The University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team left little doubt Saturday night who the best team at the Ice Breaker Tournament was.
The Bulldogs picked up their second win in as many games, defeating Colgate University 3-1 at the Buffalo Harbor Center in Buffalo, N.Y. to stake their claim as the Ice Breaker Tournament champions and improve to 5-3-0 overall.
UMD outscored its opponents 7-2 on the weekend, and sophomore Gabbie Hughes figured in almost half of those goals. Hughes -- with a penchant this season for scoring UMD's first goal of the game -- did just that Saturday to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead 16:02 into the first period.
After finding herself in all alone on Raider goaltender Liz Auby, Kasundra Betinol made it a 2-0 game after the rookie forward roofed her second goal of the tournament 10:11 into the second period. Betinol was assisted by defenseman Maggie Flaherty, her first helper of the season.
Colgate drew within one at 10:04 of the third period, even landing a power play with 1:12 left in regulation. Junior defenseman convert Ashton Bell had other ideas, however, and put UMD up 3-1 with a short-handed goal after a length-long shot hit the back of the empty Raider net at 18:53 to secure the win. Bell's second goal of the year was assisted by Sydney Brodt, her sixth assist (and tenth point) in eight games.
The Bulldogs, fittingly, landed three players on the Ice Break All-Tournament team -- Hughes (3g), Betinol (2g) and goaltender Maddie Rooney, who made 52 saves on 54 shots faced on the weekend. Rooney had 22 saves in Saturday's win, and UMD held the Raiders scoreless in three power play attempts. The Bulldogs outshot Colgate 27-23, and Auby had 24 saves for the Raiders, who fall to 5-3-1 overall.
UMD will skate back into Western Collegiate Hockey Association action next weekend when the host St. Cloud State University at AMSOIL Arena next Friday and Saturday. The series will get underway at 7:07 p.m. Friday.
BULLDOG NOTES: UMD improves to 2-0 against Colgate all-time ... Gabbie Hughes has now recorded a point in every game she has skated in for the Bulldogs this season ... in seven outings, the sophomore center has compiled seven goals and five assists for 12 points, and currently owns a 12-game scoring streak of 10 goals and eight assists for 18 points, dating back to Feb. 22 of this year.