Minnesota Duluth opened its first home series of the 2021-22 season with a 3-1 defeat to Minnesota on Friday in WCHA play at Amsoil Arena in Duluth.

The series concludes at 3:01 p.m. Saturday as part of the first half of a men’s and women’s doubleheader at Amsoil Arena.

The Gophers (1-2), who were coming off a pair of season-opening losses at home to Ohio State a week ago in Minneapolis, built a 2-0 lead in the first period with a goal by Audrey Wethington 2:36 into the game and a goal by Ella Huber with 1:15 to go in the first.

Elizabeth Giguere scored the Bulldogs’ lone goal late in the second period to pull UMD within one, but Minnesota was able to ice its first victory of the season via an empty-net goal by Emily Oden with 1:18 to go in the game.

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Emma Soderberg made 21 saves for the Bulldogs (1-2) while Lauren Bench stopped 24 of the 25 shots she faced in the Minnesota net.

UMD opened the 2021-22 season with a 7-0 win over Minnesota State last weekend in Mankato, but has been held to three goals in two games now — losses to the Mavericks on Saturday and Gophers on Friday.

Box score

Minnesota 2-0-1—3

Minnesota Duluth 0-1-0—0

First period

1. MN, Audrey Wethington (Peyton Hemp, Taylor Heise), 2:36

2. MN, Ella Huber (Wethington), 18:25

Second period

3. UMD, Elizabeth Giguere (Gabbie Hughes), 17:26

Third period

4. MN, Emily Oden (Gracie Ostertag), 18:42 (en)

Saves — Lauren Bench, MN, 24; Emma Soderberg, UMD, 21.

Power play — MN 0-3; UMD 0-2. Penalties — MN 2-4, UMD 3-6.