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Roundup: Rigsby's shutout helps No. 2 Wisconsin blank No. 8 Boston U.

VAIL, Colo. – Senior Alex Rigsby pitched her 25th career shutout, while five different Wisconsin players found the back of the net as the second-ranked Badgers blanked No. 8 Boston University 5-0 on Saturday in the second contest of a tournament at the Dobson Ice Arena.

Wisconsin got two goals in the first frame before adding three in the second.

Rigsby recorded 19 saves in a winning effort to improve to 7-2-0 on the season. The win improves Rigsby’s total win count to 90, just one game short of the school win record held by former Badger Jessie Vetter. 

Juniors Blayre Turnbull and Katy Josephs each scored first-period goals. The three goals in the second period came from Sarah Nurse, Sydney McKibbon and Karly Slyvester.

The Badgers outshot the Terriers 34-19 in the contest, and killed two penalties to bring UW’s penalty kill percentage to 90.5, the sixth-best mark in the country.

No. 1 Minnesota 6, No. 4 North Dakota 1

MINNEAPOLIS -- Freshman Megan Wolfe scored her first two collegiate goals and sophomore Hannah Brandt recorded her 100th career point as Minnesota used a four-goal second period to defeat North Dakota 6-1 in front of 1,915 fans at Ridder Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Brandt led all players with three points on one goal and two assists, while junior Rachael Bona and senior Sarah Davis each had two assists. Wolfe's two-goal effort included back-to-back tallies in the second period. She netted the game-winning goal at the 1:44 mark.

Minnesota (13-0-0, 11-0-0-0 WCHA) received 34 saves from sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille as the Gophers extended their NCAA-record winning streak to 62 games.

"We had a really good team win here tonight against a very good opponent in North Dakota," Minnesota head coach Brad Frost said. "Great crowd, and just a lot of great energy in the building to get that first one by Kelly Terry, who was a work horse all night. Even bigger was our second goal there in the second period, and we were able to continue to extend the lead with some good momentum."

Meghan Dufalt broke up Leveille's potential shutout with a goal three minutes into the third period.

No. 3 Cornell 4, Dartmouth 2

HANOVER, N.H. -- After a furious first period that saw four goals, the rest of the game was slower  but Cornell still came away with a 4-2 victory against Dartmouth.

The Big Red got goals from Hanna Bunton and power-play goals from Alyssa Gagliardi and Jessica Campbell to take a 3-1 lead into the first break.

A power-play goal from Catherine Berghuis cut Cornell's lead to 3-2 in the second but Cassandra Poudrier added a third-period goal to cap the scoring.

Lauren Slebodnick had 25 saves for the Big Red.

No. 5 Boston College 1, Princeton 1

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Sophomore forward Haley Skarupa scored the lone goal for the Eagles and Megan Millar made 33 saves as Boston College tied Princeton 1-1 at Hobey Baker Rink on Saturday afternoon.

After a scoreless period in which BC held a slim lead in shots (10-9), Skarupa scored a power-play goal at 11:10 of the second stanza. The goal marked her 13th of the season, which leads Hockey East. She stretched her point streak to six, and has 11 points in that stretch (five goals and six assists).

The Eagles were able to kill off two penalties and kept the Tigers off the board in the second period, but Princeton finally answered back with a power-play goal from Kate Leary at 13:54 of the third period.

Providence outshot BC 11-3 in the third period and was able to put enough pressure on the Eagles defense to get the equalizer.

Boston College took all five shots in the overtime period between the two teams, but was not able to find the back of the net to steal back the win.

Megan Miller made 33 stops and movies to 2-0-1. Princeton goaltender Kimberly Newell had 32 saves and is now 4-2-1.

No. 6 Harvard 2, Colgate 0

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Brianna Laing turned away 21 shots in her collegiate debut, leading the way for Harvard to capture a 2-0 win against Colgate on Saturday evening in the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. In her first start, Laing recorded the first shutout of her career and the fourth of the season for the Crimson (6-1-1, 6-1-1 ECAC).

Though the contest was limited in scoring, there was no shortage of chances. Each team reeled off 21 shots on net, but Laing's ability to keep Raider pucks from finding the back of it kept the Crimson ahead. In the first period, Natasha Rachline made it easy for Laing and the Crimson defense to breathe. Rachline, a freshman, notched her first career goal with a wrist shot from the right circle off a well-set up play from Mary Parker.

In the third, both teams combined for five penalties, but neither squad relented on the kill. After more than 16 minutes of up-and-down-the-ice action, Sydney Daniels lit the lamp for the Crimson. After Sarah Edney began the rush from the Harvard zone, Miye D'Oench swiftly moved through the Raiders' defense, attracting attention away from Daniels. D'Oench fed a quick pass to her linemate, which Daniels buried with ease past Allen to put the Crimson up 2-0.

No. 7 Quinnipiac 2, New Hampshire 1

HAMDEN, Conn. -- In what amounted to a near mirror image of Quinnipiac's performance from a night ago, the Bobcats came from behind with a late third-period game winner to defeat New Hampshire 2-1.

Junior Morgan Fritz-Ward won the game with a wrister on a breakaway that found the back of the net and gave Quinnipiac their first win against the Wildcats (1-8-1 all-time). The win pushes the Bobcats' unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2) and keeps them undefeated at High Point Solutions Arena (5-0-1) on the season. Quinnipiac's overall record moves to 10-1-3 while New Hampshire falls back to .500 at 6-6-2 this season.

For the second consecutive game Quinnipiac came from behind after allowing a first-period goal and eventually found the game-winning goal with less than three minutes remaining in the third period. Fritz-Ward's tally was her fourth goal of the season and second career game winner. Senior Kelly Babstock scored her ninth goal of the season off a nice feed from Darkagnelo to make it a 1-1 game late in the second period at 17:39.

Junior goalie Chelsea Laden was aided by a great night from her defenders as the Bobcats limited the Wildcats to only eight shots on goal and none in the third period. As a team, the Quinnipiac blocked more shots (nine) than they allowed on goal (eight). Laden picked up another victory to move her record to 10-1-3 on the season while her nation-leading goals-against average remains at 0.95.

No. 9 Clarkson 4, Providence 0

POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Junior Christine Lambert's hat trick propelled Clarkson by the Providence Friars 4-0 on Saturday afternoon in a weekend sweep at Cheel Arena.

The win improves the Golden Knights to 10-3-2 (3-2-1 ECAC Hockey) on the season and Providence drops to 4-10 (1-5 Hockey East). Clarkson outscored Providence 9-1 on the weekend and dominated the Friars from start to finish.

Christine Lambert had a goal in each period, and Jamie Lee Rattray added a goal in the second to account for all of the scoring.

Erica Howe blocked all 15 of the shots that came her way -- 10 of which came in the second-- to pick up the win.

No. 10 Mercyhurst 5, Syracuse 3

ERIE, Pa. -- Three late goals propelled Mercyhurst past Syracuse on Saturday afternoon by a score of 5-3. With the win, the Lakers improved to 7-4-2 in the season and 2-1-1 overall in the College Hockey America Conference. Syracuse fell to 6-5-1 overall and is tied with the Lakers in the CHA at 2-1-1.

With the win, Mercyhurst improved to 24-0-2 overall against the Orange. The Lakers went 1-0-1 during the weekend series, outscoring the Orange eight to six and outshooting Syracuse 66 to 54 throughout both contests.

Christie Cicero scored in both the second and third periods to lead the Lakers with two goals. Shelby Bram scored the game's lone goal in the first to give Mercyhurst a 1-0 lead. Christine Bestland gave the Lakers a short-lived lead in the third but Kaleigh Chippy scored the game-winning goal.

Amanda Makela made 28 saves in the win.