Tuesday, December 29, 2009
My website and photos should be down no longer than Thursday as I have some server stuff changed and taken care of by the webhost Hostgator. Everything should be back to normal by sometime Thursday as they said a couple days at most.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
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On Sunday (December 13) UMD and Bemidji skated to a 2-2 tie, and Bemidji took home the extra point via a 1-0 shootout win. UMD's Gina Dodge started the scoring by following her backhand shot with a second backhand that found it's way past Bemidji's Tomcikova into the net. Erin Cody and Erin Johnson scored second period powerplay goals for the Beavers and took a 2-1 lead into the third period.
UMD dominated the posession play in the third period, putting 18 shots on Tomcikova but only scoring once, a Mariia Posa powerplay goal that amounted to the final 2-2 score. Tomcikova stopped 44 of 46 shots, plus all three of UMD's chances in the shootout, while UMD's Jenny Harss stopped 26 of 28. Bemidji's Cody got the shootout winner to give Bemidji the extra WCHA conference point (though for overall purposes, it is an NCAA tie in the record books.)
Gina Dodge's backhand goal in the first period was her second goal of the season
Bemidji's Zuzana Tomcikova made a huge save on Katie Wilson as the third period was running out.
Beaver Erin Cody nets the shootout winner
The Bulldog women are now off on Winter break until hosting the Wisconsin Badgers January 16/17.
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The Bulldog women beat a much improved (over previous seasons) Beavers team 4-1 at the DECC, December 12, 2009. Tara Gray got UMD off on the right foot with a shot from the point midway through the first period, but was answered by Bemidji's leading scorer, Erin Cody, 7 minutes later. UMD had a multitude of scoring opportunities in front of the BSU goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova in the second period but couldn't get a bounce, while UMD's Jenny Harss also kept the puck out of her net. UMD put the game away in the third period, on goals by Emmanuelle Blais, Katie Wilson, and Kacy Ambroz. Laura Fridfinnson picked up two assists for UMD, while Ambroz, Blais, and Vanessa Thibault all got an assist in the game. Former Cloquet/Esko/Carlton center Sadie Lundquist and Grand Rapids/Greenway forward Emily Erickson each picked up an assist on the Beaver goal.
Tara Gray blasts a slapshot for the first goal of the game
Katie Wilson sneaks the puck under the Bemidji State goaltender
"Champ" during an intermission game
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
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WCHA Defensive Players of the Week
Jennifer Harss, Fr., G, Minnesota Duluth
Noora Räty, Fr., G, Minnesota
University of Minnesota Duluth freshman goaltender Jennifer Harss made 73 saves on 77 shots for a .948 saves percentage in a two-game WCHA series at No. 7-ranked Wiconsin last weekend, including both shootout shots she faced on Sunday.
Harss, a native of Rieden, Germany, made her first appearance in the Kohl Center last Friday (Dec. 4), making 40 saves on 42 shots on goal in a 3-1 loss to Wisconsin (the third goal was an empty-netter with :04 seconds remaining). Harss then made 33 saves last Sunday (Dec. 6) afternoon in UMD’s 2-2 overtime tie with the host Badgers. After keeping the Bulldogs in the contest for 65 minutes, Harss came up with two shootout stops to help UMD earn two league points from the outing.
The rookie goaltender leads not only the WCHA but also the nation in minutes played (1178:18) and saves (559), and ranks 10th in the NCAA with a .927 saves percentage.
Noora Räty, the University of Minnesota’s freshman goaltender from Espoo, Finland, allowed just one goal in two road games against No. 9-ranked Harvard on Dec. 4-5. This marks her third Defensive Player of the Week honor this season (also on Oct. 21 and Dec. 2).
Over 123:35 minutes played in the series, Räty allowed one goal at the :33 mark of the third period in last Friday’s 1-0 loss to the host Crimson. Prior to that goal, Räty had held her opponents scoreless for 217:29 consecutive minutes played.
Last Saturday, she held Harvard scoreless en route to her fifth career shutout and third in two weeks. Räty kept the Gophers in the game early with 14 saves in the first, 12 in the second, 11 in the third and two in overtime for a career-best 39 stops. She had a series total of 59 saves on 60 shots for a .983 saves percentage.
Also nominated this week were: Zuzana Tomcikova, G, BSU; Alli Altmann, G, MSU; Ashley Nixon, G, SCSU; and Geena Prough, D, UW.
UMD Goaltender Jenny Harss
Sunday, December 06, 2009
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The Bulldogs and Badgers tied 2-2 in the second game of the 2 game series, with UMD winning the extra WCHA standings point in a shootout.
Emmanuelle Blais gave UMD a 1-0 lead with the only goal scored in the first period. Wisconsin scored two goals in the second period to take a 2-1 lead into the third period, and UMD's Jessica Wong scored the game tying goal 7:42 into the third period to finish the game scoring.
Saara Tuominen picked up an assist on both UMD goals.
The Bulldogs are home for Saturday/Sunday afternoon games against the Bemidji State Beavers next weekend.
Friday, December 04, 2009
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UMD was outshot in every period, 17-2 in the first period, 14-4 in the second, and 12-8 in the third period, a total of 43-14 for the game, and lost the first game of two in Madison, 3-1. Despite the lopsided shot stats, UMD was only down 2-1 until Wisconsin's Carolyne Prévost scored an empty net goal with 5 seconds left.
Gina Dodge former Duluth Northern Star, finally scored her first career goal after a bunch of chances this season, on a powerplay that cut a 2-0 Wisconsin lead to 2-1.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
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WCHA.COM: WCHA Rookie of the Week
Katie Wilson Fr., F, Minnesota Duluth
Freshman forward Katie Wilson turned in a five-point weekend – including her first collegiate three-goal hat trick – while helping No. 5-ranked University of Minnesota Duluth to a two-game sweep of Boston College in Chesnut Hill, Mass.
The native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, scored the game-winning goal for UMD in last Friday (Nov. 27) afternoon’s contest – just :52 seconds into play. Wilson, who was +2 on the outing, also added an assist on Laura Fridfinnson’s third period goal in the Bulldogs’ 3-0 win.
Then last Saturday (Nov. 28), Wilson netted the first hat trick of her Minnesota Duluth career by scoring a goal in each period as the Bulldogs skated to a 5-1 win over the host Eagles. The goals, all at even-strength, opened up scoring in each stanza. With a +2 rating in last Saturday’s game as well, Wilson was a +4 in the series overall.
Currently the No. 2 rookie scorer in NCAA Div. 1 ranks, Wilson is averaging 1.11 points per game, and has 20 points (9g, 11a) in 18 games. She is UMD’s third leading scorer and ranks ninth in the WCHA in scoring with 12 points (5g, 7a) in 12 league outings.
Also nominated this week were: Mira Jalosuo, D, UM; Mary Loken, F, UND; and Brianna Decker, F, UW.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
With her 2 goals and 2 assists against Boston College, Junior Laura Fridfinnson now has 99 points in her career and should join teammates Emmanuelle Blais (this year) and Saara Tuominen (last year) in the 100 point club in the series at Wisconsin this Friday/Sunday in Madison.
Saara Tuominen has 127 career points
Emmanuelle Blais now has 106 points
Laura Fridfinnson at 99, should hit 100 career points vs Wisconsin