Recapping the weekend: Nov. 16

This past weekend in the NCAA Division III ranks made for some great action across the country.

ECAC EAST
No. 3 Norwich topped New England College 5-0 on Friday night as the Norwich defense held NEC to just seven shots on goal, including zero in the second period. Massachusetts-Boston scored in the opening minutes of the first period (Angela Dandreo at 3:47) and the last two minutes of the third (Samantha Fallon at 18:32) to beat Nichols 2-1 on Friday night. Sydney Helmbreacht’s 27-save shutout helped the University of New England down Plymouth State 2-0 Friday night. Gabriela Moscato and Emily Corrales notched UNE’s goals. Manhattanville goalie Kirsten Shaughnessy stopped all 30 shots in blanking Massachusetts-Boston on Saturday night. Amanda Kempainen’s second goal of the game 2:50 into overtime Saturday night lifted St. Michael’s over UNE 4-3 as Tina Frasca stopped 34 shots in goal. Norwich blanked Plymouth State 4-0 on the strength of Loren Carrier’s 15-save shutout.  Salve Regina fired 64 shots in a 6-0 win over NEC Saturday night. Marisa Ketterman’s goal with 3:24 to play in the third period stood as the game-winner in Franklin Pierce’s 2-1 win against Holy Cross Saturday night. Rachel Bombardier’s goal 6:58 into the game was all Castleton needed and Jess Cameron made 31 saves in a 1-0 win Saturday over Nichols.

ECAC WEST
Buffalo State topped Neumann 3-2 Saturday on Bri Carroll’s winner at 1:52 of overtime. Bek Lucas had tied the game 2-2 at 16:10 of the third period. Top-ranked Plattsburgh blanked Chatham 6-0 Saturday night in front of 648 spectators at the Stafford Ice Arena. Bridget Balisy scored two goals and netminder Ally Ross finished with 19 saves. On Sunday, Kayla Meneghin scored three with an assist as Plattsburgh drubbed Chatham 11-1. Ashton Hogan posted a hat trick and Ashley Ryan six assists in No. 2 Elmira’s 10-2 win Saturday night over Cortland and then Sunday, Louisa Lippiatt Durnell scored twice with a pair of helpers in an 8-1 win for Elmira. The Utica-Oswego home-and-home series was postponed with rescheduled dates to be announced.

MIAC
Augsburg tied No. 10 Bethel 1-1 on Friday night as Erika Allen made 27 saves in net. Allen then came back Saturday night and made 32 stops as Augsburg blanked Bethel 2-0. Rachel Hennessy and Megan Robertson scored and Hallie Gudmonson assisted on both. No. 7 Gustavus Adolphus beat Concordia (Minn.) 3-1 Friday night and then 2-0 Saturday night to get the sweep as Lindsey Hibbard pitched an 18-save shutout in the finale. No. 8 St. Thomas beat St. Mary’s 4-1 Friday, but then settled for a scoreless tie Saturday night as Tori Herrmann made 43 saves for St. Mary’s and Paige Kittelson 29 for St. Thomas. St. Benedict swept St. Olaf with scores of 5-3 and 6-3. St. Catherine and Hamline tied 1-1 Saturday night after St. Catherine took a 3-1 win Friday in the opener.

NCHA
Marian swept Finlandia in convincing fashion, with a 7-4 win Friday and then a 6-1 win Saturday. Nina Laurie tallied a hat trick on Saturday night. Concordia (Wis.) and Lake Forest split their weekend set as Lake Forest won 5-1 Friday night and Concordia rallied for a 3-0 shutout on Saturday as Bridget Slater turned aside all 33 shots she faced. St. Norbert and St. Scholastica also did the splits as four different goal scorers led SNC Friday night in a 4-3 win and then the Saints scored three unanswered Saturday night for a 3-1 victory.

NESCAC
Allie Aiello scored twice Saturday night in No. 4 Middlebury’s 7-1 win over Colby and then Madeline Marsh recorded a 13-save shutout in Middlebury’s Sunday afternoon 2-0 shutout. Neither team scored more than two goals each game, but Trinity took a 2-1 win Sunday over Connecticut College after the two squads tied 2-2 Saturday. Amherst blanked Hamilton in consecutive games, 2-0 Saturday and 1-0 Sunday. Brenna Sullivan scored both goals Saturday and Yuna Evans stopped all 14 shots and then Sunday, Erin Martin scored and Evans finished with 18 saves. Williams topped Wesleyan 3-1 Saturday, only to have Wesleyan goalie Laura Corcoran throw a 28-save shutout in a 5-0 win Sunday as Cara Jankowski registered a pair of goals.

WIAC
No. 5 Wisconsin-River Falls and No. 6 Wisconsin-Stevens Point split their series in River Falls. Friday, Wis.-River Falls won 3-2 on Amy Auran’s game-winner midway through the third period. Meredith Ingbretson’s goal with 1:59 left in regulation gave Wis.-Stevens Point the 3-2 win on Saturday night. Ninth-ranked Wisconsin-Superior swept Wisconsin-Eau Claire with 5-3 and 4-2 victories. Dani Schultz scored twice for Wis.-Superior on Friday, while Paige Dale scored two of her own for Wis.-Eau Claire Saturday, Haley Olmstead had a two-goal, one-assist game as Wis.-Superior won its second in a row.

Nonconference
Sacred Heart swept Canton by scores of 4-0 and 6-3. Amanda Fontaine made 13 saves Friday and Megan Ofner scored twice, while Casey Stathopoulos tallied two goals and an assist Saturday.

  • Sioux Yeah Yeah!!!!!!!!

    • Hank

      Maybe UND should change their nickname to the Fighting Canadians…

      • Fan Man

        Wouldnt matter….   The NCAA would still call us hostile and abusive!

    • Typical!  Beat Clarkson they are all excited!

      • Fan Man

        Nope, excited about being 7-1-1 in the last nine games and still not getting any respect in the poles…  That will change after this weekend though!  Bring on the Rodents

        • Phoenixfyre1313

          Yup line forms to left about not getting any respect.   You guys have basked in it,  this year is it a little harder to come by.

        • hahahahaha

          You guys tied Harvard.  Harvard.

  • Guest

    Zucker isn’t DU’s captain.  He was the US U-20’s captain.  Drew Shore/Dustin Jackson are DU’s co-captains, and John Lee wears an A.  

    • Guest

      I wasn’t going to go after the ‘lazy’ journalism comment, but now there’s support for the argument.  Your entire argument was a diatribe on Zucker’s captaincy, which he doesn’t even possess.  Pretty lazy not to look up the team’s roster to confirm who the captains are before launching into that diatribe.  Secondly, when you corrected your article, you use the identical argument, replacing ‘captain’ with a grammatical wreck of “when your one of your leaders”.  

      No disrespect to UAH, but DU’s talent on the ice Friday night was enough to win.  Their focus was not good enough.  UAH took advantage, to their credit.  There’s no amount of Zucker shaking a pom-pom from the press box that would have changed that.  They won’t point at this one game if they miss the tournament (playoffs?); they will have a bevy of work to evaluate and be somewhat disappointed with.  It simply hasn’t been a good year so far, and singling out Zucker for this is more than a little preposterous.

  • JimmyT

    You couldn’t be bothered to break down UAH vs. Denver even though UAH beat UNO before Xmas. Now you say that maybe UAH might match up in goaltending. That’s not what you said in your lame “breakdown”. It was indeed stupid and lazy journalism and you look even worse trying to defend it.

    • wchaguest

      What exactly did you want them to breakdown? UAH had lost every game since UNO with a combined score of something like 36-9. While some of their journalism may be lazy the fact is there wasn’t anything to break down. Denver should have swept the series.

      • EvanS

        You’re right – UAH’s four wins over WCHA teams during the last year or so shouldn’t count. Because they are big underdogs there is absolutely no way they can win and there is no sense in even considering the possibilities.

        • wchaguest

          Yes. They have won 6 times in the last season and a half. They have proven that they can win games… they just usually don’t. If I were a coach I certainly wouldn’t take them for granted but do you really expect anyone to pick them to win?  I will ask again… what exactly did you want Tyler and Brian to break down about that series?

          • EvanS

            You’re right. They should not have broken down the series.

          • wchaguest

            You still haven’t told me what they should have said. You don’t like what they have to say. Do you have a better idea or do you just like to complain. I don’t know much about UAH… seems they don’t get much coverage from any conferency reporters. Do you have any ideas for them??? Seeing as how there are upcoming UAH vs WCHA games maybe you can help them research a little.
            With that said… thanks for finally giving the Dogs a little respect Tyler and Brian. But honestly… what do they have to do for you to write a real story on them not just talk about how they are exceeding your expectations?

      • Beany

        What the reporters say after the series:”Going into the series, the tale of the tape spelled two Pioneers victories with all advantages going Denver’s way, with the possible exception of goaltending”What the reporters said before the series:”The Pioneers have every advantage in this series from up front to the defense to the goaltending”.

        The reporters also mentioned Zucker’s absence before the series started and made no mention of it as being an issue. Had Denver won both games, it never would have been written about..

    • Phoenixfyre1313

      it wasn’t the journalism that was lazy.  If you were in their shoes you would have picked UAH??????  If say you would have your lying to yourself and the rest of us.  The only thing that was lazy was Denver’s play on Friday night!

      • JerryN

        Of course nobody would have picked UAH. That does not change the fact that the writers were too lazy to offer a decent preview of the series. Just because teams are huge underdogs doesn’t mean that reporters can’t offer a sentence or two.

  • flopper

    how’s our knowledge base these days….. captaincy ?
    uah vs denver ?
    doesn.t match up from goaltender out ?

  • Hank

    Tyler and Brian – Have you even seen Duluth play since the Gophers series?  Every week it seems like you try to justify why they shouldn’t be as good as they are.  The “question marks” you continually mention have clearly been answered.  Yes they lost a lot of talented individuals from last year, but it takes a team to win.  The entire team clearly understands and believes in their system, and it shows on the ice.  It would be really nice if you tuned into see the defending national champions play once in a while, especially since you are supposed to be the WCHA experts.  Relying on box scores and pre-season predictions is not cutting it.

    • Anonymous

      I know that I’m biased being a die-hard Western Michigan fan, but I believe that they are legitimate top-10 team at this point.  They been able to skate with every opponent so far this season (and they have played some very good teams), but UMD proved to be a different animal.  I thought that WMU actually played extremely well this weekend, and even outplayed the Bulldogs during stretches of each game, but in the end they just simply couldn’t hang with them for a full 60 minutes. If my beloved Broncos are in the NCAA field again, and I think they will be, I just hope we find ourselves in a different bracket than Duluth.  

  • You have to come down to reality a bit with UMD!  Granted they have had a
    nice run but look at the opponents played in this streak!  

    This last weekend was
    the first real challenge in my opinion since the Gophers!  They tied with Wisconsin (who is have a
    terrible season), Tied Denver who just lost to Alabama-Huntsville because of
    goaltending issues, Tied Providence, (need I say More), let us not forget
    stealing one at home away from Bemidji State on a Saturday night only because
    UMD was on the power play for almost half of the third period!

    I would think the jury is still out on this team!  Let’s see how they do against UNO and Alabama-Huntsville!  You never now!  I mean look at Bowling Green!

    • Guest

      The jury isn’t out on UMD.  If it were you would have to say the jury is out on every team which it is to some degree because the season is on over.  No team is ever going to be unblemished in a season and the fact is that all other teams have more blemishes than UMD.  If you’ve watched UMD you would know this team is the real deal.  Althougth they had more individual talent last year, they are a better team this year.  Any win in the WCHA is a good win and especially those on the road.  Even in their 3 losses (Dame and UMn) they outplayed those teams over the full 60 minutes but you are never going to win all games in hockey.  They’ve been on the road since November 19th and don’t return to Duluth until January 20th.  They were off for 26 days before playing Western Michigan and had to play them on the road after WM had a tune up the week before.  They answered the bell extremely well this year. This team has faced adversity and deserves all the credit it gets.

    • wchaguest

      KRACH puts their SOS at 12th. Not incredibly hard, I’ll admit but not terrible either. The Gophers lost to that same Wisconsin team. Denver is still a ranked team despite losing to UAH in a game they should have won. And they shutout Bemidji in that games you said they “stole”. Last time I checked you can’t win games without scoring any goals. With that said… it seems to me the writers agree with you… the rest of UMD’s schedule is relatively easy… but you never know what can happen. 

    • Bulldog Fan

      They were on the power play because BSU couldn’t keep up with UMD’s speed and had to take penalties to keep up.  When they beat BSU 1-0 they didn’t play their best game and still won.  That’s what elite teams are able to do. 

  • TechFan

    Everyone north of Hinckley knew UMD was for real many weeks ago. Even those in the Cities are coming on board.  Glad you have caught up. 

    Regarding SOS, the last place team in the WCHA almost always has the toughest schedule in college hockey (Tech fan here).  Likewise, the top teams all look like they are playing easier schedules. They are playing a full WCHA schedule, so it all evens out in the end.  You need to look harder at how the WCHA is doing as a whole, to really provide thoughtful analysis. 

  • Anonymous

    How is there not a word on the CC-CU series here in this column beyond Jaden Schwartz not playing Friday. Two top 15 teams play and theres not a word to be said… huh… Also congrats to UAH