The #6 University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team hosts the #3 University of Minnesota in a Friday-Saturday matinee series at AMSOIL Arena, a clash of two top-10 teams, each with significant unbeaten streaks Club games drive before Western Collegiate Hockey. The Bulldogs will go into the showdown unbeaten in nine games while the Gophers are the last 10 winners. Both games, a series with serious playoff implications, begin at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
UMD, which hosts its annual alumni weekend, will also honor its 2003 NCAA title team as it approaches the 20th anniversary of the NCAA’s only three-peat Division I collegiate women’s hockey champion, as well as its 2008 at Duluth , Minn, won NCAA title. in the DECC Arena.
Date: 27-238 January 2023, 3:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Page? site: AMSOIL Arena (6,600) Duluth, Minnesota.
UMD: 19-6-1 (13-6-1)
Minnesota: 20-3-2 (17-2-2)
TV: My9 (both days) Fox9+ (Saturday only) Radio: KDAL, 610 p.m
Live Stats: https://umdbulldogs.com/sidearmstats/whockey/summary
THE SERIES: The all-time UMD streak totals currently stand at 32-68-10 against Minnesota and 3-7 in their last 10 matches.
In the final series between the two sides on November 4-5, UMD were defeated by then-No. 1 Minnesota at Ridder Arena 3-2 (overtime) on Friday and 5-3 on Saturday.
On Friday night, the Gophers scored twice in the first six minutes, but in the second game Gabi Krause halved the deficit at 5:24 of the second half. Nina Jobst Smith Ties then went to a 2-2 draw with a power play goal 3:03 into the third period. Minnesota finally scored just 15 seconds after overtime to thwart UMD’s comeback in a 3-2 win. Emma Soderberg had 29 saves for the Bulldogs.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs were unable to overcome the Gophers’ multiple goal deficit. Minnesota batted first in the first 35 seconds to go 2-0 before that Maggie Flaherty scored her second power play goal at 5:51 to draw UMD 2-1 within one.
Minnesota then scored three unanswered goals in a span of just over four minutes in the second half to open a 5-1 lead over UMD. The Bulldogs got goals from Mannon McMahon out at 6:26 of the third period and a power play count Clara Van Wieren 30 seconds before the end to the 5:3 final score.
Söderberg played 31:24 minutes and made 12 saves as a rookie in that span of time Hailey MacLeodwho only competed in the Bulldog jersey for the second time, had 15 saves and no goals against the 27:54 game.
Gabby Hugheswho uncharacteristically had just one assist last series, leads the Bulldogs with 21 career points against Minnesota (11g, 10a) in 20 skates, averaging 1.05 ppg against the Gophers.
NOTE: Minnesota’s five goals against UMD on November 5 was a season high for the Bulldogs and the most goals conceded by the UMD since the Gophers scored five in the WCHA Final Faceoff semifinals last March (losing 5-1) .
–UMD scored three of his five goals on the series’ power play.
HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHT OF UMD-MINN: In two programs as storied as UMD and Minnesota, several moments qualify as historic, and the recent postseason meeting between the teams certainly ticks that box.
2022 NCAA Regional Finals: Last spring, UMD defeated then-No. 2 University of Minnesota 2-1 on Saturday at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota to advance to their second Frozen Four in as many seasons on March 12, 2022.
Despite being 1-0 down at 9:50 in the first period, UMD fought back and equalized at 14:48 in the second period with a second-period goal Mannon McMahon. The Bulldogs then finally took the lead at 5:24 after a snipe from the right circle Gabby Hughesher fourth goal of the NCAA tournament in two games.
Emma Soderberg had 37 saves for UMD.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE GOPHERS: Taylor Heise leads Minnesota with 47 points in 25 games while Grace Zumwinkle has the top team with 21 goals. Skylar Vetter has logged the most Minnesota minutes between the whistle with a record of 17-3-2 and five shutouts. The Gophers currently lead the WCHA by two points over Ohio State (53 to 51).
LAST TIME-OUT: UMD clinched its second straight series win and seventh of the season against St. Thomas last Saturday and Sunday in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, 3-0, 5-1.
On Saturday night, UMD knocked out the Tommies for their ninth shutout of the season and seventh Emma Soderberg. Anneke Linser Buch finished through a power play goal Naomi Ryewith a goal at 10:24 in the first period and 18:29 in the third, while Rogge scored at 1:50 in the third period.
But the night was part of it Gabby Hughes, whose pass between the skates off the boards to Linser on the game’s first goal propelled her career to 200 points, only the seventh player to ever reach that mark in program history.
On Saturday it was more Rogge and plenty of offense in the fifth year, with two goals from Rogge in the first period on either side of Linser’s record at 8:23 of the first for a 3-0 lead after one. UMD added a goal of Clara Van Wieren in the second period and another in the third through Taylor Anderson, for the eighth time this season, UMD has accumulated five or more points. Söderberg had 18 saves in the afternoon.
NOTES FROM THE ST. THOMAS SERIES: UMD achieved an all-time 7-0-1 against the Tommies in the two seasons that the two programs went neck and neck and went 3-0-1 in the current regular season. UMD surpassed UST 17-3 in four games but beat them 186-60 this season.
–In all eight games combined, the Bulldogs have beaten the Tommies 20-5.
–UMD kept UST scoreless on 10 power play attempts in the series.
– The Bulldogs sweep was their seventh of the season, the biggest by a UMD roster since the 2016-17 season.
—Ashton Bell jar led all goalscorers against UST this season, averaging eight points (2g, 6a) in four games for a 2.00 ppg average. Hughes collected six points against UST (1g, 5a).
–For her efforts over the weekend, Bell earned her third nod as WCHA Defender of the Week, earning the most points among the league’s blueliners (3a).
THE BULLDOGS STREAK ON: UMD’s nine-game unbeaten streak equals the previous long one by one Maura Crowell Squad from January 13, 2017 to February 11, 2017 – a span of nine games unbeaten. The Bulldog program has only had four unbeaten streaks of nine games or more in the past decade
The last time the Bulldogs went on a streak of 10 or more games unbeaten was from December 1, 2012 to January 2012. February 26, 2013 for a record of (8-0-2).
LINSERS LOADED OPEN: Fifth year forward Anneke Linser, who is currently scoring seven goals in a row, has scored eight goals in that span that she has scored in the last six games in a row. Linser’s best season of her career also took her to 100 career points – the fifth-grader now has 90-152 games played (41g, 49a).
HUGHES REACHES HISTORICAL 200 CAREER POINTS: Senior center for college graduates Gabby Hughes reached the 200-point mark at 10:24 Saturday of the first period against St. Thomas by passing the puck between her legs from the backboards to high school linemate Anneke Linser for the milestone.
One of only 23 players in the WCHA to ever reach the 200 career point mark, Hughes already ranks 15th in the WCHA all-time with 124 assists.
Hughes has also now jumped into the NCAA’s top 25 career list for assists with 124. Three other Bulldogs are in this announced club – Jenny Potter (148), Caroline Ouellette (137) and Haley Irwin (127).
DUG ON DEFENSE: UMD remains one of the nation’s tightest teams on defense, ranking first in the WCHA and fourth in the NCAA with a goals-against average of 1.35. With nine shutouts this season as a team (the second-highest in the NCAA), UMD has conceded just five goals in its last eight games, including three shutouts. Emma Soderberg Leads the WCHA and ranks third in the NCAA with seven shutouts to date and ranks fourth in the NCAA among goaltenders with 1,200 minutes or more with a GAA of 1.49.
SAVE THROUGH SÖDERBERG: Emma Soderberg added more to her legacy last weekend, recording her seventh shutout of the season to move to second all-time at 17 (no goaltender in program history except Soderberg has had two, six or more shutout seasons.) With her 49th career win on Saturday Soderberg now has the sixth most wins in program history.
LEADERS: Gabby Hughes is currently tied for the most assists in the WCHA at 27, which also puts her in a tie for assists per game at 1.08. Hughes ranks fourth in points (34). Anneke Linser is seventh with 16 goals. Linser is now second in the league with five goals Maggie Flaherty and Ashton Bell sit in fifth place with four power play goals. Ironically, Flaherty is the only player from a team ranked fourth or higher in the league to have a player rank in the top-10 for blocked shots — the fifth-year defender is sixth with 43 blocks.
Games Galore: A plethora of Bulldogs have now entered the top 10 list of all-time games played in program history. Naomi Rye played in their 155th game on Sunday, becoming only the third Bulldog to have played in 155 or more games. Gabby Hughes and Anneke Linser are the fifth most games ever played (152), during Ashton Bell sits in seventh place with 151 (Bell also now has the second-most consecutive games in program history). Taylor Andersonwith 149 games, is now tied for eighth all-time in games played.
Overall, UMD has nine players who have played 120 or more career games. Even more impressive is that UMD boasts 18 players who have played in an NCAA championship game and 12 who have run in consecutive NCAA Frozen Fours.
OFFENSIVE DEFENDERS: While UMD’s blueliners have helped keep their opponents to just 35 goals in their last 26 games (the lowest goals conceded in the WCHA), those same defenders have scored more than a quarter of the Bulldogs’ goals so far this season.
In total, UMD’s seven defenders have scored 24 goals – averaging just under a goal per game for a UMD squad averaging 3.62 goals per game.