|1st||1:58||MND||1-0||EV GW||Katherine McGovern (1)||Michelle L÷wenhielm/8|
|3rd||8:11||MND||2-0||EV||Lara Stalder (5)||Brigette Lacquette/11, Zoe Hickel/7|
|St. Cloud State||0||0||0||0|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||5||8||10||23|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State (6-17-1)||0/3||2/4||0|
|Minnesota Duluth (14-6-3)||0/2||3/6||0|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Julie Friend (L, 4-10-0)||59:11||2||4||13||6||23|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kayla Black (W, 13-6-3)||60:00||0||5||8||10||23|
DULUTH, Minn. - Kayla Black did something on Saturday afternoon that no other goaltender in the history of the University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey had ever done: she recorded her seventh shutout on the season.
Black's job was certainly made easier by the No. 7 Bulldogs, who upended St. Cloud State University 2-0 at AMSOIL Arena and held the Huskies to just 23 shots in the game. But the result not only put Black in the company of some pretty famous past UMD netminders, it also bounced the Bulldogs (14-6-3, 9-6-2) back into third place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
"I thought we got off to a slow today, our feet weren't moving, we didn't play with the energy I thought we would start the game with," said Miller. "But we certainly got a lot better in the second period and had a good third period. I liked it because we used the ice and shared the puck and we got to play everyone on the bench quite a bit."
UMD benefitted from a quick start on scoreboard, however, thanks to sophomore Katherine McGovern's first goal on the season. McGovern, assisted by Michelle Lowenhielm, shot the puck from above the circles and beat SCSU goaltender Julie Friend to her right side 1:58 into the opening period.
Despite outshooting the Huskies 13-8 in the second period, the Bulldogs didn't double their lead until the 8:11 mark of the third period. Senior defenseman Brigette Lacquette drove to the right side of the net and found sophomore center Lara Stalder all alone across the slot to the left side. Stalder one-timed Lacquette's pass past Friend's outstretched blocker to put UMD up 2-0, and the goal also gave Zoe Hickel an assist - her fourth consecutive game with a point.
Black made 23 saves in the outing and along with setting UMD's single-season shutout record, she locked in her 16th career shutout, tying her with former All-American Kim Martin for the second most shutouts. The Bulldogs held the Huskies scoreless on three power play attempts, and Friend turned in 23 saves in the loss.
"I just want to see my team come out and explode out of the gate, I don't know if we have done that yet this year," said Miller. "I can't say it didn't happen in every game for sure, but it's just a problem, and it's in the locker room and you've got to come out of the gate like a race horse and go."
The Bulldogs will get another chance to raise their heart rates from the opening puck drop tomorrow afternoon when they host the Huskies for the last time for this regular season. The game is set to get underway at 3:07 p.m.
BULLDOG NOTES: With her 16 career shutouts, Kayla Black now trails all-time UMD shutout leader Ritta Schaublin by a single shutout ... Schaublin finished her career with 17 over 104 games ... Zoe Hickel has recorded two goals and two assists in her last four skates ... Bridgette Lacquette moved into a tie for the No. 8 for all-time assists by a blue liner with 42.