Weekend Picks: Feb. 5

Just two more weekends of the regular season after this one. If that isn’t enough motivation for some of these D-III women’s teams, I’m not sure what is. Candace and Matt are back again to forecast the weekend.

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 5-6

Concordia (Minn.) at No. 8 St. Thomas
Candace: St. Thomas had a rough weekend last week, but I think they rally here. St. Thomas 3-2, 3-1
Matt: UST dropped four places in the poll this week after losing three straight last week. Ouch. Doesn’t sound like a team that’s peaking at the right time. The hard times continue this weekend, but not as bad as last week. Concordia 5-4 (OT), St. Thomas 3-2

Saturday, Feb. 6

Franklin Pierce at Holy Cross
Candace: I will generally pick my alma mater in a tight game. Holy Cross 3-2
Matt: Two teams with outstanding records, so what gives? Each team has solid forwards, ‘D,’ and goaltending. Sounds like a tight game to me. Holy Cross 2-1

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 6-7

Cortland at No. 1 Plattsburgh
Candace: Given how the Cardinals handled Elmira last weekend, I foresee easy wins for the home team. Plattsburgh 5-1, 4-1
Matt: Cortland is above .500 at 9-8-1, but Plattsburgh has 11 more wins, eight fewer losses, and one less tie. Yeah, so, it has to be a Cardinals sweep here. Plattsburgh 5-1, 4-0

Tuesday, Feb. 9

No. 2 Adrian at No. 7 Wisconsin-River Falls
Candace: A marquee matchup that should be decided by a goal. I’m picking the visitors. Adrian 3-1
Matt: Adrian should sweep St. Scholastica this coming weekend and River Falls should be Wisconsin-Superior, but is there enough gas in the tank for Adrian to get two more points out of River Falls? You bet. Adrian 4-2

Weekend Wrap: Jan. 31

The games are getting more and more intense, as every team is hoping to peak at the right time.

In the women’s Division III ranks, it appears top-ranked Plattsburgh is on a mission.

The Cardinals remained undefeated (20-0-0) in knocking off No. 2 Elmira by scores of 4-2 Saturday and 7-1 Sunday. On Saturday, Melissa Sheeran scored twice and Camille Leonard made 31 saves for the win. Shannon Strawinski and Sarah Hughson scored for Elmira. Sunday, Sheeran rang up two goals and two assists and Courtney Moriarty tallied a hat trick as Leonard moved to 18-0-0 with a 22-save effort.

No. 3 Adrian took four points against St. Norbert, blanking the Green Knights Friday, 2-0, behind Jade Walsh’s 14 saves. Saturday, Kylie Gazzolo tied the game for SNC  at 16:12 of the third period before Kaylyn Schroka’s power-play goal at 3:51 of extra time gave the Bulldogs the 3-2 win. Walsh made 20 saves and Leigh Grall stopped 24 for St. Norbert.

Look for No. 4 St. Thomas to fall in Monday’s USCHO.com Division III Women’s Poll, as the Tommies lost both ends of a home-and-home series with St. Benedict. Friday, Angel Hillstrom made 37 saves in a 3-2 win that also saw Elli Marvin score two goals. Mackenzie Torpy made 15 saves for St. Thomas. On Saturday, the Blazers’ Brigette Miller posted two goals and two assists and Hillstrom was again unbelievable, turning aside 48 shots. Hannah Burns scored two for St. Thomas.

Fifth-ranked Lake Forest sat idle over the weekend.

No. 6 Amherst outscored Williams 9-1, winning 5-0 Friday and 4-1 Saturday. In the opener, Sabrina Dobbins made 34 saves and five different players scored. Dobbins recorded a 30-save outing Saturday, while Alex Toupal popped two goals.

Middlebury went into the weekend ranked seventh and came out of the weekend with two wins over Hamilton. The Panthers won 1-0 Friday as Katherine Jackson netted the lone goal and Julia Neuburger stopped all 11 shots she faced. Sam Walther made 22 saves for Hamilton. Neuburger stopped all 20 Saturday in a 2-0 win and Elizabeth Wulf and Kelly Sherman scored. Walther again finished with 22 saves.

Eighth-ranked Wisconsin-River Falls fell Saturday night, 3-1, to Wisconsin-Superior. Mikayla Goodin scored twice for Superior and Sky Brown kicked out 33 shots. Angie Hall made just 13 stops for River Falls.

Holy Cross soundly defeated No. 9 Castleton, 4-1, Saturday night. Maeve Reilly scored twice and Tessie Salatas stopped 20 shots for Holy Cross. Jess Cameron made 26 saves for Castleton and Aimee Briand scored the lone goal.

No. 10 Norwich won both of its games last weekend, downing Plymouth State 4-2 Friday and Massachusetts-Boston 1-0 Saturday on a Celeste Robert 24-save shutout. Rachel Myette stopped 40 for PSU, only allowing a first-period goal to Sarah Schwenzfeier. On Friday, four different players found the back of the net for the Cadets and Laurie King made 14 saves.

Expect some movement in Monday’s poll, for sure. My guess is that Adrian and Elmira flip flop, St. Thomas drops to No. 6, Lake Forest to 4, Amherst to 5, then Middlebury still 7, Norwich 8, River Falls 9 and Castleton coming in at No. 10.

Weekend Picks: Jan. 29

This weekend, two games may be a major preview for what to expect at the national tournament in short order.

In a series, that needs no formal introduction, No. 1 Plattsburgh plays two at No. 2 Elmira on Saturday and Sunday.

That above sentence speaks volumes, says plenty.

So who wins?

Friday, Jan. 29

St. Anselm at Franklin Pierce
Candace: I sometimes think St. Anselm should go D-I. In any event, I think they win a close one here. St. Anselm 3-2
Matt: This is a battle of unranked teams that have spectacular records. And yeah, I know they’re Division II schools. St. Anselm is 15-2-0; Franklin Pierce 12-3-1. Let’s go with the visitors taking this. St. Anselm 5-3

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 29-30

No. 3 Adrian at St. Norbert
Candace: St. Norbert is a battling team, and this series might be closer than anticipated, but I like Adrian to sweep. Adrian 4-2, 3-2
Matt: Just like the men’s version of this series last weekend, these two games will be fought tooth and nail. It just seems with Adrian that the Bulldogs are on a mission. Take away Elmira and Plattsburgh and AC could easily rule the roost in D-III. I like an Adrian sweep here. Adrian 4-1, 4-1.

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 30-31

Plattsburgh at Elmira
Candace: Elmira might be the only team that could end Plattsburgh’s bid for perfection, but I like the Cardinals to escape. Plattsburgh 2-1, 3-2
Matt: I give Elmira its due — the Soaring Eales are good. Make that really good. Plattsburgh, though, is in its own section of “really good.” I see the Cardinals taking both in close games — it won’t be easy to close out Elmira. Plattsburgh 3-2, 2-1

Tuesday, Feb. 2

No. 7 Middlebury at No. 10 Norwich
Candace: Another chapter in the battle for Vermont. I like the Panthers in a close one. Middlebury 3-2
Matt: Middlebury should sweep Hamilton this weekend and then head to Norwich with momentum — and a victory — to end Norwich’s momentum after what I’ll say will be two wins this weekend at Plymouth State and Massachusetts-Boston. Middlebury 3-1

Weekend Wrap: Jan. 24

The women’s Division III schedule was chock-full this past weekend, and with less than a month left in the regular season, every game matters at this point.

Still, even with the action from this weekend, don’t expect Monday’s USCHO.com Division III Women’s Poll to change much, save for a possible tweak in spots 8-10.

All of the country’s 10 ranked teams were in action, including top-ranked Plattsburgh on the road at Oswego.

The Cardinals blanked the Lakers in two straight, 7-0 and 5-0. In the opener Saturday night, Melissa Sheeran scored two goals and Camille Leonard earned the 14-save shutout. Sunday afternoon, Sheeran and Melissa Ames notched two goals apiece and Leonard pitched an 11-save shutout to gain her NCAA-best 11th shutout in just 16 games.

No. 2 Elmira swept Chatham by identical 4-1 scores Friday and Saturday. Olivia Nystrom had two goals and an assist in the first game, while Kelcey Crawford made 13 saves. Saturday, Meghan Fonfara posted two goals and a helper and Maddie Evangelous popped two goals. Kyle Nelson finished with nine saves.

Third-ranked Adrian again won the battle of Michigan with Finlandia, taking an 11-0 win Friday and then a 15-2 victory on Saturday. On Friday, Kristin Lewicki and Michelle Jones posted hat tricks, Brooke Lupi two goals and an assist, Kaylyn Schroka a goal and three assists, and Logan Taylor four assists. Jade Walsh stopped all nine shots as the Bulldogs outshot the Lions 81-9. The Saturday rout saw Adrian outshoot Finlandia 75-18, as Brooke Gibson made 16 saves for the win in net. Sarah Shureb had a hat trick, Schroka three goals plus a helper, Audrey Noles and Lexie Tzafaroglou two goals each, Lupi and Lewicki a goal and three assists each, and Kristi Zink four assists.

St. Thomas entered the weekend at No. 4 and took both ends of the home-and-home series with St. Catherine with 2-1 scores each game. In Friday’s win, Mackenzie Torpy made 20 saves and Allison Borgstrom and Leah Schwartzman scored. Saturday’s victory had Kaylee Druk and Megan Juricko scoring and Torpy making 24 saves to stay unbeaten on the year at 13-0-1.

No. 5 Lake Forest swept Concordia (Wis.) at home. Michelle Greeneway scored two goals and added an assist and Kayla Griffith recorded a goal and two assists in Friday’s 5-2 win that also saw Allie Carter stop 14 shots in goal. In the finale, Concordia scored the game’s first and last goals, but Lake Forest scored the four in between to take the 4-2 win. Olivia Spellmire scored twice and Greeneway scored again to add to her nation-best 26 goals. Jacqueline Audet stopped 12 shots for her second win of the season.

Sixth-ranked Amherst took four points from Colby, winning 4-1 Friday and 3-1 Saturday. Four different players scored for the Lord Jeffs and Bailey Plaman stopped 22 shots Friday, while Alex Toupal had a goal and an assist and Sabrina Dobbins fashioned a 24-save outing in Saturday’s win.

Middlebury will stay No. 7 after winning both from Bowdoin, 2-0 Friday on Maddie Winslow’s two goals (and Jessica Young’s two assists) and Julie Neuburger’s 13-save shutout. The finale saw Young score two, Winslow pick up a goal and an assist, Janka Hlinka two assists, and Marisa Dreher make 12 saves in goal.

At No. 8, Wisconsin-River Falls split with Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The Falcons won 4-3 Friday as Chloe Kinsel snapped a 3-3 tie at 19:32 of the third period after Ali Biagini tied the game for UWSP at 18:53. Saturday, Cara Lemirande’s goal 12:09 into the second stood as the winner as the Pointers took a 2-1 win. Sydney Conley made 30 saves in goal for Stevens Point.

Castleton may not occupy No. 9 any longer, especially after an 8-0 drubbing against St. Anselm on Friday. Alex Starzyk scored four goals for St. Anselm, while Ashley Moran scored two goals and Sara McNamara and Alison Butler had a goal and an assist. Martha Findley added three assists and Hannah Synnott stopped all 14 shots fired her way. Saturday, the Spartans had to go to overtime with Massachusetts-Boston, but came away with a 2-1 win on Aimee Briand’s winner 34 seconds into extra time. Jess Cameron made 36 saves in the win.

No. 10 Norwich shut out St. Michael’s 5-0 Friday and Nichols 6-0 on Saturday. Madison Gallagher scored twice Friday and Laurie King picked up the goose egg in net with 11 saves. Celeste Robert made all eight saves Saturday and Bryn Labbe went for four goals and an assist for the Cadets. Rachel Bellio and Adelle Murphy each had a goal and an assist to boot.

In a unique stat, all the games last weekend that went to overtime came away with winners. Besides Briand scoring for Castleton, other heroes were Melissa Boudreau for University of New England Friday (beat Nichols 2-1), St. Norbert’s Jillian Kosteck Friday (beat St. Scholastica 3-2), and Brede Postier for Hamline (beat St. Mary’s 2-1 Saturday).

Weekend Picks: Jan. 22

There are a handful of important games this weekend in the world of women’s Division III hockey, so without further ado, Candace and Matt make their picks.

Friday, Jan. 22

No. 9 Castleton at St. Anselm
Candace: A tough game to pick. I think the home team wins a close one. St. Anselm 3-2
Matt: Castleton is ranked, but it’s hard to ignore that 13-2-0 record at St. Anselm. I see St. A’s win here. St. Anselm 4-2

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 22-23

No. 2 Elmira at Chatham
Candace: The Soaring Eagles will keep pace with top-ranked Plattsburgh. Elmira 5-1, 4-1
Matt: Looks like a sweep for the Soaring Eagles. Elmira 4-1, 3-0

Finlandia at No. 3 Adrian
Candace: Adrian is looking more and more like one of the teams to beat for the national championship. Adrian 4-1, 6-1
Matt: This series shows that NCAA women’s hockey is alive and well in Michigan. Unfortunately for Finlandia, the Bulldogs take both games by wide margins. Call them wins for Adrian on shutouts by Brooke Gibson and Jade Walsh. Adrian 5-0, 6-0

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 23-24

No. 1 Plattsburgh at Oswego
Candace: I’m beginning to wonder if Plattsburgh might match what Minnesota did a few years ago. Plattsburgh 4-1, 4-0
Matt: Plattsburgh probably won’t lose another game. Ever. The Cardinals take down their in-state rivals 3-1 and 4-2 here.

Wednesday, Jan. 26

No. 4 St. Thomas at No. 8 Wisconsin-River Falls
Candace: Can home ice propel River Falls to an upset? Possibly. Wisconsin-River Falls 3-2
Matt: This weekend, UST plays a home-and-home with St. Catherine, and my money says the Tommies get the sweep there and then head to River Falls to grab a weeknight victory. St. Thomas 3-2

Weekend wrap: Jan. 17

With just about five weeks left until the end of the regular season, every game now takes on a whole new meaning as teams begin to jockey for position in conference standings and contenders start to separate themselves from pretenders.

There was a lot of that last weekend in the women’s Division III docket.

Top-ranked Plattsbugh put up 18 goals on William Smith in a two-game sweep by scores of 9-0 Friday and 9-1 Saturday.

In the opener, Kayla Meneghin and Giovanna Senese each recorded two goals and three assists, Melissa Sheeran two goals and two assists, and Erin Brand a pair of goals for the Cardinals as Camille Leonard made 12 saves for the shutout. On Saturday, Jordan Lipson posted two goals and an assist, Melissa Ames two goals, Sheeran a goal plus two helpers and Julia Duquette and Meneghin added a goal and an assist. Kassi Abbott needed to make just eight saves for the shutout.

No doubt the Cardinals remain atop the USCHO.com Division III Women’s Poll come Monday afternoon.

No. 2 Elmira also earned a sweep, beating Neumann 6-2 and 8-0 on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Louisa Lippiatt Durnell tallied two goals and an assist in the first win, while Kyle Nelson stopped all seven shots Sunday and Kristin Chivers scored two goals for Elmira. Rachel Grampp and McKenna Farole added a goal and two assists apiece.

Third-ranked Adrian swept Concordia (Wis.), escaping with a 4-3 win Friday before taking a 7-1 win Saturday.

Brooke Lupi had a hat trick Friday for the Bulldogs, while Christina Pattengale was sharp, making 38 saves in goal for Concordia. Saturday afternoon, Lexi Holman’s goal at 19:04 of the third period broke up Brooke Gibson’s shutout bid, but she still finished with 14 saves. Lupi with two goals and two assists, Kaylyn Schroka with two goals and three assists, and Kristin Lewicki with two goals and an assist led the Adrian offense.

Another sweep saw No. 4 St. Thomas take both from St. Mary’s in a home-and-home series.

Saturday, UST scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 win and then Sunday, Mackenzie Torpy made 20 saves for the win. Frani Marshall played the final 7:51 and stopped both shots she faced. Hannah Burns scored two goals for the Tommies and Kathryn Larson added a goal and two assists.

Lake Forest went into the weekend ranked fifth and will no doubt maintain that spot after winning two close games on the road at St. Scholastica, 2-1 Friday and 3-1 Saturday.

Friday, national goal-scoring leader Michelle Greeneway scored both, including the game-winner at 15:40 of the third period. Allie Carter made 19 saves for LFC and Lindsey Hartfiel also stopped 19 for the Saints. Saturday, Olivia Spellmire’s short-handed goal at 11:20 of the third stood as the winning tally. Carter made 15 saves and Hartfiel stopped 30.

No. 6 Amherst stumbled a bit at Bowdoin, losing 3-2 Friday, but regrouped for a 3-1 victory Saturday.

Ariana Bourque’s goal with seven seconds left Friday earned Bowdoin the shocking win after Eileen Harris had tied the game for Amherst at 17:38. In Saturday’s contest, Julie Dachille started the scoring for Bowdoin, but Amherst scored the next three to gain the split.

Seventh-ranked Middlebury beat both Utica and Endicott over the weekend. Katarina Shuchuk’s first goal of the season late in the second period proved to be the winner in a 2-1 win over Utica Friday and in the second game, Marisa Dreher pitched a 12-save shutout. Vendela Jonsson made 48 saves for Endicott. Katherine Jackson fired home two goals for the Panthers and Maddie Winslow added a goal and a pair of assists.

Wisconsin-River Falls, ranked eighth, did not play over the weekend, but did play two weeknight games last week, topping St. Scholastica 7-5 Tuesday and St. Benedict 11-1 on Wednesday.

No. 10 Castleton upended No. 9 Norwich 1-0 on Saturday night with Ashley Pelkey netting the lone goal of the game at 13:49 of the second period. Spartans’ goalie Jess Cameron made 39 saves in the win. Laurie King turned aside 23 for Norwich.

Norwich previously beat St. Anselm 3-2 Friday, as Erin Joyce’s second goal of the game 10:33 into the third period stood as the winner. Celsete Robert kicked out 31 shots for the win in net.

Castleton began the weekend with a 4-1 win against Plymouth State on Friday. Aimee Briand tallied two goals and an assist for the Spartans and Taylor Steadman chipped in a goal and an assist.

All in all, look for the poll to stay the same Monday, save for a possible Norwich-Castleton flip.

Weekend picks: Jan. 15

Tons of action this weekend, but only one instance where ranked teams face one another. Matt did a little better than Candace last week by correctly picking Sacred Heart to win the St. Michael’s Tournament.

This season is flying by, hard to believe that in just two months’ and change time, we’ll be crowing the 2016 NCAA champion. Heck, the regular season ends Feb. 21 – not THAT far away, really.

First things first, though, and this weekend’s key games.

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 15-16

William Smith at No. 1 Plattsburgh
Candace: I don’t know if I’ll pick against the Cardinals at all this year. Plattsburgh 5-1, 6-1
Matt: Plattsburgh has to lose at some point? Right? Possibly? Maybe, just not here. Plattsburgh 6-2, 5-1

No. 5 Lake Forest at St. Scholastica
Candace: St. Scholastica is a better team than its record, but it won’t be enough against Lake Forest. Lake Forest 4-1, 5-1
Matt: Don’t let St. Scholastica’s 5-7-0 mark fool you — the Saints are 3-1-0 at home this season. That said, Lake Forest has the goal-scoring extraordinaire in Michelle Greeneway and she’s the difference here as Lake Forest sweeps. Lake Forest 3-1, 5-2

Saturday, Jan. 16

No. 9 Norwich at No. 10 Castleton
Candace: This should be an intense game. I like the visitors. Norwich -1
Matt: This is the one matchup between ranked teams. This one could go either way, but I’m liable to side with the underdog, if there is one, in the Spartans. Castleton 4-3

Endicott at No. 7 Middlebury – Saturday
Candace: Middlebury has been on a roll, and I think it continues. Middlebury 3-1
Matt: Endicott could easily be ranked with its 8-4-2 record, but no dice. That may change if the Gulls can beat the Panthers and my guess is that happens, possibly in overtime. Endicott 3-1

Ranked battles

Even as a subtle winter storm blanketed the Midwest over the weekend, the action was far from cold as it pertains to D-III women’s contests.

Ranked teams got back on the ice, two tournaments went down, and, as always, overtime games were in abundance.

At the Adrian College Bruiser Bowl Classic, the hometown and No. 4-ranked Bulldogs outscored their opponents 15-1 with a 10-0 shellacking of Manhattanville to open the event and then a 5-1 win over St. Olaf.

In the shutout over the Vaiants, Jade Walsh made just two saves through 40 minutes before giving way to Anne Rademacher for the final period, where she preserved the shutout with nine saves. Logan Taylor posted a goal and five assists for Adrian, while Sydney Smith went for a goal and three helpers, Kristin Lewicki scored twice with an assist and Michelle Jones added a pair of goals.

Against St. Olaf, Lewicki potted three goals with a helper and Taylor had two snipes and an assist as Brooke Gibson finished with 21 saves.

Also in Adrian, St. Olaf beat Finlandia 4-1 and Manhattanville topped Finlandia 4-3 on Lillie’s Ryan’s winner at 15:58 of the third period. The goal was also Ryan’s first of the season.

Another tournament was the DoubleTree Ice Hockey Classic at St. Michael’s. The tournament opened with two shutouts on Friday as Sacred Heart beat Plymouth State 5-0 (Nicole Magee 33 saves) and Hamilton beat St. Michael’s 3-0 (Jaime Meroz 26 saves).

The second day of the event saw Hamilton beat Plymouth State 2-1 and SHU take another goose egg in a 5-0 win over St. Michael’s as Amanda Fontaine kicked out all 20 shots she faced.

Perhaps the marquee series of the weekend had No. 6 Amherst hosting No. 8 Middlebury. Nothing was decided, though, as the two teams played to a 2-2 tie Friday and a 3-3 tie Saturday. Sabrina Dobbins stopped 28 shots, including five in overtime, for Amherst in the opener, while Elizabeth Wulf’s goal at 18:09 of the third period gave Middlebury the tie on Saturday.

No. 2 Elmira picked up a 2-1 win over No. 9 Norwich on Saturday as Kelcey Crawford made 21 saves and Louisa Lippiatt Durnell had a goal and an assist.

Third-ranked Lake Forest swept St. Mary’s with a 2-1 win Saturday and a 4-2 win Sunday afternoon. Caroline Campbell’s power-play goal at 15:29 of the third stood as the winner and then in the finale, Michelle Greeneway notched a pair of goals.

Wisconsin-River Falls entered the weekend ranked seventh in the country, but settled for a scoreless tie Friday against Concordia (Minn.). Andrea Klug made 29 saves for Concordia. The Falcons regrouped and took a 10-2 win the following day as Dani Sibley had three goals and three assists and Amy Auran, Chloe Kinsel, and Karleigh Wolkerstorfer each scored twice.

After the loss to Elmira, Norwich came back with a 2-0 win over Utica. Laurie King posted 27 saves for the shutout.

Neumann’s Jackie Schneider scored an overtime short-handed goal 2:52 into OT Friday to sink Salve Regina, 3-2, Caroline Kivisto was Bethel’s OT hero at 4:52 Friday to beat Concordia (Wis.), 3-2, and Erika Martin lifted Chatham past Morrisville, 3-2, with her OT winner at 3:01 on Saturday.

Weekend Picks: Jan. 8

The action gets back to full force this weekend as most women’s D-III teams are back at it. Last week, Candace did better than Matt, correctly picking Holy Cross to win the Rutlant tournament and Middlebury to beat Lake Forest.

Numerous ranked teams are on the ice with a few marquee matchups and tournaments to look at this weekend. Let’s see how Candace and Matt do.

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 8-9

No. 8 Middlebury at No. 6 Amherst
Candace: Hard to see anything but a split in this series. Like Matt, I think home team wins first. Amherst 3-2, Middlebury 3-2
Matt: Definitely a key series this weekend for both squads, and quite possibly, the top matchup of the entire weekend. It would be easy to call a split here, but alas, that’s too easy. I see Amherst winning 4-2 to open the series and then Middlebury winning Saturday 2-1, perhaps in overtime.

St. Michael’s Tournament Burlington, Vt.
Candace: I like Sacred Heart to advance to face the host, with St. Michael’s winning the tournament. Sacred Heart 3-2, St. Michael’s 2-1; St. Michael’s 3-2, Hamilton 3-0
Matt: Sacred Heart downs Plymouth State 4-1 and then St. Michael’s beats Hamilton 2-0 to open the event. Call it a 3-1 win for Sacred Heart Saturday against the host school and a 3-2 win for PSU against Hamilton to close the tournament.

Adrian Tournament in Adrian, Mich.
Candace: Look for the home team to win the tournament again, beating St. Olaf, while Manhattanville takes third over Finlandia. Adrian 4-1, St. Olaf 3-1; Adrian 4-2, Manhattanville 2-1
Matt: This has a home team win written all over it. The fourth-ranked Bulldogs will beat Manhattanville 5-2 and St. Olaf 3-0. Finlandia is also at this event and may not score a goal in tough losses to both Manhattanville and St. Olaf.

Saturday, Jan. 9

No. 9 Norwich at No. 2 Elmira
Candace: Elmira will be pushed in this one, but I still like the Soaring Eagles to win. Elmira 2-1
Matt: If it wasn’t for Plattsburgh, Elmira would be at the top of women’s D-III. That’s not the case, obviously, but the Soaring Eagles take this one over Norwich. I’ll say the final is 5-3 with a late empty-netter to account for the two-goal cushion.

Picking right back up

In terms of women’s Division III action, 2016 picked up right where 2015 left off as teams hit the ice this past weekend.

Overtime and upsets seemed to be the weekend trend.

Kicking off the year on Jan. 1, Wisconsin-Eau Claire and St. Mary’s battled to a 1-1 tie as both teams popped their goals late in the third period — UWEC’s Lexi Wilson at 16:22, Jamie Henderson for St. Mary’s at 17:53.

The next night, Danielle Lucker lifted UWEC past St. Mary’s 2-1 with the power-play OT winner 1:52 into extra time.

The Rutland Herald Invitational was the start of the upsets as Holy Cross defeated Manhattanville, 4-3, in the opener and then No. 8 Castleton, 4-1, in the title game Sunday afternoon with four unanswered goals.

Delaney Flynn’s extra-attacker goal at 19:10 of the third period gave Colby a 3-3 tie with Castleton to open the tournament and Colby then blanked Manhattanville 2-0 in the consolation game as Angelica Crites stopped all 21 shots fired her way.

Saturday, St. Anselm’s Sarah Geisinger tied the game at three at 18:53 and then Allison Quinn at 1:14 of OT completed the comeback over Trinity.

In the last OT game Saturday, Chelsea Blackburn needed just 42 seconds to snap a scoreless tie and give Stevenson the 1-0 win over Chatham. Stevenson goalie Sarah Modzelewski made 32 saves.

Sunday’s lone overtime contest saw Olivia Hawes start the game with a power-play goal and end it with a power-play goal as Hamilton bounced Wesleyan 3-2. Jessica Brennan potted both goals for Wesleyan.

In terms of ranked teams in action, No. 2 Elmira edged Williams 2-1 Saturday, No. 6 Amherst downed Southern Maine 4-1 Sunday, and top-ranked Plattsburgh beat Ottawa in exhibition play Sunday afternoon. Plattsburgh plays another exhibition game Monday against Concordia (PQ).

The Codfish Bowl kicks off Monday in Boston with Canton, Endicott, Trinity, and Massachusetts-Boston partaking in the event.

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