Weekend wrap: Feb. 26

No. 9 Robert Morris at Lindenwood
Robert Morris clinched its first-ever CHA regular-season title with a weekend sweep of Lindenwood. On Friday, Brittania Gillanders put the Lions up, but two goals by Jaycee Gebhard gave the Colonials the edge. On Saturday, eight different Robert Morris skaters tallied points in a 3-0 shutout to sweep and secure the regular-season title.

No. 10 Quinnipiac at No. 8 Princeton
The first game was one to remember, as it stretched more than three hours and into a third overtime before Quinnipiac’s Kate MacKenzie scored the game-winner. Princeton jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Bobcats scored three straight to take the win. In game two, the Tigers scored twice in a matter of two minutes in the second period to earn the win and force a game three. On Sunday, Molly Contini and Sylvie Wallin gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead before the end of the first and they would not relinquish it. Meghan Turner scored for the Bobcats with just 13 seconds left in the game to cut the deficit, but it was not enough. Princeton advances to the ECAC semifinals.

Vermont at Providence
The first game featured four power-play goals and a short-handed tally and Cassidy MacPherson scored her second of the game for Providence with just 8.1 seconds left to give them the 5-4 win. In game two, five different Catamounts scored in a 5-1 victory to even the series. In game three, Eve-Audrey Picard and Alyssa Gorecki each scored twice as Vermont won 5-2 to earn a berth in the Hockey East semifinals.

New Hampshire at Boston University
On Friday, New Hampshire took a 3-0 lead just five minutes into the third period and earned a 4-2 win thanks in part to two goals from Amy Schlagl. On Saturday, BU scored three unanswered in the final 21:33 of the game to get the 4-3 win and force game three. Marie-Jo Pelletier scored twice for New Hampshire and Rebecca Leslie scored twice for Boston University in the final game, but it was the Terriers that eked out the 3-2 win and advanced to the Hockey East semifinals.

Ohio State at North Dakota
Jordan Hampton scored late in the third for North Dakota to force overtime, but Lauren Boyle scored two minutes into the extra period to give Ohio State the win. On Saturday, the teams were tied headed into the final frame, but North Dakota scored three unanswered goals in the third to win 4-1. Amy Menke had three points in the win. In game three, Kayla Gardner had UND up 1-0 headed into the third period. Maddy Field tied it up for Ohio State to force overtime. Emma Nuutinen scored nine minutes into the extra period to give North Dakota a berth in the WCHA semifinals.

Bemidji State at No. 4 Minnesota
Kate Robinson, Patti Marshall, and Lee Stecklein scored for Minnesota on Friday to give the Gophers a 3-1 win. Summer Thibodeau scored six minutes into the game on Saturday to give BSU a 1-0 lead. Sarah Potomak tied it up just seconds before the end of the second period, but Ciscely Nelson gave Bemidji State the win with a goal midway through the third. On Sunday, Lauren Miller and Abby Halluska scored for the Beavers, but two goals from Kelly Pannek and one from Caitlin Reilly gave Minnesota the win and a berth to the WCHA semifinals.

The rest of the top ten

Minnesota State at No. 1 Wisconsin
Sydney McKibbon had two goals and two assists for Wisconsin in the 7-0 win on Friday. On Saturday, Sarah Nurse tallied a hat trick in a 6-0 win. Annie Pankowski had a seven-point weekend for the Badgers.

St. Cloud State at No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth
In game one, Demi Crossman and Lara Stalder each scored twice en route to a 5-0 win. In game two, six different Bulldogs scored in a 6-2 win.

Rensselaer at No. 3 Clarkson
Loren Gabel had a goal and an assist on Friday to lead Clarkson in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, Genevieve Bannon had two goals and Gabel added a goal and two assists to her weekend total to lead the Golden Knights to a 5-2 win.

Yale at No. 5 St. Lawrence
Kirsten Padalis had three assists as the Saints took game one, 4-1. Kennedy Marchment scored twice in St. Lawrence’s 4-0 win on Saturday.

Merrimack at No. 6 Boston College
Megan Keller had a goal and two assists in the Eagles’ 4-0 win on Thursday and scored the lone goal in BC’s 1-0 win on Friday.

32 COMMENTS

      • Love Rice-A-Roni! Yes a now 21 game unbeaten streak is very impressive and will undoubtedly put them atop the polls, but is beating Cornell and Colgate something to really write home about?

          • You’re right that the Gophers are third in the WCHA but I being first in the ECAC isn’t something to brag about if that is what you are implying… Pure curiosity, what would you consider QU’s most impressive win this season?

  1. I look at the UML loss to Michigan as Bazin experimenting. As he typically does in the early season games, but more so as the first game after the McGrath injury, Bazin was looking for combinations that worked. That and a bit of a ferocious Michigan forecheck. The young UML defenders were having a tough time breaking it out. Since that game, UML has definitely found line combinations that work, as evidenced by the sheer number of guys contributing to the scoresheet. They’ve got 16 different goal scorers in 7 games, with 8 of them, multiple goal scorers.

    • McGrath was injured on Opening Night against BC. Lowell played 2 games against Quinnipiac without him before the Michigan game.

    • You are actually correct on the breakout situation with Umass Lowell against Michigan. The defense couldn’t get it to the forwards. On multiple occasions I saw the centerman break too early and was at the center ice before the defensemen got the puck. I didn’t see that against UNH. Michigan also skated a lot faster then lowell, beating them to the puck every time.

      • Michigan also blocked at least a dozen UML shots, 2/3 of them from the point. yet another thing that can be attributed to having a young D Corps…forcing shots that weren’t there while Michigan went the other way, odd man rush off the carom.

  2. I look at the UML loss to Michigan as Bazin experimenting, as he typically does in the early season games, but more so as the first game after the McGrath injury. Bazin was looking for combinations that worked, that and a bit of a ferocious Michigan forecheck. The young UML defenders were having a tough time breaking it out. Since that game, UML has definitely found line combinations that work, as evidenced by the sheer number of guys contributing to the scoresheet. They’ve got 16 different goal scorers in 7 games, with 8 of them, multiple goal scorers.

    • McGrath was injured on Opening Night against BC. Lowell played 2 games against Quinnipiac without him before the Michigan game.

    • You are actually correct on the breakout situation with Umass Lowell against Michigan. The defense couldn’t get it to the forwards. On multiple occasions I saw the centerman break too early and was at the center ice before the defensemen got the puck. I didn’t see that against UNH. Michigan also skated a lot faster then lowell, beating them to the puck every time.

      • Michigan also blocked at least a dozen UML shots, 2/3 of them from the point. yet another thing that can be attributed to having a young D Corps…forcing shots that weren’t there while Michigan went the other way, odd man rush off the carom.

  3. I wouldn’t press the panic button at NU. It is still very early in the season. Yes, they lost at home to Vermont and UMass. Yes they lost at Colgate, who is ranked 4th in the polls for a good reason. Yes, they dropped two one goal games on the road again this past weekend.
    Other than the loss against Vermont, Northeastern has been in every game.
    Roy has been good in net and the line combinations are starting to work out. They are better than their record right now.

  4. I wouldn’t press the panic button at NU. It is still very early in the season. Yes, they lost at home to Vermont and UMass. Yes they lost at Colgate, who is ranked 4th in the polls for a good reason. Yes, they dropped two one goal games on the road again this past weekend.
    Other than the loss against Vermont, Northeastern has been in every game.
    Roy has been good in net and the line combinations are starting to work out. They are better than their record right now.

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