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Wisconsin gets defensive
The No. 3 Badgers seemingly haven’t given up a goal since back in the days of captain’s practice. Wisconsin blanked Minnesota State twice to run its shutout string to eight games and take sole possession of first place in the WCHA. Goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens backed both of the wins, making 16 saves in Friday’s 6-0 victory and turning away 18 shots on Saturday as the Badgers cruised, 7-0. She leads the country with seven shutouts.

Six different Badgers scored on Friday, and Sophia Shaver was the only UW player with two goals on Saturday. Courtney Burke, who scored in each game, was the top point getter for the weekend with five.

Shuffling at the top
No. 7 North Dakota jettisoned No. 1 Minnesota from the unbeaten ranks with a 4-3 win on Friday. UND gave the Gophers a taste of their own medicine, using a dominant second period to seize command, including a 17-7 advantage in shots. Meghan Dufault scored a pair of goals nine seconds apart with five-plus minutes remaining in the frame to give the hosts a lead they would not relinquish. Amy Menke also struck twice for UND, while Dani Cameranesi had a goal and an assist in a losing effort.

Minnesota took the first game of the series on Thursday, 5-1, by jumping out to a 3-0 lead with 16:48 elapsed. The Gophers got goals from Caitlin Reilly and Nina Rodgers on a reconfigured third line, and five others had two-point games.

All tied up
Half of the dozen ECAC games played went to overtime, and five ended in ties.

No. 4 Clarkson avoided its first loss, but the Golden Knights didn’t win either. In fact, they didn’t even score on Friday at No. 8 Harvard, as the two squads ground out a 0-0 draw. Clarkson’s Shea Tiley and Molly Tissenbaum of the Crimson both recorded 23-save shutouts.

The next day, No. 10 Dartmouth came from three goals down after one period to tie Clarkson, 3-3. Brook Ahbe, Kennedy Ottenbreit, and Lindsey Allen scored for the Big Green in the course of 8:36 of action that spanned the second intermission, erasing the lead provided by Savannah Harmon, Geneviève Bannon, and Cayley Mercer. Robyn Chemago came on in relief for Dartmouth and slammed the door, saving all 24 shots she faced.

The Union and Rensselaer travel pair visited Colgate and Cornell, with all four contests knotted after 60 minutes.

In the only ECAC action where overtime produced a decision, Lauren Wash converted a feed from Alexa Gruschow 2:34 into OT to lift Rensselaer over Cornell, 2-1. Kaitlin Doering scored the game’s first goal at 3:05 of the third period, but Wash set up Gruschow for the equalizer 80 seconds later on a five-on-three power play. Engineers’ goalie Lovisa Selander stopped 30 of 31 shots from the Big Red.

Also on Friday, Colgate’s Shelby Perry tallied an extra-attacker, power-play goal in the final minute of regulation to tie Union, 2-2. Melissa Black made 58 saves for the Dutchwomen, who got goals from Jacyn Reeves and Kathryn Tomaselli. Jessie Eldridge, who assisted the tying goal, had the other marker for the Raiders.

Black stayed busy on Saturday in Ithaca, saving another 39 shots, but she couldn’t prevent another lead from slipping away late when Pippy Gerace and Hanna Bunton dug Cornell out of a two-goal deficit. Kelli Mackey and Jessie Kaminsky scored 70 seconds apart in the first period to give Union a lead that lasted until 5:03 remained in regulation.

Colgate also lost a two-goal lead in the third period when RPI’s Katie Rooney scored twice, the second with 2:32 left, to produce a 3-3 tie. Amanda Kimmerle also hit the net for the Engineers. The Raiders’ goals were knocked in by Bailey Larson, Shelby Perry, and Shae Labbe.

That’s a lot of hats
Kendall Coyne netted her ninth hat trick as a Husky and second this season to provide No. 9 Northeastern all of the offense it needed to down Merrimack, 5-1. Brittany Bugalski made 21 stops for the Huskies, who also got scoring from Christina Zalewski and Hayley Scamurra. Paige Voight’s fourth tally of the season was the only damage done by the Warriors.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 2 Boston College and Connecticut played a home-and-home series, with the site making little difference as the Eagles posted twin 4-0 triumphs. Katie Burt ran her shutout total to five by making 15 saves on Friday and another 11 on Saturday. BC got goals from four players on Friday; Haley Skarupa with a goal and an assist led three multi-point games. Defensemen Kali Flanagan and Megan Keller each had a goal and two helpers as the Eagles completed the sweep. Elaine Chuli recorded an even 100 saves on the weekend for the Huskies.

Another bookend sweep occurred in St. Cloud, where No. 6 Bemidji State skated past the Huskies twice by 3-1 scores. Stephanie Anderson converted twice in the third period on Friday to break open a scoreless game, with Brittni Mowat making 28 saves to best Katie Fitzgerald. Ciscely Nelson lit the lamp 2:45 into the final period to edge the Beavers ahead on Saturday. Molly Illikainen’s short-handed goal in the second period had tied the game for SCSU.

No. 5 Quinnipiac dropped from the unbeaten ranks when Yale’s Janelle Ferrara struck for goals 67 seconds apart late in the third period to give her team a 4-3 win. Cydney Roesler had put the Bobcats on top midway through the stanza on the power play, but Quinnipiac ultimately fell despite outshooting the Bulldogs, 26-9. The Bobcats enjoyed an even wider bulge in shots, 37-3, in their 4-0 win on Friday over Brown, with Taylar Cianfarano scoring twice.

Harvard got its first win of the year, 3-2, over St. Lawrence on Saturday. Haley Mullins netted the winning goal with 94 seconds remaining in regulation. Miye D’Oench potted a pair of second-period goals for the Crimson, both short-handed and on the power play. Harvard got a 28-save effort from Brianna Laing. Jenna Marks and Amanda Boulier provided the Saints’ scoring.

Dartmouth lost for the first time this year, falling to St. Lawrence, 4-2. The Big Green led 2-1 after Lindsey Allen and Ailish Forfar tallied power-play goals in the first period, but SLU flipped the decision with power-play goals of its own, by Kirsten Padalis in the first period and Alex Moore in the second. Megan Armstrong had opened the scoring in the first period for the Saints, and Amanda Boulier cemented the win into an empty net.

Other action
Princeton stayed perfect through four games, defeating Yale, 4-3, and Brown, 3-0. The Tigers took a see-saw affair over the Bulldogs on Friday when Kelsey Koelzer and Fiona McKenna scored third-period goals to earn the victory. Krista Yip-Chuck had given Yale a short-lived lead. The Tigers led throughout against Brown after Cassidy Tucker got them on the board 3:43 into the game. Alysia DaSilva earned the 16-save shutout.

Mercyhurst got its first wins of the year, sweeping RIT, 5-0 and 4-3 in overtime. Sarah Robello was the first of five Lakers to find the net on Friday, 7:26 into the middle frame. Sarah McDonnell needed only 11 saves to register her first shutout. Cassie Clayton gave the Tigers a lead 4:44 into the third period on Saturday on a power play, but Robello drew Mercyhurst even on its own power-play opportunity with 98 seconds to go. Jenna Dingeldein notched the winner 2:07 into the extra session. Rachel Smith and Sarah Hine had three-point games.

Host Lindenwood got a series win over Penn State, taking Friday’s game, 5-2. PSU took a 2-1 lead into the final period, but Shara Jasper broke loose with a hat trick for the Lions. Nicole Hensley made 33 saves to preserve the win. Micayla Catanzariti scored 4:02 into the third period to salvage a 1-1 tie for the Nittany Lions on Saturday. Lindenwood’s Britannia Gillanders opened the scoring back in the first stanza. Celine Whitlinger’s 35 saves and 31 from Hensley ensured a deadlock.

Syracuse had to settle for a split at Robert Morris. The Orange took the opener, 4-3 in overtime, when Jessica Sibley produced a winner after 62 seconds. Mikaela Lowater had tied the game for the Colonials. Alysha Burriss had two goals for Syracuse, as did Ashley Vesci of RMU. The Colonials came back on Saturday to win, 2-0, thanks to Brittany Howard’s goal at 12:59 of the final frame. She assisted on Vesci’s empty-net goal. Jessica Dodds saved all 23 Orange shots.

Maine continued the frustration for Providence, dropping the Friars in overtime, 2-1. Allyson Matteau knocked in the winning goal at 3:05, after Brooke Stacey forced overtime with an extra-attacker goal with 71 seconds left. Meghann Treacy made 29 saves for the Black Bears, allowing only Cassidy Carels’ goal.

New Hampshire got its first victory of the season, blanking Vermont, 4-0. Four different Wildcats scored in support of Vilma Vaattovaara’s 18-save shutout.

UNH was on the other side of the verdict on Sunday, falling to Boston University, 5-3. The Wildcats held a 3-1 win after goals by Julia Fedeski, Jonna Curtis, and Amy Schlagel, but a pair of goals by Sammy Davis set up Victoria Bach’s game-winner. Vaattovaara had stymied Bach on a first-period penalty shot.

Vermont came from behind to win a 4-2 battle of power plays over Maine on Sunday. Dayna Colang’s tally with 12:23 gone in the third period gave the Catamounts the win. Mackenzie MacNeil’s empty-net goal was the only scoring at even strength.

  • Unh

    Add to this the fact that they are hosting the Northeast Regional and I am hard-pressed to believe the committee would consider leaving Umile’s boys out.

    • pairwise rules the day

      It doesn’t work that way.

      • Anonymous

        Tell that to Mankato and St. Cloud when Wisconsin got the nod because the Regional was hosted in Wisconsin…. guess what guys it has happened…

        • You need to learn how the pairwise works. Who was hosting has little to do with simple math.

        • details please

          Are you talking about 2008? Wisconsin was 12th (3 seed) in the Pairwise. Not much the committee can do about that, unless they had said prior that no team with a sub-.500 record can get in.

          • Anonymous

            When it came to selection after the conference championships it was either St. Cloud or Mankato that was tied with Wisconsin and had the upper hand in head to head but they went with Wisconsin for attendance purposes… I cant remember exactly what happened but people were furious.

          • DU_Fan

            It came down to RPI, I remember it too. I believe Wisconsin did not make it to the Frozen Five, were well rested, and I think they beat us in the first game. You are absolutely correct, a lot of people were totally angered. Believe it or not, the decision was justified.

          • details please

            I replied yesterday and included a link thus my reply is being “moderated” and has yet to show up. Wisconsin was alone in 12th place in the Pairwise with 11 comparison wins. Notre Dame and Mankato were tied at 13th with 10 comparison wins each. Princeton was 16th but won the ECAC autobid so they became the 14th seed. Notre Dame won the comparison with Mankato so Mankato was out and Notre Dame go the last at large bid.

            The twist was that both Notre Dame and Mankato won their comparisons with Wisconsin. Pairwise dictated that Wisconsin was in and that’s apparently what the committee did. In his final bracketology article that year Jayson Moy correctly picked the field to include Wisconsin but also said it would be fairer to exclude Wisconsin and include Mankato. You can speculate that the committee did it for attendance purposes but they had cover in the Pairwise. They might mess with the Pairwise rules before each season and some of the regional placements might be odd but to my knowledge they have never gone against the Pairwise in picking the actual field.

          • details please

            In the final bracketology article of March 23, 2008 Wisconsin was 12th in the Pairwise. Mankato was tied at 13th with Notre Dame. Princeton was tied for 16th but won the ECAC autobid so they became the 14th seed. Thus the cut off for at-large teams was 13. Notre Dame won the RPI tie-breaker with Mankato and Mankato was the last team out. This is what Moy predicted would happen.

            The issue was that although Wisconsin had 11 comparison wins it lost comparisons with both Notre Dame and Mankato who had 10 each. Additionally, Notre Dame won the comparison with Mankato. Moy felt that Mankato should be in and Wisconsin out. But he didn’t think the committee would do it. We can speculate that it was about attendance but I tend to think it was about the committee’s strict adherence to the Pairwise.

            http://www.uscho.com/2008/03/23/bracketology-final/

    • Everthrone

      That has nothing to do with it.

    • Fan

      “Unh” i agree. If it is even close in the end, the NCAA committee will select UNH over another non-conference champ “bubble team” strictly for attendance purposes.

    • DU_Fan

      No way this will happen, it never has. Whether the selection committee wants to admit it, the final PWR determines who gets in. The only real function they have it the useless way they put teams in regionals to promote “attendance”, This continues to be a crock, always up for debate, never without some teams having a rightful gripe. If the NCAA truly cared about “integrity” they would simply take the top 4 seeds, put them at their closest sites, and put the rest by simple ranking. For example #1, #8, #9 and #16 would be in the same regional. The ONLY exception would be if any team 5-16 is a designated regional host.

      • Chrisgal

        I agree completely except for your last sentence. Need conference hosts, not individual team hosts. Attendance be damned…..

        • DU_Fan

          Sorry to disagree, Chrisgal. If it goes by conference host, what happens if there are multiple teams from same conference that qualify? An example would be if BU, BC and UNH qualify and there is a regional in Hartford. It could get very hairy especially if they were all in different quadrants (1-4,5-8,9-12,13-16). What I would like to see, that you almost agree with,would never happen for 2 reasons. First, it would do away with the selection committee and make seedings totally unbiased. Second, it would do away with Jason Moy’s Bracketology since everyone would know where teams are destined. :-) :-)

          • DU_Fan

            Meant regional in Providence, Chrisgal. Harford would be an AHA (UCONN)host.

  • From burgie12 over in the forum:

    “Atlantic Hockey
    Semifinal #2: Air Force defeats Holy Cross
    Semifinal #1: RIT defeats Connecticut
    Championship game: RIT defeats Air Force
    CCHA
    Semifinal #2: Miami defeats Notre Dame
    Semifinal #1: Western Michigan defeats Michigan
    Championship game: Western Michigan defeats Miami
    Consolation game: Notre Dame defeats Michigan
    ECAC
    Semifinal #2: Dartmouth defeats Cornell
    Semifinal #1: Yale defeats Colgate
    Championship game: Dartmouth defeats Yale
    Consolation game: Colgate defeats Cornell
    Hockey East
    Semifinal #2: Merrimack defeats New Hampshire
    Semifinal #1: Northeastern defeats Boston College
    Championship game: Northeastern defeats Merrimack
    WCHA
    Play-in #2: Bemidji State defeats Minnesota-Duluth
    Play-in #1: Colorado College defeats Alaska-Anchorage
    Semifinal #2: Bemidji State defeats Denver
    Semifinal #1: Colorado College defeats North Dakota
    Championship game: Bemidji State defeats Colorado College

    UNH ends 14th, with BSU, RIT, and NU all taking away at-large bids. FWIW, I get the same result (with regards to UNH’s placement, anyways) even if CC doesn’t advance past UAA, let alone beat NoDak. This is just one example of multiple similar iterations.”

    Notre Dame is safer, IMHO, based on this info from Craig P

    “The “ND out” scenario requires the following features:
    * WMU wins the CCHA and ND loses the consolation game
    * Bemidji wins the WCHA, and CC loses to UAA in their play-in—if CC wins OR if UAA wins the title, RPI is behind the Irish
    * Northeastern wins Hockey East and someone other than Yale wins the ECAC

    Outside those constraints, it doesn’t matter what happens, ND will end up 13th with four non-at-large-quality autobids.”

    UNH and Notre Dame are both in barring very bizarre results. The AHA autobid will also take a spot, meaning there are 4 spots up for grabs. BSU, UAA, Northeastern, Cornell and Colgate can only get in through the autobid process. CC, Dartmouth and WMU are on the bubble but still playing; UNO, RPI, BU and Maine are on the bubble but not playing.

    Jim Dahl has also posted his statistical analysis of the pairwise in the PWR thread in the forum as well. I think he used a computer to run through all 888 billion scenarios.
    http://bit.ly/ekR9Ka

  • Nodak201

    how about the fact the finished 2nd in the best division in all d1 hockey? yale and union? they have played NO ONE! I’d take Maine, BU, and even Northeastern over Yale and Union combined.

    • waaah

      A North Dakota fan whining? As predictable as the sun rising in the east each morning.

      • GeauxSioux

        Agreed. As a Sioux fan, let’s stop the snide comments and such. I appreciate the fact that USCHO has these boards for us to talk about hockey. It’s a shame they’ve had to shut some of them down due to the outlandish comments said by some of our fans. Apologies to all.

        • waaah

          Thank you.

        • Anonymous

          I agree to an extent… but you dont see Sioux fans bringing up off the ice incidents that have nothing to do with how the team wins/loses all the time. All arguments in college hockey are a double-edged sword. Both sides are at fault 90% of the time.

          • GeauxSioux

            Those types of comments simply need to be flagged for view by moderators and they’ll go away. Case in point the Sioux nickname article. I agree, it’s a double edged sword, but if we stop with unnecessary comments maybe others will follow our lead since we have such a strong contingent on here.

          • Crsbx

            but you dont see Sioux fans bringing up off the ice incidents that have nothing to do with how the team wins/loses all the time.

            Perhaps you are referring to the person(s) that is taunting you guys over the Sioux nickname? OK. But I wouldn’t exactly call the repeated tactic of certain members of your fan base to constantly bring up the Sioux’s past NCAA titles as having anything to do with bracketology this year. Nor does calling losses to certain teams “flukes”. Nor does complaining about starting the schedule in October. Nor does traveling. More of you need to police your own fans.

          • Jdorf40

            I’ve said repeatedly that this year the games that we played in October hurt us. And it did. You cannot dispute the fact that the series we played at Maine is hurting us now. It’s obviously hurting us a lot more losing to them as a TUC than it is for Yale to lose to St. Lawrence twice and Brown once, all in the last 20 games.
            We played 7 more games than Yale played this year overall. We started playing the first weekend in October and had lost 2 games on the road at Maine before Yale had even stepped on the ice. From the weekend that Yale started playing to right now today, the Sioux have played 31 TUC. Yale has played 15. I’m not whining about it, I’m simply stating the facts and that I don’t agree with it. I see where people get on here and say some pretty insane things, but I usually state the facts as I see them. And for Yale to be ranked ahead of UND or BC is just wrong.

          • Crsbx

            Your “facts” don’t support any meaningful conclusion.

            The series against Maine is hurting you. And it would be hurting you if you played it in November or December and lost – regardless of when you actually started your season. ND had already played one exhibition and four regular season games. How much of a warm up do you need. And frankly, you’re continuing this trend of disrespecting your opponents. Now it’s “we didn’t win because it was too early”. Come on. Maine started their season the same time you did.

            Yale started practicing after your guys started their season. In a typical year the Ivy teams have to play their first game against a team that has had weeks more practice and multiple games under their belt. That is a disadvantage. This year Yale started out by playing something called the “Ivy Shootout” to ease into the season.

          • Anonymous

            At least it has to do with hockey and the season…. bringing up Frattin’s DUI charge has nothing to do with college hockey. Past history at least is on the subject just not current.

          • Crsbx

            I agree a DUI is not relevant but past titles have nothing to do with this year and nothing to do with bracketology. That’s just reality. And yesterday some BC booster/troll said something about BC “owning” ND in past tournaments. Some Sioux poster claimed the past has no bearing on this year. And that’s true. But you can’t have it both ways.

      • Chrisgal

        waaah- Didin’t you know the sun rising in the east is part of the “eastern bias”?

    • Tonyocch1

      North Dakota, mmm? Didn`t my lowly Yale Bulldogs KNOCK them out of the tournament last year?

    • Jdorf40

      I’m a Sioux fan and I think you’re nuts. You do realize that Yale sent us packing last year correct?

  • Brass Bonanza

    UNH is out this way, you forgot the scenario of all upset conference tournament winners, including Northeastern. That puts UNH at 14, with the cut line at 13.

    Atlantic Hockey
    Semifinal #2: Air Force defeats Holy Cross
    Semifinal #1: RIT defeats Connecticut
    Championship game: RIT defeats Air Force
    CCHA
    Semifinal #2: Miami defeats Notre Dame
    Semifinal #1: Western Michigan defeats Michigan
    Championship game: Western Michigan defeats Miami
    Consolation game: Notre Dame defeats Michigan
    ECAC
    Semifinal #2: Dartmouth defeats Cornell
    Semifinal #1: Yale defeats Colgate
    Championship game: Dartmouth defeats Yale
    Consolation game: Colgate defeats Cornell
    Hockey East
    Semifinal #2: Merrimack defeats New Hampshire
    Semifinal #1: Northeastern defeats Boston College
    Championship game: Northeastern defeats Merrimack
    WCHA
    Play-in #2: Bemidji State defeats Minnesota-Duluth
    Play-in #1: Colorado College defeats Alaska-Anchorage
    Semifinal #2: Bemidji State defeats Denver
    Semifinal #1: Colorado College defeats North Dakota
    Championship game: Bemidji State defeats Colorado College

    • Jayson Moy

      Outstanding! Thanks for that one, I did not get there.

      • JB

        Your only a few days late on this. Look at the PWR thread and this about UNH has been discussed. It is a function of TUC, if Cornell goes 0-2 against Dartmouth and Colgate, Cornell stops being a TUC. If they go 0-2 against Dartmouth and Yale they stay a TUC. That is how you get UNH down to 14 then all that is needed is the correct number of upset teams winning.

    • Jdorf40

      If that happens, the world will implode.

  • Reggioave

    Once again I’m going to Hockey East this weekend…college hockey rules even though I love competition in everything.I’m a realistic Maine fan. No way does Maine get invited to the “16” unless 4 other Hockey teams go first(BU,BC,NU,UNH,or Merrimack). They did not win the Merrimack playoffs and that is final. Good luck to all except the Boston teams.

  • Anonymous

    If Yale loses to Colgate in the ECAC tournament, they should not go. Their season’s end has been lackluster at best (when it’s arguably most competitive & most important). I don’t care about the PWR. That being said, Colgate is a long shot to overcome Yale.

    • Hockey Rocks

      Lacluster for sure. 8-2-1 in final 11 games.

  • Mr.(Always)Right

    Make it a 20-team NCAA field with 5 teams in each regional. Have the #4 play #5 on Thursday with the winner playing #1 on Friday. #2 and #3 also play on Friday. More teams play, more money for the NCAA.

    • Anonymous

      umm no there are 59 division 1 teams, 20 is way to much, thats just rewarding mediocrity

      • GeauxSioux

        Not necessarily. It’s college hockey, anyone can beat anyone at any given time, especially in a one-and-done scenario. There are a few teams that have been sliding the past few weeks and they’re still in. Also, there are teams with very few regular season wins playing well right now with the chance of getting in. You could argue a certain level of mediocrity for both situations.

        • Anonymous

          Or switch to the KRACH system which actually takes every game into consideration… rather than the PWR which is slowly resembling the BCS in inaccuracy

  • Stal102

    How is UNH on the bubble? They finished in 2nd place in the Hockey East and have an excellent record. If they make it to the finals of the HE tournament I would have to think that they would go to the tournament – its all about how you finish that determines seeding, etc – just look at the basketball committee for example. This website and fans are WAY too focused on RPI etc. Didnt you see alabama get left out of the hoops tourney? They had some better “computer numbers” than UAB for example.

    • Stevo

      Explain to me how UNH a #4 seeds hosts Miami a #1seed. We call that a stacked deck. Total BS.