DULUTH, Minn. - Team Russia came to AMSOIL Arena for an exhibition game with the University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team Tuesday night, but it was the Bulldogs that ended up putting on the show.
UMD unloaded five goals in the third period to defeat Team Russia 8-0 in the first of two exhibition skates the two squads will have. The Bulldogs and Team Russia will face each other next Monday, Dec. 2 at AMSOIL in the final leg of Team Russia's college hockey tour.
Junior blueliner Tea Villila, who faced Russia as a member of Team Finland in the IIHF World Championship bronze medal game in April, put the Bulldogs on the board first 8:47 into the first period. Villila's power-play slapshot from the point beat Russian goaltender Nadezhda Alexandrova in traffic glove-side to give UMD the 1-0 advantage. The Bulldogs jumped out to a two goal lead with 2:15 remaining in the opening stanza on a blistering one-time shot from the right face-off circle courtesy of junior defenseman Emma Stauber.
UMD stretched its lead to 3-0 at the 11:30 mark of the second period when senior forward Jamie Kenyon redirected a pass across the slot from freshman blueliner Lara Stalder past Alexandrova.
The Bulldogs buried Team Russia in an avalanche of offense in the third period, with another goal by Kenyon, two tallies from Meghan Huertas and a goal apiece from Zoe Hickel each and Alivia Del Basso.
Despite being outshot 29-27 in the game, UMD's netminder for the night, Sofia Carlstrom turned away all 27 shots she faced.
UMD returns to AMSOIL Friday and Saturday night when Western Collegiate Hockey rival the No. 2 University of Wisconsin comes to town for a two game series. Both games will start at 6:07 p.m.