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MacAulay powers Clarkson past Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Sophomore Shannon MacAulay scored both goals as Clarkson outlasted sixth-ranked Harvard 2-1 on Friday evening.

The win pushes the Golden Knights to 22-4-5 (13-2-4 ECAC Hockey) while the loss drops the Crimson to 19-4-3 (14-3-2). The two teams are now tied with 30 points, one point behind Cornell for first place with three games to play. The Knights have now gone unbeaten in 13 consecutive games (10-0-3) and have not lost since early December. The win guarantees the Knights will host a quarterfinal series at Cheel Arena beginning on Feb. 28, and Clarkson cannot fall below third place in the conference.

MacAulay got the scoring started at the 5:15 mark as she took a pass from junior Christine Lambert and beat Harvard goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer for her eighth goal on the season to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. The Crimson would get on the scoreboard just before the end of the first period, as Mary Parker beat senior goaltender Erica Howe with three seconds remaining in the period for her 12th goal of the year to tie the game at 1-1.

Harvard attempted the first shot of the third but Howe turned it away for one of her 21 saves, and on the other end MacAulay struck again for her second goal of the game to give the Knights the 2-1 lead. Aided by sophomores Erin Ambrose and Olivia Howe, MacAulay's second goal at the 14:43 mark would end up being the game winner.

No. 1 Minnesota 3, No. 2 Wisconsin 2

MADISON, Wis. -- Minnesota clinched its eighth Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) regular-season title with a 3-2 win against Wisconsin in front of a sold-out crowd at LaBahn Arena on Friday night.

Freshman Dani Cameranesi scored the game-winning goal with 10:58 remaining in the third period. She buried a tic-tac-toe feed from junior Rachel Ramsey and senior Bethany Brausen to break a 2-2 tie and give the Gophers their second lead of the game.

Junior Rachael Bona led all players with two points on a goal and an assist, and sophomore Milica McMillen also scored for Minnesota (29-1-1, 23-1-1-0 WCHA).

No. 3 Cornell 2, Union (N.Y.) 0

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Jessica Campbell and Jillian Saulnier each netted an unassisted goal to lead Cornell to a 2-0 win against Union (N.Y.) on Friday night. The Big Red improve to 19-3-4 while the Dutchwomen fall to 9-21-1.

Campbell netted the game-winning goal at 6:43 in the second period to open up scoring for the Big Red. Then, at 2:25 in the third, Saulnier found the back of the net on a 6-5 disadvantage to extend the lead, 2-0.

For the Dutchwomen, Shenae Lundberg had 26 saves.

Freshman goaltender Paula Voorheis picked up her third shutout of the season and her fifth win, while stopping 18 shots on the night.

No. 9 Robert Morris 2, Rochester Institute 1

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Robert Morris junior forward Rebecca Vint scored a short-handed goal with 16:44 left in the game, lifting the Colonials to a 2-1 victory against Rochester Institute on Friday afternoon.

Robert Morris (22-6-3, 11-4-2 CHA) broke a three-game winless drought with the victory. RIT (13-15-3, 8-7-2 CHA) dropped its third consecutive contest despite 35 saves from Tigers goaltender Ali Binnington.

The Tigers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after freshman forward Mackenzie Johnston was sent to the box for roughing. Erin Zach fired a shot on net that was deflected by Lindsay Gregg and snuck past freshman goaltender Jessica Dodds for the early advantage.

The second period provided the equalizer, as senior defenseman Anneline Lauziere nabbed her fifth goal of the season. Brittany Howard collected the secondary assist as she found Lauziere near the crease, giving Lauziere enough time to sneak it five-hole past Binnington.

No. 10 Quinnipiac 3, Yale 3

HAMDEN, Conn. -- Playing in the final regular-season home games in her illustrious career, senior Kelly Babstock reminded the Bobcat fans just how important she's been as her tally with 1:05 remaining in the third helped Quinnipiac earn a 3-3 tie against Yale on Friday. The goal for Babstock salvaged one point for the Bobcats as they took an early 2-0 lead but three unanswered Bulldog goals sent the home team into a frenzy in the last four minutes, eventually securing the game-tying tally. Quinnipiac posted its nation-leading ninth tie of the season as it move to 17-5-9 (8-4-7 ECAC Hockey) while Yale's record stands at 7-13-6 (5-8-6 ECAC Hockey).

The goal for Babstock was her first since Jan. 7 against Princeton, snapping a career-long eight-game streak wherein she did not record a goal. Also coming up big for Quinnipiac was the play of junior Shiann Darkangelo who continued her hot streak with two points (one goal, one assist) as she now has scored eight points (three goals, five assists) in her past seven games. The third goal scorer for the Bobcats on the day was sophomore Nicole Connery who poked home her sixth goal of the season and first in four games.