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UMD women's hockey: Bulldogs lose special teams squabble to Penn State in DC

UMD dropped the first of its two games at the D1 in DC tournament in Washington D.C. on Friday, losing 3-2 to Penn State.

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Minnesota Duluth forward Anna Klein scored two goals for the Bulldogs on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in a 3-2 loss to Penn State at the D1 in DC tournament in Washington D.C. (Steve Kuchera / 2019 File / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

Minnesota Duluth’s first foray of 2021-22 into nonconference play ended in defeat Friday as the Bulldogs lost 3-2 to Penn State in a penalty-filled start to the D1 in DC tournament at MedStar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia.

UMD wraps up play at the D1 in DC tournament at 1:30 p.m. Saturday against St. Lawrence, which lost 5-3 to Ohio State on Friday.

“Disappointing loss, that’s for sure,” Bulldogs coach Maura Crowell said. “I thought we certainly were winning that special teams battle, and we killed off I don't know how many penalties throughout the game, but it definitely got to us. I would have liked to see our emotion stay in check.”

UMD had to kill off seven total penalties on Friday that spanned a total of 12 minutes, 14 seconds. The first kill of the night was a five-minute major after senior forward-turned-defenseman Kylie Hanley was ejected via a game misconduct for hitting from behind.

The Bulldogs killed off the major and the next five Penn State power plays before Lyndie Lobdell scored on the power play with 7:26 remaining in regulation to give the Nittany Lions the win.

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“When we did have five-on-five play, it was OK, but I don't think enough of us were going tonight in order to overcome, a lot of calls,” Crowell said. “That's what happens when we play nonconference games — a lot of calls and somewhat just out-of-sync sort of games. Those are tough, but you got to be able to persevere in those moments. So certainly a learning type of game for us.”

UMD finished 1-for-7 during its 9:26 on the power play, scoring on their first advantage. Friday’s game featured 17 total penalties for 45 minutes.

Fifth-year senior Anna Klein scored both of the Bulldogs' goals, tying the game on the power play 8:04 into the first period before giving UMD the lead with 1:42 to go in the first. Senior linemates Gabbie Hughes and Elizabeth Giguere assisted on both.

Natalie Heising scored two goals for Penn State, giving the Lions a 1-0 lead 5:19 into the game and tying it 5:18 into the third period.

Senior goaltender Emma Soderberg stopped 22 shots for UMD and Josie Bothun made 24 saves for Penn State.

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