UMD women's hockey: Bulldogs blow by Beavers via dominating second period
Katie Davis, Anna Klein and Naomi Rogge score two goals each to give UMD its third win in three games against Bemidji State.
DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth sophomore winger Katie Davis came into this weekend’s series against Bemidji State with just one goal in 35 career games at UMD. That lone goal came last season against Ohio State in the WCHA Final Faceoff semifinals at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.
On Friday, Davis added two more goals to her college ledger, recording her first two points of the season as the Bulldogs blew past the Beavers 8-2 in WCHA play at Amsoil Arena.
Davis — a native of Boise, Idaho, who played her junior and senior seasons of high school at Edina — picked up her first goal of the game and season by capping a four-goal second period by UMD. She was set up for a tap-in on the play by senior center Gabbie Hughes, who drew Beavers sophomore goaltender Hannah Hogenson to her side of the crease, giving Davis an open net to score on.
Davis’ second goal of the game and season was an individual effort that saw her pick the pocket of a Beaver on the forecheck before turning to what coach Maura Crowell called “a filthy backhand” for the finish at 7:53 of the third.
“We’re coached to forecheck hard, good things happen. I was just lucky to get the turnover and bury,” Davis said. “(The puck) went D-to-D, and I was just covering the D-to-D back. I was just able to get that.”
Davis was one of three Bulldogs to score a pair of goals on Friday along with senior wingers Anna Klein and Naomi Rogge. Klein and Rogge also had an assist to finish the day with three points.
Also posting three points Friday was senior wing Elizabeth Giguere, who used passes from behind the BSU net to set up Rogge and Klein during the four-goal second period. Giguere later tapped in a rebound for a goal of her own on the power play in the third.
The Bulldogs first three goals all came via similar fashion — a forward taking the puck below the end line and finding an open shooter in front for the score. Giguere did it twice, and sophomore Clara Van Wieren hit Rogge on a feed as well.
“We were seeing we could win our one-on-one battles, and we are quick off the wall if we beat them, too,” Rogge said. “We have great players with great vision out there like Clara, and we all know Giguere is a passer. You know they can get the puck to you if you find the space for it.”
Friday marked the Bulldogs' third win in three games against the Beavers, who they swept back in November in Bemidji. UMD goes into Saturday’s 3:01 p.m. series finale at Amsoil Arena having outscored Bemidji State 21-3 this season.
The Bulldogs and Beavers were tied after the first period on Friday at 0-0, with shots on goal just 10-8 in favor of UMD. The Beavers were held to just three shots on goal in the second while UMD put 18 on the BSU net, scoring four.
“It took us a little bit to get our feet under us, but when we did, really loved the way we played in the second period and on,” Bulldogs coach Maura Crowell said. “Just moving the puck really well, using each other from the D-zone, all the way up the ice. I thought there was really great creativity in the O-zone.
“I think really good teams, play really well in the second period, so that’s why I’m particularly excited about the way we played in that 20.”
Bemidji State 0-0-2—2
Minnesota Duluth 0-4-4—8
6. UMD, Klein (Hughes), 6:51
7. UMD, Davis, 7:53
8. UMD, Giguere (Klein, Rogge), 11:52 (pp)
9. BSU, Taylor Larson (Hunt, Alyssa Watkins), 14:34
10. UMD, Anneke Linser (Van Wieren, Brenna Fuhrman), 19:03
Saves — Hannah Hogenson, BSU, 31; Abbie Thompson, BSU, 3; Emma Soderberg, UMD, 18; Jojo Chobak, UMD, 2.
Power play — BSU 1-2; UMD 1-3. Penalties — BSU 3-6; UMD 2-4.