Weekend Picks: Jan. 29

I had a decent week, barring CHA picks, going 22-5-5 (.765) to bring my season record to 287-81-44 (.750). We have some big series this week, including battles of top 10 teams, so hopefully I can do OK.

Friday, Jan. 29

Princeton at Dartmouth
Home ice won’t be enough to get the Big Green a win against the surging Tigers. Princeton 3-1

Quinnipiac at Harvard
The Crimson took the Bobcats to OT back in December. Something tells me they get a win. Harvard 2-1

Colgate at Rensselaer
The Engineers could play spoiler, but I like the Raiders. Colgate 3-2

Cornell at Union
The Dutchwomen’s travails continue. Cornell 4-2

New Hampshire at Northeastern
The Huskies are one of the elite. The Wildcats are improving, but aren’t there. Northeastern 4-1

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 29-30

Syracuse at Mercyhurst
This was a split a few weeks ago, and figures to be again. Mercyhurst 2-1, Syracuse 3-2

RIT at Penn State
My picks record would be even better if I didn’t try to pick CHA games. RIT 2-1, Penn State 2-1

Lindenwood at Robert Morris
I thought the Colonials were getting better, but league play has been a killer. Robert Morris 3-2, Lindenwood 2-1

Brown versus Yale
A tough one to call, but I see the Bulldogs winning both. Yale 3-1, 2-1

Minnesota at Bemidji State
Home ice for the Beavers means closer games, but same results. Minnesota 3-1, 4-1

Ohio State at Minnesota-Duluth
With these teams, you could flip coins and get better results. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, 3-1

Minnesota State at North Dakota
One game will be close, but I see a NoDak sweep. North Dakota 3-2, 4-1

Saturday, Jan. 30

St. Lawrence at Clarkson
Given how the Golden Knights did earlier tonight, I have a hard time seeing this turning out differently. Clarkson 4-1

Quinnipiac at Dartmouth
The Bobcats will get back on track, or continue a win streak if they beat Harvard Friday. Quinnipiac 3-1

Princeton at Harvard
The Tigers won a clash with the Crimson earlier in the year, so why not again? Princeton 3-2

Cornell at Rensselaer
This game was a lot easier to pick last year. Cornell 2-1

Colgate at Union
The Raiders should keep pace in the ECAC races. Colgate 3-1

Merrimack at Boston University
The Terriers get some momentum for the Beanpot. Boston University 4-1

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 30-31

Maine at Providence
Maybe the Black Bears get back in the win column, but it’s not a safe bet. Providence 2-1, 2-1

Connecticut at Vermont
This is likely a split, but I’ll go out on a limb. Connecticut 2-1, 3-2

St. Cloud State at Wisconsin
The Huskies are playing much better than expected, but not good enough to defeat the Badgers. Wisconsin 4-1, 4-1

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Harvard versus Boston College
This is where BC’s streak ended last year, so I think the Eagles will be extra focused. Boston College 3-1

Northeastern at Boston University
The Terriers have fallen off and Northeastern is better. Northeastern 4-1

What to Watch: Jan. 29

While the field is once again strong for Boston’s midseason tournament, hosted by Boston University, it definitely looks like No. 1 Boston College and three would-be spoilers. There have been three different winners over the last trio of seasons, and BU hasn’t even reached the final over that time. It will hope that home ice brings magic, because BU’s only title came as a club team back in 1981.

The semifinals kick off Monday at 5 p.m. EST with the Eagles clashing with defending champion Harvard, the team that ruined their perfect season in last year’s Beanpot final. They played two weeks ago on January 19, and BC was able to neutralize the Crimson attack and gain a 2-0 win.

In the second semi, scheduled for an 8 p.m. start, BU entertains No. 6 Northeastern. The Huskies cruised to a 7-1 rout when they met the Terriers back in October.

Syracuse at Mercyhurst, Friday, 3 p.m. EST, and Saturday, 2 p.m. EST
Just two weeks ago, the top two teams in the CHA collided in Syracuse, and nothing was decided, as they traded two-goal wins. Goals were at a premium, with each scoring three times in the series. Another split would work to the Lakers’ advantage, because they enjoy a two-point edge in the standings, with only six games remaining after this weekend.

No. 4 Quinnipiac at Harvard, Friday, 3:30 p.m. EST
NESN will be airing this contest, as one of last year’s ECAC co-champions welcomes the league’s current leader. Quinnipiac is one of three teams that the Crimson trail, and they’re three games out of first place, so they’ll need some serious help to gain another crown. First things first — a victory over the Bobcats is a must. Quinnipiac prevailed in overtime when it hosted Harvard in December.

New Hampshire at No. 6 Northeastern, Friday, 7 p.m. EST
The Huskies took both halves of a home-and-home series three weeks ago. UNH tries to catch them looking ahead to the Beanpot.

No. 3 Minnesota at No. 7 Bemidji State, Friday, 7:07 p.m. CST, and Saturday, 4:07 p.m. CST
The Beavers took a game off of Minnesota in each of the first two series the two teams played in the Sanford Center, but since then, the Gophers have come home with three straight sweeps, and they won the 2014 WCHA Final Face-Off in the building. Minnesota scored a dozen goals in the first series in November, three more than it managed in five head-to-head meetings last season.

St. Lawrence at No. 5 Clarkson, Saturday, 3 p.m. EST
The Saints try to shake off the effects of the 6-1 beating that the Golden Knights administered two days earlier in Canton.

Cornell at Rensselaer, Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
Critical ECAC points are on the line for two teams that head into the weekend just a game apart in the fight for playoff berths. The Engineers needed OT to come out on top back in October.

Weekend Wrap: Jan. 24

26 and counting
No. 1 Boston College added three more wins to its perfect season. To start its week, Meghan Grieves scored twice on assists by Tori Sullivan, and Katie Burt turned away 29 shots to record a 2-0 shutout of Harvard.

The Eagles returned home to sweep Vermont, 6-2 and 6-1. In the opener, Dana Trivigno had a goal and three assists, while Alex Carpenter scored twice. Carpenter potted two more with a helper on Saturday. She now has 250 career points, good for seventh in the NCAA era.

Tight margins in the CHA
The lower-ranked team gained at least a split in all three series played in the CHA. The six teams combined to score just 18 goals in the six games on the weekend, and half the games went to overtime.

Penn State was the only team to gain ground in the league, taking three of four points from Robert Morris. Bella Sutton was the hero for the Nittany Lions on Friday, scoring at 3:41 of OT to give her team a 3-2 win. Sarah Quaranta had assisted on third-period tallies by Mikaela Lowater at 12:54 and Bittany Howard at 14:40 to bring the Colonials back from a two-goal deficit. Hannah Bramm built the PSU lead, converting assists from Amy Petersen in each of the first two stanzas. Celine Whitlinger earned the win with 33 saves. RMU’s Rikki Meilleur forced overtime again on Saturday with her unassisted goal with 33 seconds remaining in regulation. The game ended in a 2-2 tie, and Hannah Ehresmann finished with 40 saves for Penn State, while Jessica Dodds made 27 stops for the Colonials. Petersen had given the Nittany Lions a third-period lead, after Bramm and Ashley Vesci traded goals in the first frame.

Goals were scarce at Lindenwood. On Friday, it wasn’t until the game’s final minute that Mercyhurst’s Sarah Robello broke through on a power play. Jaclyn Arbour added an empty-netter with nine seconds left, giving Sarah McDonnell, who stopped 25 shots, a 2-0 shutout win. Shara Jasper scored the Lions’ only goal of the weekend 4:44 into Saturday’s game, but that proved to be enough for a 1-0 win, thanks to 35 saves by Nicole Hensley.

Syracuse was unable to gain ground on the Lakers, however, because the Orange had problems of their own versus RIT. Carly Payerl’s second goal of the day a minute into overtime gave the Tigers a 2-1 victory on Friday. Jess Paton had the primary assist, as she did on Payerl’s earlier goal that tied the game after Nicole Ferrara had given Syracuse a lead. Jetta Rackleff made 41 saves to garner the win. The Orange bounced back with a 3-0 win, getting goals from Dakota Derrer, Heather Schwarz, and Alysha Burriss, and 14 saves from Jenn Gilligan.

Favorites prevail in the WCHA
Underdogs had their moments in the WCHA, but not enough of them, as the favored teams took 23 of the 24 points awarded.

No. 1 Wisconsin again had difficulty with No. 8 North Dakota, but this time, the Badgers were able to overcome the adversity and swept in front of two sellout crowds. Erika Sowchuk scored Saturday’s only goal 3:34 into the contest, assisted by Rachel Jones and Jenny Ryan. Ann-Renée Desbiens took over from there, stopping all 29 shots that the Fighting Hawks mustered. Shelby Amsley-Benzie made 31 saves to keep UND close. Wisconsin triumphed, 3-1, on Sunday, when Emily Clark scored the winning goal on a power play with 72 seconds left. Annie Pankowski added an empty-net goal and assisted on the other two tallies for the Badgers. Clark had two helpers as well. Sarah Nurse gave Wisconsin the first lead of the game, before Becca Kohler responded with UND’s only tally of the weekend. Amsley-Benzie finished with 31 saves for the second day, while Desbiens stopped 27 shots to earn her 22nd win of the season.

No. 3 Minnesota’s 7-0 victory at St. Cloud State on Friday gave Brad Frost his 279th win for the Gophers, moving him ahead of Laura Halldorson for most in program history. Sarah Potomak had two goals and three assists, while Dani Cameranesi had a four-point game, and Hannah Brandt, Kelly Pannek, and Kelsey Cline all finished with three points. Amanda Leveille saved all 18 shots to get the shutout. The Gophers power play converted on three of five opportunities on Saturday as they finished off the sweep, 4-2. Milica McMillen, Cara Piazza, Taylor Williamson, and Cameranesi hit the net for Minnesota, while Lauren Hespenheide and Suvi Ollikainen got the Huskies on the board. Brandt finished the weekend with 267 career points, moving her into fourth place on the NCAA list.

No. 7 Bemidji State swept at Minnesota-Duluth, 3-2 and 2-0. Lara Stalder scored Friday’s first and last goals for the Bulldogs, but Kristin Huber equaled that with a pair of power-play tallies for the Beavers, who went ahead to stay on freshman defenseman Melissa Hunt’s first goal of her career. Ivana Bilic of BSU and UMD’s Ashleigh Brykaliuk contributed a pair of helpers. Brittni Mowat got the shutout on Saturday by making 27 stops, supported by goals from Kaitlyn Tougas and Madison Hutchinson. Maddie Rooney saved 26 shots for the Bulldogs.

Ohio State kept Minnesota State winless in the league on the season. The teams skated to a 3-3 draw on Friday, with OSU winning the shootout. Julia McKinnon and Claudia Kepler scored twice with two assists in the Buckeyes’ 8-3 Saturday win. OSU’s Katie Matheny also had a pair of goals, as did Emily Antony, who finished with three goals in the series for the Mavericks.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 4 Quinnipiac skated away from Boston University, 6-1. Taylar Cianfarano led the attack with two goals and an assist, and Kristen Tamberg had one goal in her three points.

No. 6 Northeastern took both ends of a home-and-home series over Connecticut, 4-0 and 7-3. Brittany Bugalski made 15 saves to claim the shutout in the opener. Jordan Krause had three assists and McKenna Brand scored and added an assist. On Saturday, Kendall Coyne scored twice with two helpers, defenseman Lauren Kelly had two goals and an assist, and Brand tallied once with two assists.

No. 5 Clarkson got a short-handed goal from Olivia Howe and an unassisted tally by Rhyen McGill, but had to settle for a 2-2 tie at Cornell when Jess Brown scored a third-period goal. Hanna Bunton had opened the scoring for the Big Red, who got 34 saves from Paula Voorheis. Shea Tiley made 25 saves for the Golden Knights.

Clarkson came from behind to down No. 10 Colgate on Saturday, 3-2, handing Raiders’ netminder Julia Vandyk her first loss in 13 decisions. Geneviève Bannon scored the final two goals for the Golden Knights after McGill had started the rally.

Colgate started the weekend with a tie of its own, 1-1, versus St. Lawrence, gained when Breanne Wilson-Bennett converted on a power play midway through the third period. Grace Harrison saved the other 16 shots from the Raiders, who got 23 stops from Vandyk, marred only by a first-period goal for SLU’s Kennedy Marchment.

Other action
St. Lawrence finished with a three-point weekend when it defeated Cornell, 5-1. Marchment and Hannah Miller scored in the first period, and Jenna Marks grew the lead to three with a short-handed tally. Anna Zorn got the Big Red on the board, but the Saints pulled away on empty-net goals by Justine Reyes and Amanda Boulier. Harrison made 19 saves to get the win.

Harvard’s Emerance Maschmeyer made 23 saves to shut out Dartmouth, 2-0. Karly Heffernan and Lexie Laing provided the goals.

Katie Rooney’s hat trick with an assist highlighted Rensselaer’s 6-2 win over Brown.

Melissa Black’s 39 saves weren’t enough to keep Union from falling to Yale, 2-1. Jamie Haddad and Courtney Pensavalle scored for the Bulldogs after Kathryn Tomaselli had given the Dutchwomen an early lead.

Brown’s Erin Conway scored an extra-attacker goal to tie Union, 2-2, and deny the Dutchwomen their first victory yet again. Lizzy Otten had put Union on the brink of victory with a shorthanded goal, after Tomaselli and Sam Donovan had traded goals.

Katelyn Rae scored twice with an assist and Samantha Ridgewell made 26 saves to get her fourth win when Merrimack downed Brown, 4-1.

Boston University swept a home-and-home series from Providence, 5-1 and 4-2. Rebecca Leslie scored twice and added an assist in the opener. Blair Parent struck twice to give the Friars a two-goal lead on Sunday, but the Terriers rallied behind second-period goals from Maddie Elia, Rebecca Russo, Mary Grace Kelley, and Victoria Bach.

New Hampshire swept Maine, 5-1 and 3-0. Jonna Curtis had a goal and a three-point game on Saturday. Kyra Smith turned in a 32-save shutout on Sunday, supported by a goal and an assist from Carlee Toews.

What to Watch: Jan. 22

Storm warnings
Storms often make people late, but this weekend in the ECAC, a winter storm is making things happen earlier. The league moved up the start times on both Friday and Saturday due to the snowstorm forecast to hit much of the East Coast.

Rensselaer at Brown, Friday, 3 p.m. EST
Last weekend, the Bears grabbed a point from Cornell. Can they do damage to RPI’s playoff push as well?

St. Lawrence at No. 10 Colgate, Friday, 3 p.m. EST
Colgate won in Canton, so the Saints will look to return the favor in Hamilton.

No. 5 Clarkson at Cornell, Friday, 3 p.m. EST
In recent years, the conference lead has often been at stake when these teams have played. There is no such reward this time, but the points are just as vital.

Ohio State at Minnesota State, Friday and Saturday, 2:07 p.m. CST
The Mavericks have demonstrated their improvement in recent weeks. Now is the time to show more tangible improvement in the win column.

No. 3 Minnesota at St. Cloud State, Friday and Saturday, 3:07 p.m. CST
Through coach Eric Rud’s first eight games versus Minnesota, the Gophers have outscored the Huskies 60-1.

Connecticut at No. 6 Northeastern, Friday, 7 p.m. EST; No. 6 Northeastern at Connecticut, Saturday, 3 p.m. EST
It’s offense versus defense when the two squads of Huskies square off in a home-and-home. Earlier this month, offense won as Northeastern came away with the points on home ice, 5-1.

Mercyhurst at Lindenwood, Friday, 6 p.m. CST, and Saturday, 1 p.m. CST
The Lakers retained their grip on the top spot in the CHA last week. They’ll need to avoid a letdown to do so again as they face the Lions in St. Charles.

Vermont at No. 1 Boston College, Friday, 7 p.m. EST, and Saturday, 2 p.m. EST
The Eagles are due to just explode against someone. Sorry, UVM. Last year, the Catamounts were able to keep things from getting out of hand, but BC is a ticking bomb.

No. 7 Bemidji State at Minnesota-Duluth, Friday, 7:07 p.m. CST, and Saturday, 4:07 p.m. CST
The Bulldogs have to be asking, “When will this run of ranked opponents end?” Not until next week. However, UMD played two tight games in Bemidji, so this weekend could bring its first 2016 win.

Union at Brown, Saturday, 1 p.m. EST
If the Dutchwomen don’t win here, it is looking like they aren’t going to win at all.

Rensselaer at Yale, Saturday, 1 p.m. EST
One has to go back to 2007 to find a year where both the Engineers and the Bulldogs made the playoffs, and given they look to be fighting for the same turf, that likely doesn’t change this season.

New Hampshire at Maine, Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. EST
What’s wrong with Maine? The Wildcats hope that the Black Bears don’t figure that out in the next few days. Maine beat UNH by four to kick off the season for both teams.

No. 5 Clarkson at Colgate, Saturday, 3 p.m. EST
The Raiders’ overtime win in Potsdam was the most impressive result of what has been a turnaround season. The teams share third place entering the weekend.

Providence at Boston University, Saturday, 3 p.m. EST; Boston University at Providence, Sunday, 2 p.m. EST
After a tough game at Quinnipiac, the Terriers will attempt to get well at the Friars’ expense.

No. 8 North Dakota at No. 2 Wisconsin, Saturday, 2:07 p.m. CST, and Sunday, 1:07 p.m. CST
I don’t expect that the Fighting Hawks are going to get the warmest of receptions in Madison. However, they really need points to hang onto their newly gained third-place standing.

Dartmouth at Harvard, Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
The Big Green haven’t won in their last 11 games, and the home team has lost three in a row. When’s the last time these two have played when they’ve both been scuffling this badly? The good news is that somebody is going to get much-needed points.

No. 9 Princeton at Connecticut, Monday, 7 p.m. EST
The Tigers take to the ice for the first time in 16 days. This contest could produce a top-notch goalie battle between senior goalies Kimberly Newell and Elaine Chuli.

No. 5 Clarkson at Cornell, Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
St. Lawrence dropped the Golden Knights in their first game as defending NCAA champs, but Clarkson has rattled off five head-to-head wins since then.

Weekend Picks: Jan. 22

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

Friday, Jan. 22

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

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

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

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

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 22-23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, Jan. 23

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 23-24

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

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

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

Monday, Jan. 25

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

Tuesday, Jan. 26

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

Weekend wrap: Jan. 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What to Watch: Jan. 15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekend picks: Jan. 15

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

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

Friday, Jan. 15

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

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

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

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

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 15-16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, Jan. 16

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

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

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

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

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 16-17

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, Jan. 19

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

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

Wednesday, Jan. 20

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

Made to be broken

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekend picks: Jan. 8

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

Here’s this week’s action.

Friday, Jan. 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 8-9

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

Friday, Sunday, Jan. 8 and 10

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

Saturday, Jan. 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 9-10

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, Jan. 12

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

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

Wednesday, Jan. 13

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

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