DULUTH, Minn. - The University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team extended its home-ice unbeaten streak to eight games Friday afternoon with a 3-1 win over Quinnipiac University at AMSOIL Arena.
The Bulldogs -- who have not lost at home since Oct. 5 -- their only home setback of the season -- fell behind midway through the first period after the Bobcats' Lexie Adzila found the back of the net through traffic.
"Good teams find different ways to win," said head coach Maura Crowell after the game. " Last weekend we won with a lot of goals, this one was more of a defensive battle, coming from behind. It's important for us to continue to do that and figure out ways to win. It was a really good finish to a hard fought game."
After Quinnipiac outshot the Bulldogs 11-7 in the opening stanza, UMD flipped the game's momentum at 6:02 of the second period. On a delayed penalty call with an extra skater -- rookie defenseman Lizi Norton finished off a passing sequence from Ashton Bell and Maggie Flaherty to strike from the left circle, drawing UMD even at 1-1.
Bell then walked into the high slot on her own to beat Bobcat goaltender Abbie Ives high for the 2-1 lead at the 13:48 mark. Energized by two goals, UMD also turned up the shots on Quinnipiac, and put 14 pucks on net to the Bobcats seven in the frame.
UMD added goal number three early in the third period, the first collegiate goal for freshman forward Kylie Hanley. Hanley backhanded a cross-crease pass from Ryleigh Houston at 4:24 to stretch the Bulldogs lead to 3-1. Despite over three minutes of Bobcat play with an extra skater late in the games, UMD held, and finished the game having outshot Quinnipiac 29-24.
Bulldog goaltender Maddie Rooney had 23 saves, while Ives had 26 for the Bobcats, who fall to 8-14-13 overall. UMD had an infraction-free skate -- its first since Sept. 20, 2017.
UMD (11-10-2) will put the wraps on the longest homestand so far of the season tomorrow afternoon when it hits the ice for game two against Quinnipiac at 3:07 p.m.
BULLDOG NOTES: With Kylie Hanley's goal, all seven of UMD's freshmen skaters have notched a goal and three or more points ... Ashton Bell has now recorded a point in her last five games, posting eight points on three goals and five assists over that span ... The Bulldogs are now 35-13-4 against ECAC opponents, and 1-2 this season ... Friday's win was just the second time this season UMD has come back to win after trailing at the end of the first period.