Surrounded by a hockey hungry crowd and the sport's most coveted trophy, the University of Minnesota Duluth did not disappoint in a 7-0, season-opening thrashing of the University of Connecticut Friday night at AMSOIL Arena. The Bulldogs literally wasted no time jumping on the Huskies, scoring on the opening shift and never letting up en route to the non-conference victory.
With most of the 2,055 fans still trying to find their seats, junior right-winger Jenna McParland took the puck down the left side and jammed it through Husky goaltender Elaine Chuli just 13 seconds into regulation - marking the quickest goal to start a game in program history.
UMD would strike twice more (a short-handed tally off the stick of junior Zoe Hickel and an even-strength marker from junior transfer Meghan Huertas) before the completion of the first period. After getting another short-hander in the middle stanza (this time from rookie defender Lara Stalder), the Bulldogs put three more into the back of the UConn net to create the 7-0 result.
The shot totals told the whole story, with UMD holding a 59-22 edge in that department. Kayla Black made 22 saves to record the shutout for the Bulldogs, who had seven different players end up in the goal column. McParland buried twice on her way to receiving player of the game honors. Neither team capitalized with the player-advantage, with the Huskies coming up empty on six tries, and UMD failing to convert on any of its three chances.
The two teams will close out the two-game set tomorrow night at AMSOIL Arena. Opening faceoff in that non-conference clash is slated for 6:07 p.m.