UMD ties Minnesota for first in WCHA women's hockeyMinnesota Sports
- Minnesota Duluth completed its second-half rush to the top of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association on Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 win over Bemidji State at John Glas Fieldhouse in Bemidji, Minn.
Minnesota Duluth completed its second-half rush to the top of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association on Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 win over Bemidji State at John Glas Fieldhouse in Bemidji, Minn.
The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs went 12-1-2 the final 15 games of the regular season to gain a championship title tie with No. 2 Minnesota. The Gophers lost a seven-point advantage during the final three weeks, going 0-4-1, before salvaging a co-championship with a 3-2 home win Saturday over Wisconsin.
“This weekend we showed a commitment to winning. We were very determined to get to the finish line in first place,” UMD coach Shannon Miller said. “You almost have to pinch me because it’s like a dream what we’ve accomplished.
“We controlled the puck and created plays [Saturday], and Emmanuelle Blais and Laura Fridfinnson were phenomenal leaders. Jenny Harss was very good in goal, and Jaime Rasmussen and Jocelyne Larocque were great on defense. They are all so proud of what they’ve done.”
UMD earned the No. 1 seed in the league playoffs by virtue of more WCHA wins. The Bulldogs were 20-6-2 in the league for 43 points and Minnesota was 18-6-4. It was the third regular-season title for UMD in the program’s 11 seasons, along with 2001 and 2003.
The Bulldogs (24-8-2 overall, 20-6-2 WCHA) open the best-of-three WCHA playoffs Friday at 7:07 p.m. against last-place North Dakota at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center. Saturday’s game is 7:07 p.m. and Sunday’s, if needed, will be at 4:07 p.m.