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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.