BULLDOGS SET FOR SHOWDOWN WITH DEFENDING CHAMPION NO. 1 MINNESOTA AT AMSOIL ARENA
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team gets its first look at defending champion and current No. 1 University of Minnesota this weekend when the Gophers pay a visit to AMSOIL Arena. WIth an undefeated 10-0-0 record on the line for Minnesota, the Bulldogs are looking for redemption after watching the Gophers celebrate their title on AMSOIL ice last March. Game-time for both Friday and Saturday night’s game are set for 7:07 pm
UMD NOTES VS. MINNESOTA
THE SERIES: The Bulldogs are 24-32-6 all-time against the Gophers, the only program in the NCAA that UMD is sub .500 against. Against Minnesota last season, the Bulldogs went 1-4 overall and have gone 4-9-1 against the Gophers since beating them in the semifials of the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four at Ridder Arena.
The two teams last met in AMSOIL in the WCHA’s Final Face-Off semifinal last year on March 3. Minnesota won 2-0, but the Gopher’s second goal came with just six seconds remaining and on an empty net.
After a scoreless first period, Minnesota used a power play wth 44 seconds left in the second stanza to take the 1-0 and eventual game-winning lead. Jennifer Harss made 34 saves for UMD in the contest.
A bigger upside for the Bulldogs is that while UMD has struggled in Minnesota’s home ice of Ridder Arena since it opened in 2002-03 with a record of 7-17-3, Duluth has been good to the Bulldogs against the Gophers. UMD is 15-11-2 on Duluth ice all-time, who have managed to sweep the Bulldogs just once at home in program history, back on Oct. 26-27, 2007.
In fact, UMD is has swept Minnesota in Duluth in two of their last three series over the past three years. In those past six games at home and sporting a 5-1 record, the Bulldogs have outscored the Gophers 17-10. Throw in the 2012 WCHA playoff game and UMD still owns a 5-2 record against Minnesota and a 17-12 goal advantage in Duluth since the 2009-10 season.
LAST WEEK: UMD gained a split out in Chestnut Hill, Mass. last week against No. 6 Boston College. The Bulldogs are now 5-2 all-time against the Eagles after holding off BC Thursday night with a 3-2 triumph. Using a goal from Brigette Lacquette and Zoe Hickel in the first two periods, and a tally from Shara Jasper with 14 minutes left in the third period, UMD owned a 3-0 advantage before the Eagles stormed back. BC scored with less than 10 minutes in the game and then with just 1:29 on the clock to put a scare into the Bulldogs before UMD held on behind a career-best 39 saves by Kayla Black. Friday night the Bulldogs jumped out ahead again with a power-play goal by Jenna McParland 11:06 into the first period, but the second period was uncharted waters for the Bulldogs. Prior to Friday’s game, UMD had not surrendered a single goal in the second period, but the Eagles netted two Friday, one at 7:41 and then a power play tally at 11:46 to take the lead for good in the skate. BC scored another power play goal 47 seconds into the third stanza -- another rarity for the Bulldogs to give up this season -- and despite a goal by Jasper at 8:08 to spark UMD, the Bulldogs couldn’t beat BC goaltender Corrine Boyles. UMD outshot the Eagles 13-8 in the final period but BC outshot the Bulldogs 26-23 in the game.
NOTES FROM THE BOSTON COLLEGE SERIES: UMD is now 5-2 all-time against the Eagles and 3-1 in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Bulldogs are 17-3 all-time against Hockey East opponents and their loss against BC last Friday was the first setback for the Bulldogs and the conference since UMD’s inaugural season (1999-00).
--Friday’s game was also the first time all season the Bulldogs surrendered a goal in the second period (they surrendered two).
WINBERG JOINS THE 100-POINT CLUB: Pernilla Winberg became the 17th Bulldog to reach the 100 career point milestone last Thursday night with an assist in the second period. Winberg, a native of Malmo, Sweden, has 37 goals and 63 assist over her career. She is now the third player on UMD’s current squad to hit the 100-point mark, with Jessica Wong reaching it back on Oct. 7th and Audrey Cournoyer hitting it last February.
INJURY-BITTEN BULLDOGS: If it appears UMD has caught a major injury bug this season, that’s because the Bulldogs have.
Seven of UMD’s 19 skaters have missed at least a game, with five players having missed four or more games. With Pernilla Winberg listed as day-to-day for the weekend, the Bulldogs could be faced with an eigth player out of the line-up after just eight games this season.
While UMD has gotten some of their players cleared for games and back in the line-up, anywhere from 5-7 players are forced to miss practice and limit ice time during the week due to injury recovery, including power play quarterback Jessica Wong. Wong has yet to miss a game this season, but has also yet to skate an entire week due to some ice time restrictions for the senior captain.
UMD has been without senior forward and returning leading scorer Audrey Cournoyer for the past four games due to injury.
BULLDOG NOTES: Jenna McParland leads UMD in scoring with six points on two goals and four assists in seven games...both blueliner Jessica Wong and center Katie Wilson are tied for second with two goals and two assists for four points...UMD’s three goals against BC last Thursday was a season-high...It was the first time in program history it has taken UMD seven games to score three goals in a game, and the first time in program history UMD has not compiled at least five goals in three games or less...UMD is 3-1 against teams ranked in the top-10 so far this season but ironically enough, all four of the Bulldogs 2012-13 opponents have been ranked in the top-10 at some point this season...UMD is 3-0-1 this season when it is up after the second period...McParland leads UMD with a plus/minus rating of +5...Shara Jasper, who along with McParland is also on a two-game scoring streak, ranks second with a +4 rating.
HONORING TITLE IX: UMD will recognize the 40th anniversary of Title IX with a ceremonial puck drop before the game Saturday to commemorate the 40th anniversary and celebrate women’s athletics and the eight combined NCAA national championships of the Bulldogs and Gophers women’s hockey programs. Joni Comstock, Senior Vice President for NCAA Championships and Alliances, Roberta Page, Director of NCAA Championships and Alliances, and Chancellor Black will be on the ice for the ceremonial puck drop.
OTHER WEEKEND NOTES: Friday is UMD Student Night - 1st 200 UMD Students in attendance will receive a free t-shirt courtesy of Stauber Brothers. UMD students in attendance will have an opportunity to win prizes, giveaways and a chance to attend a pizza party in the Hall of Fame Suite.
Saturday the 1st 250 fans in attendance will receive a free souvenir game puck courtesy of UMD Stores.
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