|2nd||1:04||MND||1-0||SH GW||Ashleigh Brykaliuk (9)||Jenna McParland/9, Sidney Morin/6|
|2nd||5:49||MND||2-0||PP||Zoe Hickel (10)||Lara Stalder/9, Meghan Huertas/5|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota Duluth (10-4-2)||1/9||7/14||1|
|Paula Voorheis (L, 3-5-0)||59:37||2||5||16||9||30|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kayla Black (W, 9-4-2)||60:00||0||7||6||9||22|
Only one team in the nation has won more games in a row than the University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team has since mid October.
The No. 9/10 Bulldogs pushed their winning streak to nine games Saturday night at AMSOIL with a 2-0 win over Cornell University. The series sweep is UMD's fourth in a row and improves the Bulldogs overall record to 10-4-2 and without a loss since Oct. 17.
The Big Red managed to hold UMD - averaging 3.88 goals a game over its last nine outings - scoreless in the first period, but the Bulldogs put up two back-to-back goals just 4:45 apart to open the second period. UMD's first goal came just 1:04 into the stanza, a heads up play by sophomore defenseman Sidney Morin to hold the puck and find Ashleigh Brykaliuk streaking up the right boards instead of launching the puck to help kill off UMD's penalty. Morin's pass sprung Brykaliuk and senior winger Jenna McParland, setting up a 2-on-1 for one of the best pairings in all of college hockey. McParland held Brykaliuk's pass long enough to force Cornell goaltender Paula Voorheis out of her net, and the result was a wide open Brykaliuk in the front of the crease for McParland to feed. The goal extended the dynamic duos current scoring streaks, bringing Brykaliuk to eight games and 14 points on seven goals and seven assists, and McParland to seven games for nine points on three goals and six helpers.
UMD's second goal came from senior forward Zoe Hickel - her third of the series - a hustle play into the slot that led to sophomore center Lara Stalder hitting Hickel for the one-time score. Hickel's goal came on the power play for UMD at 5:49, and would simply be an insurance goal for a squad that beared down in the final period of play.
Junior netminder Kayla Black secured her fifth shutout of the season with some brilliant saves down the backstretch, and helped the Bulldogs close the door on a late Big Red power play that generated some good chances for Cornel. Black made 22 saves overall and UMD was again perfect on the penalty kill at 6-of-6 in the game and a flawless 11-of-11 in the series overall.
"I am extremely proud of our team this weekend, we played with great discipline, composure and we were resilent, and those were some of the words we used as well as determined," said head coach Shannon Miller. "I thought we were all of those things for six periods this weekend."
The Bulldogs will try their hand at Western Collegiate Hockey Association action again next weekend when they travel to Bemidji, Minn. to face Bemidji State University. Both Friday and Saturday's games are slated for 3:07 p.m.
BULLDOG NOTES: Sophomore blueliner Sidney Morin had an impressive four-point weekend for UMD, with a goal and three assists ... The Bulldogs are now 3-0 all-time against Cornell and 30-10-4 against ECAC opponents.