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Women’s D-I picks: Jan. 10

For the last few years, I have won the picks race, usually edging Arlan out by a couple of games. The way things are shaping up right now, Arlan is winning in a walk. Last week, I went a respectable 17-4-1 (.795) to move to 155-54-21 (.719). Arlan however, went 19-2-1 (.886) to move to 164-45-21 (.758). Maybe I should invoke the mercy rule.

I’m going to try to chip back at this just to make my humiliation more acceptable.

Friday, Jan. 10

Yale at Dartmouth
Candace: Can the game against Boston University be a turnaround for Dartmouth? Dartmouth 3-2
Arlan: I’m assuming Phoebe Staenz will be back with the Bulldogs after playing for her country last weekend. Yale 4-3

Brown at Harvard
Candace: I’m assuming that like against Cornell, Brown will keep it close. Harvard 3-1
Arlan: After falling to struggling Colgate on home ice, the second half looks bleak for Brown. Harvard 3-0

Quinnipiac at Rensselaer
Candace: Rensselaer is an enigma, but Quinnipiac has usually won when it should. Quinnipiac 3-0
Arlan: These are the type of road games that the Bobcats have lost in past years. Quinnipiac 2-0

Princeton at Union
Candace: Union has been better than last year, but it’s not enough. Princeton 3-1
Arlan: The Dutchwomen are improving, but their gains are more evident out of conference. Princeton 3-1

Syracuse at RIT
Candace: I’ll go with home ice and hope RIT doesn’t disappoint. RIT 2-1
Arlan: RIT went winless versus the Orange last year with a tie and three one-goal losses. Syracuse 2-1

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 10-11

Clarkson home-and-home with St. Lawrence
Candace: Last year, Clarkson lost its chance at a season sweep in the final game between the two. I don’t see it happening this year. Clarkson 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: It’s never over; the Saints have scored five extra-attacker goals this season. Clarkson 2-1, 3-0

Connecticut at Vermont
Candace: Connecticut has been better this year, but home ice should be worth a sweep. Vermont 3-2, 2-1
Arlan: Catamounts have played eight straight decided by a goal or less; Huskies have lost their last seven. I sense overtime — each team has six OT games this season. Vermont 4-3, 1-0

Providence home-and-home with New Hampshire
Candace: Providence may have gotten over its dreadful November. New Hampshire 3-1, Providence 3-1
Arlan: After losing seven, winning three, and losing three, PC won on Sunday. UNH’s win on 12/8 broke a six-game skid. New Hampshire 3-1, 4-3

Minnesota State at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: Minnesota State has the misfortune of playing in the WCHA. In other conferences, I think their record would be better. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: The Mavericks should be able to hold the score down, but their offense has been struggling to post big numbers. Minnesota-Duluth 2-1, 3-1

Ohio State at Minnesota
Candace: The Gopher train starts 2014 off golden. Minnesota 4-1, 4-0
Arlan: Look for the Buckeyes to score more often and commit fewer penalties in 2014. Minnesota 3-2, 4-1

Cornell at Mercyhurst
Candace: Mercyhurst really needs one of these games. Cornell 3-1, Mercyhurst 3-2
Arlan: The Lakers play possum so convincingly that even though I know they are going to win, I still can’t pick them. Cornell 4-3, 3-0

Saturday, Jan. 11

Brown at Dartmouth
Candace: Brown has trouble scoring. So does Dartmouth. Dartmouth 2-1
Arlan: Six weeks ago, I’d have gone with Brown. Dartmouth 2-1

Yale at Harvard
Candace: I’ll take Emerance. Harvard 3-1
Arlan: Harvard’s power play will be a factor in this one. Harvard 3-1

Princeton at Rensselaer
Candace: Can home ice pull RPI through? I’ve picked against Princeton at my peril this year. Princeton 3-1
Arlan: On home ice, RPI should come closer than the first meeting, although likely not close enough. Princeton 2-1

Quinnipiac at Union
Candace: The Bobcats keep the pressure on the conference leaders. Quinnipiac 3-1
Arlan: The Bobcats have let a few ECAC points slip away, so they’ll need to secure these two. Quinnipiac 2-0

Boston University at Maine
Candace: Hockey East’s worst team should give BU a chance to get back to its winning ways. Boston University 3-1
Arlan: If the Terriers’ skaters don’t make more of an effort to defend their own net than they made at home versus BC, then they’ll lose at Maine as well. Boston University 3-2

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 11-12

Northeastern home and home with Boston College
Candace: The Eagles look awfully good on Wednesday against BU. They need to continue that level of play. One of these will be close. Boston College 4-1, 3-2
Arlan: It’s been a few years since Northeastern defeated BC outside of tournament play. Boston College 4-1, 5-3

North Dakota at Wisconsin
Candace: I’d like to pick North Dakota in one of these, but history says I’d be wrong, especially in Madison. Wisconsin 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: Can UND stop an unbeaten streak that is almost three months old? Even if they are without Alex Rigsby for another week, it’s tough to score on the Badgers. Wisconsin 3-2, 2-0

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Northeastern at Connecticut
Candace: The Huskies will win. Oh, you want me to pick one? Northeastern 3-1
Arlan: Games played in 2014 are adding up quickly for UConn. Northeastern 4-3

Women’s D-I wrap: Jan. 5

Return to the rink
After everyone took some time off for the Christmas break, competition resumed over the last six days. Of the 34 teams in D-I conferences, 25 have returned to action.

No team was busier than Minnesota State over the last week. The Mavericks played four times in six days, and their defense was stout throughout, allowing only three goals and no more than one in any contest. That led to three straight wins, 3-0 and 3-1 over Lindenwood and squeaking by Bemidji State, 2-1. Melissa Klippenstein and Tracy McCann enjoyed two-goal games against the Lions, and McCann and Kari Lundberg came up with goals to topple the Beavers. But on Sunday, BSU earned a 1-0 win at Mankato as Brittni Mowat made 33 stops and Kristine Grenier scored the game’s only tally on a third-period power play.

Colonials looking legitimate
For the third straight season, Paul Colontino guided No. 10 Robert Morris into Christmas with three losses or less. The problem in the two previous campaigns was that the Colonials stumbled out of the break, going a cumulative 4-12-1 from the time action resumed until January ended to dash their national hopes.

January looks much more promising this year, as RMU got it started by sweeping visiting St. Lawrence, 4-2 and 3-0. Freshman Jessica Dodds notched both victories between the pipes, staying unbeaten as a collegian as she upped her personal mark to 15-0-1 and earned her fourth shutout.

For the weekend, the line of Rebecca Vint (2-1-3) between Thea Imbrogno (1-2-3) and Brittany Howard (0-3-3) sparked the offense. Kristen Richards and defenseman Anneline Lauziere each had a goal and a helper in the opener.

The victories extended the unbeaten streak for Robert Morris to 11 games and moved it up to a solid sixth in the PairWise Rankings. The Colonials now get a week off to prepare for what look to be the two biggest series in their season. Both occur on the road, where they are unbeaten at 6-0-1, although the trips to face No. 9 Quinnipiac in the final nonconference test and a CHA showdown at Mercyhurst figure to present the toughest road challenges to date.

The weather outside is frightful …
The anticipated outdoor meeting of Northeastern and No. 5 Harvard on Thursday as part of Frozen Fenway was vetoed by Mother Nature, so the pair faced off inside on Saturday at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The Crimson took care of business on their home ice, but the 3-2 win didn’t come easily.

Both tallies by the Huskies were quickly matched by Harvard. NU struck first on a well-executed power play in the opening frame with Heather Mottau providing the finish. Mary Parker’s answer came 57 seconds later. The Crimson went up for the first time in the second period when Gina McDonald pounced on a turnover while short-handed, skated in alone, and slipped a backhand around Chloe Desjardins’ pad. Hayley Scamurra’s backhand shot fooled Emerance Maschmeyer to forge a tie with five minutes remaining. Sydney Daniels touched in the game-winner 3:15 later. Brittany Esposito nearly provided an immediate response for the Huskies, but her shot kissed the crossbar and stayed out.

Dutchwomen squeeze out series win
In a battle of two New York squads, host Union came out on top of RIT by the slimmest of margins. Celeste Brown scored the series’ first goal for the Tigers midway through the third period, but Stefanie Thomson tied Friday’s game at 1-1 five minutes later on a rush where the Dutchwomen never seemed to have control of the puck heading up the ice but got it into the net anyway. Kathryn Tomaselli walked out front and scored 3:51 into overtime to gain Union a 2-1 win.

The Dutchwomen looked positioned to sweep on Saturday, holding a 1-0 lead on the strength of a first-period goal from Jessica Kaminsky. However, Marissa Magueri drew RIT even at 10:12 of the third period. Although each team had power-play opportunities to net a winner — Union on a five-on-three and RIT in overtime — the game ended tied, 1-1. Union had to settle for the tie despite 48 saves from Maddy Dahl in her first start of the season.

New year, new result
So far, Ohio State likes 2014 much better than most of the 2013 portion of the schedule. The Buckeyes throttled Penn State, 8-0 and 4-0. Lisa Steffes was perfect on the 37 shots she faced, and she received a lot of support. In the opener, Claudia Kepler scored twice and Kari Schmitt, Taylor Kuehl, and Danielle Gagne had identical production with a goal and two helpers. Kuehl and Ally Tarr matched those three point efforts on Saturday, while Gagne had a hand in all four goals.

Orange take two
Syracuse snuck out of Vermont with a pair of one-goal decisions, 4-3 and 3-2. Akane Hosoyamada’s second goal of the game on a power play with eight seconds left won Saturday’s game in spite of a three-point game by the Catamounts Amanda Pelkey. After Vermont battled back from a two-goal deficit with third-period goals by Sarah Kelly and Pelkey on Sunday, Larissa Martyniuk tallied a couple minutes later to thwart the rally.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
Half of the ranked teams were idle, but No. 2 Wisconsin provided little drama in sweeping St. Cloud State by scores of 3-1 and 4-0. Julia Gilbert’s third-period goal did tie the opener at 1-1 early in the third period, but Rachel Jones got the lead back for the Badgers four minutes later. On Saturday, Sarah Nurse gave UW the only goal it needed before the game was two minutes old. Ann-Renée Desbiens contributed 50 saves on the weekend with Alex Rigsby still out with a knee injury. Brittany Ammerman and Katy Josephs scored in both games.

No. 3 Cornell had very similar results on the road. With Lauren Slebodnick returning to the net after an injury suffered on Nov. 30, the Big Red toppled Brown, 3-1. Goals by Jillian Saulnier and Janice Yang offset over the first two stanzas. Hanna Bunton and Emily Field helped Cornell pull away in the third. Versus Yale on Saturday, Alyssa Gagliardi provided an early lead and goals late in the middle period by Hayleigh Cudmore and Jessica Campbell put the 3-0 win out of reach. Paula Voorheis stopped all 16 shots from the Bulldogs to collect her first collegiate shutout.

Dartmouth provided plenty of resistance against No. 8 Boston University, but Sarah Lefort’s goal allowed the Terriers to post a 3-2 win. BU rookie Maddie Elia scored and added an assist.

Women’s D-I picks: Jan. 2

Well, I have a lot of ground to make up on Arlan after the first half. I’m going to try to chip away at his lead gradually. In our last weekend of picks, we both went 6-1 (.857). On the year, I am 138-50-20 (.711), while Arlan is 145-43-20 (.745).

Thursday-Friday, Jan. 2-3

Connecticut at Princeton
Candace: I’d like to pick a split here, but I’m not sure which night Connecticut might win. Princeton 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: The Tigers have done well against teams they are expected to beat. Princeton 3-2, 4-3

Friday, Jan. 3

Cornell at Brown
Candace: I’m more sure of this pick than any other. Cornell 4-1
Arlan: The Bears will likely keep the score respectable, but I don’t think they have enough firepower to seriously threaten. Cornell 3-0

Colgate at Yale
Candace: Yale is in contention for the playoffs. Yale 3-2
Arlan: The Raiders haven’t played in over a month and haven’t won in nearly two months. Yale 3-1

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 3-4

Wisconsin at St. Cloud State
Candace: I’m pretty close to my always pick Wisconsin mantra of a few seasons ago. Wisconsin 4-1, 4-2
Arlan: Jeff Giesen called the Huskies’ series in Madison his team’s worst of the season. Wisconsin 3-1, 4-0

Penn State at Ohio State
Candace: Ohio State has to break out of its funk at some point, right? Ohio State 3-2, 2-1
Arlan: The Buckeyes have only one win on home ice and are scoring less than twice a game, so upsets are definitely possible. Ohio State 2-1, 4-3

RIT at Union
Candace: I’ll go against Arlan here and hope Rochester comes out strong this half. RIT 4-3, 3-2
Arlan: The Dutchwomen have been very prone to split. Union 3-2, RIT 2-1

Saturday, Jan. 4

Northeastern vs. Harvard
Candace: Got moved to indoors on Saturday because of the snow. I’ve underestimated the Crimson to my peril this year. Harvard 3-1
Arlan: No Green Monster or Pesky’s Pole will come into play, but it is Fenway, so you never know. Harvard 3-1

Cornell at Yale
Candace: I’m almost as certain of this pick as the Brown game on Friday. Cornell 4-2
Arlan: The Bulldogs may be able to score against the Big Red, but stopping their offense will be tougher. Cornell 5-3

Dartmouth at Boston University
Candace: The few times I’ve picked Dartmouth, Arlan has gained ground on me. Not happening against the Terriers. Boston University 4-2
Arlan: The Big Green had scored only two goals through 15 periods and a couple of OTs before a three-goal third period carried them over Providence. Boston University 4-1

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 4-5

Bemidji State at Minnesota State
Candace: Bemidji swept the Mavericks in the first half on home ice. Can Minnesota State return the favor? Hmmm. Bemidji State 2-1, 3-2
Arlan: Will Brittni Mowat be healthy enough to return to the BSU net? Will the Beavers be rusty? Are the Mavericks tired after playing a midweek series? Just three more questions for which I lack answers. Minnesota State 3-1, 2-1

Rensselaer at Providence
Candace: It’s almost hard to remember that before a seven-game losing streak, Providence was at .500 and had beaten Mercyhurst and Syracuse. Providence 2-1, Rensselaer 3-2
Arlan: The Friars scoring defense ranks near the bottom and the Engineers have trouble scoring. Something has to give. Rensselaer 4-3, 3-2

St. Lawrence at Robert Morris
Candace: Robert Morris really needs to start out strong after a great first half so it doesn’t lose momentum. These games should be close, and OT wouldn’t surprise me. Robert Morris 4-2, 3-2
Arlan: The Saints have six one-goal losses, so despite the difference in records, there is little separation between these two. Robert Morris 2-1, 2-1

Syracuse at Vermont
Candace: Vermont’s last four games have gone to OT; they won two and tied two in that stretch. It wouldn’t surprise me if both of these go to OT. Verrmont 2-1, Syracuse 2-1
Arlan: After a slow start, the Catamounts have only one loss in their last nine games. Vermont 3-2, Syracuse 2-1

Tuesday, Jan. 7

Princeton at Quinnipiac
Candace: This should be a great contest to watch. The Bobcats have a one-point lead on the Tigers in the ECAC standings. I’ll go with home ice. Quinnipiac 3-2
Arlan: After a winless streak where they scored twice in three games, the Bobcats had 18 goals in winning four straight. Quinnipiac 3-2

Harvard at Connecticut
Candace: Unlike Arlan, I don’t think Harvard will play poorly. Harvard 4-1
Arlan: This looks like a game where the Crimson may play poorly but win anyway. Harvard 2-1

Wednesday, Jan. 8

Boston College at Boston University
Candace: The Eagles haven’t done well in this rivalry of late, but they really need to win these games against the Terriers for PairWise positioning. Boston College 2-1
Arlan: Normally an intense rivalry, but the Eagles and Terriers haven’t played in so long that they may have forgotten that the other exists. I have no idea, so I’ll force Candace to depart from her usual preference if she wants to gain a game. Boston College 2-1

Holiday NCAA Tournament Trivia

I know that it is traditional to spy on coaches’ requests to Santa Claus at this point of the year, but recent events suggest that a few programs would not be too receptive to me pilfering correspondence that originated within the athletic department, so during the extra time between wrapping and opening packages I stuck to information that is already in the public domain.

Twitter has become a popular venue for some coaches — along with millions of other people. To find coaches’ tweets to Santa, I’d have to wade through thousands begging for an elusive Zoomer the Robotic Dog in order to find one request for a sniper that can make goal lights glow like Rudolph’s nose. Even Jimmy Fallon needs facial expression and involvement from The Roots to make such messages entertaining. #Notinthemood.

So I’m just going to turn to more trivial matters, like hockey trivia. Perhaps in the future, we’ll attempt to cover more ground, but for today, we’ll confine our domain to questions relating to the NCAA National Collegiate Tournament.

1. How many different programs have competed in at least one NCAA Tournament?

 

2. What conference has had the most members reach at least one NCAA Tournament, and how many of its members have done so?

 

3. If everything goes according to schedule, how many different cities will have played host to an NCAA Frozen Four by the time the 2018 tournament is complete?

 

4. The winning goaltenders in the 13 NCAA Championship games played to date originated from how many unique countries?

 

5. Name at least five players that have reached the NCAA Tournament with multiple programs.

 

6. Who scored the winning goal in the longest game in NCAA Tournament history?

 

7. What is the largest deficit overcome by the winning team in an NCAA Tournament game?

 

8. Which player scored game-winning goals in the NCAA Championship game in back-to-back seasons?

 

9. What team has appeared in the most consecutive NCAA tournaments?

 

10. What program has competed in the greatest number of Frozen Fours?

 

11. Which program has triumphed in overtime more than any other in NCAA Tournament play?

 

12. On the other side of the coin, which squad has had its season end in OT in the NCAA Tournament the most times?

 

13. Most likely everyone knows that Minnesota-Duluth has won the most NCAA Tournament titles, but do the Bulldogs also hold the mark for most games won in NCAA Tournament history?

 

14. What is the record for the most goals scored by a player in a single NCAA Tournament game?

 

15. How many programs have reached the tourney under multiple head coaches?

 

16. Who holds the record for the quickest goal to start an NCAA Tournament game?

 

17. Name at least five sister acts to reach the NCAA Tournament on the same roster. Also, identify a pair of sisters that opposed each other in NCAA Tournament play.

 

18. Identify the person who has experienced the women’s NCAA Tournament as both a player and a head coach.

 

19. What goalie holds the record for most saves in a championship game?

 

20. Who is the only person named Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player for a team that did not win the championship?

 

 

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OK, here are the answers.

1. The answer is 17. They are, according to the year of their first participation, Dartmouth (2001), Harvard (2001), Minnesota-Duluth (2001), St. Lawrence (2001), Brown (2002), Minnesota (2002), Niagara (2002), Wisconsin (2005), Mercyhurst (2005), Providence (2005), New Hampshire (2006), Princeton (2006), Boston College (2007), Boston University (2010), Clarkson (2010), Cornell (2010), and North Dakota (2012).

 

2. ECAC Hockey has had seven of its 12 members advance to the NCAA tourney.

 

3. Nine different cities will have hosted the Frozen Four by the time play has wrapped up in 2018. They are: Minneapolis, Minn.; Durham, N.H.; Duluth, Minn.; Providence, R.I.; Lake Placid, N.Y.; Boston, Mass.; Erie, Pa.; Hamden, Conn.; and St. Charles, Mo.

 

4. Winning goalies have hailed from five different countries: Finland, Switzerland, the United States, Sweden, and Germany. U.S. born goaltenders have backstopped six titles, and Finnish netminders have earned three.

 

5. Some examples of whom I am aware are: Rachael Drazan (Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota); Johanna Ellison (Boston College and Minnesota-Duluth); Brittony Chartier (Minnesota and St. Lawrence); Anna McDonald (Boston College and Harvard); Jen Wakefield (New Hampshire and Boston University); Geena Prough (Mercyhurst and Wisconsin); Jocelyne Lamoureux (Minnesota and North Dakota); and Monique Lamoureux (Minnesota and North Dakota).

 

6. Jinelle Zaugg broke a scoreless tie at 7:09 of the fourth overtime to lift Wisconsin over Harvard on March 10, 2007.

 

7. In a quarterfinal on March 10, 2012, Cornell yielded the first three goals to Boston University before rallying to win a crazy game, 8-7, on Laurianne Rougeau’s game winner at 19:50 of the third OT.

 

8. Natalie Darwitz of Minnesota scored the deciding goals in victories over Harvard in both 2004 and 2005.

 

9. Mercyhurst first reached the tournament in 2005, and the Lakers have been back every season since for a still-active streak of nine straight NCAA tourneys.

 

10. Minnesota has reached the national semifinal round on nine occasions.

 

11. UMD has won in OT four times.

 

12. Overtime has been cruel to Mercyhurst in four different years; the Lakers finally enjoyed their first win beyond regulation in March.

 

13. No. Having won 16 games, Wisconsin edges out both UMD and Minnesota at 15 for that distinction.

 

14. Four. Nicole Corriero of Harvard accomplished the feat versus Mercyhurst on March 19, 2005. Minnesota’s Bobbi Ross matched it against New Hampshire the next season.

 

15. The answer is four or five, depending on how one views it. Dartmouth, Minnesota, St. Lawrence, and Boston College have advanced under different regimes, while Clarkson had co-head coaches Shannon and Matt Desrosiers.

 

16. Jenelle Kohanchuk of BU scored 13 seconds into the Terriers’ win over Mercyhurst on March 22.

 

17. Those that I remember are: Winny and Chelsey Brodt of Minnesota (2003); Stefanie and Julia Marty of New Hampshire (2008); Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux of Minnesota (2009) and North Dakota (2012, 2013); Katherine and Margaret Chute of Harvard (2010); Karlee and Amber Overguard of Cornell (2010, 2011); Brooke and Brittany Ammerman of Wisconsin (2011, 2012); Alev and Derya Kelter of Wisconsin (2011); Bailey and Shelby Bram of Mercyhurst (2012); Elizabeth and Mary Parker of Harvard (2013). Tracy Catlin of Harvard and Dartmouth’s Amy Catlin opposed each other in the third-place game in 2001.

 

18. Clarkson coach Shannon Desrosiers played for St. Lawrence in the inaugural tournament in 2001. Others like Julie Chu, Caroline Ouellette, Laura Slominski, and Natalie Darwitz have been behind the bench as assistants in addition to playing in the event.

 

19. Amanda Mazzotta of Cornell made 61 stops in a losing effort in a triple-overtime game versus UMD in 2010. Jennifer Harss saved 49 shots in earning the win in that championship.

 

20. Senior forward Kristy Zamora of Brown in 2002.

 

 

Women’s D-I wrap: Dec. 15

Clarkson delivers
Neither cold nor snow could stop No. 6 Clarkson on Saturday; maybe RIT should have tried gloom of night.

After falling by a 12-1 score at Clarkson to open the season, the Tigers hosted the Golden Knights in the first outdoor game for the program. The temperature was 13 degrees when the puck dropped, and snow was falling through the game, which was still scoreless as it approached the midway point. Over a stretch of 3:20, Clarkson rattled off three goals, two by Carly Mercer.  Kolbee McCrea scored late in the second period and again early in the third to get RIT back within a goal. Vanessa Gagnon had two goals, including a short-hander, as the Golden Knights closed with another three-goal run and skated off with a 6-2 win.

Bestland climbs charts for Lakers
In the only CHA conference games of the week, Mercyhurst traveled to Lindenwood for a series, where in the first game senior Christine Bestland and sophomore Emily Janiga blew away the Lions while engaging in a bit of can you top this.

Janiga tallied short-handed to open the scoring and give the Lakers a lasting lead. Bestland followed with a short-hander of her own eight minutes later, the first of her goals in a pure hat trick. Then it was Janiga’s turn once more, sandwiching goals in the second and third periods around a Caitlyn Post goal for Lindenwood to complete her own hat trick. Janiga wound up with three helpers and six points in the Lakers’ 7-1 victory.

Bestland finished with five points on the day, pushing her career total to 205 and moving her ahead of Valerie Chouinard (200) and Bailey Bram (201) into third place on the all-time list for Mercyhurst. Bestland figures to still have a shot at catching Jesse Scanzano (225) for second place. Meghan Agosta-Marciano holds first for both the program and the entire NCAA with 305. Bestland now has 33 points on the season, tied for second in the country.

On Sunday, Nicole Hensley was in the Lindenwood net and the Lions shut down Janiga and Bestland, but Jenna Dingeldein picked up the slack with two goals and an assist. Shelby Bram contributed three helpers. Katie Erickson had the lone goal for Lindenwood in a 4-1 Mercyhurst win.

North Dakota gets road sweep
No. 4 North Dakota gained 5-2 and 2-1 wins at Minnesota State. Meghan Dufault had two assists and was one of five goal scorers on Friday. Susanna Tapani scored twice on Saturday as UND completed the sweep despite 43 saves from Danielle Butters. The wins moved North Dakota to within a game of Wisconsin for second place in the WCHA.

Bulldogs bounce back
After going winless in its previous five games, Minnesota-Duluth closed 2013 with a pair of 2-1 triumphs at St. Cloud State. The Bulldogs’ top line carried them in the series. Senior Jamie Kenyon scored three of the goals, Hannah Bramm had four helpers, and Jenna McParland added two assists and put in the game-winner on Saturday with 14 seconds left. Kayla Black recorded both wins. Molli Mott had both goals for the Huskies on the weekend.

Vermont wins in overtime
Amanda Pelkey split the defense in transition and roofed a backhander 3:54 into OT to give Vermont a 1-0 win at Dartmouth. The Catamounts had the better chances throughout the game, but Lindsay Holdcroft stopped the first 24 shots. The Big Green’s best opportunity came when Laura Stacey got loose on a second-period breakaway, but she was stoned by Roxanne Douville, one of her 18 saves in registering the shutout. Vermont heads into the break with a winning record of 8-7-4, while Dartmouth (2-11-0) will look to regroup.

Dutchwomen and Black Bears split
Union took the first game versus Maine, 2-0. Stefanie Thomson and Courtney Turner scored power-play goals and Shenae Lundberg had the 21-save shutout.

Union’s power play continued to do good work in game two, scoring three times, but Maine matched that production and added three more tallies for a 6-3 win. Lundberg was chased after yielding four goals on 12 shots. Shawna Lesperance led the way with two goals, including the game-winner, while Abbey Cook and Kelly McDonald contributed two-point games. Thomson had two more goals for the Dutchwomen.

Future Frozen Four sites announced
The NCAA announced the locations for four future tournament championships. The Frozen Four is scheduled for Minneapolis, Minn., in 2015 and 2018, Whittemore Center Arena in Durham, N.H., in 2016, and Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., in 2017.

Women’s D-I picks: Dec. 13

Well, once again I couldn’t gain ground on Arlan, as New Hampshire doomed me to finishing with the same record as him, 12-4-1 (.735). Entering our last week, where we are both picking the same way, it looks like Arlan has the six pack wrapped up, although maybe if I shoot for gaining one game a week, I can catch him. Unfortunately, this isn’t the week for that. On the year, I am 132-49-20 (.706) while Arlan is 139-42-20 (.741).

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 13-14

North Dakota at Minnesota State
Candace: One of these games might be close, especially if Michelle Karvinen can’t play, but I’ll assume North Dakota is simply too strong. North Dakota 3-1, 4-1
Arlan: The Mavericks are actually the hotter team, having won three of their past four while UND has only one win over its previous four contests. I’m going to assume that is more about the quality of the competition faced and stick with the favored team, although I think at least one game will be close. North Dakota 4-3, 5-1

Minnesota-Duluth at St. Cloud State
Candace: The Bulldogs were just swept by BU, but I think they should be able to end their first half on a high note. Minnesota-Duluth 4-2, 4-3
Arlan: Other than a sweep at Ohio State, the Bulldogs have done little to inspire confidence since October other than a tie with Wisconsin. Conversely, their 3-5-2 record over that time is still better than SCSU’s mark of 3-6-1. The Huskies did win and tie in Duluth, but after scoring six goals in a game last weekend, I’m not sure that there are many more where those came from. Minnesota-Duluth 2-1, 4-1

Maine at Union
Candace: Union has been a little more inconsistent than I expected, but Maine has been dreadful. And Union is at home. Union 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: I fully expect this to be a split. As for the order, I have not even a semblance of an idea. Union did manage a sweep in Orono last year, one of only two series sweeps for the Dutchwomen over a team not named Sacred Heart in their D-I history. Also, picking Maine to win has not been a profitable venture over the last couple of seasons, so I’ll just pick Union twice and hope at least one is correct. Union 4-2, 2-1

Saturday, Dec. 14

Clarkson at RIT
Candace: This one should be a lot closer than the last time these two faced off, but there are too many good players at Clarkson who are also leaders, like Jamie Lee Rattray, Carly Mercer, and Erica Howe, for RIT to win this one. Clarkson 4-1
Arlan: I’m confident that RIT won’t lose by 11 goals as it did back in September. The Tigers will be excited to be hosting the program’s first outdoor game, and as they demonstrated at Robert Morris, they are capable of going toe-to-toe with a ranked opponent. At the end of the day, Clarkson just has more ways that it can come out on top. Clarkson 2-1

Women’s D-I wrap: Dec. 9

McCloskey out at New Hampshire
Brian McCloskey became the second coach in Hockey East to be removed during the current season. New Hampshire ended McCloskey’s employment on Dec. 5 in response to an incident with one of his players on the team’s bench during the team’s game versus Ohio State on Nov. 30. He was midway through his 12th season in charge of the Wildcats, having led them to 252 wins, six straight Hockey East regular season titles from 2004-09, league tournament crowns in the last four of those years, and five NCAA Tournament appearances from 2006-10, including reaching the Frozen Four in 2006 and 2008.

For the immediate future, the Wildcats will be directed by associate head coach Jamie Wood and assistant Stephanie Jones. After falling to Harvard, 5-0, on Friday, the team got its first win of the post-McCloskey era on Sunday, defeating Dartmouth, 2-1. After Lindsey Allen gave the Big Green a first-period lead, Jessica Hitchcock and Hannah Armstrong scored in the second and third periods, respectively. Ashley Wilkes recorded 24 saves to get the win.

PairWise stalemate
In a series that promised to have huge implications come March when selections are made for the national tournament, No. 4 North Dakota and No. 6 Clarkson split 2-1 decisions. UND sandwiched goals from Josefine Jakobsen and Lisa Marvin in the odd periods around a Shelby Nisbet tally in the middle stanza. Shelby Amsley-Benzie’s 26 saves ensured that two goals would be enough.

The host Golden Knights struck back on Saturday, when Jamie Lee Rattray put them ahead to stay just 26 seconds into the game. Her second goal on a power play late in the second frame proved to be needed insurance as Amy Menke put UND on the board with 13:05 left. Erica Howe closed the door the rest of the way, finishing with 25 stops.

Another top-10 deadlock
No. 5 Harvard and No. 6 Boston College were also unable to decide anything in a single-game tilt, skating to a 1-1 tie. It looked like the Eagles would be unable to solve Emerance Maschmeyer, and Miye D’Oench’s early goal would prove decisive. However, Katie King Crowley went to her bag of tricks early, and just after the Crimson rang their second pipe of the third period, she sent out an extra attacker earlier than usual, and 25 seconds later, Emily Pfalzer beat Maschmeyer with 87 seconds remaining in regulation. Nobody scored in overtime, although each team came close. Maschmeyer finished with 51 saves and Corinne Boyles handled 35 chances at the other end.

In the Harvard win over UNH, Maschmeyer got the night off and rookie Brianna Liang remained perfect as a collegian by stopping all 29 shots. Hillary Crowe’s two goals and an assist fueled the offense.

Hensley heroics
The country’s busiest goaltender, Lindenwood’s Nicole Hensley, made 46 saves at Syracuse on Friday to steal a 2-1 game for the Lions. Katie Erickson’s power-play goal with six seconds remaining decided the outcome. Syracuse was able to get three pucks by Hensley out of another 47 shots on Saturday, and it added an empty-net goal for a 4-1 triumph. Margot Scharfe and Nicole Ferrara each had a goal and a helper for the Orange. For the season, Hensley’s 638 saves are 150 more than the next goalie in that category, Minnesota State’s Danielle Butters.

More naughty than nice
If Santa Claus has been watching, then Ohio State wound up on the wrong list heading into Christmas. The Buckeyes showed No. 1 Minnesota just why they are on record pace for penalty minutes with 376 minutes and an average of 20.9 per game, including 29 minutes in their final contest of 2013. That style of play has dropped Ohio State to the WCHA’s cellar halfway through the league slate.

The Gophers took home 9-2 and 5-1 wins from Columbus. Rachael Bona’s first career hat trick highlighted Saturday’s victory, in which Maryanne Menefee and Dani Cameranesi also had multi-goal games. On Sunday, Sarah Davis and defenseman Milica McMillen found the net twice apiece; Bona and McMillen had six-point weekends.

Bulldogs barrage
The start of the Yale at Princeton game was delayed by two and a half hours when the scoreboard became stuck on the ice. Once the problem was resolved and the game started, freshman Phoebe Staenz kept the scoreboard moving. She bagged four goals and Jaimie Leonoff made 38 saves as Yale upended Providence, 5-1. Four goals in a game by a Bulldog was last accomplished by Lisa Meyers versus Boston College on Feb. 4, 2001.

Winless no more
The last team without a win ended that frustration on Friday when Maine dropped Brown, 2-1. Katy Massey and Brianne Kilgour scored in the opening frame and freshman Mariah Fujimagari turned aside 20 shots to earn her first win as a Black Bear. Saturday, Brown jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Janice Yang, Jennifer Nedow, and Catherine LeBoeuf. That ended Fujimagari’s day; Meghann Treacy came on in relief and shut Brown down the rest of the way. The Bears were giving two goalies a chance to get their first action in net in place of usual stalwart Aubree Moore. Freshman Monica Elvin handled all 23 shots cleanly, but when sophomore Micaela Ross entered just after the game’s halfway point, Maine rallied. Brittany Huneke, Audra Richards, and Kelly McDonald all scored, the last two coming in the final five minutes. Overtime ended with a 3-3 tie.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 2 Wisconsin swept a matchup of backup goalies over Bemidji State. With Badger Alex Rigsby out with a lower-body injury and BSU’s Brittni Mowat ill, Wisconsin won, 7-2 and 5-0. Ann-Renée Desbiens took over for Rigsby and earned both wins, including the shutout. Madison Packer netted a hat trick and Katy Josephs a pair of goals in the opener. Packer had a goal and two assists to spur Sunday’s win.

No. 3 Cornell spotted Syracuse a pair of early goals and stormed back with the game’s final five tallies to win, 5-2. Defenseman Cassandra Poudrier did the most damage with two goals, and Paula Voorheis made 39 saves to claim her first win for the Big Red.

Shiann Darkangelo scored twice and Kelly Babstock added three points in No. 8 Quinnipiac’s 4-2 defeat of Union. Kathryn Tomaselli had both goals for the Dutchwomen. Darkangelo, Nicole Brown, and Morgan Fritz-Ward all had two-point games the next day in the Bobcats 3-1 win over Rensselaer.

Sarah Lefort, Louise Warren, and No. 9 Boston University all enjoyed huge weeks. Lefort had a hat trick and a helper in a 5-2 win over Northeastern on Tuesday. Warren scored the other two goals and assisted twice. Lefort had two more goals with an assist in a wild 6-5 contest with Minnesota-Duluth. Warren had a goal and a helper, as did Samantha Sutherland and Rebecca Russo. Lara Stalder had three helpers for the Bulldogs. The Terriers completed the sweep by a 4-2 score on Saturday. Lefort (2-2-4) and Warren (2-1-3) were the offensive heroes once more, and Victoria Hanson’s 33 saves gained her the win. For the week, Lefort finished with an impressive seven goals and four assists, with Warren not far off with five goals and four assists.

It wasn’t easy, but No. 10 Robert Morris swept RIT on home ice, 2-1 and 4-2. Brittany Howard and Thea Imbrogno contributed a goal and an assist to the opener. Maeve Garvey scored twice in the second game, as the Colonials answered immediately to wipe away two one-goal deficits. Jessica Dodds was in net for both contests and upped her personal mark to 13-0-1 in her first campaign.

Knocking on the door
Mercyhurst indicated that it wants back into the rankings, trouncing Penn State, 7-0 and 8-0. Christine Bestland had a hat trick with an assist, Kaleigh Chippy a pair of tallies, and Emily Janiga added four assists in the first game as Amanda Makela denied all 35 shots. Chippy scored two more, Shelby Bram added a helper to her two goals, and Christie Cicero assisted three times in support of Julia DiTondo’s shutout.

Women’s D-I picks: Dec. 6

Both Arlan and I went 10-5-1 last week, as New Hampshire ruined my promising two-game lead on Arlan after Friday. Oh well. On the year, I am now 120-45-19, while Arlan is 127-38-19. Perhaps I should aim to gain a game or two a week.

Friday, Dec. 6

Union at Quinnipiac
Candace: Union should play the Bobcats tough, but will fall short. Quinnipiac 3-1
Arlan: Union has been idle for so long that I’d forgotten all about the Dutchwomen. Quinnipiac 3-1

Rensselaer at Princeton
Candace: I think I could flip a coin 10 times and have better odds that I’m right in this. Princeton 2-1
Arlan: Based on what I witnessed last weekend, the Engineers would be the smarter pick. Princeton 2-1

UNH at Harvard
Candace: Harvard should win this, although it might be closer if the Crimson look ahead to Saturday’s big game against BC. Harvard 4-1
Arlan: The Wildcats haven’t won in this series since February of 2009. Harvard 3-1

Yale at Providence
Candace: I think Yale has a legitimate shot at the ECAC tournament this year. Yale 3-2
Arlan: The Friars are on a season-best three-game winning streak. Yale 4-3

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7

RIT at Robert Morris
Candace: The Tigers did split with Mercyhurst a couple of weeks ago, but that was at home. Robert Morris 3-1, 2-1
Arlan: The Colonials are still looking for their first win over the Tigers. Robert Morris 2-1, 2-1

Minnesota State at St. Cloud State
Candace: Can the Huskies score? Can the Mavericks? Minnesota State 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: Two teams that look like they would be better, but for some reason, they aren’t. St. Cloud State 2-1, Minnesota State 3-1

Bemidji State at Wisconsin
Candace: A major test for a Badgers team without the best goalie in the game right now, but I think they will pull through. Wisconsin 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: Bemidji State usually puts up a pretty good fight in Madison, and the Badgers are without Alex Rigsby. Wisconsin 3-2, 3-1

Minnesota Duluth at Boston University
Candace: The Terriers haven’t been particularly great out-of-conference this year, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. Boston University 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: Did UMD empty the tank versus Wisconsin? Is BU tired after playing Northeastern? Will anyone win? Will anyone score? Minnesota-Duluth 2-1, 3-2

North Dakota at Clarkson
Candace: Like Arlan, I think a split, and like Arlan, I have no idea which team wins which game. North Dakota 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: I’m convinced that this will be a split, but I’d have to flip a coin on the order. North Dakota 3-2, 2-1

Saturday, Dec. 7

Boston College at Harvard
Candace: Arlan is right. Boston College 2-1
Arlan: I’m more confident that Candace will pick BC than in the game’s outcome. Harvard 2-1

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 7-8

Minnesota at Ohio State
Candace: OSU finally won a pair, but it won’t help against the Gophers. Minnesota 4-1, 4-2
Arlan: Have the Buckeyes discovered something in New Hampshire? Will it matter this weekend? Minnesota 3-1, 3-2

Sunday, Dec. 8

Dartmouth at New Hampshire
Candace: I’m not sure I’ve correctly picked a UNH game this season. Dartmouth 2-1
Arlan: Rumor has it that Candace enjoys picking UNH games. New Hamsphire 2-1

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Vermont at Dartmouth
Candace: Given how many times the Catamounts have gone to OT this season, a tie wouldn’t surprise me. Dartmouth 3-2
Arlan: No matter the outcome of its games this week, Dartmouth will head into the Christmas break with its worst record of the NCAA era. Dartmouth 4-3

Women’s D-I wrap: Dec. 2

Thanksgiving schedules
With the holiday this week, many teams got started early, while others had the week off or played only exhibitions.

St. Lawrence and Mercyhurst, in particular, paid with their legs for the privilege of having their games for the week completed by the time turkey dinner was served. Both played road series the weekend before their Tuesday and Wednesday set in Erie. The host Lakers came out on top in both games by 3-2 scores. The first win required a rally from two goals down that wasn’t completed until Christie Cicero’s goal with 73 seconds remaining, her second tally of the game. Mercyhurst led almost all the way on Wednesday, taking a lead it would not relinquish on J’nai Mahadeo’s goal with 5:04 elapsed. Cicero doubled the lead four minutes later, the teams traded goals in the second period, and a Brooke Webster goal with 12 seconds left was not enough as the Saints fell.

Overtime all of the time
Vermont played three road games versus ECAC foes, and 60 minutes was insufficient to decide any of them. Dayna Colang’s second goal of the game at 3:45 of OT ended a 4-3 win at Brown on Tuesday. Bonus hockey didn’t solve anything at Colgate, as games on both Saturday and Sunday produced 2-2 ties. The Catamounts entered the third period with a lead that didn’t survive on either occasion. Nicole Gass scored for the Raiders to erase a one-goal deficit on Saturday. Colgate needed markers by Taylor Volpe and Taylor Craig on Sunday to come from two down to tie.

Bobcats claim the Nutmeg Classic
After a 1-1 tie at Princeton on Tuesday extended its winless streak to three games, No. 8 Quinnipiac bounced back with wins over RIT and Yale to earn the championship of the Nutmeg Classic. Shiann Darkangelo’s hat trick highlighted the 8-0 trouncing of RIT. She and Kelly Babstock had five-point games, Morgan Fritz-Ward scored twice, and Sydney Rossman notched her first collegiate win.

In the title game, Phoebe Staenz and Stephanie Mock gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead before the game was five minutes old. Emma Woods answered on a power play with another 49 seconds gone for the Bobcats, Olivia Brackett tied the game 20 minutes later, and Lindsey West potted the game-winner early in the third period. Babstock contributed a pair of assists in the 3-2 triumph.

On the other side of the bracket, Connecticut went winless in the event. The Huskies lost a see-saw affair to Yale, 5-4, despite three-point games by Michela Cava and Kayla Campero. Staenz had three points for the Bulldogs, and Taylor Marchin won it in the last minute. Crunch time proved unkind to UConn in the third-place game as well. Erin Zach assisted on Celeste Brown’s tying goal for the Tigers with under two minutes in regulation, and then Zach won it a couple of minutes into overtime, her third point of the contest.

Last unbeaten falls
No. 3 Cornell entered the week as the only remaining D-I team without a loss. Thanks to a 2-0 win over No. 7 Boston College on Friday at Lynah Rink, the Big Red improved their record to 9-0-2. Hayleigh Cudmore scored on a power play early in the second period and assisted on Taylor Woods’ insurance goal on a third-period power play. Lauren Slebodnick denied all 27 shots in posting the shutout.

Saturday did not go as well for Cornell. Meagan Mangene gave the Eagles a lead 12 minutes into the game, and Slebodnick left with an injury before another minute passed. Paula Voorheis came on in relief and was charged with the loss as the Big Red fell, 4-1. Taylor Wasylk, Danielle Doherty, and Emily Field added goals for BC, and only Jessica Campbell was able to dent the armor of Corinne Boyles, who saved the other 39 attempts.

Streakiest teams
Now that Minnesota’s record streak has receded in the rearview mirror, which team owns the longest active winning streak? Clarkson. And Minnesota. Both have won the last four. In terms of unbeaten streaks, Harvard and Robert Morris are both longer at seven games, and Wisconsin leads the way with 12 straight.

Signs of life
After losing to Robert Morris on home ice on Tuesday, Ohio State was winless in its previous nine games, eight of them defeats. The Buckeyes rebounded on Saturday and Sunday on the road at New Hampshire, sweeping the Wildcats, 3-2 and 2-0. Lisa Steffes got the start in the OSU net both days, including the 21-save shutout. Julia McKinnon keyed the offense with three points on the weekend.

Shots are overrated
Rensselaer was outshot in both games of a road series at St. Cloud State, but thanks to 44- and 31-save efforts by Kelly O’Brien, came home with 4-1 and 2-1 victories. Jordan Smelker and Heidi Huhtamaki had three-point weekends.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 2 Wisconsin navigated a second consecutive tough WCHA road series without a loss. Minnesota-Duluth twice took one-goal leads on markers by Demi Crossman and Jamie Kenyon, but Courtney Burke and Madison Packer responded. Overtime ended tied at 2-2, and only the Bulldogs’ Meghan Huertas converted once the shootout commenced, so UMD earned the extra league point. On Saturday, Wisconsin goalie Alex Rigsby was knocked from a scoreless game with an apparent leg injury. Ann-Renée Desbiens came on in relief and completed the team shutout, earning the 1-0 win when Karley Sylvester scored the game’s only goal a couple minutes into the final period.

No. 1 Minnesota overwhelmed Princeton by scores of 6-0 and 9-1. Ten different Gophers contributed goals, none scoring more than twice.

Five players scored for No. 5 Harvard in a 5-0 whipping of Dartmouth, and Marissa Gedman added a couple of assists with hers. Emerance Maschmeyer gained her fourth shutout via 25 saves.

No. 10 Robert Morris posted a come-from-behind, 2-1 win on Tuesday at Ohio State. Brittany Howard and Rebecca Vint scored to keep Jessica Dodds undefeated in net. Howard bagged all four goals for the Colonials, one shy of the program record, in a 4-2 victory over Maine on Friday; Vint and Thea Imbrogno assisted three times.

Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 29

Well, Arlan continues to pull away. I think I should concede. Last week, Arlan and I went 15-7-4 (.653), so I moved to 110-40-18 (.708), while Arlan moved to 117-33-18 (.750) on the year.

I have no idea how to catch him.

Friday, Nov. 29

Northeastern at Dartmouth
Candace: Dartmouth is home, but it has been inconsistent of late. Of course, Northeastern hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire either. Northeastern 2-1
Arlan: Kind of like when I don’t know how to spell a word, it looks wrong no matter how I type it. Dartmouth 4-3

Robert Morris at Maine
Candace: I feel more comfortable picking this than any other. What does that say? Robert Morris 3-1
Arlan: The Colonials’ offense has dried up of late, yet they’re unbeaten in the last six games. Robert Morris 2-1

RIT at Quinnipiac
Candace: Which streaky team prevails? I have to go with home ice. Quinnipiac 4-2
Arlan: The Bobcats have scored 11 goals in the last eight games and only twice in their current three-game winless streak. Quinnipiac 4-3

Connecticut versus Yale
Candace: Both squads have shown significant improvement this year, so I have no idea which to pick. Yale 3-2
Arlan: Watching Yale last weekend, the Bulldogs play better once they are several goals down. Connecticut 4-2

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 29-39

Wisconsin at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: Defense beats offense, and most other defenses. Wisconsin 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: The Badgers haven’t done particularly well at AMSOIL, including failing to score on their most recent trip. Wisconsin 2-1, 2-1

Boston College at Cornell
Candace: I think this will be a split, but am not sure which team wins which game. Boston College 2-1, 2-1
Arlan: The Eagles really need one of these games so I expect a desperate effort; if so, which game do they win? Cornell 5-4, 2-1

Rensselaer at St. Cloud State
Candace: A good chance for the home squad to build momentum ahead of a big WCHA series. St. Cloud 2-1, 3-2
Arlan: Two teams coming off of emotional series versus “Bye.” St. Cloud State 2-1, 3-2

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1

Princeton at Minnesota
Candace: Princeton is an improved team, but not enough to beat Minnesota. Minnesota 4-1, 4-1
Arlan: Minnesota has won its last 19 games against non-WCHA opponents. Minnesota 4-2, 3-1

Ohio State at New Hampshire
Candace: Sooner or later, Ohio State will start winning again, but for now, I’ll pick New Hampshire, even though every time I do, the Wildcats lose. New Hampshire 3-2, 2-1
Arlan: Some series scream, “split,” but this feels like a sweep one way or  the other. May I wait for the first result before picking the second? Ohio State 3-2, 2-1

Sunday, Dec. 1

Dartmouth at Harvard
Candace: I’m sure this will be a barnburner of a game, but I like the Crimson this year. Harvard 3-2
Arlan: You can throw records out the window in rivalry games; nonetheless, I’m just going to pick the better team. Harvard 4-2

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Boston University at Northeastern
Candace: Northeastern and BU played to overtime a month ago, but the Terriers have gotten better, while Northeastern has stayed the same. Boston University 3-2
Arlan: This went to OT last time, but I don’t really see signs that the Huskies have closed the gap. Boston University 4-2

Cornell at Syracuse
Candace: I’m not sure Syracuse is good enough to keep Cornell in check for long. Cornell 4-2
Arlan: A potential trap game for Cornell as it closes out 2013 after a much-anticipated series with BC. Cornell 3-2