Bulldogs special teams claim overtime win at St. Lawrence – The Rink Live
CANTON, NY – A powerplay snipe from fifth-year senior defenseman Maggie Flaherty 1:55 into overtime gave fourth-seeded Minnesota Duluth a 3-2 win at St. Lawrence on Thursday night at the Appleton arena.
The Bulldogs had to kill back-to-back hook penalties in the final six minutes of regulation time to go into overtime. Then 27 seconds into the 3-on-3 game, the Bulldogs got a 4-on-3 advantage when Flaherty’s defensive partner, fifth-year captain Ashton Bell, was taken down entering the offensive zone.
“I’m really happy with how it ended,” Bulldogs coach Maura Crowell said. “I thought it was a very good test. St. Lawrence are a good team. They have very skilled players, they can pick up the pace. Their transition game was good.
“We gave them plenty of chances on the power play. Glad to see (the PK) come through at the end there in the third.
Flaherty’s game-winning goal that spun into the top left corner was one of two power-play goals the Bulldogs produced from three chances. Meanwhile, the penalty kill kept the Saints 1-6 down.
Bell scored the tying goal on the power play 5:31 into the second period and 14 seconds into what was UMD’s first advantage of the game, completing a no-look pass from senior center Mannon McMahon who came from the side of the saints’ net.
Crowell said it was great to not only see the power play produce on Thursday, but also to produce in clutch moments, especially in overtime.
“The four-on-three is a great opportunity to take advantage of that and I’m glad to see we did it,” Crowell said. “We had four players who had been on the program for a long time, so we were confident they would do the job.”
St. Lawrence entered the board Thursday just 3:15 into the game, however, second-year UMD winger Gabby Krause tied the game 12 seconds later on a feed from senior center Gabbie Hughes. The Saints took a 2-1 lead in the first intermission thanks to a Kristina Bahl backhand.
UMD senior goalkeeper Emma Soderberg finished with 21 saves while Saints’ Lucy Morgan made 35 saves,
The Bulldogs remain in Canton, NY and Appleton Arena to play at Penn State at 3 p.m. Friday to cap a four-game-in-seven-day streak in New York. UMD are 3-0 on their season-opening trip so far.
Bell and Hughes both finished with two points Thursday as Bell had a goal and an assist for seven points and Hughes had two assists for six points in three games.
For Hughes, it’s a continuation of last season, when she finished second on the team in scoring behind fellow Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award runner-up Elizabeth Giguere.
But for Bell, the offensive defenseman is a different role than she played with Canada last season. At the Olympics and World Championships, she was a defensive defender at home. At UMD, she has the green light to step up plays and score like she has in the last two games.
“It was definitely different having the puck on my stick more than not and being in the offensive zone so much,” Bell said Wednesday after recording a hat trick in his four-point game Sunday at Long Island. “Getting my attacking game back definitely helps me gain confidence.”
Bulldogs stop in Lake Placid
Between playing at Long Island University on Saturday and Sunday and both Thursday and Friday games at St. Laurent, the Bulldogs spent time in Lake Placid, New York, and even practiced on the 1980 Olympic rink made famous by the ‘Miracle on Ice.’
For a number of Bulldogs, it wasn’t their first time in Lake Placid or their first time skating on the famous rink, as a few have attended national team events and camps there at over the years.
That included Bell, who played her first game as a defenseman with Canada on the 1980 rink in Lake Placid in the summer of 2019. She recalls Crowell being in the stands watching the transition.
“It was pretty cool to remember that,” Bell said of returning to Lake Placid this week.
Even before going 3-0 with the win on Thursday, Crowell said the trip had been a success from a team-building perspective. Time in Long Island, Lake Placid and now Canton has given the Bulldogs some much-needed quality time together at the start of the season, which is often hard to come by at this point in the year.
“We did a lot of fun things,” Crowell said of Lake Placid in particular. “The players had free time to hang out, shop, some went to the lake. We had dinner as a group (Wednesday) evening. It’s nice at this point in the year – it’s usually tough because they run classes in training – to really spend a lot of time together. That’s what road trips are for and this long road trip was great.