A blistering offensive start In front of an energetic AMSOIL Arena crowd catapulted the University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey past No. 5 Ohio State University 5-2 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action Friday night. The Bulldogs used four first period goals -- including two power play tallies from sophomore forward Naomi Rogge -- to overpower the Buckeyes early and often.
"Awesome from start to finish," said head coach Maura Crowell after the game. "That's the way we want to play every game. We put a lot of pressure on them right from the start -- fast, aggressive, smart -- and the pucks were going in, so that was just fantastic."
UMD's onslaught of goals started at 6:37 of the first period on Rogge's first power play goal of the evening. Rogge tracked down the puck on the far post and poked the rebound in for the 1-0 power play goal to give UMD the first lead of the game. OSU responded 1:58 later on Gabby Rosenthal goal, but the Bulldogs reclaimed lead just 35 seconds later.
From behind the goal, Rogge threw the puck into the crease, and after it bounced off Ashton Bell, Sydney Brodt backhanded the puck past OSU netminder Andrea Braendi to push the Bulldogs ahead 2-1 at 9:10 of the first period.
A combination between Gabbie Hughes and Anna Klein led to UMD's third goal of the opening stanza. Hughes drove through the left circle and slid a puck cross-crease for Klein to finish one-time from her knees at the 16:30 mark. Klein's goal was followed by Rogge's second power play goal of the night, a put-back off a Jalyn Elmes shot with 21 seconds left in the period. Just like that, the Bulldogs had built a towering 4-1 lead in just under a 14 minute time span.
A quiet second period on the scoreboard gave way to one last heavy offensive push from the Buckeyes, who managed to cut UMD's lead in half at 6:21 on Madison Field's tenth goal of the season. After a UMD penalty at 14:50, OSU put the pressure on goaltender Maddie Rooney by pulling its own goaltender for the six-on-four advantage. The extra skater pressure lasted after the Buckeye power play had expired, but a turnover that Rogge pushed forward to Hughes at the red line resulted in UMD's fifth goal of the night at 17:54, and and with that, the Buckeye comeback hopes were on ice.
Rooney was a stalwart between the pipes for the Bulldogs, and turned away 39 of the 41 shots she faced on the night. Reigning WCHA goaltender of the Week Andrea Braendli had just 11 saves in 20 minutes of action, while Lynsey Wallace had 17 saves for the Buckeyes, who fall to 15-8-0 overall and 9-6-0 in league action.
The Bulldogs (9-10-2, 6-7-2-2) and Buckeyes will finish out the series tomorrow afternoon at 4:07 p.m. at AMSOIL.
BULLDOG NOTES: Naomi Rogge led all scorers with two goals and two assists for four points ... Four players, including Rogge, posted two or more points in the game ... This was the second-straight game the Bulldogs have had four or more different players score goals in a game ... UMD has now scored five goals in back-to-back games for the first time since the Bulldogs posted 5-0 and 6-2 wins, respectively, against St. Cloud State University in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs on Feb. 23-24, 2017.