WCHA Game Recap

Senior forward Anna Klein posted two goals and an assist for the Bulldogs
Klein's Three Points Propel Minnesota Duluth Past Ohio State, 5-2
Senior forward Anna Klein posted two goals and an assist for the Bulldogs

Box Score

On a night where Anna Klein cemented her scoring ability into the program record books, the rest of the University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team forcefully upended the national rankings.

The No. 8/9 Bulldogs stunted the nation's top offense and knocked off No. 2 Ohio State University 5-2 at AMSOIL Arena in UMD's first game in front of a Duluth, Minn. crowd in 47 days. The Buckeyes, who entered the weekend on an eight-game winning streak and with the nation's best 5.19 goals per game average, gave up a season-high five goals to the Bulldogs, who cashed in three goals in the opening 10 minutes of the game.

"I'm thrilled with the way we played, especially in the first period, you know we haven't been home since mid October," said UMD head coach Maura Crowell, who is now 11-2 at home against OSU. "It's only our third home series and you know, we talked about being good at home and we showed it and that's how we want to play all the time. We hadn't done that yet, so I'm really proud of the way we came out today in the first and kept it going throughout the whole game."

UMD's offense exploded almost immediately, and 1:45 into the game, senior Naomi Rogge tucked in her sixth goal of the season, assuring Taylor Anderson's effort past the goal line for the 1-0 lead. A little over six minutes later, Taylor Stewart's blast popped up off Andrea Braendli's blocker, and Mannon McMahon kept the puck alive for Anneke Linser on the doorstep for Linser's second goal of the year and UMD's second of the night at 8:01.

Only 2:20 later, UMD's defense led to offense when Gabbie Hughes carried the puck up the right boards from her own end, skating it to OSU's zone before sliding it across to Klein. Klein went backhand to forehand and then five-hole for her 10th goal of the season, but importantly, her 51st career goal, drawing her to 99 career points. In just 10:21 minutes played, the Bulldogs already had scored as many goals on OSU as the Buckeyes had given up in a single game in all their previous 16 outings.

Klein and the Bulldogs extended their lead to 4-0 12:19 into the second period. Hughes found a streaking Elizabeth Giguere, and Giguere's rebound ended up on Klein's stick. Klein again went five-hole, this time on OSU's Amanda Thiele, to complete her march to 100 career points. With her second goal of the contest, Klein became the 22nd member of UMD's exclusive 100 career point club.

"I mean it's super super cool and I'm so grateful that I was able to come back for a fifth year," said Klein after the game. "I think that's awesome, especially after last year's short season, but I couldn't have done it without my teammates, without the coaching staff, without everyone in this program and I'm just very thankful I decided to come to school here honestly."

The nation's top offense wasn't going away empty-handed, however, and 2:50 into the third period, the Buckeyes caught a break when Jennifer Gardiner's pass from behind the net deflected off Emma Soderberg and into the net. OSU drew the game to 4-2 with an empty-net extra skater at 16:42, but UMD closed any talk of a comeback down at 18:20 when Giguere smacked in a Klein rebound that came off the boards to push the Bulldogs back up 5-2.

The Bulldogs, outshot in the skate 41-28, held OSU's nation-leading power play scoreless in three attempts, while the Buckeyes kept UMD's second-best power play without a goal for the first time in six games (0-of-3). Soderberg was outstanding between the pipes for UMD, making a season-high 39 saves.

The Bulldogs (8-5, 7-4) will return to AMSOIL Saturday to put the wraps on their last home series of 2021. The puck will drop against the Buckeyes (14-3, 12-3) at 3:01 p.m.

BULLDOG NOTES: Anna Klein became the 22nd player in UMD history to record 100 or more points, and is the second player this season to reach the mark (Gabbie Hughes was the other) ... In all, UMD currently has three players who have posted 100 or more points over their college careers (Klein, Hughes and Elizabeth Giguere) ... Klein now has 52 career goals and 49 assists for 101 points ... Hughes has 51 goals and 77 assists for 134 points, while Giguere has 106 goals and 152 assists for 258 career points ... Hughes extended her current scoring streak to eight games and has compiled four goals and 14 assists for 18 points over her last seven skates ... This marks the longest-scoring streak in her career in a single season...(Hughes' longest total scoring streak began on Feb. 22, 2019 of her rookie year and ran all the way into the following season, ending on Nov. 1, 2019. Over those 12-straight games, Hughes recorded 10 goals and eight assists for 18 points.)