Women’s D-III picks: Nov. 27

Happy Thanksgiving!

Not too many games on the schedule this weekend, but a couple ranked teams do play, in addition to the Cardinal/Panther Classic that will feature the top three teams in the country.

Once the turkey is digested and the food coma wears off, check out this schedule this coming weekend.

Candace and Matt pick the top games.

Cardinal/Panther Classic

Friday, Nov. 27

Elmira at Middlebury
Candace: This is it, the marquee series of the weekend. I like the home ice team in this. Middlebury 2-1
Matt: Start it right off Friday with No. 2 Elmira playing No. 3 Middlebury. Wow. Tough to call, but I like Elmira 3-2.

Saturday, Nov. 28

Gustavus Adolphus vs Elmira
Candace: Elmira rebounds from a tough loss to take this. Elmira 4-2
Matt: I see a 5-2  for Elmira here

Wisconsin-Stevens Point vs. Plattsburgh
Candace: Someone will beat Plattsburgh, but it won’t be this game. Plattsburgh 4-1
Matt: Plattsburgh should go over Wisconsin-Stevens Point by a 4-1 count

Sunday, Nov. 29

Wisconsin-Stevens Point at Middlebury
Candace: The home team takes another in this top event. Middlebury 4-2
Matt: I like No. 3 Middlebury beating UWSP 3-0

Gustavus Adolphus vs. Plattsburgh
Candace: The top team wins again. Plattsburgh 4-1
Matt: Plattsburgh also blanking Gustavus, also 3-0.

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 28-29

Marian at Concordia (Minn.)
Candace: Home ice wins over an inconsistent team. Concordia 3-2, 4-2
Matt: Marian comes in at 2-5-0, while Concordia is 4-2-0. Look for the Cobbers to boost their record to 6-2-0 after the weekend with wins of 4-1 and 5-3, moving their winning streak to six games.

Sunday, Nov. 29

Williams at No. 10 Castleton
Candace: Castleton has shown marked improvement, but I like an upset here. Williams 3-2
Matt: With a 7-1-1 mark so far, there is a lot to like about Castleton. For Williams, just 1-1-0 with the late NESCAC start, the Ephs are still finding their identity. Castleton shows why it should move up the ranks Monday with a win this weekend, 2-1.

Women’s D-III wrap: Nov. 23

Wow, what a weekend in the women’s Division III circles!

As has become the norm, I suppose, upsets have been happening and individual stats are going from fantastic one week to just average the next.

Case in point, Endicott goalie Vendela Jonsson went into last weekend’s games with a perfect 4-0-0 record with four shutouts. Yes, she had yet to see a puck get past her.

Stevenson came to town and beat Endicott 2-0 Friday and then Saturday, the two teams played to a scoreless tie. Jonsson stopped 20 shots each game.

Jonsson’s new line (which still is hardly shabby): 4-1-1, 0.33 GAA and a .978 save percentage.

As far as ranked teams go, No. 1 Plattsburgh was idle last weekend.

No. 2 Elmira swept Utica in a home-and-home set with a 4-1 win Saturday and then a tough 2-1 win on Sunday. Meghan Fonfara scored at 14:58 and 18:56 of the third period Sunday to snatch the win for the Soaring Eagles.

Third-ranked St. Thomas played to a stunning 2-2 tie with Bethel Friday, but rebounded for a 1-0 win on a Karina Marette goal and Mackenzie Torpy’s 23 saves Saturday. That wasn’t enough to keep the Tommies at No. 3, though, as they dropped to No. 6 in the Women’s D-III USCHO.com Poll.

No. 4 Adrian handled St. Scholastica with a 3-0 shutout Friday night (Brooke Gibson 22 saves) and then blasted Finlandia 9-1 on Saturday, as Brooke Lupi tallied the hat trick.

Middlebury entered the weekend ranked fifth and swept Trinity by scores of 5-1 and 2-1 to open the NESCAC season for both teams. Anna Van Kula scored with 47 seconds left in regulation to eke out the 2-1 win Saturday. Middlebury moved up to third in the this week’s poll.

Michelle Greeneway scored twice to pace No. 6 Lake Forest to a 4-1 win over St. Norbert on Saturday. Keep an eye on the Foresters!

No. 7 Norwich played solid defense (an understatement) in blanking Salve Regina 3-0 Friday and Manhattanville 4-0 Saturday. Celeste Robert stopped 19 shots Friday and then Laurie King turned aside all 12 Saturday through 40 minutes before not seeing a shot in the third period. Adelle Murphy recorded a pair of goals for the Cadets.

Gustavus Adolphus tied Augsburg 2-2 Friday night before looking like (one of) the No. 8 team(s) in the country with a 4-1 win Saturday to complete the home-and-home. Allison Eder-Zdechlik went for a hat trick in the win for GAC on Saturday afternoon.

Wisconsin-River Falls, also ranked eighth heading into the weekend, took both ends of a home-and-home with Wisconsin-Eau Claire, winning 4-1 on Friday and 3-1 on Saturday. UWRF goalie Angie Hall made 22 saves Friday, 16 on Saturday.

Wisconsin-Stevens Point dropped out of the top 10 this week after taking just one of four points against Wisconsin-Superior on home ice. The Pointers lost 2-1 Friday and then battled to a 2-2 tie Saturday. Natasha Singer was brilliant in stopping 38 shots for Superior in the first game and came back with 33 more saves in the rematch.

Katie Tang was the OT hero Saturday night as Colby beat Bowdoin 4-3 and Rachel Vigliano pulled the same heroics the same day as New England College edged Plymouth State 2-1.

Morrisville outscored Daniel Webster 21-0 in their two-game set last weekend.

While no ranked teams play other ranked teams this weekend, don’t expect the competition to be on the light side.

In fact, with all conferences on the ice, fans of D-III women’s hockey have reason to celebrate this weekend.

As always, USCHO Women’s Editor Candace Horgan and USCHO Women’s Writer Matt Mackinder do their best to pick the games they deem important on this weekend’s docket.

Friday, Nov. 20

Salve Regina at No. 7 Norwich
Candace: Salve is hot, but Norwich is Norwich. Norwich 3-1
Matt: While Salve is 4-1-0 and unranked, that could sure change with a win over Norwich. I’m a sucker for picking upsets, so let’s do that here. Salve Regina 3-2

Friday, Nov. 20

No. 4 Adrian at St. Scholastica
Candace: Adrian should rebound from its last disappointing outing. Adrian 4-2
Adrian: St. Scholastica is 3-2-0 after sweeping St. Norbert last weekend and Adrian proved it was mortal last weekend by losing to Lake Forest. Both teams have something to prove here, but it’s St. Scholastica with a hard-fought 5-3 win that is iced on a late empty-netter.


Stevenson at Endicott
Candace: I love home ice for these picks. Endicott 2-1, 2-1
Matt: The battle of the unbeaten as both teams are 6-0-0 heading into this weekend series. Endicott goalie Vendela Jonsson is 4-0-0 and has yet to even allow a goal so far. What gives here? I say Stevenson dents the armor with a 2-1 win Friday before Endicott regroups for a 3-0 win Saturday, yes, with Jonsson getting the goose egg.


Trinity at No. 5 Middlebury
Candace: A classic NESCAC game goes to the home team. Middlebury 3-2, 2-1
Matt: Middlebury and Trinity have yet to play a game this season, but will get after it this weekend. It’d be easy to call a split here with both teams probably working out opening-night kinks, and that works for me. Friday, it’s Trinity 4-2 and then Saturday, same score, reverse the teams.

Weekend wrap: 11/15

Expect the  Division III Women’s USCHO.com Poll to change come Monday afternoon.

Plattsburgh will most likely maintain its No. 1 ranking after posting two straight shutouts over Chatham, but it was No. 2 Adrian getting shellacked by No. 9 Lake Forest on Saturday night.

Adrian had blanked Marian on Friday night.

Kayla Meneghin scored three and assisted on another for Plattsburgh in Friday night’s 4-0 win and Camille Leonard finished with 16 saves. Saturday, Meneghin tallied two more and Leonard stopped all 14 in the 8-0 whitewash.

Adrian downed Marian 6-0 on a Brooke Gibson 16-save shutout and six different goal-scorers. In the Lake Forest game, the Foresters led 3-0 after two periods and never looked back in the 6-2 win. Holly Lesperance scored two goals and Allie Carter made 24 saves for LFC.

Lake Forest defeated Finlandia, 9-0, to start the weekend, as Abby Cooper needed to make just five saves in goal.

No. 3 Elmira won both ends of a home-and-home series with Cortland, winning 5-1 at home Friday and then 4-0 on Saturday as Kelcey Crawford pitched a 12-save shutout and Olivia Nystrom posted a pair of goals.

The series of the weekend saw No. 4 St. Thomas battle No. 8 Gustavus Adolphus in a home-and-home, and it did not disappoint. The home team took each contest, with Gustavus Adolphus winning 6-4 Friday night and the Tommies taking a 5-3 decision on Saturday. The Gusties held a 5-1 lead after two periods Friday night on a Diana Draayer hat trick and held off a late surge from UST. Saturday, it was a role reversal, as St. Thomas led 3-1 after one period and 4-3 after two.

Another upset saw unranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point edge No. 6 Wisconsin-River Falls Friday before UWRF came back with a 5-1 win on Saturday. Stevens Point’s Emily Lester scored what proved to be the game-winner at 4:40 of the third period Friday night and Lisa Fowle fashioned a 24-save performance in net. Carly Moran and Chloe Kinsel each scored twice in the River Falls’ win Saturday afternoon. Angie Hall stopped 26 shots in the win.

No. 7 Norwich allowed just one goal last weekend, shutting out New England College 6-0 on Friday and then topping Plymouth State, 4-1, the next day. Six different players scored for the Cadets Friday night and Laurie King turned aside all 10 shots she faced as Norwich outshot NEC by a wide 52-10 margin. Saturday afternoon, Celeste Robert stopped another 10 shots as Norwich downed the Panthers.

No. 5 Middlebury and No. 10 Trinity have yet to start NESCAC play.

Salem State recorded just 32 shots on goal Friday night against Daniel Webster, but scored on 10 in a 10-2 rout as Marissa Peri and Kristin McKenzie each went for a pair of goals.

Morrisville and Canton skated to a scoreless tie on Saturday. Illie Berisha made 32 saves for Canton, Renee Schmaltz 21 for Morrisville.

Just one overtime hero to mention, as Plymouth State’s Shannon Hickey did the honors 2:57 into the extra session in Friday night’s 3-2 win over the University of New England.

Women’s D-III picks: Nov. 13

The women’s Division III season is in full swing, and while the top 10 teams are starting to establish themselves, it’s still early, with a lot of season left.

That said, here are our picks for the weekend.

No. 4 St. Thomas-No. 8 Gustavus Adolphus home-and-home – Friday/Saturday
Candace: I like home ice in each on one of the best early-season series. Gustavus Adolphus 3-2, St. Thomas 3-1
Matt: This could be the marquee matchup of the weekend. I’ll go with the visiting team winning each game, so UST 3-1 Friday night and GAC by the same score Saturday.

Morrisville at Canton – Friday/Saturday
Candace: I could see Canton keeping one of these games close, but not both. Morrisville 3-2, 4-1
Matt: Freshman Tess Adams posted a 12-point weekend for Canton last weekend against Daniel Webster and now leads the country in scoring. It won’t be that easy this weekend and Morrisville, fresh off two shutouts over Salem State, wins both with 5-1 and 4-2 scores.

No. 2 Adrian at No. 9 Lake Forest – Saturday
Candace: The other big series of the weekend, and while Lake Forest is tough, I favor Adrian. Adrian 3-2
Matt: To me, it’s Adrian goalie Jade Walsh facing off with Lake Forest scorer Michelle Greeneway. I think Greeneway wins this battle and her two goals are the difference in a nail-biter.  Lake Forest 2-1

No. 6 Wisconsin-River Falls at Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Candace: River Falls should at least get a split. Wis.-River Falls 3-2, Wis.-Stevens Point 3-2
Matt: River Falls is ranked with a 2-1-0 record, but Stevens Point is 4-0-0 and primed to get into the rankings next week. That should happen as the Pointers take both with 3-2 and 4-3 wins this weekend.

Women’s D-III wrap: Nov. 8

Plattsburgh will surely maintain the top spot in this week’s USCHO.com Division III Women’s Poll after the Cardinals dominated Neumann with wins of 8-0 and 9-1 over the weekend. Melissa Sheeran (three goals, assist) and Kayle Meneghin (goal, three assists) led the way in Saturday’s 8-0 win and then Sunday, Meneghin posted her same line as Saturday and Giovanna Senese, Bridget Balisy, and Sheeran all had three-point afternoons.

Camille Leonard and Kassi Abbott each picked up a win in goal for Plattsburgh, which also outshot Neumann 139-29 in the two games.

No. 2 Adrian won both of its games at home, beating both St. Norbert and Concordia (Wis.). Saturday, in a 4-2 win over SNC, Jade Walsh finished with 29 saves and Sydney Smith scored and added a helper. Sunday, the Bulldogs spotted Concordia a 2-1 lead after two periods, but roared back to take another 4-2 victory with three goals in the final period. Brooke Lupi’s goal at 13:18 of the third stood as the game-winner.

No. 3 Elmira was idle this past weekend, as was No. 4 St. Thomas and fifth-ranked Middlebury.

Wisconsin-River Falls came into the weekend sixth in the nation and earned two wins against Hamline and Bethel. The Falcons used seven different goal-scorers (Chloe Kinsel with two) and a 23-save combined effort from Angie Hall and Kylie Hommerding in the 8-0 win over Hamline Friday night before Kinsel scored two more in a 5-1 win over Bethel on Saturday.

No. 7 Norwich grabbed back-to-back shutouts on the road, beating both University of New England Friday and Southern Maine Saturday by identical 3-0 scores. Celeste Robert won both in net for Norwich.

At No. 8, Gustavus Adolphus tied Wisconsin-Superior, 2-2, last Tuesday before beating St. Olaf, 4-1, Friday night. Four different players scored for GAC and all three goalies — Lindsey Hibbard, Amanda DiNella and Paige Press — all saw time in the crease during the game. DiNella was credited with the win.

Trinity, ranked No. 9 last week, did not play.

No. 10 Lake Forest nailed down three wins last week, starting with a 7-0 win over Marian on Wednesday as Allie Carter stopped all 11 shots and Amy Budde, Michelle Greeneway, and Olivia Spellmire all posted two-goal efforts. The Foresters then swept St. Scholastica at home Saturday and Sunday with wins of 5-2 and 3-0, respectively. In the shutout, Carter made 13 saves and Greeneway popped a pair of goals and the day prior, Melissa Paluch went for two goals and two assists.

Check back later in the week as our weekly column will feature Greeneway and her unique college and athletics life at Lake Forest.

Women’s D-III picks: Nov. 6

After last weekend’s season-opening tournaments, it’s clear that aside from a handful of high-end teams, women’s Division III hockey will be extremely competitive this season.

Let’s see what Candace and Matt have cooking this weekend.

Friday, Nov. 6

No. 7 Norwich at University of New England
Candace: Norwich needs a win after dropping two games last weekend to top 10 teams. The Cadets should get it. Norwich 4-1
Matt: Norwich is ranked seventh in the country for a reason and gets the two points here with a 5-1 win.

No. 6 Wisconsin-River Falls at Hamline
Candace: Just like Norwich, Wis.-River Falls will rebound from its opening loss. Wis.-River Falls 4-1
Matt: Again, being ranked means something and I don’t see UWRF having any trouble here with Hamline. Call it a 4-0 shutout.

Saturday, Nov. 7

Neumann at No. 1 Plattsburgh
Candace: I’m not sure who will beat Plattsburgh this year, or if anyone will. Plattsburgh 5-1
Matt: I see nothing less than a 7-0 win for the Cardinals. Yes, I believe they really are <I>that</I> good.

Sunday, Nov. 8

Concordia (Wis.) at No. 2 Adrian
Candace: With Jade Walsh in net, Adrian can beat almost anyone. Adrian 4-0
Matt: Adrian goalie Jade Walsh is as solid as they come at this level and she’s the reason why the Bulldogs grab a 3-1 win here over Concordia.

Women’s D-III wrap: Nov. 1

There was no shortage of action and drama opening up the Division III women’s schedule this past weekend in nonconference play.

Two prestigious tournaments — the East/West Showcase and the Puck Drop Classic — highlighted the opening contests, and while the former featured four ranked teams, the latter also had stellar talent on display.

At the East/West Showcase, No. 1 Plattsburgh, No. 2 Elmira, No. 4 Norwich, and No. 6 Adrian all took the ice in Northfield, Vt., and Saturday, Adrian knocked off Elmira, 4-1, as Jade Walsh made 17 saves, while Plattsburgh edged Norwich, 2-1, as Giovanna Senese potted the game-winner at 19:44 of the third period.

On Sunday, Plattsburgh blanked Adrian, 3-0, behind Camille Leonard’s 22-save shutout, and Elmira beat Norwich, 7-2, as Olivia Nystrom tallied two goals and an assist.

In Dudley, Mass., for the Puck Drop Classic, Friday’s action saw Buffalo State beat host Nichols, 6-2, and outshoot the Bison 51-19, with Erin Gehen getting three goals and an assist, and then Endicott shut out Plymouth State, 2-0, as Vendela Jonsson stopped all 17 shots fired her way.

Saturday’s results saw Jonsson turn aside all 16 shots in Endicott’s 4-0 win over Nichols and Buffalo State down PSU 2-1, as Caitie Horvatits and Emma Ruggiero provided the offense.

Just one blowout to note from this weekend, as Franklin Pierce crushed Daniel Webster, 12-1, on Friday night. Marissa Ketterman, Michelle Holmes, and Bryana Harron all went for two goals and two assists apiece.

In the “That’s Not A Typo” department, Franklin Pierce outshot Daniel Webster by an 81-4 margin.

Of all games that went to overtime this past weekend (five total), just one ended with a winner, as Logan Harper lifted Wisconsin-Stevens Point over St. Olaf 5-4 on Saturday.

In games with ranked teams playing, No. 10 Lake Forest and goaltender Allie Carter hung a 5-0 goose egg on St. Catherine Saturday night, and No. 7 St. Thomas defeated No. 3 Wisconsin-River Falls, 2-1, the same night, as the Tommies scored two in the third and withstood a late charge to get the win.

Women’s D-III picks: Oct. 30

The 2015-16 Division III women’s season kicks into full swing this weekend as several tournaments dot The 2015-16 Division III women’s season kicks into full swing this weekend as several tournaments dot the schedule, including the annual East/West Showcase out in Vermont and the Nichols College Faceoff.

Each week, Candace and Matt will pick the top games of the weekend — whose crystal ball will be clearer?

Friday Oct. 30

Puck Drop Classic
Candace: Should be a barnburner in both games, with Nichols facing Buffalo State and Plymouth State facing Endicott. Nichols 3-1; Plymouth State 4-2
Matt: Friday, it’s host Nichols playing Buffalo State and Endicott battling Plymouth State. I like the host Bison in the first and then PSU getting the dunk against Endicott.

Saturday, Oct. 31

Puck Drop Classic
Candace: The teams switch up. I still like Nichols. Buffalo State 3-2; Nichols 3-1
Matt: Saturday, we have the teams crisscrossing and I see Nichols beating Endicott and Plymouth State downing Buffalo State.

All in all, not a bad way to start the college season!

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1

East/West showcase
Candace: I see an ECAC West final matchup, and Plattsburg taking the whole shebang. FRIDAY: Plattsburgh 3-1; Elmira 3-2; SATURDAY: Norwich 3-2; Plattsburgh 3-2
Matt: The two matchups Saturday may be a preview of national tournament games next spring as No. 6 Adrian plays No. 2 Elmira and then top-ranked Plattsburgh plays No. 4 Norwich. Wow!

Some say preseason rankings don’t mean much. Do they? Possibly, but they don’t matter a ton here, as Plattsburgh gets by Norwich and Adrian gets a mild upset over Elmira.

Sunday, I see Plattsburgh beating Adrian and Elmira getting back on track with a win over Norwich.

Yeah, the Monday polls may be a tad skewed next week.

Picking the championship final

It’s down to No. 1 Plattsburgh and No. 2 Elmira.


For all the marbles in women’s Division III.

Candace and Matt take the floor for one final time this season.

Elmira at Plattsburgh
Candace: These two have each beaten the other this season, and are the two most recent national champions. I have to think home ice makes a difference. Plattsburgh 3-2
Matt: Too close to call. Really, it is. Both teams have so much talent that it’s unfair one team has to lose. These powerhouses are so similar in every facet of the game, each team has its high-end players and top-end coaches. But I still have to pick a winner. Hmmm… I can’t. No, I will. Elmira, 3-2.

Third-place game: Norwich vs. Wisconsin-River Falls.
Candace: Norwich didn’t looked a little more raw than the Falcons. Wis.-River Falls 4-2
Matt: I have River Falls here, 4-1.

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