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Monday, November 28, 2011

UMD Women Split with Ohio State

Compiled via collegehockeystats.net box scores for the 2 game series.

On Friday night, UMD scored the only goal of the first period, with Vanessa Thibault (from Haley Irwin and Pernilla Winberg) scoring a powerplay goal at 4:47 of the period. 

After the first period, it was the Natalie Spooner show, as she scored a natural hat trick in the second period, with goals at 5:17, 10:56, and 12:50 of the period.  She made it 4-1 with her fourth goal of the game at 7:23 of the third period. 

Jenny Harss took the loss Friday, stopped 22 of 26 shots she faced, giving way to Lana Steck the final 9:22 of the game.  Steck saw only one shot in her third period stint.

Vanessa Thibault

On Saturday, a 4 goal second period lifted the Dogs to a 6-2 victory over the Buckeyes.

OSU’s Hokey Langan opened the scoring at 3:26, with a shorthanded, unassisted goal.  Jenna McParland (Irwin and Jessica Wong) evened the score with a powerplay goal at 14:11.

Pernilla Winberg (Thibault, Jessica Wong) gave UMD the lead with a shorthanded goal 59 seconds into the second period, then a two goal lead with a goal (from Emma Stauber) at 5:34.  OSU’s Ally Tarr cut the UMD lead to 3-2 at 6:18, but that was as far as the Buckeyes got.  Wong (Katie Wilson and Thibault) and Katie Wilson scored 18 seconds apart, at 14:24 and 14:42 to put the ‘Dogs up 5-2.

Irwin (Brienna Gillanders, Audrey Cournoyer) finished the scoring at 15:58 of the third period.  Jenny Harss stopped 36 of 38 shots to pick up her 6th win of the season on Saturday.

Pernilla Winberg

Monday, November 07, 2011

UMD Women Swept by Gophers

The UMD Bulldog women were swept at Ridder Arena, Friday night and Saturday afternoon by the Minnesota Gophers. 

On Friday, the Dogs dropped a 4-1 decision, giving up 3 goals in the third period, after taking a 1-1 tie to the second intermission.  Kacy Ambroz’s second goal of the season gave UMD a 1-0 lead 7:34 into the second period, and Gopher Jen Schoullis tied the game at 13:27.  UMD was outshot 18-4 in the period, largely in part to being shorthanded five times. 

Sarah Erickson (9:11), Schoullis (15:04), and Megan Bozek (empty net at 19:14,) accounted for the 3 third period goals for the Gophers, who were 2/8 on the powerplay.  Jenny Harss stopped 33 of 37 Gopher shots in the loss.


Saturday afternoon, UMD got down early, when Schoullis scored 52 seconds into the game.  An Amanda Kessel goal at 18:08 gave the Gophers a 2-0 lead at the first intermission break.

A Brigette Lacquette powerplay goal at 2:04 of the second period cut the deficit to 2-1, but Sarah Erickson gave the Gophers back their two goal lead at 5:28.

A Brienna Gillanders powerplay goal at 5:43 of the third period again cut the Gopher lead to a single goal, 3-2, which ended up being the final score for the game. 

Jenny Harss stopped 30 of 33 Gopher shots in Saturday’s game.

UMD is now just 1-4-1 in WCHA play, with the win and tie vs North Dakota being their only points, with 2 losses each to Wisconsin and Minnesota.    Harss has a .91% saves percentage and is allowing 2.97 goals per WCHA game, but the 1-4-1 record in league games. 

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

UMD Women Win/Tie Vs North Dakota

The UMD Women beat North Dakota 6-1 on Saturday, then tied them 2-2 on Sunday, winning the shootout for the extra WCHA conference standings point.

Katie Wilson scored a hat trick Saturday, while Jenna McParland, Pernilla Winberg, and Haley Irwin scored the other Bulldog goals.

On Sunday, Brigette Lacquette and Audrey Cournoyer scored second period goals, while Josefine Jakobsen and Michelle Karvinen scored third period goals for North Dakota. Neither team scored in overtime, and Pernilla Winberg scored the only goal of 6 attempts during the shootout. Jenny Harss stopped 56 of 59 shots she faced on the weekend.


Pernilla Winberg looks for an opening during her shoot attempt.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

‘Dogs Swept by Badgers

On Saturday night, the Badgers took it to the Bulldogs, scoring 3 first period goals in the final 1:34 of the period to take a 3-0 lead to intermission. Hilary Knight (17:05), Brianna Decker (18:04), and Kelly Jaminski (18:39) scored those goals.

Pernilla Winberg got the 'Dogs on the board, with her third of the year, assisted by Irwin and Wong, at 3:30 of the second period. Wisconsin again took a 3 goal lead, at 12:53 on a Prevost goal. UMD used it's timeout there and started go gain a little momentum, but with a delayed Wisconsin penalty, a missed pass to the blue line ended up sliding all the way down ice to the empty Bulldog net (with Jenny Harss pulled for the extra attacker) for a Badger goal. Saige Pacholok got credit for the goal, as well as being the player the delayed penalty was to be called on. A Knight penalty put UMD on a 5 on 3 powerplay, which Audrey Cournoyer capitalized on, scoring with 14 seconds left in the period, assisted by Irwin and Wong.

Katie Wilson started the third period with UMD's third goal of the game, just 1:50 in, giving the 'Dogs a shot at a comeback. Lana Steck, replacing Harss after two periods, stopped all 12 shots she faced in the third period, to also give UMD a shot at a comeback, but she was matched by Alex Rigsby in stopping 12 more Bulldog shots the remainder of the period. Rigsby stopped 80 of 86 total Bulldog shots on the weekend. Carolyne Prévost added an empty net goal at 19:36 to give the Badgers a 6-3 final decision.

Lana Steck stopped all 12 shots she faced in third period action Saturday night.

Pernilla Winberg scores past Alex Rigsby

UMD takes on North Dakota next Saturday/Sunday afternoons at Amsoil Arena

Friday, October 21, 2011

Badgers’ Shorthanded Goal Beats Dogs

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A shorthanded goal with 1:14 left on the third period clock, by Wisconsin's Hilary Knight, gave the Badgers a 4-3 win over the Bulldogs at Amsoil Arena, October 21, 2011.

The first period was a flurry of activity on both ends of the ice, with a combined 35 (15 UMD, 20 Wisconsin) shots on net in the period, with UMD coming out ahead 2-1 on two goals by Jenna McParland (twice assisted by Haley Irwin, once by Pernilla Winberg,) and one Wisconsin goal by Brianna Becker.  McParland now has four goals on the season

Wisconsin controlled the second period, outshooting UMD 17-7 and putting the only two goals of the period on the board. Carolyne Prévost and Hilary Knight scored the Wisconsin goals in the second period. At 7:18 of the third period Audrey Cournoyer's one timer, from Brigette Lacqutte and Zoe Hickel beat Badgers goaltender Alex Rigsby to tie the game at 3.

UMD put 15 shots on Rigsby in the third period, netting only the goal by Cournoyer, before the turnover on the powerplay sent Hilary Knight in on Jenny Harss for the game winning goal. Harss stopped 39 of 43 shots in taking the loss, while Rigsby stopped 34 of 37 Bulldog shots in the win.

Jenna McParland and Haley Irwin celebrate a goal vs Wisconsin Friday night.

Katie Wilson and Audrey Cournoyer celebrate Cournoyer's third period goal

Saturday, October 15, 2011

UMD Women Sweep U-Conn

The Bulldogs first road trip of the season sent them out to battle their second Hockey East opponent, this weekend University of Connecticut. 

On Friday, the Dogs picked up a 5-4 victory, with 5 different players each picking up a goal.  Katie Wilson gave UMD the lead 3:53 into the game, assisted by Emma Stauber.  UConn tied the game at 16:13 with a powerplay goal by Emily Snodgrass. 

UMD took the lead back at 8:31 of the second quarter, when Vanessa Thibault scored her first of the season, from Gina Dodge and Shara Jasper.  Audrey Cournoyer’s third goal of the season, just 27 seconds later gave the ‘Dogs a 3-1 lead.  UConn’s Rebecca Hewett cut UMD’s lead to 3-2 at 13:21, but Jessica Wong made sure the Bulldogs took a two goal lead to the locker room with a goal with 6 seconds left in the second period.  Cournoyer and Wilson assisted on Wong’s goal.

Huskies’ Jocelyn Slattery cut the Bulldog lead to 4-3 with a goal 4:26.  Haley Irwin gave the Bulldogs back a two goal lead yet again, at 17:30 of the period, from Mariia Posa, which proved to be the game winner, as UConn’s Taylor Gross scored with their goaltender, Alexandra Garcia pulled for an extra attacker, at 18:37. 

Audrey Cournoyer scored her third goal of the season Friday in Connecticut.


On Saturday, the Dogs doubled up UConn in shots on goal, 48-24, and beat them on the scoreboard 6-1.  Jenna McParland picked up her first career goal at 12:16, from Irwin and Pernilla Winberg, the only goal of the period for either team.

UConn’s Sarah MacDonnell tied the game at 1, just 2:55 into the second period, but that tie was the only goal for the Huskies on the afternoon.  Jessica Wong’s 4th goal of the season, assisted by Zoe Hickel, at 5:55 of the second gave UMD the lead for good.  Mariia Posa scored her first goal of the season, from Cournoyer and Wilson at 10:46, and McParland added her second goal 58 seconds later. 

Winberg’s second goal of the season, from Irwin, and Kacy Ambroz’s first of the year, unassisted added to UMD’s lead in the third period.  Jenny Harss got the win in both games, with Lana Steck playing the final 5:58 of the Saturday game. 

The Bulldogs head back to Amsoil Arena for a series with #1 ranked Wisconsin Friday and Saturday nights’ at 7:07.

Jenna McParland scored her first two career goals on Saturday at UConn

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

UMDBulldogs.com Jessica Wong Article

Click to read the UMDBulldogs.com Jessica Wong article titled A CHANGING OF THE GUARD -- JUNIOR DEFENSEMAN JESSICA WONG .. about her switch last year from forward scoring the National Championship overtime goal to captaining the defense as the 'half-back.'

A quote from the article:

“Coach told me I would be a half-back, which is basically a forward and a defenseman,’” recalled Wong.  “I was given the green light to rush the puck and get up into the play.  I like it because it’s different and challenging but of course I was skeptical at first.  I do know coach Miller always has a reason for everything and defense allows me to really use my vision.”

Read the entire article by clicking the link above!

Sunday, October 09, 2011

UMD Women Lose 3-2 to Boston College

Sunday saw the Bulldogs get off to a 2-0 lead but fail to hold onto that lead and lose 3-2 with a third period Boston College goal with 0.4 left on the clock.

Audrey Cournoyer gave UMD a 1-0 lead at 12:31 of the first period, assisted by Haley Irwin and Zoe Hickel. Brigette Lacquette (from Irwin and Pernilla Winberg) scored her first career goal with a powerplay blast from the blue line that rocketed under the crossbar. Boston College answered just 15 seconds later, when an Emily Field shot was redirected, saved by Jenny Harss, but deflected off of Lacquette into the net. Field got credit for the goal, assisted by Dru Burns and Alex Carpenter.

UMD's 2-1 lead held until the 17:09 mark of the third period when Emily Pfalzer tied the game, assisted by Carpenter. Carpenter, following her two assists, found herself in front of the Bulldog net, shorthanded with the puck and buried the game winner as the clock ticked down from 1.

B.C’s Alex CarpenterBoston College's Alex Carpenter scored with .4 seconds on the clock to beat UMD 3-2

UMD Defenseman Brigette LacquetteUMD Defenseman Brigette Lacquette scored her first career goal Sunday vs B.C.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

UMD Women Rout Boston College

The USCHO 7th ranked Bulldogs routed the #5 ranked Boston College Eagles 7-2 in the 2011-12 season opener at Amsoil Arena October 8, 2011. After a scoreless first period, the 'Dogs erupted for 4 goals in the second period. Haley Irwin gave the Dogs the lead at 3:15 of the period, from Winberg and Wong, on the powerplay. Katie Wilson made it 2-0, with a goal at 8:49, from Wong and Audrey Cournoyer. Wong would then add her first of two goals at 15:05 from Jamie Kenyon and Wilson. Zoe Hickel finished the second period scoring for UMD, scoring an unassisted goal with a nifty move around the defense, then burying the puck as she skated through the crease. Boston College showed more life in the third period, outshooting UMD 20-11 in the period, though still being outscored 3-2 in the period.

Blake Bolden got the Eagles on the board just 25 seconds into the third period, a powerplay goal assisted by Emily Pfalzer. Pernilla Winberg answered that powerplay goal with one of her own, at 2:23 of the period. Boston College's Meagan Mangene made it a 5-2 game at 7:44, but UMD again had an answer, just 16 seconds later when Jessica Wong went end to end, taking the puck in front of Jennifer Harss and cruising all the way to the B.C. net to beat goaltender Corinne Boyles for her second goal of the game. Audrey Cournoyer notched the final Bulldog goal of the day, at 15:15, with assists to Wilson and Jenna McParland.

Harss stopped 33 of 35 shots faced in the win, while Eagles' goaltender Boyles saved 30 of 37.

Jenny Harss makes one of her 33 saves vs Boston College Saturday

Jessica Wong finished with 2 goals, 2 assists in the season opening win.

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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Bulldogs Beat Whitecaps in Overtime

A Pernilla Winberg overtime goal with 45 seconds left on the clock gave the UMD Women a home exhibition win over the Minnesota Whitecaps, September 30, 2011.

Allie Thunstrom put the Whitecaps up 1-0 3:53 into the first period, with an assist from former Bulldog star Jenny Potter on a powerplay. Audrey Cournoyer put the Dogs on the board, evening the store 23 seconds into the second period.

The third period was scoreless, though Bulldog Jamie Kenyon hit a post from close in late in the period.

Jennifer Harss stopped 27 of 28 shots she faced, while Whitecaps goaltender Sanya Sandahl stopped 38 of 40 in the losing effort.

Bulldog Junior, Jessica Wong

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

2011-12 Season Is Almost Here

The 2011-12 season debut for the UMD women’s hockey team is almost here..   The Bulldogs debut in an exhibition series Vs. the Minnesota Whitecaps at Amsoil Arena September 30 at 7 pm then October 1st and 3 pm.   The first games that count is the next weekend October 8/9 vs Boston College, both days at 3 pm.

The ‘Dogs have 7 freshmen this season.

  • Emma Stabuer – Duluth, Northern Stars
  • Jenna McParland - Schreiber, Ontario
  • Zoe Hickel – Anchorage, Alaska
  • Shara Jasper – Aurora, Colorado
  • Tea Villila - Hyvinkaa, Finland
  • Brigette Lacquette - Mallard, Manitoba
  • Paige Turner – Iron River, Wi –Duluth Northern Stars/Minnesota Thoroughbreds

You can read about the new players on UMDBulldogs.com when they have them updated.

Haley Irwin and Kacy Ambroz were named the captains for the 2011-12 season, also read about that on UMDBulldogs.com

Check out photos from previous season from my website, Viewthroughmylens.net

Monday, February 28, 2011

UMD Women Sweep Mavericks

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The UMD women took care of business in the first round of the 2011 WCHA playoffs, sweeping Minnesota-State Mankato 3-0 Friday and 5-0 Saturday at Amsoil Arena. On Friday, Elin Holmlov put the Bulldogs ahead in the first period, 1-0, 6:44 into the first period. After a sloppy second period, the Bulldogs still only led 1-0. The 'Dogs dominated the third period, outshooting the Mavericks 19-6 and scoring goals by Jocelyne Larocque and Holmlov for the 3-0 win. Haley Irwin had two assists Friday while Holmlov, Pernilla Winberg, and Mariia Posa each had one assist. Kim Martin stopped all 20 Maverick shots she faced.

On Saturday, UMD again finished the first period with a 1-0 lead, on a goal by Audrey Cournoyer at 14:08 of the period. The 'Dogs didn't wait until the third period to put the game away on Saturday night, scoring three second period goals. Katie Wilson scored at 6:24 of the period, then Jessica Wong scored 26 seconds later. Larocque made it 4-0 at 16:44 of the second period. Vanessa Thibault finished the scoring with a goal at 9:18 of the third period. Irwin picked up 3 assists on Saturday, as did Elin HOlmlov. Jamie Kenyon, Noora Jaakkola, and Kacy Ambroz also had an assist in Saturday's game. Jenny Harss picked up the shutout Saturday, stopping 25 Maverick shots. Mavericks' goaltender Alli Altmann stopped 75 of 83 UMD shots in the two games.

Elin Holmlov scored twice Friday

Saturday, February 19, 2011

UMD Women Squash St. Cloud

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Four goals in a row by Pernilla Winberg lead the Bulldogs to an 8-0 win over St. Cloud State, February 18, 2011 at Amsoil Arena.

Haley Irwin scored UMD's 5th goal, in her first game back from an undisclosed injury, while Tara Gray, Elin Holmlov, and Kacy Ambroz socred the other 'Dogs goals.

Holmlov added three assists, and Katie Wilson, Brienna Gillanders, Jocelyne Larocque, Irwin each had two assists. Jenny Harss stopped all 10 shots she saw in two periods, and Lana Steck stopped 5 shots she faced in relief, playing the third period.

Winberg celebrates her hat-trick

Brienna Gilanders looks for a rebound

Monday, February 14, 2011

UMD Women’s Final Home Regular Season Weekend

I’m coming off a nasty 2 week cold, and haven’t really updated this blog like I normally would, but I’m getting close to feeling normal now and it’s time to get back into the swing of it all. 

Since the last blog entry, the UMD women finished sweeping Bemidji State, and went on the road for 2 series, sweeping Minnesota-State Mankato, and then Ohio State last weekend, and are seated firmly in 3rd place, 4 points ahead of North Dakota and 3 points behind 2nd place Minnesota. 

UMD starts the weekend 3 points behind Minnesota, but has a slight chance to overtake Minnesota in points should North Dakota beat them once this weekend, and UMD sweeps St. Cloud at Amsoil Arena.  The ‘Dogs would have the tie-breaker with a 2-1-1 record vs. the Gophers this season. 

Until St. Cloud beat Mankato on February 11, their ONLY WCHA points all season came from tying UMD and winning the shootout at National Hockey Center.  The Huskies have only scored 27 goals in 31 games this season, and 23 in 26 conference games, and have been outscored 44-3 in the first period of WCHA games. 

Jocelyne Larocque, Tara Gray, Laura Fridfinnson, Kim Martin, and Elin Holmlov all suit up for their final regular season home series in Duluth this weekend. 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

UMD Women Beat Bemidji, Regain WCHA 4th Place

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Coming into the 2 game series with Bemidji State, the Bulldog women were 2 points behind the Beavers in the WCHA standings, in 5th place after a short winless streak of 5 games.

The 'Dogs got down 1-0 quick, on an unassisted goal by Bemidji captain Erin Cody at 3:04 of the first.Tara Gray evened the score blasting a missile through a crowd and past goaltender Alana McElhinney, who never saw the puck.

Laura Fridfinnson notched goals 3:18 apart in the second period to give the 'Dogs a 3-1 lead, but Cody scored two more (for the hat trick) faster, scoring at 11:18 from the blue line on a bouncing puck that fooled Kim Martin and again at 12:34.

Elin Holmlov didn't wait long in the third period, scoring at 4:03 from Pernilla Winberg and Jessica Wong to put UMD ahead 4-3, that was the eventual final score. Kim Martin stopped 21 of 24 shots faced, while McElhinney stopped 31 of 35 UMD shots. Former Cloquet Lumberjack defenseman Montana Vichorek assisted on the two Cody goals in the third period.

Kacy Ambroz gets in tight on McElhinney

Friddy celebrates a goal

Sunday, January 23, 2011

UMD Loses, Ties Badgers at Amsoil Arena

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The Bulldogs returned home for the first time since losing to Ohio State, playing their first game at Amsoil Arena, January 21, 2011. Unfortunately, Wisconsin decided to spoil the first UMD women's hockey game at the new arena. Going into the third period, UMD hadn't scored, and were down 3-0 to the Badgers, on goals by Megan Duggan, Brianna Decker, and Hilary Knight.

At 8:15, Elin Holmlov finally got UMD on the scoreboard battling in front of Badger goaltender Alex Rigsby to put a rebound into the net. UMD couldn't get any farther, and Wisconsin's Duggan scored an empty net goal, that replays show should have been called offsides, but the call stood and Wisconsin finished with a 4-1 victory. Jenny Harss stopped 21 of 24 shots she faced, while Rigsby stopped 20 of 21 for the win.

On Saturday the UMD women rallied late, to salvage a tie in game two against the Badgers. Wisconsin started off strong, gaining a 2-0 lead on goals by Madison Parker, and Brianna Decker. Kacy Ambroz got the 'Dogs back in the game, making the game 2-1 with a goal at 8:29 of the period. Wisconsin regained their two goal advantage on a goal by Carolyn Prevost.

UMD controlled a lot of the third period, outshooting Wisconsin for the first time in 2 games, and outscoring them 3 goals to 1 for the period. Jessica Wong made it a 3-2 deficit at 9:40 of the period, but was matched by a Hilary Knight goal for Wisconsin. At 17:29 of the period, Tara Gray fired a shot from the blue line that ricocheted off legs in front of the net and past Alex Rigsby to make the game 4-3. 1:17 later, Jamie Kenyon notched her 3rd goal of the season, tying the game at 4 with 1:14 left in the game.

Neither team scored in overtime, despite UMD needing to kill off a penalty, and the game ended tied 4-4. Wisconsin won the shootout after overtime to gain an extra point in the WCHA standings, though the game remains a tie for NCAA seeding purposes.

Vanessa Thibault carries the puck Friday, in the special black UMD jerseys

Katie Wilson fires a shot on Saturday night

Kacy Ambroz scores, surrounded by a sea of Badger players

Saturday, January 15, 2011

UMD Women Tie Minnesota 2-2

The Bulldogs finally took to the ice after 5 weeks off, heading to Ridder Arena for a conference with the rival Gophers. 

The Gophers scored first, with Sarah Erickson scoring at 7:55 of the first period.  That goal was answered 5 minutes later by Brienna Gillanders, on the powerplay, and the teams went to the intermission tied at 1.

The Gophers’ Jen Schoullis retook the lead at 12:50 of the second period and that lead held until 9:33 of the third period, when Katie Wilson scored UMD’s second powerplay goal of the game to even the score at 2.  Neither team could light the lamp again, and the game ended in a 2-2 overtime tie.  The Gophers took the extra WCHA point by winning a shootout 2-1 in 3 rounds, but the game counts as a tie for NCAA playoff purposes.

Jenny Harss stopped 40 of 42 shots for the ‘Dogs, while Noora Raty stopped 29 of 31 UMD shots on the Gopher net.