The No. 6/7 University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team struck for three goals in the second period -- including two by junior forward Naomi Rogge -- to overwhelm St. Cloud State University 4-0 at AMSOIL Arena Friday night. The Bulldogs, who improve to 3-2 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, also climb back into a tie with Boston College for the highest scoring offense in the nation -- both teams are averaging 3.80 goals a game.
Senior forward Anna Klein scored the Bulldogs first goal at 8:16 of the first period. Junior center Gabbie Hughes picked off a neutral zone pass from St. Cloud and skated into the Huskies zone up the left boards before finding Klein on the back post for her fifth goal of the season and 1-0 UMD lead.
The Bulldogs would have to wait to offensively open up the game until the second period, despite putting 11 shots on goal to SCSU's four in the opening stanza. Junior Naomi Rogge, having already made arguably one of the biggest comebacks in recent UMD history, continued to roll with rebound tally at 1:19 of the second period. Rogge struck again less than two minutes later, stripping the puck off a SCSU stick and beating St. Cloud netminder Sanni Ahola low and glove side to run UMD's tab to 3-0. Clara Van Wieren's followed up Rogge's double with an attempted cross-crease pass that deflected right back to the rookie forward's stick, and Van Wieren found the net on all on her own to extend UMD's lead to 4-0 at the 9:07 mark.
The Bulldogs stymied the St. Cloud offense, holding the Huskies to just 11 shots -- an opponent low for six seasons for UMD. Overall, the Bulldogs out shot St. Cloud 38-11, and junior goaltender Emma Soderberg earned her second shutout of the season with 11 saves. Ahola had 17 saves in 32:41 of action, while Emma Polusny made 17 saves in 27:19 of play for the Huskies, who fall to 1-2 on the season.
The Bulldogs and Huskies -- the only WCHA teams in action this weekend due to Covid outbreaks -- will wrap up their series tomorrow at 3:07 p.m. at AMSOIL.
BULLDOG NOTES: The last time a UMD squad held an opponent to 11 or fewer shots was Jan. 23, 2015 (Minnesota State had just nine shots on that date) ... Three players posted two point games Friday night -- Naomi Rogge (2g,), Anna Klein (1g, 1a) and Gabbie Hughes (2a) ... Klein extended her current scoring streak to five goals and two assists for a total of seven points in five games ... The five-game streak is a career-long for the senior forward ... Rogge also extended her scoring streak to five games (3g, 4a), and has now scored at least two goals in six games over her career ... UMD and Boston College have each scored 19 goals. the most in the NCAA -- over the first five games this season.