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UMD women's hockey: Bulldogs rally to beat St. Lawrence in OT in DC

Elizabeth Giguere scored the power-play, game-winning goal 46 seconds into overtime for the Bulldogs to complete a two-goal comeback in Washington D.C.

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Élizabeth Giguère (8) of Minnesota Duluth, shown against Wisconsin on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, at Amsoil Arena, scored the game-winning goal Saturday for the Bulldogs against St. Lawrence at the D1 in DC tournament. Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune

Minnesota Duluth rallied from a 3-1 deficit on Saturday to beat St. Lawrence 4-3 in overtime in the finale of the D1 in DC tournament at MedStar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia.

Bulldogs coach Maura Crowell said she wanted her team to be mentally tougher on Saturday than Friday’s 3-2 loss to Penn State in Washington D.C. UMD was, and the coach was proud of them for it.

“Battling back, being down 3-1, and coming away with a 4-3 win on the road on Day 2 was really good for us as a team, to earn that well-fought win,” Crowell said.

Bulldogs fifth-year seniors Anna Klein and Elizabeth Giguere both finished with three points, registering a goal and two assists on Saturday.

Klein, who finished with three goals and two assists in two games in D.C., scored 5:57 into the game while Giguere scored the power-play, game-winning goal 46 seconds into overtime.

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UMD trailed 2-1 after the first period thanks to a pair of St. Lawrence power-play goals. The Saints went ahead 3-1 less than two minutes into the second period.

The Bulldogs quickly fought back, tying the game with two goals that came 57 seconds apart. Senior center McKenzie Hewett scored on the power play at the 4:40 mark of the second and senior center Gabbie Hughes — with assists from Giguere and Klein — tied the game 5:37 into the second.

“When we need those big goals in big moments, they're the ones that usually come up with them,” Crowell said of Hughes, Klein and Giguere. “It's very nice to have a group like that, that you know can put the puck in the net almost at any time in a game.”

Saturday’s game once again was a penalty-filled affair, featuring a combined 11 penalties for 22 minutes. Friday’s game saw a combined 17 penalties for 45 minutes.

The Saints finished 2-for-5 on the power play while UMD went 2-for-6 in a game that featured a combined 18 minutes, 47 seconds of special teams play.

Crowell said her team — which finished the tournament with 39 penalty minutes between the two games after entering the weekend averaging 5.30 penalty minutes per game — was ready for the influx of calls Saturday.

“We showed a little more discipline in our play to adjust to some of the calls and things like that,” Crowell said.

The Bulldogs return to WCHA play next weekend, hosting Ohio State at 6:01 p.m. Friday and 3:01 p.m. Saturday at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. The Buckeyes went 2-0 at the D1 in DC tournament, beating St. Lawrence 5-2 and Penn State 4-2.

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