Sophomore Jennifer Harss posts shutout with 26 saves for Bulldogs

Jennifer Harss made 26 saves for the Bulldogs

Welcome back to the lineup, Elin Holmlov.

The forward - who spent the 2009-10 season with the Swedish Olympic Team - helped the No. 5 University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team pummel Minnesota State University, Mankato 6-0 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs - with their highest offensive output of the season - improve to 3-1-0 overall and 3-1-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

"I am really proud of our performance today," said head coach Shannon Miller after her 294th Bulldog win. "Our entire team played a complete game for 60 minutes. I am very happy with everybody's effort today."

UMD's offense was potent from the opening puck drop, as junior Haley Irwin scored her fifth goal of the season on a slap shot from the top of the circle at 7:45 of the opening period. Sophomore forward and Duluth native Gina Dodge then netted a Mariia Posa rebound at 15:05, and the Bulldogs grabbed a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

Holmlov made the second period her own little welcome back celebration, however, netting two goals and dishing an assist in just 1:50 of action to crush any Maverick upset bid. The senior forward from Knivsta, Sweden scored at 4:04 and 5:54 of the second period, and in between her first two tallies of the year, assisted on Pernilla Winberg's score at 4:17. Homlov's offensive outburst pushed the UMD lead to 5-0, and sophomore forward Katie Wilson added the Bulldogs' fourth goal of the second period at 6:23. In just 2:19, Holmlov and the Bulldogs had turned a game into offensive avalanche in favor of the Maroon and Gold.

"We played a really good game offensively today," said Holmlov. "We played well as a line and I am glad our efforts paid off."

Sophomore goaltender Jenny Harss - who got the nod to start for the second time in as many games Sunday - made 26 saves for the Bulldogs. UMD chased MSU netminder Alli Altmann out of the crease early in the second period, and her replacement - Danielle Butters - made 27 stops. Altmann made 20 for the Mavericks, who fall to 1-2-1 overall and 0-2-0 in the WCHA.

The Bulldogs will step out of league play next weekend when they host the University of Connecticut. UMD's first-ever series against the Huskies is set to start at 3:07 p.m. at the DECC both Saturday and Sunday.