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College women's hockey: Four-goal third period lifts UMD

Rather than panic entering the third period saddled with a two-goal deficit, Minnesota Duluth produced a flurry of offense to rally past Minnesota State-Mankato 5-3 on Sunday in the third-place game of the inaugural Minnesota Cup at Ridder Arena ...

Rather than panic entering the third period saddled with a two-goal deficit, Minnesota Duluth produced a flurry of offense to rally past Minnesota State-Mankato 5-3 on Sunday in the third-place game of the inaugural Minnesota Cup at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.

Gabbie Hughes' second goal of the afternoon, less than a minute into the final period, triggered a dominant response from UMD (7-8-2), which closed the game with four unanswered goals.

"That was as gutsy of a win as you can ask for," UMD assistant coach Laura Bellamy said in a news release. "Minnesota State put the heat on us from the drop of the puck and we certainly didn't make things easy for ourselves for the first two periods. To come out and have a four-goal third, that showed a tremendous amount of resilience."

Bellamy is filling in for head coach Maura Crowell, who's guiding Team USA at the Under-18 Women's World Championship in Japan.

McKenzie Hewett drew the Bulldogs even at the 10:07 mark of the third, and Kailee Skinner notched the game-winner seven minutes later as UMD, which outshot the Mavericks (8-8-4) 17-7 in the period, bounced back from Saturday's overtime loss to second-ranked Minnesota.

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Both Hewett and Skinner scored the first goals of their collegiate careers.

Hughes added an assist for a three-point afternoon, while teammate Anna Klein had a goal and two assists. Bulldogs goalie Maddie Rooney made 28 saves.

UMD resumes WCHA play with a series at Bemidji State this coming weekend.

Minn. Duluth 0-1-4-5

MS-Mankato 1-2-0-3

First period - 1. MSU, Brittyn Fleming 5 (Brooke Bryant), 12:35.

Second period - 2. MSU, Anna Wilgren 3 (Rebekah Kolstad, Corbin Boyd), 5:55 (pp); 3. UMD, Gabbie Hughes 9 (Anna Klein, Maggie Flaherty), 7:14; 4. MSU, McKenzie Sederberg 2 (Bryant), 14:38.

Third period - 5. UMD, Hughes 10 (Klein, Kailee Skinner), 0:50; 6. UMD, McKenzie Hewett 1 (Ryleigh Houston, Kylie Hanley), 10:07; 7. UMD, Skinner 1 (Hewett), 17:01; 8. UMD, Klein 6 (Hughes), 19:58.

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Saves - Maddie Rooney, UMD, 9-11-8-28; Abigail Levy, MSU, 9-8-13-30.

• Kaleigh Martinson's hat trick keyed Wisconsin-Superior's offensive outburst in a 10-1 nonconference win over Finlandia in Hancock, Mich.

All three of Martinson's goals came in the second period as UWS (6-9-1) turned a 3-1 lead into a blowout. The Yellowjackets, who have defeated the Lions four times by a combined score of 25-4 since Dec. 7, outshot Finlandia (0-15) 53-15.

UWS' Molly Shelton added a goal and four assists, while teammate Amanda Sergent tallied twice.

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