Junior forward Audrey Cournoyer registers goal and assist for Bulldogs

Audrey Cournoyer had a goal and an assist for the Bulldogs

GRAND FORKS, N.D. --- The University of North Dakota women's hockey team closed out its first half of the season Sunday with a game it would like to quickly forget as Minnesota Duluth skated to a 5-1 decision at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The game will linger until the New Year though as UND is now off until Jan. 4 when it hosts Lindenwood to kick off the second half of the season.

UND entered the game having not allowed a goal in over two games, both against top-10 ranked teams, but the Bulldogs quickly put an end to that streak scoring only 1:05 into the game on the first shot of the game.

Pernilla Winberg beat UND netminder Jorid Dagfinrud (Sarpsborg, Norway) with a slapshot from just inside the blue line. Dagfinrud got a piece of the shot but it still found its way into the back of the net on a shot that should have been stopped.

Although outshooting the Bulldogs 11-6 in the opening frame, UMD took a 2-0 advantage into the intermission as Jenna McParland added to the lead at 15:04.

Looking to regroup during the break after a tough first period, it was the Bulldogs that came out stronger in the second period. The Bulldogs added a pair of second period goals and outshot the Sioux 16-7 to take a commanding lead.

Jamie Kenyon would score the fifth straight goal for UMD to open the game becoming the fifth different goal scorer in the game for the Bulldogs.

On the power play later in the final stanza, Josefine Jakobsen (Aalborg, Denmark) would break UMD's shutout bid as she slammed home a rebound at 17:13 for her sixth goal of her freshman campaign.

The Bulldogs would conclude the game edging the Sioux in shots 28-27. Dagfinrud finished the game with 23 saves in the losing effort while UMD's Jennifer Harss stopped 26 of 27 shots picking up the win.