Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 20

I had a pretty good week last week, going 20-4-3 (.796). On the year I am 140-32-20 (.781). The marquee matchups this week are in the east, but let’s see how I do.

Friday, Nov. 20

Quinnipiac at Clarkson
A long road trip equals a win for the home team, but it won’t be easy. Clarkson 3-2

Princeton at St. Lawrence
I think the Saints are getting better, and Princeton may be a little overrated. St. Lawrence 2-1

Northeastern at Boston College
One of the big series of the weekend, but I think home ice equals a win. Boston College 4-2

Vermont at Connecticut
I think Vermont isn’t quite as good as its record. Connecticut 2-1

Syracuse at Colgate
I favor the Orange in this nonconference battle. Syracuse 3-1

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 20-21

Merrimack vs. Boston University
A home-and-home, but I don’t think the Warriors get that close. Boston University 4-1, 4-1

Minnesota State at Bemidji State
The Beavers rebound from the sweep last weekend. Bemidji State 2-1, 3-1

Ohio State at St. Cloud State
A tough one to pick, as both are so up and down. Ohio State 2-1, 2-1

Minnesota-Duluth at North Dakota
Perhaps NoDak got rid of its yips last weekend in its loss. North Dakota 3-1, 4-1

Yale at Minnesota
I wonder if these games will even be close. Minnesota 4-1, 5-1

Cornell at Mercyhurst
I have no idea, literally none. Mercyhurst 3-2, 3-1

Brown at RIT
I think the Bears get at least one win. Brown 2-1, 3-1

Friday and Sunday, Nov. 20 and 22

Lindenwood at Wisconsin
See above re: Minnesota. Wisconsin 4-0, 5-1

Saturday, Nov. 21

Vermont at Northeastern
I don’t think this will be close, particularly if the Huskies lose to BC the night before. Northeastern 4-1

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 21-22

Providence at New Hampshire
Home ice, perhaps? New Hampshire 3-2, 2-1

Sunday, Nov. 22

Connecticut at Maine
Long road trip equals home ice win. Maine 3-1

Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 23-24

Penn State at St. Lawrence
The Nittany Lions are better than their record, but fall short. St. Lawrence 3-1, 4-1

Tuesday, Nov. 24

Mercyhurst at Colgate
A month ago I’d have picked differently. Mercyhurst 2-1

Northeastern at Harvard
Northeastern’s Beanpot pre-tour continues, with the same result. Harvard 2-1

Wednesday, Nov. 25

Providence at Boston College
The Eagles should sleepwalk through this. Boston College 5-1

Mercyhurst at Colgate
Can the Lakers game some momentum? Sure. Mercyhurst 3-2

Weekend wrap: 11/15

Badgers yield a goal but remain perfect
After an NCAA record shutout streak of more than nine games, or 624 minutes and 19 seconds, No. 1 Wisconsin finally had to watch an opponent celebrate. By the time Maria Lindh of Minnesota-Duluth scored in the third period on Saturday, the Badgers already led, 4-0, on their way to a 4-2 win and a series sweep. The win marks the first time in program history that Wisconsin has started by winning its first 12 games. Annie Pankowski had a goal and two assists to spark its offense.

Wisconsin took the series opener by a 3-0 verdict, with Ann-Renée Desbiens making 17 saves to record her NCAA-leading eighth shutout. Jenny Ryan assisted on all three goals, and Erika Sowchuk and Rachel Jones scored and added a helper.

Boston College keeps pace
No. 2 Boston College won three times on the week to stay perfect as well, although the Eagles flirted with the end of their winning streak when they needed overtime to down Boston University, 4-3. The Terriers came from behind twice to force the extra session, getting tying goals from Maddie Elia and Rebecca Russo. Alex Carpenter took advantage of Hockey East’s four-on-four overtime format to score her second goal of the game to decide the matter. Dana Trivigno and Kristyn Capizzano netted the other BC goals, and Haley Skarupa had a pair of assists.

BC was back to drama-free hockey as it swept a home-and-home series from New Hampshire, 6-1 and 3-0. Gabriella Switaj stopped 22 of 23 shots to win the opener. Skarupa and Andie Anastos scored twice, and Skarupa, Capizzano, and Trivigno all had three points. Katie Burt returned to the net on Saturday and thwarted all 24 UNH shots to notch her sixth shutout. Carpenter, Toni Ann Miano, and Skarupa provided the markers.

Brandt sets program career points mark
Hannah Brandt had been stuck on 99 goals for five games, but she broke out of her scoring drought with five goals on Saturday in No. 3 Minnesota’s 8-3 win over No. 5 Bemidji State. Besides getting her beyond the century mark in goals, that boosted her to 247 career points, surpassing Natalie Darwitz for the all-time high by a Gopher. Included in her outburst was a natural hat trick to start the scoring. Dani Cameranesi also had five points in the contest, and Taylor Williamson scored her first Minnesota goal. Nina Rogers found the net for the hosts, while Emma Terres, Ivana Bilic, and Bailey Wright fueled a third-period rally by the Beavers.

Amanda Leveille was the story in Minnesota’s 4-0 win on Friday, making several big stops to earn an 18-save shutout. The Gophers got a goal apiece from the line of Kelly Pannek between Cara Piazza and Kate Schipper, with Schipper’s three points leading the way.

Coyne stays hot
Kendall Coyne of No. 7 Northeastern, the country’s leader in points per game, had a six-point weekend to help the Huskies to a sweep of Merrimack. Coyne had a hat trick as Northeastern cruised to an 8-3 win in the opener. Baye Flanagan and Allison Sexton scored their first collegiate goals for the Warriors.

The Huskies completed the sweep by a 6-0 count. Brittany Bugalski turned in a 14-save shutout, and Denisa Krížová scored twice.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 4 Clarkson won three times to improve to 13-1-2 on the year. Five different Golden Knights scored and Cayley Mercer had three assists in the 5-1 victory over Syracuse. Shannon MacAulay, Savannah Harmon, and Olivia Howe scored to rally Clarkson over Connecticut, 3-1. The Huskies had taken an early lead on a a Jordy Zacharias tally. After Mercer opened the scoring on Saturday, 43 saves by Elaine Chuli and goals by Margaret Zimmer and Zacharias had Connecticut poised for an upset, but Erin Ambrose and Howe scored goals in the final three minutes to push the Golden Knights to a 3-2 win and a series sweep.

No. 8 Quinnipiac took three of four ECAC points from No. 10 Princeton in a crucial home-and-home series. It took two periods, but the Tigers’ Karlie Lund answered a goal by Meghan Turner to produce a 1-1 tie on Friday in Hamden. Kimberly Newell was the busier of the two goaltenders with 30 saves, compared to 19 for Sydney Rossman. The Bobcats trailed entering the third period on Saturday, but scored three times in the frame to garner a 4-2 win. Cydney Roesler tied the game and sealed the triumph with an empty-net goal, and Nicole Brown furnished the game-winner. Taylar Cianfarano also scored for Quinnipiac, while the Molly Contini and Cassidy Tucker lit the lamp for the Tigers.

Ohio State got a split on the road at No. 6 North Dakota. After Amy Menke put UND on top at 11:43 of the third period on Saturday, Kendall Curtis tied it up 1:25 later and Maddy Field gave the Buckeyes a 3-2 win after another 55 seconds ticked away. Alex LaMere made 38 saves in the win. North Dakota bounced back with a 4-1 victory on Sunday behind two goals by Menke.

No. 9 Harvard defeated Union, 5-0, and Rensselaer, 2-1. The Crimson had five goal scorers and four players with two points as Brianna Laing and Molly Tissenbaum combined to shut out the Dutchwomen. Miye D’Oench scored the game-winner in the third period and Emerance Maschmeyer made 32 saves to hold off the Engineers. RPI’s Taylor Schwalbe and Jessica Harvey traded second-period goals.

Other action
Mercyhurst stayed unbeaten in CHA play with a sweep of Lindenwood, 3-2 and 2-1. After Sarah Bobrowski and Brittania Gillanders had given the Lions a 2-1 lead in the opener, Samantha Fieseler tied the game with her second goal of the game and her career. Megan Whiddon scored the winner 24 seconds into the third period. Molly Blasen and Whiddon gave the Lakers a quick lead on Saturday, and a short-handed goal by Shara Jasper was the only response the Lions could generate. Sarah McDonnel got the win with 14 saves.

Penn State got a series win at Robert Morris. The teams skated to a 2-2 tie on Friday. Amber Rennie and Brittany Howard gave the Colonials leads, only to have Hannah Bramm and Laura Bowman tie it up. Celine Whitlinger and Jessica Dodds finished with 29 and 31 saves, respectively. Senior Micayla Catanzariti broke loose with a hat trick to carry the Nittany Lions to a 5-1 victory on Saturday. Whitlinger turned away 36 of 37 shots.

Colgate swept a home-and-home series from RIT, 3-2 and 3-1. Jessie Eldridge and Shelby Perry scored six minutes apart in the second period to give the Raiders a lead they would not relinquish on Friday. Back home on Saturday, Eldridge scored the deciding goal at 12:36 of the middle stanza. Julia Vandyk saved 32 of 33 shots.

Brianna Veerman scored twice to spur Cornell’s 5-2 win over Syracuse.

Sam Donovan had a hat trick as Brown won for the first time this season, defeating Sacred Heart, 6-1.

Robyn Chemago and Dartmouth turned in a pair of shutouts, 4-0, over Rensselaer, and a 2-0 defeat of Union. Melissa Black stopped 38 of 39 shots for the Dutchwomen, but Lindsey Allen scored the winning goal 32 seconds into the middle period.

The Big Green started their week by dropping a 4-1 decision to Maine. Audra Richards netted a pair of goals and Maria Fujimagari saved 26 shots.

Maine also fell twice to BU, 5-3 and 3-2. Maddie Elia and Sarah Lefort scored twice in game one; Dakota Woodworth gave the Terriers a lasting lead on Sunday.

Providence split a series at Vermont, winning 4-1 on Friday when Alanna Serviss made 22 saves and Madison Sansone tallied twice. The Catamounts scored the final three goals to grab a 4-3 win on Saturday. Vermont got a power-play opportunity with just seven seconds left, and it was enough for Taylor Willard to score with 3.8 seconds showing on the clock.

St. Cloud State swept Minnesota State, 4-1 and 4-2. Molly Illikainen and Julia Tylke had three-goal weekends, and Katie Fitzgerald made 50 saves in the series.

Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 13

I had a decent week again, going 20-5-4 (.758) to move to 120-28-17 (.778) on the year. Let’s see how we can do this week with some big games on tap out west.

Friday, Nov. 13

Rensselaer at Dartmouth
Two teams that are very hard to predict makes me lean toward home ice. Dartmouth 3-2

Union at Harvard
The Crimson looked to have shaken off the loss to Dartmouth, which means bad news for Union. Harvard 5-1

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 13-14

Princeton vs. Quinnipiac (home-and-home)
I’m not completely sold on the Tigers yet, thought Quinnipiac has looked vulnerable of late. Let’s go with home ice for each. Quinnipiac 4-2, Princeton 3-2

Lindenwood at Mercyhurst
A Lions win in at least one game wouldn’t surprise me, but I’ll go traditional this time. Mercyhurst 4-2, 2-1

Penn State at Robert Morris
The Colonials seem to have a bit of swagger again. Robert Morris 3-1, 4-1

Boston College vs. New Hampshire (home-and-home)
The Eagles escaped the trap game against Boston University and should win going away. Boston College 5-1, 4-1

Merrimack vs. Northeastern (home-and-home)
Kendall Coyne and company should skate to an easy win. Northeastern 5-1, 5-1

Minnesota State at St. Cloud State
Perhaps the Mavericks get their first conference win this weekend. St. Cloud 3-2, Minnesota State 2-1

Wisconsin at Minnesota-Duluth
The Bulldogs would be happy to break Wisconsin’s shutout streak. Wisconsin 4-0, 3-1

Bemidji State at Minnesota
The Gophers won’t take the Beavers lightly, and will use home ice to erase the memory of two painful losses last year. Minnesota 4-1, 4-2

Saturday, Nov. 14

Union at Dartmouth
The Big Green keep pace in the ECAC. Dartmouth 2-1

Rensselaer at Harvard
The Engineers have played the Crimson tough before, but I like Harvard in this one. Harvard 4-2

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 14-15

Maine at Boston University
If the Terriers who played Tuesday come out, they should win easily. If they are still down after losing in OT, it could get interesting. Boston University 4-1, 4-1

Ohio State at North Dakota
UND needs both of these games to stay with Bemidji. I think they take them. North Dakota 4-2, 3-2

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Colgate at Cornell
Do the Big Red finally get untracked a little? Cornell 2-1

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Syracuse at RIT
The Tigers should keep this game closer than last month’s blowout loss, but get the same result. Syracuse, 4-2

New Hampshire at Harvard
Gone are the days when this would be a battle to the end. Harvard 4-1

What to Watch: Changing Rivalries

We start with three matchups that once would have been marquee games for not only the week, but the whole season. Teams rise, others fall, and on paper, these pairings aren’t what they used to be. But it doesn’t mean they still can’t surprise us and produce some drama.

New Hampshire at No. 2 Boston College, Friday, 2 p.m. EST, and Boston College at New Hampshire, Saturday, 3 p.m. EST
For years, New Hampshire was the established power and Boston College was just another punching bag. In the early years of Hockey East, UNH was the team to beat, while BC vied with teams like Providence to be the best of the rest. UNH peaked in the 2007-08 season, Boston College rose to fill the void, but as their roles were reversing, they played some pivotal games along the way. Then the Wildcats were reduced to getting one upset of BC a year; now, they’d be very happy with that. They still dominate the all-time series with a record of 38-16-5. The Eagles won by six goals last month.

No. 1 Wisconsin at Minnesota-Duluth, Friday and Saturday, 3:07 p.m. CST
Wisconsin and Minnesota-Duluth met in the Frozen Four Championship game in back-to-back seasons in 2007 and 2008, each winning once. They’ve also faced off in an NCAA semifinal (2009) and quarterfinal (2011), with the Badgers coming out on top both times. They lead the all-time series with a 29-33-12 mark. That didn’t used to be the case; the Bulldogs have gone winless in the last 10 meetings and saw their head-to-head advantage slip away. As recently as three years ago, UW traveled to Duluth and went scoreless on the weekend. These days, it’s the Badgers’ opponents who never score.

New Hampshire at No. 9 Harvard, Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST
Here’s another trip that the Wildcats used to take with more confidence, or at least more reason to be confident. Perhaps in this case, the Crimson haven’t yet hit their top stride despite sitting atop the ECAC. This duo met for a national championship in 1999, and Harvard took a 6-5 decision in overtime. UNH earned the victory in their only NCAA tournament clash in a 2006 quarterfinal. In 2007-08, the Wildcats handed Harvard its only regular-season loss. Although the teams have played every year since then, New Hampshire’s last win in the series came in February 2009 in OT at Harvard.

Those rivalries appear to be on a downswing, but luckily, there are others where interest looks to be on the rise.

No. 10 Princeton at No. 8 Quinnipiac, Friday, 3 p.m. EST, and Quinnipiac at Princeton, Saturday, 3 p.m. EST
Being ECAC travel partners seems to up the ante in many cases. Here, the standings are a bigger factor. Both have winning records four games into the league campaign, and a sweep, or at least a series win, would go a long way toward establishing either as a major player in the weeks ahead. The Bobcats took all four meetings last year, including shutting Princeton out in both games of an ECAC quarterfinal.

No. 5 Bemidji State at No. 3 Minnesota, Friday, 7:07 p.m. CST, and Saturday, 4:07 p.m. CST
Normally, one wouldn’t expect much from a series where one team wins 10 times as often as the other. The Gophers are 60-6-7 against the team from the northern part of the state. Given two of those Bemidji State wins came last year and four were in the last four years, fortunes appear to be shifting. Of course, the Beavers wear green, just like the last seven opponents to defeat Minnesota.

Colgate at Cornell, Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
More ECAC travel partner action, this time for a couple of New York teams. It could ultimately prove to be nothing more than that, but right now these two are part of a three-way tie for eighth place in a league where only eight teams make the postseason. Colgate’s only forays into the playoffs in this decade have ended in sweeps at the hands of the Big Red.

Syracuse at RIT, Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST
Another all New York, in-conference rivalry. This one got a little spice added to it a year ago when the Tigers took the league’s first-ever automatic bid to the national tournament in overtime at the expense of the Orange. Syracuse got a small measure of payback with a 7-1 win last month.

Women’s D-I wrap: Nov. 8

Some gotta win, some gotta lose …
Or they could tie, as we see on Saturdays in the CHA.

First win for the Friars
After seven straight setbacks, Providence hit the win column for the first time this year, rallying in the third period to defeat New Hampshire, 5-4. Trailing by two coming out of the second intermission, the Friars scored three times, including a pair of goals by Madison Sansone 39 seconds apart in the final 80 seconds. Brooke Boquist’s second goal of the day had pulled Providence within one earlier in the frame. Christina Putigna also scored, her first as a Friar.

Early on, UNH had the better of things. Amy Boucher put the Wildcats up early with a pair of markers. With the game tied at 2-2, Devan Taylor and Kate Haslett restored the two-goal lead for UNH.

First loss for Clarkson comes via Rensselaer
No. 4 Clarkson got off to a strong start on Saturday on the road at Rensselaer, taking a first-period lead on a Cayley Mercer goal while outshooting the hosts, 15-3. The Golden Knights seemingly had control of the subsequent frames as well, everywhere but on the scoreboard. The Engineers climbed back into the game on Lindsey Hylwa’s first goal of the season 12:43 into the second period, and they edged ahead when Mari Mankey converted a power-play rebound with just over seven minutes left in regulation. RPI goalie Lovisa Selander refused to allow any more production by Clarkson’s offense, as she finished with 45 saves.

Both teams had experienced different results on Friday. The Golden Knights cruised over Union, 6-0, while outshooting the Dutchwomen, 56-8, with Shea Tiley picking up the shutout. Amanda Titus and Kelly Mariani each knocked in a pair of goals.

Meanwhile, RPI couldn’t generate anything versus St. Lawrence, falling 2-0, as Sonjia Shelly denied all 16 shots by the Engineers. Kailee Heidersbach and Brooke Webster scored in the second and third periods, respectively.

Harvard takes over ECAC lead
Thanks in part to having played one more league game than everyone but Dartmouth, No. 9 Harvard rose to the top of the ECAC standings when it got a road sweep at Yale, 3-2, and Brown, 5-1. Versus the Bulldogs, Sydney Daniels got the Crimson off to a fast start 5:29 into the game, and Grace Zarzecki pushed the lead to 3-0 with two second-period goals. Phoebe Staenz started a comeback for Yale, but Eden Murray’s extra-attacker goal, coming with just 13 seconds to go, didn’t leave enough time for an equalizer. Brianna Laing made 26 saves to garner the win.

Daniels struck first against the Bears as well, and Lexie Laing, Audrey Warner, Briana Mastel, and Kate Hallet all netted their first goals of the year for the Crimson. Molly Tissenbaum took over in the Harvard net and made 22 saves. Sam Donovan scored Brown’s first goal of the season in ECAC action.

Eagles rule Commonwealth Avenue
No. 2 Boston College spotted host Boston University an early goal by Sammy Davis before running away with an 8-1 victory. Makenna Newkirk’s pure hat trick and five points from Alex Carpenter highlighted the rout.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
While the rest of the WCHA was idle, No. 6 Bemidji State moved into second place in the league when it ground out a road sweep at Ohio State. Bailey Wright’s first goal in a BSU uniform proved to be the decisive goal in Friday’s 2-1 win. Hanna Moher had given the Beavers an early lead, and Wright’s insurance tally in the third period was needed when Dana Rasmussen broke through for the Buckeyes with a late goal against Brittni Mowat, who finished with 21 saves. On Saturday, Emma Terres converted on a third-period power play to break a 1-1 tie. Kaitlyn Tougas sealed the 3-1 victory into an empty net. Lauren Miller and OSU’s Kendall Curtis traded second-period goals. Mowat saved 32 shots.

No. 7 Quinnipiac enjoyed a 44-22 shot advantage over Colgate, but when Ashlynne Rando stopped all of the Bobcats’ attempts, they had to settle for a 0-0 tie. Sydney Rossman got the shutout for Quinnipiac. The Bobcats’ offensive futility continued for the first half of Saturday’s contest versus Cornell, while Hanna Bunton put the Big Red on top. Then Nicole Kosta, Meghan Turner, and Taylar Cianfarano broke loose with three goals in five minutes to give Quinnipiac a 3-1 triumph, thanks to 19 saves from Rossman.

Defenseman Ainsley MacMillan’s first goal of the season at 12:42 of the second period was the winning goal as No. 8 Northeastern won at Maine, 3-1. Maddie Hartman and the Black Bears’ Brooke Stacey scored in the game’s first seven minutes; Christina Zalewski sealed the win in the third stanza. Brittany Bugalski turned away 33 Maine shots.

Taylor Woods and Cornell knocked No. 10 Princeton from the unbeaten ranks on Friday, 2-1. Woods’ short-handed goal at 18:44 of the third period tied the score, and she potted the winner with only 21 seconds left in the frame. Paula Voorheis made 20 saves to earn the victory. Kiersten Falck tallied for the Tigers back in the first period.

Princeton rebounded on Saturday to edge Colgate, 3-2. After Annika Zalewski gave the Raiders an early lead, the Tigers rallied with two Karlie Lund goals sandwiched around one from Kelsey Koelzer. Shae Labbe cut the lead in half in the third period, but Kimberly Newell, who finished with 32 saves, wouldn’t allow an equalizer.

Other action
BU opened the week on Tuesday by thumping Yale, 7-1. The Terriers got a big night from its line centered by Maddie Elia, who poured in a hat trick and added an assist. Right wing Rebecca Leslie scored twice and assisted three times, while Rebecca Russo had five helpers. Erin O’Neil stopped 29 of 30 shots before giving way for the debut of Ashlyn Aiello.

Dartmouth shut out Brown, 4-0, with Robyn Chemago stopping all 22 shots. Laura Stacey scored twice, and the Big Green also got goals from Kennedy Ottenbreit and Alyssa Baker.

Yale denied Dartmouth a weekend sweep when the Bulldogs fought back from a two-goal deficit to earn a 3-3 tie. Eden Murray scored the tying goal with 2:50 remaining after Brittany Wheeler had pulled Yale within one. Mallory Souliotis scored earlier for the Bulldogs, while Dartmouth got goals from Lindsey Allen, Kate Landers, and Brooke Ahbe.

Kailee Heidersbach scored the winning goal a minute into the second period to lift SLU over Union, 2-1. Brooke Webster of the Saints and Jamie Smith exchanged first-period goals. Melissa Black made 54 saves in a losing effort.

Mercyhurst took three of four points at Penn State in a series where goals were in short supply. The Lakers edged the Nittany Lions on Friday, 1-0, with Kathy Donohue scoring the only goal at 17:54 of the second period. Sarah McDonnell’s 23 saves made a hard-luck loser out of Celine Whitlinger, who made 29 stops. PSU’s Shannon Yoxheimer struck first at 4:51 of the third period on Saturday, but Brooke Hartwick answered seven minutes later. McDonnell and Whitlinger preserved the 1-1 stalemate.

Syracuse also had a three-point weekend, defeating Lindenwood, 3-1, before settling for a 1-1 tie. Melissa Piacentini made the score 2-1 at 6:31 of the third period on Friday, and then assisted on Nicole Ferrara’s empty-net goal. Stephanie Grossi had helpers on both goals. Jenn Gilligan made 24 saves to get the win. Nicole Hensley got the start for Lindenwood on Saturday and stopped all but one of 40 shots. She earned a tie when Shannon Morris-Reade scored with 2:21 left in regulation. Grossi had given the Orange a lead 7:36 into the game.

Robert Morris got the full sweep at RIT, winning 4-0 and 6-3. Jessica Dodds made 29 saves in her shutout on Friday. Maggie Lague, Mikaela Lowater, Brittany Howard, and Rikki Meilleur found the net, with the first three each adding one assist. Tied 2-2, the Colonials exploded with four goals in five and half minutes of the third period, including two by Maeve Garvey, to post Saturday’s win.

Connecticut got a goal from Brittany Berisoff and a 23-save shutout by Elaine Chuli to squeeze by Merrimack, 1-0.

One goal by Marisa Maccario wasn’t enough for the Huskies on Sunday. New Hampshire got tallies from Cassandra Vilgrain and Amy Schlagel to earn freshman Kyra Smith her first win with 21 saves.

Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 6

Ties were the bane of me last week, but I still went a respectable 20-6-6, and am now 100-23-13 on the year. The WCHA and Hockey East are virtually dormant this weekend because of the Four Nations Cup, but there are still a lot of games.

Friday, Nov. 6

Dartmouth at Brown
Brown will win eventually, but I don’t think it happens this game. Dartmouth 3-1

Cornell at Princeton
The Big Red have scoring issues, and playing Kimberly Newell won’t help. Princeton 3-1

Colgate at Quinnipiac
The Bobcats were surprised by Yale last weekend, but I like them to right the ship. Quinnipiac 4-1

St. Lawrence at Rensselaer
Goals are still an issue for the Engineers, so I like the visitors. St. Lawrence 3-2

Clarkson at Union
I’m sure the Dutchwomen will hang around, but it won’t enough. Clarkson 3-1

Harvard at Yale
Home ice will keep the Elis close, but I think the Crimson win this. Harvard 3-2

Northeastern at Maine
Can the Huskies score without Kendall Coyne? Just enough. Northeastern 4-2

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 6

Syracuse at Lindenwood
My percentages would be even better if I didn’t pick CHA games. Syracuse 3-2, 2-1

Mercyhurst at Penn State
CHA play got the Lakers their first wins of the year, and that continues. Mercyhurst 2-1, 3-1

Robert Morris at RIT
I don’t think the Tigers are ready to make their annual surge just yet. Robert Morris 3-2, 3-1

Bemidji State at Ohio State
The Buckeyes bedeviled the Beavers last year, winning all four games. I think Bemidji turns it around. Bemidji State 3-1, 3-2

Saturday, Nov. 7

Harvard at Brown
The Crimson keep pace with the league leaders. Harvard 3-1

Colgate at Princeton
I think Princeton might not lose until it plays a team like Harvard. Princeton 3-2

Cornell at Quinnipiac
Cornell couldn’t beat Union, so I  don’t see the Big Red taking points on the road from the Bobcats. Quinnipiac 4-2

Clarkson at Rensselaer
The Golden Knights probably can’t wait to get back to Canton, but should have enough in the tank. Clarkson 3-1

St. Lawrence at Union
Another game that will be very close, but see Union fall short. St. Lawrence 2-1

Dartmouth at Yale
The Elis surprised last week against Quinnipiac, and I like them to take this one. Yale 2-1

Boston College at Boston University
The Terriers have shown signs of life of late, but BC Alex Carpenter and Haley Skarupa were left off the Team USA roster. Boston College 4-2

New Hampshire at Providence
I figure the Friars might finally get a win here, but there’s no percentage in picking it. New Hampshire 3-1

Merrimack at Connecticut
The Warriors will keep it close, but fall short. Connecticut 3-1

Sunday, Nov. 8

New Hampshire at Connecticut
The Huskies are looking to me like the final home ice team in Hockey East. Connecticut 3-1

Tuesday, Nov. 10

Boston University at Boston College
A change of venue won’t help the Terriers. Boston College 5-1

Syracuse at Clarkson
Home sweet home for the Golden Knights means a win. Clarkson 3-1

Maine at Dartmouth
The Big Green should be able to eke this one. Dartmouth 2-1

What to watch: First BC-BU showdown

Two teams that have finished first and second in Hockey East in some order for the last three seasons, and four of the last five, collide for the first time this year.

No. 2 Boston College at Boston University, Saturday, 3 p.m. EST, Boston University at Boston College, Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
In recent years, this has been must-see action. Boston University has defeated Boston College at least once in every season but the Terriers’ first, and even then they managed a tie. After their recent three-game losing streak that culminated with a 7-1 whipping at Northeastern, it looked doubtful that would be continuing this year. After BU’s own 7-1 win over Yale on Tuesday, the team’s most convincing win so far, the Terriers are riding a three-game win-streak heading into their upcoming home-and-home series with the Eagles. Is that a sign they’ve figured things out, or just that they found three opponents that were struggling even worse? BC looks to provide some answers. With Northeastern’s Kendall Coyne away at Four Nations, it’s likely that BC’s Alex Carpenter will retake the country’s points lead. The Eagles have only allowed one goal in their last six games and are riding a streak of three straight shutouts.

No. 8 Northeastern at Maine, Friday, 7 p.m. EST
The Huskies look to continue their winning ways in Coyne’s absence. They came up short in their most recent game in Orono in January. The Black Bears sit at .500 both overall and in the league after their four-game winning streak ended at Vermont.

Mercyhurst at Penn State, Friday, 7 p.m. EST, and Saturday, 2 p.m. EST
The Lakers suffered a painful sweep in Happy Valley last year that contributed greatly to the end of their run of NCAA tournament appearances. Now they return to the scene of the crime, fresh off their first wins of this season. The Nittany Lions have hit a rough patch of their own and are winless in their last four tries.

Cornell at No. 10 Princeton, Friday, 7 p.m. EST, Cornell at No. 7 Quinnipiac, Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
After unexpected struggles on home ice last week against the Rensselaer and Union travel pair, the Big Red really need to get some points out of this weekend. Their power play has yet to click in 16 opportunities. The Bobcats suffered their first loss of the season. Princeton is one of the country’s four remaining unbeaten teams and one of three with perfect records.

Four Nations Cup, championship game, Sunday, 8:30 a.m. EST
A pair of preliminary round games on Saturday remain to finalize the participants, but the event looks on track for another Canada versus United States final.

Women’s D-I wrap: Nov. 1

Wisconsin gets defensive
The No. 3 Badgers seemingly haven’t given up a goal since back in the days of captain’s practice. Wisconsin blanked Minnesota State twice to run its shutout string to eight games and take sole possession of first place in the WCHA. Goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens backed both of the wins, making 16 saves in Friday’s 6-0 victory and turning away 18 shots on Saturday as the Badgers cruised, 7-0. She leads the country with seven shutouts.

Six different Badgers scored on Friday, and Sophia Shaver was the only UW player with two goals on Saturday. Courtney Burke, who scored in each game, was the top point getter for the weekend with five.

Shuffling at the top
No. 7 North Dakota jettisoned No. 1 Minnesota from the unbeaten ranks with a 4-3 win on Friday. UND gave the Gophers a taste of their own medicine, using a dominant second period to seize command, including a 17-7 advantage in shots. Meghan Dufault scored a pair of goals nine seconds apart with five-plus minutes remaining in the frame to give the hosts a lead they would not relinquish. Amy Menke also struck twice for UND, while Dani Cameranesi had a goal and an assist in a losing effort.

Minnesota took the first game of the series on Thursday, 5-1, by jumping out to a 3-0 lead with 16:48 elapsed. The Gophers got goals from Caitlin Reilly and Nina Rodgers on a reconfigured third line, and five others had two-point games.

All tied up
Half of the dozen ECAC games played went to overtime, and five ended in ties.

No. 4 Clarkson avoided its first loss, but the Golden Knights didn’t win either. In fact, they didn’t even score on Friday at No. 8 Harvard, as the two squads ground out a 0-0 draw. Clarkson’s Shea Tiley and Molly Tissenbaum of the Crimson both recorded 23-save shutouts.

The next day, No. 10 Dartmouth came from three goals down after one period to tie Clarkson, 3-3. Brook Ahbe, Kennedy Ottenbreit, and Lindsey Allen scored for the Big Green in the course of 8:36 of action that spanned the second intermission, erasing the lead provided by Savannah Harmon, Geneviève Bannon, and Cayley Mercer. Robyn Chemago came on in relief for Dartmouth and slammed the door, saving all 24 shots she faced.

The Union and Rensselaer travel pair visited Colgate and Cornell, with all four contests knotted after 60 minutes.

In the only ECAC action where overtime produced a decision, Lauren Wash converted a feed from Alexa Gruschow 2:34 into OT to lift Rensselaer over Cornell, 2-1. Kaitlin Doering scored the game’s first goal at 3:05 of the third period, but Wash set up Gruschow for the equalizer 80 seconds later on a five-on-three power play. Engineers’ goalie Lovisa Selander stopped 30 of 31 shots from the Big Red.

Also on Friday, Colgate’s Shelby Perry tallied an extra-attacker, power-play goal in the final minute of regulation to tie Union, 2-2. Melissa Black made 58 saves for the Dutchwomen, who got goals from Jacyn Reeves and Kathryn Tomaselli. Jessie Eldridge, who assisted the tying goal, had the other marker for the Raiders.

Black stayed busy on Saturday in Ithaca, saving another 39 shots, but she couldn’t prevent another lead from slipping away late when Pippy Gerace and Hanna Bunton dug Cornell out of a two-goal deficit. Kelli Mackey and Jessie Kaminsky scored 70 seconds apart in the first period to give Union a lead that lasted until 5:03 remained in regulation.

Colgate also lost a two-goal lead in the third period when RPI’s Katie Rooney scored twice, the second with 2:32 left, to produce a 3-3 tie. Amanda Kimmerle also hit the net for the Engineers. The Raiders’ goals were knocked in by Bailey Larson, Shelby Perry, and Shae Labbe.

That’s a lot of hats
Kendall Coyne netted her ninth hat trick as a Husky and second this season to provide No. 9 Northeastern all of the offense it needed to down Merrimack, 5-1. Brittany Bugalski made 21 stops for the Huskies, who also got scoring from Christina Zalewski and Hayley Scamurra. Paige Voight’s fourth tally of the season was the only damage done by the Warriors.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 2 Boston College and Connecticut played a home-and-home series, with the site making little difference as the Eagles posted twin 4-0 triumphs. Katie Burt ran her shutout total to five by making 15 saves on Friday and another 11 on Saturday. BC got goals from four players on Friday; Haley Skarupa with a goal and an assist led three multi-point games. Defensemen Kali Flanagan and Megan Keller each had a goal and two helpers as the Eagles completed the sweep. Elaine Chuli recorded an even 100 saves on the weekend for the Huskies.

Another bookend sweep occurred in St. Cloud, where No. 6 Bemidji State skated past the Huskies twice by 3-1 scores. Stephanie Anderson converted twice in the third period on Friday to break open a scoreless game, with Brittni Mowat making 28 saves to best Katie Fitzgerald. Ciscely Nelson lit the lamp 2:45 into the final period to edge the Beavers ahead on Saturday. Molly Illikainen’s short-handed goal in the second period had tied the game for SCSU.

No. 5 Quinnipiac dropped from the unbeaten ranks when Yale’s Janelle Ferrara struck for goals 67 seconds apart late in the third period to give her team a 4-3 win. Cydney Roesler had put the Bobcats on top midway through the stanza on the power play, but Quinnipiac ultimately fell despite outshooting the Bulldogs, 26-9. The Bobcats enjoyed an even wider bulge in shots, 37-3, in their 4-0 win on Friday over Brown, with Taylar Cianfarano scoring twice.

Harvard got its first win of the year, 3-2, over St. Lawrence on Saturday. Haley Mullins netted the winning goal with 94 seconds remaining in regulation. Miye D’Oench potted a pair of second-period goals for the Crimson, both short-handed and on the power play. Harvard got a 28-save effort from Brianna Laing. Jenna Marks and Amanda Boulier provided the Saints’ scoring.

Dartmouth lost for the first time this year, falling to St. Lawrence, 4-2. The Big Green led 2-1 after Lindsey Allen and Ailish Forfar tallied power-play goals in the first period, but SLU flipped the decision with power-play goals of its own, by Kirsten Padalis in the first period and Alex Moore in the second. Megan Armstrong had opened the scoring in the first period for the Saints, and Amanda Boulier cemented the win into an empty net.

Other action
Princeton stayed perfect through four games, defeating Yale, 4-3, and Brown, 3-0. The Tigers took a see-saw affair over the Bulldogs on Friday when Kelsey Koelzer and Fiona McKenna scored third-period goals to earn the victory. Krista Yip-Chuck had given Yale a short-lived lead. The Tigers led throughout against Brown after Cassidy Tucker got them on the board 3:43 into the game. Alysia DaSilva earned the 16-save shutout.

Mercyhurst got its first wins of the year, sweeping RIT, 5-0 and 4-3 in overtime. Sarah Robello was the first of five Lakers to find the net on Friday, 7:26 into the middle frame. Sarah McDonnell needed only 11 saves to register her first shutout. Cassie Clayton gave the Tigers a lead 4:44 into the third period on Saturday on a power play, but Robello drew Mercyhurst even on its own power-play opportunity with 98 seconds to go. Jenna Dingeldein notched the winner 2:07 into the extra session. Rachel Smith and Sarah Hine had three-point games.

Host Lindenwood got a series win over Penn State, taking Friday’s game, 5-2. PSU took a 2-1 lead into the final period, but Shara Jasper broke loose with a hat trick for the Lions. Nicole Hensley made 33 saves to preserve the win. Micayla Catanzariti scored 4:02 into the third period to salvage a 1-1 tie for the Nittany Lions on Saturday. Lindenwood’s Britannia Gillanders opened the scoring back in the first stanza. Celine Whitlinger’s 35 saves and 31 from Hensley ensured a deadlock.

Syracuse had to settle for a split at Robert Morris. The Orange took the opener, 4-3 in overtime, when Jessica Sibley produced a winner after 62 seconds. Mikaela Lowater had tied the game for the Colonials. Alysha Burriss had two goals for Syracuse, as did Ashley Vesci of RMU. The Colonials came back on Saturday to win, 2-0, thanks to Brittany Howard’s goal at 12:59 of the final frame. She assisted on Vesci’s empty-net goal. Jessica Dodds saved all 23 Orange shots.

Maine continued the frustration for Providence, dropping the Friars in overtime, 2-1. Allyson Matteau knocked in the winning goal at 3:05, after Brooke Stacey forced overtime with an extra-attacker goal with 71 seconds left. Meghann Treacy made 29 saves for the Black Bears, allowing only Cassidy Carels’ goal.

New Hampshire got its first victory of the season, blanking Vermont, 4-0. Four different Wildcats scored in support of Vilma Vaattovaara’s 18-save shutout.

UNH was on the other side of the verdict on Sunday, falling to Boston University, 5-3. The Wildcats held a 3-1 win after goals by Julia Fedeski, Jonna Curtis, and Amy Schlagel, but a pair of goals by Sammy Davis set up Victoria Bach’s game-winner. Vaattovaara had stymied Bach on a first-period penalty shot.

Vermont came from behind to win a 4-2 battle of power plays over Maine on Sunday. Dayna Colang’s tally with 12:23 gone in the third period gave the Catamounts the win. Mackenzie MacNeil’s empty-net goal was the only scoring at even strength.

What to watch: Four Nations season

The 2015 Four Nations Cup takes place next week in Sundsvall, Sweden. This means two things to fans: the opportunity to watch, or at least follow, some hockey from across the pond, and the loss of some high-profile players from collegiate rosters for as much as 10 days.

The impact of the latter isn’t quite as widespread this year because the United States roster only includes three current college players, all senior forwards: Stephanie Anderson, Bemidji State; Kendall Coyne, Northeastern; and Emily Janiga, Mercyhurst. The United States players should be available to their college teams through Friday, Oct. 30.

Canada has the largest contingent of current NCAA players with seven: Emily Clark, Wisconsin, sophomore forward; Renata Fast, Clarkson, senior defenseman; Halli Krzyzaniak, North Dakota, junior defenseman; Sarah Lefort, Boston University, senior forward; Emerance Maschmeyer, Harvard, senior goaltender; Sarah Nurse, Wisconsin, junior forward; and Sarah Potomak, Minnesota, freshman forward. These players will miss this entire weekend as well as the next.

For the European rosters, it’s a bit more guesswork, because I’m not always sure when I find a roster if it matches the right event. However, I believe that Finland’s roster includes three freshmen forwards: Anna Kilponen, North Dakota; Suvi Ollikainen, St. Cloud State; and Vilma Tanskanen, North Dakota. The only college player from Sweden participating in Four Nations is Maria Lindh, Minnesota-Duluth, sophomore forward, but the Bulldogs don’t play again until Nov. 13.

The final day of competition for the tournament is Sunday, Nov. 8. While waiting for the international action to get going, here are some games to take in closer to home.

No. 1 Minnesota at No. 7 North Dakota, Friday, 7:07 p.m. CDT
The Gophers lost two of the three games they played in the Ralph Engelstad Arena last year, and UND has beaten Minnesota at least once in four of the last five seasons. Friday is UND’s “Pack the Ralph” promotion.

Connecticut at No. 2 Boston College, Friday, 2 p.m. EDT, No. 2 Boston College at Connecticut, Saturday, 2 p.m. EDT
Surprisingly, the Huskies are two games above .500. If they are still above .500 after Saturday, then we’ll have news. Their pattern has been to fall behind, and then rally successfully. Connecticut did show a different formula in shutting out Penn State on Saturday. Good thing, because the fall-behind plan is a dubious strategy against BC.

No. 4 Clarkson at No. 8 Harvard, Friday, 7 p.m. EDT, No. 4 Clarkson at No. 10 Dartmouth, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EDT
Which stop presents the bigger challenge for the undefeated Golden Knights? After last weekend, we’re not so sure. Clarkson eked out a pair of one-goal wins on this trip last year, but needed overtime to pull the game out in Hanover. If it can get another sweep, Clarkson would establish itself as the team to beat in the ECAC, despite this being only the first full weekend of league play.

Princeton at No. 8 Yale, Friday, 7 p.m. EDT, No. 5 Quinnipiac at Yale, Saturday, 4 p.m. EDT
Will the Bulldogs be predators or prey in the ECAC? It’s likely that the answer will vary from week to week. The Bobcats doubling up on Yale last weekend suggests the latter, but now the action shifts to New Haven.

Syracuse at Robert Morris, Friday, 7:05 p.m. EDT, and Saturday, 3:05 p.m. CDT
After going winless in its first four games, Robert Morris has reeled off four straight wins. Now it kicks off its CHA season against the Orange, the preseason favorite in the conference whose last three losses have been by a single goal. Both games in Moon Township ended in ties last year, while Syracuse swept on home ice. The Colonials are winless in the last six meetings in this rivalry, and have won only one of the last 11 versus the Orange.

Women’s D-I picks: Oct. 29

I’ve been doing pretty well through October. Last week, I went 21-6-1 (.767). Those splits I pick kill me. On the year, I am 80-17-7 (.802).

We have some big games his week, so let’s see how I can do.

Thursday-Friday, Oct. 29-30

Minnesota at North Dakota
Home ice should keep these close, but Minnesota ought to get the sweep. Minnesota 3-1, 3-2

Friday, Oct. 30

Quinnipiac at Brown
I’m expecting a pretty routine win for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac 4-1

Union at Colgate
The Raiders could only muster a split last week, but I think they take this. Colgate 3-2

Rensselaer at Cornell
The Big Red lost two very different games last weekend. RPI looked good at first, but has fallen off. Cornell 4-2

St. Lawrence at Dartmouth
I’m not sure how much we can take away from Harvard losing to the Big Green last week. St. Lawrence 3-2

Clarkson at Harvard
Home ice will help, but Clarkson is more seasoned right now. Clarkson 4-2

Princeton at Yale
The Tigers looked good in a sweep last weekend of Mercyhurst. Princeton 3-2

Northeastern at Merrimack
The Huskies look right now to be the team challenging the Eagles. Northeastern 5-1

Providence at Maine
Woe to the Friars on a long road trip. Maine 4-1

New Hampshire at Vermont
The Wildcats looked pretty good last weekend against Clarkson, so why not pick them for the win. New Hampshire 3-2

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 30-31

Penn State at Lindenwood
The Nittany Lions were surprised last weekend by Connecticut. A split is likely, but there’s no percentage in it. Penn State 2-1. 3-2

RIT at Mercyhurst
The Lakers have to win at some point right? Mercyhurst 3-2, 2-1

Syracuse at Robert Morris
Again, a split is likely, but I have no idea which night is which. Robert Morris 3-2, 2-1

Connecticut vs. Boston College (home-and-home)
UConn is better this year, but BC can put up points in a hurry. Boston College 4-1, 4-1

St. Cloud at Bemidji State
The Beavers will get back to their wining ways, but both games will be close. Bemidji State 2-1, 2-1

Wisconsin at Minnesota State
I’m beginning to wonder when the Mavericks will get their first league win. It won’t be this weekend. Wisconsin 5-1, 5-1

Saturday, Oct. 31

Princeton at Brown
Look for the Tigers to get out early. Princeton 4-1

Rensselaer at Colgate
RPI finally gets a win again. Rensselaer 3-2

Union at Cornell
The Big Red get a pair of ECAC wins on the weekend. Cornell 4-1

Clarkson at Dartmouth
The Golden Knights stay out in front of the rest of the ECAC. Clarkson 4-1

St. Lawrence at Harvard
The Crimson finally get their first win of the year. Harvard 3-2

Quinnipiac at Yale
The Bobcats doubled up on scoring last week against the Bulldogs, and I don’t think enough time has passed for Yale to be better. Quinnipiac 5-1

Sunday, Nov. 1

Boston University at New Hampshire
The Terriers aren’t looking great right now, but should have enough talent to gut out a win. Boston University 3-2

Maine at Vermont
It’s a long road trip for one game, but I like the Black Bears. Maine 4-2

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Yale at Boston University
The Terriers might finally bust out some scoring. Boston University 5-2

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