BOSTON, Mass. - The Bulldogs found out Friday night that you can score five goals -- three in the third period, outshoot a team 40-26, collapse a three-goal deficit over a two minute time span, and somehow, cruelly, still fall just short.
The University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team did just that Friday night at Walter Brown Arena in Boston, Mass., dropping a 6-5 decision to No. 9 Boston University. The wild game featured six goals, three to each team in the first 14 minutes of the third period and an aggressive Bulldog power-play that netted half its extra skater attempts (3-of-6).
UMD and BU went toe-to-toe in the first period, exchanging goals and leads with relative ease. The Terriers went up at the 4:50 mark but the Bulldogs registered goals from sophomore blueliner Jordan Krause (7:21) and junior winger Jenna McParland at 16:45 on a 5-on-3 power-play to take a 2-1 advantage into the first intermission.
The Bulldogs never conceeded the shots on goal statistic, but gave up a game-high 11 in the second period. Two of those, including a power-play tally, landed in UMD's net and it was BU that owned the one goal, 3-2 lead after the first two period of play.
The next 14 minutes was a scoring frenzy -- by both teams. The Terriers scored two goals immediately, building a 5-2 lead after just two minutes had in expired in the third period. Rookie center Ashleigh Brykaliuk sniped a power-tally score from the right center dot to draw the game to 5-3 at the 9:09 mark, but three minutes later BU extended its lead back to three goals on a breakaway from Terrier leading scorer Sarah Lefort.
It didn't worry the Bulldogs, who struck twice in the following two minutes on goals by junior forward Meghan Huertas and a power-play goal by junior winger Zoe Hickel at 13:55 to hit the reset button for renewed opportunity in the final six minutes of play. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, who shelled the Terriers 16-7 in the period, they had already reached their goal limit on the night.
Four Bulldogs had two points or more on the night, with rookie defenseman Lara Stalder leading the way with three assists. Senior winger Jamie Kenyon added two assists, while Brykaliuk and McParland each had a goal and an assist. Two goaltenders played for UMD, with Kayla Black making 17 saves and Sofia Carlstrom turned away three shots in 13:58 of action.
Both teams will meet again tomorrow afternoon to finish up the series, with the game set to start at 2:00 p.m. CST.
BULLDOG NOTES: UMD is now 2-1-0 all-time against the Terriers and 19-5-2 against Hockey East opponents...The last time the Bulldogs scored five goals in a game and did not win was back on Feb. 29, 2004 against the University of Minnesota...UMD netted five goals but still lost 7-5.