Some separation evident as most arrive at the break
Four series over the weekend matched teams from the top 10 as compiled by KRACH. Two of those produced splits, with the home team winning the opener, but unable to complete the sweep the next day. Meanwhile, the nation’s top two teams posted a pair of victories apiece to open a gap in their conference race.

Pattenden ties career wins mark as Mercyhurst goes 1-1 at Boston College
In a series that had the potential to give one team an inside track to host an NCAA quarterfinal come March, the Eagles led throughout Friday, cementing a 4-2 win with an empty-net goal. The hosts struck first on Saturday as well, but it would prove to be their last lead, as the Lakers converted twice on second-period power plays to edge ahead. Although BC would tie the game at 2-2 to force overtime, Jill Szandzik connected in OT for a 3-2 Lakers victory. Mercyhurst goaltender Hillary Pattenden posted the 91st victory of her career, matching the total compiled by Jessie Vetter while at Wisconsin.

Fighting Sioux and Bulldogs split in Grand Forks
Minnesota-Duluth carried a three-game winning streak, its longest of the first half, into its series at North Dakota. Despite a strong effort in the Bulldogs’ net by Jennifer Harss, UMD could get nothing accomplished at the other end in Saturday’s first game. The Fighting Sioux emerged with a 2-0 decision, as Jorid Dagfinrud ran her personal shutout streak to over eight periods. However, that string came to an abrupt end the next day, as Pernilla Winberg solved her a mere 65 seconds into the rematch and the Bulldogs cruised, 5-1.

Wisconsin and Minnesota record sweeps
The visiting Badgers spotted Bemidji State the first goal of their weekend series, then claimed nine of the next 10 tallies as No. 1 Wisconsin won for the 14th straight time. The Beavers were swept for only the second time in their new home, both at the hands of the Badgers. No. 2 Minnesota stayed within sight of the WCHA leaders, vanquishing Ohio State by 3-1 and 4-1 margins. The Gophers remain two full games down on Wisconsin, but their lead over UND grew to five points with two games in hand.

Top ECAC teams prosper
With ECAC power Cornell idle, three other league contenders won a pair of games. Only Quinnipiac’s wins came in conference, with the Bobcats stifling Princeton 1-0 and 3-0 in a home-and-home series. Harvard took out Hockey East opponents Providence and New Hampshire by comfortable margins of 5-1 and 5-2 respectively. Clarkson generated just enough offense to subdue Niagara by 3-1 and 1-0 verdicts.

Hockey East race taking shape
For the second straight Wednesday, Northeastern produced a win over Boston University to cast the Huskies as the likely threat to Boston College for HEA dominance. NU freshman Kendall Coyne has amassed 16 points in league action, best in the circuit, while senior Florence Schelling’s goaltending stats are the best of those playing regular minutes.

  • Ms London

    Let’s go to HEA and the Eagles. I was there for both games and there is no doubt in my mind that BC is a better overall team than Mercyhurst. They literally dominated Mercyhurst most of both games. With that said, I haven’t followed Mercyhurst much but it seems like Pattenden is a very emotional goalie. Get on her head early and you’ll probably be a step ahead, besides the hole she has on her glove side. Needless to say that on saturday’s OT win, Mercyhurst was only able to score on 5 on 3 and 5 on 4 on regular time. That right there should show you how hard was for them to make it happen. On the Eagles side, the defense improvement has been great but.. at the same time they have let go their special teams. They must work on their power play killing and scoring unit. I also usually don’t count empty net goals but the Friday game one made by Alex wasn’t your regular break out or dump in goal. That took skills and Mercyhurst had a great chance to stop it from happening. Bottom line is that playoffs are 1 and out, you have no chance to try and make it up the next day, and when it was so hard for you to make it happen on the second day… well, you might just not survive.
    On the future no longer fighting Sioux, it seems like they are planning to keep Monique on defense because it has been “working” so far. Well, newsflash coach it didn’t work so much with UMD second game did it?? Which makes you wonder that if Dagfinrud is not on top of her game you ain’t making it? and if Monique decides to get a little frustrated all goes to hell?? Regardless, we all know Weibe’s line ain’t enough to go against the Badgers.. well the bottom team just proved it this weekend. They have to do some major surgery on their defense.
    As usual, no comments about the Badgers. They’ve played a very solid and consistence game.

    I haven’t watched the Big Red play this season, but after watching Mercyhurst this weekend I’m starting to agree with Candance and believe that BC should be over Cornell. If you allow a team like them score 4+ goals on you, that you def. are not worth of the 3rd spot in the nation.

    To all the coaches of the best sport in the world out there.. toughen up a bit, think outside the box and put your overall team well being on top (take no favorites).