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.

Women’s D-III Picks Nov. 15-19


Holy Cross at Norwich
Senior forward Tori Charron, who led the nation with 30 goals last season, is off to a lightning start for the Cadets with six goals, including a pair against her former school, Elmira, in the East-West Showcase. The Cadets have benefited from solid, early play from freshman goalie Taylor Fairchild. The Crusaders have displayed outstanding defense thus far. In addition, the special teams have thrived, as evidenced by a 91.7 percent penalty kill and 36.4 percent power play. Difficult call; Cadets like their home barn though. Norwich 3-2

Nichols at St. Anselm
First-year bench boss Wil Brown’s club will be in for all that it can handle against the Hawks, whose lone hiccup thus far was watching a three-goal lead disappear in a 5-4 loss to Neumann last week. The Nichols contingent is aware that the home club will be taking on Manhattanville the following afternoon. Focus wins it for the Hawks. St. Anselm 5-2

Manhattanville at Massachusetts-Boston
The Beacons have been successful on just one of 13 power-play opportunities. Their lack of scoring thus far is palatable. The Valiats, coming off a hard-nosed East-West Showcase, are poised to match their results to their lofty ranking in the USCHO poll. Manhattanville 6-1


Elmira at Potsdam
Elmira’s Ashley Ryan, Tanis Lamoureux and Erin Weston have produced in a big way for the Soaring Eagles up front. Potsdam barely squeezed out a season opening 4-3 win in a nonconference battle with St. Michaels, but the defense has shown hints of improvement since. Elmira 5-1


Friday-Saturday, Nov. 15-16

Wisconsin-River Falls at Wisconsin-Stevens Point
There’s a lot to consider when previewing what could be the most interesting matchup of the week. Katie Batters and Brook Story have combined for five goals on 11 shots for a Wis.-River Falls squad that features offensive depth. The Pointers, by contrast, are unlikely to keep up with the Falcons in the offensive zone, but will rely on junior goalie Janna Beilke-Skoug to anchor defensively. Beilke-Skoug had a season-high 38-save performance against the Falcons in a 5-4 loss last December. Wisconsin-River Falls 3-2, 4-3


Friday-Saturday, Nov. 15-16

Gustavus Adolphus at Concordia (Minn.)
This two-game set is an opportune time for first year coach Sarah Erickson to move the Cobbers in the right direction in the MIAC, particularly against the Gusties, who are seeking their 10th straight league title under Mike Carroll. Gustavus Adolphus has outshot its opponents by an average of 10 shots per contest. Concordia’s offense has yet to unwind, as the Cobbers have a lone goal in their first three starts. Gustavus Adolphus 4-0, 5-3


Friday-Saturday, Nov. 15-16

St. Scholastica at St. Norbert
The teams split their regular season set last year, but the Green Knights copped a 2-1 victory in the NCHA tournament. The talented Waidacher sisters have accounted for nearly 70 percent of the Saints goals through the early going. St. Norbert’s front line has been productive, led by freshman Rachel Koppang and junior Ali Parker. St. Norbert 5-4, 6-3

Women’s D-III Wrap: Nov. 11

Waidacher’s wicked weekend
High scoring sisters Isabel and Nina Waidacher rendered the St. Scholastica record book in need of serious revision after an abundant display of offense in the Saints’ initial look at NCHA action. Isabel finished with 15 (six goals, nine assists) points in the two-game home set with Finlandia at Mars Lakeview Arena, while Nina, who led the conference with 40 points a year ago, finished with 13 on eighth goals and five helpers in 10-0, and 10-2 victories past the Lions. The Arosa Switzerland, pair, two-thirds of the Waidecher trio that includes senior Monika, had a hand in 16 of 20 goals for the weekend. St. Scholastica improved to 3-0-1 overall

Isabel, a freshman and a member of the Swiss National U-18 squad and a much-heralded addition to coach Jackie MacMillan’s rapidly rising program, gave an early indication of what was to transpire in regard to the record-setting weekend by scoring the first three goals of Friday’s action. Her three even-strength scores transpired within a window of 8:50. Isabel put a pair of power-play goals on the score sheet in the latter two periods for the Saints, who were able to get 20 of their 54 bids on the Lions goaltending duo of Breanna Hynes and Casey Schwartz while skating with an advantage. Nina followed up her eight-point afternoon on Friday with her own take on a five-score performance. Her final three goals of the day were of the power play variety, and were assisted by Isabel and St. Paul, Minn., native Michelle Fischer. Fischer also added a five point effort to her statistical profile.

The Saints have outscored the Lions (0-3-0, 0-3-0) 44-2 over their last five matchups.

Cougars youth infuse sweep
Chatham, 1-15-0 a year ago in ECAC West, delivered a major hit on Buffalo State with a pair of solid road wins. The Cougars prevailed 3-0 in the opener and 5-4 in overtime in securing the sweep. Brianna Rice, a freshman from Newmarket, Ont., collected both game-winning goals for Chatham. Rice has five goals thus far, eclipsing the four compiled by 2012-13 team leader, senior Casey Morfield. Freshman Tara Treloar turned aside 23 shots in the win on Friday.

Rice put forth a fou- point afternoon in the overtime win, the decisive goal arriving 4:22 into extra time with the aid of freshman blue liner McKenzie Haskins. Chatham compiled a 2-1-1 overall record on the four-game swing that kicked off the season. Six straight home games are in store for the Cougars, starting with two against nonconference foe Canton on Nov. 15 and 16.

Elmira regaining form?
After a trying East-West Showcase to commence the season, Elmira was back in the win column after taking two of a home-and-home set with Utica. The Soaring Eagles conceded the first goal before leveling the result with a power-play goal late in the first off the stick of Brooke Wilgosh. After a scoreless second period, Tanis Lamoureux provided the game-winner 2:23 into the third. Lamoureux later notched a pair of helpers later in the third in sealing Elmira’s win. On Sunday at Utica’s Memorial Stadium, coach Dean Jackson’s crew forged a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Erin Weston and Cassidy Delainey before turning it over to goalie Lisa Marshall, who stopped 25 shots. Marshall has a .930 save percentage in hand after this week’s action, and has started all four games.

St. Norbert, Lake Forest settle in closing moments
St. Norbert was outshot, 8-1, in the overtime period and 48-34 in the game, but held on, settling for a 3-3 result with Lake Forest at the Cornerstone Community Center. The Green Knights forced extra play with 60 seconds in regulation on a six-on-five goal by Rachel Koppang. Lake Forest’s power-play unit was 3-for-7 on the afternoon, while the hosts managed just a lone goal in six chances. In what was a near mirror image, particularly from a statistical view, St. Norbert prevailed, snapping a three-all tie with five ticks remaining in the third on a Taylor Giaci score. Green Knights goalie Kaley Gibson collected 40 saves in the triumph after a 45-save effort the previous afternoon.

Yellow Jackets take steps to ascend in USCHO poll
No. 9 Wisconsin-Superior took a win and a tie in a pair of tight nonconference road games with No. 3 Gustavus Adolphus. The Golden Gusties join Manhattanville, Elmira, Wisconsin-River Falls, and Norwich in the group of top 10 teams who have undergone some puzzling losses in the opening two weeks of the season.

Womens D-III picks: Nov 8-12

With conference action taking hold, a number of intriguing matchups are featured this week Here’s our best guess on how things will transpire.

Friday Nov. 8
Plymouth State at Southern Maine
The Panthers take on their third consecutive road test in Gorham against the Huskies who used an early third period score to eke out a 1-0 win over University of New England. PSU has a modicum of experience in their defensive posture, led by senior Tasha Wyatt who got involved in the offensive picture as well with a power play goal. Southern Maine gets the nod on this one however based on the historically consistent play of junior goaltender Liz Bergstrom who garnered a 20-save whitewash in the opener.
Southern Maine 2-1

Saturday Nov 9
Salve Regina at Holy Cross
One of the potentially better match ups this weekend as both entities have the personnel to generate better than average offensive opportunities. The Cross returned 19 from a year ago. Salve’s power play operation needs to get better than the 1 for 11 numbers they put up in a 2-1 win over Neumann last week if they hope to topple HC on the road.
Holy Cross 4-3

Friday Nov 8, Saturday Nov 9
Norwich home and home with St. Michael’s
The Cadets are coming off a close- to- the- vest win over Elmira at the East-West Classic. St. Michael’s is taking baby steps in improving in its own end. Last season’s two game series was an offensive outburst for Norwich. Expect more of the same.
Norwich 7-0, 6-1

Friday Nov 8, Saturday Nov 9
Chatham at Buffalo State
Former assistant coach at Ohio State Candice Moxley gets her first look at her Bengals within the home ice environment. Sophomore Nikki Kirchberger led her club with eight goals a year ago expects to be at the forefront of the offensive efforts once again. Chatham took a lone conference win last season. Its first in the 2013-14 season will be a tough go.
Buffalo State 6-0, 3-1

Saturday Nov 9, Sunday Nov 10
Utica at Elmira
Utica home and home with Elmira
Elmira enters this weekend with an interesting East-West Classic under its belt. The Pioneers have a nice quartet of scoring up front led by Megan Myers but will need a collective full-tilt effort to slip by the Soaring Eagles.
Elmira 4-0, 6-2

Saturday Nov 9, Sunday Nov 10
Oswego at Potsdam
Oswego faces a pair of afternoon dates with a Potsdam team that was lit up by Plattsburgh 8-0 last Tuesday. The Bears, lacking a few key components to their defensive posture from last year’s roster will have to clamp down on a Lakers club that fired 98 shots through its first two outings. Playing in the newly renovated Maxy Ice Arena for the first time provides the home club with a shot of incentive in the opener-albeit not quite enough.
Oswego 4-3, 3-1

Friday Nov 8, Saturday Nov 9
Marian at Adrian
NCHA player of the year Brittany Zeches has left a void for the Bulldogs in net however freshman Jade Walsh’s (.929 save percentage in two NC games) has promise. Adrian’s up front composure, still relatively young, prevails in the both showdowns.
Adrian 3-2, 2-0
Friday Nov 8, Saturday Nov 9
Lake Forest at St. Norbert
Goaltender Kaley Gibson posted a shutout last weekend while Rachel Koppang and Henriette Ostergaard combined for eight points in a two-victory weekend as the Green Knights waste no time in hoping to improve on their 18-10-2 overall campaign. Lake Forest’s split with Adrian at home signals that the Foresters might have a tough go away from home.
St. Norbet 3-2, 5-3

Friday Nov 8, Saturday Nov 9
Finlandia at St. Scholastica
The Lions managed only three goals in a deuce with Concordia to open. The Saints by contrast, can put points on the score sheet. The Waidacher sisters, Nina, Monika and freshman Isabel have quickly made they presence felt.
St. Scholastica 5-1, 4-0

Plattsburgh seizes East-West Classic, Productive new faces for St. Anselm

Cardinals, Balisy prevail in Vermont send off
Whether the 2013-14 edition of the East-West Classic affords a template for future achievement in the spring most likely depends on perspective. Plattsburgh came away from Kreitzberg Arena with arguably the clearest vision of its adeptness in the wake of a 6-0 drubbing of host Norwich on Saturday and a subsequent 1-0 win in which it was bolstered by Bridget Balisy’s first period power-play goal against Manhattanville the following day. With three goals and an assist, Balisy acquired Most Valuable Player honors.

Elmira, fortunate in rising up to erase a two-goal deficit in the third in a 2-2 deadlock against Manhattanville, was less so in a 3-2 loss to Norwich on Sunday. All of the Cadets scores arrived in in the first period.  Norwich junior goalie Taylor Fairchild was awarded her first career start in the victory. Elmira’s power play was rendered inefficient (0-9, vs. Norwich, 1-16 overall) in the two outings.

St. Anselm gets push from freshman
A sparse weekend schedule notwithstanding, St. Anselm got out of the proverbial gate precisely the way it concluded its ECAC-East jaunt in 2012-13. Finishing with seven consecutive victories last February, the Hawks opened with a pair of one-goal, home ice wins over Massachusetts-Boston (2-1) and Sacred Heart (4-3/OT).

Although the graduation of both Kathryn Picarello and Rosemary Giarrusso, who combined for 38 goals and 76 points a year ago, created a glaring omission, St. Anselm ultimately returned six of its eight top scorers to the offensive mix, including senior Courtney Winters, who posted 22-21-43 numbers, good for second in the conference, and junior Tiffany Herron (38 points).

This weekend however, the focus was underscored by a pair of freshman whose presence figured in both outings. Alexandra Starzyk and classmate Chelsea Stanclift were responsible for both markers in the Mass.-Boston go-round, with Starzyk garnering the game-winner by means of the power play in the second period. Mass.-Boston averted a whitewash with four seconds to go in regulation with a six-on-three power play. Starzyk secured her second game-winning goal of the weekend just 29 ticks into the extra period against nonconference foe Sacred Heart. Sophomore Sarah Geisinger centered Starzyk and Herron in the win over the Pioneers. The line totaled four points on the night.

Head coach Kerstin Matthews, in her sixth campaign, is now within eight wins of 100 in her tenure with the Hawks. St. Anselm redirects its collective efforts to the road, where it fashioned a 9-0-2 record in 2012-13 with a pair of nonconference matchups against Neumann.

Oswego on point
Oswego State kicked its new season into play with a 5-0 win over (NC) New England College at the Oswego State Classic. Freshman Ashley Lyman put three points (1-2-3) in her ledger, while senior captain Olivia Boersen scored twice. The Lakers outshot NEC, 48-11, in the game. Sunday, Oswego senior Megan Hagg provided (NC) Castleton State with its initial loss of the year by scoring 2:31 into overtime in securing a 3-2 result. Castleton had edged Cortland, 1-0, in its opener, while Cortland reset with a 4-1 triumph over NEC.

Kivisto tacks on four in split
Wisconsin-River Falls split a pair with Bethel, winning the opener, 5-3, and falling Saturday afternoon by an identical score. Bethel sophomore Caroline Kivisto concluded the weekend with four goals including two of the power-play variety. Wisconsin-Superior pounded on Hamline 12-1 on Friday before finishing the two-game set with 4-2 win. Dani Schultz got both game-winning goals for Wis.-Superior.

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