(1) Minnesota at (10) Minnesota Duluth
On Friday, all for regulation goals were scored during the second period. Anna Klein put UMD on the board first, but Emily Oden tied it up for Minnesota. Sydney Brodt responded less than a minute later to put the Bulldogs up again, but Alex Woken scored just before the buzzer to make it 2-2. The game ended an official tie, but the WCHA added a 3-on-3 OT period and that’s where Jalyn Elmes tipped one five-hole on Sidney Scobee to earn UMD an extra conference point. In game two, the second period was once again the crucial one, with five goals scored. Minnesota jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Sarah Potomak and Catie Skaja. The Bulldogs responded with goals from Anneke Linser and Brodt to tie the game at two. The Gophers had two more goals before the period was over to take a 4-2 lead into the final frame. Ashton Bell scored with less than a minute to go in the game, but UMD could not complete the comeback and the Gophers won 4-3.
(2) Wisconsin at St. Cloud State
The Badgers jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Sophie Shirley, Daryl Watts and Britta Curl. St. Cloud State responded with two goals late in the second period from Mckenna Wesloh and Hallie Theodosopoulous to make it 3-2 after the first two periods. In the third, Mekenzie Steffen’s power play goal extended the lead, but Theodosopoulous responded with an extra attacker tally of her own. Sophie Shirley’s empty-net goal secured the 5-3 win for Wisconsin. In game two, the Badgers stuck early as goals from Brette Pettet and Watts put the Badgers up 2-0 just 2:19 into the game. Theodosopoulous cut the lead in half, but Abby Roque’s late first-period goal extended the lead to 3-1 and that’s as close as this game would be. Watts made it 4-1 before Jenniina Nylund cut the lead to two for St. Cloud State by the end of the second. Shirley and Dara Grieg added third period goals to earn Wisconsin a 6-2 win and weekend sweep.
Maine at (4) Northeastern
On Saturday, Northeastern’s Skylar Fontaine had the Huskies up 1-0 after the first period. In the second, Celine Tedenby tied it up for Maine. In the final frame, Katy Knoll scored the game winner to give Northeastern a 2-1 win.
(5) Clarkson at (8) Princeton
Sarah Fillier led the Tigers as they took down Clarkson 2-1. With seconds left in the first period, she took the puck off Lauren Bernard’s puck and took it in to score unassisted to put Princeton up 1-0. Fillier doubled the lead in the second. Clarkson responded with a goal from Brooke McQuigge early in the third period, but the Golden Knights could not complete the comeback and Princeton won 2-1.
Connecticut at (6) Boston College
On Friday, Savannah Norcross had the Eagles up 1-0 after the first, but Connecticut responded. Emily Reid placed a put over Kelly Pickreign’s shoulder to tie the game in the second and in the third, Natalie Snodgrass stole a puck and fed it to Briana Colangelo, who beat Pickreign with a shoulder fake to earn a 2-1 win. The victory gave the Huskies the season series win, something they haven’t done against BC since the 2006-07 season. On Saturday, Cayla Barnes’ individual effort had the Eagles up 1-0 after the first period. Danika Pasqua scored less than a minute into the second to tie it up and it looked like overtime was inevitable, but Savannah Norcross’ goal with 71 seconds left in the game salvaged the final game of the series for Boston College as they won 2-1.
(7) Ohio State at Colgate
Liz Schepers scored twice in the first period to put Ohio State up 2-0. In the second, Malia Schneider scored 1:33 in to cut the lead in half, but that was as close as it would get. Rebecca Freiburger responded less than a minute later by scoring two goals in 25 seconds to make it 4-1 Ohio State. Emma Maltais extended the lead to 5-1 before Darcie Lappan scored to make it 5-2 Buckeyes. Maltais’ goal right before the second period break ensured the 6-2 Ohio State win. On Saturday, Sammy Smigliani gave Colgate their first lead of the weekend with a power play goal midway through the first. That held for more than 40 minutes, but Maltais tied the game late in the third. An overtime couldn’t decide it and this one ended in a 1-1 tie.
St. Lawrence at (8) Princeton
Princeton used a four-goal second period to carry them to a 6-2 win. Carly Bullock, Sharon Frankel, Maggie Connors and Sarah Fillier all lit the lamp before seven minutes had elapsed in the second period to put the Tigers up 4-0. Rachel Teslak’s power play goal made it 4-1 heading into the final frame. Bullock scored 66 seconds into the third and Frankel’s extra attacker goal late in the game gave Princeton the win. Jessica Poirier scored in the third for St. Lawrence.
New Hampshire at (9) Harvard
Redshirt sophomore goaltender Ava Boutilier tied a career high by making 45 saves and tallied an assist to lead New Hampshire to a 3-1 win over the Crimson. Taylor Wenczkowski scored just before the end of the first to put New Hampshire up early. Tamara Thierus doubled the lead midway through the second period, but Anne Bloomer’s short-handed goal cut it back to 2-1 before the final period break. Grace Middleton scored 45 seconds into the third period to secure the win for New Hampshire.