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Sunday, October 31, 2010

UMD Women SWEEP Gophers

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On Saturday, the Bulldogs continued their recent success against the Gophers, with a 4-2 victory, for the sweep at the DECC. The 'Dogs got on a roll early, when Haley Irwin scored just 4:44 into the game. UMD took a 2-0 lead on a Pernilla Winberg goal 7:12 into the second, and Irwin scored at 10:30. The Gophers got on the board on a Samantha Downey goal at 14:30, and UMD took a 3-1 lead to the locker room after two periods. The Gophers Kelly Terry cut the lead to 1 just 20 seconds into the third period, then the two teams played to a stalemate the rest of the third period. Haley Irwin got credit for a third goal at the buzzer of the third period, clearing the puck down ice after a faceoff in the UMD zone with around 7 seconds remaining, to finish the scoring.


Haley Irwin celebrates her first period goal

Pernilla Winberg shot on goal


Jamie Kenyon and Winberg take the offensive zone against the Gophers

Friday, October 29, 2010

UMD Women Beat Minnesota 3-2

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The UMD women's hockey team continued to stay hot, taking the first game of 2 with the Minnesota Gophers, 3-2 at the DECC. Down 2-1 after two periods, Elin Holmlov evened the score in the first minute of the third period, scoring an unassisted goal. Pernilla Winberg gave UMD the lead at 13:55 of the period, a lead that the Dogs held to the final buzzer. Jessica Wong for the 'Dogs and Kelly Seeler for the Gophers each scored in the first period, and the Gophers' Sarah Davis gave them the 2-1 lead in the second period.

Pernilla Winberg scores the game winner, despite being pulled down in front of the Gopher net


Jenny Harss congratulated on the victory by backup goaltender Lana Steck

Monday, October 25, 2010

Bulldogs and Gophers Renew Rivalry Friday/Saturday

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After the Gophers swept UMD at Ridder Arena early in the 09/10 season, the Bulldogs have won 4 straight games against the Gophers.  In 6 games between the two teams neither scored more than 3 goals in any one game, and the last two UMD wins in the playoffs were 3-2 victories, both at Ridder Arena.

UMD has a shutout streak of 230 minutes and 31 seconds, going back to their Saturday victory over Minnesota-State Mankato when they started out down 2-0 in the first period.   Jenny Harss and Kim Martin each have 2 shutouts for the ‘Dogs.

The Gophers are coming off 2 shutouts themselves (and 5 shutouts overall,) beating St. Cloud State twice on the road.   Noora Raty has 4 shutouts in 4 starts and Alyssa Grogan has 1 in 3 starts. 

UMD has 69 team points, 29 goals 40 assists, in just 6 games this season.  Haley Irwin leads the team with 8 goals and 4 assists, giving her a career total of 53 goals and 63 assists.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

UMD Women Finish Sweep of UConn

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The Bulldogs finished the weekend sweep of UConn with another shutout, winning 4-0 October 24th. UConn gave a better performance than Saturday, with 21 shots on goal, but Kim Martin gave the Bulldogs their 3rd straight shutout of an opponent. Haley Irwin opened the UMD scoring 2:59 into the first period, for the only goal of the period. Audrey Cournoyer scored at 1:36 of the second for a 2-0 UMD lead, and Irwin's second of the game gave UMD a 3-0 lead with 3 minutes left in the second period. Cournoyer finished the scoring with her own second goal, at 9:08 of the third period to finish the scoring. Dana Gallop, Jocelyne Larocque, and Jessica Wong all had 2 assists for the 'Dogs. Jamie Kenyon also picked up an assist, on Cournoyer's second goal.

Former Grand Rapids/Greenway Lightning player Dana Gallop had two assists on Sunday.

Pernilla Winberg and Elin Holmlov help celebrate a Haley Irwin goal

UMD Women Trounce UConn

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The Bulldog women trounced the University of Connecticut 8-0, October 23, 2010. The Huskies were outshot 63-9, with a portion of their 9 shots coming from outside the offensive zone. UMD got a hat-trick from Jessica Wong (her first career hat-trick), and goals from Audrey Cournoyer, Haley Irwin, Katie Wilson, Laura Fridfinnson, and the first career goal for freshman Jamie Kenyon. Pernilla Winberg put 10 shots on the Connecticut net, but couldn't light the lamp.

Jessica Wong finds herself wide open in front of the UConn net, and buried the puck for a goal

Laura Fridfinnson with a  scoring chance

Friday, October 22, 2010

National Championship Banner Raising Saturday!

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From UMDBulldogs.com:

For the fifth time in program history, the No. 4 University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team will unveil an NCAA championship banner in the rafters of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The Bulldogs, who host the University of Connecticut for the first-time ever Saturday and Sunday at 3:07 p.m., will spotlight their championship highlights from a year ago on Saturday, including their 2010 NCAA title, 2010 WCHA Tournament championship, and 2009-10 regular season title.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

UMD Sweeps Minnesota-State Mankato

Usually I will post an entry per game, but this was an extra busy weekend!

The UMD women must have thought Saturday's game started at 4 pm... they came out flat and had a 2-0 defecit at the end of the first period on goals by Mavericks' players Emmi Leinonen and Kathleen Rogan. Whatever Shannon Miller said in the locker room woke up the Dogs, as Jessica Wong socred 50 seconds into the second period, and Pernilla Winberg tied the game less than two minutes later. Laura Fridfinnson scored the go-ahead goal (and game winner) at 13:58 and Haley Irwin finished the second period scoring at 19:04 to give UMD a 4-2 lead after the second period. Irwin scored again in the third period, the only Bulldog goal, at 15:39. Jenny Harss, medically cleared coming off of off season surgery, got the start for UMD, but was lifted after the second Mankato goal, with Kim Martin taking over in the Bulldog net. After the teams each had 11 shots on goal in the first period, UMD outshot Mankato 31-8 for the second and third periods. Both teams were 1 of 3 on powerplay chances.

On Sunday, the Dogs continued what they finished on Saturday, completing the sweep of the Mavericks at the DECC. Haley Irwin opened the scoring for UMD, scoring an unassisted goal at 7:45 of the first period. At 15:05, Gina Dodge attacked a loose puck and buried a low show between Mavericks goaltender Alli Altmann and the post for a 2-0 UMD lead after 1 period. UMD scored four goals in a span of two minutes nineteen seconds in the second period to build a 6-0 lead. Elin Holmlov scored at 4:04 from Pernilla Winberg, then returned the assist 13 seconds later as Winberg scored from Holmlov. Holmlov then scored her second goal of the game at 5:54 of the period, unassisted. 29 seconds later Katie Wilson scored the final UMD goal of the day from Laura Fridfinnson and Audrey Cournoyer. Jenny Harss got the start in goal for UMD, earning the shutout with a 26 save performance. 

Haley Irwin takes a draw against Mankato
Grand Rapids native Dana Gallop is a UMD freshman this season.

Gina Dodge finds just enough space between the goaltender and the net

Monday, October 11, 2010

North Dakota Beats UMD, Earns Series Split

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Despite outshooting the Sioux, UMD dropped the second game of the series with North Dakota 4-2.  The Sioux had a 3-1 lead after two periods, and a 4-1 lead in the third period.  UMD got goals by Haley Irwin, and Vanessa Thibault, while North Dakota had lead by their first line of Jocelyne Lamoureux, Allison Parizek, and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls who each had a goal.

UMD returns home for two games against Minnesota-State Mankato October 16-17, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

UMD Women Start Season Off Right

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The UMD women started the defense of their 5th National Championship in style, shutting out North Dakota 4-0 on Friday, October 8th. Kim Martin stopped all 23 shots she saw, including 10 in the third period to earn the shutout. 4 Bulldogs scored, with Jocelyne Larocque scoring in the first period, and Jessica Wong, Audrey Cournoyer, and Haley Irwin all notching goals in the second period. Larocque and Cournoyer's goals were both powerplay goals.

The win is Kim Martin's 54th as a Bulldog, and 12th shutout according to the Collegehockeystats.net website.

National Championship game winning goal scorer Jessica Wong now has 16 goals, and 33 total points in her short career.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

UMD/Whitecaps Tie 3-3

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The 2010-11 edition of the Bulldog women's hockey team debuted at the DECC, October 2nd, 2010, with an exhibition series against the Minnesota Whitecaps. Audrey Cournoyer got the Dogs off on the right foot, scoring 1:11 into the game with assists to Tara Gray and Katie Wilson. From that point on, the Whitecaps controlled the first period, getting goals from Megan McCarthy and Bulldog Alum Jenny Potter 39 seconds apart, and Allie Sanchez at 14:41 of the period. The undermanned Whitecaps, playing with 12 skaters, couldn't keep up the fast pace, and UMD tied the game on a second period goal by Haley Irwin, and a third period goal by Jessica Wong. Wong also picked up an assist on Irwin's goal, while Katie Wilson added a second assist on Wong's goal. Elin Holmlov notched two assists as well for the Bulldogs.

Bulldog Alum Jenny Potter, for the Whitecaps

Haley Irwin returns to the Bulldogs after redshirting last season for the Olympics