DULUTH, Minn. - No head coach in NCAA Division I history has been more successful than University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey head coach Shannon Miller, and now only two have compiled more wins.
With a 6-1 triumph over the University of Connecticut Saturday night at AMSOIL Arena, Miller became just the third coach in NCAA history to reach the 350 victory plateau. The Bulldogs buried the Huskies in the series, outscoring UConn 13-1 and strengthening their grip on the Hockey East with a 18-4-2 all-time mark against WHEA foes and a stellar 6-0 showing against the Huskies.
"I think it speaks a lot to our UMD hockey program and the tradition of our program," said Miller. "We attract great people, we attract great athletes and we are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It's a big deal to all of us."
Mirroring their offensive firepower from the night before, the Bulldogs found the twine three times in the opening stanza. Jamie Kenyon connected on two power-play goals at 2:20 and 11:36, and rookie center Ashleigh Brykaliuk popped in the first goal of her career at 14:53. The Huskies used a shorthanded tally with just 1:12 left in the period to net their first goal of the weekend and pull within two heading into the first intermission.
Strapped with four penalties in the second period, the Bulldogs still found away to the net. Sophomore winger Alivia Del Basso collected the first goal of her career off a face-off win by freshman center Demi Crossman, and 2:19 into the final stanza, Katherine McGovern buried another cross-crease pass from Crossman to put the Bulldogs up 5-1. Rookie winger Bailey Wright shoveled through a rebound with 1:14 remaining in the contest to ice the game at 6-1 for the Bulldogs.
UMD shelled the Huskies on the night, outshooting UConn 59-16. Karissa Grapp, starting in her third career game as a Bulldog made 15 saves while her counterpart in the Huskies net turned away 45. The Bulldogs held UConn scoreless in six power-play attempts while connecting on two of their four extra skater chances.
It's back to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association grind for UMD next weekend as the Bulldogs face the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND. Game-time for both Friday and Saturday's contests are slated for 2:07 p.m.
GAME NOTES: Three Bulldogs had two points on the night, including Jamie Kenyon (two goals), Ashleigh Brykaliuk (one goal, one assist) and Demi Crossman (two assists) ... Six of UMD's seven freshmen tallied their first collegiate point in the series ... The Bulldogs are now 12-4 all-time when they open the season with a series in Duluth.