What to watch this week (and how!)

What to watch this week
The schedule this week offers several different methods for watching some hockey. If you’re looking to scout as many teams as possible for the upcoming season, or just get out of raking leaves, there are a number of options, despite the fact that we’re still waiting on the Ivies and a few others have scheduled exhibitions or the no-fun-to-watch bye.

In addition to what is mentioned here, there are also a bunch of pay-to-watch streaming options. The diehard fans will pursue those, but they likely know all the details better than I do.

Televised hockey
A precious few games each season find their way to a television broadcast, although some of those are usually broadcast on a delayed basis. Those with access to BTN can check out some hockey on live TV on Sunday at 2:07 p.m. CDT, as Wisconsin hosts Ohio State in the second game of their series. This weekend is the first time Mark Johnson and Jenny Potter meet as coaches, and that pairing brings some interesting story lines. Both won Olympic Gold medals as players. Both won NCAA titles as players. So far, only one has won the NCAA championship as a coach. For the other, this weekend could be a first step toward changing that.

Free streams
Some of these have better quality than others, but I figure if it is free, the viewers at least get their money’s worth.


Syracuse at Northeastern, 2:00 p.m. EDT. Annually, Matthews Arena offers one of the highest-quality, free streams.

North Dakota at Minnesota State, 2:07 p.m. CDT. The Mavericks have moved from All-Seasons Arena to the Verizon Wireless Center. I don’t know if image quality will be better, but the shots of the confines have to be.

Quinnipiac at Maine, 7:00 p.m. EDT. If Maine has had free streaming in the past, I confess I wasn’t aware of it, but watching it Sunday, it was a nice picture.

Clarkson at Vermont, 7:00 p.m. EDT. The first of three opportunities to view the Catamounts in the coming week.


Quinnipiac at Maine, 2:00 p.m. EDT. Game two.

Lindenwood at Northeastern, 2:00 p.m. EDT. There aren’t a lot of opportunities to watch Lindenwood, and one of the best goalies in the country, for free.

Vermont at Clarkson, 3:00 p.m. EDT. Same teams, different city.

North Dakota at Minnesota State, 2:07 p.m. CDT. Game two.


St. Lawrence at Vermont, 7:00 p.m. EDT. It’s possible that this game matches two teams that are still winless on the season.

Buy a ticket and watch in person
Minnesota-Duluth at Bemidji State, Friday at 7:07, Saturday at 2:07. This duo met seven times last season, and most of the games were very close. Maura Crowell might be surprised to learn you can live in Duluth and still have to travel north, along with west, for a road game. The good news is this will likely be the warmest trip to Bemidji for a series that she’ll ever have.

Plan B to watch in person
St. Lawrence at Boston College, Monday at 1:00. Yes, these teams play on Sunday as well, but the real attraction is getting to watch college hockey on a Monday afternoon. If you work a job that counts Columbus Day as a paid day off, there can’t be many better ways to celebrate this holiday.

Feel free to comment if I’ve omitted or misstated some piece of information. And if I did mess up, again, you’re still getting your money’s worth.

Weekend wrap: Oct. 4

Welcome to Division I!
After months and months of planning and preparation, Merrimack’s program is off the ground. The debut may not be the stuff of fairy tales, but it certainly wasn’t disastrous either.

The Warriors’ inaugural game drew an announced crowd of 1,781 as they hosted St. Cloud State. The home team provided plenty of thrills, scoring four straight power-play goals to turn a two-goal deficit into a two-goal advantage midway through the final period. It was not to be, as the Huskies responded with a four-goal burst of their own, including three power-play goals, to record a 6-4 victory. Katelyn Rae had the honor of scoring the first goal in Merrimack history. Paige Sorenson, Jackie Pieper, and Paige Voight also found the back of the net for the hosts. Defenseman Lexi Slattery led the attack for SCSU with two goals and a pair of assists.

The Huskies completed the sweep on Saturday. Merrimack’s Felila Manu scored on the game’s first shift, and Dominique Kremer later tied the game, 2-2, but that was it for good news for the Warriors. SCSU again scored the final four goals of the game and triumphed, 6-2. Six different Huskies scored, and Brittney Anderson and Molly Illikainen had a trio of assists. Both teams can work on their penalty kills, as each yielded five goals while short-handed on the weekend.

How the top 10 fared
It was a good week to be ranked. None of the top 10 teams lost, although there were some close calls.

No. 1 Minnesota got shutouts from both Amanda Leveille and Sidney Peters and swept Penn State, 2-0 and 5-0. Celine Whitlinger’s 41 saves weren’t enough for the hosts in the opener, as Milica McMillen’s power-play tally and Sarah Potomak’s first collegiate goal into an empty net made the Gophers victorious. Kelly Pannek and Hannah Brandt netted a pair apiece and Megan Wolfe chipped in a goal and an assist as Minnesota cruised in the second game.

No. 2 Boston College grabbed early leads both days and held the lead the rest of the way as it swept visiting Minnesota-Duluth, 4-1 and 4-2. Andie Anastos scored twice in the opener, and the Eagles got single goals from Dana Trivigno and Alex Carpenter. Down 4-0 by the second intermission, a tally from Lara Stalder was all UMD could must. Carpenter completed her hat trick into an empty net in a slightly more-competitive game two, after Megan Keller had opened the scoring. Michela Cava and Maria Lindh pulled the Bulldogs within one on separate occasions, but the visitors could get no closer. Katie Burt earned both wins.

Providence and No. 3 Wisconsin played their series in San Jose, Calif. Outside of Kate Friesen scoring the first goal of the weekend to put the Friars up, little went PC’s way. Annie Pankowski was the first of five Badgers to answer, and UW closed out the 5-1 win. Pankowski started the scoring on Saturday on a power play, and completed her hat trick with a pair of short-handed goals as Wisconsin romped, 8-1. Sarah Nurse scored twice, giving her three goals on the weekend.

No. 5 Clarkson took both ends of a nonconference, home-and-home series with St. Lawrence. In the opener at Cheel Arena, Olivia Howe put the hosts up in the first period, freshman Loren Gabel doubled the lead in the second, and Cayley Mercer took advantage of one of those trademark early-extra-attacker gambles by Chris Wells to give the Golden Knights a three-goal lead. Shea Tiley saved all 23 shots as Savannah Harmon finished of the scoring in a 4-0 win for Clarkson. Switching to Appleton Arena for the second game, SLU was the squad that scored in each of the first two periods, with freshman Kayla Nielsen and Hannah Miller doing the damage. Another freshman, goaltender Sonjia Shelly, was doing all she could to earn the Saints their first win of the season, stopping everything despite being peppered with 32 shots in the first 40 minutes, but the dam broke in the third. Harmon and Mercer scored to knot the score, and freshman Rhyen McGill won it for Clarkson with 3:15 remaining in regulation.

No. 6 North Dakota got a scare in its opener at Rensselaer. The Engineers had only four shots in the first period, but half of them found a way past Shelby Amsley-Benzie and the hosts were up, 2-0, thanks to goals by Alexa Gruschow and Laura Horwood. Sam LaShomb started a comeback, and Halli Krzyzaniak scored twice in the second period to give UND a lead. But RPI wasn’t done, as freshman Josefine Hansen tied the score in the final frame. Senior Becca Kohler scored at 18:01, and UND was able to close out the 4-3 victory. North Dakota had an easier time in the second game, taking a first-period lead on Layla Marvin’s short-handed goal. Meghan Dufault scored the eventual game-winner in the second period, and LaShomb and Kohler added goals in the third, the last into an empty net. Rookie Taylor Schwalbe’s goal was the only response RPI could generate as it fell, 4-1.

Mercyhurst avoided the sweep at No. 7 Quinnipiac. The Lakers came from behind twice in the opener to gain a 3-3 tie. Emma Woods and freshman Melissa Samoskevich gave the hosts a 2-0 lead, but Emily Janiga responded with two goals for Mercyhurst. Woods put the Bobcats back on top in the third period, but rookie Sarah Hine scored an extra-attacker goal with 24 seconds left to produce the stalemate. Taylar Cianfarano opened the scoring on Saturday for Quinnipiac, but the Lakers rallied yet again on the strength of a Jenna Dingeldein goal. However, Meghan Turner scored early in the second period, and the Bobcats made this lead stand up, thanks to Sydney Rossman’s 25 saves in earning the 2-1 win, the first for new coach Cassandra Turner.

No. 8 Boston University was another team that was pushed to the limit by an underdog. Senior Brittany Berisoff’s goal had Connecticut on top, 1-0, until freshman Sammy Davis responded for the Terriers with a third-period goal. Senior Rebecca Russo gave BU a 2-1 triumph when she found the net with a mere three tenths of a second before the final horn. Victoria Hanson made 20 stops to garner the win, and Elaine Chulie was denied despite turning aside 46 shots for UConn. The Terriers fashioned another comeback win versus Maine, 4-2. Down quickly on the road, 2-0, on goals by Audra Richards and Emilie Brigham, BU drew even on second-period strikes by Davis and Russo. The Black Bears committed four consecutive penalties in the third period, and Davis capitalized on the final one, burying a rebound. Rebecca Leslie sealed it with an empty-net goal while shorthanded.

No. 9 Bemidji State came home from Vermont victorious after sweeping the Catamounts, 2-1 and 3-0. Emma Terres and Madison Hutchinson gave the Beavers an early 2-0 lead on Friday. Bridget Baker halved the lead for UVM, Brittni Mowat needed only 11 saves to preserve the win, as 31 saves for Madison Litchfield weren’t enough. Mowat was the busier of the two on Saturday, but she controlled all 30 shots sent her way to post the shutout. BSU got a goal in each period, with credit going to Ciscely Nelson, Kristin Huber, and Hanna Moher. Hutchinson had a pair of assists and finished with four points for the series. Frustrations boiled over at the final buzzer, with the two teams combining for three major penalties, plus two misconducts and a game misconduct.

A winning record
Minnesota State endured a miserable 2014-15 season, winning only three times. After four games, the Mavericks sit on the good side of the .500 line in John Harrington’s first season behind the bench, after salvaging a split at RIT.

The Tigers took the opener, 2-1, in comeback fashion. Elin Johansson scored the game’s first goal at 5:50 of the third period. Scott McDonald called timeout, RIT regrouped, Cassie Clayton tied it up 83 seconds later, and Lindsey Stenason potted the game-winning goal with 21 ticks left. Brooke Stoddart recorded 26 saves in earning the win.

On Saturday, MSU jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead on goals from freshman Emily Harris, Hannah Davidson, and Johansson. RIT closed to within one on the first collegiate goal for Mallory Rushton and a short-handed effort by Jess Paton. Freshman Jordan McLaughlin’s third-period goal boosted the lead back to 4-2, and Brianna Quade kept it right there, finishing with 33 saves.

A successful debut
Ohio State got a road sweep at Lindenwood in Jenny Potter’s first series behind the bench. Brittania Gillanders scored first for the Lions just 69 seconds into the weekend, but OSU rattled off five unanswered goals to win, 5-1. Five different Buckeyes hit the net, and Stacy Danczak made 31 saves with the single blemish.

Ohio State was able to hold off Lindenwood in the second game and won, 3-2. Kendall Curtis scored twice, giving her three goals on the weekend, and freshman Maddy Field tallied in each game. Shara Jasper and Rachel Weich converted for the Lions.

Other action
Another strong recruiting class may make a difference, as Colgate produced a convincing sweep of visiting Robert Morris, 5-3 and 6-0. Newcomer Shae Labbe had three goals and an assist on the weekend and Breanne Wilson-Bennett scored twice. Ashlynne Rando earned both wins, including the 31-save shutout.

A hat trick from Audra Richards helped Maine spoil New Hampshire’s home opener, 4-0. Brooke Stacey scored the other goal, and Meghann Treacy denied all 29 shots to get the shutout.

Union and host Connecticut skated to a 2-2 deadlock. Jacyn Reeves and Jamie Smith had the Dutchwomen up early, but the Huskies drew even on goals by Caitlin Hewes and Brittany Berisoff. Melissa Black made 35 saves for Union, and Annie Belanger turned away 26 attempts for UConn.

Women’s D-I picks: Oct. 2

So caught up was I in season previews for the women’s conferences and the NCHC, I almost forgot weekend picks. I got off to a pretty good start last week, going 5-0-3 (.812). Let’s get to this weekend’s games.

Friday, Oct. 2

Minnesota at Penn State
The Nittany Lions played the Gophers tough last night, but this should be a sweep. Minnesota 4-1

Connecticut at Boston University
The Terriers are still a strong team without Poulin. Boston University 4-2

Maine at New Hampshire
Too early to tell. New Hampshire always seems to be in turmoil. Maine 2-1


Minnesota-Duluth at Boston College
The Bulldogs are scrappy, and it’s early season, but I’m picking the Eagles. Boston College 3-1, 4-1

St. Lawrence at Clarkson
The Saints didn’t look so good last weekend, and even if this is usually a push, I’m picking a Clarkson sweep. Clarkson 4-2, 4-1

Ohio State at Lindenwood
The Lions look good against the Bulldogs, and there’s a lot up in the air in Ohio, but I like the Buckeyes. Ohio State 3-2, 2-1

St. Cloud State at Merrimack
The Warriors start their first season as a D-I squad. Usually, it takes some adjustment. St. Cloud 2-1, 2-1

Mercyhurst at Quinnipiac
This has split written all over it, even if the Lakers aren’t as strong as in the past. Quinnipiac 2-1, Mercyhurst 2-1

North Dakota at Rensselaer
Another WCHA sweep. North Dakota 4-1, 4-1

Wisconsin vs. Providence
This used to be a more of a battle, but the Badgers are perhaps stronger than anyone but Minnesota. Wisconsin 4-1, 4-0

Sunday, Oct. 4

Boston University at Maine
The Terriers get off on the right foot. Boston University 4-1

Tuesday, Oct. 6

Clarkson at Syracuse
The Orange can be quite mercurial, but I like the Golden Knights in a roll. Clarkson 4-1

Weekend wrap: 9/25/15

Early Returns
While a number of teams got started with weekend exhibitions, a lesser number imitated Dixville Notch, N.H., and posted early results in NCAA nonconference contests. No championships were won, nor lost, but every journey starts with a first step, though it’s too early to say what direction those eight teams are headed.

Goaltender auditions
St. Lawrence hosted Northeastern in a series pairing two teams that both received votes in the preseason poll after graduating senior goaltenders who had been fixtures in net.

Saints coach Chris Wells opted for the unconventional strategy of giving each of his three goaltenders a period in each contest. How did it work? Definitely better in the first game than the second.

SLU earned a 2-2 tie in the opener when Kennedy Marchment scored her second goal at 13:09 of the middle period, equaling tallies by Kendall Coyne and Shelby Herrington for the Huskies. Sunday’s rematch got away from the Saints early, as they fell behind, 5-2, after 20 minutes and fell by a 9-5 verdict. Marchment potted two more goals, freshman Justine Reyes netted the first two tallies of her career, and rookie goalie Sonjia Shelly kept her ledger perfect while recording 17 saves in more than 41 minutes of action on the weekend.

The remainder of the news was mostly to Northeastern’s liking. Coyne bagged the season’s first hat trick, Hayley Scamurra scored twice, and Kasidy Anderson and Denisa Krížová contributed a goal plus two assists.

Freshman Brittany Bugalski saw all the minutes in the Huskies’ net, and although she yielded the seven goals on the weekend, it didn’t cost her in the loss column.

More series wins
Two WCHA hosts earned a win along with a tie.

No. 9 Bemidji State took down Robert Morris, 3-1, on Friday. The Beavers got goals from Alexis Joyce, Stephanie Anderson, and an empty-net tally from Lauren Miller, along with 18 saves by Brittni Mowat. Rikki Meilleur’s goal was the only tally the Colonials could muster. RMU gained a 4-4 tie on Saturday thanks to freshman Amber Rennie’s second goal of the game with 18 seconds left in regulation. Lauren Bailey made her collegiate debut in a relief role and saved all 16 shots she faced, helping the Colonials kill five penalties in the third period and overtime, including over a minute of a five-on-three BSU power play. Bemidji’s Hanna Moher led all point getters in the game with a goal and two assists. Joyce and Anderson scored for the second straight day.

Minnesota State came back to tie Union, 2-2, in its opener behind Corbin Boyd’s first MSU goal at 18:12 of the third period. Kathryn Tomaselli had both goals for the Dutchwomen, and freshman Melissa Black was kept busy in their net with 44 saves. Anna-Maria Fiegert had the other Mavericks goal. MSU got goals from Katie Johnson, Anna Keys, and Amanda Conway in support of Brianna Quade’s 3-0 win on Saturday, as the junior saved all 19 shots. Last season, the Mavericks had to wait until January 7 to celebrate their first victory.

The season’s first sweep
The Maura Crowell era got off to a good start at Minnesota-Duluth. The Bulldogs came home from Lindenwood with 4-3 and 4-1 wins. They needed an overtime winner from Ashleigh Brykaliuk in the opener. The Lions had rallied from a 3-1 third-period deficit, including Sarah Bobrowski’s tying goal in the final 17 seconds. Lindenwood also got tallies from Shannon Morris-Reade and Shara Jasper. Linnea Hedin, Lara Stalder, and Reagan Haley scored the other UMD markers.

On Sunday, Stalder scored twice, Brykaliuk added another goal with her three points, and Michela Cava garnered the winning goal in the second period. Kayla Black made 23 saves, yielding only a power-play goal by Britannia Gillanders.

Women’s D-I picks: Sept. 25

The first weekend sees mostly exhibitions, but there are a few regular season games as well. Candace Horgan gives her take.

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 25-26

Robert Morris vs. Bemidji State
The Colonials started OK last season and then took a nose dive. I think they will be better, but Bemidji will be gunning to prove last season wasn’t a fluke. Bemidji State 2-1, 3-2

Union at Minnesota State
This has split written all over it, but home ice should mean something. Neither team is good at scoring; ties in both wouldn’t surprise me. Minnesota State 2-1, 1-0

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 26-27

Minnesota-Duluth vs. Lindenwood
The Bulldogs go on the road with their first coach not named Miller in program history, as Maura Crowell takes over. Lindenwood goalie Nicole Hensley might finish her career with the highest number of shots faced by any goalie ever, but even she can’t shut them all down.
Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, 3-1

Northeastern at St. Lawrence
The Huskies have a lot of talent, especially led by U.S. National Team vet Kendall Coyne, but a trip to the North Country is always tough. This says split. St. Lawrence 2-1, Northeastern 3-2

Women’s D-I picks: March 20

Last week, I went 3-1 (.750). This postseason, I am 29-15 (.659). Only three games left.

Friday, March 20

Harvard vs. Boston College
This might be more of a heart pick. These two split so far, with each winning on home ice. What does neutral ice equal? Boston College 3-1

Wisconsin at Minnesota
As I said in our Wednesday Women column, while Wisconsin has played well of late, the Badgers have struggled against the Gophers, and are on an 0-15-2 run. I don’t see it changing on home ice. Minnesota 4-2

Women’s D-I wrap: March 15

Seeds hold in NCAA quarterfinals
Over the weekend, nail-biting finishes, overtimes, and upsets abounded. That statement was likely true in some tournament in some sport, but none of it applied in the NCAA Women’s Collegiate Tournament on Saturday, where the four host teams had their games well in hand as the time ticked down.

Boston College dethrones Clarkson
We are guaranteed a new national champion after Boston College knocked out Clarkson, 5-1. As has been the case much of the year, junior forward Alex Carpenter impelled the charge for the Eagles, scoring the first two goals and assisting on a third. Carpenter’s shot under the crossbar was the only goal of the first period. She cut to the middle and found the five-hole on Golden Knights’ goaltender Shea Tiley 23 seconds into the second frame. Kristyn Capizzano buried a rebound off the end wall 15 minutes later. Daniella Matteucci’s third-period goal was the only one of 21 Clarkson shots to elude Katie Burt, who won her first NCAA tournament start. Haley Skarupa got that goal back seconds after a Clarkson penalty expired, and Toni Ann Miano found an empty net to conclude the scoring. BC finishes its home season a perfect 19-0 in Conte Forum.

Harvard blanks Quinnipiac
Harvard gained the Frozen Four for the first time since 2008 by stopping Quinnipiac, 5-0. Emerance Maschmeyer handled all 20 shots that the Bobcats sent her way, her third shutout of the year. Abigail Frazer put the Crimson on top to stay before the game was five minutes old with a goal from the left point. Tallies from Haley Mullins, Samantha Reber, Sydney Daniels, and Karly Heffernan followed. Frazer, Heffernan, and Lexi Laing produced two-point games.

Harvard will collide with BC in the second semifinal on Friday. The two squads split their two regular-season meetings. The Eagles took the first game in a rout that delivered insult, while the Crimson earned a closely-contested Beanpot championship to impart greater injury.

Wisconsin continues mastery of Boston University
Freshman Annie Pankowski finished on a breakaway three minutes into Wisconsin’s 5-1 triumph over Boston University, and the Badgers were off and running, peppering the BU net with 48 shots in the contest. Katarina Zgraja doubled the margin at the 15:54 mark, and Pankowski potted her second goal a period later. Emily Clark put UW up four by the second intermission. Jenny Ryan added a power-play goal before Victoria Bach scored for the Terriers to deny Ann-Renée Desbiens a shutout. Wisconsin has taken all five of the head-to-head matches versus BU.

Minnesota ends storybook run by RIT
Top-seeded Minnesota survived a mess of its own making and posted a 6-2 victory over RIT to end the Tigers’ first foray into the NCAA tournament. Milica McMillen and Kate Schipper scored to give the Gophers a two-goal lead in the first five minutes, but Minnesota lost two members of its second line to major penalties and game misconducts by the first period intermission. Carly Payerl took advantage and fired in the first of her two goals on the day, but the Gophers responded with power-play tallies by Rachel Ramsey, Maryanne Menefee, and Hannah Brandt to assume a 5-1 lead just past the midway point. Payerl’s second marker gave the Tigers some late hope, but Lee Stecklein squelched it with a short-handed goal into an empty net. Schipper and Brandt tallied three points.

The Badgers and Gophers will square off in the first semifinal on Friday. It will be the teams’ third NCAA tourney game in the last four years, despite the fact that the two haven’t met in the conference tournament once over that stretch.

Women’s D-I picks: March 13

There are only seven games left in this long season that started in September. Seven more games to pick. It’d be nice to go 7-for-7; let’s see what we can do this weekend.

Last weekend, I went a dreadful 4-7 (.363). So far this postseason, I am 26-14 (.650).

Saturday, March 14

Clarkson at Boston College
BC showed a little vulnerability last weekend, but the Eagles haven’t lost at home this year, and I don’t see it happening this weekend. Boston College 3-1

Quinnipiac at Harvard
Another 2-1 victor for the Crimson? Sure, why not, but OT may be required. Harvard 2-1

Boston University at Wisconsin
Home ice vs. Marie-Philip Poulin. I’m betting on the suddenly hot latter. Boston University 3-2

RIT at Minnesota
The Tigers’ senior class is 15-1 in the postseason over their careers. This game is a second loss. Minnesota 4-1

Women’s D-I wrap: March 08

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women’s D-I picks: March 7

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

Sunday, March 8

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

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

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

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