No. 4 Bulldogs blank No. 11 Penn State to finish New York road swing 4-0
Emma Soderberg recorded her 12th career shutout while Mannon McMahon and Anneke Linser scored two goals each for the win over the Nittany Lions.
CANTON, N.Y. — Senior center Mannon McMahon and fifth-year senior wing Anneke Linser both scored a pair of goals to lead fourth-ranked Minnesota Duluth to a 4-0 victory over No. 11 Penn State on Friday at Appleton Arena.
Fifth-year senior goaltender Emma Soderberg made 24 saves on the St. Lawrence campus for her 12th collegiate shutout — moving her alone into fifth all-time at UMD — ensuring the Bulldogs return to Duluth with a 4-0 record after playing four nonconference games in seven days in the state of New York to open the 2022-23 season.
Bulldogs coach Maura Crowell said between the sweep at Long Island University last weekend and the two wins on the St. Lawrence campus late this week, Friday was the Bulldogs' best of the four games.
“It seems strange, but we must be in pretty good shape,” Crowell said. “They know what’s at stake. That’s what you get with some older teams. Sometimes it takes a little while to gel and figure it out and get used to having the puck on your stick, playing at game speed. Yeah, definitely our best game.”
Linser, who finished the trip with three goals and five points, scored both of her goals Friday within 2:52 of each other in the opening half of the third period to extend the Bulldogs’ lead to 3-0.
McMahon gave UMD a 1-0 lead with a power play goal just over eight minutes into the third period by putting away a loose puck in front of the net. She had a much cleaner look the next time around as she, too, finished with five points in four games against the Sharks, Saints and Nittany Lions.
Sixth-year senior Naomi Rogge, at center Friday after starting the year at wing, finished with two assists, as did her linemate, sophomore Jenna Lawry. That line — Lawry, Rogge and Linser — combined for six points on Friday.
“Our forwards, I told them any one of the four lines coming off the bench was doing their job and capable of playing,” Crowell said. “That was great.”
The Bulldogs are scheduled to return home to Duluth on Saturday night after arriving in New York on Sept. 23. UMD will dive right into WCHA play next week against Minnesota State at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at Amsoil Arena.
The Bulldogs have one more nonconference series on the regular season schedule against Harvard on Nov. 18-19 at Amsoil Arena.