Badgers run their win streak to five behind Ann-Renée Desbiens' shutout
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Freshman netminder Ann-Renée Desbiens pitched her third shutout of the season while four different Badgers found the back of the net as Wisconsin blanked St. Cloud State 4-0 on Saturday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
Making her seventh start for the Cardinal and White, Desbiens stopped all 28 shots she faced to improve to 8-0-0 in her career. Desbiens leads the country in goals against average (0.80), save percentage (.963) and winning percentage (1.000).
The UW offense exploded for three goals in the first 10 minutes as freshman Sarah Nurse, junior Brittany Ammerman and senior Kelly Jaminski lit the lamp in the first for the Badgers.
Junior Katy Josephs found the back of the net in the second period to give Wisconsin to a 4-0 lead.
With the win, the Badgers extended their unbeaten streak to 16 games, the longest such streak in the country.
No. 3 Cornell 3, Yale 0
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Cornell ran its win streak to three games with a 3-0 shutout of Yale on Saturday afternoon at Ingalls Rink. The Big Red dominated all phases of the game to remain unbeaten in ECAC Hockey and Ivy League play while moving to 12-1-2 overall on the year. Yale fell to 5-9-1.
Cornell held a dominant 36-16 edge in shots, including 27-8 in the final two periods after the Big Red broke out on top despite an evenly played 20 minutes. Alyssa Gagliardi and Hayleigh Cudmore each scored even-strength goals, while Jessica Campbell cashed in on the extra man, Cornell's lone power-play goal in seven opportunities. Paula Voorheis picked up her second career win and first shutout, making 16 saves. Jillian Saulnier had two assists, while Campbell assisted on one goal to go along with her own score.
Jaimie Leonoff made 33 saves to keep the Bulldogs in the contest, but Cornell killed off five power plays and allowed just four total shots, including no shots on Yale's first two extra-man attempts.
Cornell got on the board midway through the first when Alyssa Gagliardi's fourth goal of the year put the visitors up 1-0, and the Big Red put the game away with two goals in the span of 52 seconds, including Campbell's power play goal shortly after she was part of Cudmore's insurance goal. Voorheis made eight saves in the decisive first period, then made just eight total in the final 40 minutes to complete the shutout.
No. 8 Boston University 3, Dartmouth 2
BOSTON -- Sophomore Sarah Lefort's NCAA-leading 16th goal of the season also proved to be the game-winning goal as Boston University defeated Dartmouth 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena.
BU (15-3-1) extended its home win streak to 20 games and improved to 2-1-0 all-time against Dartmouth (3-12-0). The Terriers have now won six one-goal games this season and are 12-0-0 during the past two seasons in one-goal contests.
Freshman Maddie Elia notched her fifth goal of the season and also assisted on Lefort's winner. Sophomore Rebecca Russo added the other BU goal and four other skaters had an assist. Senior goaltender Kerrin Sperry stopped 28 shots for her 13th win of the season.
Russo opened the scoring just 3:05 into the proceedings. Junior Caroline Campbell began the play with a pass to senior captain Louise Warren, who skated into the Dartmouth zone and found Russo on the doorstep for an easy tap-in finish. It was Russo's eighth goal of the season.
Dartmouth tied the game just more than two minutes later when Karlee Odland created a two-on-one rush and finished the play herself. Elia regained the lead for BU, however, at the 14:53 mark of the opening frame. Freshman Sarah Steele intercepted a Big Green clearing attempt and sent the puck down low to Elia in the left circle. She made a great move to create space before roofing a shot past Robyn Chemago (28 saves).
No. 10 Robert Morris 4, St. Lawrence 2
PITTSBURGH -- Robert Morris returned to the ice for the first time in the 2014 calendar year, hoping to continue a nine-game unbeaten streak. Behind multi-point performances from three upperclassmen, the Colonials did just that, defeating the St. Lawrence Saints in non-conference play 4-2 on Saturday evening.
After going nearly a month without a game, it didn't take long for the Colonials to get back into the swing of things. Just one minute after the opening face-off, freshman forward Brittany Howard gathered a rebound off a shot from senior assistant captain Brandi Pollock and passed it to junior forward Rebecca Vint. Vint then fired a shot from in front of the crease and it made its way past St. Lawrence (6-10-1) goaltender Carmen MacDonald for her 10th goal of the season.
The Saints answered with less than three minutes remaining in the period. St. Lawrence would earn its third power play of the period after Vint was caught for body-checking, and Mel Desrochers made the most of it, corralling a pass from the point before rifling a slap-shot over freshman goaltender Jessica Dodds' right shoulder.
The score would remain knotted up at 1 until the 16:14 mark of the second period. Senior defenseman Anneline Lauziere forced a turnover in the RMU offensive zone and found fellow classmate Kristen Richards in front of the right face-off circle. Richards deked two Saints defenders before lofting a backhander from the left side of the crease to put the Colonials back in front. The goal was Richards' sixth of the campaign.
RMU would extend its lead to 3-1 with just 12.9 seconds remaining in the frame. With Kayla Raniwsky in the penalty box for checking, Lauziere lit the lamp from the left circle after gathering a pass from Richards. The goal was Lauziere's second of the season, while a secondary assist was credited to Vint.