Bemidji State at (1) Wisconsin
On Saturday, Mekenzie Steffen put Wisconsin up 1-0 midway through the first period. Bemidji responded with a goal by Reece Hunt early in the second to tie the game at one. The Badgers began to pull away in the second-half of the game. Britta Curl scored the game-winner 11 minutes into the second. In the third, Nicole LaMantia extended the lead and Sophie Shirley’s empty-netter secured a 4-1 win. On Sunday, Abby Roque opened the scoring for Wisconsin. They added goals from Daryl Watts, Shirley and Caitlin Schneider to make it 4-0 before Paige Beebe ended the shutout. Wisconsin earned another 4-1 victory and weekend sweep. The Badgers have killed 26 straight penalties.
(2) Minnesota at (9) Ohio State
The Buckeyes started off strong, out-shooting Minnesota 7-0 to begin the game and scoring just 1:55 into the first as Liz Schepers put them up 1-0. Grace Zumwinkle responded for the Gophers to tie it at one at the end of the first period. Ohio State pulled ahead in the second with goals from Gabby Rosenthal and Emma Maltais to make it 3-1. Zumwinkle’s second of the day, a power play goal with 68 seconds left in the second, closed the gap to 3-2 with one period to play. In the third, Emily Oden tied the game with half the period yet to play, but Minnesota could not complete the comeback. Schepers scored her second of the game two minutes later and the Buckeyes held on to earn the 4-3 win. On Saturday, Jenn Gardiner’s first period goal had Ohio State up until midway through the second, when Zumwinkle tied it for Minnesota. Amy Potomak gave the Gophers the lead seconds before the end of the second. In the third, Zumwinkle and Taylor Heise scored within two minutes of each other late in the period to make it 4-1. Schepers’ cut the lead to two, but the Buckeyes could not complete the comeback as Minnesota won 4-2.
(3) Northeastern at Providence
Clare Minnerath recorded her second career shutout and a career-high 33 saves to lead Providence to a 1-0 win. Hayley Lunny’s second period goal was the only tally in the game as the Friars handed Northeastern their first loss of the season.
Lindenwood at (4) Clarkson
Michaela Pejzlova put Clarkson on the board four minutes into the game, but that’s all the offense they could muster. Lindenwood responded with a goal of their own from Jada Burke late in the second. The Lions owned the faceoff circle over the first two periods, though Clarkson eventually evened it up with third-period pressure. The Golden Knights outshot Lindenwood 44-22, but this one ended in a 1-1 tie. On Saturday, Clcarkson responded emphatically to take a 7-0 win. Rhyen McGill scored twice in the first and was joined by Elizabeth Giguere and Gabrielle David to make it 4-0 at the first period break. Tia Stoddard and Giguere each found the back of the net in the second and Brooke McQuigge iced the win was a goal in the third to make it 7-0.
(8) Robert Morris at (5) Cornell
Jamie Bourbonnais and Gillis Frechette each had a goal and three assists, while Maddie Mills added two goals as Cornell cruised to a 6-0 win on Friday. In game two, it was Micah Zandee-Hart with the eventual game-winner midway through the second. Two goals from Frechette in the third guaranteed the 3-0 win and weekend sweep for Cornell.
Syracuse at (6) Princeton
It took Princeton a bit to get going in their first game of the season, but when they did, they didn’t slow down. Savannah Rennie’s first period power play goal had Syracuse up 1-0 for more than 30 minutes of the game. Midway through the third, the Tigers seemed to find their comfort zone as Carly Bullock tied it up. Mariah Koepple scored the game-winner a few minutes later and Bullock added an empty-netter to secure a 3-1 win on Friday. In game two, it was Bullock again that led the way, as she scored 1:13 into the game and again midway through the first. Claire Thompson added a goal in the third to lead Princeton to a 3-0 win and weekend sweep.
Holy Cross at (6) Boston College
Five different Eagles scored as Boston College took a 5-1 conference win over Holy Cross. Kelly Browne and Hannah Bilka had BC up 2-0 before five minutes had elapsed. Alexie Guay extended the lead in the third before the Crusaders took one back on a goal from Sommer Ross. Savannah Norcross scored late in the second and Willow Corson added one in the third to give BC the win.
Maine at (6) Boston College
The Black Bears got on the board first with a power play goal from Ida Kouppala. Boston College responded a minute later with a goal from Maegan Beres. The Eagles took a 2-1 lead :30 into the second frame on a goal from Hannah Bilka. Kouppala tied it up with another power play tally, this time early in the third. Ally Johnson gave the Black Bears the lead with an extra attacker goal of her own, but Bilka was able to tie it up with under two to go and salvage a tie for Boston College.
Penn State at (10) Boston University
Goals from Kristina Schuler and Sammy Davis had Boston University up 2-0 after the first period on Friday. Brooke Madsen’s short-handed goal cut the deficit near the end of the second, but the Terriers responded 1:24 into the third with a goal by Abby Cook to extend the lead to 3-1. Rachel Weiss’ power play goal once again made it a one-goal game, but Nara Elia and Kaleigh Donnelly scored late in the third to earn BU the 5-2 win. On Saturday, Julia Nearis and Deziray DeSousa put the Terriers up 2-0 in the first. Katie McMillan cut the lead for Penn State early in the second period, but that’s as close as it would get. Nearis, Donnelly and Cook each scored to give Boston University the 5-1 win and weekend sweep.