CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Yale sophomore forward Janelle Ferrara's power-play goal at 17:33 of the second overtime capped an epic ECAC Hockey quarterfinal battle at Bright-Landry Hockey Center Friday night, lifting the Bulldogs to a 3-2 win against No. 5 Harvard that puts the Bulldogs one victory away from advancing to the ECAC Hockey semifinals.
Junior goalie Jaimie Leonoff made 55 saves for the win, her second against the Crimson this year. This was Yale's first postseason win since 2005.
Yale (9-14-7, 6-9-7 ECAC Hockey) was in the postseason for the first time since 2008, and the first period saw the Bulldogs trying to find their way as Harvard out shot them 15-5. Leonoff made several highlight-reel saves, though, keeping the game from getting out of hand early.
Jackie Raines scored the first goal of the game to give Yale a 1-0 lead 6:56 into the second period. The lead would last for about five minutes before Marissa Gedman tied the game at 1.
Jamie Haddad would give the Bulldogs the lead heading into the second intermission with a goal at the 14:20 mark of the second period.
Miye D'Oench would create another tie game, scoring three minutes into the third period.
No. 1 Minnesota 4, St. Cloud State 1
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota skated to a 4-1 win against St. Cloud State in Game One of the WCHA first-round best-of-three series at Ridder Arena on Friday night.
Junior Meghan Lorence led Minnesota (33-1-1) with three points on a goal and two assists, while Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-10 finalists Rachael Bona and Hannah Brandt each recorded two assists.
St. Cloud State (4-26-5, 3-21-4-2 WCHA) received 39 saves from junior goaltender Julie Friend as Minnesota outshot the Huskies, 43-17. Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille made 16 saves for the Gophers.
No. 2 Wisconsin 4, Minnesota State-Mankato 0
MADISON, Wis. -- Led by four players with two-point performances, Wisconsin shut out Minnesota State-Mankato 4-0 Friday in the first game of the best-of-three WCHA first-round playoffs series at LaBahn Arena.
Freshman Sarah Nurse and senior Madison Packer each tallied a goal and an assist in the win, while redshirt junior Brittany Ammerman and junior Blayre Turnbull added two assists a piece in the balanced Badger attack. Freshman Sydney McKibbon and junior Katy Josephs also lit the lamp for the Cardinal and White.
Senior Alex Rigsby guarded the net for UW, recording 26 saves to mark her 98th career win and 29th career shutout. Wisconsin dominated on the offensive front, outshooting Minnesota State 43-26.
No. 3 Clarkson 2, Dartmouth 0
POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Senior Jamie Lee Rattray's pair of power-play goals guided No. 3 Clarkson by Dartmouth 2-0 on Friday afternoon at Cheel Arena.
The top-seeded Golden Knights improve to 26-4-5 on the season and will host the eighth-seeded Big Green (9-19-1) Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET in game two of the best-of-three series. A win will secure the series for the Knights and ensure that Clarkson hosts the ECAC Women's Hockey Championship next weekend. If Dartmouth wins, game three will be played at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon at Cheel.
Senior goaltender Erica Howe stopped all 15 shots she faced to record her 12th shutout of the season. The Knights keep their streak going as they have now gone unbeaten in 17 consecutive games (14-0-3).
The Knights would go on the power play at the 7:27 mark in the first period and Rattray made Dartmouth pay as she scored with 21 seconds remaining in the power play.
Dartmouth took a holding penalty in the first minute of the third period and Rattray immediately made the Big Green pay as she gained control of the puck behind the Dartmouth net and poked the puck by Holdcroft to put the Knights ahead 2-0. Sophomore Shannon MacAulay and senior captain Carly Mercer were credited with assists on the play.
The final 10 minutes of the game were completely controlled by Clarkson, as the Knights did not allow Dartmouth to get anything going offensively to mount a comeback.
No. 4 Boston College 8, New Hampshire 1
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Six different Eagles scored multiple points, led by Haley Skarupa’s five (two goals, three assists), and goaltender Corinne Boyles stopped 31 shots to lead Boston College to an 8-1 victory against New Hampshire in the Women’s Hockey East quarterfinals at Kelley Rink Friday night.
The Wildcats got on the board at 1:11 of the first period to take a 1-0 lead, but the Eagles stormed back to score eight unanswered goals. Special teams played a huge role in the game, as BC was 3-for-4 on the man advantage and added a short-handed goal, while UNH went 0-for-5 in the power play.
Sara Carlson beat Boyles just more than a minute into the game for her second goal of the season, but it proved to be the only tally that UNH would be able to manage.
The Eagles answered the Wildcat’s early strike with four first-period goals. Dana Trivigno started the scoring ways for BC when she buried the rebound off Emily Pfalzer’s shot that hit the post, tying the game at 1-1.
Kristyn Capizzano gave BC a 2-1 lead at 7:57 of the first period when she scooped up a rebound that bounced off UNH goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara’s pads and lifted a shot high into the top left corner of the net for her 10th goal of the season. Kate Leary then doubled the lead in similar fashion, as she backhanded a shot into the net off the rebound on Taylor Wasylk’s shot for a power-play goal.
Melissa Bizzari concluded the scoring in the first period when she tipped Skarupa’s shot right in front of the goal, sending a bouncing puck into the net with three seconds remaining in the period to give BC a 4-1 lead.
No. 6 Cornell 3, Princeton 2
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Senior forward Jessica Campbell scored two goals, including the winner midway through the third period, to lead No. 6 Cornell to a come-from-behind victory against Princeton on Friday in Game 1 of an ECAC Hockey Championship quarterfinal series at Lynah Rink. Cornell can close out the best-of-three series with another win in Game 2 at 2 p.m. ET Saturday, also at Lynah.
The teams played relatively tight to the vest in the opening 25 minutes, but it was Tigers who jumped out to a two-goal lead on a pair of power-play strikes just 25 seconds apart. Working on a five-on-three, Princeton broke the ice with Sally Butler's opportunistic goal. On the next shift, a blocked shot went to the stick of Ali Pankowski at the center point. She worked traded passes with Butler on the right side before finding Hilary Lloyd lurking behind the defense off the far post for a redirection to give the visitors a 2-0 lead at the 8:12 mark.
Jillian Saulnier cut the Big Red's deficit to one goal on a pretty three-zone rush, finished off with a deft backhand past Newell's left pad just 2:06 into the final frame. Campbell then tied the game at 5:23 with her first goal off a back-door feed from Taylor Woods standing at the top of the left circle. That set the stage for Campbell's winner with 11:08 to play.
It was the first time this season the Big Red won when trailing at the start of the third period. Cornell was previously 0-4-3 in those scenarios.
No. 7 Quinnipiac 5, St. Lawrence 0
HAMDEN, Conn. -- The goals came from all angles on Friday night as Quinnipiac pumped in five goals in a shutout effort against St. Lawrence 5-0 from High Point Solutions Arena.
Junior Shiann Darkangelo continued her breakout season with three points (two goals, one assist) in her first postseason appearance as a member of the Bobcats. Junior goalie Chelsea Laden was outstanding in net, making a season-high 28 saves to post her eighth shutout of the season.
Quinnipiac (21-5-9, 11-4-7 ECAC Hockey) will look to clinch the series Saturday in game two of the best-of-three ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal series against the Saints (13-18-3, 12-7-3 ECAC Hockey).
No. 9 North Dakota 4, Bemidji State 1
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Led by a two-goal outing from Gracen Hirschy, North Dakota downed Bemidji State 4-1 in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs.
Rachael Kelly gave Bemidji State a first-period lead with a power-play goal but that is all Shelby Amsley-Benzie (13 saves) would give up.
Hirschy then ran off two unanswered goals to give North Dakota the lead.