What to Watch: Classics and Cups

Holiday weekends often mean special tournaments and showcases in college hockey, and because most women’s teams are on an extended break around Christmas, Thanksgiving is typically the busiest weekend for special events. This year, we have three classics and cups, as well as some other key nonconference clashes.

Nutmeg Classic
Yale hosts the 12th edition of the Nutmeg Classic, a true tournament setup whose field includes the three Connecticut teams plus an invited guest, which this year is Merrimack.

The event kicks off Friday at 4 p.m. EST as the Warriors face the Bulldogs, with the second semifinal matching No. 5 Quinnipiac and Yale scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. EST. The losers of the semifinals meet on Saturday at 4 p.m. EST, with the winners squaring off in the championship game at 7 p.m EST. Last year’s Nutmeg Classic title was won by the Bobcats, as they defeated Clarkson in the championship game.

Mayor’s Cup
Providence hosts Brown as the crosstown rivals contest the 21st annual Mayor’s Cup. Early this month, it looked like the game might be matching two winless teams, but both have rebounded to put up a crooked number in the win column. The host Bears bested the Friars, 2-1, a year ago. This year’s Cup gets under way on Saturday at 1 p.m. EST at Schneider Arena.

Windjammer Classic
Vermont and Gutterson Fieldhouse host the inaugural Windjammer Classic. While this event intends to bring in one team from every conference in future years, this year’s field doesn’t include an entrant from the CHA. Thus, the second-round pairings are predetermined to prevent a fourth regular-season meeting between Hockey East teams Vermont and Boston University.

The Terriers will compete in the early game both days, playing Cornell at 1:00 p.m. EST on Saturday and Ohio State at the same time on Sunday. Later, Vermont will face Ohio State at 4:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, and the Catamounts clash with the Big Red in that time slot on Sunday.

No. 8 Harvard at Minnesota-Duluth, Friday, 4:07 p.m. CST, and Saturday, 1:07 p.m. CST
This is one of two series where an ECAC team travels to take on a WCHA foe, although the action might have been more compelling had the ECAC squads traded destinations.

Not that this series lacks for intrigue. The entire Minnesota-Duluth coaching staff was aligned with Harvard last season. UMD head coach Maura Crowell and Laura Bellamy were Katey Stone’s assistants behind the Harvard bench, and Samantha Reber was one of the Crimson’s captains.

The two programs have played 14 times previously, but not since 2006, and it’s been a full 10 years since they met in Duluth. The Bulldogs hold a 9-4-1 advantage in the encounters, but the Crimson swept the most recent series.

Dartmouth at No. 1 Wisconsin, Friday, 7:07 p.m. CST, and Saturday, 3:07 p.m. CST
The Big Green and the Badgers haven’t played as often — Dartmouth won three of the previous five games — but they did meet slightly more recently, with Wisconsin coming out on top in the 2009 NCAA tournament. The Big Green were shut out in that contest, and that has been the fate of the majority of Wisconsin’s opponents this year. However, Dartmouth has the highest scoring average of any team that the Badgers have played to date.

North Dakota at Syracuse, Friday, 7 p.m. EST, and Saturday, 3 p.m. EST
Two teams that came up just short of the NCAA tournament face off in Syracuse. The Orange fell in overtime of the CHA championship game, but earlier, they visited Grand Forks in January and gained a split versus North Dakota. That was one of the costly losses that helped deny UND an at-large invitation. That January series was the first between the two programs.

Maine at Robert Morris, Friday, 7:05 p.m. EST, and Saturday, 3:05 p.m. EST
The only team in the CHA with a winning record out of conference tries to keep it that way when it entertains the Black Bears this weekend. The Colonials salvaged a split when the teams met last season in Orono, taking a 1-0 victory after dropping the opener in overtime. Maine has lost five of its previous six games this month.

No. 2 Boston College at No. 4 Northeastern, Saturday, 2 p.m. EST
Don’t be like me and forget all about this battle of ranked teams! Although for a battle of teams that sit this close in the rankings, I’m not sure that the outcome is really in doubt. The Huskies’ close game with BC last weekend would suggest that it is, but their less dramatic loss to Harvard says that it isn’t. The Eagles last lost to Northeastern when the senior classes were freshmen, so the Huskies will need to hope home ice tips the scale.

Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 27

Last week I had my worst week of the year, going 21-10 (.677) to move to 161-42-20 (.766) on the year.

There are a lot of tournaments this weekend, so I’ll have to do a second set of picks on Saturday if I’m wrong on the Nutmeg Classic, but let’s see what I can do first.

Friday, Nov. 27

Quinnipiac versus Connecticut
The Bobcats took a big step last week in New York, and don’t want to lose the momentum. Elaine Chuli isn’t enough. Quinnipiac 3-1

Merrimack at Yale
The Warriors might give the Bulldogs trouble for a period, but it won’t be enough. Yale 4-2

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 27-28

Minnesota at Minnesota State
The Mavericks will win in the WCHA eventually, but not this weekend. Minnesota 5-1, 5-0

Princeton at RIT
The battle of the Tigers should go to the road team. Princeton 3-1, 2-1

Maine at Robert Morris
A tough one to call, with two inconsistent teams. Let’s go for a split. Maine 3-2, Robert Morris 3-1

New Hampshire at Rensselaer
An Engineers sweep would go a long way toward building their confidence for a playoff push. Rensselaer 3-2, 2-1

North Dakota at Syracuse
Will the Fighting Hawks finally finish a weekend with two wins? Something tells me yes. North Dakota 3-1, 3-2

Harvard at Minnesota-Duluth
Judging by how the Crimson shut down Northeastern’s high-powered offense on Tuesday, Duluth will struggle to score. Harvard 3-0, 2-1

Dartmouth at Wisconsin
Unless the Badgers have their minds completely on Minnesota the following weekend, they should take this. Wisconsin 4-0, 4-1

Saturday, Nov. 28

Boston College at Northeastern
This was a tight battle last week, but I see the same result. Boston College 4-2

Brown at Providence
The Friars have shown a little life over the last few weeks, and I like them to take the win. Providence 3-2

Ohio State at Vermont
I would have felt more confident picking the Buckeyes before last weekend. Vermont 2-1

Cornell at Boston University
This isn’t the matchup it was when they faced off in the NCAAs a few years ago. The Terriers are just better. Boston University 4-1

Connecticut versus Merrimack
The Huskies take third place. Connecticut 4-1

Yale at Quinnipiac
The Elis hung the only loss on the Bobcats so far, and I think Quinnipiac is out for revenge. Quinnipiac 4-2

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 28-29

St. Cloud State at Lindenwood
We’ll find out more about the Huskies prospects this weekend. I like the sweep. St. Cloud State 3-1, 3-2

Sunday, Nov. 29

Ohio State at Boston University
The Terriers take the Windjammer Classic. Boston University 4-1

Cornell at Vermont
The Big Red have shown an ability to bounce back, so if I’m right about Saturday, they’ll win in this one. Cornell 3-2

Tuesday, Dec. 1

Union at Providence
Does Union finally get a win? Possibly, but I’m going for the home team. Providence 3-2

Women’s D-I wrap: Nov. 22

Quinnipiac assumes ECAC lead
No. 8 Quinnipiac combined an impressive sweep in the North Country with minimal action in ECAC Hockey to take sole possession of first place in the league.

The Bobcats started the weekend by blanking No. 4 Clarkson, 3-0, giving them four straight wins over the Golden Knights. Quinnipiac’s Taylar Cianfarano was assessed a roughing minor just past the midway point of a scoreless game. Apparently, she used the two minutes of solitude to refocus and scored the game’s first goal 39 seconds after emerging from the penalty box. Coming in on a partial break, the sophomore snapped a wrist shot that Clarkson goalie Shea Tiley could only slow on its way into the net. Cianfarano doubled the lead a minute and a half later with a knuckleball that eluded Tiley’s glove and completed her pure hat trick at 9:15 of the final period with a slap shot under the crossbar. Nicole Connery had a pair of primary assists, and the Bobcats defense did the rest, as Sydney Rossman earned a 29-save shutout.

Rossman and Quinnipiac kept it rolling on Saturday with a 5-0 victory at St. Lawrence. The junior goaltender made 17 stops to garner another shutout. Melissa Samoskevich got the offense going 11:17 into the game when a blocked shot bounced to her and she buried the puck. Cianfarano added two goals, and freshman Randi Marcon netted the first two goals of her collegiate career.

Boston College takes first meeting over Northeastern
Kaliya Johnson’s first goal of her senior season at 12:43 of the third period held up as the game-winner as No. 2 BC overcame No. 5 Northeastern, 4-2. Tori Sullivan’s second goal of the game just beat the final buzzer into an empty net to provide the final margin. Sullivan set up Meghan Grieves for the other Eagles’ goal, and Andie Anastos had a pair of helpers. Kendall Coyne and Hayley Scamurra provided the markers for the Huskies, while Denisa Krížová assisted twice.

The win gives BC a two-point lead over Boston University for first place in Hockey East, with the Eagles having two games in hand. Northeastern sits another two points back in third place, but has three games in hand over the Terriers.

North Dakota settles for split with Minnesota-Duluth
No. 7 North Dakota won for the first time with its new nickname, the Fighting Hawks, by a 4-3 verdict over Minnesota-Duluth. A minute after UND’s Amy Menke completed her hat trick on a short-handed breakaway to tie the game at 3-3, Shannon Kaiser’s first goal of the season won it for the hosts. Menke was aided by a two assists from each of her linemates, Meghan Dufault and Becca Kohler. The Bulldogs’ top line of Ashleigh Brykaliuk, Michela Cava, and Lara Stalder all finished with a goal and a helper.

On Saturday, UMD sent the Fighting Hawks down to defeat, 1-0. Maddie Rooney saved all 32 shots to best Shelby Amsley-Benzie, who made 21 stops. The lone tally came at 9:46 of the third frame, when Michelle Löwenhielm took a pass from Katherine McGovern and threaded a shot inside the post for her first goal of the season.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 1 Wisconsin took both ends of a Friday-Sunday series from Lindenwood. Emily Clark scored twice in a 5-1 win in the opener as the Badgers enjoyed a 50-12 shot advantage. Sophia Shaver, Molly Doner, and Rachel Jones notched the other goals for the hosts, while Rachel Weich had the lone goal of the weekend for the Lions. Megan Miller needed only 11 saves to get the shutout as Wisconsin completed the sweep with a 58-11 bulge in shots. Sarah Nurse scored twice, and Clark and Shaver added single tallies.

No. 3 Minnesota swept visiting Yale, 6-3 and 4-1. Dani Cameranesi’s hat trick was the highlight of the opener, with Sarah Potomak and Hannah Brandt each contributing a goal and two assists. Brandt and defenseman Lee Stecklein scored a goal apiece with two helpers on Saturday. For the Bulldogs, Phoebe Staenz scored in each contest and Eden Murray finished the weekend with a goal and two assists.

Kennedy Marchment’s goal at 18:50 of the second period lifted St. Lawrence to a 3-2 triumph over No. 10 Princeton. Sonjia Shelly made 25 saves to get the win. The Saints broke on top with an unassisted goal by Amanda McClure, and Justine Reyes made it 2-0 nine minutes later. The Tigers struck back quickly on goals by Cassidy Tucker and Karlie Lund 33 seconds apart.

Clarkson bounced back with a 3-0 win over Princeton. Josiane Pozzebon gave the Golden Knights an early lead, and Olivia Howe added a couple of empty-net goals. Tiley saved all 20 shots the Tigers sent her way. Kimberly Newell was a hard-luck loser after stopping 48 of 49 shots on goal.

Northeastern also got right back into the win column on Saturday, defeating Vermont, 5-2. Coyne and Kasidy Anderson scored twice, and Shelby Herrington added a goal and two assists. Mackenzie MacNeil and Victoria Andreakos found the net for the Catamounts.

Brittni Mowat stopped 38 of 40 shots on the weekend to back No. 6 Bemidji State to a pair of 3-1 wins over Minnesota State. Kristin Huber and Alexis Joyce gave the Beavers a lead in the opener, and after Amanda Conway closed the Mavericks to within one, Summer Thibodeau hit an empty net. Kaitlyn Tougas tallied twice as BSU completed the sweep, with Hanna Moher also scoring. Defenseman Lena Düsterhöft notched her first goal for MSU.

No. 9 Harvard defeated New Hampshire, 4-0, on Wednesday. Emerance Maschmeyer turned aside all 26 shots from the Wildcats to back the shutout. Miye D’Oench led the attack with a goal and two assists.

Other action
On Tuesday, Cornell rallied twice in the third period to tie Colgate, 3-3, on the first goals of the season for Christian Higham and Jess Brown, the latter with an extra attacker. Hanna Bunton of the Big Red and Megan Sullivan of the Raiders had a goal with a helper.

Syracuse took down RIT, 5-1, as Jessica Sibley netted a pair of goals. Brooke Baker’s first goal as a Tiger thwarted the shutout bid.

On Friday, Colgate held off Syracuse, 2-1. Jessie Eldridge and Nicole Gass staked the Raiders to a lead, and a late extra-attacker goal by Megan Quinn of the Orange only denied a shutout to Julia Vandyk, who made 35 saves for Colgate.

Cornell and Mercyhurst split a series. The Lakers took the opener, 5-1, with 20 saves from Sarah McDonnnell. Jaclyn Arbour’s first goal of the year at 11:05 of the middle stanza broke a 1-1 tie. Mercyhurst pulled away with three goals in the third period, including a conversion of a penalty shot by Hannah Bale. Bunton poured in a hat trick and added an assist as the Big Red skated to a 6-1 rout on Saturday. Paula Voorheis returned to Cornell’s net with 24 saves.

Brown salvaged a split at RIT. After the Tigers took the first game with big offensive performances by Logan Land with two goals and an assist, Regan Rust with a goal and two helpers, and Carly Payerl with a pair of tallies, the Bears struck back with a 2-1 win. All three goals came via the power play, with Brown’s Leah Olson netting the winner at 16:58 of the final period. She and Maddie Woo finished with a goal and an assist. Cassie Clayton had RIT’s lone tally. Julianne Landry made 22 saves to pick up her first win of the season.

St. Cloud State swept Ohio State, 3-2 and 4-1. Molly Illikainen’s second goal of the game broke a 2-2 tie with under four minutes left on Friday. Earlier, she assisted on Alyssa Erickson’s goal. Kendall Curtis led the Buckeyes with a goal and an assist. Katie Fitzgerald made 33 saves and the Huskies’ power play clicked on three of five chances on Saturday, with defenseman Brittney Anderson leading the way with a goal and two assists.

Boston University swept a home-and-home series from Merrimack. Victoria Bach pounded in a hat trick in a 5-1 win on Friday. Back on home ice, Sarah Lefort had three helpers in a 4-2 victory.

Theresa Knutson gave Connecticut a lead 46 seconds into its game versus Vermont, and the Huskies led throughout in winning, 3-2. Justine Fredette assisted on that goal and also scored twice.

Elaine Chuli made 38 saves as Connecticut shut out Maine, 2-0. Leah Buress scored in the first period and defenseman Kayla Mee added her first collegiate goal.

Providence earned at split a New Hampshire. The Wildcats used three power-play goals, two by Amy Boucher and another from Nicoline Jensen, to build a 3-0 advantage, and they held off a rally by the Friars when Brooke Boquist struck twice. Madison Myers made 21 saves to help Providence rebound with a 4-1 win. Christina Putigna gave the Friars a lasting lead and later added an assist.

What to watch: pre-Thanksgiving stuffing

No, not the kind that you saturate in butter, bake inside a turkey, and then wonder why you feel so stuffed yourself after eating three helpings during a Thanksgiving feast. Although that might play into it, if some coach has an Aunt Edna with a stuffing recipe that would put the late Julia Child to shame and wants to be able to partake.

Anyway, several team’s schedules are stuffed with games over the coming days so that they can have a few days off over the holiday to enjoy those Thanksgiving traditions. Providence and Northeastern each play three times in five days. Mercyhurst competes four times in six days. Busiest of all is St. Lawrence, as the Saints take to the ice for four games over five days.

SLU and travel partner Clarkson host the most critical games in the ECAC over the coming week, when Quinnipiac and Princeton visit the North Country. These four games should help to define who is who in the ECAC race, and if that isn’t convincing, those four games are it for conference play in the ECAC for the next seven days.

No. 8 Quinnipiac at No. 4 Clarkson, Friday, 7 p.m. EST
The Bobcats finished a game behind Clarkson in the ECAC race last season. Currently, they sit third in the league standings with Clarkson two games back, but the Golden Knights have those two games in hand. Both teams need these points to keep pace with Harvard and Dartmouth in first and second place, respectively. Quinnipiac won all three meetings last year, two of them by scores of 1-0.

No. 10 Princeton at St. Lawrence, Friday, 7 p.m. EST
Only Harvard has a better league winning percentage than the .750 that the Saints have turned in thus far, and if they were to win all three of the games they have in hand, the Saints would pass Harvard in the standings. Princeton sits a point above St. Lawrence, but the Tigers have played two more games. The two split their league meetings last year, with the road team winning both.

No. 5 Northeastern at No. 2 Boston College, Friday, 7 p.m. EST
The marquee match of the week. If anyone is going to challenge BC’s supremacy in Hockey East, it will likely be the Huskies. The Eagles are second in the country in both offense and power play conversion, while Northeastern ranks third in each category. Boston College has a decided edge defensively, ranking third while the Huskies are 13th, allowing twice as many goals per game. Northeastern hasn’t won a game in this rivalry since the 2013 Hockey East semifinals.

Cornell at Mercyhurst, Friday, 7 p.m. EST, and Saturday, 3 p.m. EST
It is strange to see neither of these teams ranked, as they have played frequently in recent years, with the outcome impacting tournament seeding and, in three cases, NCAA tournament advancement. This year, it is getting late early for the at-large hopes of each. Both Cornell and Mercyhurst desperately want a sweep. Last year’s only meeting ended in a draw.

Minnesota-Duluth at No. 7 North Dakota, Friday, 7:07 p.m. CST, and Saturday, 4:07 p.m. CST
UMD is the first team to get a crack at the newly christened Fighting Hawks. The Bulldogs have come out on the short end of this matchup in recent years; their one win last year was their first since 2011.

Quinnipiac at St. Lawrence, Saturday, 3 p.m. EST
A trap game for Quinnipiac, as it went 0-1-1 against the Saints last year, perhaps focusing too much on Clarkson. Or maybe stylistically, SLU’s up-tempo game creates problems.

Princeton at Clarkson, Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
Clarkson took a pair of one-goal games in 2014-15.

Penn State at St. Lawrence, Monday, 7 p.m. EST, and Tuesday, 4 p.m. EST
The Nittany Lions lost the only previous two games in this pairing back in the first year of their program. This series figures to be worth a look just to see the Saints’ legs burn.

Northeastern at No. 9 Harvard, Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
The Crimson’s first game against a Boston school this year. They won the only meeting versus Northeastern last season by a goal.

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

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