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UMD women's hockey: What rust? Bulldogs blow out Beavers 9-0 in return

Fifth-year senior Elizabeth Giguere assisted on five goals to surpass the 250-point mark in her college career.

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Bemidji State junior Reece Hunt (29) skates with the puck in the second period against Minnesota Duluth on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at the Sanford Center. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

It took Minnesota Duluth exactly two minutes and 26 seconds to shake off the scant traces of rust it had developed from its 25-day layoff, as the Bulldogs scored five goals in the first period en route to a 9-0 rout of Bemidji State in WCHA play Friday at Sanford Center in Bemidji.

The Bulldogs and Beavers meet again at 2:01 p.m. Saturday in Bemidji.

"Right off the hop in the first period jumping out to a 5-0 lead, I thought we did a lot of nice things that period to get our game established after being off," UMD coach Maura Crowell said.

"I think it took a few shifts to get rid of the rust," continued Crowell, putting quotes around rust, "if there was much. Then we went. We're excited to play after three weeks off."

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The nine goals came from eight different Bulldogs, with fifth-year senior wing Anna Klein being the lone goalscorer to strike twice.

It was Klein's linemate, senior center Gabbie Hughes, who scored 2:26 into the game. Hughes finished with a goal and three assists.

The third member of Hughes and Klein's line, fifth-year senior wing Elizabeth Giguere, finished with five assists to surpass the 250-point mark in her career, getting to 251 with two assists in the third period. The former Clarkson Green Knight and 2020 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner who transferred to UMD in the offseason is officially the 10th player in NCAA history to total 250 or more points.

"To join that list, it's a remarkable achievement and well deserved, and it's no surprise that it comes off of five assists," Crowell said. "She's such a great playmaker. Her vision, her patience, her ability to compliment others is phenomenal. You don't see it very often."

Senior center McKenzie Hewett, sophomore wing Clara Van Wieren, and senior wing Anneke Linser scored in the first in addition to Hughes and Klein. Senior forward Kylie Hanley, who was playing defense Friday, had the lone goal in the second while senior defenseman Kailee Skinner, Klein and redshirt senior wing Naomi Rogge scored in the third.

Senior goaltender Emma Soderberg, back from the Olympic trials with Sweden, made 20 saves for her third shutout of the season and third-straight shutout for the Bulldogs, who haven't given up a goal in 180 minutes.

Note: Unofficially, Giguere is the 11th player to hit the 250-point milestone. Former Bulldog and Gopher Jenny Potter scored 256 points in 102 games between 1999-2003, however, her 1999-2000 points don't count in the NCAA record books since the NCAA did not officially begin sponsoring women's hockey until 2000-01.

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