|1st||13:36||MND||1-0||PP||Ashton Bell (3)||Jalyn Elmes/3, Michelle L÷wenhielm/1|
|3rd||4:45||MIN||1-1||EV||Sophie Skarzynski (3)||Jackie Pieper/1, Patti Marshall/7|
|3rd||16:24||MIN||2-1||EV GW||Caitlin Reilly (6)||Patti Marshall/8, Emily Brown/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota Duluth (2-6-0)||1/1||2/4||0|
|Alex Gulstene (W, 2-1-1)||60:00||1||11||6||9||26|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Jessica Convery (L, 2-4-0)||59:33||2||8||9||2||19|
DULUTH, Minn. - Just ask the AMSOIL Arena goal posts how unlucky the Bulldogs currently are.
The No. 8 University of Minnesota Duluth couldn't get a puck to bounce its way against the No. 7 University of Minnesota, and unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Gophers capitalized for the 2-1 win Saturday afternoon. With the win, Minnesota sweeps the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series to improve to 5-2-1, 2-1-1 in league play, while UMD falls to 2-6-0, still in search of its first WCHA win at 0-4-0.
It appeared the Bulldogs had turned their luck in the first period when they struck first on their nationally ranked power play. Ashton Bell finished off a passing sequence between Michelle Lowenhielm and Jalyn Elmes, slotting the puck blocker side of Gopher netminder Alex Gulstene to take the 1-0 lead at 13:36.
The second period was scoreless, despite four goal posts by the Bulldogs, including two from Naomi Rogge. UMD's pipe hits forced two official reviews, including one from Rogge that beat Gulstene and hit both the post and crossbar, but after two periods of play, UMD had just a 1-0 game to show for its offensive effort.
Minnesota equalizes at 4:45 of the third period, courtesy of a buried rebound by Sophie Skarzynski. Then, despite a Bulldog final stanza shots on goal count of 9-4, the Gophers took the lead for good when Caitlin Reilly finished a long rebound for the game-winner at 16:24.
Just as in every game UMD has skated in this season, the Bulldogs outshot Minnesota 27-21 in the game and kept the Gophers scoreless in two power play attempts - including one with 2:17 remaining in regulation. In all, the Bulldogs were a perfect 4-of-4 on their penalty kill and scored on the lone power attempt they had on the afternoon.
Senior goaltender Jessica Convery had 19 saves for UMD, while her counterpart in the Minnesota net, Gulstene, had 26.
The Bulldogs will travel to Bemidji State University next Friday and Saturday. Both games are slated to start at 3:07 p.m.
BULLDOG NOTES: UMD owns the second-best power play in the WCHA at 24.1 percent and sits tenth in the NCAA with seven power goals in 29 attempts ... Ashton Bell's goal puts her in a tie with Naomi Rogge for a team-high three goals.