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College women's hockey: UMD ties Huskies, wins shootout

The Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team missed out on another key point in the WCHA standings Wednesday, only earning two out of three points in a 1-1 tie and shootout win over St. Cloud State at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.

The Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team missed out on another key point in the WCHA standings Wednesday, only earning two out of three points in a 1-1 tie and shootout win over St. Cloud State at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.

The Bulldogs are locked in a tight battle with Bemidji State for the right to host a WCHA first-round playoff series Feb. 23-25. The fourth-place Bulldogs lead the fifth-place Beavers by four points, but Bemidji State has two extra league games remaining on its schedule.

The Beavers are at last-place Minnesota State-Mankato this weekend while the Bulldogs play an exhibition at 4:07 p.m. Saturday against the Minnesota Whitecaps. Bemidji State closes the regular season at home against St. Cloud State and at Ohio State. UMD hosts Wisconsin and travels to Minnesota State.

Freshman forward and leading scorer Naomi Rogge came to the rescue of the Bulldogs (12-13-3 overall, 8-10-2 WCHA) on Wednesday to keep her team from leaving St. Cloud with no points. She scored her 14th goal of the season while UMD was on a power play with 8:13 to play in regulation.

Senior forward Michelle Lowenhielm, who assisted Rogge on the game-tying goal, scored the lone goal in the three-round shootout to give UMD a second point.

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The Huskies (6-17-4, 4-13-3), who were outshot 34-26, took a 1-0 lead with less than five minutes to play in the second period.

UMD senior goaltender Jessica Convery made 25 saves and St. Cloud State backup goalie Emma Polusny - filling in for Swiss Olympian Janine Alder - made 33 saves.

Minn. Duluth 0-0-1-0-1
St. Cloud State 0-1-0-0-1

First period - No scoring.

Second period - 1. SCSU, Alyssa Erickson 4 (Taylor Wemple, Rachel Herzog), 15:14.

Third period - 2. UMD, Naomi Rogge 14 (Michelle Lowenhielm, Katerina Mrazova), 11:47 (pp).

Overtime - No scoring.

Saves - Jessica Convery, UMD, 9-8-7-1-25; Emma Polusny, SCSU, 8-12-12-1-33.

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