The University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team has never been defeated by the University of Connecticut in program history and the Bulldogs made sure it stayed that way Saturday afternoon.
No. 5/6 UMD used three second period goals to blow open the game en route to beating the Huskies 6-1 in Storrs, Conn. The Bulldogs, 3-1-0 on the season are now 4-0 all-time against UConn and 18-3 against the Hockey East in program history.
Rookie forward Jenna McParland scored the first goal of her UMD career at 12:16 of the first period to put the Maroon and Gold up 1-0 but despite outshooting the Huskies 18-5, the Bulldogs lead was a single goal after the first period of play.
UConn was able to tie the game at 1-1 2:55 into the second period on a tally by Sarah MacDonnell but just three minutes later, UMD flexed it's offensive muscle. The Bulldogs, lead by junior defenseman's Jessica Wong's power-play goal at 5:55, unloaded four unanswered tallies in a six-minute span to turn the contest into a Bulldog scoring clinic. Senior defenseman Mariia Posa scored her first goal of the season at 10:48 and McParland added her second of the day on a power-play 58 seconds later to stretch UMD's stronghold to 4-1 after two periods.
Junior forward Pernilla Winberg added another power-play goal 10:08 into the final period and senior forward Kacy Ambroz iced the cake with her first score of the year 2:30 later to hand UMD the 6-1 triumph.
Jennifer Harss made 21 saves for the Bulldogs with Lana Steck stopping two in almost six minutes of action. UMD put 48 pucks on net compared to just 24 by UConn and went 2-of-4 on the power-play while holding the Huskies to 1-of-6. Most notably, the Bulldogs smothered the Huskies on face-offs, winning 45 of 72 pucks dropped. UConn, which drops to 0-4-2 on the season, won just 27 face-offs.
The Bulldogs return to AMSOIL Arena next week in a big way, hosting the defending 2011 NCAA champions and No. 1 Wisconsin in UMD's first Western Collegiate Hockey Association action of the season. Both games are scheduled for a 7:07 p.m. start.