If there is one college hockey conference that the University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team seems to prefer over the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, it just might be Hockey East.
The Bulldogs held off a late charge by Boston College Thursday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass. with a 3-2 win to push UMD back to .500 with an overall record of 3-3-1. The triumph also gives the Bulldogs a 17-3 all-time record against Hockey East opponents and includes a 5-1 record over the past two seasons.
Sophomore blueliner Bridgette Lacquette netted the lone goal of the first period, an unassisted tally that came with just 1:12 left in the stanza. Zoe Hickel nudged the UMD lead to 2-0 at 9:57 of the second period, her third score in as many games, while Pernilla Winberg's assist on Hickel's tally gave the senior forward from Sweden 100 career points at UMD (37g, 63a).
After holding their seventh-straight opponent scoreless in the second period,the Bulldogs, despite being outshot 5-2 in the first six minutes of the third stanza, hit paydirt again as Jenna McParland converted her second goal of the year at 6:02. Assisting on the goal was sophomore Shara Jasper and rookie Aleksandra Vafina, making just her third appearance in a UMD sweater.
McParland's goal put the Bulldogs up 3-0, with less than 14 minutes to play, but UMD is finding out just how long a third period really is. Less than four minutes later BC scored its first goal of the game, and a goal by Eagle Emily Pfaizer with 1:29 left in the period to bring the score to 3-2 looked all too familiar for the Bulldogs. BC shelled UMD in the third period 16-6 and 41-27 in the game, but rookie goaltender Kayla Black made 39 saves to prevent any repeat of a draw.
Both teams went scoreless on the power-play, with UMD 0-of-2 and BC 0-of-4. The Bulldogs power play currently ranks eighth in the NCAA with a 88.5 success rate.
The two squads will finish out the series tomorrow night at Kelley Rink with a start time of 7:00 pm Eastern.
BULLDOG NOTES: Pernilla Winberg becomes the second Bulldog this season to hit the 100-point mark, with blueliner Jessica Wong hitting against Ohio State back on Oct. 6...Winberg is the third player on the current roster to own 100 points, with Wong and Audrey Cournoyer the others...Cournoyer missed her third-straight game due to injury...Sophomore defenseman Tea Villila made her first appearance this season after coming back from a late preseason injury...UMD has give up 12 goals against through their first seven games, but none of them have come in the second period... eight goals have been netted against the Bulldogs in the third period...By contrast, UMD has scored six of its 12 goals in the first period...Aleksandra Vafina's assist in the second period marks the first point by a rookie this season.