Weekend wrap: Nov. 19

No. 2 Boston College vs. Connecticut
Erin Connolly, Caitrin Lonergan, and Daryl Watts each scored for the Eagles in their 3-0 win on Friday. Saturday, the Huskies took a lead early in the third period on   a goal by Natalie Snodgrass, but Watts tied the score, and it ended in a draw.

No. 3 Colgate at Yale
Breanne Wilson-Bennet scored twice and Annika Zalewski contributed a goal and an assist for Colgate as they won 5-1 on Friday.

No. 3 Colgate at Brown
Megan Sullivan led the Raiders with two goals in the 5-3 win. Samantha Swanstrom scored twice for Brown.

Quinnipiac at No. 4 Clarkson
Kenzie Lancaster gave the Bobcats a 1-0 lead after the first in a four-on-four situation. Michaela Pejzlová tied it for Clarkson in the second. Kristy Pidgeon put the Golden Knights ahead about halfway through the final frame before Lancaster tied it up with 2:50 to on a power play. Melissa Samoskevich scored her third straight game-winning goal just :25 into OT to give Quinnipiac the 3-2 win.

Princeton at No. 4 Clarkson
Rhyen McGill, Michael Pejzlová, Meaghan Hector, and Taylor Turnquist led Clarkson to a 4-0 win. Shea Tiley made 29 saves in the shutout. Last week, Tiley set the school record for career shutouts and with this win set a new program record with her 91st win.

No. 5 Ohio State at Bemidji State
Tatum Skaggs put Ohio State on the board first, but Paige Beebe and Sylvia Marolt had Bemidji State up 2-1 after the first period. In the second, Liz Schepers tied it up for the Buckeyes before a shortie from Haley Mack put the Beavers up again. Julianna Iafallo tied it up for OSU and the game ended in a 3-3 tie. Bemidji State won the shootout and the extra conference point.

St. Cloud State at No. 6 Minnesota
Alex Woken scored twice and Nicole Schammel scored once to give Minnesota a 3-0 lead in the first and that would be all they needed. The Gophers won 3-0 on Friday.

Princeton at No. 7 St. Lawrence
Karlie Lund had two goals and an assist for Princeton while Rachael Smith, Kennedy Marchment, Hannah Miller, and Justine Reyes each had a goal and an assist for St. Lawrence in this 4-4 tie.

Quinnipiac at No. 7 St. Lawrence
Kayla Nielsen and Justine Reyes each had a goal and an assist for St. Lawrence in their 4-2 win. Melissa Samoskevich scored both goals for Quinnipiac, but they weren’t enough to overcome the Saints.

No. 8 Cornell at Brown
This one was all Big Red as they rolled to a 5-1 win. Kristin O’Neill had three assists for Cornell. Sena Hanson was the lone scorer for Brown.

No. 8 Cornell at Yale
Kristin O’Neill, Diana Buckley, and Madlynne Mills gave Cornell a 3-0 win over Yale.

Merrimack vs No. 10 Providence
Cassidy MacPherson, Madison Sansone, Maureen Murphy, and Kate Friesen each scored for Providence on Friday night en route to a 4-1 win. Megan Fergusson was the goal scorer for Merrimack.


    • Penn State did beat Lowell at Lowell this year. I know Lowell came out flat, but in my opinion, leaving Lowell with a win is very hard to do.

      • Is that your standard response to any criticism of PSU? I think I read the same thing last week. Unfortunately, beating UML once isn’t going to get them into the tournament any more than their falling pairwise is. The only reason they are currently listed here is that due to scheduling, they lead the Little 10 with 3 conf wins. That won’t be the case in March.

        • Yes, it is my standard response at this point. I have a ton of respect for Lowell this year. You can’t beat them by luck or accident, especially at Lowell. PSU beat them at Lowell. Only Harvard (currently #1 in the pairwise) and Michigan have been able to do it this year.

          • It’s a moot point. Like VV said, not any one win gets you in the tourney. Might really mean something IF there was a regional at Lowell, but there isn’t. Bold prediction here: PSU doesn’t make the tourney unless they clinch the auto-bid. That is the most realistic shot they’ve got.

          • Exactly, and in the realm of ‘snowball’s chance in …” PSU’s conference wins have amounted to one squeaker over Michigan, and two wins over meek Wisconsin. They aren’t winning the Little 10, let’s get realistic. The conference is Minnesota’s to lose. Take a look at PSU’s remaining schedule. By my estimate, they’ll need to win 80% or better and do so while including wins vs MN and VT (the only remaining ranked teams on the schedule) to even begin to think about moving their pairwise into the top 16. As much as it is a feel good story about a third year varsity program who has had a bit of success, it is more about teams taking them lightly than it is about long term success. I hope they prove me wrong (as a native Pennsylvanian), I just don’t think it’s happening this year.

          • Just a few things in reply regarding PSU’s NCAA chances:
            First to clarify: One PSU win over Lowell at Lowell does not mean they will or should make the NCAA tourney. I think it does show that on any given night, PSU can play with anyone and come out with a win, even on the road at Lowell.

            The Penn State / Vermont game is a “neutral site” game in Philadelphia. This may help PSU come out with a win against a ranked opponent. This will be a great test to see where PSU is against another tough Hockey East team.

            Minnesota is an excellent team but they are not the powerhouse team of years ago. They just lost their own tourney. They also got outplayed and lost to a sub .500 Northeastern team in Boston last month. (I realize Northeastern is extremely skilled, very inconsistent, and their current record is not indicative of their potential).

          • 2 things:

            1. Minnesota got beat with 2 critical pieces at the world Juniors and one critical piece hurt. I wouldn’t count on that trend (losing) continuing.

            2. NU is better (probably much better) than their record suggests. Getting Witt back was huge.

          • The ‘moderate’ piece has had more impact than Fasching or Collins, even if the stats don’t agree. Very talented player.

            Bracketology 10 weeks out amounts to mental masturbation. Very hard to argue that ND, BU, Harvard, UMD and UML don’t make the tourney.

          • Agree, and agree.

            I’m not saying that that Bristedt isn’t talented, just that Fasching is a beast.

          • There was another critical piece missing, maybe the most critical, that is coming back this weekend, Brady Skjei.

  1. If Harvard wins Lake Placid, the ECAC could end up with just one team in the NCAA’s. Looks like we are tracking back to the EASY-AC

    • I would say that is a bit premature considering ECAC has won two straight National Championships. I bet in the end 2-3 ECAC teams get in. 16-18 right nowin PWR are ECAC and I am not yet ready to count out my defending national champion Dutchmen (although they need to get going in a hurry!!)

  2. For the love of God could we please switch to regional sites hosted by the top seeds? I know there could be scheduling issues and attendance issues if the top seed goes out in the first game, but most of these neutral sites games are just embarrassing – especially when you consider it’s the postseason

    • Did you watch the Ice Breaker tourney in South Bend early this year? Holy crap talk about embarrassing attendance. And now they’re having a regional there? I know it was planned in advance but the NC$$ is going to take a huge hit in the you know what. Maybe that’s good for them!

      • And especially in an environment where they’re trying to keep players from jumping to the CHL…hard to convince people this is really the “big time” when part of the national tournament is played in front of 1,000 people in Cincinnati

      • Yeah considering it took about 2 minutes to sell out, I think you are right – not an issue in Fargo. The issue is the rink is just way too small for an event like this. Would be great to see MN get put in that bracket and for UND/MN to play, that would be fun in a barn that size. That place would literally rock.

  3. I’m confused when the top 16 in the pairwise are listed they show #14 Denver, #15 Merrimack, and #16 Quinnipiac, but in Step One suddenly Quinnipiac has jumped to #14 with Denver and Merrimack dropping out to make room for Penn State and Robert Morris. Shouldn’t Denver still be #14 with Merrimack and Quinnipiac dropping out since those three teams were not tied? And even if they were tied Denver has the highest RPI of the three so it would still be #14, right?

    • Because Conference Champions get automatic bids. That said, somebody has to suffer. In this scenario, it’s Denver and Merrimack.

    • Each conference has an autobid and that goes to the conference champion. This analysis assumes that the current team in first place in those conferences would win those autobids. Since both PSU and RMU are ranked lower than Denver and Merrimack, they effectively are bumped out of the tournament since they’re in the bottom two spots.

  4. These bracketologies are useless because everything will change in the next 3 months. That being said, North Dakota would absolutely love their bracket!

      • Have to agree the rankings/polls mean nothing at this time of the year, but the Bracket sites are going to be the same. When is the NCAA going to realize these sites don’t work, they need to get back on campus for the first round. How can the NCAA sell the finally 16 tournament when you have crowds of maybe 1000 people in large rinks. It really makes the National tournament look like a joke

      • The key difference between the Pairwise and the polls is that the Pairwise matters for something and the polls don’t matter at all.

        • The Pairwise was not being compared to the polls, the bracketology was. Yes the Pairwise matters, but not so much now as it will in March. I could care less who is where in the Pairwise right now.

  5. Hard to believe you both picked against Northeastern’s power play, especially at Matthews Arena. Also, a Maine sweep on the road is overdue. You are not insane Dave.


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