Women’s D-I wrap: Jan. 11

Eagles take round one
No. 1 Boston College edged No. 4 Boston University in the first of at least three meetings of the two clubs, 4-3. The Eagles came back from 2-0 and 3-2 holes, winning on Tori Sullivan’s second goal of the night. Emily Pfalzer had three assists, but she was injured in the final minute on a hit from behind by BU’s Kayla Tutino, a play that drew a one-game suspension from Hockey East. Marie-Philip Poulin led the Terriers with a goal and an assist.

BC concluded its week by pounding Northeastern in both ends of a home-and-home series, 7-3 and 9-1. In Saturday’s game at Northeastern, Megan Keller, Alex Carpenter, and Haley Skarupa all finished with a goal and two assists. Back in Chestnut Hill on Sunday, Pfalzer returned to the line-up with a goal and two assists, while Kate Leary and Meghan Grieves had two-goal games.

Gophers edge closer to Wisconsin in WCHA
No. 3 Wisconsin visited No. 2 Minnesota in a series that drew 5,169 fans and promised to go a long way to determining the outcome of the WCHA race. As in the first series in Madison, the Gophers took the opener by scoring the final three goals in a 4-1 victory. Hannah Brandt scored two of them and assisted on the third.

The Badgers ended a 14-game losing streak versus Minnesota with a 1-1 tie on Sunday. Karley Sylvester gave Wisconsin a lead late in the second period, but Brandt tied it at 13:28 of the third period. Ann-Renée Desbiens finished with 29 saves; Amanda Leveille stopped 32 shots. Brandt scored again in the shootout to give the Gophers five of a possible six points on the weekend and leave them one behind the Badgers.

The Gophers also defeated St. Lawrence, 5-1, on Tuesday, with Rachael Bona netting two goals and adding an assist.

Another power emerges
No. 6 Harvard continued to surge. The Crimson opened their week with an 8-2 thumping of Connecticut on Tuesday, followed with a 7-1 taming of Union, and finished by putting away Rensselaer, 4-1. Sydney Daniels scored in each period versus the Huskies to complete her hat trick. Lexie Laing tallied twice in each of the three games and had nine points for the week.

Final squad finds victory column
Minnesota State got its first win of the season on Wednesday at Lindenwood. Anna Keys gave the Mavericks a lead 9:47 in. A tally by Hannah Davidson and the first collegiate goal for Amanda Conway pushed the advantage to 3-0 early in the second period. Carrie Atkinson’s response for the Lions was negated by a power-play goal by Kathleen Rogan, yielding a 4-1 final. Erin Krichiver made 26 saves in earning her first victory of the campaign, and Nicole Schammel had a couple of assists.

After a day off, MSU made it two straight over Lindenwood with a come-from-behind, 3-2 win on Friday. Jordyn Constance struck early in each of the first two periods, her first goal coming with only 21 seconds elapsed. However, Conway and Davidson scored to tie the game heading into the second intermission, and Emma Wittchow’s marker with under 12 minutes to play proved decisive. Schammel was the only Maverick with multiple points for the second straight contest with two more helpers.

The Lions salvaged the final of the rare three-game series, 3-1. Lyndsay Kirkham scored twice, both assisted by Shara Jasper, who had the other Lions goal. Nicole Hensley made 26 saves.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 10 (tie) Ohio State celebrated moving into the rankings with a road sweep at St. Cloud State, 3-1 and 4-0. Julia McKinnon had the game-winning goal and an assist in the opener. Kari Schmitt scored twice on Saturday, giving her three for the series, as Kassidy Sauve picked up a 17-save shutout.

Cornell, the other newcomer at No. 10, played back-to-back ties on home ice. The Big Red had to come from two down to salvage a 3-3 draw with St. Lawrence, winning the special teams battle with two power-play tallies by Brianne Jenner and a short-hander from Hanna Bunton. The Saints offset that with even-strength goals from Jacqueline Wand, Kailee Heidersbach, and Ellie Williams and 33 saves by Brooke Wolejko. Cassandra Poudrier gave Cornell a third-period lead over No. 8 Clarkson, but Erin Ambrose netted an equalizer on a power play. The game ended 1-1. Paula Voorheis (40 saves) was kept twice as busy as Shea Tiley, who stopped 20 for the Golden Knights.

Clarkson started its week with a 3-1 defeat of Colgate. Shannon MacAulay, Olivia Howe, and Christine Lambert scored, the last into an empty net.

No. 5 Quinnipiac rattled off three wins. The Bobcats outlasted Princeton, 3-1. Lindsey West and Emma Woods forged a lead. Molly Contini cut it in half for the Tigers, but Shiann Darkangelo provided a dagger into an open net. Chelsea Laden needed only nine saves for her 11th shutout, 3-0 over Brown. Erica Uden Johansson, Cydney Roesler, and Darkangelo had goals. Taylar Cianfarano had her first hat trick as a Bobcat and the team’s first of the season in a 4-1 victory over Yale.

Boston University defeated Maine, 5-3. Victoria Bach led the effort with a goal and two helpers.

No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth split with visiting Bemidji State. The Beavers took the opener, 4-1. Kaitlyn Tougas led all scorers with a goal and an assist, and Brittni Mowat made 37 saves. She made another 37 stops on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs bounced back with a 2-1 win, thanks to Kayla Black’s 23 saves. Brienna Gillanders scored the winning goal in the final minute of the second period.

Other action
Providence had its best week of the season, tying Rensselaer, 3-3, on the road, and sweeping a home-and-home series with New Hampshire. Versus the Engineers, Beth Hanrahan assisted on one goal and scored the other two, including the tying goal with less than five minutes remaining. She scored in both games versus the Wildcats and added two more helpers. Allie Morse stopped 43 of 45 shots in the 3-1 and 4-1 victories.

Connecticut also got a key Hockey East sweep, stopping Vermont by 5-1 and 4-3 scores. In the opener, Elaine Chuli matched the program single-game record with 55 saves. Emily Snodgrass scored twice. On Sunday, Chuli got the day off and Annie Belanger made 37 stops to earn the win as the Huskies came from two down. Sarah MacDonnell scored the winning goal with just over five minutes to play.

Melissa Kueber and Lauren Wildfang scored second-period goals in support of Ashlynne Rando’s 29-save shutout as Colgate dropped Syracuse, 2-0.

Syracuse earned a split at North Dakota with a 2-1 win on Sunday. Jenn Gilligan came through with 44 saves as the Orange took a 2-0 lead and held on. Melissa Piacentini and Stephanie Grossi figured in both goals. Layla Marvin scored twice in UND’s 4-1 win in the opener.

Robert Morris split at RIT, taking the first game, 2-0. Jessica Dodds had a 34-save shutout and Rebecca Vint scored the winning goal. The Tigers jumped to a quick lead on goals by Marissa Maugeri and Cassie Clayton on their way to a 3-2 win.

Dartmouth took road games at Rensselaer, 3-0, and Union, 3-1. Robyn Chemago’s 20 saves and Kennedy Ottenbreit’s pure hat trick dropped the Engineers. Ottenbreit tallied again and Sam Zeiss had a goal and an assist to overcome the Dutchwomen.

Princeton took two ECAC games on home ice. Jaimie McDonell and Ali Pankowski scored early goals, Kimberly Newell made 31 saves, and the Tigers cruised to a 4-1 win over Yale. Maddie Woo opened the scoring for Brown, but Princeton took over from that point and won, 5-1. Alysia DaSilva made 23 saves in earning her third win in as many starts, and Molly Contini and Kelsey Koelzer had three-point games.

St. Lawrence wrapped up its busy week with a 3-1 win at Colgate, leading all the way after Kayla Raniwsky’s goal 3:57 into the game.

Women’s D-I picks: Jan. 9

Arlan and I picked identically last week, and we went 15-4-1. On the year, I am 176-60-27 while Arlan is 173-63-27. This week, we differ on a few games, so let’s see if I put more distance between us or Arlan closes the gap.

Friday, Jan. 9

St. Lawrence at Cornell
Candace: I think the Big Red have ironed out their issues. Cornell 4-1
Arlan: The Saints will have some good games in the second half, but with travel and a couple of key injuries, I don’t expect this to be one of them. Cornell 5-3

Yale at Princeton
Candace: Yale looked really good last weekend, and I think they’ll continue to play well. Yale 3-1
Arlan: The Bulldogs have looked better coming out of the break than the Tigers. Yale 3-2

Dartmouth at RPI
Candace: RPI played well last weekend, and Dartmouth has been up and down, but I think they come out strong. Dartmouth 3-1
Arlan: The Engineers are playing better than they were when they fell to the Big Green in November, but I think that DC gets these critical points. Dartmouth 2-1

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 9-10

Robert Morris at RIT
Candace: The Tigers closed the first half on a 1-7 run, while the Colonials won their exhibition game to start the second half. I’m picking Robert Morris and hoping I get one game right. Robert Morris 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: A month ago, I’d have had zero insight as to what to expect from this series. Add in a break, and my knowledge drops to negative numbers. RIT 2-1, Robert Morris 1-0

Ohio State at St. Cloud
Candace: I think the Buckeyes might pull into the final home ice slot in the WCHA before season’s end. Ohio State 3-1, 4-1
Arlan: This is the type of series where the Buckeyes have traditionally been hurt by an inability to sweep; can they this time? Ohio State 3-1, 1-0

Saturday, Jan. 10

Clarkson at Cornell
Candace: Cornell won in a blowout last month, and I think it will be closer, but the same result. Cornell 3-1
Arlan: Cornell looks poised for a big second half, and it clearly needs one. Cornell 4-2

Yale at Quinnipiac
Candace: This will be closer than the last time the two played. Quinnipiac 3-2
Arlan: If this contest had better rules, I’d pick a 1-1 tie. Quinnipiac 2-1

Brown at Princeton
Candace: I think it will be closer than the last outing between the two, but expect the Tigers to win. Princeton 4-2
Arlan: The Tigers continue to hang around the .500 mark. Princeton 5-4

Harvard at RPI
Candace: Like Cornell, I think the Crimson will have a big second half. Harvard 5-1
Arlan: For whatever reason, the Crimson don’t play that well in Troy, but they look to be on a bit of a roll now. Harvard 4-1

Maine at Boston University
Candace: The Terriers won’t take the Black Bears lightly this time. Boston University 4-1
Arlan: The Terriers should be able to avenge a loss in Orono. Boston University 3-1

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 10-11

Boston College at Northeastern (home-and-home)
Candace: Eagles netminder Gabriella Switaj gave up three goals on her first three shots in her first start of the season against Wednesday, but I think she will be more solid this time out while Katie Burt is still playing for the U.S. in Buffalo. Boston College 4-1, 6-1
Arlan: For the first time in months, the Eagles looked a bit vulnerable versus BU, but the Huskies don’t possess as much firepower. Boston College 4-2, 6-1

New Hampshire at Providence (home-and-home)
Candace: UNH won the last time they played 5-0. The Wildcats haven’t played since, while Providence has had a few games and looked good in them. Let’s go with home ice for each. Providence 3-1, New Hampshire 3-2
Arlan: Providence showed some improvement in tying at RPI, so let’s go with home ice. Providence 3-2, New Hampshire 2-0

Vermont at Connecticut
Candace: I think the Catamounts will have a more consistent second half. Vermont 4-1, 4-2
Arlan: The battle to escape the Hockey East basement. Vermont 3-1, Connecticut 1-0

Bemidji State at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: I would have been looking forward to this series more about six weeks ago, before the Beavers tanked. Minnesota-Duluth 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: Look for the Bulldogs to be on a crusade. Minnesota-Duluth 1-0, 4-1

Wisconsin at Minnesota
Candace: I got burned picking Wisconsin when they played in Madison in the first half, so I’m going with the Gophers. Minnesota 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: These teams learn where they need to improve over the next two months. Minnesota 3-2, 2-1

Syracuse at North Dakota
Candace: North Dakota is looking better after a few shaky outings, and Syracuse seems to have put all its good play into beating Mercyhurst in November. North Dakota 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: In the first semester, the Orange would have gained a split from this trip. Has UND gotten more consistent? North Dakota 4-2, 3-1

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Boston University at Cornell
Candace: I think this will be a barn-burner, but I’m going with the home team. Cornell 4-2
Arlan: The Big Red conclude a three-game week that will go a long way to determining their fate. Boston University 4-3

Women’s D-I wrap: Jan. 5

Don’t let them shoot
No. 5 Quinnipiac opened 2015 with a pair of shutouts, defeating Union, 4-0, and Rensselaer, 1-0. Chelsea Laden earned both, giving her a national-best 10 on the season; she was called on to make only four stops versus the Dutchwomen and another eight in blanking the Engineers. Shiann Darkangelo scored twice against Union, and Nicole Kosta and Cydney Roesler also had two-point games. Taylar Cianfarano banged home her ninth goal of the season off of a centering feed from Nicole Connery to defeat RPI.

Ending a skid
No. 9 Bemidji State experienced its second four-game losing streak of the year when it fell to Lindenwood on Friday, 1-0. Nicole Hensley turned away all 29 shots in winning the duel with the Beavers’ Erin Deters, who made 24 saves but couldn’t prevent Alyssa West’s third goal of the season at 10:38 of the third period.

BSU’s offense came back to life on Saturday in a 6-0 victory over the Lions after scoring only once during the losing string. Sophomore Lauren Miller netted a hat trick and freshman Emma Terres had a trio of assists. Brittni Mowat recorded 30 saves to get the shutout.

Two out of three ain’t bad
Dartmouth played three road games, and all three ended with 5-1 results. The Big Green owned the five on Wednesday at Northeastern and Saturday at Brown, but came out on the short end on Friday at Yale. Dartmouth trailed in the final minute of the second period versus the Huskies, but Lindsey Allen scored at both ends of an explosion that produced four goals in under three minutes. Karlee Odland also tallied twice, and Morgan Illikainen had a goal and two helpers.

DC fell to the Bulldogs as Hanna Åström led the Yale attack with two goals and two assists, Jackie Raines scored and assisted twice, and Jaimie Leonoff turned aside 35 shots.

In upending the Bears, Sam Zeiss struck for a pair of goals and Allen, Odland, and Kennedy Ottenbreit had two-point games.

Starting to roll
The Big Green’s travel partner, No. 6 Harvard, was able to sweep the same two ECAC opponents. After playing at a .500 clip through the first half-dozen contests, the Crimson have now rattled off six straight.

Sydney Daniels scored twice to key a 6-0 win over Brown; Hillary Crowe and Mary Parker had a goal plus an assist.

Lexie Laing and Daniels tallied 25 seconds apart in the waning seconds of the opening period to erase a 1-0 lead for Yale on Saturday. Marissa Gedman provided an insurance goal and Emerance Maschmeyer made 23 saves as Harvard skated to a 3-1 win.

Finding the range
The only other ranked team to resume action in 2015, No. 2 Minnesota, slammed St. Lawrence, 10-0. The Gophers have won their last three outings by a 29-0 composite score. Rachael Bona and Kelly Pannek buried hat tricks.

Moving up
Ohio State succeeded where all others failed, including ranked teams like Quinnipiac and Mercyhurst, by sweeping a series from Penn State. Hayley Studler’s first two goals as a Buckeye proved decisive in a 3-1 win on Saturday, as OSU enjoyed a 35-9 advantage in shots.

The Nittany Lions were closer on the shot chart on Sunday, but farther away on the scoreboard, falling 6-0. Kassidy Sauve saved 23 shots, and the Buckeyes got goals from six different players, including the first collegiate goals by Dani Sadek and Julianna Iafallo. Taylor Kuehl had three points.

Another sweep
Vermont edged past Colgate twice, 3-2 and 2-1. On Friday, Megan Sullivan and Breanne Wilson-Bennett staked the Raiders to leads, only to have Brittany Zuback erase them for the Catamounts. Delia McNally’s first goal of the season at 13:36 of the third period proved decisive for UVM. On Saturday, Taylor Willard struck first for Vermont and assisted on McNally’s second-period goal. Lauren Wildfang notched her first goal for Colgate just in advance of the second-period buzzer, but the Raiders were unable to find an equalizer. Molly Depew made 25 saves in improving to 3-1 on the year.

Other action
Rensselaer took three separate leads on Princeton and made the last one stand up in a 4-3 victory. Katie Rooney scored twice for RPI, as did Hilary Lloyd for the Tigers; Marisa Raspa netted the deciding goal at 12:28 of the second period.

Princeton got a win of its own with a 3-0 triumph over Union. Kelsey Koelzer and Brianne Mahoney combined to set up goals by Molly Contini and Morgan Sly, and Fiona McKenna hit an empty net. Alysia DaSilva turned in a 16-save shutout.

Kennedy Marchment scored twice in a 3-1 win for St. Lawrence at Minnesota State on Saturday. Alex Moore also tallied for the Saints, and goalie Brooke Wolejko made 22 saves while yielding only Kathleen Rogan’s first goal of the season.

In a rare week where only one game went to overtime, Connecticut and Northeastern played to a 3-3 tie. Kendall Coyne scored twice for Northeastern, the second coming at 3:34 of the third period to produce the final deadlock. Lucie Povová also got on the board for Northeastern, with Margaret Zimmer, Emily Snodgrass, and Rebecca Fleming providing the UConn goals.

Women’s D-I picks: Jan. 2

Arlan is within three games of me after the first half. In our last weekend, we went 4-4-1 (.500). On the year, I am 161-56-26 (.716), while Arlan is 158-59-26 (.703). Let’s get to our first week’s action.

Friday, Jan. 2

Harvard at Brown
Candace: This may be closer than in recent years, but the Crimson still take it. Harvard 4-1
Arlan: The Crimson start a busy month on a right note. Harvard 5-1

Princeton at RPI
Candace: RPI showed signs of life at times, but is too inconsistent to beat Princeton. Princeton 4-1
Arlan: Rensselaer was erratic in its final four contests of 2014, which was an improvement over the first 13, when the Engineers were consistently on the short end of the score. Princeton 4-2

Dartmouth at Yale
Candace: I’m tempted to pick the Bulldogs, but they’ve been too inconsistent, and Dartmouth looked good in crushing Northeastern Wednesday. Dartmouth 4-1
Arlan: Can Dartmouth get off to a decent start? It’s been blanked, 8-0, in the first periods of its last four games, but has outscored those opponents 14-6 over the following frames. Dartmouth 3-2

Bemidji at Lindenwood
Candace: Lindenwood is better this year, and this will be a closer series than it might have seemed at the start of the year, but I think Bemidji returns to its winning ways. Bemidji State 3-1, 2-0
Arlan: The Beavers’ previous multi-game losing streak ended with a successful road trip to Minnesota. Bemidji State 1-0, 3-1

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 2-3

Colgate at Vermont
Candace: Vermont was dismal for much of the first half after a strong start, but Colgate wasn’t any better. Vermont 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: The Raiders and Catamounts went into the break on five and six-game losing skids, respectively. Vermont 4-3, 3-2

Saturday, Jan. 3

Dartmouth at Brown
Candace: The Big Green have a great start to the second half. Dartmouth 4-1
Arlan: Dartmouth has looked good when I’ve had a chance to see them, so they could be sitting on a big second half. Dartmouth 4-1

Quinnipiac at RPI
Candace: The Bobcats generally aren’t threatened by anyone in the ECAC outside of the top four. Quinnipiac 4-1
Arlan: The Bobcats had four weeks to think about their only loss of the first half. Quinnipiac 3-0

Princeton at Union
Candace: Union posted a couple of surprising wins to close the first half, but I think Princeton is too strong. Princeton 3-1
Arlan: The Dutchwomen will likely keep it close but come up just short. Princeton 2-1

Harvard at Yale
Candace: Yale gave the Crimson all it could handle last year, but the Bulldogs seem to have regressed a bit. Harvard 3-1
Arlan: If their ECAC quarterfinal last season was an indicator, this should be a great game. Harvard 3-2

Connecticut at Northeastern
Candace: The Huskies looked awful Wednesday, but I think they will pull it together in this game. Northeastern 3-1
Arlan: Northeastern is kind of a mess right now, but this is a key game with a BC-BC-BU stretch looming. Northeastern 2-1

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 3-4

Ohio State at Penn State
Candace: Penn State hasn’t been swept yet in a weekend, but I think it happens here. Ohio State 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: Both teams swept ranked opponents before their breaks; one tie is likely. Ohio State 2-1, 3-2

Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 5-6

St. Lawrence at Minnesota
Candace: As much as I’d like to pick St. Lawrence in one of these, the Saints have been way too unpredictable to do so. Minnesota 3-1, 4-2
Arlan: Early games out of the break can be unpredictable, but the Saints’ whole season has been. Minnesota 3-2, 3-1

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Princeton at Quinnipiac
Candace: Princeton will make this a nail-biter, but fall short. Quinnipiac 2-1
Arlan: It’s been four years since the Tigers won a game in this series. Quinnipiac 2-0

Syracuse at Colgate
Candace: The Orange start their second half off well. Syracuse 3-1
Arlan: Greg Fargo’s teams have been outscored 12-2 in dropping four straight to the Orange over the last two and a half years. Syracuse 2-1

Connecticut at Harvard
Candace: UConn has shown improvement, but not to Harvard’s level. Harvard 4-1
Arlan: The only hurdle here for Harvard would appear to be three games in five days. Harvard 3-1

Wednesday, JAn. 7

Boston University at Boston College
Candace: Even though the Eagles will be without starting goalie Katie Burt, who is on the U.S. Women’s U-18 roster and playing in Buffalo, I think Boston College will pull it out. Boston College 4-3
Arlan: The Terriers typically close the gap by season’s end; this game will demonstrate how sizable that gap currently is. Boston College 5-1

Women’s D-I wrap: 12/20

Buckeyes complete sweep of season series at Bemidji State
Only two teams were in action this week, as Ohio State traveled to Bemidji and sent the No. 9 Beavers into the break on a three-game losing skid. The visitors took command of the series opener with a power-play goal just past the midway point of the opening period. Brittni Mowat got a piece of Taylor Kuehl’s shot, but the puck popped into the air and found the net, with Kari Schmitt earning an assist. Despite a 33-14 advantage in shots, the Beavers were unable to get anything past junior goaltender Stacy Danczak, and their cause was hurt by a late major penalty that forced them to finish the game on the penalty kill. Although short-handed, Bemidji State pulled Mowat for an extra attacker in attempt to even the score, but Julia McKinnon hit the empty net for a 2-0 Buckeyes win.

Claudia Kepler scored both OSU goals on Saturday to help her team to a 2-1 victory. Ohio State again took a first-period lead, but BSU freshman Alexis Joyce answered midway through the game with an unassisted goal on a power play. However, Kepler countered with an unassisted tally of her own with just over seven minutes left in regulation for the final margin. Danczak made 22 stops in net, as the Buckeyes definitely had the answer defensively, holding Bemidji State to just two goals total in the four games the two squads played.

WCHA standings
The defeats were costly for Bemidji State in the standings. Instead of moving ahead of Minnesota-Duluth as they hoped, the Beavers were passed by Ohio State and fall to fifth, just two points ahead of North Dakota. Although OSU, BSU, and UND have played the same number of games, only North Dakota is done with first-place Wisconsin. Minnesota is five points behind the Badgers in second, and the Gophers have two games in hand. Third-place UMD is 10 points back. St. Cloud State has settled into the seventh spot, and winless Minnesota State has only one point and looks doomed to the basement.

ECAC standings
The ECAC has yet to reach the halfway point, and Quinnipiac owns the points lead by one over Clarkson. Harvard and St. Lawrence are tied for third another two points back, but the Crimson have two games in hand over the other three squads in the top four. Another point down finds Cornell and Princeton tied for fifth, with the Big Red also having two games in hand over everyone but Harvard in the upper division. It’s four points back to Yale in seventh, and the Bulldogs are a point up on eighth-place Dartmouth, with a game in hand. Those eight teams look destined to be bound for the postseason, with Brown, Rensselaer, Union, and Colgate all sitting in a tie for last with a single win.

Hockey East standings
Boston College is perfect in league play and sits two games clear of Boston University. The Terriers still control their destiny in the race, because the two have yet to play head to head. Maine is third, three points shy of BU. Northeastern trails the Black Bears by three points but has a game in hand. There is a gap of five points back to Providence in fifth. New Hampshire is sixth and a point behind the Friars. Vermont is in a seventh-place tie with winless Connecticut, a game behind UNH. Connecticut has a game in hand on the Catamounts and two in hand on the Wildcats and Friars.

CHA standings
It’s a familiar story in the CHA, with Mercyhurst setting the pace with half of its games played. Syracuse and Penn State are tied for second three points back, and the Orange have a game in hand on the Lakers and the Nittany Lions. Lindenwood is a game back in fourth place. Robert Morris is three points behind in fifth place, but with two games in hand. RIT is another three points back in last place, but the Tigers have a game in hand on the Colonials and three games in hand on the Lions.

Everyone is on break
The only game left on the 2014 schedule has Dartmouth traveling to Northeastern on New Year’s Eve. The action for 2015 commences on Jan. 2 with four ECAC contests and two nonconference games.

Weekend wrap: Dec. 15

Historic wins
Through the two programs’ first eight meetings, No. 6 Mercyhurst had outscored Penn State 44-5, including a 23-1 composite last season. In the first series of this CHA season between the two squads, the Nittany Lions exacted some sweet revenge by earning a sweep on home ice by scores of 2-1 and 5-3.

On Friday, goaltender Celine Whitlinger was a wall in the PSU net while recording 36 saves, including 14 in the opening frame. Penn State took advantage of a couple of special-teams situations to grab a two-goal lead in the middle frame. While skating four-on-four, Laura Bowman set up Amy Peterson on a two-on-one rush. Peterson then fed Bella Sutton on a power play, and the freshman defenseman skated across the slot and fired a low shot that found its way out of the glove of Amanda Makela and inside of the post. The Lakers dominated the final stanza, holding a 15-2 shot advantage, but Emily Janiga’s goal with 2:36 remaining was all they could get by Whitlinger, and Penn State had its first points ever against the perennial boss of the CHA.

Mercyhurst came out with determination on Saturday, and grabbed a quick advantage on goals by Jenna Dingeldein and Janiga with less than four minutes elapsed. Bowman struck back immediately for the Nittany Lions, and Caitlin Reilly tied it up with a redirection in the second period. Hannah Bramm scored on a third-period power play to give the hosts their first lead of the day, but Janiga netted her third goal of the weekend to tie the game at 3-3 with less than 10 minutes left. However, with under two minutes to go, Bowman fired a shot that somehow crept under Makela and into the goal. Bowman completed her hat trick into an empty net just ahead of the final buzzer, with all three of her tallies being unassisted.

Another upset
No. 9 Bemidji State also took a tumble on Saturday. The Beavers fell on the road to St. Cloud State, 3-0. Goalie Katie Fitzgerald posted a clean ledger by turning away all 34 shots. Amanda Arbogast opened the scoring halfway through the game, and Audrey Hanmer got loose short-handed to provide some insurance 20 minutes later. Lauren Hespenheide added the exclamation point into an empty net.

BSU took the series opener on Friday, 4-1. The Huskies took the first lead on a goal by Kelsey Saelens, but Hanna Moher forged a tie in the final minute of the opening period. She later added two helpers, as Kristin Huber, Ivana Bilic, and Madison Hutchinson struck for the Beavers. Brittni Mowat made 28 saves.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
Only two other ranked teams took to the ice, and a pair of Hockey East powers emerged unscathed.

No. 4 Boston University had its hands full with Providence, but held on for a 3-1 victory. Defenseman Shannon Stoneburgh netted her first goal of the year 2:37 into action, but Brooke Boquist knotted the score for the Friars a period later. Another Terriers’ veteran blue liner scored a timely goal when Shannon Doyle struck with just over a minute left before the second intermission to put BU back on top. Marie-Philip Poulin’s empty-net goal with four seconds remaining sent the Terriers into the break with a seven-game unbeaten streak.

No. 1 Boston College jumped on Dartmouth early and skated to a 6-1 win. Alex Carpenter had a goal and three assists, Haley Skarupa had three points, and Dana Trivigno hit the net twice. Katie Burt made 29 saves for the victors, who finished the semester as the country’s only undefeated team.

Other action
The Big Green also closed on a winning note by upending Vermont, 6-2. The Catamounts looked to be in great shape when they took a two-goal lead into the first intermission on power-play goals by Brittany Zuback and Amanda Pelkey, with 3:05 carrying over from a major penalty on Dartmouth. Instead, the Big Green rallied for three goals in each of the next two periods. Lindsey Allen scored the first, the last, and one in between for her hat trick. Laura Stacey, Karlee Odland, and Catherine Berghuis also tallied.

North Dakota swept RIT, 3-1 and 6-1. Amy Menke’s power-play goal with 2:40 remaining proved to be the winner on Friday. Josefine Jakobsen and Andrea Dalen each had a goal and an assist. Four first-period goals decided Saturday’s contest much earlier. Jakobsen scored twice, while Dalen had a goal and two assists.

Union hosted Maine in a series where only four goals total were scored. The Dutchwomen scored three of them to earn a series win. In the opener, Shenae Lundberg won a goaltending battle over Meghann Treacy by making 28 saves. Union’s Jessica Kaminsy broke the ice past the halfway mark of the final period, and Nicole Russel scored at 17:22 for the final marker in the Dutchwomen’s 2-0 triumph. Hailey Browne salvaged a 1-1 tie for Maine on Saturday when her second-period goal matched one by Kathryn Davis.

Women’s D-I picks: 12-12

Well, Arlan has closed to within three games after the first half of the year. Neither of us did particularly outstanding last week, as I went 13-8-2 (.608) to move to 157-52-25 (.724), while Arlan went 14-7-2 (.652) to move to 154-55-25 (.711).

We’re in agreement this week, so he’ll have to wait to the second half to try to catch me.

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 12-13

Mercyhurst at Penn State
Candace: Penn State has been one of the surprises of the first half, but I don’t see the Nittany Lions beating Mercyhurst. Mercyhurst 3-2, 4-1
Arlan: Penn State has managed to avoid a sweep thus far, and they may do so again, but I don’t know if that would mean a win, nor on which day; the odds favor the guests. Mercyhurst 3-1, 2-0

Bemidji State at St. Cloud
Candace: One of these will be close, but I like the Beavers to sweep. Bemidji State 4-1, 2-1
Arlan: The big ice surface in St. Cloud could throw the Beavers off, particularly in game one, but the Huskies look too worn out to take advantage. Bemidji State 1-0, 3-1

North Dakota at RIT
Candace: Neither team has lit the world on fire of late, but I have to think North Dakota is stronger overall. North Dakota 3-1, 4-1
Arlan: If Ali Binnington’s health is iffy, I wouldn’t expect her to play in a non-CHA series with four weeks off looming. North Dakota 3-0, 2-1

Maine at Union
Candace: Probably depends on which Black Bears team shows up, but I’ll go with Maine to sweep. Maine 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: These teams have played two-game series in each of the last six seasons, and the Black Bears haven’t swept any of them. Union took both games in Maine two years ago. Payback? Nah, probably a split. Maine 1-0, 2-1

Sunday, Dec. 14

Dartmouth at Vermont
Candace: Home ice, or the team that has been a little better of late? Dartmouth 3-2
Arlan: Despite the records, I sense that the Big Green are just a little bit better at the moment. Dartmouth 4-3

Women’s D-I wrap: Dec. 8

Beyond 400
Last week, I neglected to make mention of Mike Sisti leading No. 7 Mercyhurst to the program’s 400th win on Nov. 25 versus Colgate. I’d blame that lapse on my part on too much turkey, but those who have followed our picks contest know that it doesn’t take any holiday rituals for me to mess things up. The Lakers’ achievement is already old news, given they blew past the milestone the next day, and are up to 403 wins, all under Sisti in the program’s 16 seasons. My apologies and a sincere congratulations to him and his charges on a great accomplishment.

Mercyhurst started the current week with a key road tie at Cornell, 1-1. Hannah Bale buried the rebound of a Taylor Accursi shot to forge the deadlock midway through the contest after Morgan Richardson had given the Big Red an early advantage. Mercyhurst’s Amanda Makela and Cornell’s Paula Voorheis prevented additional offense with 22 and 27 saves, respectively.

The Lakers continued to build that win total with a sweep of Lindenwood, 6-2 and 5-2. Jenna Dingeldein and Megan Whiddon struck twice in the series opener, and Bale did the same in game two.

A pair of Ivies recover
No. 10 Harvard and Cornell were the ECAC coaches’ picks to finish atop the league, but for a time, it appeared that they hadn’t received the memo. Both rebounded with strong final weeks in their 2014 schedules.

The Crimson displayed the defense we had expected in rattling off three home wins, starting with a 4-1 triumph over Dartmouth. Miye D’Oench opened the scoring and assisted on Hillary Crowe’s game-winner in the second period, and Emerance Maschmeyer turned aside 27 shots. Brianna Laing took her turn in net and produced a 27-save shutout of Princeton, 3-0, as eight skaters contributed a point. Harvard ruined No. 4 Quinnipiac’s hopes of going into its break undefeated with a 2-1 Crimson victory. Haley Mullins broke a tie in the third period, after Lindsey Fry’s goal late in the opening period had erased the Bobcats’ lead provided by Lindsey West.

Cornell followed the tie versus Mercyhurst with three wins. Brianne Jenner and Jillian Saulnier combined for 19 points on the week, including three each in a 6-2 defeat of Syracuse, when Hannah Bunton netted a pair of goals. The Big Red followed that up with a return to ECAC action and a successful North Country trip. Jess Brown boasted a hat trick, and she, Jenner, and Saulnier all had four points as Cornell lit up No. 6 Clarkson, 8-3. Saulnier scored the deciding goal with just over six minutes remaining at St. Lawrence to help Cornell overcome the Saints, 4-2.

A lot of rubber
Union senior Shanae Lundberg logged a career-high 59 saves in a 1-0 win over Northeastern, the most stops by a goaltender in a shutout in the NCAA era. Kathryn Tomaselli’s goal in the latter stages of the opening frame proved decisive.

The Dutchwomen were back in action earning an ECAC split on the weekend. They fell to Yale by a 4-2 margin, with four different Bulldogs scoring and Phoebe Staenz providing two helpers. Janelle Ferrara scored what proved to be the winning goal 10 seconds into a penalty kill. Defenseman Alex Tancrell-Fontaine had a goal and an assist to key Union to a 3-2 edging of Brown.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
Haley Skarupa’s two goals topped 13 Eagles on the score sheet in No. 1 Boston College’s 8-1 victory at Maine. The Black Bears tallied first, but it was all BC thereafter.

No. 2 Minnesota had things all its way in peppering St. Cloud State, 12-0 and 7-0. Hannah Brandt’s nine points highlighted a weekend where 15 of 16 skaters who dressed earned a point or more, and Gophers Paige Haley, Nina Rodgers, and Sydney Baldwin scored their first career goals.

Goals were hard to come by, but No. 3 Wisconsin got enough of them to sweep visiting North Dakota, 2-1 in overtime and 2-0. On Friday, Sarah Nurse hit a top corner at 2:40 of the extra session to lift the Badgers to the win. Shannon Kaiser had tied the game for UND with three minutes to go in regulation. Goals by Kim Drake and Baylee Wellhausen supported the 21-save shutout of Ann-Renée Desbiens on Sunday.

Before falling at Harvard, Quinnipiac yielded more than two goals for the first time this season and settled for a 4-4 tie at Dartmouth. Eleni Tebano scored the tying goal for the Big Green with 3:23 remaining in the third period. Dartmouth’s other three goals came on the power play, including two by Kennedy Ottenbreit. Erica Udén Johansson had a pair of tallies for the Bobcats, and Shiann Darkangelo supplied three helpers.

No. 5 Boston University overpowered Vermont, 4-1. Sarah Lefort snapped in two of the goals on hard wrist shots off the rush.

Clarkson bounced back from its loss to Cornell by besting Colgate, 5-1. Cayley Mercer poured in her first hat trick for the Golden Knights, and Erin Ambrose had a goal and three points.

No. 8 Minnesota-Duluth had to settle for five of six league points at Ohio State. The Bulldogs got a late goal by Katerina Mrázová to earn a 2-2 tie before winning a shootout on Friday. Meghan Huertas scored the winning goal on a short-handed rush in a 4-1 victory on Saturday.

No. 9 Bemidji State swept Minnesota State, 7-4 and 2-0. The two usually low-scoring teams got their offenses untracked on Friday. Katie Johnson and Hannah Davidson combined for three goals and three assists, but it wasn’t enough for the visiting Mavericks. BSU defenseman Ivana Bilic had a goal and three helpers, while Kaitlyn Tougas scored twice. Saturday’s contest went much more to form; Brittni Mowat made 26 saves, and Rachael Kelly and Tougas found the net.

Other action
Alysha Burriss completed her hat trick into an empty net in a 4-2 win for Syracuse over RIT. It was an eventful final minute, as Burriss’ coup de grâce was preceded by an empty-net goal by Heather Schwarz and an extra-attacker tally from the Tigers’ Marissa Maugeri.

Penn State and Robert Morris split a CHA series. The Nittany Lions drew first blood with a 5-0 shutout featuring 42 saves by Celine Whitlinger. Shannon Yoxheimer scored twice and Hannah Hoenshell had three points. The Colonials scored the final three goals in a come-from-behind 4-2 victory on Saturday. Mackenzie Johnston netted the winner with under five minutes to play.

New Hampshire dumped Providence, 5-0. Vilma Vaattovaara was flawless on 30 shots, while Jonna Curtis scored twice and added an assist.

Princeton got a pair of goals from Jaimie McDonell and Audrey Potts to take home a 5-2 victory at Dartmouth.

St. Lawrence blanked Colgate, 5-0, with Carmen MacDonald and Brooke Wolejko combining on the shutout. Jacqueline Wand and Brooke Webster had a goal and an assist.

Rensselaer raced to a seven-goal lead against Brown and wound up with a 7-5 win. The Engineers’ line of Alexa Gruschow between Taylor Mahoney and Marisa Raspa combined for four goals and seven assists. RPI lost a 3-2 verdict to Yale on Saturday. Eight different Bulldogs had a point, and Jaimie Leonoff made 26 saves.

Women’s D-I picks: Dec. 5

Well, Arlan and I tied again last weekend, something that has happened a lot this season. Last weekend, we went 18-5-1 (.770). On the year, I am 144-44-23 (.736), while Arlan is 140-48-23 (.718).

Friday, Dec. 5

Cornell at Clarkson
Candace: Cornell would love to escape this weekend at .500, but I don’t think it happens. Clarkson 3-1
Arlan: Before last year’s ECAC title game, the Big Red hadn’t defeated Clarkson in Potsdam since 2008. Clarkson 2-1

Quinnipiac at Dartmouth
Candace: This will be low-scoring. Quinnipiac 1-0
Arlan: It might not be pretty, but it will likely be effective. Quinnipiac 2-0

Princeton at Harvard
Candace: The Tigers usually give the Crimson some trouble, and Harvard looked awful last weekend, but I think they regroup. Harvard 2-1
Arlan: Can the Crimson carry some momentum into a huge game versus Quinnipiac? Harvard 3-1

Brown at Rensselaer
Candace: The Engineers finally won again last weekend, but I like the Bears in this. Brown 3-1
Arlan: Luckily the Engineers are one of the least-penalized teams in the country, because if this becomes a special-teams battle, statistics suggest that they’re in big trouble. Brown 2-1

Boston College at Maine
Candace: The Eagles usually don’t score 10 on consecutive weekends, but I still like them to score a lot. Boston College 6-1
Arlan: Bus legs might shave a couple of goals off the margin, but that’s about it. Boston College 5-0

New Hampshire at Providence
Candace: The Friars have shown signs of life of late, and they are home. Providence 3-2
Arlan: After getting outscored 31-2, the Wildcats have to be glad to see the stretch of five straight games versus ranked opponents end. Providence 2-1

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 5-6

Robert Morris at Penn State
Candace: I’m tempted to pick a sweep for the home team, but that’s a rare occurrence, even with the improvement shown this season by the Nittany Lions. Robert Morris 2-1, Penn State 2-1
Arlan: Nothing more fun than guessing at the order of a split. Robert Morris 3-1, Penn State 2-0

Minnesota State at Bemidji State
Candace: The Beavers keep pace with Minnesota-Duluth. Bemidji State 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: The Mavericks are still looking for their first win, and I think they’ll have to resume that search after Christmas. Bemidji State 4-0, 2-1

Minnesota-Duluth at Ohio State
Candace: The Buckeyes looked good against Robert Morris, but most teams do this year. Minnesota-Duluth 2-1, 2-0
Arlan: Over the last couple of seasons, games between these two teams have been just about coin flips. Minnesota-Duluth 1-0, 1-0

St. Cloud at Minnesota
Candace: The Gophers beat St. Cloud 5-0 a couple weeks ago. Might they score more? 6-1, 4-0
Arlan: Will the pressure of the Teddy Bear Toss stall the Gophers’ offense? Minnesota 4-1, 2-0

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 5 and 7

North Dakota at Wisconsin
Candace: Wisconsin is second to only Boston College in scoring. Wisconsin 4-1, 5-1
Arlan: UND’s two postseason wins over the Badgers in the last couple of years matches the number of regular season wins its had in the regular season over the last 18 meetings. Wisconsin 4-0, 2-1

Saturday, Dec. 6

Princeton at Dartmouth
Candace: Something tells me the home team gets back to its winning ways. Dartmouth 2-1
Arlan: Both teams bring losing streaks into the weekend. Princeton 3-2

Quinnipiac at Harvard
Candace: If Harvard had looked any better last weekend, I might pick the Crimson, but no. Quinnipiac 3-1
Arlan: Most, if not all, of Candace’s lead is the result of me picking the Bobcats to lose. Quinnipiac 2-1

Yale at Rensselaer
Candace: Which RPI team shows, and which Yale team? Yale 3-2
Arlan: Early results hint at the Bulldogs playing to the level of their competition to a degree. Yale 3-1

Cornell at St. Lawrence
Candace: Nothing I saw last weekend makes me confident enough to pick the Big Red. St. Lawrence 4-2
Arlan: The Saints are 0-5-1 since upsetting Cornell for the 2012 ECAC Championship. St. Lawrence 2-1

Boston University at Vermont
Candace: Maybe the long bus ride will help the Catamounts stay close. Nah. Boston University 5-2
Arlan: The Catamounts have been outscored 17-4 while losing four straight. Boston University 4-2

Monday, Dec. 8

Providence at Boston University
Candace: The Terriers keep pace with the Eagles. Boston University 4-1
Arlan: Providence has split its last four weekends down the middle, but those opponents weren’t ranked. Boston University 4-1

Wed. Dec. 10

Boston College at Dartmouth
Candace: The Eagles close their first half undefeated. Boston College 6-1
Arlan: A more interesting question than who wins is will BC match or exceed its five-goal margin of last year? Boston College 7-3

Women’s D-I wrap: Nov. 30

Quinnipiac wins Nutmeg Classic
No. 4 Quinnipiac took home its second consecutive Nutmeg Classic Championship and the program’s sixth overall by dropping a couple of ECAC foes. In the title game, the Bobcats defeated No. 5 Clarkson, 3-1. After Taylar Cianfarano opened the scoring 8:32 into the contest, they held the lead the rest of the way. Emma Woods and Morgan Fritz-Ward had a goal and an assist, while Amanda Titus had the lone tally for the Golden Knights. Woods garnered MVP honors while Chelsea Laden was named Most Valuable Goaltender.

In the opener of the event hosted by Connecticut, the Bobcats handled Yale, 5-2, building a 3-0 lead through two periods on goals by Meghan Turner, Woods, and Fritz-Ward, and coasting home. Nicole Kosta and Erica Udén Johansson had multi-point games with a goal and an assist. The Bulldogs’ silver lining was being the first team this season to score more than once against Quinnipiac, as Stephanie Mock and Phoebe Staenz found the net.

Clarkson reached the final in more dramatic fashion, coming from behind to squeak by Connecticut in overtime, 2-1. Junior Shannon MacAulay produced both goals, giving her a new career high with 14. Those tallies overcame a determined effort by junior Elaine Chuli, who recorded 51 saves for the Huskies. Kayla Campero had opened the scoring just beyond the midpoint of regulation, before MacAulay finally got a puck by Chuli a period later.

Connecticut took third-place honors with a 3-1 triumph over Yale. Kelly Harris and Madison Badeau put the Huskies ahead after Staenz had scored on an early power play, and Emily Snodgrass added the exclamation point with a short-handed tally into an empty net. Chuli made another 32 stops to earn the win.

Eagles humble Harvard
No. 7 Harvard was able to match No. 1 Boston College goal for goal — for the game’s first 25 minutes. At that point, the Eagles cranked their offense to a higher gear, and the Crimson could only stand and watch. Alex Carpenter and Haley Skarupa turned in identical two-goal, four-assist gems to highlight the 10-2 trouncing. Kenzie Kent and Dana Trivigno also scored twice, and three-point games came off the sticks of Kate Leary, Tori Sullivan, and Kate Leary.

BC opened its week with a 4-0 shutout of Yale, thanks to 18 saves by Katie Burt. The Eagles unleashed a 56-shot barrage, and Emily Pfalzer, Emily Field, Meghan Grieves, and Skarupa scored.

A split, but only Brown gets a cup
Brown and Providence played a home-and-home series, with the hosts winning in comeback fashion each day, but the Bears earn greater bragging rights by taking the battle for the Mayor’s Cup. Blair Parent’s first collegiate goal gave the Friars a third-period lead, but Sam Donovan responded for Brown minutes later. Kaitlyn Keon netted the winning goal with just under three minutes left. Monica Elvin turned away 32 shots to backstop the 2-1 victory.

On Saturday, Maddie Woo opened the scoring for Brown, and then netted her second of the game while short-handed at 11:48 of the final period to level the game at 2-2. Cassidy Carels struck for Providence with 4:31 left, and Beth Hanrahan’s second goal of the day sealed the 4-2 win for the Friars into an empty net. Liv Halvorson had a goal and an assist.

Others doing the splits
No. 9 Minnesota-Duluth dropped the opener at No. 10 Bemidji State, 4-1, but salvaged the second game, 2-0. Brittni Mowat rejected 31 shots to aid the Beavers to the win; Kristine Grenier and Ivana Bilic answered with first-period goals after Brigette Lacquette gave UMD an early lead. Kayla Black made 19 of her 32 saves in a busy second period to enable Zoe Hickel’s goal just after the conclusion of an early power play to stand up. Meghan Huertas added an empty-net goal.

RIT visited Rensselaer, and the two teams traded wins by three-goal margins. RPI took the opener, 4-1, for just its second victory of the year. Ali Svoboda had a goal and an assist; Laura Horwood, Kathryn Schilter, and Whitney Renn each had a pair of helpers. Kelly O’Brien turned in 26 saves. The Tigers bounced back with a 3-0 win and a 20-save shutout for Jetta Rackleff. Celeste Brown sandwiched a pair of goals around one from Marissa Maugeri, with Lindsay Grigg contributing two primary assists.

Syracuse and Lindenwood remain deadlocked for second place in the CHA after splitting a series in St. Charles, Mo. Jessica Sibley scored with three minutes gone and Jenn Gilligan made 19 saves to give the Orange a 1-0 win in the first match. The Lions got goals from Shara Jasper and Brooke Peden and 32 saves by Nicole Hensley in a 2-1 response on Saturday.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
Quinnipiac started its week with a 2-0 blanking of Princeton, Laden’s national-best eighth shutout of the year. Shiann Darkangelo and Cydney Roesler provided the offense.

Ann-Renée Desbiens turned in a pair of 5-0 shutouts for No. 3 Wisconsin at New Hampshire, boosting her total to six for the season. She assisted on her team’s first goal of the weekend, one of a dozen Badgers to get into the scoring column in the opener. Sydney McKibbon and Annie Pankowski each netted a pair of goals to complete the sweep.

Amanda Makela kept herself in the middle of the shutouts race, helping No. 8 Mercyhurst whitewash Colgate twice, 3-0 and 1-0. In the first game, Emily Janiga furnished a goal and two assists, while her linemates Sarah Robello and Jenna Dingeldein both scored and assisted. Janiga scored the lone goal, her 13th of the season, with less than two minutes remaining in the second game.

No. 2 Minnesota recorded three wins on the week, defeating St. Cloud State on Monday, 5-0, and getting a road sweep at Princeton by 2-1 and 5-2 scores. Kelly Pannek had her first hat trick in the win over the Huskies. Maryanne Menefee and Hannah Brandt scored in both wins over the Tigers. Kelsey Koelzer earned points in all three tallies by Princeton.

No. 6 Boston University posted a road 4-2 decision over Dartmouth. Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice and added an assist. Sarah Lefort and Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga had a goal and an assist; Laura Stacey equaled that for the Big Green.

Harvard regrouped on Saturday with a 4-3 win at Northeastern. Hayley Scamurra capitalized twice on power plays to get the Huskies out of the blocks first, but Miye D’Oench and Lexie Laing had the Crimson even by the first intermission. After Denisa Krížová put Northeastern up once more to open the third period, Sydney Daniels and Hillary Crowe found the net to give Harvard the only lead that lasted.

Other action
Maine kept itself in the thick of the Hockey East race by sweeping Vermont, 3-0 and 2-1. On home ice, the Catamounts were able to restore some order defensively, only to discover that their offense had vanished. Meghann Treacy was a big reason why, stopping 69 of 70 shots on the weekend, including a 38-save shutout. Audra Richards had a goal and a helper in each win.

Ohio State defeated Robert Morris, 5-1, in a single game in Moon Township, Pa. The Buckeyes took a five-goal lead before Leah Carlson and goalie Jessica Dodds combined to deny Stacy Danczak a shutout. Kayla Sullivan had two goals and an assist; Melani Moylan and Sara Schmitt added goals in two-point efforts.

North Dakota celebrated its first sweep since the second week of the season, 6-1 and 3-1 over St. Cloud State. Josefine Jakobsen and Gracen Hirschy scored twice in game one. Becca Kohler’s five-point weekend included goals in both games.

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