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Roundup: Minn. beats St. Cloud State for 60th win in a row

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Freshman Kelsey Cline scored the game-winning goal as Minnesota (11-0-0, 9-0-0 WCHA) recorded its 60th consecutive victory with a 4-1 win against St. Cloud State at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Friday afternoon.

The Gophers held a 3-0 lead after two periods, but St. Cloud State cut the lead to two early in the third. However, senior Kelly Terry scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season to seal the win for the Maroon and Gold.

Senior Sarah Davis gave the Gophers a 1-0 lead at the 5:43 mark of the first period. Sophomore Milica McMillen fired a shot through traffic from the point, and senior Bethany Brausen got a stick on it before Davis poked it past SCSU goaltender Julie Friend.

Cline score her first career goal at the 14:26 mark of the second period when junior Rachel Ramsey found her in the slot, and she one-timed the puck past Friend. Junior Rachael Bona netted her seventh goal of the season 34 seconds later to make it 3-0.

St. Cloud State (1-7-3, 1-6-2-1 WCHA) cut the Gophers' lead to 3-1 at the 1:07 mark of the third period when Payge Pena buried a loose puck on the weak side. However, senior Kelly Terry scored her team-best eighth goal of the season on a solo effort at 3:51, moving the puck through the face-off circle and beating Friend up high to seal the win.

Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille made 19 saves, and Friend finished with 41 stops as Minnesota outshot St. Cloud State, 45-20, for the game.

No. 3 Cornell 3, Rensellaer 1

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Two first-period blasts from the point coupled with two-point evenings by junior Jillian Saulnier and freshman Hanna Bunton helped the Big Red to a 3-1 victory against Rensselaer on Friday night at Lynah Rink.

Saulnier got the scoring started for the Big Red with a power-play goal with less than six minutes to go in the first period. After a slow start to the game, that goal seemed to spark Cornell.

With time winding down in the period, Cornell again cycled along the right half-wall. RPI won the battle along the boards, but the falling defender was unable to clear the zone and instead put the puck right on the stick of Alyssa Gagliardi. Her slapshot was deflected in front by Bunton and crossed the line with one-tenth of a second on the clock to give the Big Red a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

RPI spoiled Lauren Slebodnick's shutout bid and cut the Cornell lead to 2-1 at the 8:58 mark of the third when Jordan Smelker played the puck from the left circle to senior defender Madison Marzario on the right point. Marzario didn't get good wood on her one-timer, but she got enough to beat Slebodnick with a high floater on the blocker side.

Cornell regained its two-goal lead about four minutes later, beating the Engineers in transition with a goal from Saulnier.

No. 5 Boston College 6, Vermont 1

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Emily Field scored two goals, 11 different Eagles recorded a point and goaltender Corrine Boyles made 30 saves to lead Boston College to a 6-1 victory against Vermont at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Friday night.

BC took the lead at 6:16 of the first period with a goal by Emily Field, and Melissa Bizzari doubled the lead at 10:48 of the opening stanza, scoring a short-handed goal on a feed from freshman Andie Anastos.

The Eagles scored two goals in about a 30-second span of the second period to really open the game. At 4:48 into the period, Haley McLean scored her second goal of the year. Haley Skarupa lit the lamp 30 seconds later with her conference-best 10th goal of the year.

After Vermont pulled its goaltender on the power play to gain a six-on-four advantage, Andie Anastos gave BC a 5-0 lead with a short-handed empty-net goal.Fields finished the scoring for the Eagles with a power-play goal with about four minutes left  in the period.

Vermont scored the lone goal of the third period and concluded the scoring of the game when Bridget Baker tallied her first goal of the year at 11:03.

No. 6 Clarkson 3, Dartmouth 0

Potsdam, N.Y. -- Timely scoring and solid goaltending led Clarkson by Dartmouth 3-0 on Friday night at Cheel Arena.

Clarkson got on the board in the first when the puck bounced behind the Dartmouth net and around to sophomore Cayley Mercer. Her shot was deflected wide but she controlled the rebound around the net and took another shot in front. Her shot was saved but freshman Jessica Gillham was there for the rebound and beat Holdcroft on her blocker side for her first career collegiate goal to put the Knights up 1-0.

Freshman Genevieve Bannon added a cushion at the 1:14 mark in the third as she beat Holdcroft to put Clarkson up 2-0. Renata Fast dumped the puck into the corner and found Jamie Lee Rattray, who passed to the middle and found Bannon open for the goal.

Rattray would add an empty net goal from just inside the blue line to put the game away for the 3-0 victory.

Erica Howe stopped all 11 shots she faced to record her second consecutive shutout and fourth on the season.

No. 7 Quinnipiac 3, Brown 1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Offense was the name of the game as Quinnipiac controlled the action with a 3-1 victory against the Brown Bears on Friday from Meehan Auditorium. The Bobcats manhandled their ECAC Hockey foe 45-9 in shots-on-goal through 60 minutes of play and used three different goal scorers to score the victory. Quinnipiac moves its unbeaten streak in conference play to four games as it improves to 8-1-2 (3-1-1 ECAC Hockey) while Brown drops to 1-3-1 (0-2-1 ECAC Hockey).

For the eighth time this season, the Bobcats pumped in the game's first goal as Babstock flicked a shot out of mid-air past Brown goalie Aubree Moore at 5:27. Freshman Emma Greco picked up a loose puck at center ice and led Kelly Babstock at the blue line with a transition pass. Babstock then back-passed to sophomore Nicole Connery who took a shot on net. Moore kicked away the save but the puck hung in mid-air long enough for Babstock to slug her eighth goal of the season home.

Brown tied it later in the first, but in the second freshman Taryn Baumgardt had time to set up her slap shot. The puck went low, past several players and deflected off Emma Woods' stick at a wicked angle above Moore and in for a goal. The goal was the ECAC Hockey's leading freshman scorer's seventh tally of the season.

The Bobcats banged home a much-needed insurance goal at 9:03 of the third off the stick of Amanda Colin. Quinnipiac forechecked the Bear defenders into a turnover right in front of Moore. The puck was loose in the crease and after several jabs, Colin stuffed one past the Brown goalie to give the Bobcats a 3-1 advantage. 

No. 8 Harvard 3, St. Lawrence 2

CANTON, N.Y. -- A three-goal first period gave Harvard all it needed as the Crimson (4-1-0, 4-1-0 ECAC) outlasted St. Lawrence 3-2 on Friday night in Appleton Arena. Three different Crimson against the Saints (4-7-0, 3-2-0 ECAC), while Harvard goalie Emerance Maschmeyer denied 26 shots on the evening.

Samantha Reber got the first-period score-fest going just 4:26 into the contest with a wrister from the right side of the net. Dylanne Crugnale maneuvered her way through the defenders and found Reber from between the circles with a smooth pass to set up the score.

Exactly six minutes later, Sarah Edney found the back of the net to give Harvard a 2-0 advantage. This time Jessica Harvey sped up the ice with Edney on a two-on-one and sent across a pass in front of the net, allowing Edney to one-time it past MacDonald for her third goal of the year.

With just under three minutes remaining, freshman Sydney Daniels gave the Crimson a 3-0 lead. Daniels, along with linemates Reber and Miye D'Oench, fought in a scrum in front of the crease, burying the puck under MacDonald's pads.

After a goal by Rylee Smith in the second and Kirsten Padalis in the third, the Crimson defense, which killed six total SLU power plays on the evening, stepped up to keep the Saints off the board the rest of the way.

No. 9 Mercyhurst 2, Robert Morris 0

MOON TWP, Pa. -- Second-period rush led Mercyhurst to its second consecutive shutout in the 2-0 win against Robert Morris on Friday afternoon.

The Lakers improved to 6-3-1 overall in the season and captured their first College Hockey America Conference win of the season (1-0-0). Mercyhurst also extended its unbeaten streak to 4-0-1.

The Colonials suffered their first conference loss of the season to fall to 2-1-0 in the CHA and 8-3-0 overall.

Junior Amanda Makela matched her season-high 31 saves in a contest to pick up her fourth shutout of the season. Maklea is now 6-3-1 while in net for Mercyhurst.

Sophomore Emily Janiga tallied the eventual game-winning goal in the middle period after the Lakers skated to a 0-0 tied after the first. Just two minutes into the second, Janiga extended her scoring streak to five contests and gave Mercyhurst the 1-0 edge. Sophomore Jenna Dingeldein contributed with the assist.

Sophomore Jaclyn Arbour scored her first goal of the contest at the 18:29 mark of the second to extend the lead 2-0 just before the end of the second period. Senior Christine Bestland and junior Molly Byrne added the assists.


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