Six for 2014

The following have demonstrably improved their play during 2013. It’s a good bet that they will continue in 2014

Tori Charron, Norwich: The senior forward who led the nation in goals a year ago with 30, is back, stressing opposing goaltenders with aplomb. Charron finished off the 2013 portion of the Cadets’ schedule with a six game point streak that was composed of six goals and six helpers. Charron’s contributions to the Cadets’ pursuits are glaring. She has registered six game winning goals and three power play markers thus far. In her second season with Norwich, the former Elmira College skater has amassed 88 goals and 41 assists in 89 career games.

Isabel Waidacher, St. Scholastica: Performing with all the cache of a veteran, the Switzerland born freshman has recorded seven multi-point outings in 11 games. Her five goals, eight point offensive outburst against Finlandia arrived in just her third game as a collegian.

Allison Era, Plattsburgh: The Glendale, AZ, senior has anchored the outstanding Cardinals defense that is apparently unsolvable as seen through the early going. Era, always an offensive threat, has a team-high 13 assists.

Megan Myers, Utica: Myers has scored points in all eight of the Pioneers games thus far, racking up seven goals and 14 points. The Las Vegas, NV, forward is well ahead of her all-time best, points-per-game average of 1.60, which she registered in her sophomore season. Myers has been an important cog in the Pioneers current six game win streak.

McKenzie Taggart, Stevenson: As an independent program in only its second season, the Mustangs are in the infancy of constructing a base for the future. Taggart has been at the forefront in that regard; finishing as leading scorer a year ago. Taggart has netted 11 goals thus far; good enough for fifth in D-III action. The sophomore forward is also tied for second with six power play goals. Taggart, who notched the first hat-trick in the Mustangs brief history in an 8-4 loss to St. Benedict earlier the month, will have an opportunity to add another entry into the record book, as she is two points shy of eclipsing the 13 points she finished with last season.

Janna Beilke-Skoug, Wisconsin-Stevens Point:  Beilke-Skoug has seen a touch over 600 minutes of play in 2013; ranking her third in the country. The juniors’ positive progression has been a boon for the Pointers who rank seventh in overall team defense. Beilke-Skoug has dramatically reworked her numbers. Her GAA has fallen from 2.41 in 2012-13 to 1.49 currently and her save percentage has followed suit, increasing from .907 to .948. Beilke-Skoug stands at 8-1-1 at the break, a marked improvement from her 5-6-2 of last season.



Women’s D-III wrap: Dec. 16

Fine week for WIAC
For the three seasons prior to this year, Gustavus Adolphus had built a brilliant 44-0-4 record on home ice. An early season, one-goal defeat put an end to the stellar streak. In the final game before the semester break however, the Golden Gusties were stung once again at home, taking a 3-0 loss at the hands of visiting No. 10 Wisconsin-River Falls. Gustavus Adolphus had not been on the losing end of a regular season shutout since a 0-0 tie with Trinity on Jan. 14, 2011. Wis.-River Falls senior Katie Batters had a pair of goals in the win, but her first of the night was all that was required to trip up the No. 6 Golden Gusties. Batters’ unassisted short-handed tally occurred 13 seconds into the third period. Falcons freshman forward Jenna Ulberg precipitated the short-handed situation when was sent to the box for checking at 18:33 of the second. Batters, the top goal scorer for the Falcons with seven, had been held without a score in her last three games before taking to the sheet at Don Roberts Ice Arena. Batters closed out the festivities with an empty-netter with a helper from Brook Story with six seconds left in regulation. Ashley Kuechle turned aside 25 shots in gaining her third shutout of the year. The Falcons held the Golden Gusties leading scorer, sophomore Allison Eder-Zdechlik, to two shots on goal in the game, both coming in the first 40 minutes of action. Both of the Golden Gusties losses at home this season have come at the hands of teams from the WIAC.

The WIAC has had a significant role in what has become a weekly merry-go-round of suitors for the lower end of the USCHO poll rankings. Overall, the four entities in the conference have combined for a 16-5-6 nonconference record. Factoring out Wis.-Eau Claire,  the numbers improve to 15-1-4. Wis.-River Falls is the lone team to take a nonconference hit, a 5-3 loss to Bethel.

St. Thomas coach Tom Palkowski could have concluded 2013 by achieving his 100th career win with the Tommies, but visiting Wis.-Stevens Point concocted an opposite scenario with a pair of weekend victories in the Tommies’ home building. Cassandra Salmen scored two third-period goals last Friday in a tight 3-2 Pointers win. On Saturday, St. Thomas had a hefty advantage on shots on goal over Stevens Point, but it proved to be all for naught as Megan Nickelson’s winner at 10:39 left in regulation capped a 1-0 win for the Pointers. Palkowski currently stands at 98 wins. The Tommies open the 2014 with a home-and-home series with St. Norbert on January 4.

Women’s D-III picks: Dec. 13-14

A spattering of nonconference play shuts the door on the 2013 portion of the schedule. A few top-ranked teams and aspiring top 10 clubs are in action, however. This is how it plays out.

Friday, Dec. 13

Wisconsin-River Falls at Gustavus Adolphus
The Golden Gusties managed a 2-2 tie with the Falcons last Wednesday night on Allison Eder-Zdechlik’s tally with one second remaining in regulation. Both of the visitors goals were power-play scores. The tie allowed the Gusties to up their consecutive unbeaten streak to eight. The Falcons have rebounded nicely from a 2-3-0 start to reel off six straight contests without a defeat. In that span, the River Falls defense has allowed just eight goals. Senior goalie Ashley Kuechle has been rock solid for River Falls, but the Golden Gusties are virtually untouchable on home ice. Gustavus Adolphus 3-1

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 13-14

Wisconsin-Superior at Marian
Marian will be skating for the first time on home ice since Nov. 16. The return home however, might not be pleasant given the opponent, No.9 Wisconsin-Superior. The Sabres have a single win against opponents with a .500 record or above. Junior forward Amanda Waigand is averaging 1.33 points per game and has knocked home six of the seven power play goals that the Sabres have realized.

The Yellowjackets have six skaters who have recorded four goals or more through the 11 games played thus far. Dani Schultz heads the team with 12 points, but has not scored a goal in her last eight outings. If any offensive deficiencies arise in the series however, Superior is more than adequately equipped to take control in its own end. The Yellowjackets have been solid with the penalty kill (90.0 percent) and have allowed just 1.73 points against per contest. Junior goalie Shanley Peters has been iron clad in playing the third most minutes in the nation while ranking 13 in save percentage. Wisconsin-Superior 5-1, 4-2

Bethel vs. Wisconsin-Eau Claire (home and home)
Bethel has posted impressive numbers through the early portion of the season. A pair of weekend wins here would give them six straight games without a defeat. The Royals rank 11 in team offense, while Wisconsin-Eau Claire has dropped to 43 overall. A paltry  power play has produced four goals in 45 tries for the Blugolds, whose last and only victory came last Nov. 8. A week later, Eau Claire impressively battled Wisconsin-Superior in a 2-2 tie. Although they were outshot 48-19, coach Mike Collins’ club used an early third-period score by sophomore forward Ashley Baugher to secure the deadlock. It’s unlikely that the Royals will be dealt a similar hand. Bethel goes into the break with a pair of wins. Bethel 6-1, 6-2

Wisconsin-Stevens Point at St. Thomas
Wis.-Stevens  Point goalie Janna Beilke-Skoug and Tommies goaltender Alise Riedel will likely be in the limelight in this weekend series. Riedel reached the 40-win career mark last week in a pair of strong performances against Concordia (Minn.) in which she allowed one goal in 125 minutes of action. Beilke-Skoug is seventh in the nation in save percentage. Both clubs have average power play units at this point. The Tommies penalty kill has been slightly more efficient than their weekend opposition. St. Thomas 4-3, Wisconsin Stevens Point 2-1

Women’s D-III wrap: Dec. 9

The aptly named ‘trap’ game reared up this week, further clouding the normal thought procedures that characterize the top 10. The ECAC-East provided a few surprising finishes, while the NESCAC and NCHA also delivered their share of interesting twists. Heading into the break, only Plattsburgh (9-0-1) remains unbeaten following previously unbeaten St. Scholastica’s most recent defeat.

Unheralded Bisons trip Valiants
No. 10 Manhattanville ran into a buzz saw of sorts in the opening game of a home-and-home set with ECAC-East foe Nichols (2-6-0 overall). Friday night at the Terry Connors Rink, Nichols received a pair of goals from Grace Murphy. The second, a power-play tally, arrived with a scant 12 seconds remaining in regulation, propelling the Bisons to a 4-3 triumph. The Valiants’ loss halted a three-game win streak. Nichols improved to 2-3-0 in conference and 2-6-0 overall. Manhattanville was stung by a power play that was rendered a non-factor in an 0-12 performance. The Valiants outshot the Bisons, 53-30. Saturday afternoon, the Valiants, bolstered by junior forward Alla Traun’s sixth score of the year, hung on for a 1-0 win over the Bisons.

Mules struggle against unranked Seahawks, Huskies
Three weeks ago, Colby tagged highly ranked Bowdoin with a pair of one-goal losses. Since then, the Mules have gone 0-2-1 in their last three outings. Colby managed a 3-3 tie with visiting Salve Regina on Friday, and fell to Southern Maine on the road the following afternoon.  Sophomore Megan Fortier had a pair of power-play goals in the third period. The loss to the Huskies continues to be a bright spot for Colby, but the penalty killing unit has slipped to 67.9 percent. In conference play, the Mules are being outshot by a touch over 14 shots per game.

Massachusetts-Boston joins upset weekend
Southern Maine had troubles of its own in Friday’s 3-0 loss to Massachusetts-Boston. Beacons’ goalie Casey Schaejbe earned her first career shutout in the upset. Mass.-Boston opened to the tune of a 1-6-1 record in the early going, but has since tacked up quality wins over the aforementioned Colby and Southern Maine, and a 0-0 tie with Trinity on the road on Saturday.

Saints’ string snapped
St. Scholastica was back at scoring goals at an above-average rate in the opener of its weekend series, with Adrian taking a 7-3 win in the process. The offensive fireworks did not carry over however, as the Bulldogs came back nicely the following afternoon, knocking home a pair of late third-period goals to nab a 3-2 win over the Saints, who came into the week at No. 8. The Adrian triumph snapped a 10-game unbeaten string for the Saints. The clubs posted an interesting array of statistics over the two games. The Saints registered five power-play goals in the opening game, including three straight in the first period in wrangling the momentum from the visitors. In all, the two foes combined for 32 penalties for 97 minutes over the two games. In the opener, the Bulldogs overcame a 2-1 deficit in the third period with goals by Kelsey Kusch and freshman forward Sarah Shureb. Shureb’s game winner, a power-play goal, came with 19 seconds remaining in regulation.

Previously ranked St. Norbert splits
Jenna Brown’s third period goal was the tipping point in Concordia’s (Wisc.) 2-1 victory over St. Norbert on Saturday. The win salvaged a split with the Green Knights and kept the Falcons a point ahead of fifth place St. Norbert in the NCHA standings.

Women’s D-III picks: Dec. 6-11

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7


Adrian at St. Scholastica
Already halfway toward their 14 wins of a year ago, the Saints have the top three scorers in the nation in Nina Waidacher, Isabel Waidacher and Michelle Fischer. St. Scholastica is the lone team with a goals-per-game average of over five. Adrian ranks fourth with a 4.50 average. Most likely, a battle of special teams will decide the outcome. The Saints bring an outstanding power play to the table. Although the hosts have carved out a whopping 41.5 percent success rate with the advantage, the Bulldogs are among the top penalty killing units with a 91.8 percent record. St. Scholastica 5-3, 4-2


Wisconsin-River Falls vs. Wisconsin-Superior (home and home)
Stingy defense has been the norm on both sides recently;,Wis.-River Falls allowing just two scores in its last three, and the Yellowjackets a similar three goals against over the same period. Wis.-River Falls has been involved in a number of early season shootouts, having been involved in five games with combined goals of eight or more. The Yellowjackets’ offense has received outstanding work from forward Dani Schultz who has produced 10 points and three game-winners thus far. Wis.-Superior has not allowed a power-play tally its last 13 attempts. Home advantage goes a long way in this two game set. Wis.-Superior 4,-3 Wis.-River Falls 6-4


St. Olaf at Gustavus Adolphus (home and home)
Mike Carroll’s Golden Gusties rank fourth in the nation in team defense, with eight goals given up in seven games. Contrarily, St. Olaf’s defense has been porous, making the challenge not so favorable for the overmatched Oles. Gustavus Adolphus 6-2, 5-0


Saturday Dec. 7

Colby at Southern Maine
This is the second meeting of two teams with serious top 10 aspirations. The Mules squeezed out a slim 1-0 win with a mid-third period goal in a late November matchup. The Huskies have a slight advantage in offensive play at this point in the season, but have lined up against foes lacking the cache of what Colby has faced thus far. Southern Maine’s opponents have compiled an overall record of 20-32-4, while the Mules have taken on teams that have an overall mark of 15-11-1. Colby is currently 2-2-0 against ranked or previously ranked clubs, while the Huskies are 0-1-0. Southern Maine senior forward Erin Banfield will be the lone skater on the ice who has at least a point-per-game average. Banfield has a registered a pair of game-winning scores as well. Mules’ sophomore Megan Fortier leads the team in goals with four. The power play units on both sides have struggled recently, which very well could be a deciding factor on the USM Ice Arena venue. Colby has shown adeptness on the road, albeit in a small sample, following an eye-opening 3-2 OT win over Bowdoin. Colby 4-3

Sunday Dec. 8

Amherst at Norwich
Amherst’s first week among the top 10 (No. 9) offers up a quality matchup with No. 3 Norwich, which has a seven-game win streak heading into weekend play. The Lady Jeffs’ top three point leaders have been held to a simmer recently, putting up a combined 2-1-3 over the last three games. The Cadets will skate off against Bowdoin on Saturday, while Amherst is idle, which may be meaningful but Norwich at home will be difficult to overtake regardless. Norwich 4-2

Women’s D-III wrap: Dec. 2

Limited conference action characterized the post-Thanksgiving D-III national landscape. Fortunately, the Cardinal-Panther Classic hosted by Middlebury provided three top-ranked squads the opportunity to be the focal point of action last weekend. Certainly, the much sought after go-round between Plattsburgh and Middlebury came to fruition, with the Cardinals squeezing out a well-played 2-0 triumph on Sunday. Fourth-ranked Elmira, unbeaten in ECAC-West play (4-0-0) nabbed a win in the Classic as well, but also took its second loss of the year, both coming against nonconference opponents and both in tournament settings. There were a handful of nonconference battles along the way, but only the three aforementioned teams of the top 10 took to the ice in all.

Cardinal-Panther Classic
Amherst sophomore Eileen Harris had one goal this season prior to taking the ice for the Lady Jeffs in the Cardinal-Panther Classic this past weekend. The fact that the Winnetka, Ill., native added her second of the year at the Classic in a taunt 1-1 tie with Plattsburgh was extremely significant for the Lady Jeffs, who are knocking on the door of the top ten rankings.

The ancillary portion of Harris’s game tying goal is now the focus of a trivia answer, as in who was the first player to score a goal against Plattsburgh? Indeed, Harris’ marker at 18:36 of the second period disrupted a 518 minute string of perfection by Cardinals goaltenders Sydney Aveson, Ally Ross, and freshman Cami Leonard. In 10 games, Plattsburgh goalies have amassed nine shutouts and turned aside 153 of 154 bids for an out-of-the-realm save percentage of .994. Not unexpectedly given her lofty numbers (7-0-1, 0.12 GAA), Aveson has led the nation in nearly every category. Following the Cardinal-Panther Classic of 2013, the Harris/Aveson duo will be forever linked.

Middlebury (No. 2) added three late, final period goals in a 5-3 in a comeback victory over No. 4 Elmira at the Kenyon Arena in Saturday’s Cardinal-Panther opener. Senior forward Sara Ugalde provided the decisive goal with help from sophomore Julia Wardwell, who garnered her first point of the season.

Amherst outshot Elmira in Sunday’s action 29-15, but fell to the Soaring Eagles on an early third-period score by Erin Weston. Weston is two short of her career season best of seven goals that she put together last season. Lady Jeffs goalie Kerri Stuart, who took her first loss of the campaign, was seeking her 25th career win.

Visiting Plattsburgh (No. 1) ventured onto the ice at Kenyon Arena with the highest-ranked defense in the country and a top five spot in offensive efficiency against host Middlebury (No. 2), slotted in few ticks below in both categories, in an anticipated matchup that capped off the Cardinal-Panther Classic Sunday afternoon. In a game that was relatively evenly played, it was Plattsburgh’s Giovanna Senese who registered the game-winner in the second period. Senese added her second of the afternoon midway through the final period to wrap it up for the Cardinals. Senese has accumulated five points in her last four games. Each team finished with 21 shots on goal and the penalty killing units were solid as the Cardinals held the Panthers to a 0-for-3 day, while Plattsburgh failed to connect in both skater-advantage opportunities they possessed.

Pipers halt fall
Hamline’s sweep of Marian in nonconference action provided the Sabres with their third successive defeat. The Pipers (2-5-1 overall), who have yet to pencil in a ‘W’ in the MIAC standings (0-3-1), ended a six game winless skid. Senior defenseman Jessica Hunt notched her first goal of the season, a dramatic one at that, when she beat Marian goalie Ali Glazer with 26 seconds remaining in regulation for a 3-2 win in the opener.

Lane led Polar Bears back even
Formerly top 10 ranked Bowdoin edged its overall record back to .500 with a 2-1 road win over host Holy Cross Saturday afternoon in nonconference action. Both of the goals came off the stick of senior co-captain Madeline Lane, who netted the winner with 2:10 to go in the third.  Lane’s two scores were off the power play. The Polar Bears, tied for 27th in team offense with Salve Regina, managed a scant 13 shots on Crusaders goalie Krista Manzanares, while Holy Cross concluded play with 29 on Bowdoin’s Beth Findley. The Polar Bears and Hamilton are the two remaining clubs without a NESCAC win thus far.

Women’s D-III Picks Nov. 29-Dec. 1

Saturday Nov. 30, Sunday Dec.1

Cardinal-Panther Classic

Prestigious as it may be, the Cardinal-Panther Classic will be further enhanced by a matchup between the top two teams in Division-III hockey. No. 1 Plattsburgh (8-0-0) and Middlebury at 4-0-0 will highlight their long-standing rivalry on the second day of play. Elmira and Amherst close out the outstanding field that could very well be a preview of post-season play. Defensively, Middlebury’s Annabelle Jones and Plattsburgh’s Sydney Aveson currently rank first and fourth in the nation in goals against average. Add in Elmira’s Lisa Marshall and Kerri Stewart of Amherst and the starting goaltenders in the Classic are a combined 15-1-1 and a collective GAA under 1.00. Not to be outdone by the defensive aspect of the game, the Classic will offer up a prime opportunity for snipers like Plattsburgh forwards Shannon Stewart (8 goals) and Jenny Kistner (7 goals) to shine. A year ago the Cardinals came into the weekend ranked No. 1 while Elmira was No. 4 and the Panthers a slot behind in the USCHO poll. Middlebury took out Elmira 4-3 in overtime but fell to Plattsburgh in a 3-2 thriller.


Plattsburgh vs. Amherst

The Lady Jeffs, hovering just outside the top ten, were hammered by an 8-3 final a year ago by the Cardinals. Plattsburgh brings numbers that are off the charts to the Classic. Plattsburgh 6, Amherst 1

Elmira vs. Middlebury

Junior defenseman Kate Moreau and Carly Watson can move the puck smoothly from the Panthers end, adding a different dimension to the Middlebury offensive efforts that is spread throughout the roster. The advantage of playing at Kenyon Arena adds to the edge. Middlebury 3, Elmira 2


Elmira vs. Amherst

Ashley Ryan came into the weekend with a seven game point streak for the Soaring Eagles. Elmira’s specialty teams have a slight edge on their opponents in this one. Elmira 4, Amherst 2

Plattsburgh vs. Middlebury

In a game overflowing with talent and bolstered by eye-popping statistics on both sides, the expectation of a tightly played is well within the realm of possibility. Defense will shine in this one. Plattsburgh 2, Middlebury 1


Saturday Nov. 30, Sunday Dec. 1

Buffalo State at Utica

One of a handful of conference games on the docket this week heads to Utica Memorial Auditorium where Buffalo State is looking for its initial victory of the season. It’s been a tough go for first year Bengals head coach Candice Moxley whose club has been out shot 319 to 119 over the course of seven games. Freshman forward Nikki Kirchberger who has registered five of the nine Bengals goals is indeed an offensive prospect but she has been in the penalty box for a team high 27 minutes. The Pioneers have spread out the scoring team wide as nine different goal scorers have made their presence known. Utica goalie Jennifer Hamel having played every minute for her club could get an opportunity a night off if the Pioneers happen to be decisive in the opener. Utica 5, Buffalo 0, Utica 6, Buffalo 1

Non-Conference Saturday Nov. 30

Bowdoin at Holy Cross

Being on the wrong side of a pair of upsets at the outset of the schedule should have little impact on the Polar Bears once they get back on track. Bowdoin’s specialty teams have been effective and that alone should make the trip to Hart Center an interesting one. The Crusaders took their first defeat on home ice against St. Anselm last week. Bowdoin and Holy Cross have a common opponent as both have tangled with Massachusetts-Boston. Each team has come away with a one-goal victory. Bowdoin 3, Holy Cross 3

Women’s D-III wrap: Nov. 25

Lots of positional poll jockeying has been the norm the over the past two weeks, particularly in the bottom half of the top 10. This weekend was no exception, as chronicled below. Overall, the top ten clubs compiled a 14-4-1 record.

Colby stuns Polar Bears
There are road wins, and there are significant road wins. After dropping a pair to No. 2 Middlebury to start the season, Colby, under the watchful eye of first year interim coach Mallory Young, earned the latter with an eye-opening 3-2 overtime victory against No. 8 Bowdoin at Sid J. Watson arena, Friday afternoon. At 4:40 of the OT, Carolyn Fuwa with a helper from Elisa Rascia sealed the win for the Mules, who were outshot 48-20 by the Polar Bears.

Colby had forged a 2-0 lead into the third before Chelsea MacNeil and Schuyler Nardelli evened things up with goals within a span of 5:07. For Colby, the success was its first against Bowdoin in the last six contests. Big win in hand, the Mules were at it again on Saturday at familiar Alfond Arena. Colby senior Samantha Slotnick’s score at 6:00 of the third served as the game-winner that completed the sweep. The Mules, now 2-2-0, last finished over .500 in the regular season back in 2008-09.

WIAC split
No. 7 Wisconsin-Stevens Point and No. 5 Wisconsin-Superior squared off in the lone matchup of the week that featured two schools currently residing in the top 10. The Pointers holding home ice for the two games received a decisive goal from freshman forward Kendall Nelson 5:18 into the third in the opener on the way to a 2-1 win. Nelson’s score was her second of the year. Stevens Point’s Janna Beilke-Skoug continued her long string of consistent efforts in making 19 stops. Skoug’s counterpart at the other end of the rink, senior Shanley Peters who ranks sixth in the nation with a .952 save percentage recorded 33 saves.

The Yellowjackets got back into the swing the following day in piecing together three unanswered goals after the Pointers had forged a 1-0 advantage on Shauna Bollinger’s second goal of the season. Wis.-Superior made good on two of six power plays in the win, in contrast to the previous afternoon when the Pointers played a penalty-free contest. Wis-Superior came into weekend with a five-game win streak against Stevens Point.

Two teams remain unbeaten in ECAC East/West Conference play
St. Anselm carved out two road wins over Salve Regina and Holy Cross last week and in the process upped its record to 5-0-0 in ECAC East action and 7-1-0 overall. Norwich overtook Castleton and New England as well, improving to 6-0-0 in the conference.

Elmira, winless in the season opening East-West Classic, took a 5-1 nonconference triumph over Williams in its only game this week. The Soaring Eagles, currently on a five-game win streak, join Plattsburgh as the two unbeaten outfits in the ECAC West.

NCHA shootout
Lake Forest struck three times in the third period in overcoming a three-goal disadvantage in the first game, settling for a 6-6 result with high-scoring St. Scholastica. Michelle Greeneway potted the final two scores for the Foresters just 1:20 apart. Lake Forest held the nation’s top goal scorer, Nina Waidacher, to one tally on the afternoon. Saturday proved to be an entirely different scenario as the Saints got out in a hurry, taking a 3-1 lead after the first and adding three more unanswered goals in the middle period. Lake Forest scratched out a 45-26 advantage in shots on goal in the loss. Eight different players scored goals for the Saints.

Women’s D-III Picks Nov. 22-26

Two enticing match-ups, both out of the NCHA head this week’s picks. St. Scholastica hosts Lake Forest and Adrian hopes to continue to impress amongst the pollsters in taking on St. Norbert.


Friday Nov. 22

Massachusetts-Boston at Holy Cross

The Crusaders have made the most of play at friendly Hart Athletic Center, winning both home contests. Massachusetts-Boston came back from a 3-0 deficit on the road against ranked Manhattanville, closing the gap to 3-2 before the Valiants sealed the win with an empty net score. The Beacons concluded the game with a 42-25 advantage in shots on goal. It’s evident that the Beacons can put shots on opposing goalies in quantity. With a team shot percentage of 4.5 percent however, making those bids count will be the key against the Crusaders who are hitting the mark at nearly triple the rate of MB.  Holy Cross 4, Massachusetts-Boston 2


Friday Nov. 22, Saturday Nov. 23

St. Norbert at Adrian

Freshman Rachel Koppang leads the Green Knights in scoring but has been held to one goal over her last three games. Fortunately, forwards Ali Parker and Lauren Roethlisberger have reeled in the slack combining for four goals and six helpers over the span. Adrian’s Kelsey Kusch has created havoc for opposing defenders as evidenced by her 11 points. Additionally, the Bulldogs specialty teams have numbers in their favor. Kusch has led a power play that is steaming along with a 26.1 percentage. Adrian 5 St. Norbert 3, Adrian 3 St. Norbert 3

Lake Forest at St. Scholastica

The offensive numbers are bound to add up to the gaudy level with this anticipated early season set. Both clubs average over 40 shots per game and the respective power play units are dangerous- St. Scholastica checks in at 41.4 percent while the visitors are hitting at 32.1. The Foresters Michelle Greeneway is 2-3-5 over her last two, and Morgan Pope has registered two multi goal games thus far. More than a few sub plots in this one including opposing goalies and cousins Casey Hartfiel and the Saints Lindsay Hartfiel. St. Scholastica 5-3, 4-3


Saturday Nov. 23, Sunday Nov.24

Oswego at Chatham

Oswego has had eleven different players score goals through its six games. Catherine Cote and Bridget Smith have allowed just seven goals combined in splitting time in net for the Lakers. Chatham’s penalty killing crew has been solid with a 90-plus success rate and freshman Brianna Rice has made a large impact on the offensive front but the Cougars will have to get a full collective effort this time out. Oswego 6-1, 5-0


Friday Nov.22, Saturday Nov.23

St. Olaf at St. Thomas    home and home

The Oles gave Wisconsin-Stevens Point a scare in a 3-2 overtime loss in the season opener. Last week they provided another strong effort in a 4-2 defeat against Adrian. Seniors Mary-Grace Flesher and Jenny Saxon give the Tommies a flash of pop up upfront. A sweep in this series puts the victorious team in the mix in regard to the early MIAC standings. St. Thomas 2-1, St. Olaf 3-1

Women’s D-III wrap: Nov. 18

Hopes of a successful weekend came to an abrupt halt for a pair of top-10 clubs this week. The upsets both  came out of the WIAC and NCHA. Back east, the polar opposite was on the menu for top-ranked Plattsburgh, which rolled past Buffalo State in a pair of shutouts. Through six outings, the Cardinals have yet to allow a goal.

Wisconsin-Stevens Point poised to shuffle polls
Cassandra Salmen needed a scant nine seconds of overtime to propel unranked Wis.-Steven Point to a sweep of No. 6 Wisconsin-River Falls. Salmen’s goal finished off a 5-4 win for the Pointers, who had constructed a 2-1 win the previous afternoon. In the opener, it was a late third-period score by Emily Lester that finished off the Falcons. A common thread in both successes was the crisp play of Pointers goalie Janna Beilke-Skoug. The junior goaltender, who entered the series with a .981 save percentage, finished with 65 saves combined while advancing her record to 4-0-1.

The Pointers held Falcons top scorer Katie Batters to one shot on goal in the opener, and most importantly, scoreless for the weekend. Classmate Brook Story and freshman Karleigh Wolkerstorfer were kept off the score sheet entirely in the initial game. Skoug rebuffed 32 shots in the win, while the Pointers registered 13 shots on River Falls goalkeeper Gillian McDonald. Wolkerstorfer got on track in the overtime game, putting two past Skoug, including the go-ahead score six minutes into the third, but Meredith Ingbretson evened the game 2:14 later, setting the scene for Salmen’s extra-time winner. The Pointers were booted from the playoffs last spring after the Falcons unleashed a 7-0 lopsided win in WIAC semifinals.

Saints surprise
Over time, St. Scholastica’s double win over No. 9 St. Norbert last weekend might not be described as an upset. At this juncture of the season however, the unranked Saints certainly raised some eyebrows, with both victories coming at the Green Knights Resch Olympic Pavilion. Nina Waidacher, the nation’s leading goal scorer, upper her total to 14 on the season with a pair in each game, including the game-winner in Friday’s 3-2 victory.

The Saints trailed 1-0 in the opening moments of the second period in game two before racking up three goals, one by each of the Waidacher trio (Nina, Isabel and Monika) in a stretch of just over 10 minutes in capping the victory. St. Norbert outshot the Saints in both losses. The Green Knights, who entered 2013-14 with a 15-10-1 home record over the previous two seasons, are 1-2-1 thus far at Resch.

Plattsburgh offense hits high notes yet again.
Fresh off a tight 1-0 win over nonconference opponent Castleton State the previous week, Plattsburgh got back at it in earnest in a 7-0 drubbing of Buffalo State at home Saturday afternoon. Jenny Kister collected a hat trick for the Cardinals, who fired 60 shots on Bengals goalie Jordan Lane. Perhaps the most telling statistic was a 23-0 edge by the home club in shots on goal in the middle period. Sunday afternoon, coach Kevin Houle’s club offered up a similar performance in an 8-0 knockout. On this occasion, it was Mel Ames who provided the Cards with a three-goal output. Plattsburgh won the shots on goal battle to the tune of 55 to 11. Freshman Cami Leonard, starting her first game of the season, made 11 saves in the shutout.

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