College hockey: Loss ensures sixth-place finish for UMD women

St. Cloud State scored the first three goals and hung on to defeat Minnesota Duluth 3-2 on Friday night at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center to clinch fifth place in the WCHA women's standings.UMD (12-20-1 overall, 9-17-1 WCHA), which trailed th...

St. Cloud State scored the first three goals and hung on to defeat Minnesota Duluth 3-2 on Friday night at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center to clinch fifth place in the WCHA women’s standings.
UMD (12-20-1 overall, 9-17-1 WCHA), which trailed the Huskies by two points entering the weekend, can finish no higher than sixth place - the Bulldogs’ lowest spot ever - and will play at third-seeded Bemidji State in the WCHA tournament quarterfinals next weekend.
Molly Illikainen of Grand Rapids opened the scoring on a power play at 17:53 of the first period. The Huskies added goals by Lauren Hespenheide and Lexi Slattery, the latter on another power play, to take a 3-0 lead.
Ashleigh Brykaliuk trimmed the gap with her 16th goal of the season at 14:35 of the second period and Michela Cava further narrowed the deficit with her team-leading 18th at 13:02 of the third period.
But Huskies goaltender Katie Fitzgerald made 31 saves to preserve the win.
Maddie Rooney turned aside 15 shots for the Bulldogs, who close the regular season at St. Cloud State at 3:07 p.m. today.

Minnesota Duluth 0-1-1-2
St. Cloud State 1-2-0-3
First period - 1. SCSU, Molly Illikainen 17 (Julia Tylke, Lexi Slattery), 17:53 (pp).
Second period - 2. SCSU, Lauren Hespenheide 5 (Vanessa Spataro), 11:08; 3. SCSU, Slattery 4 (Brittany Anderson, Tylke), 12:28 (pp); 4. UMD, Ashleigh Brykaliuk 16 (Lara Stalder), 14:35.
Third period - 5. UMD, Michela Cava 18 (Stalder, Brykaliuk), 13:02.
Saves - Maddie Rooney, UMD, 5-3-7-15; Katie Fitzgerald, SCSU, 7-18-6-31.
St. Scholastica 7,
Finlandia 1
Abby Sawyer and Katie Josephson each scored two goals and the Saints outshot the Lions 52-20 en route to the NCHA win at Mars Lakeview Arena.
Sierra Hanowski netted her 10th goal of the season to kick off the scoring before Sawyer tallied for the 12th and 13th times this season. Nikki Logergren of Duluth had a goal as did Mac Johnson to close the scoring for the Saints (8-14-2 overall, 7-8-2 NCHA).
Alena Fiala scored the lone goal for Finlandia (0-22, 0-16).

Wis.-Stout 3,
Wis.-Superior 2
The Blue Devils scored twice in the final 8:05 Friday night to overcome the Yellowjackets in the first game of a two-game NCHA playoff series at Wessman Arena.
Gavin Smith tied the game with 8:05 left and Jake Useldinger tallied the game-winner at 16:54 to give Stout (10-11-5) the advantage heading into tonight’s rematch at Wessman.
Eric Shand and Ian Ecklund notched goals for UWS (8-15-3) and Yellowjackets goalie Cory Simons made 27 saves.
Nick Schmit recorded 28 stops for Stout.
Adrian 5, St. Scholastica 4
Adrian College jumped to leads of 3-0 and 5-1 and hung on to defeat the Saints at Mars Lakeview Arena to clinch first place in the NCHA South Division.
Dylan Nowakowski had a power-play goal for the Saints (14-7-3 overall, 12-6-1 NCHA) to trim the gap to 3-1, but Austin Hervey and Chris Leone put Adrian up four goals heading into the third period.
Keegan Bruce netted his ninth and 10th of the season for the Saints and Ryan Cooper’s inaugural goal with 3:47 to play gave St. Scholastica hope.
Adrian goaltender Kevin Entmaa made 29 saves, while Saints goalie Tyler Bruggeman stopped 32 shots.

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