The University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team hasn't surrendered a goal in its last 155:26 minutes of action, and it was exactly that smothering defense that helped the Bulldogs keep Bemidji State University off the scoreboard Friday night.
UMD - now owning back-to-back shutouts - dealt the Beavers a 3-0 loss at AMSOIL Arena to improve to 7-4-2 and 5-4-2 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, where the Bulldogs are currently sitting in a third place tie with the University of Wisconsin.
"I'm really proud of how our team played tonight for a full 60 minutes," said head coach Shannon Miller after the game. "We are playing really well as a team from our goaltender on out and it was a very complete game. We have a lot of momentum right now and we need to keep it going."
Rookie center Ashleigh Bryaliuk put the Bulldogs on the board first with a power-play goal off the doorstep 15:13 into the opening period. Bryaliuk finished off a puck poked through traffic from junior Zoe Hickel to net her fourth tally of the season.
After outshooting the Beavers 14-6 in the first period, UMD was held scoreless in the second stanza until Emma Stauber's slapshot from the point with five seconds remaining found the upper twine. Stauber's shorthanded goal, assisted by Jenna McParland pushed the Bulldog lead to 2-0 with a single period remaining.
Sophomore center Hannah Bramm tacked on a third goal for UMD with 1:52 left in the final period from the slot, wristing home the score after Meghan Huertas fed her the puck from behind the extended goal line.
UMD's power-play stymied the Beavers, holding BSU scoreless on six attempts. Sophomore netminder Kayla Black turned in her seventh career shutout and second clean-sheet in a row, stopping all 17 shots she faced. The Bulldogs outshot the Beavers, who fall to 6-7-2 overall and 3-5-1 in the WCHA, 42-17 in the game.
The two sides will wrap the series up tomorrow night with a 6:07 p.m. start at AMSOIL Arena.