Top 10 Roundup
Wasylk's goal lifts BC; Robert Morris beats No. T7 Boston U.
No. 1 Minnesota 6, No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth 3
DULUTH, Minn. -- Freshman Dani Cameranesi and senior Kelly Terry each recorded three points as Minnesota skated to a 6-3 win and a series sweep against Minnesota-Duluth in front of 1,594 fans at AMSOIL Arena on Saturday night.
Eight Gophers recorded points, including seven multi-point efforts. Cameranesi had two goals and one assist, while Terry scored once and tallied two helpers. Senior Sarah Davis netted two goals.
Junior Rachael Bona, sophomore Hannah Brandt and freshman Kelsey Cline each recorded two assists, and sophomore Maryanne Menefee recorded two points on one goal and one assist.
The Gophers (6-0-0, 4-0-0 WCHA) outshot the Bulldogs, 37-30 including a 17-11 advantage in the first period. Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille made 27 saves. The Bulldogs received 31 saves from sophomore Kayla Black, who fell to 1-3-1 on the year.
Along with Black in net, Minnesota Duluth (2-3-1, 0-3-1 WCHA) was led by senior Jenna McParland's two points on one goal and one assist.
The Gopher win pushed Minnesota's NCAA-record winning streak to 55 games.
No. 2 Boston College 4, Yale 3
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Taylor Wasylk scored the game-winning goal, a short-handed tally late in the third period, and nine different Eagles recorded a point as Boston College defeated Yale 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at Kelley Rink.
Yale got on the board first with a goal by Jamie Haddad at 7:23 of the first period. She received a backwards pass from teammate Hanna Astrom in the neutral zone, skated behind the BC defenders, and fired the puck between BC goaltender Corinne Boyles’ legs to give the Bulldogs the early 1-0 lead.
The Eagles answered with a goal of their own at 11:17 of the opening period. Melissa Bizzari flipped the puck from behind the net off Yale goaltender Jamie Leonoff’s back and into the net. The puck hit off Leonoff’s skate, bounced off the post, and kicked off the goaltender’s back into the goal to even the score at 1-1.
Phoebe Staenz gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead with a short-handed goal at 18:41 of the middle stanza. Kate Martini fired the puck down the side of the ice from behind Yale’s net and Staenz picked it up after it snuck by Bizzari on the boards, skated left to right and pushed a backhanded shot off the post and into the back of the net.
BC scored the first two goals of the third period to take a 3-2 lead. Lexi Bender buried a slap shot into the net from the top of the circle on a pass from Meagan Mangene, and Dana Trivigno found the puck in a scrum and stuffed it in to give the Eagles their first lead of the game.
Yale responded a minute and 13 seconds later when Krista Yip-Chuck grabbed her own rebound off Boyles’ pads and snuck it inside the post to draw the score even at 3-3.
Taylor Wasylk concluded the scoring and gave the Eagles the lead for good with a short-handed goal at 15:55 of the final frame. A senior from Port Huron, Mich., she skated left to right across the goal, made one move and lifted a backhanded shot off Leonoff’s glove and into the goal to give BC the 4-3 victory.
No. 3 Clarkson 1, Mercyhurst 1 (OT)
POTSDAM, N. Y. -- Senior Erica Howe posted 26 saves and junior Christine Lambert provided the goal as Clarkson skated to a 1-1 tie against Mercyhurst at Cheel Arena on Saturday afternoon.
After suffering their first loss of the season on Friday with a 2-0 defeat to Mercyhurst (3-3-1), the Knights came out strong to start Saturday's game and took a 1-0 lead at 8:41 of the first. Lambert finished off a passing combination from sophomore Olivia Howe and senior Shelby Nisbet at the back door for her first goal of the season.
Midway through the second period Mercyhurst evened the score when Emily Janiga took a pass alone in the slot from Christine Bestland and fired in her first goal of the season at 11:35. Shelby Bram also assisted.
In a scoreless third period, the Lakers outshot the Knights 6-5, but Clarkson had the better of the opportunities with a pair of power plays. The Knights final man-advantage opportunity extended into the five-minute overtime, but the Green and Gold were unable to convert despite putting five shots on goal.
For the game, Clarkson held a 31-27 shot advantage. The Knights went 0-of-7 on the power play, while the Lakers were 0-of-6 on the man-advantage.
No. 4 Wisconsin 6, St. Cloud St. 0
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin's persistent offensive attacks could not be tamed for the second game in a row as Wisconsin shut out St. Cloud St. 6-0 in the concluding contest of its two-game series against the WCHA foe.
The Badgers struggled to keep five players on the ice, tallying seven penalties and awarding the Huskies six power-play opportunities. Wisconsin's defense held fast, led by freshman goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens.
Desbiens filled the Badgers' goal for the full 60 minutes, recording the first win and shutout of her college career. She tallied 17 saves during the contest.
A multitude of Wisconsin players contributed to the scoring streak, much like the Badgers' offensive outcome in Friday night's 4-1 victory against the Huskies.
Early in the first period and just seconds into a Wisconsin power play, sophomore Courtney Burke fired the puck past St. Cloud goaltender Katie Fitzgerald from just inside the blue line to put the Badgers up 1-0. Redshirt junior Brittany Ammerman and junior Blayre Turnbull both tallied assists in the effort, giving Turnbull her fourth assist of the season.
The Badger offense rallied in the second, matching the three goals of Friday's second period with another three on Saturday. Junior Karley Sylvester lit the lamp first on an unassisted power play goal early in the period. Turnbull followed suit two minutes later with a short-handed goal, her second of the season. Ammerman finished the offensive effort with an unassisted breakaway goal that she punched over the shoulder of Fitzgerald 13 minutes into the period.
Ammerman's contribution brings her season goal count to five. After outshooting the Huskies 14-6 in the second, the Badgers led 4-0 heading into the final period.
Despite a comfortable lead, the Badgers didn't rest during the third stanza. Eleven minutes in, Ammerman managed to break away from the St. Cloud defense and connect with Turnbull near the net, awarding Turnbull her third goal of the season. Freshman Sarah Nurse then sent a wrist shot from 20 feet out past Fitzgerald with two minutes remaining, giving the Badgers the six-point lead they would finish with.
No. T5 Cornell 6, Northeastern 2
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell came out energized and in mid-season form and caught Northeastern -- playing its fifth game of the season -- flat-footed, which helped the Big Red get out to a 2-0 lead in the first four minutes en route to a 6-2 win.
Junior Monika Leck opened the scoring at 3:02 of the first period, jumping on the rebound off a Hayleigh Cudmore slapshot from the right point. Northeastern's Chloe Desjardins made the stop on Cudmore, but couldn't corral the puck. Cudmore and Woods were credited with assists on the play.
Just 35 seconds later, the Big Red again beat Desjardins on the rebound when junior Emily Fulton -- who was screening the Huskies netminder -- buried a rebound from the top of the crease to put Cornell up 2-0. Cassandra Poudrier took the initial shot on a cross-ice feed from Jessica Campbell.
Near the midway point of the first period with two seconds remaining on a Big Red power play, Poudrier sent a pass from the left faceoff dot to classmate Taylor Woods who was waiting at the bottom of the circle. Woods deked around a defender and roofed a backhander over Desjardins' shoulder and make it 3-0.
Woods' goal -- the eventual game winner -- chased Dejardins out of the net. She was replaced by Sarah Foss who would finish out the game for the Huskies.
Although they started the second period shorthanded, the Huskies came out strong in the second, still riding the momentum from their first score. A minute in, Lucie Povova caught the Big Red in transition and sent a long feed from blue line to blue line connecting with Katie MacSorley. In one-on-one with a Big Red defender, MacSorley got off a hard shot on the hash marks that beat Slebodnick high on the glove side to pull Northeastern within one, 3-2.
Hayleigh Cudmore netted the first of her two goals -- both on the power play -- 14:50 into the second when her shot from the top of the right circle trickled through the goaltender's legs. The initial shot hit Foss in the chest, but the puck dropped from her glove and rolled behind her into the net.
Three minutes and eight seconds later, Emily Fulton got her second of the night. The play started when junior Jillian Saulnier sent a pass from behind the net to Campbell who was waiting in the left circle. Campbell's shot deflected off the skate of a Northeastern defender into the slot to Fulton whose one-timer best Foss high to regain a three-goal lead, 5-2.
Cudmore's second of the night came on the power play just under two minutes into the third period, when the senior defender sent a blazing slap shot bar-down past Foss on the glove side. Poudrier picked up her third assist of the night on the play. Co-captain Jessica Campbell also picked up three helpers on the night.
Ohio State 2, No. T5 North Dakota 1
GRAND FORKS, N.C. -- Ohio State took down North Dakota on Saturday night, holding on for a 2-1 win. With the win the Buckeyes improve to 3-1-1 on the season, 2-1-1 in league play.
Senior goaltender Lisa Steffes was impressive in her first start of the season stopping 36 of 37 shots faced in a game where OSU was outshot 37-18. Steffes and the Buckeye defense held UND to one power-play goal in seven opportunities.
Sophomore forward Kendall Curtis scored at the 4:16 mark of the opening period on an unassisted goal to put the Buckeyes out front early. She has three goals in five games this season.
Ohio State took advantage of a 5-on-3 chance following a game misconduct on UND, taking a 2-0 lead at 15:58 of the first period on a goal from junior forward Taylor Kuehl. Kuehl’s third goal of the season was set up by senior Ally Tarr and junior Sara Schmitt, their sixth and seventh assists of the season, respectively.
The game saw no goals for the second period and most of the third until North Dakota finally got on the scoreboard with 3:59 remaining in regulation to cut the lead in half. UND was skating 6-on-4, following an OSU penalty and pulling their goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie, when Meghan Dufault found the back of the net. Amsley-Benzie finished with 16 saves for UND.
Robert Morris 3, No. T7 Boston University 0
PITTSBURGH -- Behind some help from local Pittsburgh product Ashley Vesci, Robert Morris earned a split against Boston University with a 3-0 victory on Saturday afternoon.
Vesci, a sophomore forward, registered the first goal of her career at the 10:08 mark of the first period. Junior forward Katie Fergus caused a turnover in the Colonial offensive zone and saw Vesci cutting toward the net. Fergus then fed Vesci the puck, and she pushed it past Boston goaltender Victoria Hanson to give the Colonials an early 1-0 lead.
RMU would hold that lead going into the second period, thanks to some stellar goaltending from freshman Jessica Dodds. The Colonials earned a 5-on-3 power play thanks to an interference call on Caroline Campbell and a checking penalty on Lillian Braga. A turnover would give Boston's Louise Warren a breakaway attempt, but Dodds stonewalled her to keep it at 1-0.
The Colonials would capitalize by lighting the lamp less than a minute later. Now on a 5-on-4 power play, senior captain Kristen Richards would find freshman forward Brittany Howard down the right end, and she would rifle a shot on net. Hanson made the initial save, but the puck rebounded right to fellow freshman Maeve Garvey who would then bat it in for her second goal of the season.
After a roughing penalty on junior forward Rebecca Vint with 1:05 left in the third period, head coach Paul Colontino would call a timeout to set up his defense for the upcoming Terrier power play. Boston would pull its goalie to make it a 6-on-4 advantage, but the RMU penalty-kill unit held strong and didn't allow a shot on net. Senior defenseman Kylie St. Louis would bury the empty-netter from the far blue line with 42 seconds left to set the final.
Dodds earned her second consecutive shutout with 21 saves on the afternoon. Dodds, a freshman who was named co-goaltender of the week by the CHA after her performance against Bemidji State last week, currently holds a scoreless streak of 124:04.
No. 10 Quinnipiac 5, Maine 2
ORONO, Maine -- Coming into the weekend with one goal this season, Quinnipiac's all-time leading scorer was certainly overdue and it paid off in a big way on Saturday in the Bobcats' 5-2 victory against Maine.
Senior Kelly Babstock erupted with three goals, the last of which being the 80th of her career, to finish with her fifth career hat trick. Four goals in the second period proved vital for the nationally ranked Bobcats on Saturday at Alfond Arena. With the victory, Quinnipiac (5-0-1) is now off to its best six-game start to a season in program history while Maine remains winless on the year.
With her three goals, Babstock ups her team-leading point total to 10 (four goals, six assists) for the season. She was supported with the first goal of the season for senior Amanda Colin and the first career tally and point for sophomore Lindsey West.
Supplying the assists for the Bobcats was freshman Emma Woods and sophomore Nicole Brown who each finished with two helpers against Maine. Woods has now produced multi-point outings in four games this season as she also extends her scoring streak to five games. Colin also added an assist to give her and Brown the first multi-point games of the season for each.
Junior Chelsea Laden made eight saves in net to pick up her fifth victory of the season while freshman Sydney Rossman entered to start to third period and finished with one save in her first career action as a Bobcat.