|2nd||4:11||MNW||1-0||EV||Monique Lamoureux||Hannah Brandt, Kendall Coyne|
|2nd||7:18||MNW||2-0||EV||Hannah Brandt||Kendall Coyne, Chelsey Rosenthal|
|2nd||11:27||MNW||3-0||EV GW||Stephanie Anderson||Kendall Coyne, Monique Lamoureux|
|3rd||0:47||MNW||4-0||EV||Kendall Coyne||Hannah Brandt|
|3rd||7:03||MND||1-4||EV||Sydney Brodt||Ashleigh Brykaliuk|
|3rd||12:48||MNW||5-1||EV||Kendall Coyne||Monique Lamoureux, Hannah Brandt|
|3rd||19:58.4||MND||2-5||PP EA||Demi Crossman||Ashleigh Brykaliuk, Sydney Brodt|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota Whitecaps Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Shelby Amsley-Benzie (W)||59:58||2||13||10||12||35|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Catherine Johnson (L)||30:08||3||0||7||4||11|
The No. 5 University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team hit the ice for the first time in almost a month Saturday afternoon in its 5-2 exhibition loss against the Minnesota Whitecaps.
The Bulldogs - who last skated against an opponent back on Dec. 10 - was without six rostered players in the line-up. Five of those players - including leading scorer senior forward Lara Stalder - were in Fussen, Germany for the The Nations Cup that ran from Wednesday, Jan. 4 through Saturday Jan. 7.
UMD outshot the Whitecaps in the first and third stanzas, but after a scoreless first period, the Bulldogs surrendered two goals in the opening 7:18 of the second period. Overall, the Bulldogs trailed 3-0 after 40 minutes of play and 4-0 after Kendall Coyne scored just 47 seconds into the final stanza.
Rookie forward Sydney Brodt finished off a breakaway from Ashleigh Brykaliuk at the 7:03 mark of the third period to put UMD on the board, but Coyne scored her fifth point of the game at 12:48 to give the Whitecaps a 4-1 advantage. Senior forward Demi Crossman buried the puck off a face-off play with two seconds remaining in regulation to record UMD's second - and only other goal - in the skate.
Brykaliuk (2a) and Brodt (1g, 1a) each led the Bulldogs with two points, while seven players recorded four shots. UMD outshot the Whitecaps 37-26 in the game, including 14-6 in the third period.
Both goaltenders manned the pipes for the Bulldogs, with Maddie Rooney having posted 10 saves in 29:50 of action and Catherine Johnson stopping 11 shots in 30:08 minutes.
UMD will welcome the No. 2 University of Minnesota next weekend in its first Western Collegiate Hockey Association action of 2017. The Friday-Saturday series will get underway at 3 p.m. both days.
BULLDOG NOTES: UMD was without Lara Stalder (Switzerland), Michelle Lowenhielm, Maria Lindh, Linnea Hedin (Sweden) and Katerina Mrázová (Czech Republic) ... All five players skated in The Nations Cup ... two former Bulldogs skated for the Whitecaps - former All-American Jenny Potter and defenseman Emma Stauber.