No. 1 Minnesota 2, No. 4 Wisconsin 0
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota recorded a 2-0 win to earn a series sweep against No. 4 Wisconsin at Ridder Arena Saturday evening.
Senior Kelly Terry scored two third-period goals to lead the Gophers. Minnesota (4-0-0, 2-0-0-0 WCHA) outshot the Badgers 33-27 in the game, and sophomore Amanda Leveille made 27 saves in her first shutout of the season.
Wisconsin (2-2-0, 2-2-0-0 WCHA) outshot the Gophers 22-19 through the first two periods, but Minnesota's offense once again found a spark in the third period.
Terry broke the scoreless tie with 14:18 remaining when she scored her first goal of the season off a feed from freshman Dani Cameranesi and junior Rachel Ramsey. Terry lit the lamp again less than eight minutes later, sealing the Gopher victory at the 13:30 mark of the third period. Senior Baylee Gillanders and Cameranesi picked up the assists on the play.
The win extended Minnesota's NCAA-record winning streak to 53 games.
Both teams were scoreless on the power play after all three goals came on special-teams play in last night's 2-1 Gopher win. Minnesota was 0-for-4 with the man advantage while holding Wisconsin scoreless on two power-play opportunities.
Wisconsin (2-2-0, 2-2-0-0 WCHA) received 31 saves from senior goaltender Alex Rigsby.
No. 2 Boston College 2, St. Lawrence 1
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Freshman forward Andie Anastos scored the game-winning goal, her third goal of the season, and goaltender Corinne Boyles made 32 saves to lead Boston College to a 2-1 victory against St. Lawrence on Saturday afternoon at Kelley Rink.
Anastos gave the Eagles the lead for good at 12:47 of the final frame when she picked up a St. Lawrence turnover in the neutral zone, skated past the defense, and buried the puck in the back of the net to make the score 2-1. She has now scored in each of the team’s first three games.
BC took a 1-0 lead at 3:46 of the middle stanza with a goal from Emily Field. She found a loose puck in front of the net and slid it between the pads of Saints netminder Giulia Mazzocchi and into the back of the net.
St. Lawrence answered with a power-play goal from defenseman Dayle Wilkinson at 11:11 of the second period to even the score at 1-1. Wilkinson, a Stouffville, Ontario native, blasted a rebound from the edge of the circle into an open net, as BC goaltender Corinne Boyles was caught out of position after saving the initial shot by Alex Moore.
No. 3 Clarkson 4, Syracuse 0
POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Senior goaltender Erica Howe came through with a big effort during the final 20 minutes and Clarkson closed out a hard-fought game against Syracuse with two late, third-period scores to defeat the Orange 4-0 on Saturday afternoon at Cheel Arena.
The Golden Knights, who skated past Syracuse 2-1 last night, are perfect to start the 2013-14 campaign, matching their best start with a 5-0 record.
The Knights dominated the first two periods against the Orange (1-3), out shooting the visitors 30-12 through 40 minutes en route to grabbing a 2-0 lead. Senior captain Carly Mercer, who tallied both goals in the win at Syracuse on Friday, opened the scoring midway through the first. Mercer picked up a rebound at the side of the net after a tip by her sister, sophomore Cayley Mercer, and knocked in her fourth goal of the season, a power-play marker at 10:33. Sophomore defenseman Erin Ambrose started the play with a shot from the point.
At 8:11 of the second period, freshman Genevieve Bannon gathered in a pass at the blueline, skated in front and slipped a shot past the Orange goaltender for a 2-0 lead. Junior Christine Lambert and Carly Mercer were credited with the assists.
Benefiting from three power plays and a shortened Clarkson bench due to injuries, Syracuse came on strong during the final 20 minutes, but Howe stood tall in the Clarkson net and held off the Orange to record her 16th career shutout. Howe posted 14 third-period saves and finished with 26 overall.
Ambrose tallied her team-high seventh goal of the season shortly after the Knights went on a power play. Ambrose took a pass off a faceoff from Carly Mercer, skated up ice and flipped in a dump-in that bounced off the back boards, over the Syracuse net and deflected off the back of Orange goaltender Kallie Billadeau into the goal at 16:57.
With 23 seconds remaining, senior Vanessa Gagnon stole the puck at center ice and sealed the Knights' sixth consecutive victory against Syracuse with an empty-net tally.
No. 6 North Dakota 4, No. 9 Minnesota-Duluth 3
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Down two goals to start the third period, North Dakota put together a final-period rally for a 4-3 win against Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday afternoon in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
North Dakota outplayed the Bulldogs the entire game, but struggled to find the back of the net early and, after outshooting Minnesota-Duluth 23-14 through two periods, UND found itself on the losing end of a 3-1 scoreline to start the third period.
UND picked up its pressure in the final period as the Bulldogs fatigue started to become apparent. It took less than three minutes for the added pressure to pay off, as Becca Kohler crashed the net with her linemates, Michelle Karvinen and Meghan Dufault, putting in a rebound to cut UMD’s lead to one.
Less than a minute later, defenseman Sam LaShomb got in on the offensive rush and took a slap shot that beat UMD goalie Kayla Black to tie the game with a little more than 16 minutes left to play in the period.
With less than seven minutes left in the third, another defenseman stepped up for North Dakota. This time Sam Hanson took a shot from the point and Josefine Jakobsen got a stick on it to deflect it past Black for a 4-3 UND lead.
UND goalie Shelby Amsley-Benzie played a major part in the final minutes to keep her side on top. Amsley-Benzie stopped a UMD breakaway and a backdoor-rebound attempt off a defensive-zone face off within the final stretch. She would end the game with a total of 15 saves for her third win of the season.
No. 7 Boston University 3, Union (N.Y.) 2
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Sophomore Rebecca Russo scored two goals, including the overtime winner, to help lift Boston University to a 3-2 win at Union (N.Y.) on Saturday afternoon at Messa Rink.
BU (1-0-1) salvaged the full result thanks to senior captain Louise Warren's goal with 32 seconds remaining in regulation. With senior goaltender Kerrin Sperry (27 saves) pulled in favor of an extra attacker, the Terriers hemmed Union in its own zone. Freshman Samantha Sutherland got the puck to senior Kaleigh Fratkin at the top of the zone, from where she fired a shot that Union goaltender Shenae Lundberg (45 saves) stopped. The rebound landed on Warren's tape and she buried it at the right post to force the extra period. Sutherland's assist is her first collegiate point.
Russo's game-winner came right off of an offensive-zone draw. Sophomore Jordan Juron won the faceoff right to Russo, whose shot trickled through Lundberg's pads and into the back of the net to earn the Terriers' first victory of the season. Russo now has three goals and an assist in her first two games of the year.
Juron and Russo combined for the first goal of the game at the 10:59 mark of the opening frame when Russo lifted a shot past Lundberg from the slot. The duo has combined to produce four of the Terriers' five goals this season.
The Dutchwomen tied the game at the 17:54 mark of the first period when Christine Valente knocked in a loose puck at the doorstep. The game remained tied through the end of the second stanza, though BU outshot Union, 13-4, in that period.
No. 10 Ohio State 4, St. Cloud St. 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State picked up its first WCHA victory of the season on Saturday afternoon at the OSU Ice Rink, downing St. Cloud St. by a final score of 4-2. With the win the Buckeyes improve to 2-0-1 on the season and 1-0-1 in league play.
Redshirt senior Chelsea Knapp stays unbeaten on the year as she stopped 28 of 30 shots faced. Julie Friend made 23 saves for the Huskies and fell to 0-1-2 this season.
The Buckeyes went 2-4 on the power play and stopped all five of the Huskies power-play opportunities. OSU was 10-for-10 on the penalty kill in the series. Shots on goal were 30-27 in favor of St. Cloud St.
Junior forward Danielle Gagne put the Buckeyes out front early with her first score of the season. Her goal at the 2:06 mark of the opening stanza was assisted on by junior defensemen Sara Schmitt and Kari Schmitt and gave OSU a 1-0 lead.
On the Buckeyes first power play chance of the afternoon, senior forward Ally Tarr picked up her first goal of the season and gave Ohio State a two-goal advantage at 3:26 of the first. Junior Taylor Kuehl picked up the assist on the score.
Sophomore forward Kendall Curtis scored what would be the eventual game-winner at 7:50 of the second period with an assist by Gagne. The second goal of the season for Curtis gave OSU a 3-0 cushion at the time.
After controlling periods one and two, the Buckeyes let the game get close again in the third as the Huskies made a charge, scoring two goals in the first four minutes of the period.
Abby Ness scored just 43 seconds in on a nice breakaway score with assists to Molli Mott and Julia Gilbert. Mott then made it a 3-2 game at the 3:25 mark of the third, redirecting an Audrey Hanmer shot in front of the net for her first score of the season. Hanmer and Ness were credited with the assists on the goal.
Kari Schmitt gave the Buckeyes some breathing room at the 14:13 mark, finding the back of the net for the third time this season and giving OSU a 4-2 advantage. Sara Schmitt and Tarr assisted on the goal which came on the power play, the fifth and fourth helpers of the season for them, respectively.