UMD women's hockey uses overtime to take down St. Cloud State

 The Bulldogs have now won seven straight games against St. Cloud State after their overtime win. Photo by Jessica Falconer.

The Bulldogs have now won seven straight games against St. Cloud State after their overtime win. Photo by Jessica Falconer.

The University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team continued its dominance over Western Collegiate Hockey Association rival St. Cloud State with a 3-2 overtime victory at Amsoil Arena on Friday night. The victory gave the Bulldogs their seventh straight victory over the Huskies, pushing their all-time head to head record to an impressive 63-11-5.

UMD entered the game having lost seven of the last eight contests, including two straight losses at home. With hopes to get the season back on track, the Bulldogs struck early with an unassisted goal by freshman forward Ashton Bell just 3:12 into the game. That score was Bell’s fifth of the season, tied with fellow freshman forward Naomi Rogge for the team lead in goals this season.

The Bulldogs’ lead lasted less than two minutes, as sophomore Dana Rasmussen tied the game with an unassisted goal with just under 15 minutes to play in the first period. The Bulldogs had an 11-9 shot advantage in an evenly played first period.

St. Cloud State began the second period scoring with with a goal by senior forward Alyssa Erickson to give the Huskies their first lead of the night 12:10 into the period.

Senior defenseman Michelle Lowenhielm answered that score with her first goal of the season just 2:26 seconds later, sending the game into a 2-2 tie going into the third intermission.

Despite outshooting the Huskies 14-4 in the third period, the Bulldogs were unable to put the puck in the net as the game remained tied at 2-2 at the end of regulation.

In overtime, senior Katerina Mrázová drilled home the game-winning goal 2:40 into the period to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 victory over their WCHA rivals. By picking up an assist on the play, Naomi Rogge recorded a team-leading ninth point on the season.

UMD head coach Maura Crowell said that her team played timid at times throughout the game, but she thought the team showed much more energy in the third period and overtime.

“When things got desperate, I think we played a little more fearless and played more to our potential,” Crowell said. “We’re relentless on the forecheck, we’ve got defensemen that are active, everybody’s involved, and I think it’s tough for other teams to handle that pressure."

Senior goalie Jessica Convery improved her record to 4-3-0 on the season with the victory. The Bulldogs will return to Amsoil Arena on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 4:00 to finish their weekend series with St. Cloud State.

SportsTyler Schendel