|1st||2:01||BMJ||1-0||EV||Abby Halluska (6)||Haley Mack/11, Kiki Radke/7|
|1st||4:15||MND||1-1||PP||Ashton Bell (10)||Catherine Daoust/7, Sydney Brodt/8|
|1st||8:01||MND||2-1||PP||Ryleigh Houston (2)||Naomi Rogge/7, Michelle L÷wenhielm/7|
|2nd||5:51||BMJ||2-2||EV||Haley Mack (9)||-|
|2nd||11:28||MND||3-2||PP GW||Ashton Bell (11)||Jalyn Elmes/10, Catherine Daoust/8|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bemidji State (12-12-2)||0/3||4/8||0|
|Minnesota Duluth (10-12-1)||3/4||3/6||0|
|Bemidji State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Lauren Bench (L, 7-5-0)||59:01||3||13||9||11||33|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Jessica Convery (W, 10-10-1)||60:00||2||8||10||15||33|
DULUTH, Minn. - On a weekend where a lot of things stood out positively for the University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team, nothing stood out more than its power play.
The Bulldogs scored three power play goals Saturday to upend Bemidji State University 3-2 at AMSOIL Arena. Those three power play goals - two courtesy of Ashton Bell - came in just four extra skater opportunities. Even more impressively, coupled with UMD's two power play goals the night before, UMD netted a total of five power goals on just six power plays in the series - a whopping, and Beaver-besting, 83.3 success rate.
"Definitely thought it was a better game today then yesterday," said senior defenseman Jessica Healey. "Going into the third period, we felt a bit better, having the lead, and we put ourselves in a better position. I am just really glad we came out with the win."
After Bemidji's Abby Halluska scored off a rebound 2:01 into the contest, UMD drew even just 2:14 later on the first of Bell's two goals. The rookie forward's effort in front of the crease paid off, and she tipped it past BSU netminder Lauren Bench, handing assists to Catherine Daoust and Sydney Brodt along the way.
After scoring the first goal of her UMD career Friday night, Ryleigh Houston followed her scoring debut with her second at 8:01 of the first period to push the Bulldogs lead to 2-1. Houston's scrappy effort not only marked her second goal of the weekend, but fourth point overall - the sophomore forward figured in four of UMD's six goals in the series.
BSU again tied up the Bulldogs 5:51 into the second period, cashing in on a UMD turnover right on the post that Haley Mack knocked in from the side of the net. But Bell struck again at 11:28, smacking home a rebound on the doorstep for her second goal of the game, and more importantly, the first game-winning tally of her young career.
Jessica Convery had 33 saves for the Bulldogs, which combined with 32 the night before, gave her a steady 65 on the weekend. BSU's Lauren Bench also stopped 33 shots for the Beavers, who at 12-12-2 and 6-8-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, are now just three points ahead of UMD in fourth place in the league.
In addition to Bell - who like Healey Friday night posted two goals - Daoust also had a multiple point game after recording two assists.
UMD (10-12-1, 6-9-1) played in their second-straight game without head coach Maura Crowell, who won a Under-18 World Championship gold medal earlier in the day with the U.S. Under-18 team as an associate coach. The Bulldogs will head to St. Cloud State University next weekend to play the Huskies Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. in a conference game before moving outside in a non-conference match-up to participate in Hockey Day Minnesota Saturday at 1:00 p.m.