DULUTH, Minn. – The sixth-ranked University of Minnesota-Duluth women’s hockey team netted three first-period goals en route to Sunday afternoon’s 8-1 victory against 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire at Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.
UNH fell to 9-6-0 with its fourth consecutive loss. UMD is now 11-4-1.
The Bulldogs took an early 1-0 lead when Maria Rooth scored an unassisted goal 19 seconds into the game. The home team built a quick 2-0 advantage with a goal by Leah Wrazidlo at 3:35. UMD carried a 3-0 lead into the first intermission following Hanne Sikio’s power-play tally at 17:04.
Sikio netted her second goal of the game at 11:55 of the middle stanza to increase the lead to 4-0. New Hampshire pulled within 4-1 on a power-play goal at 13:24. Michelle Thornton won the faceoff back to Kristen Thomas, whose shot from the left point was stopped by UMD goaltender Tuula Puputti. Thornton, who skated in front of the net, put the rebound into the net.
Satu Kiipeli (at 14:14) and Wrazidlo (16:45) gave the Bulldogs a 6-1 lead through two periods. Rooth capped the scoring in the final frame with a power-play goal at 10:00 and her third tally of the contest with 14.7 seconds remaining.
UNH’s Jen Huggon recorded 26 saves. Puputti stopped 24 shots defending the UMD goal.
Before breaking for exams, UNH plays host to Mercyhurst College on Dec. 15 (7 p.m.) and Dec. 16 (2 p.m.) at the Whittemore Center.