CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Through two scoreless periods, Harvard battled with Union (N.Y.) in the Bright-Landry Hockey Center, but the Crimson (15-2-2, 11-2-1 ECAC) was able to find the back of the net twice in the final stanza to ease by the Dutchwomen (8-15-1, 3-10-0 ECAC) 2-0 on Friday night.
Junior Hillary Crowe tallied the game winner for Harvard just 46 seconds into the third period, vaulting the Crimson to its third win in as many contests. Sarah Edney gave the home squad a cushion goal late in the period, assisted by classmate and captain Marissa Gedman, who handed out a pair of helpers on the evening herself. In net, freshman Brianna Laing continued to make her mark as one of the top rookies between the pipes, securing her third shutout in four career starts, stopping all 15 shots she faced in the victory.
No. 1 Minnesota 3, St. Cloud State 0
MINNEAPOLIS -- Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille recorded her third consecutive shutout and junior winger Meghan Lorence scored two goals to lead top-ranked Minnesota to a 3-0 win against St. Cloud State at Ridder Arena Friday night.
Minnesota (23-1-1, 17-1-1-0 WCHA) is 10-0-1 in its last 11 games. In addition to Lorence's two-goal effort, freshman Kate Schipper recorded two assists and senior Sarah Davis scored her 14th goal of the season.
Lorence gave the Gophers a 1-0 lead on a feed from sophomore Hannah Brandt and junior Rachel Ramsey with 5:09 remaining in the first period. Brandt found Lorence in the slot, and she buried her 10th goal of the season.
Minnesota added a pair of second-period goals to take a 3-0 lead into the second intermission. Lorence recorded her second of the game on the power-play before Davis scored with 1:59 remaining in the middle frame.
The teams skated to a scoreless third period, and Leveille made 10 of her 15 saves in the third stanza en route to her ninth shutout of the season. Minnesota outshot SCSU, 47-15, for the game, including an 18-3 advantage in the first period and a 12-2 advantage in the second.
Leveille is now riding 186:41 of shutout hockey, including 6:41 of the Gophers' 2-2 overtime tie with Ohio State and back-to-back shutout victories over Minnesota State last weekend, in addition to tonight's game. Leveille began her Gopher career by playing 281:34 without allowing a goal.
St. Cloud State (4-20-3, 3-16-2-1 WCHA) received 44 saves from junior goaltender Julie Friend.
Minnesota held St. Cloud State scoreless on three power-play opportunities while going 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
No. 3 North Dakota 3, Bemidji State 3
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- North Dakota earned a shootout win against Bemidji State on Friday night, after tying the Beavers 3-3. Bemidji State scrapped together a three-goal effort in the third period to force the tie.
“I thought that we played excellent and I talked with the team afterward; don’t question the effort, don’t question a lot of the execution,” head coach Brian Idalski said. “We made a couple of mistakes, egregious, but just a couple mistakes and that’s what play-off hockey is. If you’re not taking care of the little things, if you’re not attentive, those things will end your season and lose you hockey games, but we just have to learn a lesson and be smarter about how we’re doing things.”
North Dakota is now 15-5-3 (12-4-3-2 WCHA) and remains in third place in the WCHA standings with 41 points. Bemidji State is now 9-13-3 (6-11-2-1 WCHA) and is in fifth place in the WCHA standings with 21 points.
UND jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. Josefine Jakobsen took a shot in the slot but it was blocked in front. Amy Menke was there at the left post and batted the loose puck past BSU goaltender Brittni Mowat.
UND extended its lead to 2-0 less than two minutes later when Lisa Marvin connected with sister Layla while on a two-on-one. Layla Marvin received the past and cut across Mowat and beat her high glove for the goal.
With the game knotted at two with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, North Dakota regained the lead off of a four-on-four goal scored by Jakobsen, who rifled a shot that beat Mowat short side. The goal was created after Menke out-worked a Bemidji player in the corner to regain possession of the puck before dishing it over to Jakobsen.
However, BSU answered back with 52 seconds remaining in regulation. Bemidji’s Kaitlyn Tougas scored off of an offensive-zone faceoff with the extra attacker on the ice to make it a 3-3 game.
After playing a scoreless overtime, Becca Kohler gave UND the 1-0 shootout win after scoring in the fourth round.
Shaw finished with 16 saves and stopped all four shooters she faced in the shootout, while Mowat made 29 saves for the Beavers.
No. 6 Clarkson 5, Colgate 2
POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Senior Jamie Lee Rattray's hat trick powered the 6th-ranked Clarkson by the Colgate Raiders 5-2 on Friday evening at Cheel Arena.
The Knights are now unbeaten in seven consecutive games, going 6-0-1 in that span. The two teams combined for 19 penalties on the evening and Clarkson was 2-9 on the power-play and 6-7 on the penalty kill. The Knights outshot the Raiders 39-13 in the game and Howe recorded 11 saves to pick up the victory.
No. 8 Robert Morris 3, Mercyhurst 1
ERIE, Pa. -- In a season that has seen numerous records fall, Robert Morris set a new standard in its 3-1 victory against in-state rival Mercyhurst this evening.
The win gives No. 8 Robert Morris (20-3-2, 9-1-1 CHA) its 20th victory of the season – breaking the program record of 19 set by the 2011-12 CHA championship team – and extends the nation's best unbeaten streak to 14 games. Mercyhurst (14-7-3, 7-3-1 CHA) falls four points behind the Colonials in the conference standings.
For the third consecutive game, RMU played a scoreless first period. Both the Colonials and the Lakers failed to capitalize on two power play opportunities, while freshman goaltender Jessica Dodds helped keep Mercyhurst off the board with 12 saves.
Vermont 4, No. 10 Boston University 2
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Seniors Kaleigh Fratkin and Louise Warren each lit the lamp, but the No. 10 Boston University dropped a 4-2 decision at Vermont on Friday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
BU (16-7-1, 9-4-0 WHEA) twice tied the game, but Vermont (10-12-4, 6-6-1 WHEA) scored the game-winning goal with 1:30 remaining in regulation and added a late empty-net tally to seal the victory. It is the first time the Catamounts have defeated BU since Jan. 22, 2010.
Sophomore Sarah Lefort extended her point streak to 10 games with a two-assist night. Classmate Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga also added an assist, her eighth of the season. Senior Kerrin Sperry stopped 26 shots.