scored twice, Ivana Bilic had helpers on both, and Whitney Wivoda also scored as BSU took Friday’s game, 3-2, with Brittni Mowat making 35 saves. The edge then shifted to Kayla Black and UMD, as the hosts won the second game, 2-0. Ashleigh Brykaliuk broke a scoreless tie at 7:31 of the final period and added an empty-net goal with a second left. Black saved all 29 shots. The deciding game was following a similar script; Brigette Lacquette scored the game’s first goal almost five minutes into the final frame. This time, however, the Beavers’ extra-attacker strategy paid off when Hanna Moher beat Black with 34 seconds in regulation to force overtime. At 12:08 of the extra session, Kaitlyn Tougas scored on a rush to give Bemidji State a 2-1 victory and advance it to the semifinals for the second time. Anderson assisted on both goals and Mowat made 35 saves to earn the win.

Ohio State battled as hard if not quite as long. The Buckeyes took a 2-1, second-period lead on Friday via power-play goals by Kari Schmitt and Sara Schmitt. Andrea Dalen regained control for UND by potting a pair of goals, and then following an empty-net goal from Meghan Dufault, Dalen completed the 5-2 win and her hat trick into another empty net. Samantha Hanson drew first blood for UND midway through the second period on Saturday, but Kayla Sullivan tied it up 10 minutes later. The third period and the first two overtimes belonged to the goalies; Kassidy Sauve finished with 40 saves for OSU and Shelby Amsley-Benzie made 36 stops for the hosts. At 3:17 of the third OT, Becca Kohler got the puck ahead to Dufault to create a two on one. Dufault ladled a pass over a defenseman’s stick to Amy Menke, who finished the 2-1 win with shot that hit net high to the glove side.

The other two WCHA series weren’t nearly as gripping. Dani Cameranesi scored twice with four helpers, and Hannah Brandt had four points and a hat trick as Minnesota routed Minnesota State, 10-0, to take game one. The Mavericks kept Saturday’s game closer, but fell by a 5-1 margin. Maryanne Menefee scored twice, giving her three goals and three assists for the series.

Wisconsin handled St. Cloud State by scores of 5-1 and 4-1. Kim Drake’s three assists highlighted Friday’s game. Nobody had more than one point on Saturday, as once more the Badgers took a multi-goal lead into the first intermission and never looked back.

The brackets for the WCHA Final Face-Off on Saturday have Minnesota opening versus Bemidji State, while Wisconsin and host North Dakota square off in the second semifinal.

Women’s D-I picks: Feb. 27

I suck. Yes, I admit it. I had a big lead on Arlan in our picks contest, and I blew it. I’ll pay up at the Frozen Four in Minneapolis in March.

Arlan however, bows out of picking the playoffs, so it’s all me from hear on out. Let’s get to it.

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 27-28

Lindenwood at Penn State
This all comes down to Lindenwood’s Nicole Hensley vs. Penn State’s home-ice advantage. I think it goes three. Lindenwood 3-2, Penn State 2-1, 3-1

RIT at Robert Morris
If the Colonials were any more consistent, this would be an easier series to pick. It probably goes three too. Robert Morris 2-1, RIT 2-1, Robert Morris 2-0

Dartmouth at Clarkson
The Big Green are a tough out, but I like the Golden Knights. Clarkson 2-0, 2-1

St. Lawrence at Cornell
These games could turn into huge scoring fests, or they could be very close affairs. There’s no way of telling. Cornell 5-2, St. Lawrence 2-1, Cornell 3-2

Yale at Harvard
This was a barn-burner of a series last year, but I think the Crimson sweep, despite how hot Yale has been. Harvard 2-0, 3-1

Princeton at Quinnipiac
Given how off the Bobcats have been of late, the Tigers could pull the upset, but I still like the home team. Quinnipiac 3-1, 2-1

Providence at Boston College
Will this be a blowout like the first half game between the two, or a closer affair like the ones in January? Boston College 5-1, 5-1

Vermont at Boston University
These two split a pair of strange games back in January, with Vermont winning the first and BU roaring back for a blowout win the next night. The same scenario might apply. Vermont 2-1, Boston University 4-1, 3-2

Connecticut at Maine
The Huskies swept this series last weekend; why not again? Connecticut 2-1, 2-1

New Hampshire at Northeastern
The home team has gotten hot at the right moment. Northeastern 3-1, 4-1

Bemidji State at Minnesota-Duluth
This is probably the most likely spot for an upset in the WCHA. Minnesota-Duluth 2-1, Bemidji State 3-2, 2-1

Minnesota State at Minnesota
They might want a mercy rule, given how strong the Gophers have been of late. Minnesota 5-1, 5-0

Ohio State at North Dakota
This will be a close affair, but I like the home team to sweep. North Dakota 2-1, 3-2

St. Cloud at Wisconsin
The Huskies upset of the Badgers last weekend should be just the thing to get Wisconsin refocused. Wisconsin 2-1, 3-1

Women’s D-I wrap: Feb. 22

Ready for the postseason
With the completion of the final games of the regular season, we at last know how the conference tournaments will be slotted. Of the 30 teams that remain in the hunt for a national title, 28 will begin postseason play in conference quarterfinals hosted by the higher seeds, while the top two squads in the CHA receive first-round byes.

ECAC Hockey
When it comes to maximizing entertainment value, no league did it better than the ECAC. The search for the champion went down to the final day, and even then, the circuit couldn’t settle on one and wound up with Clarkson and Harvard as co-champions, with the Golden Knights earning the top seed.

Harvard had a chance for sole possession of that honor, had it been able to come up with two points on home ice on the weekend, but the Crimson had to settle for just one point via a 1-1 tie with St. Lawrence. Hannah Miller struck first for the Saints in that contest, but Sydney Daniels replied for Harvard. Carmen MacDonald made 44 saves for SLU to prevent further damage, and Emerance Maschmeyer came up with 31 stops of her own.

Meanwhile, Clarkson got a better result in overtime with a 2-1 win at Dartmouth. The Big Green took a lead with 13:11 elapsed on a power-play goal from Kennedy Ottenbreit. Two periods later, Christine Lambert forced OT when she converted on a power play, and at 3:51 of the extra session, Geneviève Bannon netted the winner.

That set up a showdown for the top spot between the Crimson and the Golden Knights. With 8:20 gone, freshman Brielle Bellerive scored unassisted, and that was all the offense Shea Tiley needed to come away with a 28-save shutout for Clarkson, 1-0.

Quinnipiac claimed the third seed with a 1-0 win over Brown on Saturday. Taylar Cianfarano’s 15th goal of the year at 14:27 of the third period on a power play was the only scoring in Chelsea Laden’s 14th shutout of the year.

Cornell and St. Lawrence finished in a tie for fourth, with the Big Red gaining the final home-ice spot. Cornell won a pair of road games at Rensselaer, 4-1, and Union, 4-0. The Big Red shook off a slow start in Troy, and rallied with the game’s final four goals. Jillian Saulnier and Brianne Jenner had three-point games, with Saulnier netting two goals to Jenner’s one. Saulnier scored twice more versus the Dutchwomen in Paula Voorheis’ 25-save shutout.

The Saints finished their slate with a 6-4 triumph at Dartmouth as Jenna Marks found the net twice.

Princeton is alone in sixth after a weekend split. Morgan Sly sniped a pair in the Tigers’ 4-1 defeat of Brown. Yale upended Princeton, 2-1, on Saturday, denying the Tigers the Ivy League title, which instead went to Harvard. Taylor Marchin’s goal in the second period gave the Bulldogs the win. Krista Yip-Chuck assisted on the winner and scored the game’s first goal; Jaimie Leonoff made 28 saves.

The Bulldogs finished seventh after also posting a 3-0 shutout of Quinnipiac on Friday thanks to 37 saves from Leonoff. Yip-Chuck scored twice; Hanna Åström supplied the other tally and had a three-point game.

Dartmouth is the ECAC’s final playoff team in eighth.

RPI defeated Colgate 5-3 in the final game of the season for both teams, as the Engineers clicked on four of five power-play opportunities.

The best-of-three playoff series are:
Dartmouth at Clarkson
Yale at Harvard
Princeton at Quinnipiac
St. Lawrence at Cornell

Hockey East
Top-seeded Boston College finished an undefeated league season, but the Eagles were denied a perfect trip through Hockey East in their last game when Boston University tied them, 2-2. Samantha Sutherland and Maddie Elia gave the Terriers leads on two occasions, but Haley Skarupa and Dana Trivigno drew BC even, the latter with just 75 seconds left in regulation. BC defeated BU 5-0 on Thursday, with Alex Carpenter scoring twice in Katie Burt’s 28-save shutout.

BU, the second seed, started its week with a 7-1 thrashing of Providence. Both Sarah Lefort, who potted a hat trick, and Marie-Philip Poulin had four-point games.

Northeastern gained third place with 5-1 and 3-1 victories over New Hampshire. Denisa Krížová scored twice in the opener, Kendall Coyne had three assists, and Chloé Desjardins made 33 saves. Coyne scored twice with a helper and Desjardins denied another 34 attempts on Sunday.

Maine had to settle for fourth place after Connecticut swept a series from the Black Bears in Orono. Sarah MacDonnell set up Kayla Campero’s tying goal with 81 seconds left and an extra attacker on the ice in the opener. Campero returned the favor, helping MacDonnell deposit the winning goal with one second remaining in the extra session. Elaine Chuli saved 40 shots for the Huskies. UConn had an easier time in winning 6-2 on Sunday. A pair of defensemen, Caitlin Hewes and Leah Lum, had three-point games, as the Huskies moved up to fifth place ahead of New Hampshire.

Vermont swept a pair of 3-2 games from Providence to leapfrog the Friars and escape the basement. Bridget Baker scored with 63 seconds to go in the opener to thwart a late rally by PC; Madison Litchfield made 35 stops. Baker netted her second game-winner in as many days on Sunday, while Litchfield recorded 41 saves.

The quarterfinal matchups are:
Providence at Boston College
Vermont at Boston University
New Hampshire at Northeastern
Connecticut at Maine

Three sweeps resolved the questions of placement in the middle of the conference.

North Dakota is the third seed after blanking Minnesota State twice, 7-0 and 2-0. Shelby Amsley-Benzie needed only 24 saves on the weekend to earn the two shutouts. Josefine Jakobsen and Andrea Dalen had a goal and two assists apiece in the first game. Marissa Salo scored the deciding goal 3:50 into the second period to overcome 36 saves by Erin Krichiver in game two.

Minnesota-Duluth dropped Ohio State, 3-1 and 5-2. Kayla Black made 35 saves on Friday, and Michela Cava assisted on the winning goal before adding an insurance tally. Brigette Lacquette had three helpers as the Bulldogs rallied from two goals down with five goals over the final 20:17 on Sunday, including two empty-net goals.

Minnesota swept Bemidji State, 3-2 and 4-2, to deny the Beavers home ice. Dani Cameranesi had a goal and an assist in both games for the Gophers.

Although it didn’t change the standings, St. Cloud State served notice to Wisconsin that it doesn’t intend to go quietly in their upcoming series when the Huskies upset the Badgers, 2-1, on Friday. Julie Friend made 52 saves and kept UW off the scoreboard until only 16 seconds remained. Alyssa Erickson and Payge Pena scored for SCSU. Wisconsin responded on Sunday with Ann-Renée Desbiens’ 13th shutout of the season, 5-0.

The playoff series will be:
Minnesota State at Minnesota
St. Cloud State at Wisconsin
Ohio State at North Dakota
Bemidji State at Minnesota-Duluth

College Hockey America
Syracuse split a home-and-home series with RIT, but that was enough to give the Orange a first-round bye in the CHA. Jenn Gilligan made 31 saves in Friday’s 4-1 win for Syracuse. Alysha Burris scored twice, and Melissa Piacentini had a goal and two assists. Ali Binnington bounced back in her final start on home ice with 26 saves in a 1-0 shutout, and Celeste Brown scored a power-play goal to win it midway through the third stanza.

Penn State slumped to the fourth seed after suffering back-to-back 4-1 defeats on home ice to Robert Morris. Jessica Dodds made 33 saves on Friday, and Rebecca Vint scored twice. Vint’s short-handed goal started a rally on Saturday; Katelyn Scott assisted twice.

Nicole Hensley’s 33 saves keyed a 3-1 upset for fifth-place Lindenwood over league champ Mercyhurst on Friday. Jordyn Constance scored and had an assist; Katie Erickson helped twice. Hensley got the day off when the Lakers bounced back with a 7-1 win. Shelby Bram had a goal and two assists; Molly Byrne scored once and assisted three times.

The resulting brackets are:
Mercyhurst gets a bye
Syracuse gets a bye
RIT at Robert Morris
Lindenwood at Penn State

Women’s D-I picks: Feb. 19

It comes down to the final weekend. Arlan and I both went 18-5-5 (.732)  last week, moving to 277-104-41 (.704). Will one of us finish on top?

Thursday, Saturday, Feb. 19, 21

Boston University vs. Boston College (home-and-home)
Candace: Yes, both games will be close, but BC has proven better at key moments of the season. Boston College 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: When teams with great players clash, a lot of different story lines could emerge, but because they have better balance throughout, more of them favor the Eagles. Boston College 6-2, 5-3

Friday, Feb. 19

Clarkson at Dartmouth
Candace: Picking the Big Green has been a dangerous proposition. Clarkson 3-2
Arlan: Perhaps the game where a ranked team is most likely to fall to an unranked opponent, but I’m just not feeling it. Clarkson 2-1

St. Lawrence at Harvard
Candace: Watch the Saints earn at least a point to make the final game of the year even more interesting. Harvard 3-1
Arlan: Maybe this one won’t even be this close. Harvard 4-2

Cornell at Rensselaer
Candace: The Big Red haven’t been the epitome of consistency, but I like them in this game. Cornell 4-1
Arlan: The Engineers don’t have a good answer for the Jenner line. Cornell 5-2

Quinnipiac at Yale
Candace: It doesn’t matter if the Bulldogs are home or away; Quinnipiac is better. Quinnipiac 3-1
Arlan: The Bobcats won the first two meetings this season by three goals; I doubt they do so again. Quinnipiac 2-1

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 20-21

Mercyhurst at Lindenwood
Candace: The Lakers don’t really have anything to play for, but it won’t stop them from getting a sweep. Mercyhurst 3-1, 4-1
Arlan: In the big picture, these games aren’t as important to the Lakers, but I still don’t think Lindenwood gets more than a tie. Mercyhurst 3-1, 2-1

Robert Morris at Penn State
Candace: I could flip a coin 10 times and stand a better chance of picking this correctly. Penn State 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: Looks like a couple of games where sometime after the second intermission, somebody will score a goal to win it. Penn State 3-2, 2-1

RIT vs. Syracuse (home-and-home)
Candace: The Orange haven’t lit the world on fire away from home, so I’m calling a split. Syracuse 3-1, RIT 3-2
Arlan: The final opportunities for the Orange to add to their program-record 10 ties. Syracuse 3-2, RIT 1-0

Minnesota at Bemidji State
Candace: To paraphrase Taylor Swift, “They should keep in mind, they should keep in mind, there is nothing we do better than revenge.” Minnesota 4-1, 4-2
Arlan: It’s been more than three years since the Gophers lost to a team that wasn’t wearing green; BSU wears green. Minnesota 3-1, 2-1

Ohio State at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: Do the Bulldogs wake up for a critical series? Sure, why not. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: If the Buckeyes get swept, sweep, or take five points, they don’t have to return to Duluth in a week; any other outcome, and they’ll probably be back. Minnesota-Duluth 1-0, 3-1

Minnesota State at North Dakota
Candace: How many goals will UND rack up? North Dakota 4-1, 5-1
Arlan: The last time the Mavericks visited Grand Forks, they stuck a huge monkey wrench in UND’s season. North Dakota 5-2, 4-0

St. Cloud at Wisconsin
Candace: The Badgers’ offense has been disturbingly absent of late, but there you go. Wisconsin 4-1, 3-2
Arlan: This is just a dress rehearsal for the WCHA quarterfinals. Wisconsin 5-1, 6-0

Saturday, Feb. 21

St. Lawrence at Dartmouth
Candace: It’s been hard to get a handle on the Big Green, but the Saints have been more consistent. St. Lawrence 4-2
Arlan: Whoever loses will request a recount. St. Lawrence 3-2

Clarkson at Harvard
Candace: The Crimson claim the top seed in the ECAC. Harvard 4-2
Arlan: The Crimson are the hottest team in the country in February. Harvard 2-1

Colgate at Rensselaer
Candace: The winner gets to finish ninth in the ECAC. Colgate 3-2
Arlan: The only game before the national championship where both teams know it is their final game no matter what happens. Rensselaer 2-1

Princeton at Yale
Candace: Yale is very frustrating to pick, and even though the Bulldogs are home, I like the Tigers. Princeton 2-1
Arlan: What’s the hockey equivalent of a photo finish? Princeton 3-2

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 21-22

Connecticut at Maine
Candace: I keep wishing I had picked Maine against New Hampshire a few weeks ago. Maine 1-0, 2-1
Arlan: I think that Maine has come back to the pack a bit. Connecticut 2-1, Maine 1-0

Vermont at Providence
Candace: I’m going with recent results, just like I should have when Yale faced Dartmouth a couple of weeks ago. Vermont 3-1, 4-1
Arlan: I’m not sure if either of these teams won a game that I picked it to win all year. Vermont 3-2, 2-1

Northeastern at New Hampshire (home-and-home)
Candace: The Huskies continue their renaissance, just in time for the postseason. Northeastern 3-1, 3-1
Arlan: The Wildcats’ three-game unbeaten streak matches a season high. Northeastern 2-1, 4-2

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.

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