DULUTH, Minn. - For the second time in 15 seasons, the Bulldogs played in a completely scoreless game.
After 65 minutes without a goal, the University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team took the extra league point from Ohio State University at AMSOIL Arena on a dazzling play from rookie forward Katerina Mrázová. The tie keeps the Bulldogs record at 11-8-4 overall and 9-6-4 in the WCHA.
"Our team played well tonight and we played well enough to win in regulation," said head coach Shannon Miller. "It's unfortunate that we didn't, but obviously it's a great win in the shootout."
UMD shelled Buckeye goaltender Lisa Steffes 34-21 in the game, including 23-8 in the first 40 minutes, but simply couldn't solve Steffes. The goaltending showdown was also a success for UMD's Kayla Black, who turned away all 21 shots she faced in the game and all three shootout attempts for her eighth career shutout.
After the first two shooters came up empty, Mrázová dazzled the Bulldog faithful and Steffes, dragging the puck away before finally gently poking it into the right post for the lone score of the shootout. It was an impressive sign of things to come for the rookie, who has literally been with the Bulldogs for a week and a half and was skating in just her third collegiate game.
"I knew what I was going to do, this move, I do it all the time," said Mrázová. "It wasn't perfect but it went in."
Both teams will finish up the series tomorrow afternoon at AMSOIL at 3:07 p.m. UMD's players will particpate in "Skate with the Bulldogs" following the game.