DULUTH, Minn. - Audrey Counoyer leads all University of Minnesota Duluth players in scoring, and Saturday afternoon, the offensive junior foward was at it again.
Cournoyer figured in three of the No. 6 Bulldogs' four goals to help UMD defeat Bemidji State University 4-1 at AMSOIL Arena. The win brings UMD's record to an overall even record of 5-5-1 and 2-4-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
"I felt we player really well the first two periods considering we haven't played a game for two weeks," said head coach Shannon Miller. We did a good job defensively and we did a really good job moving the puck for the first 40 minutes. Our effort and performance in the third period was very disappointing and I hope tomorrow we can commit to playing a full 60 minutes."
The Bulldogs scored three goals in the first ten minutes of the game, including a power-play tally by junior defenseman Jessica Wong just 4:19 into the contest. BSU countered with a power-play goal of their own less than three minutes later on a score from Montana Vichorek, but UMD struck again three minutes later. Cournoyer, who had an assist on Wong's early strike, added the first of her two goals at 9:38, and a goal by senior forward Haley Irwin 57 seconds later pushed the Bulldog lead to a strudy 3-1 after the first period of play.
The Bulldogs and Beavers had exactly 23 shots apiece after the second period, but it was UMD's Cournoyer that tacked on another goal with 13 seconds left in the second stanza to stretch the Bulldog advantage to 4-1. UMD outshot BSU 10-6 in the third period, but neither team found the back of the net.
Jennifer Harss made 26 saves for the Bulldogs in 51:23 of action, while Lana Steck turned away two shots in 8:37 between the pipes. BSU's Zuzana Tomcikova stopped 29 shots for the Beavers, who fall to 8-4-2 overall and 4-4-1 in the WCHA.
Both teams will hit the ice again tomorrow afternoon at AMSOIL with a start time scheduled for 3:07 p.m.
BULLDOG NOTES: Neither freshman defenseman Tea Villila or junior forward Jamie Kenyon dressed for UMD due to injury...The Bulldogs move to 51-1-2 all-time against Bemidji...rookie blueliner Brigette Lacquette has now earned her a point in her last seven games, compiling two goals and five assists for seven points over that span.