Made to be broken

New Hampshire coach Hilary Witt had a good view on Sunday as Kendall Coyne tied and broke her Northeastern record for points in a career. Coyne entered Sunday’s game one point behind Witt’s career mark of 208 points, but a hat trick and an assist in No. 8 Northeastern’s 5-2 defeat of the Wildcats made her the new queen of Huskies’ scoring with 211 points. Hayley Scamurra and Taytum Clairmont had the other goals for Northeastern. Amy Boucher and Devan Taylor tallied for UNH.

A day earlier, the Wildcats had shut down Coyne and gotten a pair of goals from Jonna Curtis, but it wasn’t enough as Scamurra scored twice, and Jordan Krause and Shelby Herrington added goals to give Northeastern a 4-2 decision.

Coyne started the week with a goal and an assist in Tuesday’s 5-1 win for NU over Connecticut. McKenna Brand matched Coyne’s scoring line, and Paige Savage bettered it with a goal and two assists. Hayley Masters and Halle Silva also found the net, while Brittany Buglaski earned the win with 18 saves, yielding a lone goal to Kelly Harris.

Ending skids
On Monday, Merrimack broke a losing streak that had grown to 11 straight. The Warriors won at Vermont, 2-1, thanks to a late extra-attacker goal by Paige Sorensen, a nifty finish from Paige Voight 3:06 into overtime, and 26 saves by Samantha Ridgewell. Jackie Pieper assisted on both goals. Dayna Colang scored the game’s first goal for the Catamounts five minutes into the third period, but Madison Litchfield’s 21 saves weren’t enough.

Minnesota State snapped a 14-game conference losing streak with a 1-1 tie versus St. Cloud State on Friday. Jordan McLaughlin scored the tying goal for the Mavericks early in the third period, after Lexi Slattery had put the Huskies on top in the game’s opening minute. Katie Fitzgerald made 29 saves for SCSU, while Brianna Quade made 20 stops at the other end of the ice. St. Cloud State gained the extra league point by winning the shootout. On Saturday, MSU’s Lena Düsterhöft forced overtime once more with an extra-attacker goal in the final 30 seconds of regulation. However, the Huskies got an overtime game-winner from Molly Illikainen off of Slattery’s second assist of the day.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
Haley Skarupa scored all four goals as No. 1 Boston College completed its sweep of the Hockey East season series versus Boston University, 4-3. Dana Trivigno had helpers on three of the tallies, while Kristyn Capizzano assisted twice. Kayla Tutino, Dakota Woodworth, and Rebecca Russo had the markers for the Terriers, the latter coming short-handed to give her team its only lead of the day.

No. 2 Wisconsin took both ends of a Friday-Sunday series with Minnesota-Duluth, 5-1 and 3-1, jumping out to a four-goal lead after a period in the opener. Sarah Nurse scored twice in the first game and added a goal and an assist in the second, as the Badgers scored the game’s first three goals. Ann-Renée Desbiens stopped 38 of 40 shots to garner both wins.

No. 3 Minnesota struggled to put away Ohio State in its second half opener. Playing without Hannah Brandt, the Gophers got just enough offense to outlast the Buckeyes, 3-1. Taylor Williamson’s second-period goal proved to be the game-winner, and Amanda Leveille made 18 saves. Sunday, the Gophers cruised, 9-0, behind two-goal performances from Kelly Pannek, Kate Schipper, and Lee Stecklein, and three assists by Cara Piazza.

Its closest pursuers in the ECAC gained a point on No. 4 Quinnipiac when the Bobcats had to settle for a scoreless draw at Rensselaer. The Engineers’ Lovisa Selander was the star of the game, stopping all 40 shots. Sydney Rossman made 15 saves for Quinnipiac to salvage the tie. Rossman made 13 more stops at Union in the Bobcats’ 5-0 win as she tied for the national lead with her 10th shutout. The three Nicoles — Brown, Connery, and Kosta — all scored, as did Meghan Turner and Taylar Cianfarano.

No. 5 Clarkson got a pair of ECAC wins over Yale, 5-2, and Brown, 7-0. Cayley Mercer’s second goal of the game broke a 2-2 tie on Friday. Erin Ambrose had three assists. Against the Bears, Ambrose and sophomore Cassidy Vinkle had two-goal games. For Vinkle, those were her first goals for the Golden Knights. Mercer and Olivia Howe had three assists.

No. 6 Bemidji State swept Lindenwood in a nonconference series. Stephanie Anderson’s goal 48 seconds into the third period gave the Beavers a 2-1 win in the opener, after Reilly Fawcett and the Lions’ Shannon Morris-Reade had traded goals a couple minutes apart in the middle frame. Brittni Mowat made 19 saves to get the win, while 32 stops weren’t enough for Lindenwood’s Jolene DeBruyn. On Thursday, Anderson and Kaitlyn Tougas had three-point games as BSU won, 5-3, as did Brittania Gillanders for Lindenwood.

Emerance Maschmeyer turned in a 23-save shutout as No. 9 Harvard defeated Cornell, 2-0. Lexie Laing scored the second goal after assisting on Grace Zarzecki’s game-winner. The Crimson also defeated No. 10 Colgate, 6-2. After Megan Sullivan gave the Raiders a lead a minute into the game, Harvard scored the next five goals. Miye D’Oench scored twice, and she and Sydney Daniels had three-point efforts. Maschmeyer got the win with 30 saves.

On Friday, the Raiders were the team that came from behind, defeating Dartmouth, 4-2. Breanne Wilson-Bennett scored twice, and Ashlynne Rando denied 33 shots. Colgate started its week with a 2-2 tie versus Syracuse. Danielle Leslie scored late to earn a tie for the Orange, who got a goal and an assist from Megan Quinn. Wilson-Bennett and Olivia Zafuto tallied for Colgate.

Other action
Lindenwood got one win out of its Minnesota trip, defeating Minnesota-State, 3-1, on a late power-play goal by Emily Gunderson on Monday. Shara Jasper scored twice and Nicole Hensley made 17 saves.

Merrimack had a busy week, playing four times. On Wednesday, the Warriors fell to St. Lawrence, 6-2. Brooke Webster led the way for the Saints with two goals and two assists, while Amanda Boulier had a goal and two helpers.

On Saturday, Connecticut outlasted Merrimack, 4-3. Justine Fredette scored twice with an assist for the Huskies. The two teams played to a 2-2 deadlock on Sunday. Katelyn Rae’s goal at 17:21 of the third period gained the draw for the Warriors.

Providence swept RIT, 5-1 and 3-1. Madison Myers got both wins, including a 21-save performance in the second game. Eight different Friars scored in the series.

Princeton notched a pair of victories, 5-0 over Union and 3-2 versus Rensselaer. Karlie Lund scored twice with a helper in support of Alysia DaSilva’s 23-save shutout of the Dutchwomen. Goals from Jaimie McDonell, Molly Contini, and Cassidy Tucker proved to be just enough when the Engineers rallied with third-period goals by Katie Rooney and Makenna Thomas.

St. Lawrence edged Brown, 2-1. Julianne Landry made 40 saves for the Bears, but goals from Abbey McRae and Brooke Webster proved her undoing.

Hanna Åströmcame through with a hat trick to help Yale topple the Saints, 5-2. Hanna Mandl made 32 saves, and Jamie Haddad netted the other two goals for the Bulldogs.

Cornell dropped Dartmouth, 5-3. Christian Higham potted a pair for the Big Red; Laura Stacey did the same for the Big Green. Cornell’s Brianna Veerman had three assists.

Vermont got a series win at Maine. The Catamounts netted a pair of late goals on Saturday, a short-handed strike from Daria O’Neill and the second goal of the game by Bridget Baker with 77 seconds left in regulation, to escape with a 3-3 tie. Meghann Treacy made 41 saves for the Black Bears. Dayna Colang scored twice and added an assist as Vermont triumphed on Sunday, 4-1.

42 COMMENTS

  1. Vermont is a very fast team this year. With the exception of the tandem in net this team looks eerily similar to the Catamounts who went to the frozen four. There is one other big difference actually they can score power play goals from someone not named Stalberg. As I see it the V Cats are playing with house money, so the sky really is the limit for this team

    • UVM’s main problem over the last few years has been offense. With that in mind, freshman F Mario Puskarich has been a revelation for UVM…I’ve been watching UVM for 4 years now, he is one of the better offensive recruits over that period. Having a freshman leading the team in goals, with a knack for finding soft spots in the defense and getting shots on net in key situations – clearly UVM has taken a big step forward this year.

      I remember he stuck out to me initially on the roster because he’s from FL. That’s not why he sticks out anymore, not since his game winning goal to beat Notre Dame.

      Last year, Hoffman was the revelation, settling down the goaltending and helping carry the team to the conference playoffs – this year it’s Puskarich helping to solidify the offensive side in support of Hoffman and Santaguida, who has himself taken every advantage to establish himself as a more than capable backup.

      The fact that UVM is 5th in the conference, in position for a first-round playoff bye and a home playoff series…a position they could only have dreamed of only a year ago…is remarkable and a testament to the players and coaches.

      • You are so right Hoffman really helped. I was really sad to see Madore end his time at UVM the way he did. I’m not big in mixing up goalies but why fix it if its not broken. With the heavy weights struggling this could be a perfect time for the V Cats to make a move.

        • I agree about Madore, he was one of my favorite players here, being from the same area that my father is from.

          I think that the reason why they’ve been platooning Hoffman and Santaguida this year is because of how well Santaguida played while Hoffman was injured at the start of the season. He was in net for their wins against ND and at UME, so he probably earned more playing time than he would have otherwise. Also, not quite clear yet if Hoffman is 100%, probably will get a better read on that based on his start pct later this month-Jan. But at this point my inkling would be he is and Santaguida has simply earned more time. It’s nice that they have the luxury that if he starts to struggle, they can simply increase Hoffman’s starts, knowing he can handle the workload of a full season.

          Also agree about this season – looked over the rest of the schedule earlier this week…for a HE schedule, it’s not that bad. There are 8 straight away from the Gut starting Jan 7th at St. Lawrence and ending Feb 8th at UNH, but if they survive that they will be in a good position with 4 of 6 at home. Colgate looks like a slight edge to UVM, maybe a tossup, same for Northeastern (though that was a HUGE win over Notre Dame). BU this year looks like a tossup, certainly not the intimidating matchup of years past. The toughest will be the two at UNH. Most importantly, no road games at BC or UML.

          4 of the last 6 are among the hardest of the season – BC and UML – but both series are at home and there’s a brief reprieve series at Merrimack in between. The last series vs UML, as it stands now, could be huge for conference seeding, seeing as UML is only one point ahead of UVM for the 4 seed. That’s looking way down the road…but the schedule def. provides the opportunity for them, they just have to take it.

  2. Vermont is a very fast team this year. With the exception of the tandem in net this team looks eerily similar to the Catamounts who went to the frozen four. There is one other big difference actually they can score power play goals from someone not named Stalberg. As I see it the V Cats are playing with house money, so the sky really is the limit for this team

    • UVM’s main problem over the last few years has been offense. With that in mind, freshman F Mario Puskarich has been a revelation for UVM…I’ve been watching UVM for 4 years now, he is one of the better offensive recruits over that period. Having a freshman leading the team in goals, with a knack for finding soft spots in the defense and getting shots on net in key situations – clearly UVM has taken a big step forward this year.

      I remember he stuck out to me initially on the roster because he’s from FL. That’s not why he sticks out anymore, not since his game winning goal to beat Notre Dame.

      Last year, Hoffman was the revelation, settling down the goaltending and helping carry the team to the conference playoffs – this year it’s Puskarich helping to solidify the offensive side in support of Hoffman and Santaguida, who has himself taken every advantage to establish himself as a more than capable backup.

      The fact that UVM is 5th in the conference, in position for a first-round playoff bye and a home playoff series…a position they could only have dreamed of only a year ago…is remarkable and a testament to the players and coaches.

      • You are so right Hoffman really helped. I was really sad to see Madore end his time at UVM the way he did. I’m not big in mixing up goalies but why fix it if its not broken. With the heavy weights struggling this could be a perfect time for the V Cats to make a move.

        • I agree about Madore, he was one of my favorite players here, being from the same area that my father is from.

          I think that the reason why they’ve been platooning Hoffman and Santaguida this year is because of how well Santaguida played while Hoffman was injured at the start of the season. He was in net for their wins against ND and at UME, so he probably earned more playing time than he would have otherwise. Also, not quite clear yet if Hoffman is 100%, probably will get a better read on that based on his start pct later this month-Jan. But at this point my inkling would be he is and Santaguida has simply earned more time. It’s nice that they have the luxury that if he starts to struggle, they can simply increase Hoffman’s starts, knowing he can handle the workload of a full season.

          Also agree about this season – looked over the rest of the schedule earlier this week…for a HE schedule, it’s not that bad. There are 8 straight away from the Gut starting Jan 7th at St. Lawrence and ending Feb 8th at UNH, but if they survive that they will be in a good position with 4 of 6 at home. Colgate looks like a slight edge to UVM, maybe a tossup, Northeastern probably a tossup (though that was a HUGE win over Notre Dame). BU this year looks like a tossup as well, certainly not the intimidating matchup of years past. The toughest will be the two at UNH. Most importantly, no road games at BC or UML.

          4 of the last 6 are among the hardest of the season – BC and UML – but both series are at home and there’s a brief reprieve series at Merrimack in between. The last series vs UML, as it stands now, could be huge for conference seeding, seeing as UML is only one point ahead of UVM for the 4 seed. That’s looking way down the road…but the schedule def. provides the opportunity for them, they just have to take it.

  3. Northeastern keeps coming at you in waves. Every line. Every shift. They are solid from the net out. If (big if), they start to take fewer penalties, I would not bet against the Huskies. Against anyone.

  4. Northeastern keeps coming at you in waves. Every line. Every shift. They are solid from the net out. If (big if), they start to take fewer penalties, I would not bet against the Huskies. Against anyone.

    • Even a blind squirrel finds acorns eventually. The win was an anomaly. …Atlantic Hockey as usual will recede back where it belongs

      • You mean the league who made it as far as all the “power house” schools did in the NCAAs last year? Almost knocking off Quinnipiac to boot.

        • Yes almost is the key word there my friend….I like those power house squads AIC, Sacred Heart, Mercyhurst….Jeeze when a service academy is at the top of your division I got news for you…you suck…Maybe one day you can hand out scholarships then play regularly with the big boys. Until then enjoy the kiddie pool.
          Yes..you may win here and there but nothing more. Stay on you own board kid. This is the big peoples table

          • Yep, those scholarships really helped Yale get that title last year. Get off your legacy high horse, parity in college hockey grows each and every year.

          • HAHA Silly boy do you also believe in the tooth fairy? If you don’t belive the Ivys don’t help its athletes you either intentionally oblivious or dumb. The Cornell school of hotel managment has produced some of the greatest teams in ECAC history. Yale does the same. I have great respect for the ECAC. AHA is another story. The games are throw aways on the schedule. Playing 3rd lines as the top lines and starting backup goalie. When York wanted to play BC came close to winning. Will AHA win some? Yes its called the law averages. …

          • If you believe that RIT’s atheltes are paying full price, you’re naive as well. The ECAC was a “joke” just 3 years ago, they now compete on the national stage easily. Despite a few bottom feeders who will eventually drop hockey, the AHA will keep growing stronger. It’s okay to be afraid of change, I guess…

          • Just like the ECAC was light years behind 3 years ago. Both Niagara and Canisius lost 1 goal games to 3rd period come-from-behind victories. God, such awful competition.

          • They still lost and in the first round. Atlantic Hockey is not competitive just look at their non conference record, its bad.
            By the way, how did AIC do tonight? Oh yeah the Bumblebees or whatever they’re called got bulldozed by UMass Lowell 6-1.

          • Not sure why everyone is fixated on AIC. They are THE WORST team in college hockey. The fact that anyone loses to them should bring lots of shame and self loathing.

            Edit: and you’re right, the OOC record this year is lacking. However, that’s the beginning of the season, and AHA teams tend to hold their own come the NCAAs. No big success stories yet, but for such a young conference the teams have come a long way.

          • I always thought Sacred Heart was the worst team. Wait did they even win a game last year? AHA teams when they play a team from a real conference curl up into a ball. They really don’t try and score they basically play prevent from the get go. The idea is don’t give up a goal and maybe at sompoint you can catch a lucky bounce or get a break away. These make for awful one sided games. The AHA is a joke. Its not their fault the lack of scholarships really hurts. Just call a spade a spade. One Holy Cross win over BC..really how many times have the Eagles beaten the AHA

          • SHU did have a ridiculously bad year last season, but just a few seasons before were 1 game away from the NCAAs. Yeah, some of the AHA teams revert to box styles of D, and it gets old. Teams like Niagara, RIT, even AFA depending on who they’re playing don’t rely on it. The bottom half AHA teams are not progressing as well as the top half… or in our world, Eastern vs Western pods. Depending on how the conference structure shakes out over the next few years, you could see the two pods separating into their own conference.

          • Most teams have played about 14 games so its about the middle of the season and I think we have pretty good idea how these teams will do the rest of the year. Also Merrimack College, the worst team in Hockey East got its three wins from AHA teams. Those being Bently, Army, and Mercyhurst, which is the best team in AHA. I think that says it all.

          • Merrimack, the worst team in HEA beat two “respectable” AHA teams. Mercyhurst the 1st place team and Bentley the 3rd place team. HEA is 10-3 against AHA teams.
            AHA can’t compete with the real conferences. They don’t offer as many scholarships and they don’t have good hockey facilities. Good players who have a chance to play in the pros aren’t going to want to play for a team that is playing in a small high school type rink which, is the type of rink all AHA teams play in.

    • Even a blind squirrel finds acorns eventually. The win was an anomaly. …Atlantic Hockey as usual will recede back where it belongs

      • You mean the league who made it as far as all the “power house” schools did in the NCAAs last year? Almost knocking off Quinnipiac to boot.

        • Yes almost is the key word there my friend….I like those power house squads AIC, Sacred Heart, Mercyhurst….Jeeze when a service academy is at the top of your division I got news for you…you suck…Maybe one day you can hand out scholarships then play regularly with the big boys. Until then enjoy the kiddie pool.
          Yes..you may win here and there but nothing more. Stay on you own board kid. This is the big peoples table

          • Yep, those scholarships really helped Yale get that title last year. Get off your legacy high horse, parity in college hockey grows each and every year.

          • HAHA Silly boy do you also believe in the tooth fairy? If you don’t belive the Ivys don’t help its athletes you either intentionally oblivious or dumb. The Cornell school of hotel managment has produced some of the greatest teams in ECAC history. Yale does the same. I have great respect for the ECAC. AHA is another story. The games are throw aways on the schedule. Playing 3rd lines as the top lines and starting backup goalie. When York wanted to play BC came close to winning. Will AHA win some? Yes its called the law averages. …

          • If you believe that RIT’s atheltes are paying full price, you’re naive as well. The ECAC was a “joke” just 3 years ago, they now compete on the national stage easily. Despite a few bottom feeders who will eventually drop hockey, the AHA will keep growing stronger. It’s okay to be afraid of change, I guess…

          • Just like the ECAC was light years behind 3 years ago. Both Niagara and Canisius lost 1 goal games to 3rd period come-from-behind victories. God, such awful competition.

          • They still lost and in the first round. Atlantic Hockey is not competitive just look at their non conference record, its bad.
            By the way, how did AIC do tonight? Oh yeah the Bumblebees or whatever they’re called got bulldozed by UMass Lowell 6-1.

          • Not sure why everyone is fixated on AIC. They are THE WORST team in college hockey. The fact that anyone loses to them should bring lots of shame and self loathing.

            Edit: and you’re right, the OOC record this year is lacking. However, that’s the beginning of the season, and AHA teams tend to hold their own come the NCAAs. No big success stories yet, but for such a young conference the teams have come a long way.

          • I always thought Sacred Heart was the worst team. Wait did they even win a game last year? AHA teams when they play a team from a real conference curl up into a ball. They really don’t try and score they basically play prevent from the get go. The idea is don’t give up a goal and maybe at sompoint you can catch a lucky bounce or get a break away. These make for awful one sided games. The AHA is a joke. Its not their fault the lack of scholarships really hurts. Just call a spade a spade. One Holy Cross win over BC..really how many times have the Eagles beaten the AHA

          • SHU did have a ridiculously bad year last season, but just a few seasons before were 1 game away from the NCAAs. Yeah, some of the AHA teams revert to box styles of D, and it gets old. Teams like Niagara, RIT, even AFA depending on who they’re playing don’t rely on it. The bottom half AHA teams are not progressing as well as the top half… or in our world, Eastern vs Western pods. Depending on how the conference structure shakes out over the next few years, you could see the two pods separating into their own conference.

          • Most teams have played about 14 games so its about the middle of the season and I think we have pretty good idea how these teams will do the rest of the year. Also Merrimack College, the worst team in Hockey East got its three wins from AHA teams. Those being Bently, Army, and Mercyhurst, which is the best team in AHA. I think that says it all.

          • Merrimack, the worst team in HEA beat two “respectable” AHA teams. Mercyhurst the 1st place team and Bentley the 3rd place team. HEA is 10-3 against AHA teams.
            AHA can’t compete with the real conferences. They don’t offer as many scholarships and they don’t have good hockey facilities. Good players who have a chance to play in the pros aren’t going to want to play for a team that is playing in a small high school type rink which, is the type of rink all AHA teams play in.

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