The No. 9 University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team may have avoided the blizzard that was bearing down on its home rink in Duluth, Minn., but it had no problem creating one of its own at Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena in Hamden, Conn.
The Bulldogs buried the University of Connecticut 5-1 Saturday with five goals from four different scorers, including two from senior forward Sydney Brodt. It was UMD's second game of the Nutmeg Classic and with the win, the Bulldogs remain unbeaten all-time against the Huskies with a record of 8-0-1.
After UConn netted the only goal of the first period (Savannah Bouzide at 15:18), the Bulldogs offensively erupted midway through the second period and never looked back. Ashton Bell got the scoring started at the 10:05 mark -- her second goal of the tournament -- before UMD took its first lead of the weekend at 18:36 on Brodt's first tally of the day.
Brodt tacked on another goal to start the third period to put the Bulldogs on top 3-1, the fourth goal the captain has recorded in the past four games. A mere 2:11 later, UMD's Kaliee Skinner found the twine for her first goal of the season, and Kylie Hanley -- who led all scorers on the day with three points -- added one more goal at 10:32 to expand the Bulldogs lead to 5-1.
Emma Soderberg got her first win on her first start between the pipes of the year for UMD, making 34 saves in the process. Sam Carpentier-Yelle had 30 saves for the Huskies, who fall to 8-7-1 overall. Neither team landed a power play goal in the game -- UConn was 0-of-3, while the Bulldogs went 0-of-4. Both teams put 35 shots on net in skate in the outing.
UMD (8-6-2) skates back into Western Collegiate Hockey Association action next weekend when it travels to Madison, Wisc. to face the No. 2 University of Wisconsin. The Friday-Saturday series has 7:07 p.m. game times for both nights.
BULLDOG NOTES: Kylie Hanley had a game-high three points on a goal and two assists in the game... five players recorded two or more points in the game -- Hanley (1g, 2a), Sydney Brodt (2g), Lizi Norton (2a), Maggie Flaherty (2a), and Gabbie Hughes (2a)...Brodt has now scored a goal in each of her last four games...Hughes extended her team-high scoring streak to seven games...the sophomore center has compiled 11 points over that span on two goals and nine assists.