The University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team scored early and often in its 2021-22 debut Friday night, defeating Minnesota State University, Mankato 7-0 at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in Mankato, Minn. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association blowout was the biggest margin of victory in a season opener for a Bulldog side since UMD throttled the University of Connecticut 7-0 back on October 4, 2013.
Senior forward Naomi Rogge led all scorers with four points on two goals and two assists, and three other players registered three points -- senior center Gabbie Hughes (2g, 1a), senior winger Anna Klein (1g, 2a), and Élizabeth Giguère (3a). In all, eight different players notched points in the win.
Rogge got the offense rolling 6:30 into the first period, and senior forward Taylor Anderson doubled UMD's lead to 2-0 at the 12:28 of the opening frame. Rogge struck again in the second period, netting a power play tally at the 6:41 mark. Hughes first goal of the season came at 15:32, and pushed the Bulldogs to 4-0 after 40 minutes of play.
Klein rang up her first goal of the year on the power play at 3:01 of the third period, followed by Hughes second tally of the night 1:44 later. Senior blueliner Maggie Flaherty iced the offensive cake at 11:44, bringing the UMD sum total of goals to seven.
Senior goaltender Emma Soderberg made 14 saves in her seventh career shutout, and the Bulldogs outshot the Mavericks 41-14 overall in the skate. UMD went 2-of-8 on its power play while holding the Mavericks scoreless in their lone attempt. Calle Frank had 34 saves for MSU, who fell to 0-1 in the WCHA and 2-1 overall on the young season.
The Bulldogs will hit the ice looking for their first sweep of the year tomorrow afternoon against the Mavericks. The opening face-off is set for 3:01 p.m.