POTSDAM, N.Y. -- A goal in the opening minute of the game allowed the sixth-ranked Clarkson to manage a split against the fourth-ranked North Dakota by the final score of 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at Cheel Arena.
The win improves the Golden Knights to 13-4-2 (5-2-1 ECAC Hockey) while the loss drops North Dakota to 10-4-2 (7-3-2 WCHA).
Clarkson got on the board almost immediately, as the Knights pressured the North Dakota net and scored 23 seconds into the game. Senior Vanessa Gagnon found classmate Brittany Styner in front of the net. Styner attempted a shot but could not get a clean look and senior Jamie Lee Rattray was there to put the puck in the net for her 13th goal of the season, giving the Knights the early lead.
North Dakota outshot Clarkson 26-17 on the afternoon but failed to score on any of their six power-play attempts.
No. 1 Minnesota 9, Ohio State 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Junior Rachael Bona scored the first hat trick of her Gopher career to lead the top-ranked Minnesota to a 9-2 win against Ohio State at the OSU Ice Rink Saturday evening.
Eight Gophers had multiple points in the win led by Bona, who added an assist to her hat trick for four points. Sophomore Maryanne Menefee and freshman Dani Cameranesi each scored two goals, and senior Sarah Davis had three assists.
No. 1 Minnesota (18-1-0, 12-1-0 WCHA) scored nine goals for the second time in as many games as the Gophers held a 35-26 advantage in shots on goal against the Buckeyes.
No. 5 Harvard 1, T6 Boston College 1
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- In front of the third-largest home crowd in Harvard's hockey history, the No. 5 Crimson battled to a 1-1 stalemate after 65 minutes of back-and-forth with its crosstown rival tied-for-sixth Boston College on Saturday in the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
In one of the more physical and engaging games of the season, both the Crimson (9-1-2, 7-1-1 ECAC) and Eagles (12-4-2, 7-1-0 WHEA) combined for 88 shots by the end of overtime, the most Harvard has seen all season. Sophomore goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer registered a career-high with 51 saves, breaking her previous mark of 44 set earlier this season.
No. 8 Quinnipiac 3, Rensselaer 1
HAMDEN, Conn. -- Nationally-ranked No. 8 Quinnipiac beats Rensselaer 3-1 in an ECAC Hockey match-up at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 14-2-5 overall and 5-2-4 in ECAC Hockey play while RPI drops to 6-10-1 overall and 3-5-0 in league action.
Quinnipiac senior Kelly Babstock added to her already-established list of accolades with her 100th career assist early in the second period of the Bobcats win. It was also Babstock's team-leading 22nd of the year.
Emma Woods, Nicole Brown and Shiann Darkangelo all scored for the Bobcats while Morgan Fritz-Ward had two assists in the game. In goal, Chelsea Laden stopped all 17 of RPI's 18 shots on goal to improve to 12-2-5 on the year. Laden stopped the first 15 she saw before RPI got on the board with just under eight minutes to play in the game.
No. 9 Boston University 4, Minnesota-Duluth 2
BOSTON -- Sophomore Sarah Lefort scored two goals and added two assists to help lead the ninth-ranked Boston University to a 4-2 win against Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena.
BU (14-3-1) staked itself a 4-0 lead to help secure its fourth consecutive victory. Lefort logged her third consecutive three-point game and has tallied four points in two of the last three contests. The Terriers finished 2013 with a 16-0-0 record at Walter Brown Arena, including a 7-0-0 mark this season.
Senior captain Louise Warren lit the lamp twice, including a shorthanded goal in the second period. She also assisted on the opening goal of the game to have at least three points in two of the last three tilts. Four other skaters collected an assist, including freshmen Natalie Flynn and Samantha Sutherland. Juniors Caroline Campbell and Shannon Stoneburgh each had a helper as well.
Freshman Victoria Hanson earned her first non-conference victory thanks to a career-high 33 saves. She stopped 12 shots in the final frame and helped the Terriers kill off all eight of Minnesota-Duluth’s (7-8-3) power-play chances.
No. 10 Robert Morris 4, Rochester Institute 2
PITTSBURGH -- Robert Morris head coach Paul Colontino earned his 50th career win this afternoon as the Colonials defeated Rochester Insitute in College Hockey America (CHA) play 4-2.
No. 10 Robert Morris (16-3-1, 8-1-1 CHA) extends its unbeaten streak to nine games and improves its winning streak at 84 Lumber Arena to six games. The Colonials also stayed undefeated on Saturdays (8-0-0) with the victory.
Both goaltenders faced plenty of shots in a scoreless first period. Making her sixth-consecutive start, freshman netminder Jessica Dodds made 13 saves in the first 20 minutes, which is the second most the rookie has stopped in a period behind a 14-save third frame in a 3-2 win against Mercyhurst on Nov. 9. Both RMU and RIT (9-9-1, 4-3-1 CHA) earned two power plays in the period, but couldn't capitalize on the man advantage.
The sweep of RIT was RMU's first since the 2007-08 season. The Colonials were 0-4-1 in their previous five meetings with the Tigers prior to this weekend.