(10) Minnesota Duluth at (1) Wisconsin
This one got off to a hot start, with the teams trading goals over the first seven minutes of the game. Abby Roque put Wisconsin up 1-0 1:10 into the game on an assist from Daryl Watts, but Minnesota Duluth responded less than a minute later with a goal from McKenzie Hewett and they took the lead three minutes later thanks to Anna Klein finding the back of the net when she was left all alone in the slot. The Badgers tied it up quickly when Roque and Watts switched roles and Watts put home a backdoor rebound off a Roque shot. The teams could not break the stalemate in the second period. In the third, Roque and Watts teamed up again. Watts fed Roque who took the puck down low and was able to get one to trickle past UMD goalie Maddie Rooney from a tough angle. Anna Klein scored her second of the night late in the final frame and it looked like this one was headed for overtime. With 75 seconds left, Alexis Mauermann earned the win for the Badgers with a well-placed shot from above the circles that beat Rooney top shelf and gave Wisconsin the 4-3 win. On Saturday, Minnesota Duluth jumped out to an early lead thanks to a goal from Gabbie Hughes that held as the only score through the first period. The Badgers came out firing after the first period break, with Sophie Shirley tying the game 20 seconds in and Maddie Rowe giving Wisconsin a 2-1 lead before seven minutes had passed. UMD quickly responded with a goal from Sydney Brodt. Britta Curl’s power play goal midway through the second would prove to be the game winner. Wisconsin added two empty net goals late in the game to earn the 5-2 win and weekend sweep.
(2) Minnesota at Minnesota State
Taylor Heise put Minnesota on the board in the first period and goals from Madeline Wethington, Emily Oden and Amy Potomak in the second period put the game away for the Gophers, who won 4-0.
(4) Cornell at (6) Princeton
This game was close during the first two periods, but the Big Red pulled away in the third to earn a 5-1 win. Gillis Frechette scored on the power play in the opening frame and Paige Lewis doubled the lead in the second to give Cornell at 2-0 lead heading into the third. The Big Red found a new gear in the third, scoring three times in six minutes to really put the game out of reach for Princeton. Grace Graham scored three minutes into the third and again a few minutes later. In between, Micah Zandee-Hart found the back of the net and suddenly Cornell had a 5-0 lead before the midway point of the period. Maggie Connors scored a late goal for the Tigers, but this one was all Cornell as they cruised to a 5-1 win.
(4) Cornell at Quinnipiac
The Big Red had four different goal scorers and 11 different players tallying a point in a 4-1 win on Saturday. Paige Lewis scored the only goal in the first period, putting Cornell up 1-0. In the second, Finley Frechette doubled the lead midway through the period before Quinnipiac responded. Sarah Coutu-Godbout made it a one goal game just before the second period break. In the third, Cornell put the game away with goals from Kristin O’Neill and Gillis Frechette to give the Big Red a 4-1 win.
Colgate at (6) Princeton
Sarah Fillier had five assists in this game, giving her 50 for her young career as she helped lead Princeton a 7-5 win in a crazy game on Saturday afternoon. For the first two periods, these two teams traded goals. It was Fillier that opened the scoring, putting the Tigers up 1-0 after just 56 seconds had elapsed. Allyson Simpson scored twice for the Raiders and Sylvie Wallin put one away for Princeton to make it 2-2 after one. Noemi Neubaurova put Colgate ahead 3-2 before the teams traded power play goals, with Carly Bullock scoring for the Tigers and Sammy Smigliani getting the goal for Colgate to put them up 4-3 heading into the third period. Princeton pulled away in the early part of the final frame, with two goals from Maggie Connors and one from Shannon Griffin making it 6-4 Tigers. Smigliani scored again to cut the lead to one, but Claire Thompson’s late short-handed goal ensured the win for Princeton.
RPI at (7) Clarkson
The Golden Knights struggled to eke out a win over the Engineers earlier this season, but must have used that as motivation as they put together a solid 5-0 on Friday. Ella Shelton scored on the power play just 47 seconds into the game. She added a second goal later in the first and Brooke McQuigge’s extra-attacker goal 16 seconds before the end of the first put the game well and solidly in hand for Clarkson as they led 3-0. Elizabeth Giguere and Meaghan Hector each scored in the second to extend the lead and secure a 5-0 win for Clarkson.
Union at (7) Clarkson
Union’s Megan Ryan took advantage of an over-eager Clarkson power play to score a short-handed goal that put the Dutchwomen up 1-0. Gabrielle David responded a few minutes later, scoring on a long possession after a power play ended to make it 1-1 heading into the first period break. In the second, Union took the lead early on a 5-on-3 power play goal from Katelynn Russ, who beat Marie-Pier Coulombe five hole. The Golden Knights seemed to find their rhythm from there. Elizabeth Giguere scored once in the second and early in the third and Brook McQuigge added a tally of her own to make it 4-2 Clarkson less than two minutes into the second period. Taylor Sawka added another goal for Clarkson late in the third. Rachel de Perio put one more on the board for Union, but they couldn’t complete a comeback as Clarkson won 5-3. It was Matt Desrosiers’ 300th win.
(9) Boston University vs (8) Boston College
The Terriers outshot the Eagles 46-21 en route to a decisive 6-0 win at home on Friday. Boston College was without Hannah Bilka and Hadley Hartmetz due to injury and could not muster much in the way of offense. BU was dominant for most of the game and goalie Corinne Schroeder was stellar for them in net, stopping anything dangerous the Eagles mustered early on. It was a complete game for Boston University, with five different goal scorers contributing to the win. Emma Wuthrich and Mackenna Parker had BU up 2-0 after the first period. But the second was where the Terriers really put the game away. Sammy Davis scored a short-handed goal, Jesse Compher added a power play tally and Courtney Correia scored unassisted in a matter of eight minutes to put the game totally out of reach for Boston College. Parker would add a goal in the third to make it a 6-0 win for BU.