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College hockey roundup: UMD women earn split against Bemidji State, Crowell wins another gold medal

Freshman forward Ashton Bell scored twice on Saturday to lead Minnesota Duluth to a key 3-2 WCHA victory over Bemidji State at Amsoil Arena.

Bell tied the game at 1-1 4:15 into the first period and scored the game-winner on a power play just past the midway point of the second period. The rookie now has team-bests of 11 goals and 18 points.

Sophomore forward Ryleigh Houston had the other Bulldogs goal. Senior defenseman Catherine Daoust had two assists and senior goaltender Jessica Convery made 33 saves.

With the win, the fifth-place Bulldogs (10-12-1 overall, 6-9-1 NCHC) pull back within three points of the fourth-place Beavers (12-12-2, 7-8-1) in the race for a home-ice WCHA playoff series in the first round. Both teams have eight league games to go in the regular season and play the same four teams: St. Cloud State, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Minnesota State-Mankato.

UMD travels to St. Cloud next weekend, though Saturday's game will be a nonconference outdoor game as part of Hockey Day Minnesota.

• The U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team routed Sweden 9-3 on Saturday in Russia to give Bulldogs head coach Maura Crowell her second gold medal from the IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship. Crowell, this time Team USA's associate head coach, was an assistant on the 2016 American team that won gold. That team featured current UMD captain Sydney Brodt. This year's gold-medal winning American squad features future Bulldogs Maggie Flaherty of Lakeville, Minn., and Lizi Norton of Orono, Minn.

Bemidji State 1-1-0—2

Minn. Duluth 2-1-0—3

First period — 1. BSU, Abby Halluska 6 (Haley Mack, Kiki Radke), 2:01; 2. UMD, Ashton Bell 10 (Catherine Daoust, Sydney Brodt), 4:15 (pp); 3. UMD, Ryleigh Houston 2 (Naomi Rogge, Michelle Lowenhielm), 8:01 (pp).

Second period — 4. BSU, Mack 9, 5:51; 5. UMD, Bell 11 (Jalyn Elmes, Daoust), 11:28 (pp).

Third period — No scoring.

Saves — Lauren Bench, BSU, 13-9-10—32; Jessica Convery, UMD, 8-10-15—33.

Wis.-Superior 6, Finlandia 0

Six players scored goals and Sky Brown posted a six-save shutout in a nonconference game at Hancock, Mich.

Jenna curtis and Emily Heid scored first-period goals, Megan Dulong and Celina Clark tacked on second-period goals and Mikayla Goodin and Kaleigh Martinson closed the scoring in the third period for the Yellowjackets (13-4).

It marked Goodin's 11th goal of the season and Martinson's 13th as UWS won its ninth game in a row.


St. Scholastica 3, MSOE 2

Parker Mismash and Jordan Fralich scored third-period goals as the Saints overcame a one-goal deficit to defeat the Engineers in NCHA action at Mars Lakeview Arena.

Carson Rose gave CSS (11-5-1 overall, 5-4-1 NCHA) a 1-0 lead 12:30 into the first period but Milwaukee School of Engineering (8-8-1, 4-6) retaliated with goals by Zach Simpson and Eric Tien to take the lead.

Mismash converted at 7:03 of the third and then Fralich netted the game-winner at 11:26.

Nick Trenciansky made 19 saves for the Saints, while Zach Woodman stopped 25 shots for MSOE.

Hamline 4, Wis.-Superior 2 All six goals were scored in the third period, including two by the Pipers’ Jaycob McCombs, in Hamline’s nonconference win in St. Paul. Ian Ecklund of Twig scored his team-high 12th goal of the season to tie the score at 1-1 at 1:37 of the third but Andrew Paras and McCombs scored to give Hamline (5-9-1) a 3-1 lead. Troy York scored for UWS (7-9-2) with an extra attacker before Mitch McPherson closed the scoring with an empty-net goal with 1:02 to play.