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Clarkson halts Quinnipiac's roll

HAMDEN, Conn. -- In a game featuring two of the top three goaltenders in the nation in goals-against average, eighth-ranked Clarkson prevailed on the road and handed the fifth-ranked Quinnipiac Bobcats a 3-0 loss on Saturday afternoon.

The win improves the Golden Knights to 12-3-2 (5-2-1 ECAC Hockey) and caps off an impressive weekend as Clarkson outscored both opponents by a combined score of 10-0. The loss is only Quinnipiac's second on the season as it falls to 10-2-4 (3-2-3).

Senior goaltender Erica Howe entered the game with a 1.08 goals-against average, good for third in the country. Quinnipiac's Chelsea Laden was first allowing only 0.94 goals per game prior to Saturday's contest. That changed early in the game, as the Green and Gold got on the scoreboard at the 11:22 mark in the opening period. Senior Jamie Lee Rattray took passes from classmate Vanessa Gagnon and freshman Corie Jacobson to put the Knights up 1-0.

Rattray put the Golden Knights up 2-0 with a power-play goal in the second period. The goal was Rattray's team-high 12th score, and she leads all Knights with 27 points.

Sophomore Erin Ambrose capped the scoring with a goal in the third.

Howe stopped all 23 shots she faced for her seventh shutout on the season, good for first in the nation, and put some room between herself and Laden, who is second in the nation with five shutouts.

No. 1 Minnesota 5, Yale 1

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sophomore Brook Garzone led all players with two points as Minnesota skated to a 5-1 win against Yale at Ingalls Rink on Saturday afternoon.

Ten different Gophers picked up at least one point in the team's 36th consecutive road victory, led by Garzone's two-assist effort. The win also marked head coach Brad Frost's 200th career win as Minnesota's head coach (200-37-16).

Junior Meghan Lorence scored Minnesota's second short-handed goal of the season, and sophomore Hannah Brandt netted the game-winner in the first period.

Dani Cameranesi and Rachel Ramsey also scored for the Gophers, while goalie Amanda Leveille picked up the win by stopping 19 shots.

It was the first meeting in history between the two schools.

No. 2 Wisconsin 3, No. 4 North Dakota 1

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- After a scoreless draw the day before, four special-team goals were scored, as Wisconsin came out on the right end of a 3-1 game against North Dakota on Saturday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

North Dakota controlled the play in Friday’s contest, but Wisconsin adjusted on defense to limit the amount of time UND spent in the offensive zone. Wisconsin outshot North Dakota 25-21 in the game.

A weekend-long stalemate changed in the second period when North Dakota went on its first power play of the game. However, it wasn’t in UND’s favor.

After a missed pass went the length of the ice, UW’s Karley Sylvester got to it first and walked in on UND’s Lexie Shaw to score an unassisted shorthanded goal. North Dakota responded on the same power play, with Michelle Karvinen capping off a series of passes for a backdoor goal to even the score at 1-1.

In the third period Wisconsin gained three power-play chances and scored on two of them to take a 3-1 lead. Madison Packer scored first at the 5:42 mark while Brittany Ammerman made it 3-1 9:46 into the period.

North Dakota tried to muster a rally with less than four minutes to go, as UND pulled Shaw for an extra attacker while on a power play for a six-on-four advantage. Wisconsin’s strict defense withheld the last minute barrage by UND to claim the 3-1 win.

No. 7 Boston College 6, Connecticut 2

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Junior Emily Field and freshman Kristyn Capizzano each scored two goals and 10 different Eagles recorded a point as Boston College defeated Connecticut 6-2 on Saturday afternoon at Kelley Rink.

Corinne Boyles made 16 saves and improved to 8-3-0.

Cappizzano got the scoring started with about a half-minute left in the first period on the power play. Jackie Young then gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead with a goal 4:16 into the second.

After a Huskie goal, Dana Trivigno gave BC its two-goal lead back by beating Elaine Chuli (48 saves) glove side.

Capizzano got the third-period scoring started with a goal three minutes into the frame. After Leah Buress scored a power-play goal to cut the lead to 4-2, Field then scored back-to-back goals to put the game away.

No. 10 Mercyhurst 3, Rochester Institute 2

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Three goals propelled Mercyhurst against Rochester Institute 3-2 on Saturday afternoon. 

The Lakers improved to 8-5-2 overall and 3-2-1 in the College Hockey America conference. Mercyhurst forced RIT's first conference loss of the season as it fell to 8-6-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the CHA.

Lauren Kilroy scored the game-winning goal 6:45 into the third period for the Lakers. Kolbee McCrea had scored for RIT five minutes earlier to tie the game at 2.

Dakota Waites scored the game's first goal for the Tigers, but Mercyhurst rallied for two second-period goals from Caroline Luczak and Emily Janiga to take a 2-1 lead into the final period.

Julia DiTondo had 20 saves in the win while Ali Binnington made 34 in goal for RIT.