Weekend wrap: Oct. 8

Ohio State at No. 4 Minnesota
The tides have turned in the WCHA. Minnesota is still struggling to find its footing and the holes in their defense were exploited this weekend. On Friday, junior Jacyn Reeves put Ohio State up 2-0 less than four minutes into the game, setting the tone for the rest of the game. Minnesota tied the game in the second, but North Dakota transfer Charly Dahlquist scored her first goal as a Buckeye to give them their first win over Minnesota since 2007. On Saturday, it was the Gophers who struck first, netting two before eight minutes had passed in a crazy first period that had five goals. OSU pulled ahead by scoring three straight, but Caitlin Reilly forced overtime with a late goal for Minnesota, tying it 5-5. Ohio State outshot the Gophers 41-31, including a 9-0 advantage in the extra frame. Julianna Iafallo and Tatum Skaggs scored in the shootout to give the Buckeyes an extra point.

No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth at No. 3 Boston College
On Friday, Kenzie Kent opened the scoring for BC before Ashton Bell answered for UMD. From there, the game belonged to Boston College freshman Daryl Watts, who scored three straight to give the Eagles a 4-1 win. On Saturday UMD outshot BC 31-26, but a pair of goals by sophomore Caitrin Lonergan was enough to lift Boston College over the Bulldogs. Bell and Catherine Daoust scored power-play goals midway through the third to pull the game close, but couldn’t find the equalizer as Boston College won 4-3 and a sweep on the weekend.

No. 8 Northeastern vs. Boston University (home-and-home)
Boston University jumped out to a 2-0 win with power-play goals from Kristina Schuler and Nara Elia on Friday, but Northeastern clawed back and sophomore Matti Hartman tallied the game-winner in overtime to give the Huskies a 3-2 conference win. Northeastern’s top line dominated on Saturday as McKenna Brand had two goals and an assist, and redshirt junior Tori Sullivan (a transfer from BC) and senior Denisa Krížová each had a goal and an assist en route to a 6-3 win.

Providence vs. Quinnipiac (home-and-home)
Providence jumped out to a 3-0 lead Friday thanks to goals from Emily Landry, Brooke Boquist, and Madison Sansone and Quinnipiac could not recover. The Friars extended their undefeated start to the season with a 3-1 win. Saturday, Providence outshot Qunnipiac 37-29, including 15-5 in the first period, but could not find the net. Abby Cleary netted the game’s only goal with about five minutes to go in the second and it would go on to be the game-winner as the Bobcats won, 1-0.

No. 1 Wisconsin at Syracuse 0
The Badgers swept Syracuse, 1-0 and 5-2. Friday, Abby Roque got what turned into the game-winner at 6:35 of the second, while Kristen Campbell made 20 saves in the shutout. Saturday, Lauren Williams broke the game open at 9:03 of the third, making it 4-2, and Mikeaela Gardner added insurance at 17:22.

Bemidji State at No. 2 Clarkson
The Golden Knights struggled in both games, but emerged with a sweep. On Friday, Avery Mitchell scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal at 2:33 of the third in a 2-0 shutout. On Saturday, the scoring came fast and furious, and Elizabeth Giguere’s goal for Clarkson at 9:36 of the third, appeared to seal the win, putting the Golden Knights up 5-2, but Bemidji rallied for two goals in the final 1:25 with an extra attacker, making the final 5-4.

St. Lawrence at Mercyhurst
No. 6 St. Lawrence earned a win and tie on the road against Mercyhurst, winning 4-1 on Friday and tying 1-1 on Saturday in a defensive battle, as Grace Harrison made 19 saves for the Saints and Sarah McDonnell made 18 for the Lakers.

Robert Morris at Minnesota State
No. 9 Robert Morris swept Minnesota State, winning the first game 2-1 in OT on Brittany Howard’s unassisted goal, and rolling to a 6-2 win Sunday.

23 COMMENTS

  1. Here’s my little prediction. Somebody that otherwise would not be in wins the NCHC tournament and bull rushes their way into the dance. 6 teams have legitimate shots at wining that conference tournament, IMHO.

    • The bracket buster to worry about is a team other than Ferris State winning the WCHA. They are unlikely to get 2 teams into the top 15 pairwise, and Ferris State will get a bid if they lose their tournament. This scenario will bump the 15th team Pairwise. With the NCHC, if NoDak or DU wins the tournament, they probably knock out Duluth. Tougher to see 3 teams from the NCHC

      • I’d have to say this is more accurate. I’m a Ferris grad and will always support the Dawgs, but this scenerio is far more likely. I wouldn’t count them out, as they have been dominant in the WCHA this year, but anything can happen in the playoffs. Just look at BGSU in the old CCHA playoffs knocking out the likes of Ferris, Western and Michigan at times.

  2. Can you spread the 4 ECAC teams across all four regions so that we can have an all ECAC Final 4, the way the hockey gods always intented it should be !!!! :)

    • We had that with the WCHA back in 2005. Ever since, they only put teams from the same conference in three regionals. Besides, the ECAC has nothing on the B1G.

    • The top three first round match ups are hockey east vs ecac teams, I don’t see the ecac winning any of them. But they’ll be fun games to watch. I really like the PC v Union storyline. Gillies doesn’t look the same since the world jrs but he should right the ship soon.

  3. Farley proceeded to fall over after being tied up by rau and lay motionless for 5 minutes. He then got up and scored on his first shift of a 5 minute power play that he created through his theatrics.

  4. Your “Interesting…” section is all messed up. Wisconsin and Minnesota aren’t in the same regional, and Michigan isn’t in Ohio. Not sure what you’re talking about there, but it’s certainly interesting….

  5. One slight nit pick. In terms of rankings, it seems the Midwest is a little soft (36 places in seedings) while the Northeast (32) is a little strong after the St Cloud / Lowell swap. Is Michigan such a draw in Cincinnati that a Cornell / Michigan swap would not make sense? Cornell travels well, and that kind of equalizes the strength of each regional at 34. It weakens Worcester, but with both UML and BC there, you have a draw for each 1st round game and odds are at least one of the high seeds advances.

    Really like 3 of the regions for keeping locals close

    • Your not going to have to worry about Michigan, they are going to drop out of the top 16. They have 3 more games against Minnesota and the pressure is going to build on there freshman goalie

  6. You don’t need to worry about attendance in St. Paul with Wisconsin and Minnesota, so send Minnesota Duluth elsewhere so you protect from a #13 seed in state rival.

    • Are you stupid? UMD draws 10x better than Wisconsin does. Need proof? Check out the replay of the 2011 NCAA Championship game…Where was that game? OHHH St.Paul 150 miles down the road. Jesus christ.

  7. 218hockey seems like a real hater. Dude needs to relax. Gophers facing a scary pod if UMD and Wisconsin are in it. Those 3 schools always play each other tough, no matter the rankings or location. And as much as I like Vermont, I’d love to see them drop out and be replaced by North Dakota. Imagine that group!! Minnesota-Wisconsin-UMD-North Dakota. I can dream.

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