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Weekend Picks: Jan. 22

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

Friday, Jan. 22

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

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

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

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

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 22-23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, Jan. 23

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 23-24

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

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

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

Monday, Jan. 25

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

Tuesday, Jan. 26

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

Weekend wrap: Jan. 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What to Watch: Jan. 15

Temps drop, but action heats up
After weeks of a kinder, gentler winter, a version more common in hockey strongholds has moved in over much of the country now that the calendar has flipped to January. The best response is to add some more fuel to the fire, and the schedule makers have done just that. In the coming week, we’ll be treated to three different pairings of ranked teams, another game matching NCAA tournament participants from a year ago, a collision of the top two squads in the CHA, and other established and budding rivalries.

Mercyhurst at Syracuse, Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. EST
Syracuse defeated the Lakers for the first time ever last season. Now the Orange have to prove that they can do it again to stay in the title race. Mercyhurst is a game ahead in the standings, and this weekend will complete half of the league schedule for both teams. The teams’ scoring defenses are virtually identical and sit just above the median, despite the fact that both have been inconsistent in net. Thus, while at first glance the series may appear to hinge on goaltending, the victor may instead be the club that is better able to limit opportunities for the opponent to generate quality shots in the first place.

No. 2 Wisconsin at No. 6 Bemidji State, Friday and Saturday, 2:07 p.m. CST
The Badgers swept the previous series in Madison using their trusty recipe of the first half, stifling the Bemidji State offense completely. Wisconsin enjoyed a two-goal lead by the first intermission both days, and the Beavers were unable to generate 20 shots in either game. No WCHA opponent has scored more than once in a game in Bemidji this season, and the hosts will likely need that trend to continue to get points.

No. 9 North Dakota at Minnesota-Duluth, Friday and Saturday, 3:07 p.m. CST
The most recent series for each team came versus Wisconsin, although the Fighting Hawks faced UW before the break. They managed to shut the Badgers out for the weekend. UMD was swept in Madison last weekend; the Bulldogs were rather short-handed for the first game. UND has proven it can beat anyone and struggle against nearly anyone as well. The last time these teams met and split their series marked the debut of a new top line for the ‘Dogs, with Michela Cava between Ashleigh Brykaliuk and Lara Stalder. The trio proved to be a catalyst for better results for UMD.

Yale at Cornell, Friday, 7 p.m. EST
This game could prove vital when the music stops in the ECAC and only eight teams find seats for the league’s dance. It will mark the halfway point for both programs, and Yale sits eighth with a one-point advantage over the Big Red. The Bulldogs last win in this rivalry came back in January of 2009, just before Cornell made the jump to being a national-tournament team. For the first time in many years, Yale enters the game with comparable firepower.

Robert Morris at No. 4 Quinnipiac, Friday, 7 p.m. EST, and Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
The Colonials and Bobcats meet for the fifth straight season, including series in the previous three years, all won by the road team. Both programs look to be ascending, although Quinnipiac has risen higher. Both rely on junior goaltenders and offenses sparked by underclassmen. The big edge for the Bobcats likely rests with its talented corps of veteran defensemen.

No. 8 Harvard at No. 5 Clarkson, Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
They shared the ECAC crown last year, but sit just third and fourth now, albeit with several games in hand on the leaders. The Crimson have had to scratch to find goals much of the time, while Clarkson’s effectiveness defensively seems to come and go. The offenses are led by a couple of under-appreciated scorers in senior Miye D’Oench and junior Cayley Mercer, respectively. Give Clarkson the edge on the blue line, Harvard the nod in net, so the deciding factor might be who gets more from its supporting cast up front.

No. 1 Boston College at No. 8 Harvard, Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
The Eagles have probably had this game circled, even though it has been hard to find on many schedules until lately. They learned painfully that dream seasons don’t look as good when viewed through Crimson-colored glasses. Last season, Harvard toppled BC both from the unbeaten ranks and the NCAA tournament after weathering an eight-goal drubbing in the first meeting. Nothing leading into this games suggests that the Eagles’ perfect run will end here.

Boston University at No. 4 Quinnipiac, Wednesday, 11 a.m. EST
There’s likely a reason for this start time, but I confess that I don’t know what it is. Both were road teams in the NCAA tournament in March. Now the Bobcats are positioned to be a quarterfinal host, while the Terriers will need to discover some magic to extend their run of six straight tourneys. On paper, this looks to be a really bad matchup for BU. Quinnipiac can struggle to score, even against some lesser teams, but shutting teams down isn’t really what the Terriers do of late.

And from the Under-18 World Championships in St. Catharine’s, Ont. …

Team USA versus Canada, Friday, 7:30 p.m. EST
Yet another championship of an international event comes down to these two cross-border rivals. The Americans needed overtime to snap a Canadian championship-winning streak at the U-18 level a year ago. The United States won in the preliminary round, 4-1.

Weekend picks: Jan. 15

Last week I had a pretty strong forecast, going 21-3-4 (.821), upping my yearly record to 241-70-35 (.747).

We’ve got some potentially tricky games to call this week, so let’s get to it.

Friday, Jan. 15

Dartmouth at Clarkson
The Big Green haven’t won since November. It won’t change here. Clarkson 3-1

Brown at Colgate
Might be close, but I like the home team. Colgate 3-1

Yale at Cornell
Which Yale team shows up, and which Cornell team? I’ll go with home ice. Cornell 3-2

Harvard at St. Lawrence
The Saints are a good middle-of-the-pack team, beating who they should and losing to who they should. Harvard 3-1

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 15-16

Penn State at RIT
The Tigers looked awful last week. Perhaps they’ll get a split here, but again, there’s no percentage in picking it. Penn State 2-1, 2-1

Mercyhurst at Syracuse
A series likely to end in a split. Mercyhurst 3-1, Syracuse 3-2

Union versust Rensselaer
This could be a time for Union to get its first win in this home-and-home, but there’s no percentage in picking it. A tie is likely. Rensselaer 2-1, 2-1

Boston College versus Merrimack
A home-and-home where the scores could get really ugly, depending on whether the Eagles decide to take it easy or not. Boston College 5-1, 6-1

Wisconsin at Bemidji State
The Badgers have owned this matchup for years. Wisconsin 3-1, 4-1

St. Cloud State at Ohio State
Do the Buckeyes get a little revenge? Probably a split. Ohio State 2-1, St. Cloud 3-2

North Dakota at Minnesota-Duluth
Which NoDak team shows up, the one that beat Minnesota and Wisconsin, or the one that lost to Ohio State? This was a split back in November and likely is again. North Dakota 3-2, Minnesota-Duluth 2-1

Robert Morris at Quinnipiac
Probably another split, though I have no idea who wins on which night, so … Quinnipiac 2-1, 3-2

Saturday, Jan. 16

Harvard at Clarkson
Harvard will desperately want to win this for momentum going into the game against BC, but I like Clarkson on home ice. Clarkson 2-1

Yale at Colgate
I can’t get a handle on Yale at all. Colgate has shown strength. Colgate 3-2

Brown at Cornell
The Big Red should take this on home ice, but it won’t be the blowout it has been in years past. Cornell 3-1

Dartmouth at St. Lawrence
I’m beginning to wonder when Dartmouth will win again. Possibly against the Saints, but I’ll go with the home team. St. Lawrence 2-1

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 16-17

Maine at Northeastern
The Black Bears haven’t looked good since October. Northeastern 4-1, 5-1

Connecticut versus Providence
Let’s go with the home ice teams in this home-and-home. Providence 3-1, Connecticut 2-1

Boston University at Vermont
I don’t think the Catamounts are quite at the Terriers’ level, even if that level is down from recent seasons. Boston University 3-1, 3-2

Minnesota State at Minnesota
The Mavericks made one of the two games they played against the Gophers in the first half really close. That’s about all they can hope for. Minnesota 7-1, 3-1

Tuesday, Jan. 19

Boston College at Harvard
I’d imagine BC is itching to get revenge on the Crimson for its two losses to them last year, especially on Harvard’s home ice. Boston College 4-2

Brown at Merrimack
This might be a chance for the Warriors to pick up another win. Merrimack 2-1

Wednesday, Jan. 20

Boston University at Quinnipiac
This could be an upset game. Why not call it that way? Boston University 2-1

Made to be broken

New Hampshire coach Hilary Witt had a good view on Sunday as Kendall Coyne tied and broke her Northeastern record for points in a career. Coyne entered Sunday’s game one point behind Witt’s career mark of 208 points, but a hat trick and an assist in No. 8 Northeastern’s 5-2 defeat of the Wildcats made her the new queen of Huskies’ scoring with 211 points. Hayley Scamurra and Taytum Clairmont had the other goals for Northeastern. Amy Boucher and Devan Taylor tallied for UNH.

A day earlier, the Wildcats had shut down Coyne and gotten a pair of goals from Jonna Curtis, but it wasn’t enough as Scamurra scored twice, and Jordan Krause and Shelby Herrington added goals to give Northeastern a 4-2 decision.

Coyne started the week with a goal and an assist in Tuesday’s 5-1 win for NU over Connecticut. McKenna Brand matched Coyne’s scoring line, and Paige Savage bettered it with a goal and two assists. Hayley Masters and Halle Silva also found the net, while Brittany Buglaski earned the win with 18 saves, yielding a lone goal to Kelly Harris.

Ending skids
On Monday, Merrimack broke a losing streak that had grown to 11 straight. The Warriors won at Vermont, 2-1, thanks to a late extra-attacker goal by Paige Sorensen, a nifty finish from Paige Voight 3:06 into overtime, and 26 saves by Samantha Ridgewell. Jackie Pieper assisted on both goals. Dayna Colang scored the game’s first goal for the Catamounts five minutes into the third period, but Madison Litchfield’s 21 saves weren’t enough.

Minnesota State snapped a 14-game conference losing streak with a 1-1 tie versus St. Cloud State on Friday. Jordan McLaughlin scored the tying goal for the Mavericks early in the third period, after Lexi Slattery had put the Huskies on top in the game’s opening minute. Katie Fitzgerald made 29 saves for SCSU, while Brianna Quade made 20 stops at the other end of the ice. St. Cloud State gained the extra league point by winning the shootout. On Saturday, MSU’s Lena Düsterhöft forced overtime once more with an extra-attacker goal in the final 30 seconds of regulation. However, the Huskies got an overtime game-winner from Molly Illikainen off of Slattery’s second assist of the day.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
Haley Skarupa scored all four goals as No. 1 Boston College completed its sweep of the Hockey East season series versus Boston University, 4-3. Dana Trivigno had helpers on three of the tallies, while Kristyn Capizzano assisted twice. Kayla Tutino, Dakota Woodworth, and Rebecca Russo had the markers for the Terriers, the latter coming short-handed to give her team its only lead of the day.

No. 2 Wisconsin took both ends of a Friday-Sunday series with Minnesota-Duluth, 5-1 and 3-1, jumping out to a four-goal lead after a period in the opener. Sarah Nurse scored twice in the first game and added a goal and an assist in the second, as the Badgers scored the game’s first three goals. Ann-Renée Desbiens stopped 38 of 40 shots to garner both wins.

No. 3 Minnesota struggled to put away Ohio State in its second half opener. Playing without Hannah Brandt, the Gophers got just enough offense to outlast the Buckeyes, 3-1. Taylor Williamson’s second-period goal proved to be the game-winner, and Amanda Leveille made 18 saves. Sunday, the Gophers cruised, 9-0, behind two-goal performances from Kelly Pannek, Kate Schipper, and Lee Stecklein, and three assists by Cara Piazza.

Its closest pursuers in the ECAC gained a point on No. 4 Quinnipiac when the Bobcats had to settle for a scoreless draw at Rensselaer. The Engineers’ Lovisa Selander was the star of the game, stopping all 40 shots. Sydney Rossman made 15 saves for Quinnipiac to salvage the tie. Rossman made 13 more stops at Union in the Bobcats’ 5-0 win as she tied for the national lead with her 10th shutout. The three Nicoles — Brown, Connery, and Kosta — all scored, as did Meghan Turner and Taylar Cianfarano.

No. 5 Clarkson got a pair of ECAC wins over Yale, 5-2, and Brown, 7-0. Cayley Mercer’s second goal of the game broke a 2-2 tie on Friday. Erin Ambrose had three assists. Against the Bears, Ambrose and sophomore Cassidy Vinkle had two-goal games. For Vinkle, those were her first goals for the Golden Knights. Mercer and Olivia Howe had three assists.

No. 6 Bemidji State swept Lindenwood in a nonconference series. Stephanie Anderson’s goal 48 seconds into the third period gave the Beavers a 2-1 win in the opener, after Reilly Fawcett and the Lions’ Shannon Morris-Reade had traded goals a couple minutes apart in the middle frame. Brittni Mowat made 19 saves to get the win, while 32 stops weren’t enough for Lindenwood’s Jolene DeBruyn. On Thursday, Anderson and Kaitlyn Tougas had three-point games as BSU won, 5-3, as did Brittania Gillanders for Lindenwood.

Emerance Maschmeyer turned in a 23-save shutout as No. 9 Harvard defeated Cornell, 2-0. Lexie Laing scored the second goal after assisting on Grace Zarzecki’s game-winner. The Crimson also defeated No. 10 Colgate, 6-2. After Megan Sullivan gave the Raiders a lead a minute into the game, Harvard scored the next five goals. Miye D’Oench scored twice, and she and Sydney Daniels had three-point efforts. Maschmeyer got the win with 30 saves.

On Friday, the Raiders were the team that came from behind, defeating Dartmouth, 4-2. Breanne Wilson-Bennett scored twice, and Ashlynne Rando denied 33 shots. Colgate started its week with a 2-2 tie versus Syracuse. Danielle Leslie scored late to earn a tie for the Orange, who got a goal and an assist from Megan Quinn. Wilson-Bennett and Olivia Zafuto tallied for Colgate.

Other action
Lindenwood got one win out of its Minnesota trip, defeating Minnesota-State, 3-1, on a late power-play goal by Emily Gunderson on Monday. Shara Jasper scored twice and Nicole Hensley made 17 saves.

Merrimack had a busy week, playing four times. On Wednesday, the Warriors fell to St. Lawrence, 6-2. Brooke Webster led the way for the Saints with two goals and two assists, while Amanda Boulier had a goal and two helpers.

On Saturday, Connecticut outlasted Merrimack, 4-3. Justine Fredette scored twice with an assist for the Huskies. The two teams played to a 2-2 deadlock on Sunday. Katelyn Rae’s goal at 17:21 of the third period gained the draw for the Warriors.

Providence swept RIT, 5-1 and 3-1. Madison Myers got both wins, including a 21-save performance in the second game. Eight different Friars scored in the series.

Princeton notched a pair of victories, 5-0 over Union and 3-2 versus Rensselaer. Karlie Lund scored twice with a helper in support of Alysia DaSilva’s 23-save shutout of the Dutchwomen. Goals from Jaimie McDonell, Molly Contini, and Cassidy Tucker proved to be just enough when the Engineers rallied with third-period goals by Katie Rooney and Makenna Thomas.

St. Lawrence edged Brown, 2-1. Julianne Landry made 40 saves for the Bears, but goals from Abbey McRae and Brooke Webster proved her undoing.

Hanna Åströmcame through with a hat trick to help Yale topple the Saints, 5-2. Hanna Mandl made 32 saves, and Jamie Haddad netted the other two goals for the Bulldogs.

Cornell dropped Dartmouth, 5-3. Christian Higham potted a pair for the Big Red; Laura Stacey did the same for the Big Green. Cornell’s Brianna Veerman had three assists.

Vermont got a series win at Maine. The Catamounts netted a pair of late goals on Saturday, a short-handed strike from Daria O’Neill and the second goal of the game by Bridget Baker with 77 seconds left in regulation, to escape with a 3-3 tie. Meghann Treacy made 41 saves for the Black Bears. Dayna Colang scored twice and added an assist as Vermont triumphed on Sunday, 4-1.

Weekend picks: Jan. 8

Last week, I had a pretty good mark, going 13-5-2 (.700). Calling the Lindenwood-Minesota State split on the wrong days hurt. On the year, I am 220-67-31 (.740).

Here’s this week’s action.

Friday, Jan. 8

St. Lawrence at Brown
The road might make this game closer, but it’s still a Saints’ win. St. Lawrence 3-1

Colgate at Dartmouth
Did the break cure Dartmouth of its malaise? Dartmouth 2-1

Cornell at Harvard
A few years ago, this would have been a battle of top five teams. Harvard 2-1

Quinnipiac at Rensselaser
I think the Bobcats win this in a walk. Quinnipiac 4-1

Princeton at Union
Not the team for Union to get its first win against. Princeton 4-1

Clarkson at Yale
The Elis just can’t seem to get it together. Clarkson 5-1

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 8-9

St. Cloud State at Minnesota State
This could be a weekend where the Mavericks get a WCHA win, but I’ll go with the visitors. St. Cloud 2-1, 3-1

Friday, Sunday, Jan. 8 and 10

Minnesota-Duluth at Wisconsin
This will be closer than the last series, but it’s still a Badgers’ sweep. Wisconsin 4-2, 3-2

Saturday, Jan. 9

Clarkson at Brown
The Bears won’t get any closer in this one. Clarkson 4-2

Cornell at Dartmouth
I like the way Cornell closed the first half. Cornell 3-2

Colgate at Harvard
A battle of two defensive teams. Harvard 2-1

Princeton at Rensselaer
The Engineers are capable of pulling the upset, but I think Princeton keeps rolling. Princeton 3-1

St. Lawrence at Yale
A game I really could flip a coin in and get better results. St. Lawrence 2-1

Boston College at Boston University
A potential trap game for the Eagles in their first action of the second half. Have to go with BC though. Boston College 4-2

RIT at Providence
The Friars won the first in a walkover. Providence 3-1

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 9-10

Connecticut vs. Merrimack
A home-and-home where the Warriors will struggle to scored. Then again, so does Connecticut. Connecticut 2-1, 2-1

Vermont at Maine
The Black Bears struggled a lot in the first half. I’m seeing this as a split. Vermont 3-2, Maine 2-1

New Hampshire vs. Northeastern
Another home-and-home, but the Huskies have too much firepower. Northeastern 3-1, 4-1

Ohio State at Minnesota
The Gophers start their second half with a bang. Minnesota 4-1, 5-1

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Cornell at Colgate
Something tells me home ice is the deciding factor. Colgate 3-2

Syracuse at Union
The Orange haven’t played great so far, but should have enough to win this. Syracuse 3-1

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Northeastern at Providence
The Friars are playing better, but it won’t be enough. Northeastern 4-2

Weekend wrap: 1/3/

Bobcats maintain lead
ECAC leader and No. 4 Quinnipiac held its five-point advantage atop the conference by earning a pair of wins on home ice.

Freshman Melissa Samoskevich scored the game’s only goal 2:09 into the first period as the Bobcats held off Yale, 1-0. She elevated the rebound of Nicole Kosta’s shot over the leg pad of Bulldogs’ goalie Hanna Mandl, with Meghan Turner getting the second assist. Sydney Rossman made 29 saves to preserve the lead, while Mandl had some highlight reel saves among her 19 stops to keep Yale close. Both teams were without a key offensive contributor due to national team commitments. Yale’s Phoebe Staenz was playing for Switzerland at the Nations Cup, while Taylar Cianfarano was participating in USA Hockey’s winter training camp.

Cianfarano returned on Saturday with a goal and an assist in Quinnipiac’s 5-1 victory over Brown. The Bears took a lead into the first intermission on a power-play goal from Bridget Carey, but the Bobcats scored three times in the first 2:02 of the second period to reverse the advantage. Nicole Connery had a goal and two assists, Emma Woods contributed three helpers, and Samoskevich, Lindsey West, and Taryn Baumgardt also found the net as Quinnipiac enjoyed a 51-8 margin in shots.

Tigers keep pace
Princeton swept the same two opponents to remain five points behind Quinnipiac. Defenseman Kelsey Koelzer completed her first career hat trick with a wrist shot under the crossbar to wrap up a 6-1 defeat of Brown. The Tigers also got goals from Hilary Lloyd, Jaimie McDonell, and Cristin Shanahan, and three assists by Molly Contini. Sam Donovan had the lone tally for the Bears, her team-leading sixth of the campaign.

On Saturday, Princeton cruised by Yale, 5-1. Kimberly Newell made 23 saves, yielding only a Hanna Åström goal. Karlie Lund scored twice and added an assist as the Tigers’ power play converted on half of its six opportunities.

Short but dangerous
Kendall Coyne and Denisa Krížová scored short-handed goals on the same penalty kill to allow No. 8 Northeastern to seize control in a 5-2 win over Dartmouth. Each finished with three points, including combining on a give-and-go that Coyne tapped in from the goal mouth for the final margin. Kasidy Anderson and Shelby Herrington also tallied for the Huskies, who got a 28-save performance from Sarah Foss. Kennedy Ottenbreit and Tess Bracken scored for the Big Green.

Other action
Host Mercyhurst got a series win over Rensselaer. The Lakers scored in each period to down the Engineers, 3-1, in the opener. Jenna Dingeldein, Sarah Hine, and Megan Whiddon supplied the goals while Sarah McDonnell made 14 saves. RPI jumped out to a two-goal lead on Sunday on goals by Katie Rooney and Mari Mankey on their team’s first two shots of the game. Mercyhurst brought in McDonnell in relief and she prevented further damage by stopping all 16 shots she faced. Dingeldein and Samantha Fieseler scored to tie the game at 2-2 by the first intermission. That’s how it ended thanks to 36 saves by Lovisa Selander in the Engineers’ net.

Vermont got first-period goals from Dayna Colang, Rachael Ade, and Sarah Kelly in downing Union, 4-2. Alyssa Gorecki added an empty-net goal, and Madison Litchfield turned away 24 shots. Jamie Smith and Kathryn Tomaselli provided the offense for the Dutchwomen.

Penn State and Ohio State split a pair of one-goal games. The host Buckeyes took the opener, 2-1, when defenseman Jessica Dunne, playing in her first game of her sophomore season, scored the deciding goal at 13:32 of the second period. Hannah England had tied the game for the Nittany Lions less than two minutes before Dunne struck. Lauren Boyle, who had opened the scoring in the first period, assisted on the winning goal. Alex LaMere made 20 saves to earn the win. On Sunday, the Buckeyes jumped out to a quick lead on goals by Dani Sadek and Melani Moylan by the first intermission, but Penn State roared back in the second period on tallies from Emily Laurenzi, Laura Bowman, and Remi Martin. Hannah Ehresmann made 26 save as the Nittany Lions held on for a 3-2 win.

Robert Morris swept visiting Providence, 6-1 and 4-1. Jessica Dodds made 32 saves on Saturday and came back with 31 more on Sunday to backstop the wins. Mackenzie Johnston led a balanced Colonials attack in the opener with the game-winning goal and two assists. On Sunday, Jessica Gazzola tallied twice and had a helper, and Brittany Howard scored the game-winner on a penalty shot with three seconds left in the second period.

After squandering an early two-goal lead, Minnesota State got the deciding goal from Hannah Davidson to defeat Lindenwood and snap its 14-game losing skid. Katie Johnson and Savannah Quandt scored a minute apart to put the Mavericks on top, but a period later, Shara Jasper pulled the Lions with one and Britannia Gillanders knotted the score after another 51 seconds elapsed. Johnson netted the game-winner with just over five minutes left in regulation to give MSU a 3-2 verdict.

Women’s D-I picks: Dec. 30

This weekend kicks off women’s D-I play again. In my final weekend of the first half, I closed strong, going 11-2-3, moving to 207-62-29 on the season.

Let’s see if I can start 2016 off with a bang.

Friday, Jan. 1

Brown at Princeton
The Tigers have done well against teams below them in the ECAC, and need this one. Princeton 3-1

Yale at Quinnipiac
No way do the Elis surprise the Bobcats a second time. Quinnipiac 4-2

Saturday, Jan. 2

Yale at Princeton
This one will be closer, but I like the Tigers to get a good start to their second half. Princeton 3-2

Brown at Quinnipiac
The Bobcats should take this one pretty easily. Quinnipiac 4-1

Dartmouth at Northeastern
The Big Green’s confidence was shattered by Wisconsin, and Northeastern’s offense is too good. Northeastern 4-1

Vermont at Union
I’m tempted to pick the Dutchwomen, but they’d probably only tie in that event. Vermont 3-2

Saturday-Sunday, Jan 2-3

Rensselaer at Mercyhurst
The Engineers are so up and down, so I like the Lakers to sweep, with one being super close. Mercyhurst 3-2, 4-2

Penn State at Ohio State
Both teams have been pretty up and down so far. Penn State hasn’t won since mid-November, closing the first half on a 1-9-4 run. The Buckeyes can at least look to beating North Dakota and Vermont in late November. Ohio State 2-1, 3-2

Providence at Robert Morris
Another hard series to call. I like a split. Robert Morris 2-1, Providence 3-2

Sunday-Monday, Jan. 3-4

Lindenwood at Minnesota State
The Mavericks have done better out of conference, though Lindenwood presents a tough challenge. Lindenwood 2-1, Minnesota State 3-2

Monday, Jan. 4

Merrimack at Vermont
The Warriors have fallen on hard times since a decent start. Vermont showed signs of life over the last couple of weeks of the first half. Vermont 3-1

Colgate at Syracuse
This will be a close one, but I like the Raiders to pull it out. Colgate 3-2

Tuesday, Jan. 5

Connecticut at Northeastern
Elaine Chuli will only be able to hold off Kendall Coyne and company for so long. Northeastern 4-2

Wednesday, Jan. 6

Merrimack at St. Lawrence
Look for the Saints to get a crucial win here. St. Lawrence 3-1

Wednesday-Thursday, Jan. 6-7

Lindenwood at Bemidji State
A battle of two defensive-minded teams should still be a sweep for the Beavers. Bemidji State 2-1, 2-1

What to watch: 2016 debuts

A new year arrives and brings with it more college hockey. Half of the Ivy League gets started on 2016′s first day in two of the four conference games over the weekend, all in the ECAC. The start of the work week brings a couple of Hockey East contests. The CHA and WCHA teams that take to the ice do so in non-league action, including a series matching a couple of Big Ten programs. All told, there will be 20 NCAA contests before 2016 is more than a week old. Here are some of them.

Brown at Princeton, Friday, 7 p.m. EST
The Tigers host a pair of clubs that sit below them in the ECAC standings. A sweep could boost them into the rankings, as they start the year just two votes shy of the 10th spot. First up is Brown, which has won three of its last seven games after starting the campaign on a six-game losing skid.

Yale at No. 4 Quinnipiac, Friday, 7 p.m. EST
The Bobcats are likely to be ready for this game, because Yale inflicted their only loss to date back on the final day of October. Quinnipiac looks to preserve its advantage atop the ECAC. Yale, which figures to be part of the battle to gain the league’s top eight, has 16 ECAC games remaining on its slate.

Dartmouth at No. 8 Northeastern, Saturday, 2 p.m. EST
The Big Green started the season by surprising a ranked opponent, and they could use similar magic to kick off their second half after losing six straight. The Huskies have mostly handled the teams that they should beat, and January brings 10 straight games versus unranked opponents.

Vermont at Union, Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
The Dutchwomen hunt once more for that elusive first win, this time against an opponent that has suffered a couple more losses than Union has. Both teams snapped long losing streaks in their final skate of 2015, Union by tying Maine and Vermont with a defeat of Dartmouth.

Penn State at Ohio State, Saturday and Sunday, 2:07 p.m. EST
These teams share a conference in most sports, just not in women’s hockey. In the only previous meetings, the Buckeyes swept series in each of the past two seasons.

Rensselaer at Mercyhurst, Saturday, 3 p.m. EST, and Sunday, 1 p.m. EST
After going winless in their first six games, the Lakers have pushed their overall mark above .500. The Engineers closed 2015 with a win to break a five-game winless stretch. The two programs last met in 2009, a Mercyhurst sweep.

Providence at Robert Morris, Saturday, 7:05 p.m. EST, and Sunday, 2:05 p.m. EST
Both teams started slowly. The Colonials were winless in their first four efforts, but closed at a 10-3-3 pace. The Friars dropped their first seven games, but have gone 6-4-0 since then.

Lindenwood at Minnesota State, Sunday and Monday, 2:07 p.m. CST
The Lions will be the busiest team at the onset of the new year, making a four-game swing through Minnesota. The first half takes them to Mankato to face the Mavericks. While MSU has been winless in the WCHA, it has done a bit better out of conference while going 2-1-1. The Lions have had a similar problem with all eight of their nonconference losses coming against WCHA opponents. The teams played a three-game set in Missouri last season with the Mavericks winning twice.

No. 10 Colgate at Syracuse, Monday, 7 p.m. EST
The Raiders held on for a 2-1 win when the teams played in November in Hamilton, despite the Orange outshooting Colgate by a 36-17 margin. Only one minor penalty was assessed in that contest.

Connecticut at Northeastern, Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
This is the first of three games this month between the two Hockey East squads of Huskies.

Merrimack at St. Lawrence, Wednesday, 2 p.m. EST
The Saints are another team that has rallied after a slow start and now sit at the .500 mark. The Warriors hit a wall in their first season, closing the first half with 11 consecutive losses.

Lindenwood at No. 5 Bemidji State, Wednesday and Thursday, 7:07 p.m. CST
The Lions got their first victory over the Beavers in seven attempts in the most recent meeting a year ago.

Women’s D-I wrap: 12/13

Giant killers
For the second time this season, No. 9 North Dakota ruined the perfect record of a top-ranked team, in this case, No. 1 Wisconsin. Goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie shut the Badgers out for the series, making 26 saves on Friday when the Fighting Hawks won, 3-0, and thwarting another 41 shots as the teams played to a 0-0 draw on Saturday.

UND got first-period goals on Friday from Layla Marvin and Vilma Tanskanen, held Wisconsin off the board in the second period as the Badgers controlled play, and Becca Kohler put the game away with a goal 6:17 into the final period. Tanja Eisenschmid had a pair of assists.

Ann-Renée Desbiens turned in a 17-save shutout in the tie on Saturday, her 10th of the season. Wisconsin won the shootout to salvage two points from the weekend.

Gliding into the break
No. 2 Boston College had no such difficulty scoring in handling Syracuse, 7-2, as Alex Carpenter scored four times, including a natural hat trick. She wasn’t even tops in points for the game, as Haley Skarupa contributed five assists. Melissa Piacentini netted both Orange goals.

More natural ability
Minnesota-Duluth swept Ohio State, 4-2 and 5-2, and Lara Stalder finished the second win with a natural hat trick of her own. She had four assists on the weekend, including three on Friday, giving her a seven-point weekend, matched by linemate Ashleigh Brykaliuk. Brykaliuk scored twice with two helpers, a feat repeated on Saturday by Michela Cava, the duo’s center.

Still no win
Union battled, but the Dutchwomen end 2015 without a victory. Maine’s Meghann Treacy made 17 saves to shut them out, 1-0, on Friday. Nicole Arnold’s second-period goal made a hard-luck loser out of Melissa Black, who saved the other 27 shots. On Saturday, Union found its offense but had to settle for a 2-2 tie. The Black Bears struck first with a short-handed goal from Allyson Matteau, but Lizzy Otten answered on the same power play. Brooke Stacey put Maine back on top late in the second period, but Alli Devins got a third-period equalizer.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 4 Quinnipiac was the only other ranked team to play an official game, and the Bobcats throttled New Hampshire, 6-0. Sydney Rossman needed only seven saves to shut out the Wildcats. Nicole Connery scored twice and added an assist; Taylar Cianfarano matched her three points and tallied once.

Other action
UNH won its other two games of the week, starting with a 3-2 win over Dartmouth on Tuesday. Kyra Smith made 30 saves to preserve the victory, and Margo Lund, Cassandra Vilgrain, and Devan Taylor provided the goals. Lindsey Allen and Ailish Forfar countered for the Big Green.

New Hampshire finished its first half on Sunday defeating Yale, 5-2. Lund, Jonna Curtis, and Vilgrain scored second-period goals; Phoebe Staenz had given the Bulldogs the early 1-0 lead. Kate Haslett and Jenna Rheault added late markers for the Wildcats, after Janelle Ferrara had pulled Yale within one.

Victoria Bach and Sarah Lefort each found the net twice in Boston University’s 6-0 shutout of Providence. Erin O’Neil saved all 27 shots from the Friars.

Providence bounced back with a 4-3 decision over Merrimack. Lexi Romanchuk, Brittney Thunstrom, and the Warriors’ Paige Voight turned in two-goal performances.

Princeton swept visiting Penn State, 4-0 and 3-2. Kimberly Newell denied all 22 shots in the opener, and Jaimie McDonell had three primary assists, while four different Tigers scored. On Saturday, Kelsey Koelzer, Morgan Sly, and McDonell tallied for Princeton, trumping the two-goal game of the Nittany Lions’ Hannah Bramm.

Robert Morris took three of four points at Lindenwood. The teams skated to a 3-3 stalemate on Saturday, thanks to Brittany Howard’s late power-play goal; Sarah Bobrowski knocked in two for the Lions. Jessica Dodds made 27 saves on Sunday in the Colonials’ 4-1 win. Mikaela Lowater scored on a power play, as well as short-handed.

Vermont triumphed, 3-2, to end its six-game losing streak and extend Dartmouth’s skid to six. Molly Depew made 31 saves to allow the visiting Catamounts to come out on top despite being outshot, 33-17. Mackenzie MacNeil and Casey Leveillee gave UVM an early lead, and Victoria Andreakos’ goal 40 seconds into the second period wound up as the game-winner.

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