UMD women's hockey sweeps St. Cloud State Huskies for Second time this season
This weekend the University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team wrapped up their regulation season at AMSOIL Arena against St. Cloud State University, with Friday’s game ending in a 2-1 victory and Saturday’s game ending 4-1 in favor of the Bulldogs.
UMD netted a total of six goals against the Huskies, four of which were scored by members of the graduating senior class. With two victories in hand, the Bulldogs six seniors were honored after the conclusion of Saturday’s game.
After sweeping the Huskies for the second time this season, the Bulldogs finished with the third overall spot in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs. The league playoffs will begin this Thursday at AMSOIL Arena, where UMD will once again host the Huskies, who landed the sixth spot in the final WCHA standings.
Following Saturday's victory, head Coach Maura Crowell mentioned the excitement throughout the locker room as the team heads into the playoffs.
“It’s tough to beat the same team over and over again, so we have to make sure we are mentally prepared for that and remember that the scoreboard starts zero-zero when the puck drops,” Crowell said.
Having won all four regular season meetings with the Huskies, senior forward Demi Crossman is confident in her team to continue the trend heading into the opening round of the WCHA playoffs.
“You have to treat it like any game, but you have to realize that we just saw these guys so they know what to expect from us and we need to make sure we bring another level that they haven’t seen,” Crossman said.
Photo courtesy of Brett Groehler