College women's hockey preview: St. Cloud State at Minnesota Duluth
St. Cloud State (2-6-1, 1-3) at Minnesota Duluth (3-7, 1-5)
What: WCHA series
When: 7:07 p.m. Friday/ 4:07 p.m. Saturday
Where: Amsoil Arena
Series: The Bulldogs lead 61-22-5 after going 6-0 last year
Coaches: Eric Rud, in his fourth season at St. Cloud State, is 32-75-10; Maura Crowell, in her third season at UMD, is 43-35-6 and 66-44-10 for her career.
TV: My9 Friday
UMD update: Friday's game is Military Appreciation Night with discounted tickets available for military members. UMD will wear special jerseys in warmups that will be auctioned off during the series to benefit Operation One Voice. The Bulldogs are coming off a road split at Bemidji State, winning 3-2 before losing 2-1. The win Friday snapped a six-game losing streak, all against teams ranked 2-6 in the latest USCHO.com poll. Freshman forward Naomi Rogge scored in both games to bring her season total to team-highs of five goals and eight points. Sophomore defenseman Jalyn Elmes also has a team-high eight points, with three goals. Senior goalie Jessica Convery started both games against the Beavers, stopping 71 of 75 shots and making a collegiate-high 43 saves Friday. UMD has been shut out once and held to a single goal on five occasions, with its 1.70 goals-per-game average ranking sixth in the league and 32nd nationally.
St. Cloud State update: The Bulldogs are an offensive juggernaut compared to the Huskies, who have just eight goals in eight games. Their 1.00 average ranks last in the country. Defensively, the Huskies are giving up three goals per game, last in the WCHA and 28th nationally. Half of the team's goals have come from junior forward Julia Tylke. Freshman forward Laura Kluge has a team-high six points. Sophomore Janine Alder (.926 save percentage, 2.49 GAA) and freshman Emma Polusny (.897/3.29) have each started four games in goal.
Quote: "They're searching for more wins and still trying to figure out their identity. In the past we've always had good games with St. Cloud and I would expect their best again." — Crowell on the Huskies, who UMD plays five times this season