No. 8 Robert Morris has historic day, cruises by No. 10 Quinnipiac 5-1
HAMDEN, Conn. -- Robert Morris broke out an eraser on the program record book on Saturday afternoon, as it exploded for four goals in the second period en route to a 5-1 victory against the Quinnipiac Bobcats.
Robert Morris (19-3-2, 8-1-1 CHA) extended its nation-leading unbeaten streak to 13 games and tied a school record for wins in a season, originally set by the 2011-12 CHA championship team. The victory also gave head coach Paul Colontino the 53rd of his career, moving him into first place for career wins in program history.
With her second-period goal, junior Rebecca Vint became just the third player in program history to eclipse the 100-point barrier, joining senior assistant captain Thea Imbrogno as current RMU players who hit the mark this season. The tally also gave herthe 50th goal of her career, making her the third player to reach that milestone as well.
The Bobcats spoiled freshman goaltender Jessica Dodds' bid at her fifth shutout when Shelby Wingall scored 1:34 into the third period. Despite the goal, Dodds stayed unbeaten in her career (16-0-2) by stopping 26 of 27 shots and helping RMU kill off all eight penalties it faced.
Vint now sits two goals away from tying the program's career record of 53, set by Brianna Delaney (2008-12). Her linemate Imbrogno will become the fourth player in RMU history to topple the 50-goal mark with two more.
Freshman forward Brittany Howard notched an assist and moved into a tie for fourth in single-season points (32) and a tie for second in single-season assists (20). Howard needs just two helpers to tie Vint's record of 22, set in the 2011-12 season.
No. 2 Wisconsin 3, Bemidji State 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Senior Alex Rigsby earned her 92nd career win to pass Jessie Vetter for the most in Wisconsin history as the Badgers defeated Bemidji State 3-1 on Saturday at the Sanford Center.
Rigsby, who missed the past seven games due to an injury, came back and played strong for the Badgers, making 19 saves to improve to 9-2-2 on the season.
After a scoreless first period, the Badgers capitalized on their first power play of the game, as junior Katy Josephs sent a wrister past BSU goaltender Brittni Mowat to give the Badgers a 1-0 advantage. A minute later, Wisconsin netted a short-handed goal as junior Brittany Ammerman tallied her 16th goal of the year to propel the Cardinal and White to a 2-0 lead after two periods of play.
Bemidji State added a goal early in the third period as Alex Citrowske knocked in a rebound to make it a 2-1 contest. The Badgers added an insurance goal late in the game as junior Karley Sylvester scored an empty net goal with less than 30 seconds to go.
No. 6 Harvard 3, No. 3 Cornell 2
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Harvard finished off a four-point ECAC road trip to Central New York in style, knocking off Cornell 3-1 in Lynah Rink. The win by the Crimson (14-2-2, 10-2-1 ECAC) was the first against the Big Red (14-2-3, 9-1-2 ECAC) in Ithaca since the 2008-09 season and moved Harvard into sole possession of first in the conference standings with 21 points.
Six different Crimson earned at least a point but the defensive unit proved to be a major factor in the victory. In the net, Emerance Maschmeyer steered away 30 shots to earn her 11th win of the season, while the Crimson combined for 22 blocked shots, compared to five by Cornell.
For just the second time in 2014, it was the Crimson that struck first. Samantha Reber did well to start the play by securing the puck in the defensive zone and flipping it to Hillary Crowe near the blue line. Crowe then sent a long dump pass up the boards where Miye D'Oench reigned it in just north of the faceoff circle. Her momentum carried her nearly parallel to Cornell's Lauren Slebodnick, but she was able to beat the netminder near glove side, squeaking one in from the far edge of the right circle to put the Crimson up 1-0 early.
With the game tied at one entering the second period, junior captain Marissa Gedman one-timed a nifty short pass from Reber, who was flying up the boards into the offensive zone. Gedman's third goal of the season gave the Crimson a crucial 2-1 cushion after 40 minutes of play.
No. 4 North Dakota 3, St. Cloud State 1
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- North Dakota completed a weekend and regular-season sweep of St. Cloud State with a 3-1 victory on Saturday afternoon at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
North Dakota improves to 15-5-2 (12-4-2-1 WCHA) and remains in third place in the WCHA with 39 points. St. Cloud is now 4-19-3 (3-15-2-1 WCHA) and remains tied for sixth place in the WCHA with 12 points.
Senior forward Michelle Karvinen had two goals and freshman Amy Menke had two assists to help lift UND to the win.
Shelby Amsley-Benzie made 20 saves in the victory
No. 5 Clarkson 4, Brown 1
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Sophomore Olivia Howe tallied a goal and two assists as Clarkson defeated Brown 4-1 on Saturday afternoon.
The win improves the Golden Knights to 17-4-3 (8-2-2 ECAC Hockey) on the season, while the loss drops the Bears to 2-13-4 (1-9-2 ECAC Hockey). Clarkson is now tied with Quinnipiac for third in the conference while Brown remains tied for last.
Freshman Genevieve Bannon got the scoring started at the 15:47 mark in the first period with a power-play goal. Assisted by Howe, the goal was the second with the man advantage of the weekend for Clarkson. The goal is the eighth of the year for Bannon.
The scoring continued at the 6:31 mark of the second period, as this time Bannon found Howe with help from junior Jennifer Shields to give the Knights a 2-0 lead. Howe now has six goals on the season.
Clarkson would really put some distance between the two squads 1 minute later as senior captain Carly Mercer took a pass from Howe and beat Brown goaltender Aubree Moore for her eighth goal of the season to put the Knights up 3-0.
Brown would get on the board at the 14:51 mark of the third period as Alli Rolandelli beat senior goaltender Erica Howe (14 saves) to make the score 3-1, but the Bears would not score again.
Senior Jamie Lee Rattray would add an empty-net goal with an assist from sophomore Reneta Fast to reach the final of 4-1. Rattray is now tied for the most goals in program history with 67 career scores.
No. 7 Boston College 2, Vermont 0
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Freshman Andie Anastos scored a goal and notched an assist and Corinne Boyles stopped 34 shots in her 11th career shutout as Boston College earned a 2-0 Hockey East victory against Vermont at Kelley Rink on Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles took an early 1-0 lead at 13:36 of the first period. Kate Leary Skated down the ice to the right circle where she backhanded a pass to Andie Anastos along the left boards. Anastos sent a pass across the ice to a streaking Emily Pfalzer who picked up the puck along the inside edge of the right circle and wristed a shot under the right arm of Vermont goaltender Roxanne Douville for her third goal of the season.
Anastos netted her 11th goal of the season at 7:32 of the third period, giving the Eagles a 2-0 lead. Fellow freshman Haley McLean took a pass from Anastos and fired a shot on net from the corner of the crease, the puck trickled loose behind the net and Anastos scooped it up and slid a wrap-around shot under Douville’s pads and into the net to conclude the scoring in the game.
BC netminder Corinne Boyles stopped 34 shots and improves to 13-4-2 on the season. Douville stopped 44 shots and falls to 5-8-3.