ARLINGTON, Va. - The No. 6/7 University of Minnesota Duluth leaned heavily on its seasoned offensive leaders Saturday, and they more than delivered when it mattered most.
The Bulldogs overcame a two-goal deficit to win 4-3 in overtime against St. Lawrence University at the MedStar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia on the second day of the D1 in DC event.
"I'm proud of the way we played," said head coach Maura Crowell, who picked up her 200th career coaching win Saturday. "I certainly wanted us to be mentally tougher, and I think we showed that we were ready for the calls a little bit more today than we were yesterday. I also think we showed a little more discipline, and battling back being down 3-1 and coming away with a 4-3 win on the road on day two was really good for us as a team to earn."
Anna Klein cashed in UMD's first goal -- and made her own history -- 5:27 into the first period. The senior winger corralled the puck off the boards, passed it to Elizabeth Giguere below the goal line and got it back, splitting two defenseman in the process. Klein then skated around SLU goaltender Lucy Morgan and buried the puck for her 50th career goal -- the 15th player in program history to score 50 or more goals.
The Saints took advantage of two power plays and netted two goals at 9:12 and 14:25 of the period to take a 2-1 lead. The Bulldogs then fell behind 3-1 when SLU tacked on another goal at 1:52 of the second period.
UMD used its nationally-ranked power play to claw back, however, and McKenzie Hewett popped in a loose puck (her third goal in as many games) at 4:40 to trigger the Bulldogs offensive comeback. Less than a minute later, Giguere skated the puck into SLU's zone and centered to Gabbie Hughes in the slot. Hughes went five-hole for her eighth goal of the season and more importantly, game-tying tally to draw UMD even with the Saints at 3-3.
A scoreless third period led to overtime, where the Bulldogs began the 3-on-3 on a power play that gave them a fourth skater. It took just 46 seconds for Hughes to play the puck down to Klein at the bottom of the circle, and for Klein to find Giguere on the back post for the game-winner, pushing the Bulldogs past SLU 4-3.
Klein and Giguere led the Bulldogs with a goal and two assists for three points, while Hughes added a goal and an assist for two points. Nara Elia led the Saints with three points on a goal and two assists.
Emma Soderberg made 20 saves for UMD, who outshot SLU 30-23 and went 2-of-5 on its power play. Morgan had 26 stops for the Saints, who had two power play goals in six attempts, and fell to 7-7-4 on the season.
UMD improved to 7-5-0 overall, and will return to AMSOIL Arena for the first time since mid-October next weekend to host the No. 2 Ohio State University. The Friday-Saturday series gets underway Friday at 6:00 p.m.
BULLDOG NOTES: Anna Klein became the 15th member of the 50 goal club Saturday, joining teammate Gabbie Hughes, who reached the milestone Oct. 1, 2021 ... Klein now has 50 career goals to go with 48 assists, and is now just two points shy of the 100 point club ... Hughes extended her scoring streak to seven games ... the senior center has now recorded four goals and 11 assists for 15 points over that span -- a more than two points a game average ... UMD head coach Maura Crowell picked up her 200th career Saturday ... Crowell has 107 wins at UMD over the last seven seasons.