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Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 14

Last week, I gained another two games on Arlan in our season-long race. Hopefully I can keep it up. Neither Arlan nor I did particularly well, as I went 12-7-2 (.619) to move to 95-28-17 (.739) on the year, while Arlan went 10-9-2 (.523) to move to 89-34-17 (.696).

Friday, Nov. 14

Harvard at Clarkson
Candace: The first real test for the Crimson. The Golden Knights have won five in a row, but their last outing against a ranked team didn’t go so well. Harvard 3-1
Arlan: These teams combined for five goals in splitting two games last season. Harvard 2-1

Brown at Cornell
Candace: Even if the Bears seem to have discovered their offense, I don’t see them beating Cornell, which should be eager to record its first win. Cornell 3-2
Arlan: If told one of these teams was one game under .500 and the other was four games under, I’d have matched the wrong team with each record. Who foresaw the Big Red having the worst winning percentage in the country at this point? Cornell 4-3

Rensselaer at Quinnipiac
Candace: The Bobcats have beaten the teams they should, and that continues. Quinnipiac 4-1
Arlan: RPI has only one win on the year; the Bobcats have yet to lose. Obviously, this one is headed to OT. Quinnipiac 4-0

Dartmouth at St. Lawrence
Candace: This should be closer than last week’s blowout, but I still like the Big Green. Dartmouth 3-2
Arlan: I can’t decide if the Saints are more like Robert Morris, or a Hockey East team not named Boston College or Providence. Dartmouth 3-2

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 14-15

Penn State at RIT
Candace: I really have no idea how this will play out. RIT hasn’t won since October. RIT 1-0, 2-1
Arlan: In Texas Hold’em, it is said there are four ways to play pocket jacks —- all wrong. This series looks a lot like pocket jacks. RIT 2-1, Penn State 2-1

North Dakota at Bemidji State
Candace: Ties in both wouldn’t surprise me. Since I have no idea of the win order, I’m picking a sweep. North Dakota 3-2, 2-1
Arlan: BSU had its worst performance of the season coming out of its previous bye week. North Dakota 4-1, Bemidji State 2-1

Minnesota at Ohio State
Candace: The Gophers get back on track after the disappointment against Bemidji. Minnesota 4-2, 4-1
Arlan: One team is coming off a bye week, and the other played three games in five days. Minnesota 3-2, 4-1

Minnesota-Duluth at St. Cloud
Candace: Like Arlan, I have no idea of the likely split order, so I’m going with the visitors. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: The Huskies have the goaltending to steal one, but it is almost impossible to predict when a crime will occur. Minnesota-Duluth 1-0, 6-3

Vermont at Syracuse
Candace: Do the Orange build on finally beating Mercyhurst, or suffer a letdown? My guess says the latter. Vermont 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: Vermont has come up with a couple of real clunkers this season, but it hasn’t previously lost back-to-back games. Expect a rebound. Vermont 3-1, 4-3

Saturday, Nov. 15

Dartmouth at Clarkson
Candace: I’m tempted to pick the Big Green, but I think Clarkson should win a squeaker. Clarkson 3-2
Arlan: Two teams showing signs of being better than expected. Clarkson 4-3

Yale at Cornell
Candace: A tie wouldn’t surprise me at all. I won’t torture myself over this. Cornell 4-3
Arlan: I’m not going to overthink this one —- or think about it at all. Cornell 5-4

Brown at Colgate
Candace: I knew I should have picked Brown in one game against Maine. Brown 4-2
Arlan: Colgate projected to be the team showing improvement, but the Raiders seem addicted to slow starts. Brown 4-2

Rensselaer at Princeton
Candace: I think Princeton should rebound from the tie against RIT. Princeton 4-2
Arlan: It could be a few weeks before the Engineers win again. Princeton 4-2

Harvard at St. Lawrence
Candace: I think St. Lawrence will make this interesting, but Harvard prevails. Harvard 3-2
Arlan: SLU has played six games versus conference opponents but only three conference games. Harvard 4-0

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 15-16

New Hampshire vs. Boston College (home-and-home)
Candace: The Eagles keep rolling. Boston College 5-1, 6-2
Arlan: The Wildcats just ended a losing streak; now, here come the Eagles to start another one. Boston College 7-1, 4-2

Northeastern vs. Providence (home-and-home)
Candace: The way their season is going, the Friars may not get their first win until January. Northeastern 4-2, 3-1
Arlan: Is the Coyne hat trick on Tuesday a sign that she’s going to heat up? Northeastern 3-2, 4-1

Boston University vs. Connecticut (home-and-home)
Candace: Even sans Poulin, I think the Terriers should have enough to win. Boston University 4-1, 3-2
Arlan: The Terriers are just 2-2-1 with Marie-Philip Poulin out of the line-up. Will she be? Boston University 4-3, 4-2

Women’s D-I wrap: Nov. 09

No lead is safe
Of the eight games played on Friday, five teams grabbed multiple-goal leads that didn’t stand up. Brown, St. Cloud State, Providence, and Lindenwood surrendered two-goal leads, while RIT’s three-goal margin didn’t last. No clear trend emerged once the game was tied. The team holding the original lead ultimately won twice and lost twice, while one game ended in a tie.

Fool me once …
On Friday, after Maine erased a two-goal deficit, host Brown scored the final three goals in a 5-2 victory. Kaitlyn Keon had two goals, Sarah Robson added a trio of helpers, and Erin Conway and Kelly Micholson contributed a goal and an assist.

It got worse for the Black Bears on Saturday. They raced to a 3-0 lead before the game was seven minutes old. Monica Elvin came on in relief for Brown at that point and slammed the door, saving all 27 shots that she faced, while her offense went to work. Robson scored in the first period, Keon connected twice in the second period to tie the game, and Sam Donovan potted the game-winner with 88 seconds elapsed in the final period. Robson capped the 5-3 Brown win into an empty net.

Turnabout is fair play
Things looked good for Lindenwood when Jordyn Constance scored from Shara Jasper and Katie Erickson on a second-period power play to put the Lions up, 2-0, in the series opener. Erickson had connected in the first frame with Jasper again helping. However, Rebecca Vint started a Robert Morris comeback with a power-play goal of her own, and Mackenzie Johnston scored in the third period to force overtime. Defenseman Natalie Fraser’s first goal in a Colonials uniform gave RMU a 3-2 victory 2:25 into the extra session.

Saturday’s game was a see-saw affair. The Lions took a lead just 30 seconds into the game, but didn’t get their second goal until 93 seconds into period three. That forged a 2-2 tie that lasted all of 12 seconds before Erin Staniewski put the Colonials back on top. Constance netted her second goal of the game at 13:19 on a power play to force overtime, where Erickson struck to produce a 4-3 win for Lindenwood in a game where it was outshot, 40-24.

The cup runneth over (just not the Four Nations Cup)
Northeastern is left to ponder what No. 1 Boston College will look like at full strength, after the Four-Nations-shortened version dumped the Huskies, 6-1. Yes, Northeastern was down two players for the same reason, but even without five stars, the Eagles unleashed a 46-shot barrage. Kate Leary and Kristyn Capizzano scored twice; Kali Flanagan and Emily Field added three-point games.

BC had its team together intact for its Sunday game and kept rolling with a 4-2 win over Vermont. Leary netted two more goals in a three-goal Eagles’ second-period rally, after Amanda Pelkey had given the Catamounts the lead earlier in the frame on the power play.

Finally!
After years of winless frustration dating back to 2008 in the head-to-head rivalry, Syracuse finally got the best of No. 7 Mercyhurst on Saturday with a come-from-behind, 4-1 win. After assisting on Nicole Renault’s tying goal, Stephanie Grossi scored the winning goal on a third-period power play. Alysha Burriss and Melissa Piacentini added exclamation points into an empty net, and Jenn Gilligan made 28 saves to earn the historic victory.

A day earlier, the Lakers had extended their mastery of Syracuse with a 5-1 win. Emily Janiga’s two points included a goal, her ninth, and Megan Whiddon assisted twice. Amanda Makela handled 28 of 29 chances.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 6 Boston University was the only other ranked team in action. The Terriers took a 4-3 lead on Sarah Lefort’s power-play goal with under four minutes to play, only to have Yale’s Eden Murray tie it at 4-4 with an extra-attacker goal 1:55 later. The Bulldogs’ Courtney Pensavalle led all scorers with two goals and an assist. Each team converted twice on the power play, and the BU special teams added two more tallies while on the kill.

Other action
RIT took a three-goal, first-period lead Friday at Princeton, but was unable to hold it. Ali Pankowski tied the game at 3-3 early in the third period after Fiona McKenna and Hilary Lloyd had started the rally, with Molly Contini assisting on all three and Lloyd getting two helpers. Kelse Koelzer set up Morgan Sly for Princeton’s winner 1:36 into overtime. Freshman Alysia DaSilva made her debut in the Princeton net in relief to start the second stanza and handled all 11 shots she faced to earn the win. No leads were blown on Saturday, because none were taken as RIT and Princeton played to a 0-0 tie. Kimberly Newell made 40 saves, and Jetta Rackleff stopped all 28 shots she faced for RIT. The teams combined for 17 penalties.

After Molly Illikainen and Lauren Hespenheide scored 23 seconds apart for SCSU, Lauren Wash and Ali Svoboda answered for Rensselaer with tallies separated by 1:41 to send the teams to the first intermission deadlocked. Illikainen set up Abby Ness’ short-handed goal at 7:06 of the middle frame, and goaltender Julie Friend made 28 saves to preserve the Huskies’ 3-2 triumph. The Huskies completed the sweep in dominating fashion, outshooting the Engineers, 36-8, and getting goals from Lexi Slattery, Vanessa Spataro, and Illikainen in a 3-0 shutout.

Providence remained winless when it squandered a two-goal lead versus Union. Lexi Romanchuk and Haley Frade made it 2-0 at the 5:44 mark of the second period. Nicole Russell halved the margin 14:31 into the third period, Kathryn Tomaselli tied the game with 100 seconds left in regulation, and the Friars had to settle for a 2-2 tie.

Providence managed to avoid victory once more versus Connecticut on home ice on Sunday. The Friars spotted the Huskies the first goal, but roared back with three straight in the second period. Once the third period got underway, it was UConn’s turn. Emily Snodrass scored on a penalty kill 16 seconds after intermission, and 5:20 later, the Huskies were ahead on goals from Margaret Zimmer and Leah Lum. However, the Friars weren’t done, as Brooke Simpson scored an extra-attacker goal with four seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game, 4-4, and that’s how it ended. Cassidy Carels supplied a goal and two assists for PC.

Penn State allowed the opening tally to Colgate, but then scored five of the next six goals to seize control. Hannah Hoenshell had three points including two goals, and Laura Bowman found the net twice, also, as the Nittany Lions won, 6-4. Some of the storylines were the same on Saturday: Colgate scored early, Bowman had two goals, and PSU won again. Owing to Hannah Ehresmann’s 21 saves, that’s all the offense that was needed, and Sarah Nielsen finished off the 3-1 win into an empty net.

Ohio State jumped out to a two-goal lead 5:47 into its game at Minnesota State, thanks to tallies by Breanne Grant and sophomore Hayley Studler, the first in her career. Julia McKinnon built the Buckeyes’ lead to three before rookie Hannah Davidson’s first goal for the Mavericks provided the final 3-1 verdict. OSU completed the sweep on Saturday, 2-0. Danielle Gagne was the only shooter to beat Brianna Quade, who finished with 36 saves. That was enough, because Stacy Danczak turned away 17 shots and Kendall Curtis added an empty-net goal.

New Hampshire got back in the win column by taking care of Vermont, 5-1. Brittany Zuback scored the first goal of the game for the Catamounts, but momentum turned on Jonna Curtis’ goal in the final seconds before intermission. She had two assists as the Wildcats netted a pair in both of the following periods, and Ashley Wilkes made 21 saves.

Dartmouth defeated St. Lawrence, 5-1, in a non-ECAC game in Rochester, N.Y. Lindsey Allen had a pure hat trick, the final two into an empty net; Robyn Chemago recorded 29 saves.

On Tuesday, Justine Fredette’s first career goal got Connecticut off and running in a 4-2 win over Brown. Four different Huskies scored and 10 collected a point. Kaitlyn Keon scored on a penalty shot for the Bears.

Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 7

Well, I built on my lead on Arlan last week, though neither of us set the world on fire. I went 19-7-4 (.700)  to move to 83-21-15 (.760) on the year, while Arlan went 17-9-4 (.633) to move to 79-25-15 (.726) on the year.

There aren’t a lot of games this week, but we’re picking most of them.

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 7-8

Robert Morris at Lindenwood
Candace: The Colonials have to win at some point, right? Robert Morris 2-1, 2-1
Arlan: Didn’t expect the Colonials to trail the Lions by three points after a week of CHA action. Lindenwood 2-1, Robert Morris

Mercyhurst at Syracuse
Candace: Syracuse will break its futile streak at some point, but not this weekend. Mercyhurst 3-1, 4-1
Arlan: The Orange will defeat Mercyhurst eventually, but given they couldn’t beat Lindenwood, they’re going to have to prove it to me first. Mercyhurst 2-1, 3-1

Ohio State at Minnesota State
Candace: The Buckeyes build momentum ahead of a huge game with Mercyhurst. Ohio State 2-1, 4-1
Arlan: The Schmitt sisters give the Buckeyes an edge. Ohio State 3-1, 4-3

Maine at Brown
Candace: A matchup of Bears could be a split, but I’ll go for the visitors. Maine 3-2, 2-1
Arlan: The good news for Brown in the early going is that it is scoring over a goal more per game than last year; the bad news is that goals allowed has made an even bigger jump. Maine 3-2, 2-1

Penn State at Colgate
Candace: This series could make me a believer in the Nittany Lions. A split seems likely, but I’ll pick a sweep. Penn State 3-1, 2-1
Arlan: Colgate has won only three games through the end of November the past two years and is starting slowly again, although this is likely a split of some sort. Penn State 2-1, 3-2

RIT at Princeton
Candace: Another matchup of squads with the same nickname. Based on last weekend, I’m picking the home team. Princeton 3-1, 2-1
Arlan: Princeton took the only other D-I meeting of the two streaks of Tigers. Princeton 3-1, 1-0

St. Cloud at Rensselaer
Candace: As Arlan says, I think this series is payback. St. Cloud 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: The Engineers got a road sweep in St. Cloud last year; can the Huskies get some payback? St. Cloud State 2-1, 2-1

Saturday, Nov. 8

Boston College at Northeastern
Candace: A good test of BC’s depth. Boston College 4-1
Arlan: A short-handed Northeastern can’t take advantage of an even shorter BC. Boston College 4-2

Vermont at New Hampshire
Candace: Both teams are missing players to Four Nations, so I’ll pick the deeper one. Vermont 3-1
Arlan: The Wildcats come in having lost five straight with BC, BC, BU, and Wisconsin twice to follow. I have a strange feeling that I should pick them here, but I lack the guts. Vermont 2-0

Dartmouth at St. Lawrence
Candace: I’m torn on this game, mainly because I don’t know which St. Lawrence team will show up. Dartmouth 3-2
Arlan: St. Lawrence has gotten into the habit of playing nonconference games versus neighboring Clarkson; now the Saints and Big Green head to Rochester to play out of league. St. Lawrence 1-0

Boston University at Yale
Candace: The Bulldogs came down to Earth last week. Boston University 3-2
Arlan: Neither has inspired a ton of confidence, but the Terriers have been better at finding a way. Boston University 5-4

Sunday, Nov. 9

Vermont at Boston College
Candace: Yes, Arlan knows who I will pick. Boston College 3-1
Arlan: A rare game that looks to be roughly a toss up where I know exactly what Candace will pick, offering a chance to gain ground (or continue to lose it.) Vermont 2-1

Tuesday, Nov. 11

Northeastern at Boston University
Candace: Back-to-back games against the Boston squads isn’t a good way for Northeastern to get untracked. Boston University 3-2
Arlan: Northeastern struggled through the first half last year and is off to an even slower start. Boston University 3-2

Mercyhurst at Ohio State
Candace: This could go either way, so I’ll pick home ice. Ohio State 2-1
Arlan: The Buckeyes won in OT in Erie last year in the programs’ first meeting since 2004. Mercyhurst 2-1

Women’s D-I wrap: Nov. 3

No rest for the weary
Hockey was played every day but Wednesday over the last week, and five teams took to the ice three times: Princeton, Penn State, St. Lawrence, Clarkson, and Northeastern. The Tigers and Golden Knights won all three.

Now a number of teams head into a bye week, while others, particularly in Hockey East and the CHA, play on.

Champs finding their stride
No. 9 Clarkson looks to have its mojo back as it ran its winning streak to five games after starting 3-3. Junior Shannon MacAulay netted a hat trick on home ice in the Golden Knights’ 5-0 win over St. Lawrence on Tuesday. Rookie defenseman Savannah Harmon had a goal and two assists as Clarkson kept it going with a 5-1 win over Brown. Both MacAulay and Harmon scored power-play goals to produce a 2-1 win at Yale’s expense. Shea Tiley stopped 69 of 71 shots for the week to backstop the three victories.

Program history made
Bemidji State won a series from No. 1 Minnesota for the first time in the two clubs’ 16th year of matching up in the WCHA. The Beavers claimed a 2-2 tie and a shootout win on Friday night. The Gophers came back from a third-period deficit for the third time in six games when Dani Cameranesi tipped in a power-play, extra-attacker goal with 78 seconds left. Rachael Kelly and Lauren Miller had scored for BSU to outdo Kelly Pannek’s first collegiate goal. Brittni Mowat foiled any comeback attempts on Saturday, denying all 36 shots she faced in a 1-0 win. Ivana Bilic scored the game’s only tally in the first period.

Bears discover net
Brown defeated St. Lawrence on Saturday, 7-4. The seven goals are the most that the Bears have scored against a full-time D-I opponent since defeating Union, 8-1, back on Dec. 4, 2004. Brown trailed, 3-2, in the third period before exploding for four goals in nine minutes, the final two 14 seconds apart. Brittany Moorehead and Sam Donovan had two goals with an assist, while Janice Yang scored and added three helpers.

Princeton gets it going
Having played on Sunday night, Princeton and Penn State actually played four games in seven days. After dropping that game, its opener, the Tigers bounced back with a 4-1 win on Monday. Four different Tigers accounted for the goals.

Princeton carried that momentum into ECAC play versus No. 8 Cornell, scoring three times in the first three minutes of the second period to grab a 4-1 lead, and held off a late rally for a 5-4 triumph. Once again, the attack was balanced, with five goal scorers and nine with points, topped by Fiona McKenna, Jaimie McDonell, and Kelsey Koelzer with a pair.

The offense kept clicking against Colgate in a 4-2 victory. Molly Contini scored twice. Kimberly Newell earned wins in all three contests.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 2 Boston College kept Providence winless with 8-0 and 4-1 victories. Emily Field, Tori Sullivan, and Alex Carpenter all hit the net twice in Friday’s rout. With five players off to Four Nations on Saturday, Meghan Grieves stepped up with a pair of goals.

Quinnipiac also remained in the unbeaten ranks. The fifth-ranked Bobcats won over Colgate, 4-1, and Cornell, 3-0, and have just allowed three goals total in eight skates. Nicole Connery had two goals and a helper versus the Raiders, while Taylar Cianfarano assisted three times. Emma Woods led with a goal and an assist as Chelsea Laden made it a national-best five shutouts against the Big Red.

No. 3 Wisconsin got a last-minute goal from Brittany Ammerman to salvage a 3-3 tie at No. 10 North Dakota. UND had come back from a two-goal deficit to take a lead on a third-period goal by Becca Kohler, the only shooter to convert in the shootout. The Badgers took the second contest, 3-2. Ammerman and Sarah Nurse scored in both games.

No. 4 Harvard kicked off its campaign by defeating Rensselaer, 4-1, and Union, 5-2. Miye D’Oench opened and closed the scoring against the Engineers. She added a pair of tallies on Saturday, as the Crimson spotted the Dutchwomen an early goal, then took control with a five-goal second period.

No. 7 Mercyhurst swept Robert Morris, 3-0 and 4-1. Eight different Lakers had a single point in the opener, and Amanda Makela notched her fourth shutout of the season. Mikaela Lowalter gave the Colonials the lead on Saturday, but Emily Janiga answered and sealed the win into an empty net.

Boston University defeated Northeastern and New Hampshire by 3-2 and 4-2 scores, respectively. Rebecca Russo broke a 2-2 tie midway through the second period for the No. 6 Terriers versus the Huskies with her second goal of the game. Rebecca Leslie had helpers on both. BU entered a wild third period leading UNH, 1-0, but Amy Schlagel and Nicoline Jensen connected three minutes apart to reverse the advantage. Sarah Lefort tied it up and then hit an empty net after Russo scored another game-winner.

No. 10 Minnesota-Duluth handled Minnesota State, 3-0 and 6-3. In the opener, 59 saves by Erin Krichiver weren’t enough for the Mavericks, who were outshot 28-0 over the final 20 minutes. Kayla Black pitched the shutout, and Jenna McParland tallied twice. MSU rallied to take a 3-2, third-period lead on Sunday, but the Bulldogs closed it out with four straight goals. Ashleigh Brykaliuk had two goals and two assists, while Katerina Mrázová assisted four times.

Other results
Northeastern blanked UNH, 2-0, with Chloé Desjardins saving all 28 shots and Hayley Scamurra and Kendall Coyne assisting on each other’s goals. The Huskies were whitewashed in turn by Maine when Mariah Fujimagari turned away all 20 shots they mustered and Kristin Gilmour scored the game’s only marker.

St. Cloud State split at Ohio State, fighting back for a 4-2 win Friday but unable to mount a charge in a 3-0 loss. Molly Illikainen scored twice in the SCSU victory as Julie Friend made 43 saves. Sara Schmitt had two of the goals on Saturday when Kassidy Sauve recorded her third shutout.

Lindenwood traveled to RIT and tied, 1-1, before securing a 3-1 win. Nicole Hensley stayed busy with 73 saves on the weekend.

Syracuse took a 3-1 decision from Penn State and then settled for a 2-2 tie. Kaillie Goodnough and Stephanie Grossi had two-point games in the win. In the tie, Jessica Sibley had a goal and an assist for the Orange, as did Laura Bowman and Amy Peterson for the Nittany Lions; Hannah Ehresmann made 50 stops for PSU.

Robyn Chemago saved all 13 shots as Dartmouth shut out Union, 3-0. The Big Green backed it up with a 5-2 win over RPI, thanks to two goals from Laura Stacey and three points by Catherine Berghuis; Mariana Walsh scored both tallies for the Engineers.

Carmen MacDonald was perfect on 28 shots as St. Lawrence stifled Yale, 3-0. Jenna Marks had two assists.

Connecticut tied Maine, 3-3, and then fell to Vermont, 6-0. Thirteen Catamounts recorded points in support of Madison Litchfield’s 19-save shutout.

Women’s D-I picks: Oct. 31

Someone finally took a lead in our picks race. After last week, I’m up two games on Arlan thanks to Dartmouth and Clarkson. Last week, I went 21-5-1 (.796)  while Arlan went 19-7-1 (.722). On the year, I am 64-14-11 (.780), while Arlan is 62-16-11 (.758).

Let’s see if I can hold the lead for more than a week.

Friday, Oct. 31

Clarkson at Brown
Candace: Clarkson has found its offense. Clarkson 6-1
Arlan: Clarkson has won by more than a goal only once in the last five encounters with the Bears. Clarkson 5-0

Quinnipiac at Colgate
Candace: If the Bobcats look ahead to Saturday, this could get interesting. Quinnipiac 4-1
Arlan: Potential trap game for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac 3-1

Princeton at Cornell
Candace: Cornell can’t afford to look ahead either, but given how badly the Big Red lost to Boston College, I don’t think they will. Cornell 3-1
Arlan: Neither team dazzled in its opening weekend. Cornell 4-2

Union at Dartmouth
Candace: Dartmouth looks to get off to a good start. Dartmouth 3-1
Arlan: Union finally defeated Dartmouth last year, but is still looking for its first win in Hanover. Dartmouth 4-0

Rensselaer at Harvard
Candace: The Engineers have troubled the Crimson in recent years, but I don’t see it happening this year. Harvard 3-1
Arlan: Last year’s Crimson only lost once in their first 15 games; that loss was to Rensselaer. Harvard 4-1

St. Lawrence at Yale
Candace: St. Lawrence fell back to Earth last week. I’ll pick home ice. Yale 4-2
Arlan: I think these teams are just about dead even, so I’ll take home ice. Yale 2-1

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1

St. Cloud at Ohio State
Candace: I think both of these will be close, but I have to believe Ohio State will win. Ohio State 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: Both teams are coming off byes, so who had the better week of preparation? Ohio State 2-0, 3-2

Bemidji State at Minnesota
Candace: Never betting against Minnesota this season. Minnesota 4-2, 4-1
Arlan: The last couple of years the Beavers have been blown out the first game in Minneapolis and then played a tight game, and that was when all the Gophers were available. Minnesota 4-1, 2-1

Wisconsin at North Dakota
Candace: Neither team has looked exceptional over the last few weeks. A tie seems likely, but I can’t pick ties, so I’m going with the Badgers. Wisconsin 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: North Dakota holds a 4-3-1 edge in the last eight meetings, but Wisconsin dominated prior to that. I think UND gets a tie. Wisconsin 3-1, 1-0

Robert Morris at Mercyhurst
Candace: Picking a Lakers sweep is harder after the Colonials got three points last week against Northeastern and have Rebecca Vint back in the line-up. Robert Morris 3-2, Mercyhurst 2-1
Arlan: Paul Colontino is 7-6-1 versus his former boss, and Mike Sisti is still looking for his first sweep in the meetings. Mercyhurst 4-2, Robert Morris 2-1

Penn State at Syracuse
Candace: Until Monday night, Penn State had gotten at least a tie in every game it scored in. Syracuse hasn’t won since the first game of the year, but they’ll pick up points this weekend. Two ties wouldn’t surprise me. Syracuse 3-2, 2-1
Arlan: Syracuse has taken all eight games in this young rivalry, including two OT wins. Syracuse 4-1, Penn State 2-0

Providence vs. Boston College (home-and-home)
Candace: BC needs to avoid a letdown after last weekend, and I think the Eagles will. Boston College 5-1, 6-2
Arlan: This has the makings for a good game of Russian roulette — how many Eagles can depart for Four Nations before Providence wins? Boston College 7-0, 2-1

Maine at Connecticut
Candace: Can the Bears gain any momentum from upsetting Boston University last week? Possibly, but the Huskies have been consistently inconsistent, and I’ll still pick them. Connecticut 2-1
Arlan: Looks like a tie, so I’ll take home ice. Connecticut 2-1

Saturday, Nov. 1

St. Lawrence at Brown
Candace: I have to think the Saints haven’t fallen that far yet. St. Lawrence 4-2
Arlan: Over the last seven years, the Bears have averaged five wins per season; not a lot of percentage in picking them in most contests. St. Lawrence 3-1

Princeton at Colgate
Candace: Colgate is off to a decent start, but I think the Tigers prevail. Princeton 3-2
Arlan: Does anybody know if Lauren Wildfang is ever going to play? Princeton 2-1

Quinnipiac at Cornell
Candace: Cornell will be without Jillian Saulnier, and while the Bobcats won’t have Shiann Darkangelo, I think the Bobcats are better positioned. Quinnipiac 3-2
Arlan: Cornell has struggled mightily versus Quinnipiac the last couple of years, and based on how it looked versus BC, it will struggle versus a lot of teams this year. So, yeah, I’ll pick the Big Red. Cornell 3-2

Rensselaer at Dartmouth
Candace: The Big Green also helped me last week, so I’ll go with them again this week. Dartmouth 4-2
Arlan: Dartmouth lost six of its first seven last year. The one win was over Rensselaer. Dartmouth 4-1

Union at Harvard
Candace: Regardless of overall results, this isn’t the game I gain on Arlan. Harvard 4-1
Arlan: If Candace gains on me in this game, then I’ll know it’s not my year and I’ll concede. Harvard 5-0

Clarkson at Yale
Candace: I gained a game on Arlan last week by picking the Golden Knights, who have looked very good of late. Even if Erin Ambrose is Four Nations bound before this game, I think Clarkson can win. Clarkson 4-2
Arlan: Have to pick some upsets when behind in the contest (so I can fall farther behind). Yale 3-2

Maine at Northeastern
Candace: Northeastern has struggled so far this year, but I think they’ll come out on top. Northeastern 2-1
Arlan: I’ll take the under in this game. Northeastern 1-0

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 1-2

Minnesota State at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: Can the Bulldogs build some consistency? Something tells me yes. Minnesota-Duluth 4-2, 3-2
Arlan: There has been bad blood in the past, but there’s been so much turnover on both rosters that I doubt it remains. Minnesota-Duluth 5-0, 3-1

Sunday, Nov. 2

New Hampshire at Boston University
Candace: I have a hard team seeing the Terriers losing, even sans Poulin. Boston University 3-1
Arlan: It’s likely that Four Nations absences will impact results in some games; the question is, which games?  Boston University 2-1

Connecticut at Vermont
Candace: Vermont has been inconsistent so far this year, and the Catamounts won’t have Amanda Pelkey for this game, but I think they’ll still win. Vermont 2-1
Arlan: I used to feel like this after taking an exam if I hadn’t studied. Or gone to class. Or gotten anything correct. Vermont 3-2

Women’s D-I wrap: 10/27

Here come the Ivies
Five of the six Ivy League teams got started this weekend, with only No. 4 Harvard still warming up its engine. Their results were mixed.

Yale took care of business by winning, 6-2, at Providence and defeating the Friars, 5-2, on home ice. The Bulldogs scored the first five goals in the opener, and sophomore defenseman Taylor Marchin assisted four times. Krista Yip-Chuck and Janelle Ferrara contributed three-point games on Saturday. Yale’s Stephanie Mock and newcomer Eden Murray scored in both games, as did the Friars’ Haley Frade.

Dartmouth dropped New Hampshire in Hanover, 6-2. Laura Stacey had a goal in her four-point afternoon, and Kennedy Ottenbreit and Lindsey Allen found the net twice.

Princeton kicked off the year with a rare Sunday/Monday series at Penn State, and the Tigers came out on the short end of the first of those catfights, 2-1. Amy Peterson scored twice in period one for the Nittany Lions. Cristin Shanahan netted the first goal of the year for Princeton at 12:55 of the third period, but 29 saves from Celine Whitlinger prevented an equalizer.

Brown dropped 4-1 and 5-2 decisions on home ice to RIT, results that were not surprising for a team that lagged near the bottom offensively a year ago and graduated stalwart goaltender Aubree Moore. On the plus side of things for the Bears, seniors Kaitlyn Keon and Sarah Robson had two-point weekends, and sophomore Monica Elvin and freshman Julianne Landry have their first starts of the season behind them. Linemates Kolbee McCrea and McKenzie Stone had two points in each contest for RIT, with McCrea scoring three times.

No. 5 Cornell figured to have a challenging first weekend at No. 3 Boston College. That proved to be an understatement, as the Big Red watched the speedy Eagles skate around them to twin 6-2 shellackings that weren’t as close as the scores. For the series, BC was fueled by three goals and two assists from Kate Leary and back-to-back goal-and-two-helpers efforts from Alex Carpenter, while Emily Fulton had three points for Cornell. Having aced their first huge test, it will be left for a month and a showdown with Harvard to learn whether the Eagles are destined for the top of the class.

Hockey East leaders
Admittedly, the biggest reason that Maine sits atop the early standings in Hockey East is that there have been only four conference games played and the Black Bears were involved in three of them, but it is still surprising to see them on top coming out of a series with No. 6 Boston University. Marie-Philip Poulin scored the game-winning goal and Victoria Hanson saved all 20 shots she faced in BU’s 3-0 win on Friday, but neither was available by game’s end nor for Saturday’s 4-2 Maine victory. The Terriers scored early and late, but in between the Black Bears got a pair of goals from Audra Richards, single tallies by Kelsey MacSorley and Emilie Brigham, and a trio of assists by Morgan Sakundiak as their three-goal burst in just over six minutes of action late in the third period proved decisive. Meghann Treacy made 41 saves to earn the win.

Champs bounce back
Coming off a sweep at the hands of the Terriers, No. 10 Clarkson took out its frustrations by pounding Syracuse, 9-0 at home and 4-1 on the road. Geneviève Bannon’s hat trick highlighted her five-point performance on Friday, while Shannon MacAulay added four points and Christine Lambert, Savannah Harmon, and Olivia Howe had three apiece, as the Golden Knights scored on four of their nine first-period shots. Clarkson’s top line powered the sweep, with Cayley Mercer scoring twice and Bannon and MacAulay each earning three assists.

There’s life in Moon Township
Two of the harder to predict squads of the young season remained so when host Robert Morris took a series at the expense of Northeastern. Ashley Vesci (two goals) and Maeve Garvey helped the Colonials to a 3-0 lead before a rally by the Huskies came up a goal short, 3-2. Jessica Dodds needed every one of her 39 saves to claim her first win of the season.

Courtney Vinet took over in net on Saturday and made 43 saves to earn a 2-2 stalemate with Chloé Desjardins (30 saves). RMU jumped out to a 2-0 lead on tallies with the identical scoring line of Rikki Meilleur from Katherine Murphy and Katie Fergus. Northeastern again fought back in the third frame, gaining a draw on Kendall Coyne’s extra-attacker goal with 17 seconds left in regulation.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 8 Mercyhurst turned a series shot advantage of 75 to 27 into a sweep of Minnesota State by 5-1 and 2-1 verdicts. Sarah Robello and Megan Whiddon had a pair of goals in the opener, while Emily Janiga and Taylor Accursi lit the lamp in game two.

It wasn’t easy, but No. 2 Wisconsin came home from Bemidji State with a couple of one-goal victories. Goals by Katy Josephs and Baylee Wellhausen proved to be enough for a 2-1 edge on Friday. Brittany Ammerman was the only Badger with multiple points in the 4-3 win in game two; BSU’s Kristin Huber matched her with a goal and an assist.

No. 1 Minnesota swept No. 9 North Dakota by 5-2 and 5-0 scores. The first game was closer than the score would indicate, thanks to two empty-netters, as Dani Cameranesi and Milica McMillen scored twice for the Gophers and Andrea Dalen figured in both UND goals. Hannah Brandt was involved in the scoring of all the goals on Saturday when Minnesota dominated with a 51-7 shot discrepancy.

Four different Bobcats scored and 10 had a point as No. 7 Quinnipiac took down host New Hampshire, 4-1, allowing just its second goal of the season.

Other action
Vermont took both ends of a home-and-home series with Union by 4-0 scores. Amanda Pelkey’s goal with 19 seconds elapsed was all the Catamounts would need in game one, and Pelkey, Brittany Zuback, and Sarah Campbell had a goal and an assist to complete the sweep.

Meghan Huertas scored twice as Minnesota-Duluth won the program’s first meeting with Lindenwood, 3-1. The Lions came out looking for a different outcome on Sunday and outshot the hosts in the first period, 13-3, and took a lead on ex-Bulldog Shara Jasper’s second goal of the series. UMD stormed back with three goals in each of the next two frames, including a Zoe Hickel hat trick, in winning, 6-2. Lara Stalder had five assists on the weekend.

Rensselaer celebrated its first win of the campaign, besting Connecticut, 4-1. Alexa Gruschow scored twice and added a helper, while Kelly O’Brien turned away 26 shots. The Engineers turned it into a series win with a 2-2 tie on Sunday. The Huskies twice grabbed leads on goals by Sarah MacDonnell and Kelly Harris, only to have Shayna Tomlinson and Laura Horwood score in response.

Women’s D-I picks: Oct. 24

Despite the fact that we picked five games differently last week, both Arlan and I went 14-5-2 (.714) to move to 43-9-10 (.774). This week, we’re picking almost every game, so let’s see how we can do.

Friday, Oct. 24

Quinnipiac at New Hampshire
Candace: This will be a tight game. Quinnipiac has struggled to score, not a good characteristic against New Hampshire, but the Bobcats should prevail. Quinnipiac 2-0
Arlan: UNH becomes the second team to score against the Bobcats. Quinnipiac 3-1

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 24-25

Boston University at Maine
Candace: The Terriers looked terrific last week in sweeping Clarkson. Boston University 5-1, 4-1
Arlan: Maine has only scored in one of its last five games. Boston University 4-1, 3-0

Wisconsin at Bemidji State
Candace: Both teams were perfect entering last weekend, and both got swept. Wisconsin should get back on a roll. Wisconsin 5-1, 4-1
Arlan: The Badgers were perfect in the Sanford Center until losing to North Dakota in the WCHA Final Face-Off. Wisconsin 6-1, 4-0

North Dakota at Minnesota
Candace: After last weekend, where I picked a Wisconsin sweep, I’m never betting against Minnesota again. Minnesota 4-2, 4-1
Arlan: UND plays the Gophers as well as anyone, but picking them to lose is as risky as predicting a tie. Minnesota 4-1, 2-1

Cornell at Boston College
Candace: If this wasn’t the Big Red’s first series of the year, I’d be more tempted to pick a split. I think the scoreboard operator will be kept busy. Boston College 5-3, 6-4
Arlan: These look to be high-scoring affairs, which means they’ll probably wind up 2-1. Boston College 6-4, 4-3

RIT at Brown
Candace: RIT has had a difficult time with offense, but I have to think the Tigers will sweep. RIT 2-1, 2-1
Arlan: The Bears struggled to score last year, but they did split in Rochester. RIT 2-0, 2-1

Syracuse vs. Clarkson (home and home)
Candace: Clarkson fell back to Earth last week. Can they get on a roll again? Clarkson 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: With Halloween approaching, Orange ties are all the rage, but that trend will end in Potsdam. Clarkson 3-1, 3-2

Minnesota State at Mercyhurst
Candace: The Lakers showed a brief chink last week, but I don’t think the Mavericks have enough to crack it open wider. Mercyhurst 4-1, 4-2
Arlan: The Mavericks are just too young to back up their upset of last year. Mercyhurst 5-1, 2-0

Yale vs. Providence (home and home)
Candace: Providence will keep scoring, but I think the Friars first wins are a few weeks off. Yale 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: The Friars didn’t win last week, but they did finally score a few times. Yale 2-1, 4-0

Northeastern at Robert Morris
Candace: RMU’s spiral continues, even though the Colonials are at home. Northeastern 3-1, 4-2
Arlan: The Colonials have been more consistent than the Huskies this year, but not in a good way. Northeastern 5-2, 3-1

Union at Vermont
Candace: Vermont hasn’t been able to string together two wins yet, but I think it finally happens this week. Vermont 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: Vermont has had trouble playing two strong games on a weekend. Vermont 4-1, 1-0

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 25-26

Connecticut at Rensselaer
Candace: A tie in one of these wouldn’t surprise me, but I’m going for a Huskies sweep. Connecticut 3-1, 2-1
Arlan: Dating to last season, the Engineers haven’t won in their last 15 games. Connecticut 2-1, 2-1

Sunday, Oct. 26

New Hampshire at Dartmouth
Candace: I’m throwing darts in this game, so I’ll pick the school that begins with the same four letters. Dartmouth 3-2
Arlan: Dartmouth’s exhibition result versus McGill was encouraging, but this is its first NCAA game. New Hampshire 2-1

Sunday-Monday, Oct. 26-27

Princeton at Penn State
Candace: Penn State surprised me last week against Union, but I think Princeton is at a higher level. Princeton 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: I think one of these games will be a tie, which is not pickable. Princeton 3-2, 4-2

Tuesday, Oct. 28

St. Lawrence at Clarkson
Candace: I got burned picking a Clarkson sweep in the first weekend of the year, but I’m going with home ice and hoping for the best. Clarkson 2-1
Arlan: If results versus Boston teams are indicative, then the Saints have improved more since opening weekend. St. Lawrence 3-2

Northeastern at Boston University
Candace: A big game for both squads. I’m picking home ice. Boston University 4-2
Arlan: Northeastern has enjoyed Tuesday night success versus the Terriers, but only in Beanpots. Boston University 5-3

Women’s D-I wrap: Oct. 19

Gophers continue to vex Badgers
No. 2 Minnesota found itself in the unfamiliar role of underdog as it traveled to Madison to meet No. 1 Wisconsin. The rest of the weekend followed recent tradition: the Gophers came home with vastly different victories, 4-1 and 2-1.

On Friday, the Badgers received a reminder of the intensity that a top-ranked team can expect from its opponent. Hannah Brandt set the tone early on the penalty kill, capitalizing on a Wisconsin fumble at the point and scoring low to the glove side on the resulting breakaway. Karley Sylvester tied the game at one just after that power play ended, but Dani Cameranesi wrested control back for the visitors 70 seconds later, taking advantage of an ill-timed line change and picking a corner high on the glove side. Cameranesi netted the rebound of her own power-play deflection in the last second of the opening period, and she completed the scoring and her pure hat trick with 40 seconds to go in the middle frame by steering a cross-crease feed behind the goalie.

Wisconsin took its only lead of the series when Sarah Nurse buried a rebound during a second-period power play on Saturday. Ann-Renée Desbiens did her best to make that lead stand up, finishing with 33 saves, but Rachael Bona sniped the top corner on Desbiens’ blocker side on a power play with 88 seconds left in regulation. The Badgers nearly overcame the heroics of Amanda Leveille, who made 40 stops for the Gophers, when Sydney McKibbon hit a pipe in overtime, but Rachel Ramsey picked off a Wisconsin pass at neutral ice and finished off a three-way effort with Brandt and Cameranesi.

Terriers sweep Golden Knights
In another top-10 battle, No. 6 Boston University swept defending champion and No. 7 Clarkson, 3-1 and 5-2, in Potsdam. The Terriers got goals from Dakota Woodworth, Marie-Philip Poulin, and Sarah Lefort, while only Erin Ambrose could counter for the hosts on Friday. Victoria Hanson got the win by making 19 saves.

In Saturday’s rematch, Poulin scored 50 seconds in, Rebecca Leslie doubled the lead three minutes later, and Victoria Bach made it 3-0 by intermission. The Golden Knights could only trade goals the rest of the way, with Poulin’s second of the day into an empty net sealing the win.

End of perfection
Bemidji State, along with Wisconsin, entered the weekend with perfect records, but the Beavers also found themselves on the wrong end of a sweep. Summer Thibodeau scored the first goal of the series halfway through the first period at Ohio State, but BSU’s offense disappeared thereafter. Julia McKinnon had a hat trick and Kendall Curtis netted a pair of goals for the Buckeyes in a 5-1 victory on Friday. Danielle Gagne scored the game’s only goal on Saturday, and that was all OSU needed thanks to a 15-save shutout from Kassidy Sauve.

Strange streak
It’s common in sports to say that a team can beat anybody, or conversely, can’t beat anyone. Syracuse is out to prove that it can tie anyone. The Orange made it four straight ties versus four different Hockey East opponents.

On Saturday, they skated to a 3-3 tie with Providence. Like serves in a tennis tiebreaker, the visiting Friars scored once, the Orange responded with two goals, Providence netted two, and Syracuse got the equalizer. The top line for the Orange carried the scoring load; Melissa Piacentini scored twice, Allie LaCombe scored and assisted, and Jessica Sibley helped on all three. Cassidy Carels, Lexi Romanchuk, and Beth Hanrahan became the first Friars to find the net on the season.

Syracuse scored the first and last goals in a 2-2 tie with Connecticut on Sunday that delivered a little more drama. The Orange outshot UConn, 14-1, in the third stanza as they sought the tying goal, which finally came from Sibley with an extra attacker on the ice and one second left. They continued to dominate that shot chart in OT at a five-to-zero clip, but they couldn’t get a third puck by Annie Belanger, who finished with 37 saves.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 8 Mercyhurst salvaged a split with visiting Northeastern. Three points by Kendall Coyne, a goal and an assist for freshman defenseman Ainsley MacMillan, as well as goals from Lauren Kelly and Paige Savage supported a 26-save shutout for Chloé Desjardins in Friday’s 4-0 victory for the Huskies. On Saturday, the Lakers twice took leads only to have Northeastern answer, but when Jaclyn Arbour put Mercyhurst ahead, 3-2, with under five minutes to go, the Huskies could not respond. Emily Janiga added an empty-net goal for the final 4-2 margin. Kelly scored her second goal in as many days for the guests.

Offense was at a premium as No. 10 North Dakota hosted Minnesota-Duluth. The Bulldogs scored the first goal both days. UND goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie came far out of her net to play the puck in Friday’s second period and was wiped out by an attacker; Jenna McParland took advantage and hit the open goal. Samantha Hanson evened the score in the third period, and with the teams skating four on four in OT, Sam LaShomb won a battle for position in front of the net and banged in a centering feed by Becca Kohler for a 2-1 win. Meghan Huertas’ power-play goal with seven minutes remaining was the only tally in the Bulldogs’ 1-0 triumph on Saturday. Beyond that, the goaltenders had the best of it. Amsley-Benzie made 56 saves in the series, and UMD’s Kayla Black had 47, including 16 in her shutout.

Alex Carpenter and Lexi Bender each had a goal and an assist, and Katie Burt made 21 saves to record her first shutout as No. 4 Boston College blanked New Hampshire, 4-0.

No. 9 Quinnipiac dominated Maine territorially, if not on the scoreboard, in sweeping the Black Bears, 4-0 and 2-0. Chelsea Laden has four starts, all shutouts, but has only needed to make 39 saves total for the season and just seven on Saturday. Rookie Taylar Cianfarano had a three-goal weekend.

No. 5 Cornell is poised to kick off its season Friday at BC, while outside of an exhibition game, No. 4 Harvard is waiting for Halloween.

Other results
RIT split a couple of low-scoring affairs at Vermont, dropping a 2-1 decision on Saturday, and then bouncing back with a 2-0 win as Ali Binnington made 27 saves.

Colgate split a pair of 2-1 verdicts, falling to Connecticut before defeating Providence. Emily Snodgrass had both goals in the Huskies’ win and totaled three tallies for the weekend.

St. Lawrence added to the woes of Robert Morris, beating the Colonials by 8-2 and 3-1 margins. Six Saints had multi-point games in the opener, led by Jenna Marks with three points, and Kirsten Padalis had a three-point effort of her own in game two.

Penn State got the best of a series at Union, winning by a 4-1 count Friday and earning a 2-2 tie Saturday. Amy Petersen scored in both games for the Nittany Lions.

Two points from Haley Breedlove helped New Hampshire to a 2-1 victory over Rensselaer.

St. Cloud State took the road half of a home-and-home series from Minnesota State, 5-1, and followed it with a shootout win after a 1-1 tie. Audrey Hanmer scored twice in a 54-shot barrage in the opener, and short-handed markers by Natalie Stoltz of the Mavericks and Molly Illikainen offset in the tie.

Women’s D-I picks: Oct. 17

Well, thanks to a tie between New Hampshire and Syracuse, Arlan and I both went 12-2-8 (.727), moving to 29-4-8 (.804) on the year. There are some big series this weekend, especially out west, so let’s see how we can do.

Friday, Oct. 17

Rensselaer at New Hampshire
Candace: RPI hasn’t won yet, but New Hampshire isn’t exactly lighting things up either. New Hampshire 2-1
Arlan: Was the tie at Vermont a sign of progress for RPI, or just as good as it is going to get? New Hampshire 2-1

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 17-18

Minnesota-Duluth at North Dakota
Candace: I’ll pick a split and hope I’m right. North Dakota 3-1, Minnesota-Duluth 3-2
Arlan: I expect a split; I’ll leave it to Candace to figure out the order. North Dakota 4-3, 2-1

Bemidji State at Ohio State
Candace: Are the Beavers for real? This is likely a split, but I’m not sure which night. Bemidji State 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: The home team? The hotter team? A little of each? Ohio State 3-1, Bemidji State 4-2

Minnesota at Wisconsin
Candace: Just to be contrary, and because I’m not sure which night Wisconsin will win, I’ll pick the Badgers to sweep. Wisconsin 2-1, 3-2
Arlan: The only Wisconsin coach to ever sweep the Gophers in Madison? You guessed it — Tracey DeKeyser. Wisconsin 3-1, Minnesota 2-1

Boston University at Clarkson
Candace: Both teams have shown they can score, though Clarkson has been better defensively. Can the Golden Knights keep Poulin and Lefort in check? Boston University 3-2, 3-2
Arlan: Another split, but I have zero idea about the order. Boston University 3-2, 4-2

Northeastern at Mercyhurst
Candace: I think the Huskies should win at least one of these, though who knows which. Mercyhurst 2-1, 2-1
Arlan: A month ago, I’d have leaned the other way. Mercyhurst 2-1, 3-2

Maine at Quinnipiac
Candace: Can the Bobcats score on Maine’s stingy defense? Probably just enough. Quinnipiac 2-0, 2-1
Arlan: Two ties wouldn’t shock me. Quinnipiac 1-0, 2-1

Robert Morris at St. Lawrence
Candace: If this was at the beginning of the year, I’d pick differently. St. Lawrence 2-1, 3-2
Arlan: Robert Morris could be playing anyone from Team Canada to some popsicles, and I still wouldn’t feel sure about my pick no matter which way I went. St. Lawrence 3-1, 1-0

Penn State at Union
Candace: So far, if Penn State scores, it is undefeated. Union 2-0, 1-0
Arlan: I’m not convinced that Union can score enough to sweep a series. Union 2-1, Penn State 2-0

Saturday, Oct. 18

Connecticut at Colgate
Candace: This is the first home game for the Raiders, but I think the Huskies will prevail. Connecticut 3-2
Arlan: So far, the Huskies either score four goals or none. Colgate 2-0

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 18-19

RIT at Vermont
Candace: I think a split is very likely. Vermont 3-2, RIT 2-1
Arlan: Vermont’s early results don’t follow any logical theories. Vermont 2-1, RIT 2-1

Sunday, Oct. 19

Boston College at New Hampshire
Candace: UNH can’t win this came three years in a row, can it? Boston College 4-1
Arlan: The big ice would seem to help the Eagles more than the hosts. Boston College 4-2

Connecticut at Syracuse
Candace: I think Syracuse will edge a road-weary Huskies squad. Syracuse 2-1
Arlan: Among nonconference opponents last year, the Orange only lost to Clarkson and Cornell at home. Syracuse 2-1

Weekend wrap: 10/12

Competition tightens up
The 28 teams that don’t belong to the Ivy League have played between two and six games apiece, and only two of them still have perfect records. One of those teams, No. 2 Wisconsin looks destined for the top spot in the poll after throttling Ohio State by a 9-0 composite in two games to improve to 6-0-0.

The Badgers got two goals from Brittany Ammerman and three points by Blayre Turnbull and Annie Pankowski in winning on Friday, 6-0. Ammerman added two more tallies in Sunday’s 3-0 whitewashing, and Ann-Renée Desbiens made 47 saves on the weekend to notch both shutouts.

OT solves nothing
Eight games were tied after regulation, and in each case, the deadlock remained after the five-minute overtime. Four ties involved an unranked team salvaging something from a home series with a ranked opponent that had defeated it the previous day.

Minnesota-Duluth took a two-goal lead on No. 1 Minnesota when freshman Michelle Löwenhielm scored early in the third period on Saturday, but the Gophers came back to tie with five minutes to go in regulation on Hannah Brandt’s fourth goal of the series. The Bulldogs won the WCHA shootout to gain an extra standings point. Dani Cameranesi had a point on each Minnesota goal in Friday’s 3-0 victory, and Amanda Leveille made 26 saves.

St. Lawrence slowed down the high-flying Eagles enough to tie No. 3 Boston College, 2-2, on senior Amanda Boulier’s goal with 4:08 left in the third period. Haley Skarupa and Andie Anastos had scored in the second period to put BC ahead after the Saints’ Kayla Raniwsky opened the scoring 10:57 into the game. Carmen MacDonald made 32 saves for SLU, after she stopped 41 shots in the Eagles’ 2-1 win on Friday. Alex Carpenter had a goal and an assist to lead the BC triumph.

Maine got a 39-save effort from Mariah Fujimagari to tie No. 7 Mercyhurst, 2-2. The Lakers needed a goal by Emily Janiga, her second of the game, with under five minutes in regulation to halve the contest. Jennifer More and Audra Richards scored for the Black Bears. On Friday, 41 saves by Maine goalie Meghann Treacy weren’t enough, as rookie Sarah Robello’s first goal as a Laker provided the 1-0 margin, and Amanda Makela turned in her third-straight shutout.

On Sunday, Penn State gained a 1-1 tie with No. 8 Quinnipiac on Amy Peterson’s third-period goal, answering an earlier short-handed effort by Shiann Darkangelo. The game matched the Bobcats’ Sydney Rossman and Hannah Ehresmann for the Nittany Lions, both former teammates of Peterson at Minnetonka (Minn.) High School; Ehresmann had the far-busier afternoon, called on for 45 saves. The tie was PSU’s best result versus a ranked team in its brief history. Quinnipiac had enjoyed an easier time in winning, 3-0, on Saturday. Taylar Cianfarano and Cydney Roesler had a goal plus an assist and Nicole Kosta contributed two helpers, while Chelsea Laden needed only 10 saves to earn the shutout.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 9 Clarkson and No. 10 North Dakota gained road sweeps, while No. 4 Harvard, No. 5 Cornell, and No. 6 Boston University were idle beyond an exhibition for the Terriers.

The Golden Knights blanked Providence twice, 5-0 and 3-0, with Shea Tiley stopping all 36 shots she faced. The Friars have yet to score in four defeats. Cayley Mercer and Geneviève Bannon had three-goal weekends.

Meghan Dufault’s hat trick and four assists from Becca Kohler highlighted UND’s 5-0 win at Minnesota State, as Shelby Amsley-Benzie made 15 saves. Elin Johansson gave the Mavericks a 1-0 lead on Saturday on one of only nine MSU shots in the contest. The 47 saves turned in by Brianna Quade at the other end were ultimately not enough, as North Dakota got power-play goals by Kohler, late in the second period, and Amy Menke, midway through the third, to take a 2-1 verdict.

Save the puck!
Three coaches claimed their first wins with their current teams. St. Cloud State’s Eric Rud and Lindenwood’s Scott Spencer did so at each other’s expense. Rud’s Huskies took the series opener, 2-0. Lexi Slattery and Payge Pena were the only players to beat the Lions’ Nicole Hensley in 47 shots, and Julie Friend made 27 stops to get the shutout. Spencer got even on Saturday, 5-3, with a balanced attack that included five different goal scorers and 10 players with at least a point. Amanda Arbogast scored twice in the losing effort.

Hilary Witt got win number one at New Hampshire over RIT, 1-0, with a short-hander by Jonna Curtis proving decisive thanks to 32 saves by Vilma Vaattovaara. Curtis scored the tying goal the next day at Syracuse against former teammate Jenn Gilligan. Gilligan stopped 30 shots for the Orange, who got goals from Nicole Renault and Stephanie Grossi, with Vaattovaara denying 38 shots in the 2-2 draw. Amy Boucher had the other marker for the Wildcats.

Haven’t won, haven’t lost
Northeastern debuted by visiting the same two cities and tied Syracuse, 1-1, and RIT, 2-2. Against the Orange, Kendall Coyne’s goal matched an earlier one by Alysha Burriss. In Rochester, Hayley Masters and McKenna Brand put the Huskies up by two, but Christa Vulgar pulled the Tigers within one and Darcy Henderson notched an extra-attacker goal with 33 seconds left.

Other action
Colgate took the first game at Robert Morris, 6-3, with Miriam Drubel and Megan Sullivan netting a pair. The Colonials bounced back with a 2-1 win, backed by a 37-save effort by Courtney Vinet.

Connecticut won the opener from Union, 4-2, but the Dutchwomen responded with a 33-save shutout by Shenae Lundberg to win, 1-0, as Christine Valente scored.

Vermont claimed a 4-2 decision from Rensselaer as Brittany Zuback and Amanda Pelkey accounted for the goals. Bridget Baker’s second goal of the day allowed the Catamounts to tie the Engineers, 2-2, in the series finale.

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