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Women’s D-I wrap: Nov. 18

How are the slopes?
Two teams from Hockey East traveled to Vail, Colo., to challenge a pair of WCHA schools. No. 2 Wisconsin had the best of the proceedings, winning twice.

Friday, the Badgers needed a late third-period rally to down Northeastern, 3-2. Brittany Ammerman scored the tying goal and assisted on the game-winner, the first by Jenny Ryan for Wisconsin.

Her team put No. 8 Boston University away much earlier on Saturday, wrapping up the scoring in a 5-0 triumph by the second intermission. Five Badgers scored; Sydney McKibbon and Blayre Turnbull added an assist with their tallies.

Boston University salvaged a split out of the weekend with its 2-0 win over St. Cloud State on Friday. Kerrin Sperry out-dueled Julie Friend with a 28-save shutout.

St. Cloud State also had a .500 weekend after winning a battle of the Huskies over Northeastern, 3-2. Julia Gilbert’s goal just past the midway point of the game proved decisive.

Fit to be tied
Top-10 clashes were plentiful this week. In a Friday game matching ECAC powers, No. 6 Harvard was unable to hold off No. 3 Cornell. The host Crimson took a first-period lead on goals by Miye D’Oench and Sydney Daniels. That held until the final frame, when the Big Red’s top line countered. Jillian Saulnier scored twice, tying the score at 2-2, and later, 3-3, after Mary Parker had put Harvard back on top. Jessica Campbell and Emily Fulton had two-point games as well for Cornell.

Both squads rebounded from the tie with two-goal wins on Saturday. Hanna Bunton led the way with a goal and two assists as the Big Red tripped Dartmouth, 4-2. Brianna Laing posted 21 saves as Harvard whitewashed Colgate, 2-0.

Snapped strings
On Saturday, No. 1 Minnesota ran its winning and unbeaten streaks to 62 with a 6-1 triumph over No. 4 North Dakota. That was also the 10th straight win over UND. Megan Wolfe scored twice and Hannah Brandt went beyond the 100-point barrier in her second season. All of those team streaks ended on Sunday when North Dakota got first-period markers from rookies Kayla Gardner, Gracen Hirschy, and Susanna Tapani, and the Gophers comeback came up one goal short.

Winless weekend
No. 5 Boston College was unable to find any traction versus No. 7 Quinnipiac and Princeton. Shiann Darkangelo’s second goal of the game with 2:03 to play proved decisive for the Bobcats in their 3-2 win. The Eagles and the Tigers traded power-play goals in a 1-1 tie. Haley Skarupa’s goal for BC was answered by Kelsey Koelzer a period later.

Kelly Babstock and Morgan Fritz-Ward scored late in the second and third periods, respectively, and Quinnipiac followed its BC win with one over New Hampshire. Chelse Laden backstopped both contests, and is the only goalie in the country yielding less than a goal per game on average.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 10 Mercyhurst took three of four points from Syracuse, but that was only enough to forge a third-place deadlock in the CHA standings with the Orange. The Lakers needed a third-period goal by J’nai Mahadeo to earn the tie on Friday. Christie Cicero returned from a disqualification-mandated one-game suspension with a two-goal, one-assist effort in Mercyhurst’s 5-3 victory the next day.

No. 9 Clarkson recorded its first sweep in more than a month over Providence. Christine Lambert posted a hat trick on Saturday to highlight a Golden Knights’ weekend in which 14 of 16 skaters registered a point.

An even bigger mess
Some other teams that had been struggling enjoyed sweeps this weekend of opponents with even greater problems. Vermont scored nine goals to Maine’s two to keep the Black Bears winless. Minnesota-Duluth kept Ohio State trending downward with 3-2 and 2-0 wins. Bemidji State returned home from its conflict in Columbus to twice dump Minnesota State, 4-1 and 3-2. RIT gained a pair of one-goal decisions over Penn State to run its unbeaten streak to four games.

Yale got its first win of the year Friday and followed it up with another on Saturday. The Bulldogs stopped Rensselaer, 2-1, and Union, 6-4.

Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 15

Since Hockey East teams continue to plague me, Arlan has now opened up a six-game lead in our season picks race. Last week, I went 13-4-3 (.725), while Arlan went 14-3-3 (.775). Overall on the year, I am 75-26-11 (.718), while Arlan is 81-20-11 (.773). Maybe I should concede the six pack now.

Friday, Nov. 15

Cornell at Harvard
Candace: I liked Harvard’s play against Clarkson last week; can they shut down the Big Red? Something tells me it will be close, but Cornell takes it. Cornell 3-2
Arlan: Harvard will have to shut down Cornell as Quinnipiac did, a task that no other team has accomplished. Cornell 3-1

Colgate at Dartmouth
Candace: Dartmouth has been dreadful, but the Big Green have to start winning sooner or later right? Dartmouth 4-3
Arlan: Goaltending has been an issue for both, but Colgate’s has been a touch better than that of Dartmouth. The rules say that they can’t both lose. Colgate 4-3

Yale at Rensselaer
Candace: It’s probably a bad thing when your best result is a scoreless tie. Rensselaer 2-1
Arlan: Yale seems to play best versus better teams; RPI is all over the map. Rensselaer 3-2

Brown at Union
Candace: Aside from a good game against Clarkson, Brown has really struggled, but Union was porous on defense last week. Brown 2-1
Arlan: It is difficult to score against Brown; the Bears have difficulty scoring against anyone. Union 2-1

New Hampshire at Princeton
Candace: New Hampshire has killed me on picks more than any other team. Maybe I’ll get this one right? New Hampshire 2-1
Arlan: It’s unusual to think of the Tigers as the deeper team, but UNH has been banged up. Princeton 4-2

Boston College at Quinnipiac
Candace: This will be a really close game, but I’m expecting the Eagles to come out on top. Boston College 4-2
Arlan: There seems to be an unusually high number of tight games this week. Boston College 2-1

Boston University vs. St. Cloud State
Candace: St. Cloud has the skaters to make this one a really interesting game. Boston University 2-1
Arlan: The Huskies have made it hard on ranked teams not named Wisconsin. Boston University 2-0

Northeastern vs. Wisconsin
Candace: Boston College may have exposed the Huskies last week. Wisconsin 5-1
Arlan: The Badgers have been one of the most consistent teams in the country. Wisconsin 4-1

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 15-16

Syracuse at Mercyhurst
Candace: I’d like to finally pick Syracuse to beat Mercyhurst, but I just can’t. Mercyhurst 3-1, 4-1
Arlan: The Orange are bound to beat the Lakers someday, but it is hard to predict an event that has never happened. Mercyhurst 2-0, 2-1

Penn State at RIT
Candace: I figure there will probably be a tie in here somewhere, but since I can’t pick ties, advantage home team. RIT 3-2, 2-1
Arlan: Penn State came very close against Syracuse, but there is a gap between its best game and its poorer performances; the Tigers have had trouble on Saturdays. RIT 3-1, 4-3

Minnesota State at Bemidji State
Candace: Home ice is probably good for a win, but picking the right game is tough. Bemidji is coming off a really good weekend against Ohio State, so let’s be safe and call a Beavers sweep. Bemidji State 2-1, 3-2
Arlan: The Mavericks have had two weeks to prepare and the Beavers are coming off one of the strangest weekends in their history. Minnesota State 3-1, Bemidji State 2-1

Minnesota-Duluth at Ohio State
Candace: Ohio State has swooned since beating North Dakota, but the Bulldogs haven’t looked great either. Ohio State 2-1, Minnesota-Duluth 2-1
Arlan: The road team won all six games head to head last season. Minnesota-Duluth 4-3, 3-2

Providence at Clarkson
Candace: Providence can’t win at all of late, so even if Clarkson has trouble scoring, it should be enough. Clarkson 2-1, 3-2
Arlan: Two teams that expected to be higher. Clarkson can’t score, while Providence has problems defending. Clarkson 3-2, 2-1

Saturday, Nov. 16

Cornell at Dartmouth
Candace: Dartmouth plays Cornell well even in down years, but it isn’t enough. Cornell 3-1
Arlan: Dartmouth has given Cornell a lot of problems over the years, but I don’t think this year’s Big Green is up to it. Cornell 5-2

Colgate at Harvard
Candace: Advantage, best defense out there. Harvard 4-1
Arlan: If I had to pick one game to call a lock it would be this one. Harvard 4-0

Brown at Rensselaer
Candace: I have to make up ground on Arlan somehow. Rensselaer 2-1
Arlan: It is reminiscent of the kind of games RPI has lost this year. Brown 2-1

Yale at Union
Candace: See above. Union 2-1
Arlan: Yale is bound to win one sooner, not later. Yale 4-2

Boston College at Princeton
Candace: I think the Eagles have their high-flying offense uncorked just in time. Boston College 4-2
Arlan: I get the feeling that this will be an excellent game to watch. Boston College 4-3

New Hampshire at Quinnipiac
Candace: This isn’t the same Bobcats team as in years past. Quinnipiac 3-1
Arlan: Goals figure to be scarce. Quinnipiac 2-1

Northeastern vs. St. Cloud State
Candace: I’d normally pick Northeastern in this one, but something tells me the western Huskies are in better shape. St. Cloud State 2-1
Arlan: I’ll reverse the score of their last meeting three years ago. St. Cloud State 2-1

Boston University vs. Wisconsin
Candace: This could be a close one, but something tells me the Badgers have too much for the Terriers. Wisconsin 3-2
Arlan: The Terriers have started well; the Badgers have started better. Wisconsin 3-1

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 16-17

Vermont at Maine
Candace: Vermont made me look silly, again, last week, although OT in one of these wouldn’t surprise me. Vermont 2-1, 3-2
Arlan: I have no idea, but Maine is winless through 10 games. Vermont 3-2, 4-2

North Dakota at Minnesota
Candace: Yes, Minnesota will lose at some point And yes, they tend to get threatened more at home. But no, I can’t pick North Dakota. Minnesota 3-1, 3-2
Arlan: Biggest test of the season for the improved UND defense. Minnesota 3-2, 4-3

Women’s D-I wrap: Nov. 11

Breaking bad, CHA style
No. 9 Mercyhurst versus Robert Morris is quickly developing into one of the best rivalries, fueled to a large extent by the success the Colonials have enjoyed against Paul Colontino’s old team since the former Mercyhurst assistant was named head coach at RMU.

On Friday, the Lakers managed to restore order atop the CHA pecking order and take a 2-0 victory. Amanda Makela saved all 31 shots and Emily Janiga and Jaclyn Arbour scored second-period goals.

Saturday’s game didn’t go as well for the visitors in general, or Makela in particular. She allowed first-period goals to Katie Fergus, Rebecca Vint, and Kelsey Gunn and was replaced by Julia DiTondo to start the second period. DiTondo stopped the eight shots she faced, but the damage had already been done. Jessica Dodds yielded goals to Kathy Donohue and Janiga, but she stopped the other 25 shots to earn the Colonials a 3-2 win and improve to 7-0-0 in her rookie season.

Extra-curricular activities broke out at the end of the game. The Lakers were assessed three major penalties, two game misconducts and a disqualification; the Colonials penalties included two majors, a game misconduct, and a disqualification. Pending any additional action by the league, those disqualified — Mercyhurst’s Christie Cicero and RMU’s Brittany Howard — will each be forced to sit out her team’s next game.

More post-buzzer beatings
There wasn’t a lot of action in the WCHA, with only four games and four teams taking to the ice. However, there was a lot of action in at least three of those games.

First and foremost, we had Bemidji State traveling to Ohio State. The Beavers claimed their first conference win, 3-2, by scoring three times in just over eight minutes in the second period. A short-handed goal by Tess Dusik while killing off a five-on-three power play sparked the rally. Stephanie Anderson scored four minutes later to give Bemidji State the lead, and Hanah Moher tallied on a power play to give the Beavers a 3-1 lead. Sarah Schmitt drew the Buckeyes within one in the third period, but they could not find an equalizer.

After the final buzzer, the two sides attempted to resolve a difference of opinion, and a skirmish ensued. When the referees had sorted it all out, nine Beavers and 10 Buckeyes were assessed fighting majors and game disqualifications, meaning they were not eligible to compete in Saturday’s rematch. With 158 minutes in penalties in the game on Ohio State and 145 on Bemidji State, they now rank No. 1 and No. 2 in penalty minutes per game. Only two teams have been penalized more over the course of the season than OSU was in Friday’s game, Bemidji State and Mercyhurst.

All of the DQs necessitated a couple of sparse line charts on Saturday; each team dressed 10 skaters. The Buckeyes were also without regular starting goaltender Chelsea Knapp, who was one of those tossed on Friday after getting the hook after the second Bemidji State goal. As luck would have it, the teams played to an overtime tie on Saturday, 2-2, meaning that the 10 available skaters for each side had to divide up 65 minutes of ice time. Whitney Wivoda of the Beavers was the only skater to have success in the shootout, so Bemidji State earned the extra league point. Despite outshooting the visitors, 52-29, on Saturday, the Buckeyes had to settle for a single league point on the weekend — and a whole lot of penalty minutes.

Streak reaches 61, with an asterisk or two
There was little out of the ordinary at St. Cloud State on Friday when Sarah Davis had a goal and an assist to lead No. 1 Minnesota to a 4-1 win over the Huskies. Saturday’s 4-3 win for the Gophers was far from routine. Abby Ness and Molli Mott scored first-period goals to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead. That is the first item of note, because it is the first time during the Gophers’ winning streak that they have trailed by more than one goal. After Davis scored twice in the middle frame to draw Minnesota even, Lauren Hespenheidi put the hosts back up 49 seconds into the third. That lead lasted until only 2:02 remained and Dani Cameranesi deflected in a shot to tie the game at 3-3. This is the second bit of trivia, being the latest in a game that the Gophers have trailed since commencing their winning ways. Milica McMillen produced the game-winner 53 seconds later.

Goal droughts
A couple of ranked teams from the ECAC had trouble finding the net.

No. 6 Clarkson got goals from Jessica Gillham, Genevieve Bannon, and an empty-net goal by Jamie Lee Rattray, combined with an Erica Howe shutout, to defeat Dartmouth, 3-0, on Friday. The next day, the Golden Knights were on the wrong end of the goose egg, falling to No. 8 Harvard, 2-0. Emerance Maschmeyer stopped all 36 shots and Mary Parker scored twice. It was a sweep for the Crimson, who had defeated St. Lawrence, 3-2, on Friday after jumping out to a quick three-goal lead.

No. 7 Quinnipiac also shot at a low percentage. The Bobcats upended Brown, 3-1, thanks to peppering Bears goalie Aubree Moore with 45 shots on Friday. Kelly Babstock, Emma Woods, and Amanda Colin hit twine. On Saturday, none of the Quinnipiac shots connected versus Yale. Jaimie Leonoff rejected all 44 offerings by the Bobcats. Quinnipiac salvaged a point because Chelsea Laden proved impenetrable as well on the other end, saving 27 shots sent her way by the Bulldogs. It was the second time this season that the Bobcats have played to a 0-0 draw.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 3 Cornell stayed unbeaten, first defeating Rensselaer, 3-1, behind a pair of goals from Jillian Saulnier. She and her linemates, Jessica Campbell and Emily Fulton, all had four-point games in trouncing Union, 8-1.

Andie Anastos led the way with three points as No. 5 Boston College squashed Vermont, 6-1. Emily Field scored twice. The Eagles posted the same 6-1 score on Sunday in dropping Northeastern. Field and Dana Trivigno both had two goals and two helpers.

No. 10 Boston University had its second straight three-win week. The Terriers beat Connecticut, 6-2, before sweeping Maine, 5-1 and 4-2. The offensive highlight was freshman Maddie Elia’s six-point week, including two goals and two assists in the first game versus Maine.

No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 4 North Dakota were idle.

Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 7

Arlan is pulling away from me big time, and it’s only November. I doubt I’ll catch him, but stranger things have happened. Last week, I went 15-4-3 (.750), to move to 62-22-8 (.717) on the year. Arlan went 17-2-3 (.840) to move to 67-17-8 (.771) on the year.

Perhaps this week, I can make up a few games.

Thursday, Nov. 7

Providence at New Hampshire
Candace: New Hampshire is one of the reasons I trail Arlan; then again, so is Providence. Hmmm. Providence 2-1
Arlan: I’m listening to The Civil Wars as I make these selections. I realize that statement is irrelevant, but it is more accurate than my picks. New Hampshire 2-1

Friday, Nov. 8

Dartmouth at Clarkson
Candace: Dartmouth is looking horrible this year. Clarkson 3-1
Arlan: Was the win over RPI the start of something for Dartmouth or just a meeting of two teams that lose more often than they should? Clarkson 2-0

Rensselaer at Cornell
Candace: Cornell had an off weekend; they should rebound, even if RPI tends to play to its level of competition. Cornell 4-1
Arlan: Even if the Engineers were playing well, I couldn’t pick them here, but I would’ve said the same about their Harvard game. Cornell 5-1

Harvard at St. Lawrence
Candace: Which Harvard team shows up? Regardless, I have to go with the Crimson. Harvard 3-2
Arlan: St. Lawrence defeats Harvard about as often as Halley’s Comet appears. Harvard 3-2

Princeton at Yale
Candace: This will be a tight game, but I expect the Tigers to come out on top. Princeton 3-2
Arlan: Yale has struggled defensively, but playing nothing but top-half teams will cause that. Princeton 3-2

Boston College at Vermont
Candace: I’d like to think BC has learned from its few hiccups this year. Boston College 5-2
Arlan: If the Eagles need motivation they can look at that empty spot in their trophy case and think of Vermont. Boston College 6-1

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 8-9

Mercyhurst at Robert Morris
Candace: This is likely a split, but since I don’t want to get the dates wrong, I’ll pick a sweep. Mercyhurst 2-1, 3-1
Arlan: I’d rather watch this series than pick it; it should be as entertaining as it is unpredictable. I sense a tie is imminent. Mercyhurst 2-1, 3-2

Bemidji State at Ohio State
Candace: Home ice and an inconsistent opponent should equal a Buckeyes sweep. Ohio State 4-2, 4-1
Arlan: The Buckeyes do much better versus the Bemidji State when the games are not played at the Sanford Center. Ohio State 4-2, 4-1

Minnesota at St. Cloud State
Candace: St. Cloud surprised Minnesota-Duluth last week; the Gophers are an entirely different kettle of fish. Minnesota 4-1, 4-1
Arlan: The large ice sheet in St. Cloud often causes problems for visitors, but Minnesota’s speed should help it adapt. Minnesota 2-1, 3-0

Saturday, Nov. 9

Harvard at Clarkson
Candace: Clarkson rediscovered its offense against Yale, but had been having a tough time before that. Harvard 3-2
Arlan: The pattern thus far is that the Golden Knights play better on Saturdays. Clarkson 2-1

Union at Cornell
Candace: the Dutchwomen are playing well, but Cornell is tops in the ECAC. Cornell 4-2
Arlan: Union has been doing surprisingly well, but I don’t see the Big Red being included in the surprise package. Cornell 4-1

Dartmouth at St. Lawrence
Candace: I wonder if I’ll pick Dartmouth to win this year? Hmmm. St. Lawrence 3-1
Arlan: Have the Big Green ever started 1-6? It could happen. St. Lawrence 3-2

Quinnipiac at Yale
Candace: In this all-Connecticut affair, the Bobcats should prevail. Quinnipiac 4-1
Arlan: I’d pick the Bobcats over most opponents at this point, Yale included. Quinnipiac 4-1

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 9-10

Maine at Boston University
Candace: Maine played well in its first weekend withoutT Maria Lewis, but the Terriers are looking awfully strong now. Boston University 3-1, 3-0
Arlan: The Terriers ride a five-game winning streak into this series. Marie-Philip who? Boston University 4-0, 3-2

Sunday, Nov. 10

Northeastern at Boston College
Candace: The Eagles need to win this game to move up in the PairWise and position themselves in Hockey East. Boston College 4-2
Arlan: Remember that Kaboom! game where the timer would tick down and it would explode? Picking multiple BC games is like that. Boston College 6-5

Providence at Connecticut
Candace: Can Providence make it two in a row on the road? Why not? Providence 3-1
Arlan: I liked this pick better before the Huskies lost 6-2 at BU. Connecticut 4-3

New Hampshire at Vermont
Candace: Hockey East games are killing me right now. Both Vermont and New Hampshire cost me two more games against Arlan last week. Who to pick? New Hampshire 3-2
Arlan: My vision of hell is a place where one is forced to pick Hockey East games for all eternity. Vermont 3-2

Women’s D-I wrap: Nov. 4

Halloween followed by plenty of tricks
The only game played on Halloween featured suddenly dependable Robert Morris, and the Colonials handed out the first of their back-to-back shutouts of host Penn State and have now won five straight. The high jinks didn’t begin until November had arrived.

It wasn’t a case of ranked teams losing left and right. No. 10 Ohio State was swept, but that was on the road at No. 2 Wisconsin. Previously unbeaten and No. 7 Harvard was the only other member of the top 10 to suffer a defeat, but that one definitely makes the list of strange sightings, coming against a Rensselaer squad that had only one win and none in its previous six games. Even in several games where the final result wasn’t out of the ordinary, how it was reached was peculiar.

November also delivered a few treats mixed in, such as Cornell being presented with rare penalty-shot opportunities on consecutive days.

Just a little bit longer
During Maria Lewis’ three seasons behind the Maine bench, no team was more likely to play beyond 60 minutes. The Black Bears did so 26 times, so it seemed fitting that over the weekend they played two overtime ties in their first action since her resignation was reported last week.

Each result was painful for Maine in its own way. On Friday, Northeastern gained a 1-1 tie on the strength of a short-handed goal by Katie MacSorley, the Huskies’ nation-leading sixth short-hander. Sunday’s contest saw Connecticut score three times in the final five minutes to wipe away a 4-1 deficit, including a pair of extra-attacker goals.

Maybe splits aren’t so bad
Providence finally broke its pattern of splitting every weekend, but not in the way it wanted. The Friars lost both halves of a home-and-home series with No. 6 Boston College in drastically different ways.

On Friday on home ice, they took a 2-1 lead only to have the Eagles storm back with the only five goals of the second period. Down 7-3, PC scored three extra-attacker goals in the final two minutes only to come up short when the Eagles scored the final goal into an empty net and won, 8-6. Neither starting goaltender was around by the third period of the game, where BC’s Haley Skarupa and Kate Leary and Friars Molly Illikainen and Corinne Buie all had four points.

Corinne Boyles and Sarah Bryant were back in their respective creases on Sunday when action resumed at BC and found the surroundings more to their liking. The teams went to overtime tied, 1-1. The Eagles took advantage of a fortuitous bounce that created a two-on-one break that Melissa Bizzari converted into the game-winning goal.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss
Despite suffering heavy off-season losses, defending league champion Boston University is the only remaining undefeated team in Hockey East play. The Terriers took to the ice three times in five days and claimed wins over: Northeastern, 3-2 in overtime; New Hampshire, 3-1; and Vermont, 6-0. Senior captain Louise Warren had the overtime game-winner in the first game and scored a pair of goals in each of the other victories.

Hey, who tilted the ice?
We’re accustomed to wackiness in Hockey East, but ECAC Hockey got in on the oddities as well. No. 3 Cornell needed only 11 shots and less than 20 minutes to score five times and chase Kimberly Newell from the Princeton net, with Taylor Woods scoring twice. Perhaps the Big Red took their collective feet off the gas at that point, or replacement Ashley Holt just had all the answers, including denying a penalty shot, because the Cornell side of the scoreboard didn’t move again. Meanwhile, the Tigers scored on half of their eight second-period shots and turned a 5-0 laugher into a 5-4 squeaker. At that point, Princeton’s offense went silent as well, and a game that produced nine goals in the first 31 minutes ended with nary another goal celebration.

On Saturday, the defense for No. 9 Quinnipiac succeeded where others had failed, stifling the country’s best offense. Cornell’s only goal came when the Bobcats’ skaters were forced to leave the ice and Emily Fulton converted a penalty shot to salvage a 1-1 tie and allow the Big Red to remain unbeaten and atop the conference standings. Shiann Darkangelo had staked Quinnipiac to a 1-0 lead with a short-handed goal.

It’s not the quantity, but the quality
Harvard outshot host RPI by a 30-15 margin, but it was the Engineers who enjoyed a 2-1 ratio on the scoreboard. Laura Horwood and Lauren Wash bookended goals by the Crimson’s Dylanne Crugnale and Harvard fell from the unbeaten ranks.

Brown faced an even larger shot disadvantage on the road at No. 5 Clarkson. Ariana Rucker scored in the second period for the Bears to offset an earlier Jamie Lee Rattray goal. The Golden Knights piled up a 54-11 shot advantage, including 29-1 over the final 25 minutes, but thanks to the 53 saves from Aubree Moore, Brown took away a point from the 1-1 tie.

Minnesota-Duluth outshot visiting St. Cloud State, 53-28, on Friday but fell by a 4-1 score. A pair of Amy Olson goals and 52 saves by Julie Friend were enough for the Huskies to come out on top. On Saturday, the Bulldogs shot advantage was 40-23, but they had to settle for a 1-1 tie when Julia Gilbert scored with an extra attacker on the ice and 22 seconds left.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
Things were more tranquil for ranked teams out west.

Kelly Terry’s seven points and Saturday hat trick keyed the No. 1 Minnesota Gophers’ sweep of Minnesota State by 4-1 and 7-0 scores.

Blayre Turnbull led the way with two points per game, including a pair of goals on Sunday, as Wisconsin spotted Ohio State a first-period goal each day but came back for 4-1 and 3-2 wins.

No. 4 North Dakota didn’t have the services of Michelle Karvinen or Susanna Tapani at Bemidji State, as they prepared for the Four Nations Cup with Team Finland. A hat trick by Megan Dufault on Friday and the first two collegiate goals by Amy Menke were highlights in handing the Beavers 6-2 and 5-1 defeats.

Quite the helper
Without looking, can you name the player that sits atop the assists category with 13? I couldn’t either. But the correct answer is RMU rookie forward Brittany Howard, who also has four goals for 17 points through her first 10 games.

Women’s D-I picks: Nov. 1

Arlan continues to lead our picks race. We both went 16-4 (.800) last week, so I am now 47-18-5 (.707) on the year, and Arlan is 50-15-5 (.750).

Let’s see if maybe this week, I can gain some ground.

Friday Nov. 1

Vermont at Connecticut
Candace: Connecticut has actually been playing some good hockey this season. Connecticut 3-2
Arlan: I have no idea what the status of Roxanne Douville is, so Connecticut might actually be the favorite. Vermont 4-3

Cornell at Princeton
Candace: Cornell is looking like the class of the East right now. Cornell 5-1
Arlan: Hard to bet against the Big Red right now. Cornell 4-2

Colgate at Quinnipiac
Candace: I lost a potential gain on Arlan last week by picking Dartmouth over Quinnipiac. The Bobcats are here to stay. Quinnipiac 4-1
Arlan: The Raiders are following a similar path to last season when they didn’t turn it up until December. Quinnipiac 4-1

Harvard at RPI
Candace: Rensselaer is spiraling in the wrong direction. Harvard 3-1
Arlan: Not sure what is broken at Rensselaer, but this doesn’t seem like the game to engineer a fix. Harvard 4-1

Yale at St. Lawrence
Candace: Yale has played good hockey, but hasn’t been able to pull it out. St. Lawrence 3-2
Arlan: The Bulldogs will win versus this caliber of opponent this season, but likely not in the North Country. St. Lawrence 4-3

Northeastern at Maine
Candace: Even if Northeastern is inconsistent, I have to go with the Huskies. Northeastern 3-2
Arlan: It’s nearly impossible to say how the Black Bears will react in the first game of the post Maria Lewis era. Maine 3-2

Boston University at New Hampshire
Candace: Which New Hampshire team shows up? This might be an overtime game. Boston University 3-2
Arlan: The signs favor UNH with BU coming off a midweek OT game, but I never learned how to read signs. Boston University 3-2

Friday-Sunday, Nov. 1 and Nov. 3

Boston College home-and-home with Providence
Candace: Boston College has to get back to consistency at some point right? Boston College 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: PC is all about the split, but I’d have no idea on the order if I went that route. Boston College 4-2, 5-4

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 1-2

North Dakota at Bemidji State
Candace: Bemidji plays the best teams tough, but usually falls short. North Dakota 3-0, 4-2
Arlan: If the Beavers bring last week’s effort, then they will get some points. North Dakota 5-2, 3-2

St. Cloud State at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: This series will allow the Bulldogs to build some more momentum. Minnesota-Duluth 3-0, 3-2
Arlan: SCSU is in the middle of a brutal Wisconsin/North Dakota/UMD/Minnesota stretch. Minnesota-Duluth 3-1, 5-0

Minnesota State home-and-home with Minnesota
Candace: Minnesota State has shown improvement, but the Gophers are just to deep. Minnesota 3-1, 4-1
Arlan: Home and home series can be tricky, but not to the degree it will be in January when outdoor hockey is involved. Minnesota 3-1, 2-0

Saturday, Nov. 2

Yale at Clarkson
Candace: This might be a closer game than expected, but Clarkson should pull through. Clarkson 3-2
Arlan: Can the Golden Knights right the ship versus the Brown/Yale travel pair? Clarkson 3-2

Cornell at Quinnipiac
Candace: I can’t pick against the Big Red Scoring Machine right now. Cornell 3-1
Arlan: Cornell is due for a low-scoring game and the Bobcats are a likely opponent to deliver it. Cornell 2-1

Harvard at Union
Candace: Union is getting better, but I think Harvard is underrated. Harvard 4-1
Arlan: The Dutchwomen are showing signs of improvement, but I don’t remember when they last beat an elite team. Harvard 4-0

Vermont at Boston University
Candace: The Terriers have struggled a bit, but should have enough to win this one. Boston University 3-2
Arlan: The Terriers aren’t at the level of recent years, but still they still retain more knowledge of how to win than most foes. Boston University 4-2

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 2-3

Ohio State at Wisconsin
Candace: This should be an interesting series, but home ice and Alex Rigsby wins it. Wisconsin 3-2, 2-1
Arlan: The Buckeyes have played the Badgers very tough over the last four years. Wisconsin 2-1, 3-0

Sunday, Nov. 3

New Hampshire at Northeastern
Candace: I really don’t want to pick this game. New Hampshire 3-2
Arlan: Hockey East just seems like one big kettle of parity soup where home ice means little. Northeastern 4-3

Women’s D-I wrap: Oct. 28

Familiar look atop league standings
Just the tip of the iceberg has been revealed in the conference schedules, but the teams jumping ahead in the standings are no strangers to leading.

ECAC Hockey action got underway for two thirds of the circuit’s 12 teams with Cornell and Harvard, squads that have combined to take home the last six titles, sharing first place.

Only five games total have been played in Hockey East, but the early leader, New Hampshire, is one of the most storied programs in the game’s history, and has earned the trophy in six of the league’s 11 years, although not in the last four.

Minnesota has claimed at least a share of the regular season crown in half of the WCHA’s 14 seasons, and the Gophers cashed in their games in hand over Wisconsin and took over sole possession of the conference lead.

CHA play doesn’t commence until Thursday when Robert Morris squares off with Penn State, so nobody can yet claim supremacy. Perhaps nobody will welcome the onset of conference action more than Lindenwood; the Lions have faced WCHA competition exclusively and are winless in 10 games.

New goalie wins record at Cornell
Lauren Slebodnick became the winningest goaltender in Big Red history on Friday when No. 3 Cornell defeated Clarkson, 6-3. She upped her career wins total to 55 with a 6-4 win over St. Lawrence on Saturday. Slebodnick bests the mark that Amanda Mazzotta established two years ago.

Offensively, Cornell got huge performances from its top line of senior Jessica Campbell and juniors Emily Fulton and Jillian Saulnier. The trio combined for seven goals, 12 assists, and 19 points on the weekend, highlighted by Fulton’s goal and eight assists. With 12 points in four games, Fulton is the nation’s leader in points per game.

Versus Clarkson, Cornell took an early 4-1 lead, and then pulled away after the Golden Knights had climbed within a goal. Against the Saints, the Big Red steadily built a four-goal lead by midway in the final period.

Eagles slow on takeoff
For the second straight week, the offense for No. 4 Boston College took a while to get going and the Eagles found themselves in a hole to an unranked opponent. BC spotted Syracuse three goals before Kate Leary produced a shot that Kallie Billadeau couldn’t stop, and Sadie St. Germain answered for the Orange within a minute. Billadeau saved the other 43 BC shots, and host Syracuse enjoyed a 4-1 win. Jessica Sibley, Allie LaCombe, and Margo Scharfe had the other Orange goals, while defensemen Danielle Leslie and Nicole Renault each contributed a pair of assists.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, that loss was their only outing of the week. Syracuse followed the win up with a 5-2 victory over Union to even its record at 4-4.

Those pesky Beavers
No. 1 Minnesota extended its winning streak to 57 games at Bemidji State with 4-0 and 4-3 triumphs. Saturday’s game was only the fifth time over that stretch that an opponent came within a goal of the Gophers, and BSU has managed to do so twice. Hannah Brandt’s second goal of the game proved decisive after Hanna Moher had gained a third-period tie for the hosts. Amanda Leveille’s third shutout on Friday has her tied with Quinnipiac’s Chelsea Laden and Amanda Makela of Mercyhurst for the national lead in that category.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 2 Wisconsin polished off Lindenwood by 5-1 and 4-1 scores. Courtney Burke and freshmen Sarah Nurse and Sydney McKibbon all had three-point games. Rookie defenseman Mellissa Channell scored in each contest, her first goals as a Badger. Nicole Hensley made 87 saves on the weekend for the Lions, giving her a national high of 371. Meghann Treacy of Maine is next in saves with 229.

In addition to falling to Cornell, Erica Howe and No. 5 Clarkson shutout Colgate, 2-0, with Jamie Lee Rattray and Shannon MacAulay earning the goals. Junior Brittney Brooks made 44 saves in her first game of the year for the Raiders.

No. 6 North Dakota ventured on the road for the first time and gained 2-1 and 6-1 wins at St. Cloud State. Michelle Karvinen scored both UND goals in the opener, with the game-winner breaking a tie with just over five minutes left. She scored twice more on Saturday when North Dakota broke the game open with four second-period goals.

Dylanne Crugnale had two goals and Sarah Edney added a goal and an assist for No. 7 Harvard in its debut, a 4-2 win over previously unbeaten and No. 9 ranked Quinnipiac. Two goals and a helper from Hillary Crowe plus 44 stops by Emerance Maschmeyer keyed a 4-0 shutout by the Crimson over Princeton on Saturday. The Bobcats bounced back with a 4-2 victory at Dartmouth; Kelly Babstock and Morgan Fritz-Ward had three-point weekends.

No. 8 Mercyhurst got five points from Christine Bestland, including the game-winning goal in Friday’s 2-1 win, in sweeping Maine.

Other results
A once-promising season continued to spiral downward for Rensselaer as the Engineers were swept at Connecticut.

St. Lawrence and Princeton were able to win at the unranked halves of their travel pairings, Colgate and Dartmouth respectively.

Providence and Northeastern had better fortunes on the road half of their home-and-home series.

Brown and RIT split with each team winning by a 2-1 score.

Visiting Vermont found itself playing from behind with little success in getting swept at Robert Morris.

Minnesota State scored the first goal both days only to have Minnesota-Duluth battle back to win.

Yale lost its second game similar to how the Bulldogs fell in the first — on a third-period goal to a Boston school, Boston University in this case.

UNH liked its first trip to Penn State’s new rink, winning a scoring contest on Saturday and a more conservative affair on Sunday.

Women’s D-I picks: Oct. 25

Well, thanks to Colgate getting a win in overtime and Boston University’s continued inconsistency, I am now three games back of Arlan in our season picks race. Luckily, I am on top in the NCHC race! And, of course, there’s always time to make it up this year (as I did last season). Last week, I went 11-6-1 (.638) to bring my season total to 31-14-5 (.670), while Arlan went 12-5-1 (.694) to move to 34-11-5 (.730) on the year. Let’s see if I can chip at Arlan’s lead this week.

Friday, Oct. 25

Clarkson at Cornell
Candace: Cornell looked good against Northeastern, and is home. Advantage: Big Red. Cornell 4-2
Arlan: A week ago, I’d have gone with Clarkson, and one’s first answer is often the right answer. Cornell 2-1

Quinnipiac at Harvard
Candace: Can the Bobcats prove they belong at the top of the class? Something tells me no. Harvard 4-2
Arlan: Quinnipiac steps up in class and Harvard steps out of the gate. Harvard 3-2

Princeton at Dartmouth
Candace: I honestly don’t know what to expect out of this game, so we’ll go with home ice. Dartmouth 4-2
Arlan: Dartmouth usually bounces back after losses like the one to BC. Dartmouth 2-1

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 25-26

Providence home-and-home with Northeastern
Candace: I hate picking Providence games. And Northeastern games. And any Hockey East games other than Boston College. Northeastern swept this series last year. They probably won’t this season, but to avoid getting the dates wrong, I’ll call a sweep. Northeastern 2-1, 2-1
Arlan: The teams played some wild affairs last season, but the Huskies always won. Northeastern 5-2, Providence 2-1

Minnesota at Bemidji State
Candace: Minnesota should continue to roll. Minnesota 4-1, 5-1
Arlan: Of the current WCHA venues, Bemidji State’s Sandford Center is where the Gophers have the poorest winning percentage. Minnesota 3-1, 5-1

Minnesota-Duluth at Minnesota State
Candace: The Bulldogs are coming off a disappointing series with Minnesota, and should be up for a sweep to rebound from it. Minnesota-Duluth 4-2, 3-2
Arlan: Must wins for the Bulldogs, but Mankato can be a very tough place to play. Minnesota-Duluth 2-1, 4-2

North Dakota at St. Cloud State
Candace: After a disappointing loss at home to Ohio State, North Dakota needs the points big time. North Dakota 4-2, 4-1
Arlan: UND has taken the last dozen meetings head to head; does that continue? North Dakota 3-2, 7-1

Boston College at Syracuse
Candace: Syracuse has been pretty good so far this year, but I expect the Eagles to take it. Boston College 3-1
Arlan: Syracuse is 0-1-1 in this series, but the teams haven’t played in three years. Boston College 3-2

Vermont at Robert Morris
Candace: If there’s anything I hate more than picking Providence games, it’s picking Robert Morris games. Robert Morris 4-2, 3-2
Arlan: What’s more fun than picking a Catamounts/Colonials game? Picking two of them! Robert Morris 2-1, 3-2

Saturday, Oct. 26

St. Lawrence at Cornell
Candace: I expect this to be close, but the Big Red should prevail. Cornell 4-2
Arlan: Can Clarkson soften the Big Red up enough for the Saints to take advantage? Cornell 4-2

Quinnipiac at Dartmouth
Candace: Oh bother. Flip a coin? I’ll go with home ice. Dartmouth 2-1
Arlan: As you said, the Bobcats are usually good at winning the games they should, and I think that includes Dartmouth. Quinnipiac 4-2

Princeton at Harvard
Candace: Princeton has played Harvard tough the last few years, but the Crimson have too much. Harvard 3-1
Arlan: The Tigers have been the tricky part of this travel pairing for the Crimson, but not in the last five meetings. Harvard 4-1

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 26-27

New Hampshire at Penn State
Candace: UNH has been consistently inconsistent, but the Wildcats should have enough for a sweep. New Hampshire 4-2, 4-1
Arlan: If both UNH and Penn State play to potential, the Wildcats should come out on top. New Hampshire 3-1, 4-3

Tuesday, Oct. 29

Boston University at Northeastern
Candace: This is one of those games that I have no idea what to expect. Boston University 4-2
Arlan: Ask me with a minute remaining in this game and I’ll probably still get it wrong. Boston University 3-2

Women’s D-I wrap: Oct. 21

Shocking or explainable?
Five of the top eight teams in the most recent USCHO poll suffered defeats in the last week, four of them at home. How do we react to such developments? Should we decide that those losing teams are not as strong as we thought and lower their stock, or conclude that hockey is a game with volatile results and avoid making knee-jerk reactions to a small sample size? No matter what conclusion is reached, additional outcomes will soon surface to contradict that conclusion.

Mercyhurst rallies
The situation looked dire for the Lakers heading into a road series at No. 3 Clarkson. Losing both games would have dropped Mercyhurst to 2-5 on the season and made its NCAA tournament prospects bleak. However, Mike Sisti hasn’t put together 12 straight seasons of at least 23 wins by accident. His teams consistently rise to such challenges, and this year’s squad did as well. Goalie Amanda Makela and the Lakers’ defense combined to shut out the Golden Knights, one of the country’s top offenses, on just 19 shots in the opener. Kaleigh Chippy scored a first-period goal on a power play, and Christie Cicero sealed a 2-0 win into an empty net. On Saturday, Christine Lambert gave Clarkson a lead in the first period, Emily Janiga answered in the second frame, and Makela and Erica Howe stopped everything else as the teams finished tied, 1-1. Thanks in large part to Makela saving 49 of 50 shots in the series, Mercyhurst gained three points and was able to square its record at 3-3-1 after playing six of seven games on the road.

New Hampshire still poses a riddle
A 3-1 loss on home ice versus New Hampshire leaves No. 2 Boston College still looking for its first clean sweep of the Wildcats in a season series in the NCAA era. Vilma Vaattovaara made 36 saves while Arielle O’Neill, Nicole Gifford, and Cassandra Vilgrain scored for UNH. The Eagles rebounded with a 4-3 win over Yale on Saturday with a shortie by Taylor Wasylk deciding the matter. On Sunday, BC scored the final six goals in defeating Dartmouth, 7-2, in the Big Green’s debut, with Emily Field netting a pair in the win and Lindsey Allen scoring both in the losing effort.

Too little, too late
North Dakota, tied with Cornell at No. 5, came up short in its attempt to complete a sweep of visiting Ohio State. UND pulled away for a 5-2 win in the opener with freshman Halli Krzyzaniak scoring her first goal and adding an assist. On Saturday, the hosts spotted the Buckeyes first-period goals by Kendall Curtis and Taylor Kuehl, and 27 shots over the final two periods only halved the deficit. Lisa Steffes made 36 saves in total in earning the 2-1 win, her first of the campaign.

A tale of two goalies
No. 7 Boston University, the only ranked team to fall on the road, had few problems winning the opener at Robert Morris, 5-2. The Terriers solved Courtney Vinet five times on 28 shots; two of the goals belonged to Sarah Lefort. However, BU had no answer for freshman Jessica Dodds on Saturday when the Colonials won, 3-0. Dodds has now won all three of her starts, allowing two goals in total while saving 97 percent of the shots she has faced.

Home away from home
Minnesota-Duluth, tied at No. 7 with BU, was the only ranked team to lose to a higher-ranked opponent, but the Bulldogs were also the only one to suffer a sweep. Over the first 12 years of this rivalry, No. 1 Minnesota had little success in games played in Duluth, sweeping only once. The Gophers have fared much better in AMSOIL Arena, adding 4-0 and 6-3 wins this weekend. Amanda Leveille made 26 saves in Friday’s shutout, and senior Sarah Davis and rookie Dani Cameranesi each scored three goals on the weekend.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
Wisconsin had little trouble with St. Cloud State in 4-1 and 6-0 wins. Ann-Renée Desbiens made her debut in net for the No. 4 Badgers in the second game and earned the shutout. Brittany Ammerman had a six-point series.

No. 5 Cornell got off to a quick start with a sweep of Northeastern by scores of 6-2 and 3-0. Goaltender Lauren Slebodnick backstopped both wins and Emily Fulton found the net three times.

No. 10 Quinnipiac turned in a convincing sweep of Maine in Orono, 4-0 and 5-2. Chelsea Laden had both wins, including the 20-save shutout. Kelly Babstock’s hat trick highlighted game two.

Give and take
Splits were common in other action. Syracuse and Providence, Union and Penn State, plus RIT and Colgate all saw each competitor handed a loss to go with its win.

Women’s D-I picks: Oct. 18

After Arlan correctly got our one different pick right last week, he has taken a two-game lead on me in our season picks race. Yowsa. Last week, I went 11-3-3 (.735) to bring myself to 20-8-4 (.687) on the year, while Arlan went 12-2-3 (.794) to move to 22-6-4 (.750) on the year. We’re picking a lot of series this week, so let’s see how we do.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 18-19

Mercyhurst at Clarkson
Candace: Mercyhurst has been up and down all year. The Lakers might get up enough for a win, but I just can’t pick them right now. Clarkson 2-1, 3-2
Arlan: Even as strong as Clarkson looks, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Lakers got a win, but I can’t favor them in either game. Clarkson 4-2, 2-1

Quinnipiac at Maine
Candace: Another test for whether the Bobcats can actually move up in the top 10 and perhaps earn a PairWise ranking. They aren’t being tested to the same extent as Clarkson, but they need to win this pair. Quinnipiac 3-2, 4-1
Arlan: Maine’s tie at UNH gives hope, but the Black Bears will need to get their PP going against the Bobcats. Quinnipiac 2-0, 3-1

Syracuse at Providence
Candace: Both teams have been up and down, though Providence hasn’t won a Friday game yet. I’ll go with the split. Syracuse 3-2, Providence 3-2
Arlan: The teams last met three years ago so there is little history to draw upon. Syracuse 4-2, Providence 3-2

Boston University at Robert Morris
Candace: Something tells me BU will be better this week than last. Boston University 4-2, 3-2
Arlan: Freshmen have demonstrated more for Colonials than Terriers; that’s likely because they’ve played twice as many games. Robert Morris 2-1, 3-2

Minnesota at Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: The Gophers will lose sooner or later this year, but I don’t think it will happen this weekend. Minnesota 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: Picking the Gophers to lose in Madison contributed hugely to my picks race loss last year, so I’m trying to be less creative this time. Minnesota 2-1, 4-2

Ohio State at North Dakota
Candace: North Dakota will probably make at least one of these games harder on themselves than they need to, but they should have enough to sweep. North Dakota 4-2, 4-1
Arlan: Recent trips to Grand Forks haven’t gone well for the Buckeyes. North Dakota 4-1, 3-2

St. Cloud State at Wisconsin
Candace: Wisconsin probably would have beaten any other team last week, except they were playing in Minneapolis. Home in Madison against St. Cloud equals a sweep. Wisconsin 4-2, 4-1
Arlan: Huskies have done better in the first half of a series. Wisconsin 2-1, 5-0

Colgate at RIT
Candace: RIT has definitely shown improvement since the first game, when the Tigers were shellacked by Clarkson. Why not pick a sweep? RIT 3-2, 3-1
Arlan: Scanning results to date for Colgate and RIT, I’m unable to locate either a rhyme or a reason scattered amidst the unpredictability. RIT 4-3, Colgate 2-1

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 19-20

Northeastern at Cornell
Candace: Northeastern looked better last week, but the Big Red are a bigger test than the Huskies have faced to date. Cornell 3-2, 4-2
Arlan: I’m never sure how an Ivy will fare in its first game, or for that matter, any team from any league in any game. Cornell 4-3, 3-1

Sunday, Oct. 20

Dartmouth at Boston College
Candace: This pick might be a little more sporty than it would have been before BC lost to UNH, but the Eagles usually rebound from a loss, as they realize they can’t afford to come out flat. Boston College 3-1
Arlan: The Big Green have done a good job of hanging with the Eagles, although not necessarily beating them. Boston College 4-2

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