DULUTH, MInn. - There was no denying the Bulldogs offense Saturday.
One day after rallying in the third period for a game one win, the No. 10 University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team unloaded on St. Cloud State University 6-0 to sweep the Huskies in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action at AMSOIL Arena. The Bulldogs got six goals from five different scorers in their biggest offensive outburst of the season so far.
"We took the momentum from the third period last night and carried it into today," said UMD head coach Maura Crowell. "We converted on a lot more of our shots and we learned a lot about our team last night and fixed what we needed to fix for today."
Kylie Hanley got the scoring party started a mere 1:18 into the skate after the sophomore forward tipped in a shot from the point from Jalyn Elmes through traffic. UMD struck again at 9:54, the work of sophomore center Gabbie Hughes, who the Huskies managed to hold scoreless for the first time this season the previous night. The puck slipped back out after Hughes' initial attempt, but the center tucked the puck past Emma Polusny's left skate for the 2-0 lead midway through the opening period.
UMD -- and specifically Anneke Linser and Hanley -- blew the game open in the second period. While junior defenseman convert Ashton Bell netted a power play goal 37 ticks into the stanza, it was Linser that found the twine on the next two. Linser one-timed UMD's fourth goal from the slot, finishing off a pass from behind the net from Hanley at 7:35. Linser then broke through St. Cloud's backline, went to her forehand and backhand before netting her second straight-goal and third of the series with just six ticks left before intermission to build UMD's lead to 5-0.
Maddie Rooney, who played the first two periods for the Bulldogs, made 17 saves in 40 minutes of action. Emma Soderberg had stops four for UMD, who improves to 7-3-0 overall and 4-2-0 in the WCHA with the sweep. The Huskies had 35 stops from Polusny and fall to 2-8-0 and 0-8-0 in league play.
"I really like our team right now, I really like our depth," said Crowell. "We are getting scoring from everybody and I thought our defense was outstanding tonight and it changed the outcome of the game. We've cleaned up a lot of our d-zone coverage, things we were dealing with earlier in the season and I like our maturity. There's a lot of hockey left to play and a lot of places we can improve but we are happy with where we are right now."
The Bulldogs will get a much deserved break from outside competition next weekend, and will return to WCHA action on Nov. 15-16 when UMD travels to Columbus, Ohio to face Ohio State University.
BULLDOG NOTES: UMD swept St. Cloud State for the first time since Nov. 3-4, 2017 ... all-time the Bulldogs are now 68-14-6 against the Huskies ... sophomore forwards Anneke Linser and Kylie Hanley led all scorers on the weekend ... Linser had three goals and an assist for four points in the series, while Hanley had a goal and three assists ... the Bulldogs outshot SCSU 94-42 on the weekend, and have now outshot the Huskies 285-131 in their last six skates.