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As the New Year rolls around, so do meaningful games in the women’s Division III ranks – and there were several this past weekend, all nonconference affairs.

Two tournaments dotted the weekend’s games as Adrian hosted its own tournament and Massachusetts-Boston brought in three other teams for the Codfish Bowl.

No. 9 Adrian beat Williams 3-1 and then Connecticut College 9-0.

The Bulldogs handed the Camels their first loss of 2014-15 by dominating the first period with five goals and having Jade Walsh got the shutout with an eight-save outing. Devyn Fitzhenry notched a hat trick for Adrian in the win.

Williams downed St. Olaf in the third-place game.

Stevenson won the Codfish Bowl on Saturday with a 3-2 overtime win against Mass.-Boston as Brooke Webber scored 9:22 into the extra session. UMB had topped Canton and Stevenson defeated Chatham 4-3 to open the event Friday.

Ariana Bourque’s goal seven seconds into the OT gave Bowdoin a 4-3 win over No. 8 St. Thomas Friday night. The Tommies then surrendered four unanswered third-period goals Saturday en route to a 7-4 loss to Trinity. That game was tied 3-3 after two periods.

Bowdoin finished out its weekend with a 4-1 win at Hamline on Saturday.

The marquee matchup of the weekend had No. 4 Middlebury at No. 2 Elmira on Saturday, but no bragging rights came out of it, as the game wound up a 2-2 tie. Katie Mandigo’s goal at 13:19 of the third period tied the game for Middlebury. Erin Weston scored both goals for Elmira, and Soaring Eagles’ goalie Kyle Nelson finished with 35 saves. Madeline Marsh made 26 saves for the Panthers.

Seventh-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point earned a split in a home-and-home with St. Norbert. UWSP won 5-2 on Friday at home before falling by the same score Saturday. Janna Beilke-Skoug made 48 saves for the Pointers in the first game, while Brianna Kelly finished with 22 for the Green Knights in Saturday’s rematch.

No. 10 Amherst swept its road weekend with a 3-1 win Saturday over Holy Cross and then a 3-2 victory Sunday over Southern Maine. Alex Toupal scored the game-winner Saturday with 1:40 to play in regulation and then Brenna Sullivan provided the drama Sunday afternoon with the winner at 17:41 of the third period.

Saturday also saw a scoreless tie between Marian and St. Catherine. Amanda Alexander stopped 37 shots in goal for the Sabres and Abbi White turned aside 29 for the Wildcats.

  • Fan man

    Brian, can’t wait to see ur gophers get the faragher nite special!

    • Jason

      having faced 75 shots over the weekend I’d say it wasn’t a bad job, but unfortunately we have one of the best in Patterson and our defense is near the top in the nation.

  • BeaverHockey

    The Beavers beat MSU-Mankato the last time they met.

  • WCHAHockeyBlog Guy

    If the Gophers are going to exercise their demons, the Huskies will win Friday! However, if they’re going to exorcise their demons, the Gophers have a shot. Recent records and stats point to a Husky win Friday and a Gopher win Saturday. Should be a split, but I’m looking for a Husky sweep!

    • Anonymous

      Proofread your comment.

      • WCHAHockeyBlog Guy

        Grow a vocabulary… Exorcise – to expel an evil spirit. Exercise – the act of bringing into play or realizing an action. I’m pretty sure the Gophers don’t want to bring their demons into play. They want get rid of them. Therefor, if the Goohers bring their demons into play tonight, the Huskies will win! If the Gophers get rid of their demons, they’ll win. Grow a vocabulary…

        • Anonymous

          Brilliant explanation. Maybe they should hire you to write columns for USCHO. 

          • Guest

            Maybe they should fire you Goldy!  Nobody likes rodents…

    • WCHA Fan

      I don’t understand this post, either.

      • nogofer

        Why are we not surprised?

    • Fan Man

      Im hoping them Husks win Friday @the huchi but I just cant see it happening….   If they lose bad friday they will not win saturday unless 29, saves 40+ for the shutout!

  • WCHA Fan

    The Gophers will sweep this weekend.  Their defense will be the difference and I think they are a little deeper with all the Husky injuries. 

  • M&G Forever!

    Figures–get out your dictionary.  Nothing wrong with Blog Guy’s comment (except the part about the Husky sweep).

    • WCHAHockeyBlog Guy

      Most likely won’t be a sweep by the Huskies, but I can always hope!

  • UNDFIGHTINGSIOUXSCORING

    UND takes the first of two games! Looking for the sweep tomorrow!

  • peter puck

    Wisconsin is done this year time to get rid of COACH EAVES

  • Blueline892910

    I still think that UML will be the surprise Team in the Hockey East Playoffs…Maine had their chance at the 2-3 spot but took the night off on Saturday and credit UMass for changing their game from Friday to Saturday and frustrating Maine…Maine needs Home Ice plain and simple…the season and the NCAA’s depend on them moving on after the QF’s…can’t hope for other Teams to do your job…keep winning is what Maine has to do from here on in.

  • Scott

    Lowell needs to sweep their final four and hope for some good luck if they want a shot at the regular season title.  I don’t think BC (vs Prov/UVM) or BU (vs UVM/NEU) will drop a single game. Here’s to praying though.

  • BBear94

    Friday’s Lowell game was one of many very close misses for UML.  Dozens of shots just an inch off the target – they put tons of pressure on BU and were not really ever out of the game regardless of the score. They have a lot of fight in them and as BlueLine said I expect good things in the HEA tourney from them.

    Maine, on the other hand, what we learned, David, is that this coaching staff (read Tim Whitehead) still does not know how to prepare this team for each and every game.  They are far too imbalanced – long losing streaks followed by long winning streaks – and again this weekend, as with the Alabama-Huntsville games a few weekends back – they took their opponents for granted and this time it really cost them.

    • Bartneally

      Wow, and you wrote them off 2 months ago

    • bronxbomberz41

      Don’t bother giving UMass any credit here.  They only outscored the Black Bears 7-2 when you combine the 3rd period of Game 1 with Game 2. UMass can play a little, but they aren’t a powerhouse.  However, they could be a one Doug Carr type goalie away from being a top 4 challenger like Lowell.  You take  Cannata away from MC or Carr away from Lowell then those teams are at the same level as UMass.  

      • Beanpotandbeyond

        great point..Umass needs to change their recruiting philosophy to a more well rounded approach that addresses team defense.

    • TheU

      BBear you are a joke.  I take nothing you write seriously

      • bronxbomberz41

        yeah he totally is.  i gain small amounts of pleasure making him look foolish in the comments, but i don’t know how effective it is.  at the very least i feel better about myself.

  • noonan18

    Did I read that correctly? Maine is 3 points out of first place and they are not considered a title contender by this guy? When they have 5 winable games to round out the season? Really? If you seriously think Maine is out of this, or even Merrimack, you need to take your BU/BC blinders off. What a ridiculous comment.

    The way everyone has been up and down all season, BU’s and BC’s games against Vermont are not gimme’s and like I mentioned above, Maine’s last 5 games could all be wins if they play like the did against BU/BC in their weekend sweeps. Does anyone who follows Hockey East really take this guy seriously? 

    • If Maine actually had 5 winnable games left, then you’d have a point, but they only have 3 winnable games because they only have 3 games left period while UML, BC, and BU all have 4 (especially BC/BU…UML at least has to contend with Merrimack). 

    • Joe C

      This is all REGULAR season title talk. If you are expecting BC and BU to tank then next four games, then it is possible, with UML/Merrimack splitting. As a BU fan, I can see BU playing poorly with yet another off-ice crisis. I do not see BC getting any less than 7 points out of the 8 possible. They are on fire.

      It might be a different story come Hockey East playoffs. The top 5 teams all have a great shot at winning the autobid.