The University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team did everything it was suppose to do Saturday night. The Bulldogs just couldn't put the puck in the net.
Top-ranked and defending champion the University of Minnesota managed UMD for a second-straight night by scoring four goals, setting back the Bulldogs 4-0 on the night. Minnesota outshot UMD 33-17 but the Bulldogs, still missing three of their top-six forwards, never relented against the nation's top team.
"Our coaching staff is extremely proud of our team this weekend," said head coach Shannon Miller. "We are missing three of our top forwards and that obviously hurt us; however the players that were here healthy and playing listened, worked hard and stuck to the game plan. I thought we played really well both nights. We couldn't score but we played well and we're really proud of their effort."
Minnesota scored the lone goal in the first period of play, a power play snipe from the point courtesy of Megan Bozek 7:33 into play. UMD killed off a second penalty just two minutes later, but the Gophers held a significant 10-3 shot advantage after the first stanza.
The second period was all Minnesota, with a breakaway goal by Amanda Kessel at 4:15 and a score off the faceoff again by Bozek at the 13:05 mark. Heading into the second intermission, the Bulldogs not only trailed 3-0, but had been outshot 23-7 in the game and 13-4 in second period alone.
The Bulldogs and Gophers put an even 10 shots each on net in the third period, but again the scoreboard didn't reflect UMD's heroic efforts. Minnesota scored an empty net, short handed goal with 1:11 remaining in the contest to seal the 4-0 win and the Gophers first sweep in Duluth since Oct. 26-27, 2007.
Freshmen goaltender Kayla Black made 29 saves for the Bulldogs, while her counterpart in the Minnesota net, Noora Raty, made just 17.
UMD will have next weekend off because of the Four Nations Cup. The Bulldogs return to WCHA action on Nov. 16-17 when they travel to St. Cloud, Minn. to face St. Cloud State University.