Nothing emphasizes a six-game unbeaten streak like scoring a year-high eight goals..
The University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team did just that Sunday afternoon, crushing St. Cloud State University at AMSOIL Arena 8-2 after exploding for four first period goals on a season-high 17 shots. All told, 11 players registered points in the game, with five scoring two or more.
"Today was a really good win for our team because everybody got to play, and we played well as a team regardless of the score, right to the final buzzer," said head coach Shannon Miller, after picking up her 343rd career win. "We asked them to work on good habits, quick puck movement, quick support and just playing together and moving up the ice together. I thought we did a really good job of that for 60 minutes. Complete win by our team."
UMD got on the board first when senior center Katie Wilson's shot from the extended goal line squeaked between the pipe and SCSU's goaltender Katie Fitzgerald 3:13 into the first period. Jenna McParland doubled UMD's lead on the power play at the 10:40 mark, burying a beautiful pass from Brigette Lacquette that sprung McParland in the slot. 5:10 later Pernila Winberg hooked a puck around Fitzgerald on the doorstep to give the Bulldogs the 3-0 advantage and Tea Villila's shot from the point with 2:50 left in the first pushed UMD's offensive first period to four goals strong.
The Bulldogs luck kept rolling when Jessica Wong's centering pass from the left side of SCSU's Julie Friend (who entered after the Huskies fourth allowed goal) was deflected of the skate of a SCSU defenseman, handing Wong her fourth goal of the season and Bulldog netminder Kayla Black her first career assist. After the Huskies finally beat Black on a power play goal by Alex Nelson, Wong buried her second goal of the game, a power play tally 15:55 into the second stanza to give UMD the 6-1 lead after 40 minutes.
Jamie Kenyon started the third period off in the model of the first two periods, one-timing a rebound past Friend a mere 39 seconds into play to inflate the Bulldog lead to 7-1. SCSU added a goal at 2:26, a bouncer from beyond the blueline against Sofia Carlstrom, but Kenyon struck again at the 8:02 mark, hustling after a rebound to net her second goal of the day and fourth on the weekend.
All three Bulldog goaltenders saw ice time, with Black making 16 saves in her eighth win of the season and Carlstrom stopping three shots. UMD outshot the Huskies 41-21 in the contest and the Bulldogs connected two-of-four power play attempts.
With the win, UMD not only improves to 9-8-3 overall and 8-7-1 in the WCHA and back into poll contention, the Bulldogs also take over sole possession of fourth place in the league.
The Bulldogs will host Bemidji State next weekend, with both Friday and Saturday's game set for 7:07 pm.
BULLDOG NOTES: New linemates Jessica Wong and Jamie Kenyon each had two goals on the day, with Wong adding an assist...Kenyon scored four goals over the series and Wong had two goals and two assists for four points...Jenna McParland also had four points Sunday with a goal and three assists, a career-high for McParland in assists and ties a career-best for points in a game...UMD last scored eight or more goals back on Dec. 3, 2011, a 10-2 game against the Huskies at AMSOIL...The Bulldogs had 24 shots in a period against SCSU on Jan. 28, 2012 of last season in St. Cloud...UMD's 24 shots came in the second period and was the last time the Bulldogs compiled 17 or more shots in a period until Sunday...Senior center Katie Wilson added a goal, making her just two points shy of joining UMD's 100 career point club...The Bulldogs are now unbeaten in their last 13 games against St. Cloud and swept the Huskies in all four games this season.