Women’s D-I wrap: 12/20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekend wrap: Dec. 15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women’s D-I picks: 12-12

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

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

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 12-13

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

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

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

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

Sunday, Dec. 14

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

Women’s D-I wrap: Dec. 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women’s D-I picks: Dec. 5

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

Friday, Dec. 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 5-6

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

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

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

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

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 5 and 7

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

Saturday, Dec. 6

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, Dec. 8

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

Wed. Dec. 10

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

Women’s D-I wrap: Nov. 30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 29

Arlan and I waited for the first round to be complete before picking the next round of the Nutmeg, though we could have picked it right away, since our picks for the first round were (barely) accurate.

Saturday, Nov. 29

Yale at Connecticut
Candace: Connecticut looked good in the first round against Clarkson, but I like the Bulldogs in this one. Yale 3-2
Arlan: Connecticut likely threw its best punch versus Clarkson. Yale 3-1

Clarkson versus Quinnipiac
Candace: Quinnipiac won this game last week, and the Bobcats looked better in the first round. Quinnipiac 3-2
Arlan: Likely a stupid pick with how the semis went, but I have a hunch that this game plays out differently that when these two met the first time. Clarkson 3-2

Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 28

Last week, Arlan and I were even, both going 14-4-4 (.727). On the year, I am 126-39-22 (.732) while Arlan is 122-43-22 (.711). I’m holding on to a slim lead.

Friday, Nov. 28

Harvard at Boston College
Candace: It could be close, or not. Boston College 4-1
Arlan: My question regarding Harvard is not if it will start to play better, only when. Boston College 3-1

Ohio State at Robert Morris
Candace: Colonials games are torture to pick. Ohio State 3-2
Arlan: Likely a close game, but I think the Buckeyes avenge last year’s loss. Ohio State 2-1

Clarkson at Connecticut
Candace: The Golden Knights look to rebound. Clarkson 5-2
Arlan: The Nutmeg teams would get more trophies if they invited a softer fourth. Clarkson 3-0

Quinnipiac vs. Yale
Candace: I want to pick Yale, but can’t bring myself to. Quinnipiac 4-2
Arlan: Interesting measuring stick for the Bobcats, as Yale played BC three days before. Quinnipiac 3-1

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 28-29

Minnesota-Duluth at Bemidji State
Candace: I really don’t want to pick this one. Since I have no idea who will win on what night, I’ll call a sweep. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: One of the most important series remaining in 2014. Bemidji State 1-0, Minnesota-Duluth 3-1

RIT at Rennselaer
Candace: I don’t think the Engineers have enough weapons to hurt the Tigers. RIT 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: I don’t remember a season where the availability of key players was in question so often. Will Ali Binnington play? RIT 2-1, 2-1

Wisconsin at New Hampshire
Candace: Will the Badgers go for a BC-like beatdown? Wisconsin 4-1, 5-0
Arlan: Since thumping Vermont, the Wildcats have been outscored 21-2 in three games versus Boston schools. Wisconsin 6-1, 4-0

Providence vs. Brown home-and-home
Candace: The Friars have shown signs of life, as have the Bears. I like home ice in each. Brown 3-2, Providence 2-1
Arlan: After a dreadful start, the Friars have rebounded with a 2-2-2 stretch. Brown 4-2, Providence 5-4

Saturday, Nov. 29

Boston University at Dartmouth
Candace: The Big Green seem to have come back to reality. Boston University 5-2
Arlan: Dartmouth scored 19 goals in its four wins, but only tallied once in dropping the last two. Boston University 4-2

Harvard at Northeastern
Candace: I don’t think Vermont is quite the caliber that the Crimson are. Harvard 4-2
Arlan: Would have expected these teams to be better than one game over .500 combined. Harvard 3-2

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 29-30

Maine at Vermont
Candace: Vermont looked awful against Northeastern, but I still think the Catamounts have it. Vermont 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: Maine is a puzzle; in two-game series, it held Mercyhurst to three goals and Qunnipiac to six, but Brown scored 10. Vermont is suddenly a mess defensively, yielding 30 goals over its last six — while strangely holding BC to four. Vermont 3-2, 2-0

St. Cloud State at North Dakota
Candace: While the Huskies are getting better and UND is in a funk, home ice equals a sweep. North Dakota 3-1, 4-1
Arlan: The Huskies’ play is improving, but they’ve been blanked in four straight games. North Dakota 3-0, 2-1

Minnesota at Princeton
Candace: 12-1-2 has people wondering what’s wrong with the Gophers; shows you how amazing they’ve been. Minnesota 4-1, 4-0
Arlan: Switching venues should make the results closer than last year’s 15-1 combined result. Minnesota 4-1, 3-0

Monday, Dec. 1

Mercyhurst at Cornell
Candace: I would have picked up more games on Arlan if I had picked Mercyhurst earlier; why not now? Mercyhurst 3-2
Arlan: Though the record may not show it, I think this is the best team the Lakers have seen thus far. Cornell 2-1

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Dartmouth at Harvard
Candace: This should be close, but I think home ice prevails. Harvard 4-2
Arlan: Pivotal conference points for both clubs. Harvard 4-3

Women’s D-I wrap: Nov. 23

ECAC jockeying
As ECAC Hockey teams try to work out the kinks, squads are fighting to establish position in the standings. No. 4 Quinnipiac has the early jump and is the lone remaining team unbeaten in league play.

The Bobcats claimed a key early-season showdown from No. 5 Clarkson on Friday, 1-0. Emma Woods beat Shea Tiley high to the blocker side for the only goal 13:39 into the second period. Chelsea Laden needed 15 saves to garner her seventh shutout.

On Saturday against S. Lawrence, Woods fired a low shot that eluded the glove of Carmen MacDonald to give Quinnipiac a first-period lead. The Saints bounced back with two goals in the second period, to hand the Bobcats their first deficit of the season. Brooke Webster buried a rebound before Jenna Marks converted off a feed from behind the goal. Midway through the third period, Nicole Connery redirected a centering pass from Morgan Fritz-Ward to yield a 2-2 tie, the first blemish on Quinnipiac’s ECAC slate, after it had won its first five league contests. The Bobcats have a game in hand as they are tied with Clarkson atop the conference, both having 11 points.

St. Lawrence slides into third place on the strength of the tie and a Friday win over fourth-place Princeton, 7-3. Marks had a goal and two assists, Webster scored twice, while Kayla Raniwsky and Kirsten Padalis had two-point games.

Clarkson salvaged two points out of the weekend with a 3-2 win on Saturday at Princeton. Amanda Titus had two points, assisting on Shannon MacAulay’s third-period game-winner, after opening the scoring 10 minutes into the game.

To be continued in February
No. 6 Harvard took a break from league action to travel to No. 7 Boston University, where the clubs skated to a 1-1 tie; they will meet on Feb. 3 in a Beanpot semifinal. On Friday, the teams exchanged power-play goals. Miye D’Oench struck for the Crimson with 7:48 elapsed; Samantha Sutherland netted the tying goal just past the halfway point. Emerance Maschmeyer needed 34 saves to preserve the tie for Harvard, while Victoria Hanson was less busy making 16 stops.

The Terriers concluded their weekend by dusting New Hampshire, 6-2. All but one of the game’s goals were scored on the power play, with BU converting on five of nine opportunities. Sarah Lefort had a hat trick and assisted on one of Victoria Bach’s pair of goals. Marie-Philip Poulin had three helpers, after having only one in her season to date.

One step forward, two steps back
Cornell drew within a game of the .500 mark with a 3-1 win over Colgate on Tuesday, with Erin O’Connor tallying the deciding goal in the opening minute of the third period. Then the Big Red were swept on the road at No. 10 Minnesota-Duluth, 7-2 and 2-0.

The Bulldogs have now won nine straight after opening 1-4-2. Senior Zoe Hickel netted three goals on the weekend. Ashleigh Brykaliuk scored in both games and Sidney Morin had four points in the series. Kayla Black earned the 22-save shutout.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
The other ranked teams in action took care of business with sweeps of unranked opponents.

No. 1 Boston College yielded the first goal of the series to Connecticut’s Marisa Maccario, but cruised to 6-1 and 6-0 wins from there. Alex Carpenter and Haley Skarupa both had three-goal weekends with an assist; Emily Pfalzer contributed four helpers.

Second-ranked Minnesota also allowed a single goal in sweeping Minnesota State, 5-1 and 4-0. Dani Cameranesi led with a hat trick on Friday and added another goal on Saturday. Hannah Brandt included three goals in her five-point series.

Ann-Renée Desbiens turned in back-to-back shutouts in No. 3 Wisconsin’s sweep of St. Cloud State, 4-0 and 3-0. Brittany Ammerman was heavily involved in the attack with two goals and three assists.

No. 8 Mercyhurst twice dispatched RIT by 4-1 scores. Emily Janiga had five points, with two of them being goals.

Other action
Northeastern got its offense going at Vermont’s expense, 7-3 and 5-1, scoring the first three goals in each contest. Hayley Scamura netted a hat trick in the first game. McKenna Brand scored the first two goals on Sunday after she had a three-point effort in the opener.

After not tasting victory in its first dozen skates, Providence has now come through with a win on back-to-back weekends. The Friars fell at Maine, 4-3, on Saturday; Jennifer More scored twice for the Black Bears. Beth Hanrahan’s short-handed goal with 17 seconds left in overtime salvaged a split via a 2-1 triumph for PC on Sunday.

Lindenwood also got a road split, winning its second contest at Penn State, 2-1, after suffering a 3-0 loss in the opener. Celine Whitlinger stopped all 21 shots on Friday and Laura Bowman had a goal and an assist. Alyssa West’s first goal of the season allowed Lindenwood to claim a comeback win on the rare day when Nicole Hensley only faced 11 shots.

Syracuse and Robert Morris split their series with ties, 2-2 and 1-1. In game one, Stephanie Grossi put the Orange ahead early, but Rikki Meilleur responded less than two minutes later. Mackenzie Johnston gave the Colonials a second-period lead that lasted all of 62 seconds until Melissa Piacentini forged a lasting deadlock. On Saturday, Julie Knerr struck three minutes in for Syracuse, but Johnston scored the game-tying goal on a second-period power play. Jessica Dodds made 64 stops on the weekend for RMU; Jenn Gilligan turned in 20 each day.

Ohio State came back from a two-goal deficit on Friday at North Dakota thanks to a pair of late tallies by Claudia Kepler, including a tying goal with two seconds left. Amy Menke and Andrea Dahlen had staked UND to a lead. The Buckeyes won the shootout to gain the extra point after the 2-2 tie. North Dakota bounced back with a 4-3 win on Saturday. Menke had a goal and two assists.

For some reason, Yale thought it would be a good idea to schedule Sacred Heart and won, 13-0, with a 74-6 bulge in shots. Jamie Haddad and Aurora Kennedy had hat tricks.

Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 21

Arlan picked up two more games on me last week, as I went 17-7-1 to move to 112-35-18, while Arlan went 19-5-1 to move to 108-39-17. I don’t like it when my lead gets so low, so let’s see if I can pick up a few more this weekend.

Friday, Nov. 21

St. Lawrence at Princeton
Candace: Will the Saints follow last weekend’s success with a clunker? Hmm. St. Lawrence 3-2
Arlan: The Tigers have the better record and are at home, but the home team lost both meetings last year, and Rutter ranks the two quite closely. Sigh. Princeton 3-2

Clarkson at Quinnipiac
Candace: This looks to be the Bobcats’ first loss of the year. Clarkson 3-1
Arlan: This figures to be the Bobcats’ toughest game to date, as only one previous opponent (Penn State) has more than four wins. I suspect a 1-1 tie. Clarkson 2-1

Harvard at Boston University
Candace: I’m going with Poulin in this game, and think Harvard might not be quite as good as thought. Boston University 3-2
Arlan: Both of these teams figure to be much better by the Beanpot. Harvard 5-3

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 21-22

RIT at Mercyhurst
Candace: I’ve gotten burned twice so far picking against the Lakers. No more. Mercyhurst 5-2, 4-3
Arlan: Two top-five defenses clash. Mercyhurst 2-1, 1-0

Lindenwood at Penn State
Candace: Overtime in one, or both, games wouldn’t surprise me, but I like the Nittany Lions to get their second sweep this season. Penn State 2-1, 2-1
Arlan: I think Lindenwood gets at least a point, but I don’t see it as a favorite in either game. Penn State 1-0, 2-0

Syracuse at Robert Morris
Candace: The Colonials have been mostly dreadful this season. I’m not sure if home ice is enough. I have no idea of the order of wins for a split, so I’m picking the Orange to sweep. Syracuse 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: Syracuse has twice had a swing of six goals or more from the first game of a series to the second; RMU has twice had a four-goal swing. Syracuse 4-3, Robert Morris 3-2

Connecticut vs. Boston College (home-and-home)
Candace: I actually do think the Eagles hit double figures in at least one. Boston College 11-1, 7-2
Arlan: I don’t think the Eagles will hit double figures this week. Boston College 9-0, 8-2

Wisconsin at St. Cloud State
Candace: The Badgers looked like they woke up again last week. Wisconsin 4-1, 5-1
Arlan:  Last weekend, the Huskies started a stretch that sees them play nine of 11 games against ranked opponents, and the other two are against a North Dakota squad that just dropped out of the rankings. Wisconsin 6-1, 4-0

Ohio State at North Dakota
Candace: Like Arlan, I wish a speedy recovery to Lisa Marvin. Except for a tie/shootout win over Wisconsin, North Dakota hasn’t won since mid-October. Nevertheless, I’m going there. North Dakota 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: My thoughts and best wishes go out to North Dakota sophomore Lisa Marvin, injured this week in an automobile accident. North Dakota 2-1, 4-3

Cornell at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: I think Cornell might actually pick up a win here, but until I see more consistency, I am leery of picking them. Minnesota-Duluth 4-2, 3-2
Arlan: Does Cornell want payback for 2010 final? Nah, those players are all gone. Will UMD be sky high for this series? Tough Bemidji State up next. Cornell has won three straight, but the win over Colgate wasn’t very encouraging. UMD has won seven straight, but all over opponents with losing records. Cornell has a losing record, so I’ll take that as a sign. Minnesota-Duluth 3-1, 2-1

Saturday, Nov. 22

Clarkson at Princeton
Candace: The Tigers are closing the first half with a brutal stretch. Clarkson 4-1
Arlan: The Golden Knights have been very solid defensively over the last month. Clarkson 2-1

St. Lawrence at Quinnipiac
Candace: Which Saints squad shows up? If this was in Canton, I might pick differently. Quinnipiac 3-2
Arlan: Might just as well flip a coin when these two play. Quinnipiac 2-0

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 22-23

Providence at Maine
Candace: The Black Bears didn’t look so hot last time out, and Providence finally got a win. However, I’m going with home ice until I see more from the Friars. Maine 2-1, 3-2
Arlan: The Black Bears were only off for one week, but it feels longer. Maine 3-1, 2-1

Vermont at Northeastern
Candace: Flip a Coyne. If Kendall wakes up, this pick may haunt me. Vermont 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: Seems like a battle for third place, although Vermont currently trails Providence and both are behind Maine, so who knows. Northeastern 4-3, Vermont 3-1

New Hampshire at Boston University
Candace: The Terriers have Poulin back, which is bad news for New Hampshire. Boston University 5-2
Arlan: The Terriers have won the last six meetings. Boston University 5-3

Monday, Nov. 24

Minnesota at St. Cloud State
Candace: This could be a blowout. Look for the Gophers to come out flying. Minnesota 4-1
Arlan: The Gophers and Huskies meet in Edina in the Hockey Hall of Fame Game, the first of five scheduled meetings of the two squads. Minnesota 3-1

Tuesday Nov. 25

Quinnipiac at Princeton
Candace: Another potential tough out for the Bobcats, but I think they pull it out. Quinnipiac 3-2
Arlan: The Tigers make it (potentially) three straight opponents with winning records for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac 3-1

Boston College at Yale
Candace: I think the Bulldogs are better than they’ve shown, but the Eagles might be even better still. Boston College 6-2
Arlan: Yale might be one of the better skating teams BC has faced, but the Bulldogs haven’t managed to defeat their stronger opponents. Boston College 7-3

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