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Third-ranked Cornell picks up second OT win in two weeks

TROY, N.Y. -- Cornell is making a habit of winning in overtime. Freshman forward Hanna Bunton gave the Big Red its second overtime victory in a span of two weeks, propelling Cornell to a 6-5 victory Saturday at Rensselaer.

Junior forward Jillian Saulnier had two goals and one assist on the day, launching her into to 10th on the program's all-time points list. She provided the overtime winner for the Big Red on Feb. 7 at Colgate, helping the team to stay unbeaten in overtime games this season (2-0-4). Bunton had two goals Saturday, while Cassandra Poudrier and Emily Fulton each had one goal and one assist.

The weekend of short-handed goals continued with Poudrier's unassisted goal 12 minutes into the game. The Engineers' Toni Sanders answered back 30 seconds later to lock the game up at 1, but three minutes later, Saulnier scored off passes from Jessica Campbell and Bunton to help Cornell regain the lead. Lauren Wash then netted the equalizer for RPI at 17:21 to keep the game tied going into the first intermission.

The Big Red scored the next two goals to take a 4-2 lead seven minutes into the second period, but Rensselaer answered back with two of its own. With 12 seconds left before the second intermission, Bunton lit the lamp for the Big Red to give Cornell its fourth lead of the game heading into the final period.

Ali Sveboda kept the Engineers alive with 25 seconds left to play in regulation when she netted a goal to once again deadlock the game.

No. 1 Minnesota 4, No. 2 Wisconsin 0

MADISON, Wis. -- Minnesota blanked Wisconsin 4-0 to earn its 30th win of the season on the road in front of an NCAA-women's hockey record 13,573 fans at the Kohl Center Saturday night.

Senior Kelly Terry and freshman Kate Schipper led the Gophers with two points each as Terry scored the game-winning goal and added an assist and Schipper had two assists.

Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille earned her NCAA-best 11th shutout of the season with 24 saves as the Gophers outshot the Badgers, 27-24.

"It was a huge win for us here tonight on the road to complete the sweep," Minnesota head coach Brad Frost said. "It was a really complete hockey game by our club. Amanda Leveille was tremendous in net, in particular early before we got that first one."

Minnesota State-Mankato 4, No. 4 North Dakota 2

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Minnesota State-Mankato outscored North Dakota two-to-one in each of the first two periods and received goals from four different Mavericks to capture a 4-2 victory against UND in Western Collegiate Hockey Association competition Saturday afternoon at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The win elevates MSU to 11-19-1 overall and 6-18-1 in conference play securing at least a seventh-place finish. North Dakota slips to 17-8-4 with a 14-7-4 mark in league action.

Minnesota State claimed a 2-1 lead after the first 20 minutes despite North Dakota scoring the game's first goal. UND sophomore Shannon Kaiser slipped a loose puck just across the goal line at 8:36 after MSU senior Danielle Butters lost track of it. Less than two minutes later, sophomore Katie Johnson tied the contest with her second goal of the season at 10:19 after passes from seniors Lauren Barnes and Tracy McCann. At 16:29, junior Shelby Moteyunas scored on a blast from above the left circle that deflected off a North Dakota defender and past sophomore goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie. Junior Natalie Stoltz and sophomore Haley Northcote each earned assists on the marker with Northcote picking up her first point of the season.

The Mavericks outscored UND two-to-one once more in the second period to increase their lead to 4-2. Senior Nicole Germaine tucked a pretty backhanded chance into the top right corner for her 10th goal of the season at 1:05 of the frame as Barnes and junior Kathleen Rogan collected assists on the power-play marker. North Dakota scored a power-play goal of its own at 5:50 courtesy of sophomore Meghan Dufault who beat Butters between the pads, but Minnesota State restored its two-goal advantage at 10:58 when Barnes twirled a wrap-around goal between the legs of Amsley-Benzie. Johnson and fellow sophomore Giulianna Pallotta both earned helpers on the goal.

No. 5 Clarkson 5, Dartmouth 2

HANOVER, N.H. -- Three goals in the final period lifted Clarkson by Dartmouth 5-2 on Saturday afternoon.

The win improves the Golden Knights to 23-4-5 (14-2-4 ECAC Hockey) while the loss drops the Big Green to 7-18-1 (6-13-1). Clarkson remains one point behind Cornell for the top spot in the conference with two games remaining. The Knights extend their unbeaten streak to 14 games (11-0-3) with the win.

The Knights would pick up the scoring in the third period and turn a 2-1 lead into a 6-1 win. Sophomore Olivia Howe beat Dartmouth goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft just one minute into the period to extend the Clarkson lead. The goal is Howe's seventh on the season and Mercer recorded her third assist of the game on the play.

Just more than a minute later at the 2:06 mark the Knights would put the Big Green away for good. Senior Shelby Nisbet tallied her sixth goal of the season with help from Bannon to give the Knights a 4-1 lead.

Clarkson would add a third power-play goal in the game at the 9:49 when Bannon tallied her second goal of the season. Olivia Howe and senior Vanessa Plante assisted on the score.

No. 6 Harvard 5, St. Lawrence 2

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Harvard class of 2014 -- made up of Gina McDonald and Elizabeth Parker -- celebrated senior day in style on Saturday evening as the Crimson (20-4-3, 15-3-2 ECAC) outmuscled St. Lawrence (11-17-3, 10-7-3 ECAC) 5-2 in the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

For the second time this season, five different Crimson skaters found the back of the net in the win, Harvard's 20th of the season. Samantha Reber led all scorers with three points, including the game winner on a power play six minutes into the final frame. In net, Emerance Maschmeyer stonewalled the Saints for much of game, ending up with 47 saves, five off her career high set against Boston College earlier this year.

It was Sarah Edney who got the scoring started in the first with a great effort on Harvard's first power play of the day. She positioned herself perfectly in between the middle of the zone, wristing a Reber saucer pass past St. Lawrence's Carmen MacDonald to put the Crimson up 1-0 midway through the opening period.

Just two minutes later, Hillary Crowe lit the lamp to give Harvard a 2-0 lead. Reber worked to dig the puck off the boards, flipping it quickly to Miye D'Oench. D'Oench then turned around to find an open Crowe who was waiting in the slot and one-timed it glove-side for her 13th goal of the season.

No. 7 Boston College 4, Maine 1

ORONO, Maine -- Four different Eagles scored a goal, senior Jackie Young notched two assists and junior goaltender Megan Miller stopped 18 shots to lead Boston College to a 4-1 victory against Maine on Saturday afternoon.

Kate Leary started off a three-goal second period with her seventh tally of the season at 2:55 of the middle stanza. Taylor Wasylk hit Leary with a pass down the middle of the ice, leading her on a breakaway behind Maine’s defensemen. Leary slid the puck from forehand to backhand and flipped a shot over Maine goaltender Meghann Treacy’s shoulder and into the net to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.

Haley McLean doubled the lead at 12:23 of the second period when she pulled the puck out of a skirmish in front of the net and pocketed it into the goal for her fourth lamp lighter of the season. Lexi Bender and Young assisted on the goal.

Three minutes later, the Eagles took a 3-0 lead with Haley Skarupa’s 19th goal of the season. Skarupa skated the puck down the left side of the ice, keeping the disc far from her skates and maintaining control by using her body to keep defenders away, and positioned herself right in front of the crease where she slid the puck under Tracy’s pads and into the net.

Emily Field concluded the scoring with 34 seconds remaining in the third period when she intercepted a Black Bear pass in the neutral zone and threw the puck into the empty net to settle the score at 4-1.

No. 8 Mercyhurst 4, Penn State 0

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Eighth-ranked Mercyhurst collected its sixth shutout of the season to beat Penn State 4-0 Saturday evening.

The Lakers improved to 20-7-3 on the season and are now 13-3-1 in the College Hockey America Conference. Also with the win, the Lakers collected their sixth consecutive win. Penn State fell to 4-24-3 on the season and 1-15-1 in the CHA.

Senior Christine Bestland tallied her fourth shorthanded goal this season and third game-winning goal to give her team a 1-0 lead in the first period. The shorthanded goal came after the Lakers had to kill off a penalty at the 8:30 mark into the first period.  Bestland was assisted by sophomore Emily Janiga. Bestland is now the leader in the country in shorthanded goals this season.

The Lakers extended their lead 3-0 after two goals in the middle period by the senior class. Senior Kaleigh Chippy started off the scoring at the 6:57 mark to tally her 14th goal of the season. She was assisted by sophomore J'nai Mahadeo and junior Shelby Bram.

Six minutes later, Senior Christie Cicero tallied her first point of the contest at the 12:27 mark. The third goal of the contest marked Cicero's 14th of the season as Chippy marked her second point of the game. Freshman Jillian Skinner ended her pointless drought for the second assist.

The Lakers tallied their only power-play goal of the contest in the final period to finish 1-for-4 with the extra attacker. Janiga scored at the 15:45 mark of the third to finish the Mercyhurst scoring with a 4-0 lead. Cicero and Bestland both marked their second points of the contest on the assists.

Junior Amanda Makela stopped 18 shots to pick up her sixth shutout of the season including stopping five shots on the Nittany Lions power-play. Makela improved to 18-6-3 on the season and is now tied for second in the nation in shutouts this season. Penn State's Celine Whitlinger fell to 3-10-1 after making 30 saves.

The Lakers outshot Penn State 34 to 18 throughout the three periods. Bestland and junior Molly Byrne led the team with five shots on net while Cicero contributed four shots.

Rochester Institute 1, No. 9 Robert Morris 0

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Celeste Brown scored a first period power-play goal and goaltender Ali Binnington stopped all 22 shots she faced for her 13th career shutout, as Rochester Institute (14-15-3, 9-7-2 CHA) hung on to defeat Robert Morris (22-7-3, 11-5-2 CHA) 1-0 at Ritter Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Brown fired a shot through a screen past Robert Morris at the 11:06 mark of the first period from the high slot for the game's lone goal for her 10th tally of the season. Taylor Thurston and Marissa Maugeri assisted on the goal.

RIT's defense did a sensational job all game, blocking a season-high 38 shots, while killing off all nine Robert Morris power-play attempts. Junior defenseman Lindsay Grigg blocked a team-high eight shots, while Taylor Thurston and Morgan Scoyne combined for nine blocks.

Overall, Robert Morris out-shot RIT 22-20. The Tigers held Robert Morris to just eight shots on goal during the first two periods of play.

No. 10 Quinnipiac 5, Brown 0

HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac's six senior members certainly made a lasting final impression in front of a season-high home crowd of 977 as the Bobcats shutout Brown 5-0 on Saturday from High Point Solutions Arena.

Four Bobcat seniors found their names on the score sheet at the game's end while senior goalie Ashley Winslow came off the bench and was greeted by a resounding applause for what was the senior's first career appearance. Quinnipiac broke a four-game winless streak as it improved to 18-5-9 (9-4-7 ECAC Hockey) while Brown fell to 4-18-5 (3-14-3 ECAC Hockey).

Morgan Fritz-Ward scored twice as the Bobcats also got goals from Kelly Babstock, Meghen Turner and Emma Woods.