|1st||3:55||MND||1-0||EV||Sydney Brodt (7)||Kateřina Mrázová/9, Maria Lindh/9|
|2nd||2:42||MND||2-0||EV GW||Ashleigh Brykaliuk (16)||Lara Stalder/28, Katherine McGovern/16|
|2nd||12:49||MND||3-0||EV||Katherine McGovern (17)||Ashleigh Brykaliuk/23, Jalyn Elmes/7|
|3rd||3:09||MND||4-0||EV||Demi Crossman (4)||-|
|3rd||7:44||STC||1-4||EV||Jordan Stewart (2)||Kayla Friesen/10|
|St. Cloud State||0||0||1||1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||5||3||5||13|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State (9-21-4)||0/2||5/10||0|
|Minnesota Duluth (22-5-5)||0/3||4/8||0|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Janine Alder (L, 9-16-4)||60:00||4||13||8||12||33|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Maddie Rooney (W, 22-5-5)||60:00||1||5||3||4||12|
The No. 2 University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team sent off its heralded senior class in the best way possible Saturday afternoon - with a win.
The Bulldogs defeated St. Cloud State University 4-1 at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn. to wrap up the regular season, and in the process nailed down third place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. UMD also grabs the No. 3 seed in the league playoffs that will begin next Thursday, and will host the Huskies, who after being swept over the weekend, land in the No. 6 spot in the final WCHA standings.
On an afternoon reserved to honor its seniors, it was the Bulldog elders that carried the day, with seven of UMD's 10 points recorded by senior players. In fact, the only goal scored by an underclassman was the game's opening tally, a wrist shot from the top of the circle by Sydney Brodt 3:55 into the contest that gave the Bulldogs a lead they would never seriously be threatened to surrender.
Senior forward Ashleigh Brykaliuk doubled down on UMD's lead 2:42 into the second period, redirecting an extended goal line pass from Lara Stalder. Almost 10 minutes later, Katherine McGovern, who already had an assist on Stalder's goal, batted down a rebound past SCSU goaltender Janine Alder to run UMD's tab to 3-0.
Not to be outdone by her fellow goal-scoring seniors, Demi Crossman picked up an errant puck at the red line 3:09 into the third period and weaved her way through the St. Cloud defense to net her fourth goal of the season, unassisted.
For a second-consecutive night, the Huskies got in the way of a Bulldog shutout with a goal by Jordan Stewart at the 7:44 mark, but it wasn't enough for SCSU, who managed just 13 shots on the Bulldogs, a season-low for a UMD opponent.
Maddie Rooney made 12 saves for the Bulldogs, while her counterpart in the Huskies net, Alder, made 33 stops.
"We just talked in the locker room about going 9-1-2 in the second semester, and we are heading into the third semester, the third season," said head coach Maura Crowell. "If you look at the whole body of work, you have the first semester, the second semester and now the playoffs. We have as much momentum as we could have imagined at this point, so we're excited."
The Bulldogs (22-5-5, 19-5-4) and St. Cloud State (9-21-4, 7-18-3) will face-off all over again next Thursday, Friday and Sunday, if needed, in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. All playoff games will get underway at 3:07 p.m.
BULLDOG NOTES: UMD's third place finish in the WCHA is the program's highest since 2010-11 when the Bulldogs tied for second, and the Bulldogs 19 league wins is the most since the 2009-10 season ... Lara Stalder's scoring streak stretched to 11 games, and now stands at 21 points on 11 goals and 10 assists.