Minnesota Duluth scored three third-period goals to defeat Bemidji State 5-2 on Saturday at Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn., restoring the Bulldogs' grip on home ice in the WCHA playoffs.
Sophomore forward Anna Klein scored the game-winner, her seventh goal of the season, at 8:12. Freshman forward Anneke Linser, who assisted on the other two third-period goals, netted her fifth of the season at 10:42, and sophomore forward Ashton Bell closed the scoring at 16:52 with her fourth.
Freshman forward Gabbie Hughes scored her team-high 11th of the season late in the first period to tie the game at 1-1, while junior forward Ryleigh Houston put UMD (8-10-2 overall, 5-7-2 WCHA) ahead 2:39 into the second period.
Freshman goaltender Emma Soderberg stepped in for starter Maddie Rooney and earned her third consecutive win by stopping 23 shots.
Briana Jorde and Clair DeGeorge scored for the Beavers (8-14-1, 5-8-1), who fell three points behind the Bulldogs for fourth place in the conference standings. The fourth-place team will host the fifth-place team in the first round of the league playoffs.
Minn. Duluth 1-1-3-5
Bemidji State 1-1-0-2
First period - 1. BSU, Briana Jorde 1 (Lydia Passolt, Clair DeGeorge), 2:20; 2. UMD, Gabbie Hughes 11 (Anna Klein, Jalyn Elmes), 18:15.
Second period - 3. UMD, Ryleigh Houston 6 (Kylie Hanley, McKenzie Hewett), 2:39; 4. BSU, DeGeorge 7 (Melissa Hunt), 15:21.
Third period - 5. UMD, Klein 7 (Anneke Linser, Lizi Norton), 8:12; 6. UMD, Linser 5 (Hughes, Elmes), 10:42; 7. UMD, Ashton Bell 4 (Linser), 16:52.
Saves - Emma Soderberg, UMD, 10-5-8-23; Lauren Bench, BSU, 5-11-6-22.
Wis.-Superior 4, Concordia, Wis. 2
Four players scored goals and Catherine Johnson totaled 29 saves in the Yellowjackets' nonconference win at Mequon, Wis.
Molly Shelton and Jenna Curtis gave UWS (7-10-1) a 2-0 lead in the first period, Amber Heidenreich broke a 2-2 tie with a goal midway through the second period. Mandy Tomlinson closed the scoring with a power-play goal with 2:20 left in regulation.
Ellie Woodman and Kristen Kennedy scored for the Falcons (7-5-2), while Christina Pattengale turned away 24 shots.
MSOE 6, St. Scholastica 3
Carson Rose and Jon Hansen scored in the first period for the Saints, only to watch the Raiders net the next five goals to win the NCHA game in Milwaukee.
Six different players found the back of the net for MSOE (6-8-3 overall, 4-4-2 NCHA), which scored three times in the second period in a span of 6:15.
St. Scholastica (9-7-1, 4-5-1) has lost four straight and six of seven.
Wis.-Superior 2, Hamline 1
Artur Terchiyev and Pavel Mikhasenok scored first-period goals and Oscar Svensson made 46 saves in the Yellowjackets’ nonconference win at Wessman Arena.
Terchiyev, a Ukrainian native, scored 1:49 into the game and the Russian Mikhasenok followed suit 3:47 later for a 2-0 UWS lead.
Svensson stopped 15 shots in the opening period, 19 in the second and 12 in the third, only allowing Austin Wisely’s goal at 13:10 of the second period as UWS improved to 6-11-2.