Minnesota Duluth dropped its opening game of the Nutmeg Classic on Friday, falling 4-2 to host Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn.

The Bulldogs play UConn in the consolation game at noon Saturday.

Against Quinnipiac, UMD got goals from senior defenseman and co-captain Jalyn Elmes and junior defenseman Ashton Bell. Elmes tied the tournament semifinal at 1-1 in the first period unassisted and Bell pulled UMD within two via a power play goal midway through the third.

Lexie Adzija scored twice for the Bobcats, giving the hosts a 1-0 lead seven minutes in and a brief 4-1 lead in the third as Bell struck 22 seconds later.

UMD senior goaltender Maddie Rooney made 17 saves while Quinnipiac goalie Abbie Ives stopped 42 shots.

The Bulldogs, who finished 1-for-4 on the power play, outshot the Bobcats 44-21 with a 16-7 advantage in the third.

Quinnipiac will face Yale in the tournament championship at 3 p.m. Saturday. Yale, which rotates as the Nutmeg Classic host with Quinnipiac, beat UConn 6-2 in the first semifinal Friday.



Minnesota Duluth 1-0-1—2

Quinnipiac 1-2-1—4

First period — 1. QU, Lexi Adzija 6 (Kenzie Prater, Kate Rielly), 7:10 (pp); 2. UMD, Jalyn Elmes 2, 9:47.

Second period — 3. QU, Renee Saltness 2 (Adzija), 2:53; 4. QU, Sarah-Eve Coutu-Godbout 7 (Zoe Boyd, Grace Markey), 3:31.

Third period — 5. Adzija (Coutu-Godbout, Sadie Peart), 11:15; 6. UMD, Ashton Bell 5 (Gabbie Hughes), 11:37 (pp).

Saves — Maddie Rooney, UMD, 17; Abbie Ives, QU, 42.