When the second period was over Saturday night, both the University of Minnesota Duluth and Bemidji State University had seven shots on goal. The difference of the game was that three of those Bulldog shots resulted in goals.
UMD used three tallies in the second stanza to pick up at 4-2 win at AMSOIL Arena in front of a regular season attendance record 4,095 fans. With the win, UMD's unbeaten streak stretches to eight games and the Bulldogs improve to 11-8-3 on the season and 10-7-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
The Beavers netted the first goal of the game 12:06 into the first period, an unchallenged score by Rachael Kelly who had just gotten out of the penalty box. UMD equalized 2:25 later on Brigette Lacquette's charge into the slot for a rebound. Lacquette's wrister beat BSU netminder Jessica Havel and the teams took a 1-1 tie into the first intermission.
UMD put an offensive-hold on the second period, scoring three goals on just seven shots. The Bulldogs went up for good on Jenna McParland's seventh goal of the season 8:01 into the second stanza. McParland snuck the puck around a Beaver defenseman and then between the pipe and Havel's skate. 5:22 later, Pernilla Winberg beat Havel low on the glove side, capitalizing on a drop pass from Aleksandra Vafina to increase UMD's lead to 3-1. Finally Brienna Gillanders tipped a shot from Winberg on a Bulldog power play to deliver UMD's fourth goal of the night and third of the second period at the 17:49 mark.
Bemidji added a goal from the point through traffic courtesy of Alex Ehlert with 9:56 remaining in the third period, but neither squad would score again.
UMD goaltender Kayla Black had 22 saves, while BSU used both Jessica Havel and Abby Ryplanski. Havel made 18 saves in the first and second period and Ryplanski turned away eight shots. The Bulldogs were 1-of-3 on the power play and held the Beavers scoreless in seven power play attempts. UMD didn't allow a BSU power play goal in the series despite 12 opportunities for the Beavers.
"This was an important weekend for us and we are in a situation where we have to win," said head coach Shannon Miller after the game. "We want to get better and better each game and right now we are and that was a good contest. I'm glad that was a close contest, I'm glad that was a hard fought battle."
The Bulldogs will spend the next two weeks on the road, heading next weekend to Columbus, Ohio to face ninth-ranked Ohio State University Friday and Saturday at 2:00 pm.
BULLDOG NOTES: All four UMD goal scorers -- Brigette Lacquette, Jenna McParland, Pernilla Winberg and Breinna Gillanders had an assist as well as a goal...Winberg has now netted a goal in each of her last four games... Gillanders and Winberg had two goals and an assist in the BSU series, while Lacquette had a goal and two assists...The sweep was UMD's fifth this season...The Bulldogs are 4-0 against the Beavers this year and are now 56-3-2 all-time against BSU.