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No. 1 Minnesota 2, No. T4 Wisconsin 1

MINNEAPOLIS -- Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille made 34 saves and sophomore Milica McMillen scored the game-winning goal as the Golden Gopher topped Wisconsin 2-1 in front of 2,754 fans at Ridder Arena on Friday night.

Minnesota (3-0-0, 1-0-0 WCHA) broke a 1-1 tie at the 7:12 mark of the third period when McMillen solved UW goaltender Alex Rigsby on the power play. McMillen found a hole in the slot and fired a laser past Rigsby to give Minnesota its first lead of the game.

Wisconsin (2-1-0, 2-1-0 WCHA) outshot the Gophers, 35-23, after posting a 30-11 advantage through two periods. Minnesota responded in the third, outshooting the Badgers 12-5, including six shots on two power plays.

All three goals came on the power play as the teams exchanged special-teams goals in the first period. Wisconsin struck first on a goal by Erika Sowchuk at the 11:03 mark, and the Gophers evened the score just 1:55 later. Sophomore Maryanne Menefee scored her third goal of the season when she redirected a shot by senior Kelly Terry.

No. 2 Boston College 5, St. Lawrence 2

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Sophomore forward Haley Skarupa scored three goals and added an assist to lead Boston College to a 5-2 victory against St. Lawrence on Friday night at Kelley Rink.

The Saints got on the board first at 1:42 in the first period with a goal by forward Abbey McRae. She stuffed the puck into the net just under the pads of BC goaltender Corinne Boyles to give St. Lawrence a 1-0 lead.

BC answered late in the first frame with two short-handed goals from Skarupa and Andie Anastos that were scored just 12 seconds apart. Skarupa took a feed from Taylor Wasylk and made two quick moves to beat Saints netminder Giulia Mazzocchi. Anastos got behind the defensemen, went forehand to backhand right in front of the net, and slid the puck in the far side of the goal to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.

BC scored two goals in the middle stanza, the first from Taylor Wasylk and the second from Skarupa, and went into the third period up 4-1. Freshman Kristyn Capizzano assisted on both goals, marking her second and third of the season.

Skarupa scored her third goal of the game, and her fourth point, when she fired the puck into the net from the slot at 9:40 in the final frame. After pulling their goaltender with a little more than a minute remaining in the game, the Saints notched the final goal of the contest with one second remaining, making the score 5-2. Mel Desrochers found the puck in the middle of a scramble in front of the net and lit the lamp just before time expired.

No. 3 Clarkson 2, Syracuse 1

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Carly Mercer, senior captain for Clarkson, scored both of the Golden Knights' goals as the Green and Gold won their fourth consecutive game with a 2-1 victory at Syracuse on Friday night.

The Knights have won five consecutive against the Orange, with four of those games decided by just one goal.

Friday nights' win at Syracuse was the 200th all-time win for Clarkson, now in its 11th season as a Division I program. The Knights' all-time record stands at 200-130-40.

No. 7 Boston University 2, Rensselaer 2

TROY, N.Y. -- Boston University began the regular season with a 2-2 tie at Rensselaer on Friday night at Houston Field House.

Sophomores Jordan Juron and Rebecca Russo each had a goal and an assist to lead the BU (0-0-1) offense. Senior Kerrin Sperry was strong between the pipes, making several saves among her 34 for the game. She stopped 19 shots in the third period and overtime to preserve the result.

Juron scored the Terriers’ first goal of the season just 2:42 into the opening period. An Engineer player tried to clear her zone but Juron made a play at the blue line to knock the puck off an RPI (1-1-1) stick and knock it behind goaltender Kelly O’Brien’s cage. Russo retrieved the puck, turned and fired the perfect pass to Juron, who beat O’Brien short side.

The Engineers tied the game nearly nine minutes later when Alexa Gruschow potted her first goal of the season. Both teams had plenty of chances in the opening stanza, as BU and RPI each registered 13 shots on goal.

The Terriers began the second period on the power play and wasted little time taking advantage. In a similar play to what set up the first goal, Juron got the puck from behind the RPI net and found Russo in front, who went top shelf to give BU a 2-1 lead. Senior Kaleigh Fratkin had the secondary assist.

Despite outshooting BU in the third period, RPI was unable to beat Sperry until the 12:15 mark of the period when Taylor Mahoney redirected a puck that beat trickled behind Sperry to tie the game, 2-2.

No. 10 Ohio State 2, St. Cloud St. 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State skated to a 2-2 tie with St. Cloud St. on Friday night at the OSU Ice Rink. Each team picks up a point in the league standings while the Huskies pick up an extra point by edging the Buckeyes in the shootout, 2-1.

Junior Taylor Kuehl got the Buckeyes out to an early lead, scoring her second goal of the season 7:02 into the opening period. Assists on the score were credited to juniors Sara Schmitt and Kari Schmitt.

St. Cloud St. answered back with a first-period goal of its own as Julia Gilbert found the back of the net at the 13:36 mark with assists from Molli Mott and Abby Ness.

Sara Schmitt gave the Buckeyes another lead 5:29 into the second, her first goal of the season. Kari Schmitt and senior Becky Allis picked up the assists. They each have had multiple points in each of the first two games this season and share the team lead with four points each.

The Huskies would get the equalizer on a shorthanded goal by Cari Coen at the 9:45 mark of the third and following a scoreless overtime the game went to the shootout.

In the shootout, redshirt senior Chelsea Knapp made the first stop on an attempt from Audrey Hanmer and senior Ally Tarr put the Buckeyes up 1-0 after beating SCSU goaltender Julie Friend. The Huskies then responded with two successful attempts by Amanda Monkman and Mott while Friend stopped a Kuehl attempt and sophomore Julia McKinnon sent a shot wide.

Knapp finished the game with 24 saves for Ohio State while Friend stopped 41 for St. Cloud State.