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UMD coach Miller wins No. 350

No. 1 Minnesota 8, Clarkson 3

HAMILTON, N.Y. -- No. 1 Minnesota skated to an 8-3 win against Colgate to complete a sweep over the Raiders in the season-opening series at Starr Rink Saturday afternoon.

Nine Gophers recorded points in the win, including seven multi-point efforts. Rachael Bona, Hannah Brandt and Maryanne Menefee led the Gophers with four points each. Bona and Menefee each tallied two goals and two assists while Brandt posted four assists.

Junior Rachel Ramsey scored two goals, and senior Sarah Davis and Milica McMillen each added two points on one goal and one assist. Freshman Kelsey Cline recorded her first-career points with a pair of assists.

Sophomore Amanda Leveille made 24 saves, while Colgate's Ashlynne Rando made 14 saves before Susan Allen stopped 17 shots in relief. Minnesota outshot Colgate, 39-27.

The teams combined for six first-period goals, and the Gophers took a 4-2 lead into the first intermission. The Raiders and Gophers exchanged two goals over a 94-second span beginning when Colgate opened the scoring at the 9:59 mark of the period. Ramsey and Menefee scored game-tying goals after Colgate took 1-0 and 2-1 leads.

Davis then broke a 2-2 tie with a power-play goal at 13:16 of the first period, and Minnesota never looked back. Bona added her first goal of the game with 31 seconds remaining in the period to give the Gophers a 4-2 lead after the opening frame.

The Gophers (2-0-0) added two second-period tallies from Menefee and Bona. Following Bona's goal, Allen replaced Rando in net for Colgate. The Raiders were not without opportunities in the second stanza, out-shooting Minnesota 12-9 with eight shots on two power plays.

Colgate's Kueber scored her second of the game on the Raiders' fourth power-play opportunity to cut the Gophers' lead to three, 6-3, with 12:47 remaining. McMillen and Ramsey pumped in insurance goals in the final six minutes to seal Minnesota's 51st consecutive win.

No. 2 Boston College 5, Maine 1

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Sophomore Haley Skarupa scored two goals and had one assist and freshman Andie Anastos notched a goal and an assist of her own as No. 2 Boston College defeated Maine Sunday night at Kelley Rink 5-1.

Anastos gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the first period with her first collegiate goal. The forward from Rockville, Md. picked up her own rebound and flipped the puck over the pads of Maine goaltender Meghann Treacy for the opening score.

Freshman Kristyn Capizzano doubled the lead at 17:06 of the first period when she poked in a loose puck at the goal mouth that had been fired in by Lexi Bender. The goal marked Capizzano's first as an Eagle.

At 16:18 of the second period, Skarupa skated with the puck from circle to circle and lifted a wrister into the top of the net to give BC a 3-0 lead. Maine pulled within two at 5:15 of the final frame when Brianne Kilgour took advantage of a two-on-one and beat Eagles netminder Corinne Boyles to make the score 3-1.

The Eagles scored the final two goal of the game, with a power play goal from freshman Haley McLean and a shorthanded breakaway by Skarupa, her second of the game.

Boyles stopped 18 of 19 shots and improves to 1-0-0. Treacy made 39 saves and allowed five goals. She falls to 0-1-0.

No. 1 Minnesota 8, Clarkson 3

CANTON, N.Y. -- After winning its first two games of the season with plenty of offense, No. 3 Clarkson relied upon a solid defensive outing to defeat archrival St. Lawrence 4-1 at Appleton Arena in Canton on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Knights, who completed a non-conference sweep of their North Country neighbor, also skated past the Saints 5-2 at Cheel Arena on Friday night.

Clarkson outshot St. Lawrence 30-17 on the Saints' home ice and limited the home team to just eight shots over the final 40 minutes. Senior Erica Howe made 16 saves, including nine first-period stops to post her 62nd career win.

Four different players accounted for the Clarkson goals.

The Knights scored early and late in the opening frame to hold a 2-0 advantage through the first period. Senior Shelby Nisbet started the scoring at 1:52 when she lifted in a rebound at the side of the net after a shot by sophomore Olivia Howe. Freshman Genevieve Bannon started the play by working the puck free along the boards and sending a pass up to Howe.

With the period winding down, Clarkson struck again as senior defenseman Vanessa Plante fired in shot from the point through traffic that classmate Vanessa Gagnon knocked in at 17:37. Senior Brittany Styner assisted.

After a scoreless second period, the Knights sandwiched a pair of goals around St. Lawrence's lone tally to clinch its fifth victory in their last six meetings against the Saints.

Bannon collected her second collegiate goal at 3:38 of the final frame, knocking in a rebound in front for a power-play marker. Plante set up the goal with a shot from the point. Gagnon also assisted.

St. Lawrence got on the scoreboard with its own power-play goal, midway through the period as Jackie Wand scored during a scramble in front at 8:11.

The Saints pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker with 2:46 remaining, but the Green and Gold withstood the pressure and sealed the win with an empty-net goal by senior Jamie Lee Rattray with 34.3 seconds left. Nisbet and sophomore defenseman Jennifer Shields assisted.

Clarkson went 1-of-4 on the power play and killed off three of four St. Lawrence man-advantage opportunities.

No. 4 Wisconsin 5, Minnesota State-Mankato 1

MADISON, Wis. -- No. 4 Wisconsin scored five goals in the final 30 minutes to overpower WCHA foe Minnesota State-Mankato 5-1 at LaBahn Arena Saturday afternoon.

Redshirt junior Brittany Ammerman paced the Wisconsin offense, lighting the lamp twice to bring her season total up to three goals. Senior Madison Packer and junior Blayre Turnbull each tallied their first goals of the season, while freshman Sarah Nurse punched in her first collegiate goal in the third period.

Senior goaltender Alex Rigsby recorded 28 saves, including 15 in the final stanza.

Coming off a 3-0 victory against MSU yesterday, the Badgers had their hands full from the start with a physical Maverick lineup. But Wisconsin pushed back, putting five goals on the board to complete the sweep of Minnesota State. Wisconsin finished the tilt with 37 total shots, eight more than MSU’s 29.

No. 6 North Dakota 6, Lindenwood 1

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Ralph Engelstad Arena turned into a shooting gallery Saturday night, as North Dakota outshot Lindenwood 75-9 en route to a 6-1 victory, and a weekend sweep, against the Lady Lions.

It was another night of first with three players scoring their first collegiate goal. Having tallied three assists the previous night, freshman Susanna Tapani picking up the team’s third goal. Defenseman Johanna Fallman scored her first goal halfway through the second period and Samantha Hanson scored hers just over five minutes into the third.

Freshman netminder Lexie Shaw also made her collegiate debut, playing 30 minutes and making 3 saves. Sophomore tender Shelby Amsley-Benzie started in net and made five saves before conceding the lone Lindenwood goal.

Lindenwood’s goaltender Nicole Hensley made her presence felt often throughout the game, making a total of 69 saves. Hensley anchored the Lady Lions’ penalty kill, making 17 saves shorthanded, to keep UND scoreless on seven power-play chances. She also denied UND freshman forward Lisa Marvin of a potential hat trick, stopping the Warroad, Minn., native three times at the backdoor throughout the contest.

North Dakota’s D-corps had an outstanding night, creating two goals and three assists in the game, while firing 24 shots on net. Overall on the weekend, the defensive unit for UND amassed three goals, four assists and 52 shots.

Senior captain Michelle Karvinen started off the scoring in the first period with an unassisted goal. Karvinen drove to the net along the right side and fired a shot over Hensley’s glove for her first goal of the season.

Andrea Dalen capped off the 6-goal effort for UND in the third period, roofing a loose puck in the slot for her second goal of the season.

Junior forward Josefine Jakobsen tallied two assists in the game, giving her four on the weekend. Jakobsen and Tapani both lead UND with six points, Jakobsen with two goals to go along with her four assists, and Tapani with one goal and five assists off the weekend.

The UND penalty kill continued its perfection, shutting down all three Lindenwood’s chances with the man advantage in the game.

No. 9 Minnesota-Duluth 6, Connecticut 1

DULUTH, Minn. -- No head coach in Division I history has been more successful than Minnesota-Duluth head coach Shannon Miller, and now only two have compiled more wins.

With a 6-1 triumph against Connecticut Saturday night at AMSOIL Arena, Miller became just the third coach in NCAA history to reach the 350 victory plateau. The Bulldogs buried the Huskies in the series, outscoring UConn 13-1 and strengthening their grip on the Hockey East with a 18-4-2 all-time mark against WHEA foes and a stellar 6-0 showing against the Huskies.

Mirroring their offensive firepower from the night before, the Bulldogs found the twine three times in the opening stanza.  Jamie Kenyon connected on two power-play goals at 2:20 and 11:36, and rookie center Ashleigh Brykaliuk popped in the first goal of her career at 14:53.  The Huskies used a shorthanded tally with just 1:12 left in the period to net their first goal of the weekend and pull within two heading into the first intermission.

Strapped with four penalties in the second period, the Bulldogs still found away to the net.  Sophomore winger Alivia Del Basso collected the first goal of her career off a face-off win by freshman center Demi Crossman, and 2:19 into the final stanza, Katherine McGovern buried another cross-crease pass from Crossman to put the Bulldogs up 5-1.  Rookie winger Bailey Wright shoveled through a rebound with 1:14 remaining in the contest to ice the game at 6-1 for the Bulldogs.

UMD shelled the Huskies on the night, outshooting UConn 59-16.  Karissa Grapp, starting in her third career game as a Bulldog made 15 saves while her counterpart in the Huskies net turned away 45.  The Bulldogs held UConn scoreless in six power-play attempts while connecting on two of their four extra skater chances.

No. 10 Ohio State 4, Mercyhurst 3 (OT)

ERIE, Pa. -– Ohio State 2013-14 season with an overtime victory 4-3 on the road against Mercyhurst Saturday night.

The Buckeyes, who haven’t lost a season opener in nine years, got the game-winning goal 2:02 into overtime from junior Taylor Kuehl. Assists on the winning goal were by senior Ally Tarr and junior Sara Schmitt. Kuehl had a share of the team lead in goals scored last season with 13.

Following a scoreless opening stanza, junior defenseman Kari Schmitt scored a pair of goals four minutes and seven seconds apart to give the Buckeyes a two-goal advantage. Her first score coming 6:32 into the period with assists by Tarr and Sara Schmitt, her second at the 10:39 mark with assists by freshman Claudia Kepler and redshirt junior Kara Gust.

Mercyhurst got on the scoreboard 3:28 into the third period while on the power play with a goal from Christine Bestland. The Lakers finished the game 1-4 with the extra attacker while the Buckeyes were 0-3 on their power play opportunities. Christie Cicero found the back of the net at 5:52 of the third to knot the score up at 2-all.

Sophomore Kendall Curtis put the Buckeyes up 3-2 as she scored her first career goal at the 8:40 mark of the period. Tarr and junior Danielle Gagne were credited with the assists on the score. Tarr had three helpers on the night.

With 2:05 remaining in regulation, Jenna Dingeldein scored for the Lakers to tie the game at 3-all and send the game into overtime.  

Redshirt senior goaltender Chelsea Knapp finished the game with 35 saves for Ohio State, who were outshot by Mercyhurst 38-28.

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