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Saulnier scores in OT as Cornell escapes Colgate

HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Jillian Saulnier netted the game winner with 19 seconds left in overtime to lift Cornell against Colgate on Friday night 4-3. Tied 3-3 at the end of regulation, the Big Red (17-3-4) escaped Starr Rink with a win against the Raiders (7-20-2) after battling back and forth, each team scoring a goal in all three periods.

Caroline DeBruin opened up scoring as she converted on a penalty shot seven minutes into the first period. Three minutes later, Colgate's Miriam Drubel answered back, keeping the game even going into the first intermission.

Emily Fulton capitalized on a pass from Alyssa Gagliardi for the Big Red's second goal with 10 minutes left to play in the second period, but the Raiders' Taylor Volpe found the back of the net with a minute and a half left, knotting the game at 2.

Volpe scored her second goal of the game two minutes into the final period to give the Raiders a 3-2 advantage. With time winding down, Cassandra Poudrier finished a pass from Jillian Saulnier to lock the game up at 3 at the end of regulation.

With 19 seconds left in OT, Saulnier lit the lamp for the Big Red off passes from Fulton and Poudrier. Fulton ended the night with one goal and two assists while Saulnier and Poudrier each had one goal and one assist. Lauren Slebodnick stopped 26 shots to capture her 65th career win with Cornell.

No. 1 Minnesota 10, Bemidji State 0

MINNEAPOLIS -- Seven different Gophers scored as Minnesota erupted for six second-period goals en route to a 10-0 win versus visiting Bemidji State at Ridder Arena Friday night.

Minnesota (27-1-1, 21-1-1-0 WCHA) received five goals from the line of junior Rachael Bona, senior Sarah Davisand freshman Kate Schipper as Bona and Davis each tallied four points on two goals and two assists. Schipper added one goal and three assists for a career-high four-point game.

Sophomore Hannah Brandt added two goals, and junior Rachel Ramsey recorded a career-high four assists. Freshman Kate Flug registered her first collegiate point with an assist in the win as well.

"Obviously as you look as the score, our team played very well tonight," head coach Brad Frost said. "The second period was the key for us, scoring all those goals in a four-minute span. It's definitely not going to be an easy game tomorrow. There's a lot of pride over in that [BSU] locker room, and I'm sure they'll come out better than they did today."

No. 2 Wisconsin 3, Bemidji State 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Three different Badgers scored and senior goaltender Alex Rigsby stopped all 13 shots she faced as Wisconsin blanked Ohio State 3-0 on Friday night at the OSU Ice Rink.

Wisconsin (22-3-2, 18-3-2-1) earned its 10th shutout of the season as the Badgers lead the nation in scoring defense allowing 0.96 goals per contest. UW has limited its opponents to one goal or less in 20 of its 27 games this year.

“I told the team at the end of the game that was one of our overall strongest games from start to finish,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “It was a good 60 minutes. I thought we did a great job on the four penalties that we took and we did a great job of killing penalties. We didn’t really give them a lot of opportunities in the offensive zone. We faced a tough team that hadn’t lost in seven or eight games on the smaller ice sheet, but we gave a great team effort. Everybody contributed and it was nice to win the game.”

The Badgers outshot the Buckeyes (11-13-5, 6-12-5-2) 34-13, which included a 27-8 advantage during the final two periods.

No. 3 Clarkson 3, No. 8 Quinnipiac 3

POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Quinnipiac stormed back from a 3-1 deficit to tie Clarkson 3-3 from Cheel Arena on Friday night. Goals from senior Amanda Colin and junior Shiann Darkangelo quickly erased the two-goal deficit less than four minutes into the third period and the Bobcat defense behind some key saves late from junior Chelsea Laden helped Quinnipiac earn a tie against the highest-ranked team in the ECAC Hockey. The Bobcats bring their record to 17-4-8 and 8-3-6 in the ECAC Hockey while the Golden Knights move to 21-4-5 (12-2-3 ECAC Hockey).

Quinnipiac managed to score three goals on the nation's second-stingiest defense coming into the evening as Clarkson allowed its second-most goals in a game all season. Colin was the prime-time player on Friday with a career-high three points (one goal, two assists), either scoring or assisting on every Bobcat goal. Freshman Meghan Turner notched her third multi-point game of the season with one goal and one assist.

The Golden Knights struck first, in what was the fastest goal the Bobcats had allowed all season, just 59 seconds into the opening period. After a Bobcat penalty, Brittany Styner found the back of the net following a nice series of passes from Erin Ambrose down to Carly Mercer. Clarkson's senior forward found Styner at the far side post for a wide open one-timer and quick 1-0 lead.

No. 6 Harvard 4, Dartmouth 1

HANOVER, N.H. -- Junior Hillary Crowe and sophomore Miye D'Oench each tallied a pair of goals as Harvard powered its way past Dartmouth on Friday night at Thompson Arena 4-1. With the win, the Crimson (18-3-3, 14-2-2 ECAC) retains first place in the conference standings with four league games left this season.

Having yielded the game's first score in the past three contests, Harvard got off on the right foot Friday thanks to a nice go-ahead goal by Crowe in the first three minutes of action. After Marissa Gedman guided the puck around the net, Crowe, the junior captain, found D'Oench in the right circle, who slid it across to Crowe waiting with an open shot. She then gently flipped the puck just over and out of reach of Lindsay Holdcroft's glove to put the Crimson up 1-0 early.

Though the Crimson grabbed the first lead of the game, the Big Green fired away at Emerance Maschmeyer early on, testing both her and the short-handed defense. In total, Dartmouth rattled off 15 shots in the first frame alone, but not one found the back of the net thanks to Maschmeyer's quick glove and pads. Maschmeyer would finish the contest with 27 saves on the evening to earn her 14th win of the year.

No. 9 Robert Morris 3, Syracuse 3

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Robert Morris senior assistant captain Thea Imbrogno broke Brianna Delaney's program record for career assists in the Colonials' 3-3 tie with Syracuse on Friday evening.

Robert Morris (21-5-3, 10-3-2 CHA) stayed undefeated in overtime contests this season (1-0-3) and earned its second tie against Syracuse (15-11-3, 6-6-3 CHA) of the 2013-14 campaign.

The Colonials and Orange played an even first 17 minutes, but junior forward Katie Fergus changed that with her second goal of the season. Senior defenseman Kylie St. Louis carried the puck into RMU offensive zone and fired a shot that was saved by Syracuse goaltender Jenesica Drinkwater, but the rebound trickled to junior forward Katelyn Scott. Scott's shot was then pushed away by Drinkwater, but the puck found its way to Fergus, who buried it for an early 1-0 lead.

A minute later, the puck found St. Louis' stick on another offensive attack. She passed it up to her classmate Imbrogno to create a two-on-one rush, then she found freshman forward Brittany Howard. Howard caught Drinkwater off-balance, then lofted a back-hander over the Orange netminder's left shoulder to make it 2-0.

The tides changed in the second period as Melissa Piacentini notched goals at the 2:44 and 6:55 mark to tie the game at 2-2.

However, Howard made sure the Colonials would head back to the locker room with a lead as she lit the lamp for the second time with 7:41 remaining in the second stanza. Imbrogno earned a secondary assist on the goal, giving her the historic 69th of her career.

RMU held off the Syracuse attack for half of the third period, but with 8:32 remaining Britney Krebs knotted things up at three a piece with a shot that grazed through freshman goaltender Jessica Dodds' five-hole.

No. 10 Mercyhurst 5, RIT 1

ERIE, Pa. -- Senior Christie Cicero of Mercyhurst tallied her first career short-handed goal in route to a 5-1 victory against RIT on Friday evening. The Lakers improved to 18-7-3 on the season and 11-3-1 in the College Hockey America conference.

With the win, the Lakers also regained the lead in the CHA standings with 23 points and are one point ahead of Robert Morris (22). RIT remains in third place with 18 points despite the loss and is now 8-5-2 in the conference and 13-13-3 overall.

Sophomore Jenna Dingeldein gave her team the 1-0 advantage at the 7:05 minute of the first period to mark her 11th goal of the season. The goal came after senior Christine Bestland and junior Molly Byrne rotated the puck around the defense of RIT.

RIT was awarded two power plays throughout the first period which Mercyhurst killed off with ease. So easily that senior Christie Cicero tallied her first collegiate goal at the 15:57 mark and the first RIT power play of the evening. The short-handed goal would mark the eventual game-winner, which was her second of the season.