Weekend picks: Feb. 6

Not many ranked teams play each other this weekend in women’s Division III, but that doesn’t mean the action won’t be hot and heavy.

Getting into the home stretch, Candace and Matt do as they’ve done all season – pick the top games of the weekend.

Saturday, Feb. 7

No. 5 Adrian at No. 8 Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Candace: Adrian has looked very good of late, and I think that continues. Adrian 3-2
Matt: This looks to be a very intriguing matchup on paper. That said, I like Adrian here based on the sheer fact the Bulldogs have the Kelsey Kusch and Jade Walsh factors. Adrian 4-2

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 7-8

No. 2 Plattsburgh at Cortland
Candace: Plattsburgh got crushed twice last weekend by Elmira, but I think they’ll get back on track here pretty convincingly. Plattsburgh 4-1, 5-1
Matt: It looks weird with that ’2′ next to Plattsburgh’s name, doesn’t it? Hmmm … Ranked second or first, Plattsburgh is still a national powerhouse and surefire national championship contender and grabs four points here with two straight shutouts against Cortland. Plattsburgh 5-0, 4-0

Sunday, Feb. 8

No. 10 Lake Forest at No. 7 Wisconsin-River Falls
Candace: Lake Forest is an improving team, but I like home ice in this one. Wis.-River Falls 3-1
Matt: Lake Forest is a good team that just won’t go away. Same with River Falls. I’d like to pick a tie here, or even an upset, but I can’t. Wis.-River Falls 3-1


Weekend wrap: Feb. 2

This past weekend, the Division III women’s ranks saw two wins by Elmira that propeled the Soaring Eagles to the top spot in the USCHO.com D-III Women’s Poll.

A weekend sweep of top-ranked Plattsburgh will do that, obviously.

No. 2 Elmira defeated Plattsburgh 2-1 on Saturday and then 6-2 on Sunday.

In Saturday’s win in front of nearly 600 spectators, Cassidy Delainey’s power-play goal at 11:33 of the third period stood as the game-winner. Kyle Nelson made 36 saves in goal and Brooke Wilgosh scored the other Elmira goal.

Jordan Lipson scored for the Cardinals and Camille Leonard finished with 25 saves in the Plattsburgh crease.

On Sunday afternoon, Nelson stopped 39 shots and Ashton Hogan scored twice for Elmira to complete the sweep. National scoring leader Ashley Ryan added a goal and an assist for Elmira, while Leonard made 33 saves for Plattsburgh.

No. 3 Norwich also swept the weekend, beating Plymouth State and Massachusetts-Boston on home ice. The Cadets took a 2-1 win Friday, allowing just 10 shots on goalie Laurie King, and then broke out for a 5-1 win against UMB with a five-goal second period. Loren Carrier and Celeste Robert combined to stop 18 shots for Norwich on Saturday.

No. 4 Middlebury won both at home against Hamilton with a 2-0 whitewash Friday and then 3-1 on Saturday. Ananbelle Jones earned the 24-save shutout Friday and then Emily Fluke’s two goals and Madeline Marsh’s 10 saves led the Panthers in Saturday’s victory.

Adrian swept through its weekend on the road as the fifth-ranked Bulldogs edged St. Scholastica 2-1 on Friday and then blanked Finlandia 5-0 on Saturday. Kristin Lewicki’s goal 4:01 into the third period won it Friday against the Saints and then five different players scored in Saturday’s win as Jade Walsh picked up her second win of the weekend with eight saves through 40 minutes before Brooke Gibson played the third and stopped all four shots she faced.

No. 6 Gustavus Adolphus shut out St. Benedict in two straight games in a home-and-home series with a 3-0 win Friday at GAC and then a 2-0 win Saturday at St. Benedict. Goalie Lindsey Hibbard stopped all 18 shots Friday and all 17 on Saturday.

No. 7 Wisconsin-River Falls downed co-No. 10 Wisconsin-Superior 4-1 Saturday as the Falcons allowed the first goal to Superior’s Lynne Larson before scoring the next four to gain the win. Brianna Breiland, Dani Sibley and Carly Moran each had a goal and an assist.

No. 8 Amherst beat Connecticut College 3-1 on Saturday. Sabrina Dobbins made 30 saves and Emily Flom chipped in two assists for the Lord Jeffs.

Wisconsin-Stevens Point, ranked No. 9, topped Wisconsin-Eau Claire by a 4-1 count on Saturday. Shauna Bollinger had a goal and an assist and Janna Beilke-Skoug made 29 saves for the Pointers, who were outshot 30-24. Claudia Gagnon broke Beilke-Skoug’s shutout 7:20 into the third period.

Bowdoin, the country’s other 10th-ranked team, may drop out of the rankings after a 3-3 tie and a 5-1 loss on the road at Williams. Bowdoin rallied with three unanswered Friday to get the stalemate, but Gwendolyn Schultz’s hat trick led Williams on Saturday. Hanna Beattie added three assists for Williams.

Another big matchup goes down Monday night as No. 3 Norwich plays at No. 4 Middlebury.

Weekend picks: Jan. 30

This weekend’s featured matchup needs no hype. The numbers speak for themselves, as No. 2 Elmira travels to play No. 1 Plattsburgh.

All the clichés apply here. It’s a date both teams had circled on their calendars and for good reason.

It wouldn’t surprise us in the least to see one of these teams hoist a national championship in a few weeks, and this weekend may be an indication which bird does it, the Soaring Eagles or the Cardinals.

It may be hard to pick a winner here, as all we can say is “Hmmm,” and then more of the same.

That said, our weekend picks for this series and two other series are below.

Friday, Jan. 30

No. 5 Adrian at St. Scholastica
Candace: Home ice might keep this close, but I like Adrian to win. Adrian 4-1
Matt: Adrian swept St. Scholastica earlier this season, but overall, St. Scholastica is 8-8-2. Even so, St. Scholastica has just three wins in eight games since Dec. 12. Adrian rolls here and does it on the back of goalie Jade Walsh, who I figure to get some Laura Hurd Award attention.

Saturday, Jan. 31

No. 2 Elmira at No. 1 Plattsburgh
Candace: I’m not going to overthink this. Home ice wins. Plattsburgh 3-2
Matt: Wow. Just. Wow. I’m not a betting man by any means and if I was, this series would petrify me to no end. The two best teams in the country going at it. What’s better than that? The fan in me says a split, but so does the journalist in me. I see Plattsburgh winning Saturday and then Elmira getting the win Sunday, either on a late goal or in overtime.

Monday, Feb. 2

No. 3 Norwich at No. 4 Middlebury
Candace: This one will also be quite the battle, and I will again pick home ice in the battle of Vermont. Middlebury 3-2
Matt: The top four teams battling one another over a three-day span? Yes, please. This is an NCAA tournament primer, for sure. Norwich plays Plymouth State and Massachusetts-Boston over the weekend and then Middlebury on Monday, while Middlebury has two games with Hamilton prior to Norwich. It’ll be a close game between two tired clubs, but Norwich gets the duke.

Weekend wrap: Jan. 26

This past weekend in the Division III women’s ranks yielded ranked teams faring well, as well as teams on the cusp of being contenders.

Don’t expect to see the D-III rankings change much, if at all, come Monday afternoon.

The weekend’s featured matchup pitted No. 7 Wisconsin-River Falls at No. 9 Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the games did not disappoint. Friday night, Dani Sibley scored two goals as River Falls eked out a 3-2 win. Angie Hall made 21 saves in goal for River Falls, and Janna Beilke-Skoug stopped 34 for the Pointers. On Saturday, River Falls scored the first and last goals, while Wis.-Stevens Point the middle two in a 2-2 tie. Beilke-Skoug put together a 32-save outing and Hall made just a dozen saves for the Falcons.

Top-ranked Plattsburgh continued its dominating regular season with a sweep over Oswego, winning 4-0 on Saturday and 5-1 on Sunday. Kayla Meneghin notched two goals with an assist Saturday and Camille Leonard stopped all 20 shots fired her way in the first contest. Sunday, Leonard stopped 12 of 13 with the only blemish a third-period goal from Kendall Applebaum. Shannon Stewart had a goal and an assist for the Cardinals. Oswego goalies Bridget Smith and Tori Trovato combined to make 47 saves in the Lakers’ cage.

No. 2 Elmira blanked Chatham in two straight with a 5-0 win on Saturday and a 4-0 victory the following afternoon. National scoring leader Ashley Ryan posted two goals and two helpers and Kyle Nelson stopped all eight shots Saturday, while Cassidy Delainey also popped a pair of goals. Ashton Hogan scored twice and Kelcey Crawford made 12 saves Sunday as Elmira outshot Chatham 52-12.

Norwich, the third-ranked squad in the country, shut out St. Michael’s 3-0 Friday before having its game Saturday at Nichols postponed due to weather. Cadets’ goalie Loren Carrier needed to make just eight saves (she faced no shots in the second period) for the shutout. Muranda Toews chipped in two assists and Kaycie Anderson contributed a goal and an assist.

No. 4 Middlebury swept No. 10 Bowdoin with a 4-2 win Friday followed by a 5-3 win on Saturday. Emily Fluke registered a goal and two assists Friday night with Rachel Kennedy scoring both for Bowdoin. Fluke added a goal and an assist in Saturday’s win as five different players found the net for the Panthers. Beth Findley made 25 saves in goal for Bowdoin.

No. 5 Adrian erupted for a 10-1 win over Finlandia Friday night before getting a 5-0 shutout Saturday. Kelsey Kusch and Logan Taylor each recorded a five-point night (three goals, two assists) Friday night as the Bulldogs outshot the Lions 68-10. Saturday night, Jade Walsh and Brooke Gibson combined on a nine-save shutout and Kaylyn Schroka tallied twice. Shots Saturday were 53-9 in favor of Adrian.

No. 6 Gustavus Adolphus won both ends of a home-and-home with St. Mary’s, each by a single goal. Friday night, Kaitlyn Klein’s power-play goal at 15:39 of the third period proved to be the game-winner in a 3-2 win. Lindsey Hibbard made 17 saves for GAC and Tori Herrmann finished with 26 at the other end. On Saturday, Keri Pickel’s goal 75 seconds into the second period was all the Gusties needed in a 1-0 shutout. Hibbard stopped 19 and Marah Shields turned aside 40 for the Cardinals.

No. 8 Amherst sat idle last weekend, but plays Tuesday at home against Salve Regina and then this coming weekend at home for a pair with Connecticut College.

Speaking of Connecticut College, the Camels earned a hard-fought split with Wesleyan over the weekend, capped off by a thrilling 3-2 overtime win Saturday. Cassie Hunter scored the tying goal with the extra attacked at 17:49 of the third period and then won it at 4:52 of the extra session. Friday night, Jordan Schildhaus scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win for Wesleyan. Corinne Rivard stopped 17 shots for the goose egg and Kelsie Fralick 16 at the other end for Connecticut College.

Manhattanville played two OT games, losing 4-3 to Plymouth State on Friday night and then tying New England College 1-1 on Saturday.

Amber Schaack’s goal 12:18 into the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and Concordia (Minn.) edged Augsburg 2-1 on Saturday. The two teams skated to a 2-2 tie Friday night.

Abby Sawyer’s power-play goal with 1:49 left in regulation gave St. Scholastica a 3-2 win over Concordia (Wis.) on Friday night. A 2-2 tie went down Saturday.

Cortland goalie Kelly Farinella kicked out all 20 shots she faced in Sunday’s 2-0 shutout over Neumann.

Weekend picks: Jan. 23

Another weekend, another slew of high-excitement games in women’s Division III puck.

What’s the scoop on this weekend? Candace and Matt take their picks.

Friday/Saturday, Jan. 23-24,

No. 4 Middlebury at No. 10 Bowdoin
Candace: Middlebury’s stretch against ranked teams continues. The Panthers couldn’t get a win against Amherst, but I think they pull off the sweep in Maine. Middlebury 3-2, 3-1
Matt: Middlebury has played three straight overtime games, beating Utica 10 days ago and tying both with Amherst last weekend. The Panthers need to win in regulation to get back on track and they do that here against a game Bowdoin squad. Give Middlebury a 4-2 win Friday and then a 2-1 win on Saturday.

No. 7 Wisconsin-River Falls at No. 9 Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Candace: Can you say splitsville? Like Matt, I think Wis.-Stevens Point gets the first win, and Wis.-River Falls comes back Saturday. Wis.-Stevens Point 3-2, Wis.-River Falls 4-2
Matt: This may be the matchup of the weekend. I’m not a fan of predicting ties and though we could see one or maybe two here, I’ll call a split. Give Friday’s win to Stevens Point 3-1 on a late empty-netter and Saturday’s to River Falls with a 4-3 final.

No. 6 Gustavus Adolphus vs. St. Mary’s  (home-and-home)
Candace: St. Mary’s will make the home ice game tough, but I see Gustavus with the sweep. Gustavus Adolphus 4-2, 3-2
Matt: St. Mary’s has a winning record and should be a formidable opponent for Gustavus. While each team plays a game with home-ice advantage, I say GAC wins both – 4-1 Friday and then 2-0 on Saturday.

Weekend wrap: Jan. 19

With a slew of ranked teams in action last weekend, some games went as expected, while others, not so much.

This week’s USCHO.com Division III Women’s Poll may seem some changes, but it won’t be at the top.

No. 1 Plattsburgh went on the road and swept William Smith in dominating fashion, 10-0 Friday and then 11-1 on Saturday. Bridget Balisy had three goals and an assist Friday, to go along with a goal and three assists from Morgan MacInnis and four assists from Shannon Stewart. Goalie Camille Leonard made just 11 saves. On Saturday, Stewart went for three goals and a helper, Mia Favretto was plus-7, and Kayla Meneghin and Melissa Sheeran each had a goal and two assists. Giovanna Senese scored twice with an assist and Ally Ross stopped nine shots in goal.

No. 2 Elmira won a pair  at Neumann over the weekend by scores of 8-2 and 5-2. The nation’s top scorer, Ashley Ryan, added three goals and two assists in the wins and Kelcey Crawford and Kyle Nelson split the games in net, with Crawford winning the first game and Nelson the second.

Norwich, ranked No. 3 after a spell at No. 1 a few weeks back, skated to a 1-1 tie with St. Anselm Friday night before rebounding for a 3-1 win the next day against Castleton. St. Anselm goalie Lindsey Brown blanked the Cadets for almost two and a half periods Friday before Erin Joyce’s power-play goal at 8:26 of the third pulled Norwich into the tie. Brown made 26 saves in the game. Saturday, Norwich and Castleton were tied 1-1 going into the third, only to see Madison Gallagher and Kim Tiberi score to lift Norwich.

Here’s where it starts to get fun.

No. 4 Middlebury and No. 9 Amherst played to two ties, 2-2 Friday and 1-1 Saturday. Maddie Winslow’s goal 13:49 into the third period gave Middlebury the tie Friday, and then Jessica Young lifted Middlebury again with a goal at 18:25 of the third period Saturday. How will the voters vote? Push Middlebury down for two non-wins? Or boost Amherst up for tying the No. 4 team in the country? Or a mixture of both?

Adrian also faltered, as the No. 5 Bulldogs tied Concordia (Wis.) 4-4 Friday night and then edged Concordia 2-1 the next night. After Samantha Reiter gave CU the 4-3 lead at 17:14 of the third period, Kelsey Kusch netted a power-play tally at 19:23 to pull Adrian into the tie Friday night. On Saturday, Adrian scored two in the first and held on the rest of the way as Jade Walsh made 21 saves. Again, might we see Adrian drop a spot or hold steady? It’s in the hands of the voters now.

No. 6 Gustavus Adolphus swept Augsburg in a home-and-home series. Lindsey Hibbard turned aside all 10 shots she faced Friday night and Carolyn Draayer scored two in a 5-0 victory. Saturday night, Gustavus Adolphus rallied with two late third-period goals from Draayer at 12:04 and Rachel Skoglund at 16:02 to give Gustavus the 2-1 win and weekend sweep.

Wisconsin-River Falls won two on the road at St. Scholastica, getting a 4-2 win Friday night and a 4-1 win Saturday. Alice Cranston had two goals and an assist and Chloe Kinsel a goal plus two helpers Friday for the No. 7 Falcons, followed by Karleigh Wolkerstorfer picking up two goals Saturday. Angie Hall faced just five shots, kicking out four on Saturday, while at the other end, Lindsey Hartfiel stopped 33 shots.

Lake Forest made some noise, splitting with No. 8 Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Lake Forest scored two in the second and three in the third in a 5-2 win Friday night behind Michelle Greeneway’s two-goal, one-assist outing, but Wis.-Stevens Point rebounded to gain a 7-5 win the next night with five unanswered goals after trailing 5-2 late in the second period. What do you think? Does Stevens Point drop in the rankings?

No. 10 Bowdoin was the other ranked team that failed to grab four points, going to a 2-2 tie with Wesleyan Friday night and coming back with a 2-0 win Saturday. Julie Dachille salvaged the tie for Bowdoin Friday with her goal at 16:52 of the third. Lan Crofton stopped all 30 shots Saturday to give the Polar Bears the win.

Jordan Verleye’s goal 1:51 into overtime pushed Hamline past St. Olaf 3-2 on Friday and Williams and Hamilton played to a scoreless tie that same night. Sam Walther (Hamilton, 20 saves) and Christina Cleroux (Williams, 27 saves) each posted perfect nights. Cleroux made 20 saves in a 2-0 shutout the next night.

On Friday, Bridget Smith stopped all 16 to lead Oswego over Chatham 2-0 Friday. Taylor Neisen kicked out all 17 as St. Thomas blanked St. Catherine 4-0 and Sydney Belinskas stopped all 15 in Trinity’s 9-0 win over Sacred Heart.

Emily Bondrager’s goal 5:29 into the third period proved to be the game-winner Friday as St. Norbert edged Finlandia 2-1 before the Green Knights roared back for a 10-1 win on Saturday.

Holy Cross goalie Alexandra Stevenson picked up a seven-save shutout over New England College Saturday and St. Mary’s goalie Tori Hermann notched a 24-save goose egg Saturday against Bethel.

The big game ahead this week is a Tuesday night special as now-No. 3 Norwich is at No. 1 Plattsburgh. Expect a tournament-like atmosphere.

Weekend picks: Jan. 16

We get back to conference play this weekend after what has seemed like an eternity of nonconference games.

Candace and Matt get out their respective crystal balls to pick this weekend’s top games.

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 16-17

No. 9 Amherst at No. 4 Middlebury
Candace: I have to think this is a split, but which night? Middlebury 4-2, Amherst 3-2
Matt: Wow. This set could go either way. Does Amherst have the firepower to at least win one? Can Middlebury sweep? Might be too close to call, but I’ll go with a split here as Middlebury wins Friday night, 4-3, and then Amherst gets an overtime win Saturday night. I have Emily Flom as the OT hero.

No. 7 Wisconsin-River Falls at St. Scholastica
Candace: I have trouble seeing this as anything but a River Falls sweep. Wis.-River Falls 4-1, 4-2
Matt: St. Scholastica is unranked, yes, but does have a respectable 7-6-1 record. Not too shabby by any means. River Falls is 11-3-0 and on paper, the better team stats-wise. And the better team this weekend wins-wise as the Falcons sweep the Saints. Angie Hall gets a shutout Friday night.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

No. 3 Norwich at No. 1 Plattsburgh 
Candace: The game of the week. Can anybody stop the Cardinals? Possibly, but I don’t see if happening this time. Plattsburgh 4-2
Matt: Norwich plays St. Anselm and Castleton this coming weekend and should win both, but then the quick turnaround to play the top-ranked Cardinals? Yikes. I see Plattsburgh winning 6-3 over a tired Cadets’ squad after winning both this weekend at William Smith.

Weekend wrap: Jan. 12

This past weekend in the women’s Division III circles saw tournaments played, upsets posted, and all in all, dynamite action across the country.

Kicking off the weekend Friday night, unranked Connecticut College upset No. 10 Bowdoin 2-1. Kate Kohl scored both, including the game-winner midway through the third period. Bowdoin took the split with a 3-1 win Saturday on the strength of two Rachel Kennedy goals.

The marquee matchup of the weekend Sunday did not disappoint, as No. 2 Elmira defeated No. 3 Norwich 5-3. Cassidy Delainey scored a pair of goals for Elmira in front of 375 fans at the Murray Athletic Center. Ashton Hogan’s goal with 4:50 left in the second period stood as the game-winner, and Ashley Ryan added an empty-netter at 19:49 of the third period. Look for both teams to hold steady in this week’s USCHO.com Division III Women’s Poll.

Norwich had defeated Utica 2-1 on Friday night to start its weekend.

Logan Taylor’s goal at 17:21 of the third period was all No. 7 Adrian needed to beat No. 5 Gustavus Adolphus in a 1-0 win Friday night. Jade Walsh made 17 saves for the Bulldogs, who finished out the weekend with a 4-1 win over St. Mary’s the next night as four different players scored and Walsh contributed an assist on Kristin Lewicki’s game-winning goal late in the second period.

Gustavus topped Lake Forest by a 2-1 count on Saturday.

No. 4 Middlebury took care of business with a 3-1 win over Wesleyan Saturday night. Julia Wardwell had a goal and an assist for the Panthers.

No. 9 Amherst edged Colby 2-1 on Saturday behind two goals from Tori Salmon, sweeping the weekend series. Amherst started the series with a 3-1 win Friday night, as Emily Flom and Erin Martin each registered a goal and an assist and Breanna Sullivan rang up two assists.

No. 6 Wisconsin-River Falls took a pair of one-goal games against Concordia (Minn.), winning 3-1 Friday and 2-1 Saturday. Goalie Kylie Hommerding made 11 saves Saturday after Angie Hall stopped 12 in the opening games.

Wisconsin-Stevens Point, which entered last weekend eighth in the country, swept St. Thomas with a 3-1 win Friday night and then edged out a 3-2 OT win on Saturday, as Shauna Bollinger was the hero 3:22 into extra time.

Marian won both against Hamline, including a 2-0 shutout Sunday afternoon as Amanda Alexander kicked out all 28 shots she faced.

Oswego turned in two wins at the St. Michael’s Tournament with a 2-0 win over Plymouth State (Bridget Smith 13-save shutout) and then a 3-1 win over host St. Michael’s (Toni Trovato 19 saves). Hamilton put up two five-goal games in downing St. Michael’s 5-1 and Plymouth State 5-3.

The Rutland Herald Invitational saw Stevenson beat host Castleton 4-1 Friday and then Castleton beat Manhattanville 3-1 Saturday and Stevenson fall to Holy Cross 3-2, also on Saturday, as Izzy Bagi’s goal at 18:44 of the third period stood as the winner for the Crusaders. Kara Violette had tied the game for Holy Cross at 17:50 of the second.

Weekend picks: Jan. 9

The weather outside is frightful, but inside, women’s Division III games this weekend should be delightful.

Two tournaments dot this weekend’s schedule on top of several ranked teams taking the ice.

As has become an exciting part of the weekend, women’s editor Candace Horgan and women’s writer Matt Mackinder take their picks on the wins and losses for the games ahead.

Friday, Jan. 9

No. 7 Adrian at No. 5 Gustavus Adolphus
Candace: Something tells me the road team is poised for a strong second half. Adrian 3-2
Matt: Another contest that is sure to be a nail-biter. Both of these teams have it all, but Gustavus has a smidge more and gets a 2-0 shutout here with Lindsey Hibbard in net.

Friday/Saturday, Jan. 9-10

St. Michael’s Tournament (St. Michael’s, Oswego, Plymouth State, Hamilton)
Candace: I like the Lakers over the home team in this tournament. Oswego 3, Plymouth State 1, St. Michael’s 2, Hamilton 1, Oswego 3-2
Matt: No ranked teams here, but expect some solid competition. Oswego is the only team better than .500 with a 7-2-0 mark, so I’ll go with the Lakers here.

Rutland Herald Invitational (Stevenson, Castleton, Manhattanville, Holy Cross)
Candace: I’ll pick my alma mater to take it over Castleton. Castleton 3, Stevenson 1, Holy Cross 4, Manhattanville 2, Holy Cross 3-1
Matt: Again, no ranked teams doesn’t mean the games aren’t meaningful. All four teams in this one are .500 or better, so picking a winner is a tough decision. That said, I’ll go out on a limb and say Castleton gets two wins to take the crown.

Sunday, Jan. 11

No. 3 Norwich at No. 2 Elmira
Candace: Last weekend, Elmira faced the No. 4 team, Middlebury, and tied. Something tells me the Soaring Eagles get the win here. Elmira 2-1
Matt: Wow. Talk about Happy New Year! This game will be everything a playoff game or even a national tournament game should be. So with both teams stacked in all areas, what gives? Do we call it a tie? Nope, no cowardice here. I say Elmira wins it in overtime on an Ashley Ryan goal.


Weekend wrap: Jan. 5

As the New Year rolls around, so do meaningful games in the women’s Division III ranks – and there were several this past weekend, all nonconference affairs.

Two tournaments dotted the weekend’s games as Adrian hosted its own tournament and Massachusetts-Boston brought in three other teams for the Codfish Bowl.

No. 9 Adrian beat Williams 3-1 and then Connecticut College 9-0.

The Bulldogs handed the Camels their first loss of 2014-15 by dominating the first period with five goals and having Jade Walsh got the shutout with an eight-save outing. Devyn Fitzhenry notched a hat trick for Adrian in the win.

Williams downed St. Olaf in the third-place game.

Stevenson won the Codfish Bowl on Saturday with a 3-2 overtime win against Mass.-Boston as Brooke Webber scored 9:22 into the extra session. UMB had topped Canton and Stevenson defeated Chatham 4-3 to open the event Friday.

Ariana Bourque’s goal seven seconds into the OT gave Bowdoin a 4-3 win over No. 8 St. Thomas Friday night. The Tommies then surrendered four unanswered third-period goals Saturday en route to a 7-4 loss to Trinity. That game was tied 3-3 after two periods.

Bowdoin finished out its weekend with a 4-1 win at Hamline on Saturday.

The marquee matchup of the weekend had No. 4 Middlebury at No. 2 Elmira on Saturday, but no bragging rights came out of it, as the game wound up a 2-2 tie. Katie Mandigo’s goal at 13:19 of the third period tied the game for Middlebury. Erin Weston scored both goals for Elmira, and Soaring Eagles’ goalie Kyle Nelson finished with 35 saves. Madeline Marsh made 26 saves for the Panthers.

Seventh-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point earned a split in a home-and-home with St. Norbert. UWSP won 5-2 on Friday at home before falling by the same score Saturday. Janna Beilke-Skoug made 48 saves for the Pointers in the first game, while Brianna Kelly finished with 22 for the Green Knights in Saturday’s rematch.

No. 10 Amherst swept its road weekend with a 3-1 win Saturday over Holy Cross and then a 3-2 victory Sunday over Southern Maine. Alex Toupal scored the game-winner Saturday with 1:40 to play in regulation and then Brenna Sullivan provided the drama Sunday afternoon with the winner at 17:41 of the third period.

Saturday also saw a scoreless tie between Marian and St. Catherine. Amanda Alexander stopped 37 shots in goal for the Sabres and Abbi White turned aside 29 for the Wildcats.

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