Weekend wrap: Dec. 1

The action over the weekend was light in the women’s Division III circles, but that doesn’t mean the games that were played were light on drama.

All games were nonconference, with the highlight being Plattsburgh hosting and winning the Cardinal/Panther Classic on Sunday. The tournament featured four of the top five teams in the USCHO.com Division III Women’s Poll to boot.

Top-ranked Plattsburgh downed No. 2 Elmira 4-2 in the final after tying No. 4 Gustavus Adolphus 4-4 in the semifinals.

Camille Leonard made 29 saves to get the win against Elmira in a game that saw Plattsburgh use four different goal scorers. Johanna Eidensten notched both goals for Elmira.

Five of the six games over the weekend that went to overtime ended in a tie:- Holy Cross and Bowdoin 0-0 Saturday, Canton and University of New England 4-4 Saturday, the aforementioned Plattsburgh-Gustavus contest, Salve Regina and Connecticut College 1-1 Sunday, and Buffalo State and Franklin Pierce 1-1 Sunday.

The one OT game that saw a winner emerge was when fifth-ranked Middlebury defeated Gustavus 3-2 in the consolation game of the Cardinal/Panther Classic. Maddie Winslow was the hero 1:09 into the extra session after Lydia Wagner’s extra-attacker goal at 19:21 of the third period tied it for Gustavus.

In the Holy Cross-Bowdoin stalemate, Lan Crofton made 34 saves for Bowdoin, while Alexandra Stevenson kicked out 19 at the other end for the Crusaders.

Other top performances saw Katie Abbott score two goals to pace Stevenson past Nichols 7-2 Friday night, Jessica Thulin make 31 saves and Jackie Tavella score the only goal in Colby’s 1-0 win at Massachusetts-Boston on Saturday, and Tori Salmon going for three goals and three assists in Amherst’s 9-1 shellacking of Cortland on Sunday.

  • Guest

    Colgate’s win at UNO is as impressive as the Miami split at home.  UNO is going to be very good.

    • UNO may well turn out to have a very strong team this year, but the Mavs’ record and opponents don’t really bear that out so far.

  • HellzCowbells

    Some good comments here Sullivan. Personally, I think Clarkson is still heavily underrated, given their numbers. Tenth best offense, sixth best defense, including two shut outs, and third best power play. True, it is against teams that are not competitive, but Yale LOST to Waterloo in the only game they have played this year; and they are the highest ranked of the ECAC’s. Clarkson has beaten every easy team by 3 or more points for the last four games straight.

    Props to Quin and Colgate though.

    • ECACH

      I don’t know. The way I see it, Quinnipiac has beat up on some of the better Atlantic Hockey teams, except for AF, RIT, and Niagara. Clarkson has done it on probably that conference’s two worst teams. I’m more impressed by their tie in Alaska than any of their wins.

    • Rocket57

      Losing an exhibition game means nothing. All three goalies playing a period each and players who never saw the ice last year playing significant minutes only means that the coach was more interested in who deserves a look than what players will be in the lineup when the real games start

    • Guest

      Awwww, your loyalty and optimism are so cute….

  • Anonymous

    I agree that many ECAC teams are currently overrated, but I don’t think they are far off based on the NC games we’ve seen so far. Union and Quinnipiac both deserve to be TUC, and Colgate should be right on the bubble as well. Yale and Cornell are just placeholders for now, and their positions will soon shift along with the rest of the ECAC in a few weeks after conference play begins. Clarkson might look OK on paper, but they need to play tougher opponents. Many people also predicted that Dartmouth should be higher than the Bobcats and the Raiders. 

    Still too early to tell I guess.

    • Css228

      But Yale probably deserves to be ranked that high, as well as Cornell. Both are talented, but I guess we can’t really judge them until they play a game