In the lead-up to her program’s first series against the NCAA Division I and WCHA newcomers from St. Thomas, Minnesota Duluth coach Maura Crowell attributed the Tommies’ two wins this season in their first six games to a, “fearless, just-go-for-it type of attitude.”
“They're a resilient bunch,” Crowell said. “They're playing with no pressure.”
The Bulldogs made sure to apply the pressure and test that resiliency of the Tommies early in Sunday afternoon’s series finale by scoring four first-period goals en route to a 7-0 victory for the weekend sweep at St. Thomas Ice Arena in Mendota Heights, Minnesota.
Sophomore wing Clara Van Wieren — who had a goal in Saturday’s 3-0 win at St. Thomas — scored UMD’s first two goals, including a 5-on-3 power-play goal four minutes into the game. Seniors Kylie Hanley and Naomi Rogge teamed up for the next two goals in the final five minutes of the first with Rogge, a winger, feeding Hanley, a center, and then Hanley returning the favor less than 2:30 later.
“We're the type of team that can dictate our play to other teams and I think we did that today,” Crowell said. “We established our forecheck right away. We worked on some things with video this morning. Our team did a really good job just reading off each other in the (offensive) zone and finding the passing lanes a little bit better than yesterday.”
Hanley — who came into the day with no points in her first seven games — picked up her second goal of the afternoon 11:10 into the second period and freshman wing Gabby Krause scored her first collegiate goal 26 seconds later.
Senior center Gabbie Hughes pushed the lead to 7-0 nearly nine minutes into the third period with her team-leading sixth goal of the season, sniping a shot bar-down and in. Hughes and fifth-year senior wingers Anna Klein and Elizabeth Giguere combined for just the one goal and two assists in the win after accounting for all of UMD’s points a week ago against Wisconsin.
While she enjoys all the goals her top line scores — 15 through eight games now — Crowell said it was “awesome” to see some different names find the back of the net on Sunday.
“Exactly what we were looking for out of the weekend,” Crowell said. “I'm just happy for those guys because it was not a shortage of effort or execution. Sometimes you don't find yourself in those spots and I was glad they found themselves in those spots this weekend.”
Senior goaltender Alexa Dobchuk got the start for the Tommies on Sunday, but only lasted a period as the Bulldogs beat her four times in 12 shots. Freshman Saskia Maurer, the Swiss national team goalie who made 31 saves on 34 shots Saturday, finished with 28 saves on Sunday.
UMD also made a goalie change during Sunday’s game, giving senior Emma Soderberg — who made just five saves — a rest after the Bulldogs took a 6-0 lead in the second. Sophomore JoJo Chobak finished the game, needing to stop just two shots.
The Bulldogs were without senior wings Anneke Linser and Taylor Anderson this weekend against the Tommies due to health reasons. Sunday was the third game in a row Linser has missed while it was the second for Anderson, though both are expected to return to the lineup after UMD’s extended bye.
UMD is off now for three consecutive weekends while Soderberg (Sweden) and sophomore defenseman Nina Jobst-Smith (Germany) take part in Olympic trials tournaments. The Bulldogs don’t return to the ice until Nov. 19-20 for a WCHA series at Bemidji State.
Minnesota Duluth 4-2-1—7
St. Thomas 0-0-0—0
1. UMD, Clara Van Wieren (Mannon McMahon, Lizi Norton), 4:01 (pp)
2. UMD, Van Wieren (Elizabeth Giguere), 13:43
3. UMD, Kylie Hanley (Naomi Rogge), 15:07
4. UMD, Rogge (Hanley), 17:29
5. UMD, Hanley (Gabby Krause, Naomi Rogge), 11:10
6. UMD, Krause (Nina Jobst-Smith, Maggie Flaherty), 11:36
7. UMD, Gabbie Hughes (Anna Klein, Taylor Stewart), 8:40
Saves — Emma Soderberg, UMD, 5; JoJo Chobak, UMD, 2; Alexa Dobchuk, UST, 8; Saskia Maurer, UST, 28.
Power play — UMD 1-3; UST 0-2. Penalties — UMD 2-4; UST 3-6.