No rest for the weary
Hockey was played every day but Wednesday over the last week, and five teams took to the ice three times: Princeton, Penn State, St. Lawrence, Clarkson, and Northeastern. The Tigers and Golden Knights won all three.
Now a number of teams head into a bye week, while others, particularly in Hockey East and the CHA, play on.
Champs finding their stride
No. 9 Clarkson looks to have its mojo back as it ran its winning streak to five games after starting 3-3. Junior Shannon MacAulay netted a hat trick on home ice in the Golden Knights’ 5-0 win over St. Lawrence on Tuesday. Rookie defenseman Savannah Harmon had a goal and two assists as Clarkson kept it going with a 5-1 win over Brown. Both MacAulay and Harmon scored power-play goals to produce a 2-1 win at Yale’s expense. Shea Tiley stopped 69 of 71 shots for the week to backstop the three victories.
Program history made
Bemidji State won a series from No. 1 Minnesota for the first time in the two clubs’ 16th year of matching up in the WCHA. The Beavers claimed a 2-2 tie and a shootout win on Friday night. The Gophers came back from a third-period deficit for the third time in six games when Dani Cameranesi tipped in a power-play, extra-attacker goal with 78 seconds left. Rachael Kelly and Lauren Miller had scored for BSU to outdo Kelly Pannek’s first collegiate goal. Brittni Mowat foiled any comeback attempts on Saturday, denying all 36 shots she faced in a 1-0 win. Ivana Bilic scored the game’s only tally in the first period.
Bears discover net
Brown defeated St. Lawrence on Saturday, 7-4. The seven goals are the most that the Bears have scored against a full-time D-I opponent since defeating Union, 8-1, back on Dec. 4, 2004. Brown trailed, 3-2, in the third period before exploding for four goals in nine minutes, the final two 14 seconds apart. Brittany Moorehead and Sam Donovan had two goals with an assist, while Janice Yang scored and added three helpers.
Princeton gets it going
Having played on Sunday night, Princeton and Penn State actually played four games in seven days. After dropping that game, its opener, the Tigers bounced back with a 4-1 win on Monday. Four different Tigers accounted for the goals.
Princeton carried that momentum into ECAC play versus No. 8 Cornell, scoring three times in the first three minutes of the second period to grab a 4-1 lead, and held off a late rally for a 5-4 triumph. Once again, the attack was balanced, with five goal scorers and nine with points, topped by Fiona McKenna, Jaimie McDonell, and Kelsey Koelzer with a pair.
The offense kept clicking against Colgate in a 4-2 victory. Molly Contini scored twice. Kimberly Newell earned wins in all three contests.
How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 2 Boston College kept Providence winless with 8-0 and 4-1 victories. Emily Field, Tori Sullivan, and Alex Carpenter all hit the net twice in Friday’s rout. With five players off to Four Nations on Saturday, Meghan Grieves stepped up with a pair of goals.
Quinnipiac also remained in the unbeaten ranks. The fifth-ranked Bobcats won over Colgate, 4-1, and Cornell, 3-0, and have just allowed three goals total in eight skates. Nicole Connery had two goals and a helper versus the Raiders, while Taylar Cianfarano assisted three times. Emma Woods led with a goal and an assist as Chelsea Laden made it a national-best five shutouts against the Big Red.
No. 3 Wisconsin got a last-minute goal from Brittany Ammerman to salvage a 3-3 tie at No. 10 North Dakota. UND had come back from a two-goal deficit to take a lead on a third-period goal by Becca Kohler, the only shooter to convert in the shootout. The Badgers took the second contest, 3-2. Ammerman and Sarah Nurse scored in both games.
No. 4 Harvard kicked off its campaign by defeating Rensselaer, 4-1, and Union, 5-2. Miye D’Oench opened and closed the scoring against the Engineers. She added a pair of tallies on Saturday, as the Crimson spotted the Dutchwomen an early goal, then took control with a five-goal second period.
No. 7 Mercyhurst swept Robert Morris, 3-0 and 4-1. Eight different Lakers had a single point in the opener, and Amanda Makela notched her fourth shutout of the season. Mikaela Lowalter gave the Colonials the lead on Saturday, but Emily Janiga answered and sealed the win into an empty net.
Boston University defeated Northeastern and New Hampshire by 3-2 and 4-2 scores, respectively. Rebecca Russo broke a 2-2 tie midway through the second period for the No. 6 Terriers versus the Huskies with her second goal of the game. Rebecca Leslie had helpers on both. BU entered a wild third period leading UNH, 1-0, but Amy Schlagel and Nicoline Jensen connected three minutes apart to reverse the advantage. Sarah Lefort tied it up and then hit an empty net after Russo scored another game-winner.
No. 10 Minnesota-Duluth handled Minnesota State, 3-0 and 6-3. In the opener, 59 saves by Erin Krichiver weren’t enough for the Mavericks, who were outshot 28-0 over the final 20 minutes. Kayla Black pitched the shutout, and Jenna McParland tallied twice. MSU rallied to take a 3-2, third-period lead on Sunday, but the Bulldogs closed it out with four straight goals. Ashleigh Brykaliuk had two goals and two assists, while Katerina Mrázová assisted four times.
Northeastern blanked UNH, 2-0, with Chloé Desjardins saving all 28 shots and Hayley Scamurra and Kendall Coyne assisting on each other’s goals. The Huskies were whitewashed in turn by Maine when Mariah Fujimagari turned away all 20 shots they mustered and Kristin Gilmour scored the game’s only marker.
St. Cloud State split at Ohio State, fighting back for a 4-2 win Friday but unable to mount a charge in a 3-0 loss. Molly Illikainen scored twice in the SCSU victory as Julie Friend made 43 saves. Sara Schmitt had two of the goals on Saturday when Kassidy Sauve recorded her third shutout.
Lindenwood traveled to RIT and tied, 1-1, before securing a 3-1 win. Nicole Hensley stayed busy with 73 saves on the weekend.
Syracuse took a 3-1 decision from Penn State and then settled for a 2-2 tie. Kaillie Goodnough and Stephanie Grossi had two-point games in the win. In the tie, Jessica Sibley had a goal and an assist for the Orange, as did Laura Bowman and Amy Peterson for the Nittany Lions; Hannah Ehresmann made 50 stops for PSU.
Robyn Chemago saved all 13 shots as Dartmouth shut out Union, 3-0. The Big Green backed it up with a 5-2 win over RPI, thanks to two goals from Laura Stacey and three points by Catherine Berghuis; Mariana Walsh scored both tallies for the Engineers.
Carmen MacDonald was perfect on 28 shots as St. Lawrence stifled Yale, 3-0. Jenna Marks had two assists.
Connecticut tied Maine, 3-3, and then fell to Vermont, 6-0. Thirteen Catamounts recorded points in support of Madison Litchfield’s 19-save shutout.