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Badgers yield a goal but remain perfect
After an NCAA record shutout streak of more than nine games, or 624 minutes and 19 seconds, No. 1 Wisconsin finally had to watch an opponent celebrate. By the time Maria Lindh of Minnesota-Duluth scored in the third period on Saturday, the Badgers already led, 4-0, on their way to a 4-2 win and a series sweep. The win marks the first time in program history that Wisconsin has started by winning its first 12 games. Annie Pankowski had a goal and two assists to spark its offense.

Wisconsin took the series opener by a 3-0 verdict, with Ann-Renée Desbiens making 17 saves to record her NCAA-leading eighth shutout. Jenny Ryan assisted on all three goals, and Erika Sowchuk and Rachel Jones scored and added a helper.

Boston College keeps pace
No. 2 Boston College won three times on the week to stay perfect as well, although the Eagles flirted with the end of their winning streak when they needed overtime to down Boston University, 4-3. The Terriers came from behind twice to force the extra session, getting tying goals from Maddie Elia and Rebecca Russo. Alex Carpenter took advantage of Hockey East’s four-on-four overtime format to score her second goal of the game to decide the matter. Dana Trivigno and Kristyn Capizzano netted the other BC goals, and Haley Skarupa had a pair of assists.

BC was back to drama-free hockey as it swept a home-and-home series from New Hampshire, 6-1 and 3-0. Gabriella Switaj stopped 22 of 23 shots to win the opener. Skarupa and Andie Anastos scored twice, and Skarupa, Capizzano, and Trivigno all had three points. Katie Burt returned to the net on Saturday and thwarted all 24 UNH shots to notch her sixth shutout. Carpenter, Toni Ann Miano, and Skarupa provided the markers.

Brandt sets program career points mark
Hannah Brandt had been stuck on 99 goals for five games, but she broke out of her scoring drought with five goals on Saturday in No. 3 Minnesota’s 8-3 win over No. 5 Bemidji State. Besides getting her beyond the century mark in goals, that boosted her to 247 career points, surpassing Natalie Darwitz for the all-time high by a Gopher. Included in her outburst was a natural hat trick to start the scoring. Dani Cameranesi also had five points in the contest, and Taylor Williamson scored her first Minnesota goal. Nina Rogers found the net for the hosts, while Emma Terres, Ivana Bilic, and Bailey Wright fueled a third-period rally by the Beavers.

Amanda Leveille was the story in Minnesota’s 4-0 win on Friday, making several big stops to earn an 18-save shutout. The Gophers got a goal apiece from the line of Kelly Pannek between Cara Piazza and Kate Schipper, with Schipper’s three points leading the way.

Coyne stays hot
Kendall Coyne of No. 7 Northeastern, the country’s leader in points per game, had a six-point weekend to help the Huskies to a sweep of Merrimack. Coyne had a hat trick as Northeastern cruised to an 8-3 win in the opener. Baye Flanagan and Allison Sexton scored their first collegiate goals for the Warriors.

The Huskies completed the sweep by a 6-0 count. Brittany Bugalski turned in a 14-save shutout, and Denisa Krížová scored twice.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 4 Clarkson won three times to improve to 13-1-2 on the year. Five different Golden Knights scored and Cayley Mercer had three assists in the 5-1 victory over Syracuse. Shannon MacAulay, Savannah Harmon, and Olivia Howe scored to rally Clarkson over Connecticut, 3-1. The Huskies had taken an early lead on a a Jordy Zacharias tally. After Mercer opened the scoring on Saturday, 43 saves by Elaine Chuli and goals by Margaret Zimmer and Zacharias had Connecticut poised for an upset, but Erin Ambrose and Howe scored goals in the final three minutes to push the Golden Knights to a 3-2 win and a series sweep.

No. 8 Quinnipiac took three of four ECAC points from No. 10 Princeton in a crucial home-and-home series. It took two periods, but the Tigers’ Karlie Lund answered a goal by Meghan Turner to produce a 1-1 tie on Friday in Hamden. Kimberly Newell was the busier of the two goaltenders with 30 saves, compared to 19 for Sydney Rossman. The Bobcats trailed entering the third period on Saturday, but scored three times in the frame to garner a 4-2 win. Cydney Roesler tied the game and sealed the triumph with an empty-net goal, and Nicole Brown furnished the game-winner. Taylar Cianfarano also scored for Quinnipiac, while the Molly Contini and Cassidy Tucker lit the lamp for the Tigers.

Ohio State got a split on the road at No. 6 North Dakota. After Amy Menke put UND on top at 11:43 of the third period on Saturday, Kendall Curtis tied it up 1:25 later and Maddy Field gave the Buckeyes a 3-2 win after another 55 seconds ticked away. Alex LaMere made 38 saves in the win. North Dakota bounced back with a 4-1 victory on Sunday behind two goals by Menke.

No. 9 Harvard defeated Union, 5-0, and Rensselaer, 2-1. The Crimson had five goal scorers and four players with two points as Brianna Laing and Molly Tissenbaum combined to shut out the Dutchwomen. Miye D’Oench scored the game-winner in the third period and Emerance Maschmeyer made 32 saves to hold off the Engineers. RPI’s Taylor Schwalbe and Jessica Harvey traded second-period goals.

Other action
Mercyhurst stayed unbeaten in CHA play with a sweep of Lindenwood, 3-2 and 2-1. After Sarah Bobrowski and Brittania Gillanders had given the Lions a 2-1 lead in the opener, Samantha Fieseler tied the game with her second goal of the game and her career. Megan Whiddon scored the winner 24 seconds into the third period. Molly Blasen and Whiddon gave the Lakers a quick lead on Saturday, and a short-handed goal by Shara Jasper was the only response the Lions could generate. Sarah McDonnel got the win with 14 saves.

Penn State got a series win at Robert Morris. The teams skated to a 2-2 tie on Friday. Amber Rennie and Brittany Howard gave the Colonials leads, only to have Hannah Bramm and Laura Bowman tie it up. Celine Whitlinger and Jessica Dodds finished with 29 and 31 saves, respectively. Senior Micayla Catanzariti broke loose with a hat trick to carry the Nittany Lions to a 5-1 victory on Saturday. Whitlinger turned away 36 of 37 shots.

Colgate swept a home-and-home series from RIT, 3-2 and 3-1. Jessie Eldridge and Shelby Perry scored six minutes apart in the second period to give the Raiders a lead they would not relinquish on Friday. Back home on Saturday, Eldridge scored the deciding goal at 12:36 of the middle stanza. Julia Vandyk saved 32 of 33 shots.

Brianna Veerman scored twice to spur Cornell’s 5-2 win over Syracuse.

Sam Donovan had a hat trick as Brown won for the first time this season, defeating Sacred Heart, 6-1.

Robyn Chemago and Dartmouth turned in a pair of shutouts, 4-0, over Rensselaer, and a 2-0 defeat of Union. Melissa Black stopped 38 of 39 shots for the Dutchwomen, but Lindsey Allen scored the winning goal 32 seconds into the middle period.

The Big Green started their week by dropping a 4-1 decision to Maine. Audra Richards netted a pair of goals and Maria Fujimagari saved 26 shots.

Maine also fell twice to BU, 5-3 and 3-2. Maddie Elia and Sarah Lefort scored twice in game one; Dakota Woodworth gave the Terriers a lasting lead on Sunday.

Providence split a series at Vermont, winning 4-1 on Friday when Alanna Serviss made 22 saves and Madison Sansone tallied twice. The Catamounts scored the final three goals to grab a 4-3 win on Saturday. Vermont got a power-play opportunity with just seven seconds left, and it was enough for Taylor Willard to score with 3.8 seconds showing on the clock.

St. Cloud State swept Minnesota State, 4-1 and 4-2. Molly Illikainen and Julia Tylke had three-goal weekends, and Katie Fitzgerald made 50 saves in the series.

  • Toothpaste guy

    I’d rather have us lose to Dartmouth than RPI in the NCAAs. They don’t deserve it.

  • Guest

    Jayson Moy, you are such a homer that your blogs become more painful to read with each passing day. Have you ever been to a college hockey game more than 100 miles from your comfy little world?

    • After Further Review

      You could put the same things into the Pairwise Predictor and get the same results… why does it matter where Jason watches his games? It’s all in the numbers. Why is that so hard to comprehend? Wait, comprehend means understand… just trying to help! If it’s too painful, DON’T READ!

      • Bill

        AFR, there’s a lot more hockey than the ECAC and HE, which is basically all he writes about. That would be fine if it were a blog devoted to just those conferences, but its a Bracketology blog that implies that he has some insight into the national college hockey scene, which he obviously does not. Your all caps comment was nice. Are you 12?

        • But it wasn’t obvious until just yesterday that any of the WCHA teams would be on the bubble, other than CC. Why should a bracketology column focus very much on the teams that are already in?

          • GeauxSioux

            Well said.

          • Rob

            The comment made were not a reaction to this specific blog but his blogs over the last several weeks

          • Matt

            Who cares about some column written weeks ago? Anyone who checked in to *this* column was here to see what the bracketology looks like, now. That’s really not such a hard concept to grasp, is it?

  • After Further Review

    This blog simply states who is in and who is out and why. It mentions ECAC because it has the implications on who makes it much more than any of the other conferences. It has how the CCHA games may affect UNO too. Basically, the WCHA game means pretty much nothing as to who makes the tourney, just possibly seeds.
    I don’t always agree with what is written on here or CHN, but this one is easy, plug in who wins and loses.
    Yup, 12, times 3 or 4.

    • After Further Review

      By the way, it wouldn’t let me hit reply to you, “Guest.”

    • Guest

      The comments made were not a reaction to this specific blog but his blogs over the last several weeks. Why do I have a funny feeling that AFR and Moy are the same person?

      • After Further Review

        Nope… I do agree with you about some of the other posts and I did make some comments too, especially when Moy decided to re-do his bracket because everybody was upset. I do agree, he writes more about the east than the west, but I usually decide not to bother to read them.
        We are not the same, I am just a college hockey fan that attends a regional and the Frozen Four every year.

  • Matt

    why the silly attacks on Jason? He’s just stating what the scenarios are. It is useful. Until his post, I thought it was just RPI on the bubble depending on the Cornell-Yale result, hadn’t thought that the ECAC consolation game in tandem with the CCHA game effectively put UNO and CC on the bubble as well. The attacks by “Guest” are incoherent, and should stop.

  • DU_Fan

    The WCHA game means nothing, will not effect the seeds. ND will remain a #1 seed and DU will remain a #2 seed. Sort of like this blog, irrelevant. Let’s get real and have some hard and fast rules on how teams are sent to Regionals. Put them strictly by PWR rankings. Eliminate the Selection Committee and put 1/8/9/16, 2/7/10/15, 3/6/11/14, and 4/5/12/13 in each bracket. Only exceptions would be designated host teams or those within a certain mile radius of a regional. I know this would never happen as it would be too UNBIASED and would remove the current, sometimes valid, arguements.

    • Simon

      Point is ..UND wins it all!

      • DU_Fan

        You really are an idiot. All you are doing is proving the point why people hate the Sioux and their fans. As a true hockey and WCHA fan, you are just wrong and cause more anymosity to those who support western hockey. Whether you want to admit it or not all leagues have good and bad teams; including the ECAC, HE, and the CCHA.Just shut up and write on blogs reserved for 12 year olds. Next time you have a coherent thought will be the first time.

        • SIOUX

          WCHA top conference top to bottom by far.

          • booooring

            And the WCHA will get the most teams into the tournament. What’s your point?

  • Jimdahl

    I ran simulations of all the remaining possibilities last night and compiled the following notes on how Colgate-Dartmouth, Notre Dame-Michigan, and Western Michigan-Miami affect which teams gets left home if Cornell wins. Warning, the possibility of ties in the two consolation games makes it ugly…

    http://blog.siouxsports.com/2011/03/18/ncaa-tournament-field-shaping-up/

  • Dave Hendrickson

    I’d like to counter some of the venom in these comments and thank Jayson for his hard work and insights. This column might be termed irrelevant for fans of those teams that are already locked in, but it sure isn’t for those on the bubble. And to call him a homer because he began this edition with the ECAC is absurd. The bubble discussion HAS to begin with Cornell winning the ECAC because without that the bubble teams are all in.

    • bracketology

      You’re making sense. You have no business here!

  • Guest

    I am with the Toothpaste guy, if RPI makes this thing after their epic collapse, the pairwise system needs to go. No way they deserve it. And ff they get in, I hope they draw North Dakota and get blown out. And I am an ECAC guy. It pains me to say this, but go Cornell and go Dartmouth.

    • Matt

      The pairwise system is based on the full season, so really RPI’s collapse matters only to the extent that it impacts their W-L record.

      And, not to overstate the obvious, but the same thing happened to Yale last year — epic collapse against Brown… And then they went out and beat North Dakota in the tournament.

      RPI doesn’t need to make any apologies if they end up in the field, no more than UNO, certainly.