Bulldogs blast Harvard as Bell nets 100th career point
Fifth-year senior wing Anneke Linser scores twice and fifth-year senior goaltender Emma Soderberg earns her 15th career shutout.
DULUTH — Last weekend at St. Cloud State, Naomi Rogge became the 23rd Bulldog to join the 100-point club of the Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey program.
On Friday back at Amsoil Arena, it was Ashton Bell’s turn as she registered her 100th point in UMD’s 4-0 nonconference victory over Harvard, assisting on the Bulldogs’ final goal of the night.
Bell, the fifth-year senior captain and Olympic gold medalist from Canada, is just the third UMD defenseman to register 100 points. She joins Jocelyne Larocque (105) and Jessica Wong (122), though like Wong, not all of Bell’s points have come while playing as a defenseman.
Bell’s 100th point came on the second goal of the night for UMD fifth-year senior wing Anneke Linser, who scored 2:57 into the game and again with 55.4 seconds left, deflecting a shot by Bell.
UMD scored three goals in the third as junior forward Katie Davis finally gave UMD a 2-0 cushion with 8:30 to play by racing past a trio of Crimson players. Junior forward Clara Van Wieren made it 3-0 with 3:24 left.
Fifth-year senior center Gabbie Hughes had two assists Friday in her return from injury. She continues to lead UMD in scoring with three goals and 15 assists on the year. Bell has the team-high in goals with seven, plus seven assists.
Hughes (186) also has at least 100 points in her career, giving UMD three 100-point scorers on its roster for just the second time ever. The first was in 2012-13 with Wong, Pernilla Winberg (111) and Katie Wilson (102).
Fifth-year senior goaltender Emma Soderberg made 14 saves for her fourth shutout of the season and 15th shutout of her career, putting her one behind fellow Swedish Olympian Kim Martin for third all-time at UMD.
Alex Pellicci finished with 51 saves for Harvard, which was outshot 55-14 by the Bulldogs on Friday.
UMD hosts the Crimson again at 3 p.m. Saturday at Amsoil Arena.