|1st||3:59||MIN||1-0||EV||Caitlin Reilly (4)||Olivia Knowles/5, Nicole Schammel/3|
|1st||10:31||MIN||2-0||EV GW||Cara Piazza (2)||Patti Marshall/6, Sophie Skarzynski/2|
|3rd||4:51||MND||1-2||PP||Jessica Healey (1)||Katerina Mrázová/3, Naomi Rogge/3|
|3rd||5:19||MIN||3-1||EV||Caitlin Reilly (5)||-|
|3rd||15:33||MIN||4-1||EV||Taylor Wente (3)||Caitlin Reilly/4, Sydney Baldwin/9|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota Duluth (2-5-0)||1/5||2/4||0|
|Sidney Peters (W, 3-1-0)||60:00||1||7||14||14||35|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Catherine Johnson (L, 0-2-0)||60:00||4||11||5||3||19|
DULUTH, Minn. - The Western Collegiate Hockey Association arguably has some of the best goaltenders in all of women's college hockey, and unfortunately for the No. 8 University of Minnesota Duluth, the Bulldogs witnessed that firsthand Friday afternoon at AMSOIL Arena.
Despite a UMD 36-23 shots on goal advantage, University of Minnesota goaltender Sidney Peters was almost unflappable for the seventh-ranked Gophers in their 4-1 win in the series opener. The game marks the seventh-consecutive game the Bulldogs have outshot their opponent - in fact, UMD outshot Minnesota by a 3-to-1 margin in the second and third periods, respectively.
"I think we played great, I think they are laying it all out on the line," said UMD head coach Maura Crowell. "I have very few complaints about the way we're playing, I like what we are doing, we are really going after it."
Minnesota's fortune got a boost 3:59 into the contest off a deflection that led to a goal by Caitlin Reilly. The Gophers then went up 2-0 midway through the first period on Cara Piazza's second goal of the season.
UMD turned up the heat in the second period, and responded with a 14-5 shots on goal onslaught that culminated with a penalty shot for UMD rookie Mallorie Iozzo with 1:17 remaining in the period. Peters stood firm, however, and the Bulldogs entered the final stanza trailing Minnesota 2-0.
Finally, at 4:51 of the third period, the Bulldogs broke through Peters. Senior defenseman Jessica Healey tipped an attempt from Katerina Mrázová on the power play to pull within a single goal at 2-1.
That lift of offense was stunted just 30 seconds later when Reilly scored her second goal of the game to give Minnesota a 3-1 lead. Despite again outshooting the Gophers 15-5 in the final period, it was Minnesota that hit the twine again at 15:33 to put the 4-1 game just out of UMD's frustratingly close reach.
The Bulldog defense allowed 23 Gopher shots all game, including just 10 in the final 40 minutes of action. Sophomore forward Sydney Brodt led all skaters with eight shots on goal. UMD finished 1-of-5 on the power play, but held Minnesota scoreless in two attempts.
Sophomore goaltender Catherine Johnson made just her second career start in the game, and had 19 saves in the contest for the Bulldogs, who fall to 2-5-0 overall and 0-3-0 in the WCHA. Peters had 35 saves for Minnesota who improves to 4-2-1 overall and 1-2-1 in league action.
Both teams will wrap the series up tomorrow at AMSOIL Arena. Game-time is set for 3:37 p.m.
BULLDOG NOTES: Freshman forward Naomi Rogge has four points in UMD's last two games (2g, 2a) after nabbing the second assist on Jessica Healey's goal Friday, and is now tied with Sydney Brodt for the team points high of six ... Rogge ranks tenth among all freshmen in scoring in the NCAA with three goals and three assists ... the Bulldogs own the nation's eighth best power play at 21.4 percent.