DULUTH, Minn. - It's probably safe to say that Naomi Rogge has her scoring touch back.
The sophomore forward from Eden Prairie, Minn. found it just in time to dismantle Bemidji State University with two goals Saturday -- her third and fourth tallies on the weekend. Rogge's goals were all the No. 5 University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team would need to beat the Beavers 2-0 at AMSOIL Arena for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association sweep, UMD's second sweep on the young season.
Sophomore forward Ashton Bell set up Rogge twice Saturday, chipping the puck from mid ice on both occasions to free her linemate up -- literally. Bell -- who had three assists on Rogge goals against BSU in the series -- found Rogge at the blueline for the game's first score at 3:42 of the first period. Then, with just 1:07 remaining in the same frame, Bell again chipped the puck up to Rogge, who collected it from the redline, skate into the zone and beat BSU goaltender Lauren Bench just over the pad for the 2-0 lead.
"It was awesome to see this line get going, they've wanted to get in on the action, and I knew it was only a matter of time," said UMD head coach Maura Crowell about the Rogge - Bell -- Sydney Brodt line. "They've played against some of the best lines in the country for the first few weeks, so it takes a toll on the offense, but they took care of business this week."
Two goals were more than enough for the Bulldogs, who got solid goaltending from junior goaltender Maddie Rooney in her first collegiate shutout since Feb. 23, 2017 (a 6-0 win over St. Cloud State University WCHA quarterfinals). Rooney -- who had her first career assist on UMD's second goal -- stopped all 24 shots she faced, robbing the Beavers of legitimate scoring opportunities. As a team, the Bulldogs stayed away from the box, and held BSU scoreless in its lone power play. Bench had 29 saves for the Beavers, who fall to 0-6 and 0-2 in the WCHA.
UMD improves to 4-3-1 and 2-3-1-1 in WCHA play, and will stay in league action next week when it heads to St. Cloud, Minn. to face St. Cloud State. The Bulldogs will hit the ice at 6:07 p.m. Friday before wrapping up the series Saturday with a 3:07 p.m. puck drop.
BULLDOG NOTES: UMD's eight goal weekend was the most goals the Bulldogs have scored in a series since UMD dropped 11 on St. Cloud State in the WCHA quatrerfinals on Feb. 23-34, 2017 ... Maddie Rooney's assist was the first by a UMD goaltender since Kayla Black had a helper back on Jan. 24, 2015 against Connecticut ... Naomi Rogge's four-goal, five point series currently paces all WCHA scorers so far this weekend... Rogge's four-goals puts her in a two-way tie with rookie Gabbie Hughes for goals ... both players have six points on four goals and two assists ... Rogge, along with Hughes and Ryleigh Houston (3g, 3a) and Sydney Brodt (1g, 5a) lead UMD with six points.