|1st||16:46||MND||1-0||EV GW||Lara Stalder (18)||Michelle L÷wenhielm/5|
|3rd||13:35||MND||2-0||PP||Sidney Morin (7)||Ashleigh Brykaliuk/20, Katherine McGovern/14|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|North Dakota (13-10-6)||0/2||6/12||0|
|Minnesota Duluth (19-4-4)||1/6||2/4||0|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Lexie Shaw (L, 12-8-6)||60:00||2||10||14||9||33|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Maddie Rooney (W, 19-4-4)||59:55||0||8||6||10||24|
DULUTH, Minn. - The second-ranked University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team stayed right on script Friday afternoon at AMSOIL Arena with a 2-0 shutout over the University of North Dakota.
The Bulldogs, who are currently in the midst of an unbeaten run of 6-0-1 in 2017, also own a 164:53 minute, eight-period shutout streak that started in the first period of their game against Ohio State University back on Jan. 27. Since then, UMD goaltender Maddie Rooney has stopped 58-straight opponents shots on goal.
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association's current Offensive Player of the Month (and week), Lara Stalder, put the Bulldogs on the board 16:46 into the first period. Stalder was sprung at the blueline by Michelle Lowenhielm, and the senior forward walked in on Fighting Hawk goaltender Lexie Shaw without resistance before finally backhanding the puck up and over Shaw.
UMD struck again midway through the third period on the power play, the result of a wrist shot from the circle by Sidney Morin. Morin buried a pass from Ashleigh Brykaliuk, beating Shaw short side. The goal not only handed the Bulldogs the 2-0 lead at 13:35, but extended Brykaliuk's current scoring streak to 18 games (10-15= 25).
"It's pretty cool, it's fun playing with these guys," said Brykaliuk when asked about the current streak. "We have a really good team this year and all the points are getting shared around, so everyone's helping each other out. Luckily the team's just playing really well."
The Bulldogs outshot North Dakota 35-24, and went just 1-of-6 on their power play. Rooney finished the game with 24 saves in her fifth shutout of the season and the seventh of her career. Shaw had 33 saves for the Fighting Hawks, who fall to 13-10-6 and 10-8-5 in the WCHA.
Rooney - who has played the second most minutes in the nation so far this season at 1630:57 - has now cracked the top-10 for goaltender minutes played in a season in program history, and is just 39 minutes short of the ninth spot.
Saturday will feature UMD's annual 'Cram the AM' promotion, where Bulldog fans will get a free ticket with a food item. Tickets for the 3:07 p.m. game will otherwise be just $1 at the door.
BULLDOG NOTES: Maddie Rooney's pursuit of the single-season record for goaltender minutes played will need the postseason ... Jennifer Harss manned the pipes for a program-best 2386:51 minutes during the 2009-10 NCAA title-winning 39 game season ... Rooney's teammate last season, Kayla Black, owns the second spot with 2079:58 minutes over 36 games, set during the 2014-15 season.