Elaine Chuli's 45 saves against No. 7 BC helps Connecticut pull off upset
STORRS, Conn. -- Behind a 45-save shutout from Elaine Chuli, Connecticut downed a ranked opponent for the first time since March 6, 2010, defeating No. 7 Boston College 2-0 at Freitas Ice Forum on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, UConn improves to 8-19-2 (5-10-1 WHEA) and snaps a 10-game losing streak to the Eagles (20-5-3, 14-2-1 WHEA).
Kayla Campero and Stephanie Raithby paced the Husky offense with a goal apiece and Chuli stopped all 45 shots she saw to knock off the top-scoring team in the league. It marked the second shutout of the season for Chuli, and snapped an 11-game unbeaten streak and seven-game winning streak for Boston College.
The Eagles went 0-for-5 on the power play thanks to an exceptional effort from the UConn penalty kill, which now sits at 87.0 percent (100-for-115) on the season.
Corinne Boyles made 35 saves for Boston College in the setback but could not stop shots by Kayla Campero and Stephanie Raithby.
No. 1 Minnesota 5, Bemidji State 3
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota improved to 28-1-1 on the season with a 5-3 win and series sweep versus Bemidji State at Ridder Arena Saturday evening.
Minnesota (28-1-1, 22-1-1-0 WCHA) took a 4-0 lead before Bemidji State (9-18-3, 6-16-2-1 WCHA) stormed back with three quick goals in the second period to come within one at 4-3. However, the Gophers added one more goal and held on for the 5-3 victory.
Sophomores Hannah Brandt and Milica McMillen led the Gophers with three points each. Brandt recorded two goals and one assist, and McMillen posted three assists. Freshman Dani Cameranesi and sophomore Maryanne Menefee each recorded two points as well.
No. 2 Wisconsin 3, Ohio State 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A two-goal performance by redshirt junior Brittany Ammerman propelled Wisconsin to a 3-2 victory against conference opponent Ohio State on Saturday as the Badgers swept the Buckeyes in the weekend series at OSU Ice Rink.
Ammerman and freshman Sarah Nurse led the way for the Badgers (23-3-2, 19-3-2), who blanked the Buckeyes (11-14-5, 6-13-5) 3-0 in the first tilt of the series Friday. Ammerman now has 20 goals and 37 points on the season, leading the team in both categories.
Senior Alex Rigsby was solid in net for Wisconsin, making 23 saves to record her 96th career win and improve her season record to 13-2-2. Wisconsin outshot Ohio State 29-25 overall.
No. 3 Clarkson 2, Princeton 2
POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Senior Brittany Styner added two more goals to complete her impressive weekend as Clarkson tied Princeton 2-2 on Saturday afternoon at Cheel Arena.
The Golden Knights are now 21-4-5 (12-2-4 ECAC Hockey) while the Tigers are 12-9-4 (8-7-3). Clarkson is now undefeated in 12 consecutive games (9-0-3), the second longest active streak in the country. The Knights fall to third place in the conference, one point behind Cornell and two points behind idle Harvard with four conference games remaining.
Styner scored twice in the second period to put the Golden Knights up 2-0 heading into the third period. But in the third, Kelsey Koelzer and Fiona McKenna tied the game in the third for the Tigers.
Erica Howe made 24 saves for Clarkson while Kimberley Newell made 41 in net for the Tigers.
No. 4 North Dakota 4, Minnesota-Duluth 3
DULUTH, Minn. -- Led by two third-period goals from Josefine Jakobsen, North Dakota scored four unanswered goals to defeat Minnesota-Duluth 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at AMSOIL Arena.
The Bulldogs scored two goals in the first period, twice benefitting from North Dakota deflections in a chaotic UND crease. Senior forward Jamie Kenyon's shot in traffic initially deflected off North Dakota goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie before hitting a UND defenseman's glove and into the goal at the 12:30 mark. UMD doubled its lead on the power play with just 15 seconds remaining when rookie defenseman Sidney Morin's wrist-shot from the point glanced off a UND defenseman and past Amsley-Benzie.
Kenyon's blue collar work ethic was on full display for the Bulldogs third goal, which came 6:44 into the second stanza. Rookie forward Katerina Mrázová played the puck behind her at the left face-off dot for Zoe Hickel, whose initial shot Amsley-Benzie saved. Enter Kenyon's drive to the net which resulted in her poking home the rebound for her second tally on the day and third consecutive UMD score.
Sam LaShomb got the rally started for North Dakota with a goal 13:13 into the second period, and Kayla Gardner brought the deficit down to one with a score about two minutes later. That set up Jakobsen's heroics in the third.
No. 5 Cornell 3, Colgate 1
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Hayleigh Cudmore netted a short-handed goal to help lift Cornell against Colgate 3-1 on Saturday. Paula Voorheis had 15 saves in the third period to help the Big Red (18-3-4) sweep the Raiders (7-21-2).
Five minutes into the first period, Jillian Saulnier finished a pass from Emily Fulton and Cassandra Poudrier to send the Big Red up 1-0. The Raiders' Melissa Kueber tied up the game four minutes into the second period, but the Big Red answered back with an Alyssa Gagliardi goal two minutes later. Cudmore netted the short-handed goal to put Cornell up 3-1 going into the second intermission.
Colgate's Ashlynne Rando had 26 saves while Voorheis ended the night with 24.
St. Lawrence 3, No. 8 Quinnipiac 0
CANTON, N.Y. -- Sophomore forward Kailee Heidersbach netted a pair of first-period goals and junior goaltender Carmen MacDonald made 24 saves as St. Lawrenceearned a 3-0 shutout against Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon at Appleton Arena.
The win is the Saints first versus a nationally ranked opponent this season, having previously tied Quinnipiac and Cornell earlier in the year.
MacDonald came up big for the Saints throughout the game, flashing the leather and making saves from point-blank range and on a number of odd-man rushes for the Bobcats. The shutout is her third of the season and 12th of her career.
Heidersbach opened the scoring on the 6:20 mark of the first period when she buried a rebound of a Jessica Hon shot. Bobcat netminder Chelsea Laden made the initial stop on Hon but was unable to control the rebound and the puck popped out to Heidersbach who was crashing the net and put the Saints on top 1-0.
Just more than six minutes later, Heidersbach pushed the lead to 2-0 when she tucked the puck under Laden's pads from the side of the net for her second goal of the night and fifth of the year. Junior Kayla Raniwsky and sophomore Jenna Marks assisted on the play.
Syracuse 3, No. 9 Robert Morris 1
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Julie Knerr scores two goals in Syracuse's 3-1 upset of No. 9 Robert Morris on Saturday afternoon in Lumber Arena. Knerr scored the game winner in the second period, the second of her career.
The Orange showed their depth and all of their scores came from second-line skaters. Jessica Sibley had three points on the night, scoring the first goal of the game and assisting on the next two. Fellow forwards Julie Knerr and Akane Hosoyamada each had two points with Knerr scoring the game winner and the insurance goal and Hosoyamada assisting on SU's first and last goal. Defenseman Brittney Krebs, who scored the game-tying goal last night, tossed in an assist on Sibley's goal.
Jenesica Drinkwater matched her season-best with 37 saves against the Colonials while RMU's Jessica Dodds was only able to stop 16 shots. The Orange was more conservative on offense, tallying just 40 shots, of which 19 were on target and 17 were blocked by Robert Morris defenders.
The Colonials scored their one goal on the power play but SU was able to kill six of its seven penalties.
No. 10 Mercyhurst 5, Rochester Institute 2
ERIE, Pa. -- Three power-play goals propelled Mercyhurst passed RIT on Saturday afternoon. The Lakers took away a 5-2 victory against the Tigers to capture their fifth consecutive win.
Mercyhurst is now 19-7-3 on the season and improved to 12-3-1 in the College Hockey America conference with just four regular-season games remaining. RIT fell to 13-14-3 overall and are now 8-6-2 in the CHA.
The Lakers outshot RIT 42-16 throughout the entire contest including a game-high 17 shots in the second period. The Lakers were also 3-for-5 on the power play for a series total of 4-for-6. On the penalty-kill, Mercyhurst allowed just one power-play goal in the 10 power plays for RIT.
It was if Mercyhurst did not lose any momentum from the evening before at senior Kaleigh Chippy scored the first of three power-play goals almost two minutes into the opening period.