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Seventh-ranked Boston College beats Maine 4-1 to earn Hockey East title

ORONO, Maine -- Sophomore forward Haley Skarupa scored three goals and co-captain Corinne Boyles stopped 24 shots to lead Boston College to a 4-1 victory against Maine at Alfond Arena on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, BC secures the Hockey East regular season championship for the first time in program history.

Skarupa broke a scoreless tie at 4:13 of the third period with her 20th goal of the season. Andie Anastos took the initial shot from the slot that Maine goaltender Meghann Treacy stopped with her pads, but Skarupa scooped up the rebound and threw the puck into the back of the net to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.

Danielle Doherty doubled the lead just 3:20 later, putting Boston College up 2-0. After a scrum in front of the net, Doherty was able to pick up the disc and slide it past Treacy’s pads from just in front of the crease for her third goal of the season.

Less than a minute later, Skarupa scored her second goal of the game when she skated down the left side of the ice, cut toward the net along the goal line and lifted a shot over Treacy’s left leg for her 21st tally of the season. Kristyn Capizzano and Kaliya Johnson notched the assists on the play.

Maine finally answered at 10:34 of the third stanza when Brittney Huneke picked up the rebound in front of the net off Kelsey MacSorley’s shot and flipped a backhander from the right side of the goal into the net to make the score 3-1. The goal marked Huneke’s second of the season.

Skarupa concluded the scoring at 13:51 of the third period when she netted her third goal of the game, and 22nd of the season.

Minnesota State-Mankato 2, No. 4 North Dakota 1

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Minnesota State-Mankato used two third-period goals in the final 10 minutes and 40 saves from senior Danielle Butters to complete a 2-1 come-from-behind victory and road sweep of North Dakota in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action Sunday afternoon at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The sweep marks the first against UND since Jan. 6-7, 2007 and moves the Mavericks to 12-19-1 overall and 7-18-1 in league play, good for seventh place. North Dakota stands 17-9-4 on the season and 14-8-4 in conference play which places it third.

North Dakota jumped out to a one-goal lead after the first period on a goal by sophomore Meghan Dufault at 5:40. Senior netminder Danielle Butters stopped multiple UND chances before Dufault scored through traffic with Butters outside the crease. That was the only blemish in the frame for Butters who registered 15 saves and played a key role in killing two UND power plays.

The Purple and Gold received their second opportunity with the advantage midway through the third period and pulled even when a pair of seniors connected for a goal. Junior Kathleen Rogan played senior Lauren Barnes on the blue line who dished a backdoor feed from the top of the right circle to senior Kari Lundberg that she buried into the left side at 11:44 for her 10th goal of the season. MSU pulled ahead at 16:30 of the period on senior Nicole Germaine's 11th marker of the year. Freshman Anna Fiegert hit senior Tracy McCann who carried the puck down the right side and drove the net where Germaine streaked in to tap across the rebound giving MSU a 2-1 lead. From there, Butters and the Mavericks denied UND for nearly two minutes with the extra attacker to hold for the win and series sweep.

No. 8 Mercyhurst 4, Penn State 1

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Mercyhurst picked up its seventh consecutive win after a 4-1 battle against Penn State on Sunday afternoon.

The win by the Mercyhurst Lakers captured their 13th consecutive College Hockey America regular-season title. The Lakers have reigned as regular-season champions since joining Division I back during the 2000-01 season with the Great Lakes Women's Hockey Association to total 14 regular-season titles between the two conferences.

The Lakers improved to 21-7-3 on the season and are now 14-3-1 in the conference to extend their first-place lead by five points. Penn State fell to 4-25-3 overall this season and 1-16-1 in the CHA.

For the first time in the all-time series, Penn State took the lead 1-0 after a second-period goal by the Nittany Lions' Hannah Hoenshell.

Freshman Paige Horton evend the score at one on a delayed penalty at the 8:27 mark of the second period to mark her second of the season.

Molly Byrne's efforts finally paid off at the 5:35 mark into the third period on the Lakers' first successful power-play of the contest. Sophomore Jenna Dingeldein battled for the puck which sophomore Emily Janiga picked up. Jangia then passed the puck again to the point where Byrne then took a shot past Paniccia to give her team the 2-1 advantage.