The No. 6/7 University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team scored four goals over a four minute span in the second period to offensively unbalance St. Cloud State University and eventually defeat the Huskies 5-1 at AMSOIL Arena Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs, who currently own the nation's most potent offense, had 10 players register points, including four different goal scorers in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association clash.
"Great sweep of the weekend," said UMD head coach Maura Crowell. "I don't know what it was this weekend, but our second periods were fantastic. A lot of quick goals, a lot of momentum off of the first ones that go in and then we sort of roll from there. Really happy with a really complete weekend for us and excited about those wins."
While the Huskies were able to keep the Bulldogs off the scoresheet in the first period, UMD shelled St. Cloud with a 17-4 shots on goal advantage. Gabbie Hughes finally broke the Emma Polusny dam at 5:12 of the second period, shoveling in rebound for her first goal of the season. From there, the Bulldogs ripped off three more goals in less than three minutes, with senior forward Anna Klein curling a McKenzie Revering rebound around Polusny at 7:44 for the 2-0 lead. Klein then found a streaking Naomi Rogge 43 seconds later, and Rogge went five-hole to put the Bulldogs up 3-0. Clara Van Wieren scored 50 seconds after Rogge, burying a rebound from McKenzie Hewett, and just like that, UMD's offensive flex had opened up a 4-0 lead on the Huskies.
After 76:17 minutes, St. Cloud finally netted its first goal of the weekend on Jenniina Nylund's first goal of the season at 16:17 of the third period. But Van Wieren struck one final time less than two minutes later for her second goal of the game and third of the series, and with that, the Bulldogs stamped a 5-1 win into the books.
"We needed to make a statement, we wanted redemption from last weekend and it didn't matter who was coming into our house," said Revering. "We needed to make a statement and that's what we did. We are super excited to take that step forward."
Polusny finished with 50 saves after UMD outshot the Huskies a blistering 55-21. Junior goaltender Emma Soderberg had nine saves in two periods of action, while freshman Jojo Chobak made 11 stops in 20 minutes -- and added an assist -- in her first collegiate ice time with the Bulldogs.
UMD is scheduled to head to Madison, Wisconsin next weekend to play the top-ranked University of Wisconsin at LaBahn Arena. Game times are set for 2:07 p.m. for both Friday and Saturday.
BULLDOG NOTES: UMD retakes the NCAA scoring lead from Boston College with the win and five goals, and now leads the country with 24 goals in six games for a 4.00 goals per game average ... Naomi Rogge (4g, 5a) and Anna Klein (6g, 4a) each extended their 2020-21 scoring streaks to six games long, which ties a career-best for Rogge and was already career-long for Klein ... Klein leads the nation with six goals and a 1.00 G/GP average, as well as with 10 points and two game-winning tallies ... The Bulldogs have five of the top-10 scorers in the country with Klein, Rogge in third (4-5=9), Ashton Bell in fifth (2-5=7), and Clara Van Wieren (5-1=6) and Gabbie Hughes (1-5=6) both tied for ninth ... The Bulldogs own the top-seven scoring slots in the WCHA ... UMD's 55 shots on goal was the highest total in six seasons the Bulldogs have posted during a game that ends in regulation... (UMD had 73 against last season in a four overtime skate against Bemidji State University).