Weekend Wrap: Feb. 15

For the seven Division III women’s conferences, the playoff picture for each became a bit clearer over the weekend, or in most cases, more blurry.

Colonial Hockey-leading Stevenson will go into the conference tournament as the top seed with an 11-0-1 mark in league play, head and shoulders the class of the conference.

Last weekend, Stevenson won twice, pushing its win streak to eight games, with two wins at Morrisville. In the opener Friday night, Monica Pozuc netted the lone goal and Sarah Modzelewski earned the 29-save shutout. Saturday, Madison Lange and Sydney Hughes scored in the second period and Modzelewski finished with 28 stops in the 2-1 win.

In the ECAC West, top-ranked Plattsburgh lost its first game of the season last weekend, 4-2, at Utica on Saturday night. The Cardinals rebounded with a 6-1 win Sunday afternoon. Plattsburgh is 16-1-0 in the conference, just four points ahead of Elmira (14-2-0), which swept William Smith in a home-and-home set over the weekend. Plattsburgh has one game left (at Potsdam Saturday) and Elmira plays two at Oswego.

The MIAC looks to be a three-team race to the wire, as St. Thomas (23 points), Bethel (22 points), and Concordia (Minn.) (also with 22 points) are all within reach. Augsburg has 20 points to boot. St. Thomas plays Tuesday at Wisconsin-Superior and then has a home-and-home with St. Olaf this weekend. Bethel hosts Concordia this weekend. Let’s see who has nails left come late Saturday night.

Adrian and Lake Forest are duking it out for top spot in the NCHA. The Bulldogs are 14-1-1 in conference action and first-place Lake Forest is 15-0-1. Guess what this weekend’s schedule looks like? Yep, of course. Lake Forest plays two at Adrian.

More nail-biting over in the NEHC as Norwich (28 points), Holy Cross (26 points), and St. Anselm (24 points) are all within striking distance. Norwich plays Castleton and, yep, Holy Cross this weekend, while Holy Cross also plays one at Nichols and St. Anselm has two on the road against Salve Regina and Manhattanville.

The NESCAC is down to Middlebury (25 points) and Amherst (24 points). Middlebury swept Colby last weekend and plays two with Williams this weekend. Amherst has won 10 straight, including a sweep of Hamilton over the weekend, and is set for a home-and-home series with Wesleyan to close out the regular season. Again, Saturday night can’t come soon enough.

It’s a two-team race in WIAC play between Wisconsin-River Falls and Wisconsin-Stevens Point, separated by just a single point. River Falls plays at St. Scholastica Wednesday night and then at Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Saturday afternoon. Stevens Point hosts Concordia (Wis.) on Saturday. The Pointers are peaking at the right time, unbeaten in nine of their last 10 games.

The upcoming weekend can’t get here soon enough!

Weekend Picks: Feb. 12

This is it — the penultimate weekend in Division III women’s hockey.

Where did the season go? More importantly, what lies ahead?

Candace and Matt pick this weekend’s top games and bite down their fingernails in the process.

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 12-13

Hamilton at No. 5 Amherst
Candace: This will be close, as it’s a good rivalry, but Amherst is one of the better teams out there. Amherst 4-1, 3-1
Matt: I’ve always liked Hamilton – a real up-and-coming team, and its 11-7-2 record proves that, despite being just 5-5-2 in the NESCAC. That said, Amherst is a bona fide national power and wins both here. Amherst 5-3, 4-1

Augsburg versus No. 9 St. Thomas home-and-home
Candace: Can St. Thomas get back on track? Maybe. But let’s go with the home teams. St. Thomas 2-1, Augsburg 2-1
Matt: Saturday’s game at Augsburg, the MIAC’s first-place team, is a celebration of two decades of Auggies hockey, the oldest women’s college hockey program in the Midwest (more on this next week). Augsburg has been a varsity program for 20 years and with all that said, gets a win at home Saturday. St. Thomas 2-0, Augsburg 3-1

Saturday, Feb. 13

University of New England at No. 8 Norwich
Candace: Norwich has looked good of late, and I think that continues. Norwich 4-2
Matt: UNE is 11-7-2 and will provide great competition for Norwich. As we learned in this week’s column, goaltending is a strength for Norwich with a pair of No. 1s. Whichever one of Celeste Robert or Laurie King starts gets the win over UNE in a  shutout. Norwich 3-0

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 13-14

No. 1 Plattsburgh at Utica
Candace: I’m starting to wonder if Plattsburgh can duplicate Minnesota’s perfect season of two years ago. Plattsburgh 4-1, 4-0
Matt: No one is beating Plattsburgh this season. No one. Cardinals winwith Camille Leonard further padding her incredible numbers in net. Plattsburgh 3-0, 4-0

Weekend Wrap: Feb. 7

Ho hum.

Can any team stop Plattsburgh?

The top-ranked, undefeated, untied Cardinals (22-0-0) swept Cortland over the weekend, winning 7-1 Saturday and 3-1 Sunday. Saturday, Courtney Moriarty scored twice with an assist and Camille Leonard made just 10 saves. Leonard had to make 13 stops Sunday to move to 20-0-0 and Moriarty and Bridget Balisy each posted a goal and an assist.

No. 2 Adrian lucked out against St. Scholastica, going to overtime on two straight games, tying 2-2 Friday and then winning 3-2 Saturday on Michelle Jones’ winner with 30 seconds left in OT. In the opener, Nikki Logergren and Sierra Hanowski scored consecutive goals in the third for St. Scholastica to force extra time. Lindsey Hartfiel was unbelievable for St. Scholastica in stopping 56 shots.

Third-ranked Elmira swept a home-and-home with Buffalo State, blanking the Bengals 5-0 Saturday at home after taking a 3-1 win in Buffalo on Friday. Five different players scored in the shutout and Kelcey Crawford made 18 saves in net. The opener saw Crawford stop 21 shots to nab the victory.

Lake Forest, the No. 4 team in the country, downed St. Norbert 6-3 Friday before settling for a 2-2 tie on Saturday. Michelle Greeneway scored twice Friday, Amy Buddle added a goal and two assists and Amanda Brunges tallied three helpers for Lake Forest as Allie Carter finished with 10 saves. Kelli Sorge’s first goal of the year for St. Norbert at 12:20 of the third period stood as the tying goal Saturday. Brianna Kelly made 26 saves for the Green Knights.

After beating St. Anselm 3-2 last Wednesday, No. 5 Amherst walloped Manhattanville 9-1 on Saturday. Erin Martin scored three, Katie Savage two, and Alex Toupal and Jocelyn Hunyadi both registered a goal and two assists. Amherst goalie Bailey Plaman stopped 11 shots.

No. 6 Middlebury swept Wesleyan at home with a 4-2 win Friday and a 5-0 win Saturday as Kiana Verplancke pitched an 18-save shutout and Maddie Winslow went for two goals and two assists. Friday, Jessica Young figured in on all four goals with two goals and a pair of helpers to back Marisa Dreher’s dozen saves.

No. 7 Wisconsin-River Falls played just once, a 2-1 win at Wisconsin-Superior on Saturday. Chloe Kinsel popped a goal and added an assist for the Falcons, while Angie Hall made 19 saves in the win. Sky Brown stopped 40 for Superior in the hard-luck defeat.

St. Thomas, which fell four spots to No. 8 last week, snapped its three-game losing skid with a 4-1 win against Concordia (Minn.) on Friday, but then suffered a 1-0 OT loss Saturday on Tori Davis’ winner and Andrea Klug’s 40 saves. Friday, four different players scored for the Tommies and Mackenzie Torpy made 22 saves.

Ninth-ranked Norwich beat Middlebury 3-2 on Tuesday and then extended its win streak to six games with a 3-1 win at Franklin Pierce on Friday. Madison Gallagher recorded a goal and an assist and Erin Joyce and Bryn Labbe scored in the win Friday as Celeste Robert made 23 saves in relief of Laurie King to pick up the ‘W.’

No. 10 Castleton went .500 on the weekend, beating St. Michael’s 6-3 Friday before falling 3-2 to Plymouth State Saturday. In the Spartans’ win Friday, Rachael Brazil earned her first win of the season with a 35-save effort. Saturday, Kelsey Lynch’s goal at 11:39 of the third period snapped a tie and PSU held on the rest of the way. Emelie Lindqvist turned aside 41 shots for the win between the pipes.

All that said, look for minor movement in Monday’s rankings — maybe flip flop St. Thomas and Norwich?

We’ll see soon enough.

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

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