No. 1 Minnesota 4, Bemidji State 0
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Three second-period goals lifted Minnesota to a 4-0 win against Bemidji State.
Meghan Lorence got the scoring started three minutes into the second period with an even-strength goal. Four minutes later, Rachel Ramsey would move the score to 2-0 on her third goal of the year. Kate Schipper ended the scoring in the period with a power-play goal at the 18:29 mark of the period.
Meghan Lorence finished the scoring with a goal in the third period for the Gophers.
Amanda Leveille made 10 of her 19 saves in the third period for the shutout. Despite getting the loss, Brittni Mowat made 42 saves for Bemidji State.
No. 2 Wisconsin 5, Lindenwood 1
MADISON, Wis. -- A balanced offensive effort resulted in two Badgers scoring their first collegiate goals in Wisconsin's 5-1 victory against Lindenwood at LaBahn Arena on Friday night.
For freshman Mellissa Channell and redshirt freshman Mikayla Johnson, head coach Mark Johnson's daughter, the goals were the first of their college careers.
Junior Karley Sylvester was the first to score in what turned out to be an eventful first stanza. During a UW power play six and a half minutes in, Sylvester snuck a rebound shot past Lindenwood goaltender Nicole Hensley, resulting in her second power-play goal and the team's eighth of the season.
But Lindenwood's Lyndsay Kirkham answered, flicking the puck past senior goaltender Alex Rigsby to tie the score with three minutes left in the first period. Less than 30 seconds later, Sylvester connected with senior Madison Packer for the answer, giving the Badgers a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.
Wisconsin created a comfortable lead in the second frame, scoring two goals and outshooting the Lady Lions 22-5. Ammerman started the offensive flurry, sending a hard wrister from 20 feet out during Wisconsin's second power play that landed in the back of the net under five minutes into the period.
In the heart of the period, sophomore Rachel Jones broke down the right lane and found Johnson near Lindenwood's crease, who poked the puck past Hensley to record her first collegiate goal. The goals awarded the Badgers a 4-1 lead entering the final stanza.
The final goal came from Channell, who soared a slap shot from 15 feet inside the blue line over Hensley's shoulder at the beginning of the third period to tally her first collegiate goal.
No. 3 Cornell 6, No. 5 Clarkson 3
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Senior goaltender Lauren Slebodnick picked up her 54th career victory and junior forward Jillian Saulnier reached the 100-point plateau as Cornell doubled-up Clarkson 6-3 in its ECAC opener.
Slebodnick is now the winningest goaltender in Big Red history, as she passed former teammate Amanda Mazzotta who she tied with two wins against Northeastern last weekend.
Clarkson challenged the Cornell netminder throughout the course of the game, creating traffic in front to generate scoring opportunities and posting a 41-24 advantage in shots. However, thanks to effective shot-blocking by the Big Red in the defensive zone and poise from the veteran Slebodnick, Cornell was able to weather the storm.
Cornell had three first-period goals as Saulnier scored twice and Caroline DeBruin added the third. The Big Red were only able to bring a two-goal lead into the break since Shannan MacAulay scored for Clarkson.
Each team had a second-period goal with Hayleigh Cudmore scoring first to give Cornell a 4-1 lead. Jamie Lee Rattray scored the first of her two consecutive goals to help inch Clarkson one goal closer.
Rattray would open the third-period scoring but Jessica Campbell and Alyssa Gagliardi each added a goal.
Syracuse 4, No. 4 Boston College 1
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse used excellent defense and an up-tempo offense to defeat Boston College 4-1 on Friday night at Tennity Ice Pavilion. Kallie Billadeau made 43 saves for the Orange.
Syracuse (3-4-0) was efficient on offense, who took 25 shots compared to BC's 44 shots on net. The Orange were 1-for-6 on power play opportunities and the penalty kill unit continued its excellence, holding off the Eagles in eight man-up chances including a five-on-three situation.
SU netted its first goal of the game early in the first period when Jessica Sibley scored her third goal of the season. Nicole Ferrara gained control of a faceoff and slid the puck to Danielle Leslie who then passed it to Sibley at the bottom of the left circle. She navigated around two defenders and flung it into the net to put Syracuse up 1-0.
Allie LaCombe was responsible for the game-winning goal for the second consecutive game, sending one in on the power play. She tipped in a Kaillie Goodnough slap shot from the blue line in front of the goal and gained the 2-0 advantage at the beginning of the second period that would ultimately be enough to defeat the Eagles.
Margot Scharfe also had a tip in late in the second stanza to increase the Orange lead to 3-0 going into the final period of play. Scharfe took a faceoff and quickly positioned herself in front of the net to chip in a shot from the top of the right circle by Nicole Renault.
Boston College ended the shutout in the middle of the third period when Lexi Bender brought one down the ice and gave it to Melissa Bizzari, who attempted a shot on goal but Kate Leary was able to send the rebound into the net, cutting the SU lead to 3-1.
Sadie St. Germain had the last say in the contest, taking back the three-goal lead just 48 seconds later. St. Germain hit her mark 10 feet in front of the goal in time to accept a pass from Leslie, who controlled the puck after Julie Knerr won a faceoff. Neither team would add any more to the board in the last nine minutes of play.
No. 6 North Dakota 2, St. Cloud St. 1
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Senior captain Michelle Karvinen led North Dakota with two goals to a 2-1 victory against St. Cloud St. on Friday night at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
St. Cloud St. proved to be a pesky opponent as the Huskies blocked a total of 27 of UND’s attempted shots.
Michelle Karvinen gave North Dakota a first-period lead with a goal 48 seconds into the game. That lead lasted until 11 seconds into the second period when Julia Gilbert tied the game.
North Dakota had many opportunities to take the lead in the third period, but strong play from the SCSU goaltender Julie Friend kept the game tied. UND’s persistence paid off with just under six minutes remaining in the third. Josefine Jakobsen connected with Karvinen at the back door to put UND up 2-1. Friend almost recovered the shot, but dove back to cover the puck just after it crossed the goal line.
No. 7 Harvard 4, No. 9 Quinnipiac 2
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A four-goal second period, including two from sophomore Dylanne Crugnale, gave Harvard a 4-2 season-opening win against Quinnipiac on Friday evening at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The Crimson improve to 1-0-0 for the third season in a row after handing the Bobcats (5-1-1, 0-1-0 ECAC) their first loss of the season.
Crugnale led the way for the Crimson with her two scores, but both Sarah Edney and Hillary Crowe tallied a goal and assist on the evening to give three Harvard skaters two points against the Bobcats. Samantha Reber, Mary Parker and Jessica Harvey all picked up helpers in the conference victory. Between the pipes, Emerance Maschmeyer, coming off a stellar freshman campaign, stifled 19 shots in the game.
Crowe ended the stalemate early in the second frame on a power play, finding the back of the net after redirecting an Edney shot from the high slot to give Harvard a 1-0 lead. A little more than two minutes went by before the Crimson struck again, this time as Crugnale trickled one through traffic and past Laden's pads in the crease to extend the lead to 2-0.
Minutes later, Quinnipiac broke through when Nicole Brown roared down the ice to convert a two-on-two opportunity for the Bobcats. But Edney, who was on ice for all four of Harvard's goals on Friday, retaliated with a nifty shot from just inside the right circle during another Crimson power play. Her shot bounced right off Laden's shoulder and bounced high and right across the goal line to make it 3-1 in Harvard's favor.
Crugnale found luck with her second goal when she took advantage of a heavy Harvard forecheck. After stealing the puck feet in front of the crease, Crugnale sent it home through Laden's skates to make it 4-1 in the home team's favor.
No. 8 Mercyhurst 2, Maine 1
ERIE, Pa. -- Mercyhurst beat Maine 2-1 on Friday evening. The Lakers improved to 4-3-1 in the season and the Black Bears fell to 0-4-1.
Sophomore Emily Janiga scored two minutes into the first period to mark her second goal of the season. The Lakers were on the offensive attack and moving the puck around Maine's goaltender Meghann Treacy. Paige Horton moved the puck to senior Christine Bestland at the left side of the faceoff circle. Bestland then took a shot on net which Treacy gave up a rebound to Janiga who stuffed the puck into the back of the net.
The Lakers headed into the second period with a 1-0 advantage. Maine however kept the pressure on as it attempted 10 shots on net to the Lakers' 15.
The Black Bears finally broke through on Mercyhurst goaltender Amanda Makela at the 3:58 mark into the second period. Jess Vallotton capitalized on the second power-play opportunity that was given to Maine. Vallotton used the screen by one of her teammates to shoot from the blue line past Makela to the top right corner of the net. Emilie Brigham and Kayla Kaluzny added the assists.
Mercyhurst answered back before the end of the second period to regain the lead. The even-strength goal by senior Christine Bestland was scored with just 4:40 left to go in the middle period. Bestland took a shot that hit the pads of Treacy, which Bestland then lifted over top of the netminder's glove. Senior Christie Cicero and sophomore Maggie Rothgery added the assists.
The late second period goal was enough as both goaltenders did not let a puck pass through in the third period. Mercyhurst outshot Maine 43 to 24 throughout the entire contest. Bestland led the team with eight shots on net, while Cicero was second with an attempted six.
Makela improved to 4-3-1 after allowing just one goal of the 24 shots faced in the 60:00 minute played. Treacy fell to 0-4-1 in the season after allowing two goals and stopping 41 shots.