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UMD hockey notes: Soderberg named WCHA Goaltender of the Month, again

Bulldogs junior goaltender Emma Soderberg allowed three goals in six games in January.

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Goaltender Emma Soderberg (30) of Minnesota Duluth stops a shot on goal from Mackenzie Bourgerie (10) of St. Cloud State on Jan. 30, 2021, at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

Minnesota Duluth junior goaltender Emma Soderberg has been named the Women's WCHA Goaltender of the Month for January, marking the second-consecutive month she has received the honor.

Soderberg posted a .981 save percentage and 0.50 goals against average in January, making 156 saves on 159 shots to lead the Bulldogs to a 4-2 record after the holiday break.

Soderberg is on track for a record-setting season by a Bulldogs goaltender with her .963 save percentage and 0.94 goals against average. No UMD goalie has ever finished with a save percentage higher than .948 or a goals against average below 1.33. She is one of five goaltenders at UMD to record at least five shutouts in a season, with the single-season record being the 10 by Kayla Black in 2014-15.

The Bulldogs are off this week before playing four-straight games against Minnesota State-Mankato on Feb. 12-13 in Mankato and Feb. 19-20 in Duluth.

Injury report

The Bulldogs women's hockey team was without junior forward Kylie Hanley and sophomore defenseman Taylor Stewart on Saturday. Both suffered lower body injuries in Friday's win over St. Cloud State, with Hanley having to be helped off the ice by teammates while favoring her left leg. UMD coach Maura Crowell did not have an update on the future status of either player as of Saturday night. Crowell will meet with the media again Wednesday afternoon during her weekly Zoom press conference.

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As for the UMD men's program, they were without freshman goaltender Zach Stejskal due to injury this weekend. Stejskal did not make the trip to Oxford, Ohio, for the sweep of Miami. Freshman forward Luke Mylymok also remained unavailable, but Sandelin said he would be back for this weekend's rematches with Miami on Friday and Saturday at Amsoil Arena.

Polls update

The Bulldogs women, at 8-4, maintained their No. 6 spot in the latest USCHO.com Division I women's poll on Monday. They sit fourth in the WCHA standings following the sweep of St. Cloud State, just three points back of first-place Minnesota in the WCHA standings .

The UMD men, at 10-5-2, moved up one spot to No. 5 in the USCHO.com Division I men's poll following the two wins at Miami last week. The Bulldogs are tied for second in the NCHC with St. Cloud State, five points back of league-leading North Dakota .

Co-host of the Bulldog Insider Podcast and college hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune and The Rink Live covering the Minnesota Duluth men's and women's hockey programs.
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