Weekend wrap: Nov. 27

Cornell at No. 1 Wisconsin
The Badgers needed more than 50 minutes to find the net Friday night, but managed three goals in those final minutes to win 3-0. On Saturday, Wisconsin scored a minute into the game and Cornell came back to tie them twice in the first period, but the Badgers pulled away in the second to sweep the weekend with a 5-2 win. Annie Pankowski scored three times on the weekend, giving her six goals in the past four games.

Bemidji State at No. 2 Minnesota
Minnesota scored three times in the final frame on Saturday en route to a 4-0 win. On Sunday, Kelly Pannek scored twice in the first to lead the Gophers to a 4-1 win. Dani Cameranesi had four goals on the weekend.

No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth at Harvard
Harvard struck first on Friday, but Minnesota-Duluth scored the next four goals, including two in the third period from Katherine McGovern to secure the win. On Saturday, the Bulldogs outshot Harvard 41-16, but the Crimson had a 1-0 lead in the final two minutes of the game. Ashliegh Brykaliuk scored with just 1:17 to go and Sidney Morin secured the win in overtime. Lara Stalder finished the weekend with five assists.

No. 5 Clarkson vs. Robert Morris (Windjammer Classic)
Clarkson had a 3-1 lead with a minute to go in the second period, but Robert Morris’ Brittany Howard netted a power play goal a second before the buzzer to close the gap and Kristen Welsh scored with :31 to go in the third period to force OT. The tie was not broken, but Clarkson moved ahead in the tournament with a shoot-out win.

Merrimack at No. 8 Quinnipiac (Nutmeg Classic)
Quinnipiac outshot Merrimack 44-12, but needed a shootout win to advance in the tournament. Kenzie Lancaster scored for the Bobcats while Paige Voight netted the goal for Merrimack.

No. 6 Boston College at No. 10 Northeastern
A barrage of third-period scoring decided this one. Northeastern had a 2-1 lead six minutes into the final frame thanks to a short-handed goal by McKenna Brand and a goal from Paige Savage. Boston College responded with a short-hander of their own from Kristyn Cappizzano and goals from Toni Ann Miano and Kali Flanagan to secure the 4-2 win.

Syracuse at No. 7 North Dakota
On Friday, Syracuse blocked 28 shots and scored once in each period to upset North Dakota 3-0. Heather Schwarz had two goals and an assist for the Orange. On Saturday, the Fighting Hawks returned the favor with a 3-0 win of their own. Ryleigh Houston, Emma Nuutinen, and Jordan Hampton scored for the Fighting Hawks.

The rest of the top 10
Connecticut 2, at No. 8 Quinnipiac 3
No. 5 Clarkson 3, at Vermont 1


    • But really nobody behind them are playing well enough to gain ground either. Miami, BC, UND, UNH all struggling at times too. Though UND may be playing the best of them, you may have to go down to UML to find a hot team.

    • Yeah, you’re right. A team with the 2nd best winning percentage in the country, top ranked offense, 4th ranked defense, 2nd ranked power play, and 7th ranked penalty kill all while playing in the country’s toughest conference is a joke as the 2nd overall seed. Great analysis. They’ve struggled recently, but there is no reason why the Gophers don’t deserve that high of a seed.

      • I’m a hardcore Sioux fan but I have to agree with goldy locks here….The gophers played horrible hockey but still have the best team on paper in college hockey.

  1. So you’re complaining about being a 2 seed, when Minnesota is still as close to their school and fan base as possible, all because you think you should be the top overall seed in the tournament? Seems trivial and shouldn’t bother MN fans; you’ll do fine whether you’re a 1 or 16 seed. You always play well this time of year.

  2. Is it just me, or did BC just end up with the toughest 1-8 quarterfinal match-up for any #1 or even 2 seed in their conference playoffs in recent memory? Vermont, on the other hand, dodged one bullet (albeit bigger) for another.

    • Honestly, I think UVM got the best matchup they could have. Certainly the only one of the top three they’ve had any success against this year. They couldn’t face BC, but Providence was possibly the world possible matchup they could have gotten. They played better against BC than they played against Providence (granted, it was while Providence was a top 5 team and before Vermont really settled in midseason, but Providence has heated up again of late). Lowell they were 15 seconds away from going 1-0-1 against, not bad for facing the No. 7 team in the country.

      There is a huge opportunity for Vermont to solidify an NCAA bid this weekend on the road at a top 10 team. It won’t be easy, but one win will help and a series win might clinch it. And Vermont isn’t like Maine on the road (in fact, I think they are at least as good on the road as they are at home, esp. in conference).

      And yes, BC did get one of the hardest matchups they could have – and that is, in a sense, a testament to the strength of the conference this year, that a Notre Dame team so good overall could only manage an 8 seed in conference play.

      • ND has given BC fits the last few years (that Catholic rivalry football thing), just not when it has really counted. I was at the Fenway game, BC slacked off and ND almost pulled it the last 10 minutes, not to mention beating them at Conte last weekend. I think all Vermont and ND have to do to solidify a bid is win one game… If either one gets to the semi, they’re in. Providence might have to, also. NU definitely has to. The NCAA field is so wide open for seeds 10- or 11-16. And, back to BC, we’ll find out just how good they really can be.

        • I think Providence might have to, mainly because teams like ND and UVM would rack up bigger bonuses and weightings for wins this weekend on the road against top 20 RPI teams (well, top 10 in reality). Providence is at home against a team outside the top 20, so they won’t get the same bonus for individual wins – they need volume.

          And I agree, I think ND & UVM would both really solidify themselves with even one win. If UVM plays like they did against UML to close the season, I think they just might steal at least one. ND is certainly capable as well, but no easy task going into a playoff series at Kelley Rink, and even harder to achieve when BC will prob be even more prepared this time after losing last time.

          Who knew that that win UVM had over ND way back at the start of the year would mean so much?

  3. BC vs ND is a pretty compelling match-up. A lot of people will be paying attention and I think it’s good for college hockey.

  4. St. Lawrence played two games this week, Monday and Tuesday, and beat Penn State 2-0 and 3-0, giving the Saints five straight shutouts.


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