CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Playing in its first ECAC game since Dec. 1, No. 5 Harvard got back into the conference groove with a 3-0 win against Ivy League counterpart Brown on Friday night at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Emerance Maschmeyer stonewalled all 17 shots she faced in the Crimson's (12-1-2, 8-1-1 ECAC) victory, her fifth whitewash of the season and 10th of her career.
Brown (1-12-3, 0-8-1 ECAC), which was blanked for the first time all season in the defeat, was outshot by Harvard to the tune of 30-17. The Crimson converted its 10th power play goal of the season, going 1-for-3 with the advantage, while killing off six Bear power plays.
Miye D'Oench lit the lamp first for the Crimson, which had yielded the first goal of the game in the last two contests, at 9:47 with her team-leading eighth score of the season. D'Oench, who corralled a nice feed from Samantha Reber from behind the net, sent it in to give the Crimson an early lead midway through the opening period.
Just about five minutes later, Dylanne Crugnale extended Harvard's lead to 2-0 in the first with a putback of her own. Gina McDonald weaved her way through traffic and fired one on target, but Crugnale was able to scoop the loose puck and careen it home for the game's second tally, her sixth of the year.
The two teams skated in an even second period, each rattling off eight shots apiece, but neither side was able to convert chances into goals. Harvard came out firing in the final period and finally connected on one in the final five minutes. McDonald collected a lonely puck at the top of the circle and flicked one high above Aubree Moore's shoulder to put the Bears away for good.
No. 1 Minnesota 6, Ohio State 0
MINNEAPOLIS -- A Hannah Brandt hat trick and two goals by Dani Camerenesi propelled Minnesota (20-1-0, 13-1-0 WCHA) to a 6-0 win against Ohio State on Friday at Ridder Arena. Brandt’s 11th, 12th and 13th goals of the season gave the sophomore her third career hat trick.
Kelly Terry added three assists, and goalie Amanda Leveille stopped 28 shots to earn her sixth shutout of the season. The Gophers outshot the Buckeyes (7-12-2, 2-11-2 WCHA) 43-28.
Kate Schipper and Maryanne Menefee set up Brandt’s first goal at the 2:03 mark of the first period. Brandt scored on the open right side of the net to put the Golden Gophers ahead 1-0.
Brandt lit the lamp again on the power play at 14:05 with a backhand from the right post assisted by Menefee and Milica McMillen. She completed the hat trick at 3:01 in the second in a scramble in front of the net.
Cameranesi notched Minnesota’s second and fifth goals of the game, her 11th and 12th of the season. At 7:09 in the first, she scored over the goalie’s left shoulder, with assists from Kelly Terry and Megan Wolfe. Cameranesi scored again in the second, and also added an assist on one of Brandt's goals.
Megan Lorence set up Rachel Bona for the Gophers’ final score of the night in the last two minutes.
No. 3 Cornell 4, Mercyhurst 4 (OT)
ERIE, Pa. -- Alyssa Gagliardi had two goals and an assist, including the game-tying power play score with five minutes remaining in regulation, as No. 3 Cornell battled Mercyhurst to a 4-4 tie on Friday evening. The Big Red moved to 12-1-3 on the year, while the Lakers stand at 14-5-3.
Gagliardi's goal came four and a half minutes after the home team had taken its first lead of the night on the second of consecutive power-play goals by the Lakers. She had opened up the scoring six and a half minutes into the contest to give the Big Red a 1-0 lead, then assisted on Emily Fulton's second period goal that made it 3-2 Cornell. Anna Zorn also scored, with Jillian Saulnier and Hayleigh Cudmore each being credited with two assists.
Lauren Slebodnick made 33 saves in the tie, while Mercyhurst's Amanda Makela had 40 as the Big Red held a 44-37 edge in shots on the night. Cornell was 2-for-7 on the power play, while the Lakers were 2 of 5 in an evenly-played contest.
No. 6 Clarkson 6, St. Lawrence 0
CANTON, N.Y. -- Jamie Lee Rattray's two goals powered sixth-ranked Clarkson by rival St. Lawrence 6-0 on Friday evening.
The Golden Knights improve to 15-4-2 (6-2-1 ECAC Hockey) while the Saints drop to 6-12-1 (5-3-1 ECAC Hockey). The win is the third of the year for Clarkson against St. Lawrence.
With two goals and an assist, Rattray is now tied with Britney Selina for most career points at Clarkson with 148. The two goals move her total to 65, leaving her three goals shy of becoming the all-time goal scorer in school history.
The shutout is senior Erica Howe's eighth on the season, three more than any other goaltender in the country. She stopped all 21 shots she faced to pick up her 15th win on the season.
Rensselaer 3, No. 10 Quinnipiac 2
TROY, NY -- Back-to-back goals by Alexa Gruschow capped off a three-goal second period, leading Rensselaer to a 3-2 victory against No. 10 Quinnipiac in women's ECAC Hockey action on Friday evening at the Houston Field House. With the win, the Engineers improve to 8-11-1 overall, with a 4-5-0 mark in conference action, while the Bobcats drop to 15-3-5, and 6-3-4 in league play.
After the two teams skated to a scoreless first period, the Engineers came out firing in the second, scoring three goals in the stanza. Freshman Lauren Wash tallied her eighth goal of the season at 12:15, picking up assists from Ali Svoboda and Heidi Huhtamaki.
Two and a half minutes later, Gruschow struck for her first goal, finding her way around a Quinnipiac defender and sneaking a shot just past Bobcat goaltender Chelsea Laden. Svoboda picked up her second assist of the day on the goal, while Wash was also credited with a helper. Coming off the ensuing faceoff, Rensselaer regained control, and Gruschow took a hard wrist shot from the high slot, zipping the puck into the net. Taylor Mahoney and Katie Rooney recorded assists on the score.
The tenth-ranked Bobcats would not go down without a fight, however, as Shiann Darkangelo scored for Quinnipiac just 52 seconds into the third period, taking assists from Amanda Colin and Kristen Tamberg. Darkangelo would also tally the Bobcats' second goal of the game at 16:31, to cut the Engineer advantage to 3-2. Cydney Roesler and Taryn Baumgardt were credited with assists on the second Quinnipiac tally.
The Bobcats continued to battle through the last few minutes of the final period, coming away with a 12-4 shot advantage in the stanza, but Rensselaer's Kelly O'Brien held strong between the pipes to secure the win for the Engineers.
O'Brien finished with 19 saves, including a game-high 10 in the third period. Laden stopped nine shots for Quinnipiac, before coming out in the second period. Laden was replaced in net by Sydney Rossman, who finished with four saves for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac outshot the Engineers 21-16 in the game, but Rensselaer held a 22-18 advantage in faceoffs.