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Boyles makes 39 saves as No. 7 BC ties Northeastern 1-1

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Haley Skarupa scored her team-leading 14th goal of the season and Corinne Boyles tied her season high with 39 saves in a 1-1 tie against Northeastern at Kelley Rink on Saturday afternoon.

Northeastern took a 1-0 lead late in the first period when Hayley Scamurra rocketed a shot into the top right corner of the net over Boyles’ glove-side shoulder. The strike at 13:28 of the opening stanza marked Scamurra’s third of the season.

Haley Skarupa scored the equalizer just 1:37 later when she skated into the slot and lifted a Kate Leary pass into the top of the net to knot the score at 1-1. Skarupa quickly took advantage of a tripping call on Northeastern’s Melissa Haganey, scoring six seconds into the power play. The tally ended a six-game goal drought.

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

MADISON, Wis. -- After failing to pick up a win in Grand Forks against Wisconsin, North Dakota knocked off the No. 2 Badgers 4-1 on Saturday afternoon in LaBahn Arena.

The home loss is the first for the Badgers this season and the first since Jan. 27, 2013. It was also the first game that Wisconsin has given up more than two goals since Jan. 27, 2013.

Michelle Karvinen and Tanja Eisenschmid both recorded two points in the game, while freshman Susanna Tapani tallied the game-winner.

Freshman netminder Lexie Shaw picked up her fifth win of the year stopping 20 shots.

No. 3 Cornell 6, Mercyhurst 4

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell extended its unbeaten streak to five games following its 6-4 win against Mercyhurst on Saturday afternoon at Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Big Red improved their record to 13-1-3 and look to resume conference play next weekend at Lynah Rink.

Jess Brown and Jill Saulnier netted two goals and one assist each to help lift the Big Red over the Lakers. The weekens series was the first between the teams since last year's heartbreaking 4-3 overtime decision at home that ended the Big Red's bid in the NCAA tournament. Lauren Slebodnick contributed with 29 saves to capture her 62nd career win and remained unbeaten this season with a record of 11-0-3.

Amanda Makela and Julia DiTondo combined for 30 saves and J'nai Mahadeo had three assists as the Mercyhurst Lakers dropped to 14-6-3 on the season.

Yale 2, No. 5 Harvard 0

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard suffered its first loss since Nov. 1, snapping a lengthy 12-game unbeaten streak with a 2-0 loss to ECAC and Ivy League rival Yale. The Crimson (12-2-2, 8-2-1 ECAC) were shutout by the Bulldogs (6-10-1, 4-5-1 ECAC), losing at home for the first time this year.

The first period went to Yale after Jackie Raines beat Maschmeyer through the right side of the cage to put the Bulldogs up 1-0. The Crimson, however, wasn't without its chances. After a few shots on target throughout the period, Harvard peppered Jaime Leonoff with three consecutive shots in the crease, but the junior netminder kept the home team off the board.

The Bulldogs extended their lead midway through the second stanza with a snipe shot from the point by Kate Martini. After Harvard tried to clear it out of its own zone, Martini stole the puck and fired home the 2-0 difference-maker.

No. 6 Clarkson 3, St. Lawrence 0

POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Three third-period goals powered sixth-ranked Clarkson by the St. Lawrence Saints 3-0 on Saturday afternoon.

The Golden Knights improve to 16-4-2 (7-2-1 ECAC Hockey) while the Saints drop to 6-13-1(5-4-1 ECAC Hockey).

The shutout is the second consecutive for senior goaltender Erica Howe, who has now gone 138:39 minutes without allowing a goal. The win is the 75th of her career. She now has nine shutouts on the season, four more than any other goaltender in the nation. Howe boasts 24 career whitewashes after the weekend blankings of St. Lawrence. On Friday at Appleton Arena, Howe made 21 stops in the 6-0 victory.

No. 8 Boston University 5, Maine 3

ORONO, Maine -- Senior captain Louise Warren, sophomore Sarah Lefort and freshman Maddie Elia each had three points to help lead No. 8 Boston University to a 5-3 win against Maine on Saturday afternoon at Alfond Arena.

BU (16-4-1, 9-1-0 WHEA) scored three times in the second period and twice more in the final frame to seal a season sweep of Maine (2-14-5, 0-8-3 WHEA). The Terriers also improved to 5-0-0 on the road in league play.

Lefort’s NCAA-best sixth game-winning goal was also her 17th goal of the year, which is now tied for tops in the nation. She also collected two assists to help extend her point streak to seven games. Warren tallied two goals and added an assist to improve her point streak to six contests. Elia matched Warren with a goal and two assists for her fourth multi-point game of the season.

No. 10 Quinnipiac 1, Union (N.Y.) 0

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Overtime seemed imminent throughout the first 55-plus minutes in this Saturday afternoon affair between No. 10 Quinnipiac and Union (N.Y.). The Bobcats flew in shot after shot on Union's defensive end to no avail, even a would-be Quinnipiac was taken away by the referees upon review. The scoreless draw appeared ready to go into extra minutes; that was until the Bobcats' senior captain Amanda Colin lifted her team with the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory.

Quinnipiac's dramatic win puts them at 16-3-5 (7-3-4 ECAC Hockey) while Union's three-game unbeaten streak is snapped as they fall to 8-13-1 (3-7 ECAC Hockey).

Colin's game-winner was one of 36 shots for the Bobcats on the afternoon as they were desperate throughout to try and put one past the Union goalie Shanae Lundberg. The Bobcats outshot Union 36-11 for the game and despite the far fewer opportunities, junior goalie Chlesea Laden was every bit as dominate as her counterpart as she picked up her sixth shutout and 14th victory of the season.