For the second time in six years, the University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team skated on in a winter storm, but for the first time in program history, the affair ended scoreless.
The Bulldogs and No. 7 Boston University not only couldn't declare a winner in the first-ever series between the schools, Sunday at AMSOIL Arena neither team could solve the other squad's goaltender. It marked the first time UMD has ever played to a 0-0 tie in 14 seasons.
"We spilled our guts and so did BU," said head coach Shannon Miller after the draw. "We outshot them almost double, so it is painful to walk away with a tie and I thought that we were the better team for sure. But it was a great game for both teams, both teams spilled their guts and it is what it is."
Sunday's affair was as cool on the scoreboard as it was outside through the first two periods of play, despite a UMD shot advantage of 23-13 after 40 minutes and 13-5 in the second period alone.
The Bulldogs and Terriers back and forth hockey found little relief in the third period, and UMD again held an 11-4 shot advantage but simply could not beat BU goaltender Kerry Sperry. For a second time in as many days, the two teams went to overtime, but none of the Bulldogs four shots or the Terriers two shots proved to be the game-winner.
The shutout was the third of the season for UMD netminder Kayla Black, who made 19 stops in the game and watched as her teammates blocked 19 shots from ever getting on goal. Sperry finished the game with 38 saves, and BU blocked just one shot less than the Bulldogs with 18. Jenna McParland led UMD with seven shots, while Katie Wilson and Zoe Hickel each had six shots for the Bulldogs.
""We definately peaked this weekend, as far as our play," said Miller. "We are still pretty banged up so the break is coming at a good time."
UMD will be off from competition until Jan. 12, 2013, when the Bulldogs host Western Collegiate Hockey Association member St. Cloud State in the "Pink Game". The Bulldogs will wear pink jerseys that will be up for auction during the game. Proceeds from the auction will support the Essentia Health Breast Health Program. Both Jan. 12-13 Saturday-Sunday series will have game starts of 3:07 p.m.
BULLDOG NOTES: UMD's 3-0 win over Princeton back on Dec. 14, 2008 was also during a winter storm...The Bulldogs outshot the Terriers 68-42 in the series...For the first time in eight games, sophomore Zoe Hickel was held scoreless Sunday...Hickel compiled nine points (five goals, four assists) over seven games, a career-best for the forward.