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Desbiens, Wisconsin beat North Dakota

Wisconsin's Ann-Renée Desbiens

MADISON, Wis. -- A few remarkable saves in net by freshman Ann-Renée Desbiens and a flurry of goals in the second period propelled No. 2 Wisconsin to a 4-1 triumph against No. 4 North Dakota in front of a sellout crowd at LaBahn Arena on Sunday.

Making only her ninth collegiate start, Desbiens shut down the high-powered UND offense, making 29 saves to improve to 9-1-0.

After falling to UND 4-1 in Saturday's contest, the Badgers entered the rink re-energized and refocused, apparent in their control of the puck for the majority of the game.

The victory improves Wisconsin's record to 17-3-2, 13-3-2-1 in the WCHA, while UND fell to 13-5-2 and 10-4-2-1 in WCHA play. 

Junior Blayre Turnbull scored twice for UW in the win, marking her 10th goal and 22nd point of the season. Junior Katy Josephs scored the game-winner, bringing her season goal total to seven. Following suit was freshman Sarah Nurse, who scored her first short-handed goal in the effort.

North Dakota jumped out to an early lead as Michelle Karvinen knocked a hard shot past Desbiens 3:55 into the first period.

But Wisconsin brought the heat in the second, dominating the puck on both ends of the ice and tallying three goals in nine minutes. First to score for the Cardinal and White was Turnbull, who snagged a long pass from Josephs and sent a wrister to the back of the net to even the score early in the period.

But Josephs wouldn't stop there as she beat a UND defenseman at the 9:02 mark to tip in junior Katarina Zgraja's shot to give UW's its first lead of the game.

The Badgers went on the power play two minutes later, but a miscue gave North Dakota a 2-on-0 rush opportunity. However, Desbiens made an acrobatic save that brought the crowd to its feet to keep the score at 2-1.

Minutes later, Nurse was able to capitalize on a short-handed opportunity, breaking away with the puck and sending it between the legs of Amsley-Benzie to record her first career short-handed goal and propel Wisconsin to the 3-1 lead.

UND was forced to pull its goaltender at the 18:53 mark. With 20 seconds remaining in the game, Turnbull managed to break loose with the puck and flicked it into the empty net, extending the Badgers' lead to 4-1.

Boston College 3, Northeastern 2

BOSTON -- Meagan Mangene scored the game-winning goal and fellow co-captain Corinne Boyles stopped 32 shots to help No. 7 Boston College come back from a two-goal deficit and defeat Northeastern 3-2 at Matthews Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Katie MacSorley gave Northeastern a 1-0 lead at 8:58 of the first period when she skated down the left side of the ice on a breakaway and took a shot from the top of the left circle that found its way inside the far post. The goal marked MacSorley's team-leading 10th of the season.

The Huskies (7-12-2, 3-6-2 Hockey East) doubled their lead when Kelly Wallace slammed home a back-door feed from Paige Savage, who picked up her second assist of the game, putting Northeastern up 2-0 at 4:20 of the middle stanza.

The Eagles (14-4-3, 9-1-1) pulled within one exactly three minutes later with a power-play goal from Emily Pfalzer. Lexi Bender and Pfalzer each had shots turned aside before Bender scooped up the loose puck, skated behind the net and threw it in front of the crease where Pfalzer was able to put a shot under Northeastern netminder Chloe Desjardins' pads and into the net inside the right post.

The Eagles knotted the score at 2 after Bender fired a shot that bounced off Desjardins pads in front of the net where Kristyn Capizzano lifted the puck over the netminder's stick for her seventh goal of the season.

Mangene scored the game-winner on a shot from just inside the blue line that rang the top pipe and landed in the net.

Boyles improved to 10-4-2. Desjardins stopped 43 shots and fell to 7-11-2

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