Weekend wrap: Jan. 15

Lindenwood at No. 7 Robert Morris
Robert Morris outshot Lindenwood 37-24 on Friday, but Tirra Lemonie scored with six minutes to go in the game to give the Lions the 2-1 win. It was the Colonials first conference loss this season. Brittania Gillanders had a goal and an assist for Lindenwood. On Saturday, five different Colonials scored and the Lions were no match for the four straight goals Robert Morris scored mid-game. Brittany Howard had two assists for RMU, extending her point streak to 12 games and moving her into first place on the all-time career Colonials assist list.

No. 9 Quinnipiac 2, at No. 8 Colgate 0
Taylar Cianfarano scored just 1:43 into the game and Raquel Pennoyer secured the win with a second-period tally.

Northeastern at Maine
On Friday, it was a special-teams showcase. Tereza Vanisova and Alyson Matteau scored power-play goals in the first period to give Maine a lead the Black Bears would not relinquish. Brook Stacey added a short-handed goal with under two minutes to go in the game to secure the win. On Saturday, Maine jumped out to a three-goal lead before the midway point of the game. Northeastern responded with three goals in the opening 10 minutes of the third period, but Maine scored two more times to secure the win. Six different players scored for the Black Bears. Denisa Krížová had two goals for the Huskies.

No. 2 Minnesota at Minnesota-Duluth
On Friday, the Bulldogs ended a five-year, 21-game winless drought against the Gophers with a 3-2 win. UMD carried a 1-0 lead into the third period. Minnesota’s Sarah Potomak tied the game with a power-play goal before Lara Stalder gave the Bulldogs another lead with a power-play goal of her own. Gopher Kelly Pannek added an extra-defender tally of her own before Katherine McGovern scored the game-winner with less than five minutes to go to give UMD the win. On Saturday, the Bulldogs earned their first sweep of the Gophers since 2010 with a 5-3 win. The Gophers struck first, but every time they scored, UMD answered with two tallies of their own. Lara Stalder ended the weekend with three goals and three assists.

Union 3, at Harvard 2 OT
Union earned its first-ever win over Harvard with a 3-2 overtime win on Saturday. Katie Laughlin buried the game-winner with less than a minute to go in the extra frame to secure the historic victory for Union. It was also Union’s first conference win this season.

Vermont at No. 10 Boston University
On Friday, the Catamounts carried a 1-0 lead into the third period and were able to withstand a three-goal finale frame from BU to earn the tie. Saana Valkama had a goal and an assist for Vermont. Victoria Bach had a goal and two assists for Boston University. On Saturday, Mary Parker gave BU the early lead, but Eve-Audrey Picard tied the game just before the end of the second to earn the second tie of the weekend.

No. 9 Quinnipiac 2, at Cornell 3 OT
Hanna Bunton scored just 10 seconds into the extra period to give Cornell the upset win. Kristin O’Neill scored twice for the Big Red. Raquel Pennoyer and Danielle Marmer each had two assists for the Bobcats.

No. 6 Boston College vs. Merrimack (home-and-home)
On Friday at home, BC edged the Warriors 1-0, getting 12 saves from Katie Burt. The Eagles fired 37 shots on Merrimack netminder Léa-Kristine Demers, but could only get a goal from Andie Anastos with 2:30 left in the game. Saturday at Merrimack, Anastos gave the Eagles a lead they would never relinquish, scoring at 6:54 of the first, and Haley McLean scored the game-winner at 17:01 of the first.

No. 1 Wisconsin vs. St. Cloud State
Wisconsin convincingly swept St. Cloud State, beating the Huskies 9-0 Friday, with Emily Clark and Annie Pankowski each netting a hat trick, the latter’s a natural hat trick to start the second period, as she scored at 1:07, 1:29, and then 9:25. Ann-Renée Desbiens was back in net and made 17 saves. On Saturday for Wisconsin’s Fill the Bowl, a record crowd of 15,359 saw the Badgers hold off their nerves in a 2-0 win, with Desbiens making 12 saves and St. Cloud netminder Janine Alder made 59 saves, but it wasn’t enough, as Clark scored the only goal the Badgers would need at 47 seconds of the second on a power play.

The rest of the top 10
No. 3 Clarkson 4, Yale 2,
No. 3 Clarkson 8, Brown 1
No.  St. Lawrence 7, Brown 2
No. 5 St. Lawrence 4, Yale 1
Princeton 5, at No. 8 Colgate 1

Lindenwood at No. 7 Robert Morris
Robert Morris outshot Lindenwood 37-24 on Friday, but Tirra Lemonie scored with six minutes to go in the game to give the Lions the 2-1 win. It was the Colonials first conference loss this season. Brittania Gillanders had a goal and an assist for Lindenwood. On Saturday, five different Colonials scored and the Lions were no match for the four straight goals Robert Morris scored mid-game. Brittany Howard had two assists for RMU, extending her point streak to 12 games and moving her into first place on the all-time career Colonials assist list.

No. 9 Quinnipiac 2, at No. 8 Colgate 0
Taylar Cianfarano scored just 1:43 into the game and Raquel Pennoyer secured the win with a second-period tally.

Northeastern at Maine
On Friday, it was a special-teams showcase. Tereza Vanisova and Alyson Matteau scored power-play goals in the first period to give Maine a lead the Black Bears would not relinquish. Brook Stacey added a short-handed goal with under two minutes to go in the game to secure the win. On Saturday, Maine jumped out to a three-goal lead before the midway point of the game. Northeastern responded with three goals in the opening 10 minutes of the third period, but Maine scored two more times to secure the win. Six different players scored for the Black Bears. Denisa Krížová had two goals for the Huskies.

No. 2 Minnesota at Minnesota-Duluth
On Friday, the Bulldogs ended a five-year, 21-game winless drought against the Gophers with a 3-2 win. UMD carried a 1-0 lead into the third period. Minnesota’s Sarah Potomak tied the game with a power-play goal before Lara Stalder gave the Bulldogs another lead with a power-play goal of her own. Gopher Kelly Pannek added an extra-defender tally of her own before Katherine McGovern scored the game-winner with less than five minutes to go to give UMD the win. On Saturday, the Bulldogs earned their first sweep of the Gophers since 2010 with a 5-3 win. The Gophers struck first, but every time they scored, UMD answered with two tallies of their own. Lara Stalder ended the weekend with three goals and three assists.

Union 3, at Harvard 2 OT
Union earned its first-ever win over Harvard with a 3-2 overtime win on Saturday. Katie Laughlin buried the game-winner with less than a minute to go in the extra frame to secure the historic victory for Union. It was also Union’s first conference win this season.

Vermont at No. 10 Boston University
On Friday, the Catamounts carried a 1-0 lead into the third period and were able to withstand a three-goal finale frame from BU to earn the tie. Saana Valkama had a goal and an assist for Vermont. Victoria Bach had a goal and two assists for Boston University. On Saturday, Mary Parker gave BU the early lead, but Eve-Audrey Picard tied the game just before the end of the second to earn the second tie of the weekend.

No. 9 Quinnipiac 2, at Cornell 3 OT
Hanna Bunton scored just 10 seconds into the extra period to give Cornell the upset win. Kristin O’Neill scored twice for the Big Red. Raquel Pennoyer and Danielle Marmer each had two assists for the Bobcats.

No. 6 Boston College vs. Merrimack (home-and-home)
On Friday at home, BC edged the Warriors 1-0, getting 12 saves from Katie Burt. The Eagles fired 37 shots on Merrimack netminder Léa-Kristine Demers, but could only get a goal from Andie Anastos with 2:30 left in the game. Saturday at Merrimack, Anastos gave the Eagles a lead they would never relinquish, scoring at 6:54 of the first, and Haley McLean scored the game-winner at 17:01 of the first.

No. 1 Wisconsin vs. St. Cloud State
Wisconsin convincingly swept St. Cloud State, beating the Huskies 9-0 Friday, with Emily Clark and Annie Pankowski each netting a hat trick, the latter’s a natural hat trick to start the second period, as she scored at 1:07, 1:29, and then 9:25. Ann-Renée Desbiens was back in net and made 17 saves. On Saturday for Wisconsin’s Fill the Bowl, a record crowd of 15,359 saw the Badgers hold off their nerves in a 2-0 win, with Desbiens making 12 saves and St. Cloud netminder Janine Alder made 59 saves, but it wasn’t enough, as Clark scored the only goal the Badgers would need at 47 seconds of the second on a power play.

The rest of the top 10
No. 3 Clarkson 4, Yale 2,
No. 3 Clarkson 8, Brown 1
No.  St. Lawrence 7, Brown 2
No. 5 St. Lawrence 4, Yale 1
Princeton 5, at No. 8 Colgate 1

101 COMMENTS

  1. Big college hockey and Wisconsin fan,but the parewise has me a little confused. I have been reading it’s bad for Wisconsin’s NCAA hopes to have Colorado College as a TUC, and I realize Wisconsin lost twice to CC, but when i look at the comparison grid on the parewise table it has Wisconsin winning a comparison with CC 3 to 2. Someone please explain.

    • Having CC as a TUC hurts UW due to the record against the TUC group. By removing them, UW will have a winning percentage in that category. It would change the comparisons against Robert Morris and Mankato to UW’s favor and move them up the list.

  2. TUC should be the top 20 not 30 or more. Right now having 4 ECAC and only 3 HE teams in the NCAA is a joke. Lowell wins 2 and drops because Merrimack loses to BU. Quinnipiac has been struggling against that tough ECAC competition and stays #1. What WCHA or HE team doesn’t want Quinnipiac?? CC over Denver would be nice. UNH could be a #14 team and play at home and Lowell could be #5 and head to Toledo. What a joke! The NCAA needs to have a committee look at who deserves to go where and weigh how a team does in the 2nd half of the year.

      • Yes, Alaska does have a longshot chance. But almost all of the remaining games have to end up in the Nanooks’ favor.

        • I didn’t notice too many scenarios in pairwise predictor that put Fairbanks in. Bruce, go to the pairwise predictor and play around with the brackets. the results will show top 16 in pairwise.

    • Actually, I would think that the TUC rule could be tweaked to say the following. If you reach TUC status after twenty games, you cannot lose it. It seems odd that you can lose ground sweeping a team that was in first place early in the season while another team can benefit by watching a team that won the season series fall off the TUC cliff.

      The regular season should count for something, as well as making the semifinal of your conference tournament.

      • Or how about a victory against a team while they are a TUC stays. If that team falls off the cliff, most likely they are a different team then they were. That victory should still count for something instead of evaporate.

      • No. TUC status is determined when the conference tournaments are over. That’s how it has always been since before “Pairwise” had a name. All of this bracketology has been under the premise of “if the season ended today”. Well, it hasn’t ended yet.

    • I agree, I don’t like this ‘host’ rule. You should still have to earn home ice. I think one thing that would help this issue is more non conference regular season games.

      • Until a league as an entity decides to host tournaments or the body governing NCAA Hockey changes the rule, it will not change. Hockey has grown, both in total Division I programs and teams in the tournament.

        Perhaps BTHC and/or NCHC will lead the way and host a regional as a league, which would keep a lot of venues neutral. The one league that remains intact after next year’s changes will be Hockey East and it might finally be in their interest to void UNH’s biannual home ice. Maybe Notre Dame will be a Hockey East host in the Midwest.

    • Quinnipiac went 2-0-1 against Hockey East schools (all of which were home games for the Hockey East school), including a shutout of Providence, and 2-0-0 against WCHA schools.

    • Keep in mind that PC was playing a large portion of the first half without Gillies. I think PC deserves a spot more so than any of the bubble teams (hoping they lose to Lowell 5pm Friday).

    • I just played around with the Pairwise predictor at CHN. You can tweak the Pairwise parameters to whatever you want. If you limit the TUC line to Top 25 or Top 20 it doesn’t help get any more WCHA teams in. It does raise the ranking of the five teams already in (Minnesota, North Dakota, Denver, St. Cloud, Minn. St.). Wisconsin would still be out.

      Providence would be in with a Top 20 or 25 TUC line RPI would still be in.

    • Clearly, having a strict formula to determine who goes to
      the tourney is a good thing. But it sure can be hard (for this fan, anyway) to comprehend in advance where rooting interests lie in neutral games. Consider, as I watched UNH @ PC today and wondered how it might affect a team like BU (2-0-1 v PC, 1-2-0 v UNH). Better for BU if a team near them in PWR (PC) loses? Probably. Or if a TUC team they’ve beaten (PC) wins, to also give BU a bump? Maybe? But with PC’s win, BU drops (as did Wisconsin while it helped Cornell.) The ultimate irony? One of the prime movers in taking it from the smoky back rooms and making it a strict math formula was Jack Parker. He’d be a sentimental favorite in that smoky back room this year, but – as evidence by BU going 5-0 vs. Merrimack, knocking MC out as a TUC, and BU dropping in the PWR – it may just be that while Parker helped college hockey in general, he and BU may now end up on the outside of the bubble because of it.

  3. how does UML go from the #1 seed in Manchester to a #2 seed in Grad Rapids and they didnt even play since they swept there first round.

    • Yea, I was going to say the same thing. They are still ranked 3rd in RPI. Why would they fall? Just cause BC swept their series too? Even still they try to keep teams near their home base, so either way they’re most likely going to Manchester or providence.

        • Well his brackets are usually spot on. It’s weird how it all works, but if your team has been somewhat consistent and has played a hard schedule it will get rewarded.

        • Jayson is really good at this, which is why as a BU fan I knew BU probably had to win a semi final to get in and why I knew Merrimack was NOT a good quarterfinal opponent.

          Edit: knew this right after the Beanpot, thanks to Jayson.

        • I’ve been following Jayson’s bracketology column for several seasons. Not only does he accurately predict the 16 team field, but his step-by-step analysis offesr a hint as to the thought process the NCAA uses to place the 16 into regionals.

      • It has to do with the BU-Merrimack series. BU swept Merrimack results in Merrimack dropping from TUC status and takes away 2 of Lowell’s TUC wins

    • Lowell and BU suffer from two things together, that is Merrimack falling off the TUC cliff. It was 5-0 for BU while Lowell went 2-1.

      The second thing is that both Lowell and BU played a series against teams not under consideration. Even though both teams swept, and BC swept Vermont, the UNH/PC split apparently favors BC vis a vis Lowell. Something will give this afternoon when UNH/PC play in Providence.

      Since the remaining five Hockey East teams are strong TUC even if not top sixteen Pairwise, semifinal wins will mean a lot for seeding, should be enough for BU for an at large bid and might even be enough for a PC at large.

      There might be an esoteric matchup out of conference favoring BC but I do not know what that is. It might be Lowell’s 7-7 against TUC. BC and Yale have better records against TUC.

  4. So.. In March 17 games, I want Denver to win, obviously, and what if any games should I pay attention to in the east? and thanks for the info

    • For Wisconsin (or more generally, for the #16 and #15 to get NCAA slots) you want no ‘upset winners’ in the conference tournaments. So you (we) want Miami and Quinnipeac to survive.Quinnipeac beating Cornell also helps the UW-Cornell comparison.

      Neb-Omaha vs Mankato; UW needs Omaha to be a ‘team under consideration’, so we might want Omaha. But even with a loss (which would be their final game of the year) Omaha is likely (?) to remain a TUC. So probably OK either way.

      Mich Tech vs North Dakota: UW needs to winning games against TUCs next weekend, so North Dakota might be better.

      • Only exception to upset winners, of course, being the Badgers. If they won the WCHA, I think that would be at least a mild upset.

          • there is a lot of danger for upsets, Niagara must win AHA or 16 in PW is out, also Michigan plays in Detroit and BU in Boston, OSU and Providence can also burst bubbles. I don;t see Brown beating Quinnipiac or CC winning 3 in WCHA

          • For sure. I expect to see Michigan in the tourney the way they’ve been playing. 8 straight Ws. They’ve been killing it lately. And BU certainly has some added incentive w/Parker retiring. Also, I would not be surprised if Wisconsin (winners of 5 of last 6) were to sneak out of the WCHA playoffs w/the Broadmoor. (Which they would probably have to do in order to get into the NCAAs with even one upset.) Next week is going to be interesting.

  5. It would be a shame to keep Wisconsin out of the tourney. Arguably the hottest team in the country and starting to find some offense finally. I don’t think anyone wants to play them right now. Loss v PSU is killing them.

  6. BU should be in. Also, if Providence wins today, they should be in. Providence has 7th hardest schedule in country and beat a lot of ranked teams. Union beat NO ONE. They had a piece of cake schedule. Wisconsin has already wrapped up a spot IMO.

    • RPI should also be out. Their only win vs. a ranked team is against St.Cloud St. These teams get to schedule 12 non-conference games a year. They should realize that if they dont play anyone good, it will hurt their tournament chances. Hopefully Brown takes care of them today.

      • RPI beat Yale both times the teams played. And RPI played the 12th toughest schedule in college hockey. The Engineers played 12 games against teams that look to be headed to the NCAA playoffs. Would you rather they have played the schedule of Lowell (37th toughest), Wisconsin (39th toughest), BC (32nd toughest), Niagara (49th toughest), Western Michigan (30th toughest), Union (34th toughest), Minnesota (28th toughest), or Mankato (29th toughest)? You really need to look at facts before posting unfounded opinions.

          • It depends upon which “top 10” you mean. PWR, RPI, KRACH, and each of the two polls have different top 10 listings. But to answer your question simply, RPI had two wins against Yale, one against Saint Cloud, a tie against Mankato, and a tie against Quinnipiac. Does that help clarify things for you?

    • This BU alum thinks BU should be out at this point and in if they beat BC Friday. They had a stretch of putrid losses to Harvard and Northeastern that deservedly hurt their chances. Their second half signature wins came against a free falling Merrimack that maybe helped start and three of four points at Alfond that were the luckiest I have ever witnessed.

      That they played their own worst TUC cliff nightmare Merrimack, sweeping them and losing credit for the 5-0 season series is just the rules as they are clearly defined. Take away the chokes against Harvard and maybe they are the 15th seed today.

        • Jon, it doesn’t work that way. The tournament field is set using the Pairwise Rankins. The committee only has some leeway in terms of what regional teams are sent to, not which teams make the tournament. So, Parker’s retirement will have no bearing on whether or not BU makes the tournament.

          • Given that the PWR has been used to select the tournament teams for a long time, if BU finishes outside the top 16 and makes the tournament, there would be a whole lot of explaining to do. This isn’t like the basketball tournament where the committee has a ton of leeway in terms of who makes it. There is zero chance BU makes it unless they are in the top 16.

          • Correct. I should have stated that, but was trying to make the point that there is no subjectivity in the selection of teams in the hockey tournament and it slipped my mind. Oops.

          • one other thing, 16 and 15 in PW may not be safe if upsets occur, AHA has a good chance to send 2 teams if Niagara does not win in tourney, Michigan plays at the Joe next week and BU in boston, upsets eliminate bubble teams. Wisconsin needs to win a least 2 games at the Ex to have a good chance, and even if they do, it’s no lock they’re in. The tournament field is selected based on mathematical formulas (good or bad). Once the field is selected from automatics (winners of league tourneys) and at large teams from pairwise (or RPI) to break pairwise ties, the only thing the commitee can do is move teams within a seed ie 3rd seed to a different site if they are a host team, break up a conference first round matchup. Check out the pairwise predictor, and play around with the brackets if you don’t believe this

      • Yup if BU beats BC but doesn’t get in the tournament, I will be crushed. If BU loses to BC then we deserve to miss the tournament.

    • Wisconsin is on the outside looking in after the games on Saturday, so I’m not sure why you think they have a tournament berth “wrapped up.” If they win 3 games next weekend, it’s a certainty because they’ll have earned the WCHA auto-bid. Other than that, it’s gonna be close due to CC being a TUC and that loss to Penn St. Wisconsin better hope that UNO remains a TUC because if they don’t, it gets real dicey for UW…

    • Union beat RPI three times and went 1-0-1 against Yale. Why should BU be in and RPI be out? RPI played a tougher schedule than BU and has a better win-loss record. And you claim that Union’s schedule was a piece of cake, but think that Wisconsin, which played a schedule easier than Union’s, should have wrapped up a spot. Have you ever practiced critical thinking? You really need to avail yourself of facts before making such statements.

      • @leggs2:disqus @Steve_Gruhn:disqus Are you guys kidding me? DO NOT accuse me of not knowing facts. You guys are completely biased. Leggs, WHO CARES ABOUT LAST SEASON. The committee only looks at games this season. Steve, how many top 10 teams DID THEY PLAY? Quinnipiac twice, and lost both times. They played Uconn, BGreen, AIC, Merrimack, Penn St, Vermont, and Lake Superior outside of ECAC. WORST NON CONFERENCE schedule ever! Providence will be 4-1-1 against #7 UNH and wins over BC, UML, ties against BC, Miami, Minnesota St and BU.

        • Union’s schedule was certainly weak, but it was also stronger than Lowell’s, Niagara’s, and Wisconsin’s. Sixteen teams will make the NCAA tournament. Not all will have winning records against “top 10” teams. And as for bias, my local team is a WCHA team.

        • U need to calm down, Jon boy. BU aint goin’ cause they are a bunch of sex fiends there. Those who set up this ranking system know a LOT more about what is fair than U (and me). It is what it is.

    • @Jon: Union won their league and league Tourney and went to the Frozen Four last season. Did your team? Give it a rest. The Skating Dutchmen are legit.

  7. Kind of sad story for Wisconsin they finally get on a hot streak, but can’t make up for that slow start. I can’t believe they won’t make the tournament.

  8. Once again Lowell is sent west. I’m hoping for a 2009 HE finals rematch (and win this time) to let Lowell stay east.

  9. One thing that would make the TUC comparison more meaningful would be to eliminate TUCs that have losing records. Having teams with losing records as TUCs gives too many easy wins to their competitors. Currently there are three such TUCs with losing records. The combined record of Colorado College, Ohio State, and Michigan is 47-52-15. That means that there are a whole lot of wins against losing teams that are currently being tallied as wins against TUCs. These easy wins skew the pair wise comparisons in favor of the teams that had the not-so-significant accomplishment of beating one of these three teams with losing records.

    • yes, UM vs UW is good but UM vs UND is the best; 12 combined titles, numerous appearances, frozen fours, wins, hobeys, venom. This is best rivalry of all, although, to the fact there are more people in the eastern seaboard, BC BU probably won the vote
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  10. Does anyone know how Providence’s chances of making it are? I think they would be pretty good if UNH is making the tournament. After all, they went 4-1-1 against them.

  11. I can only hope that the Fighting Sioux come to play in the Providence region. Although I know its a slim shot at best, would be nice to see my boys

  12. BC and UNH stay out East and Lowell could end up heading to Grand Rapids and they’re Tops in HE….what’s up with that??? Think they’re getting kinda hosed here…..

  13. Pic 69 shows in rather stark terms why the B1G has been an utter failure. Even at the end, crowds at the CCHA finals at the Joe were not this bad. No one in the upper deck. Most sections empty or having a dozen or so people. The four sections along the sides being — at best — 20% full. Yes when Minnesota plays tonight — in the most advantageous time slot of the first two days — the place will not be empty. But if the final is PSU/OSU, or possibly even UM/OSU the stands on Saturday will once again look like they did yesterday. The B1G gambled big time and thought that the B1G brand was so meaningful it would translate into something that just isn’t going to happen. Outside of SEC football most people gave up rooting “for their conference” years ago. Michigan fans hate OSU and MSU and wouldn’t root for them over Satan, and don’t pay attention if they are not playing them. They are indifferent to the other 3 teams in the B1G hockey conference. The same or similar statements can be made about the other 5 teams as well. The argument for TV coverage on the B1G network is stale too. B1G hockey teams were a staple on the network in the years preceding the formation of the hockey conference and it isn’t like B1G hockey games have a tremendous presence now. The sad part is, they will never admit their mistake. They could have zero fans show up and 3 people watch on TV and still pat themselves on the back. And two interesting conferences were replaced by one very few people give a 2h!t about.

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