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Robert Morris, Quinnipiac end in tie

HAMDEN, Conn. -- Quinnipiac and Robert Morris skated to a 1-1 tie through overtime at the High Point Solutions Arena from the TD Bank Sports Center on Friday evening.

Sophomore Cydney Roesler found the back of the net for just the second time in her career while junior goalie Chelsea Laden was solid in net with 21 saves to preserve the Bobcats' nation-leading sixth tie of the season. With the result, the Bobcats move to 16-3-6 overall while the Colonials -- now on a 12-game unbeaten streak -- go to 18-3-2 on the year.

The teams went toe-to-toe throughout but both goalies stood their ground and shined in the decision. Quinnipiac's tie against Robert Morris breaks up its winning streak in the all-time series but keeps the Bobcats undefeated as they are 8-0-1 in nine all-time meetings playing the Colonials.

Laden was the difference all evening for the Bobcats as she stopped 21 of 22 shots on Friday including a three-on-one breakaway in the second period for Robert Morris coming out of a penalty kill. The lone tally on the evening came with a power-play goal from Anneline Lauziere with less than five minutes remaining to prevent Quinnipiac from walking away with the victory. Despite allowing the one goal, Laden's incredible season continues as she has allowed one goal or fewer in 17 of her 23 appearances.

No. 1 Minnesota 4, Minnesota State-Mankato 0

MINNEAPOLIS -- Senior Sarah Davis led the Gophers with three points as top-ranked Minnesota skated to a 4-0 win against Minnesota State-Mankato in the first game of the 2014 Hockey City Classic at TCF Bank Stadium Friday evening.

Along with Davis's three-point night, No. 1 Minnesota (21-1-1, 15-1-1-0 WCHA) received two points from junior Rachael Bona, and junior defenseman Jordyn Burns scored her first goal of the season. Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille made 19 saves in her seventh shutout of the year.

Minnesota outshout Minnesota State (9-16-0, 4-15-0-0 WCHA) 51-19 for the game as the Mavericks received 47 saves from senior goaltender Danielle Butters.

Junior Meghan Lorence scored the eventual game winner when she gave the Gophers a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 5:24 of the opening stanza, assisted by Davis and Bona.

After 18 scoreless minutes to begin the second frame, the Gophers scored two goals in the final two minutes to extend their lead to three heading into the third period. Bona and Davis each scored their 13th goals of the season with Bona's tally coming at the 18:00 mark before Davis scored on the power play just 1:11 later.

Burns capped the scoring at 18:53 of the third period on an assist from freshman Paige Haley (Red Wing, Minn.).

The Gophers did not take a penalty for the first time since a 10-1 win against North Dakota on Nov. 30, 2003. Friday's game marked the third penalty-less game in Gopher women's hockey history. Minnesota was 2-for-3 with the man advantage.

The game marked the Gopher women's team's first outdoor game. Played in front of 6,320 fans, the crowd was the largest at a Gopher women's game in the state of Minnesota since the program's inaugural game, an 8-0 win against Augsburg played before 6,854 fans (Nov. 2, 1997).

No. 2 Wisconsin 6, Bemidji State

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- After a scoreless first period, Wisconsin scored six goals in the final 40 minutes to dispatch Bemidji State 6-0 on Friday at the Sanford Center.

Three players tallied three points for the Badgers (18-3-2, 14-3-2-1 WCHA) in the victory, as sophomore Katy Harding and junior Brittany Ammerman each had two goals and an assist, while junior Blayre Turnbull tallied a goal and two assists. Sophomore Courtney Burke and junior Katy Josephs each collected two assists in the triumph.

“I’m happy for Katy Harding,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “She scored a couple of key goals in the second period and they were almost identical plays where she one-timed the puck and beat the goaltender. As more people get involved, it becomes difficult to defend. Blayre and Britt were able to capitalize on some situations, they had a nice twp-on-one goal in the third period.

“Overall, it was a good team effort. When you get that many goals, it puts you in a good position to win the hockey game.”

Freshman netminder Ann-Renee Desbiens and sophomore Jorie Walters combined for the shutout as the Badgers picked up their eight shutout of the year. Desbiens played 50 minutes and saved 19 shots to improve to 10-1-0 on the season. Walters came into the game with the Badgers holding a 6-0 lead midway through the period and did not face a single BSU shot.

No. 3 Cornell 3, Dartmouth 0

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Sophomore forward Taylor Woods scored twice and freshman goaltender Paula Voorheis made 26 saves for her second career shutout, powering third-ranked Cornell to a 3-0 victory against Dartmouth on Friday night at Lynah Rink.

Sophomore forward Jess Brown added an insurance tally late in the third period, and freshman forward Hannah Bunton and sophomore defenseman Cassandra Poudrier had two assists apiece.

The game featured 19 power plays combined between the two teams, but only one power-play goal. Woods' first strike came on the man advantage 12:10 into the first period. Bunton and Poudrier drew the assists as Woods bowled her way to the net from the right wing.

Woods' second goal came in similar hard-working fashion, when she took a pass from freshman forward Caroline DeBruin in the slot and slid a backhand shot under the Dartmouth goalie at the 9:15 mark. Sophomore Anna Zorn had the secondary assist.

Cornell went 10-for-10 on the penalty kill, including three two-man disadvantages. Brown closed the scoring in the third period after Poudier's shot from the left point was deflected by Bunton. The Dartmouth goalie made the save, but Brown converted the rebound to stake the Big Red to a 3-0 lead.

Voorheis made eight of her 26 saves in the third period in her fifth collegiate start.

No. 4 North Dakota 4, St. Cloud State 0

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- North Dakota took the first game of the weekend series against St. Cloud State with a 4-0 win on Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Making her eighth start in net, freshman netminder Lexie Shaw stopped 16 shots for her first career shutout. She made nearly half of her saves, seven, in the third period alone and totaled four saves while shorthanded.

North Dakota improves to 14-5-2 (11-4-2-1 WCHA) and remains in third place in the WCHA standings with 36 points. St. Cloud is now 4-18-3 (3-14-2-1 WCHA) and remains tied for sixth in the WCHA standings with 12 points.

After not scoring a power-play goal since Dec. 13, the UND special teams led the way on offense. North Dakota tallied two power-play goals, while Andrea Dalen scored shorthanded for a total of three special-teams goals on the night.

No. 5 Clarkson 3, Yale 3 (OT)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Senior Jamie Lee Rattray tallied a goal and an assist as fifth-ranked Clarkson skated to a 3-3 tie with the Yale Bulldogs on Friday evening.

The Golden Knights now stand at 16-4-3 (7-2-2 ECAC Hockey), good for 16 points and four behind leader Cornell. The Bulldogs are now 6-10-3 (4-5-2 ECAC Hockey), good for 10 points.

With her second-period goal, Rattray now has the most points in program history with 150 for her career on 66 goals and 84 assists in 129 games. She is two goals shy of breaking the all-time scoring record.

The Knights outshot the Bulldogs 55-24 on the evening and did not allow a power-play goal in three shorthanded situations. Erica Howe recorded 21 saves for Clarkson.

No. 6 Harvard 5, Colgate 4

HAMILTON, N.Y. – After falling behind 4-2 to start the third period, No. 6 Harvard found the back of the net three times in the final 10 minutes of action to sneak past Colgate. The Crimson's resiliency paid off as Harvard (13-2-2, 9-2-1 ECAC) grabbed two conference points from the Raiders (5-16-3, 2-9-0 ECAC) with the 5-4 win on Friday night, capped off by Hillary Crowe's game winner with under seven minutes to play.

Crowe, Mary Parker, Elizabeth Parker and Miye D'Oench all finished with two points apiece, while Emerance Maschmeyer stopped 25 shots to earn her 10th win of the season in net.

Facing a 4-2 deficit with less than a period left to play, Harvard stepped up to the challenge. Miye D'Oench got the Crimson rolling first, potting a goal of her own in the middle of a scrum, cutting the Raider lead to one goal. Elizabeth Parker buried one three minutes later, thanks to a feed from Mary off the faceoff.

With much of the momentum and a fresh start in the 4-4 tie, Hillary Crowe put the Crimson on top, coming through with the eventual game winner at the 13:52 mark, and completing the come-from-behind victory

No. 7 Boston College 5, Vermont 2

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Andie Anastos, Melissa Bizzari and Haley McLean each scored multiple points and Corinne Boyles made 22 saves as Boston College defeated Vermont 5-2 at Kelley Rink Friday afternoon.

Seven seconds after Vermont went up 1-0, the Eagles knotted up the score with McLean's third goal of the season. Andie Anastos won the faceoff at center ice after the UVM goal, pushed the puck back to Lexi Bender who skated it from the neutral zone down the left side of the ice and threw a backhanded pass into the slot where McLean flipped a shot into the top right corner of the net just past the glove of Vermont netminder Madison Litchfield. 

Boston College scored the lone goal of the middle frame at 10:58, taking the lead with a power-play strike. Melissa Bizzari dumped the puck deep into the left corner from the neutral zone where Dana Trivigno dug it out and passed it to Bender just inside the blue line. Bender fed it back to Trivigno who skated to the inside of the left circle and fired a laser just inside the right post to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.

The Eagles took a 3-1 lead at 6:53 of the third period. Kristyn Capizzano passed the puck to McLean in the right corner behind the net, McLean shot on goal and Bizzari scooped up the rebound and hammered the puck home.

BC spread its lead to three goals after Emily Field dropped a pass back in the slot that Andie Anastos fired into the top of the net to give the Eagles a 4-1 lead at 9:23 of the third period.

Vermont cut the lead to 4-2, but Kristyn Capizzano concluded the scoring with her eighth goal of the season at 15:30 of the final frame, punching a loose puck under Litchfield's pads from just outside the crease.

Providence 4, No. 9 Boston University 3

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence posted a 4-3 come-from-behind win against the ninth-ranked Boston University Terriers at Schneider on Friday night. With the win, the Friars move their overall record to 10-14-0 on the season and 5-6-0 in Hockey East play. The Friars' win against the Terriers was the first since Dec. 3, 2011, when Providence defeated BU 4-3 at Schneider Arena. The win marks the second time this season the Friars have defeated a top-10 team.

Cassidy Carels collected the game-winning goal with 2:36 left in the final frame while the Friars were on the power play. Providence controlled the puck in the offensive zone before tallying the final goal. Molly Illikainen found Haley Frade on the point, who quickly moved the puck low for Carels to redirect past BU goalie Kerrin Sperry. Carels finished the game with a career-best four points on two goals and a career-high two assists. With her assist, Frade notched a career-best three assists game.

Bryant finished the game with 26 saves for her 10th win of the season. Providence went 2-for-6 on the power play as well as notching its fourth short-handed goal of the season. The Frairs edged the Terriers 33-29 in shots after three periods of play.