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Roundup: No. 10 Amherst picks up win in first game back

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Katie Mandigo streaked down the left side and sent a laser beam into the top left corner of the Elmira goal lifting No. 2 Middlebury to an exciting 3-2 victory versus No. 4 Elmira on Saturday evening inside Kenyon Arena. The game marked the 17th meeting in the all-time series between the two schools with Middlebury holding a slight 10-6-1 edge.

Elmira tallied the lone goal of the opening period when Ashley Ryan scored on a pass following a wrap-around opportunity by Tanis Lamoureux at the 13:38 mark. Just minutes before the intermission, Brooke Wilgosh laced a shot from between the circles but Middlebury goalie Annabelle Jones made a great glove save just under the crossbar to keep it at a one-goal differential.

In the second period, Middlebury knotted the score when Katie Sullivan tipped in a pass from Hannah Bielawski via a quick helper from Julia Wardell at 4:46. However, Briana Saltstone put Elmira ahead just more than six minutes later when she received a pair of pinpoint passes from Ashton Hogan and Cassidy Delainey beginning behind their own blueline.

In the third, Elmira looked to double its lead early when Ryan hit the left pipe on a driving opportunity toward the net. The Soaring Eagles’ Erin Weston attempted to add to the visitor’s lead when she rifled a quick wrister that Jones made a lunging pad save to her left. Middlebury tied the game 2-2 when Pam Schulman corralled a pass from Madeline Joyce and Schulman stuck the puck in the back of the Elmira net.

St. Norbert 3, No. 5 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 1

STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- St. Norbert salvaged a split with a home-and-home series with No. 5 Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a 3-1 win in a non-conference game at Ice Hawks Arena.

Stephanie Slinde scored her third goal of the season to give St. Norbert (6-5-1) a 1-0 lead just 3:29 into the game on a goal with Henriette Ostergaard and Zoe Kurth assisting. The Pointers (12-2-1) knotted the game at 1-1 on a Josie Johnson goal at the 13:13 mark of the first.

St. Norbert pulled ahead at the 11:19 mark of the second period on Rachel Koppang's sixth goal of the season, with Danielle Rozon getting an assist.

The Green Knights iced the game with an Ali Parker empty-net goal with 35 seconds left, with Kurth getting her second assist of the game. It was Parker's seventh goal of the season.

St. Norbert outshot Stevens Point 30-29. Katie Aluia made 28 saves for the Green Knights, while Janna Beilke-Skoug stopped 27 shots for the Pointers. St. Norbert was 0-for-1 on the power play, while the Pointers were 0-for-4.

No. 9 Wisconsin-Superior 5, Finlandia 2

HANCOCK, Mich. -- After a month away from the ice the Yellowjackets returned to action on Saturday against the Finlandia Lions at the Houghton County Arena, and 2014 has gotten off to a good start. Up a goal after two periods, the Yellowjackets scored three times in the final stanza to gain the 5-2 win.

It took just more than half a period before the Yellowjackets got on the board as Karen Larson scored her sixth goal of the season to make it a 1-0 lead. Kiara De Kezel assisted on the goal.

The Yellowjackets extended the lead at 11:01 of the second period when the Yellowjackets converted on their third power play of the game. With Kimberly Harter off for tripping captain Dani Schultz scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season to make it a 2-0 game. Sheryl Kaskiw and Alexis Reid assisted.

Finlandia answered late in the second period when Alexandra Chutskoff scored with 1:16 left in the frame to make it a one-goal game 2-1 at intermission.

Olmstead, in addition to her two goals also added an assist, posting her first three-point game of the season. Kaskiw also had a three-point night with three assists. Reid, De Kezel and Larson also had multi-point games to lead the Yellowjackets.

Shanley Peters got the start and picked up the win for the Yellowjackets, making 16 saves in the game. She is now 7-2-4 on the year. Breanna Hynnes made 39 saves in the losing effort for Finlandia.

No. 10 Amherst 3, Holy Cross 1

AMHERST, Mass. -- First-year Lynndy Smith scored the go-ahead goal with 7:47 remaining in regulation to lift Amherst to a 3-1 victory against Holy Cross at Orr Rink.

Playing their first game in nearly a month, the Jeffs improved to 5-2-2 on the season, while dropping the Crusaders to 6-5-0 on the year. Amherst is now 9-4 all-time against their in-state rivals, having won each of the past four meetings.

Caroline Bomstein's first goal of the season gave the Jeffs a 1-0 lead 6:39 into the first period. The score would stay that way until 5:37 into the second when Rachel Miller tied the game for Holy Cross. 

Lynndy Smith's game-winning goal came on the powier play 12:13 into the final period. Emily Flom added an empty-net goal with about 30 seconds remaining in the game.

Kerri Stuart stopped 18 of the 19 shots she faced to pick up her fifth win of the year. Alexandra Stevenson game up goals on 2 of the 23 Jeff shots she faced.