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Minnesota claims 5-1 win vs. North Dakota

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Top-ranked Minnesota (25-1-1, 19-1-1-0 WCHA) scored five unanswered goals to skate to a 5-1 win against No. 3 North Dakota in front of a UND-record crowd of 5,835 at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Friday night.

Five Gophers had multi-point games, led by freshman Kate Schipper with her first-career multi-goal effort. Juniors Rachael Bona and Meghan Lorence each had a goal and an assist, and senior Sarah Davis and sophomore Milica McMillen each had two assists.

The Gophers were three-for-three on the power play and held North Dakota scoreless on one power-play opportunity, which came with three seconds remaining in the game.

Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille made 31 saves as the Gophers outshot UND, 37-32. North Dakota's Lexie Shaw finished with 32 saves.

North Dakota (16-6-3, 13-5-3-2 WCHA) took an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Becca Kohler, but the Gophers responded with a power-play goal by sophomore Maryanne Menefee to head into the first intermission locked at 1-1.

No. 4 Clarkson 5, Union (N.Y.)

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Senior Jamie Lee Rattray tallied a goal and four assists as Clarkson cruised by the Union (N.Y.) Dutchwomen 5-0 on Friday evening at Messa Rink.

The win moves the Golden Knights to 20-4-3 (11-2-2 ECAC Hockey) on the season while the loss drops the Dutchwomen to 8-18-1 (3-12). This is the third consecutive 20-win season for the Green and Gold and sixth overall in the program's 11-year history. Clarkson wraps up an unbeaten January (6-0-1) and remains three points behind leader Harvard as the Crimson picked up a road win against Princeton.

"We are extremely happy with the energy the team came out with [Friday] and maintained throughout the entire game," said Clarkson co-head coach Matt Desrosiers. "Our power play moved the puck around very well and were able to finish off a few nice plays. It was great to see everyone focused, working hard, and having fun tonight. We are going to need the same great effort tomorrow against a hard-working RPI team."

Defensively, senior goaltender Erica Howe recorded her nation-leading 10th shutout on the season, but she was rarely tested as the Knights dominated possession of the puck throughout the game. The Dutchwomen attempted seven shots in the first period and would not record another shot for the rest of the game.

No. 5 Harvard 3, Princeton 2

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Harvard earned two more conference points on Friday in gritty fashion as the Crimson (17-2-2, 13-2-1 ECAC) edged out Ivy League and ECAC foe Princeton (10-9-3, 6-7-1 ECAC) 3-2 in Hobey Baker Rink. The win is Harvard's fifth in a row during a tough portion of the conference slate.

After a scoreless first frame, three different Crimson found the back of the net for Harvard as the game wore on, starting with Sydney Daniels, followed by Samantha Reber and capped off by Mary Parker's game winner in the third period. Defenseman Sarah Edney handed out a pair of helpers offensively to give the Crimson its edge. In net, Emerance Maschmeyer stood tall for Harvard, padding away 22 Princeton shots on the night to earn her 13th win of the year.

No. 6 Cornell 6, Yale 3

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Senior goaltender Lauren Slebodnick picked up her 63rd career win and six different Big Red players scored as No. 6 Cornell defeated Yale 6-3.

The Bulldogs opened up scoring just 40 seconds into the game as Jamie Haddad scored off an assist by Tara Tomimoto. Alyssa Gagliardi answered back four minutes later to put the Big Red on the board with an assist from Morgan Richardson. Yale took its second lead of the night at 16:06 when Janelle Ferrara capitalized on a power-play opportunity, but two minutes later Hayleigh Cudmore added another goal for the Big Red to bring a 2-2 deadlock going into the first intermission.

Anna Zorn had a power-play goal of her own to give Cornell a 3-2 lead at 3:49 in the second period. The Bulldogs' Jackie Raines lit the lamp a little less than a minute left to play to keep the game tied going into the second intermission.

Slebodnick entered the game at the start of the third period for the Big Red and they never looked back, scoring three goals to put the game away. Kaitlin Doering scored the game-winner at 11:31 and Emily Fulton netted an insurance tally at 13:40. Hanna Bunton rounded out the scoring for Cornell at 16:43 when she took advantage of a Yale penalty.

This is the first time since 2012 that the Big Red have had six different players score in a game.

No. 8 Robert Morris 6, Lindenwood 1

WENTZVILLE, Mo. -- Robert Morris junior forward Rebecca Vint tallied her second hat trick in as many games, guiding the Colonials to a 6-1 win against Lindenwood in College Hockey America (CHA) play Friday evening.

Robert Morris (21-4-2, 10-2-1 CHA) continued its recent offensive success, scoring three or more goals for the fourth game in a row.

The Colonials outshot Lindenwood (2-21-2, 2-10-1 CHA) 13-3 through the first 20 minutes and tallied the first of three from Vint less than four minutes into the frame. She carried the puck down the left side, then dangled it to her right side as she skated across the crease, before lofting it over Lions goaltender Nicole Hensley's shoulder.

RMU stretched its lead to 2-0 midway through the second period. Freshman forward Brittany Howard found junior forward Katie Fergus with a centering pass toward the crease, helping Fergus find the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season and her sixth tally all-time against Lindenwood.

Not satisfied with a 2-0 advantage, the Colonials exploded for four goals in the final stanza. Howard broke a six-game goalless streak by lighting the lamp a minute and a half into the frame, but Lindenwood cut the deficit to two with a tally from Alyssa West.

Vint then completed the third hat trick of her career with an even-strength goal and a power-play score in the third.

No. 9 Quinnipiac 3, Dartmouth 1

HAMDEN, Conn. -- An early deficit on Friday night didn't faze Quinnipiac as it rallied back and earned a 3-1 victory against Dartmouth in ECAC Hockey action. The Big Green found the back of the net first, midway through the second period but three unanswered goals helped lift Quinnipiac to their eight conference victory, 17th of the season and 100th in five-plus seasons for the Bobcats' head coach Rick Seeley. He becomes the first head coach in program history to reach the 100-win milestone as his team improves to 17-4-6 (8-3-4 ECAC Hockey) in 2013-14 while Dartmouth falls to 7-14-1 (6-9-1 ECAC Hockey).

The come-from-behind victory  helps the Bobcats earn a season sweep against Dartmouth for just the second time in program history and first time since the 2009-10 season, while they also improve to 11-2-3 from the High Point Solutions Arena this season.

Freshman Emma Woods started the comeback with just 43 seconds left in the second period to knot the score at 1-1 before junior Morgan Fritz-Ward had a flair for the dramatic once again, picking up her team-leading third game-winning goal on the season. Sophomore Nicole Connery added an insurance goal with less than 3 minutes remaining to put the game out of reach, backing up a solid 15-save night in net for junior goalie Chelsea Laden.

No. 10 Mercyhurst 3, Syracuse 2

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Mercyhurst ended the last day of January with a 3-2 College Hockey America win at Syracuse. The Lakers improved to 16-7-3 overall and to 9-3-1 in the CHA. The Orange dropped to 14-10-2 and 6-5-2 respectively.

Mercyhurst opened the scoring late in the first period when sophomore Hannah Bale notched her first collegiate goal at 17:43, beating Syracuse netminder Jenesica Drinkwater (10-3-0). Bale's lamplighter was assisted by junior defenseman Molly Byrne. .

Syracuse tied the game early in the middle frame when Melissa Piacentini beat Mercyhurst junior Amanda Makela (14-6-3). Mercyhurst responded by building a two-goal advantage later in the period when senior forwards Christie Cicero and Kaleigh Chippy found the back of the net at 11:53 and 15:39. Junior Caroline Luczak helped on Cicero's goal while leading scorer, senior Christine Bestland, and sophomore Emily Janiga helped pad the lead to 3-1.

Bestland now has 39 points this season giving her 211 points for her career. She trails only Jesse Scanzano and Meghan Agosta on the program's career scoring list. Meanwhile, Cicero's goal moved her to within nine points of reaching the century mark for her career.

The game remained 3-1 until 16:09 of the third when Larissa Martyniuk cashed a power-play goal.