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UMD beats SCSU to snap losing skid, loses Gabbie Hughes to injury

No. 7/8 Bulldogs score twice in the first period on way to 2-0 win. Hughes, a Patty Kazmaier top-three finalist last season, was injured in the first period

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Gabbie Hughes
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ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team had been outscored 4-1 in the first period of two losses to top-ranked Minnesota.

On Friday, the No. 7/8-ranked Bulldogs were able to get off to a good start and beat St. Cloud State 2-0 in a WCHA game at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for UMD (4-5-0 WCHA, 8-5-0 overall) and ended a five-game winning streak for SCSU (4-7-0, 7-6-0).

"I didn't belabor the point too much today, but throughout the week, we talked about our starts and how that went down in Minneapolis last weekend," said Bulldogs coach Maura Crowell, whose team has reached the last two Frozen Fours. "We have an older team. When it comes to going out there and getting better at fixing mistakes, a lot of times, they know what they need to do.

"I thought our first period was really, really good tonight. We lost Gabbie Hughes after that period and the whole flow changed at that point. St. Cloud pushed back and put us on our heels in the second (period) and then I thought we got back to playing our hockey in the third without our top line center."

Hughes had an assist on UMD's goal by Anneke Linser at 11:54 of the second period that put the Bulldogs up 2-0. Hughes, a fifth-year senior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, is not only the top center for the Bulldogs, but one of the best players in the country.

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Hughes was a top-three finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, which is given annually to the top women's player in the country. Hughes has 16 points in UMD's first 13 games and her absence was felt in the second period, when the Bulldogs managed one shot on goal despite two power plays.

"She was trying to make a defensive play and went all in on it and there was a collision at the net," Crowell said. "There was a little bit of commotion (in the second period) because (Hughes) is in every spot on our team. Your power play changes when she's out and your lines change.

"I just said to these guys that it's good to deal with chaos, especially when you overcome it successfully."

Crowell did not know if Hughes would be available for the second game of the series, which will be played at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Brooks Center (B1G+).

Winning streak snapped

While the Bulldogs snapped their losing skid, the Huskies had their longest winning streak since the 2015-16 season ended.

St. Cloud State was outshot 15-4 in the first period and 25-14 in the game.

"It's the first time facing them, they are fast and they move the puck super well," Huskies head coach Brian Idalski said of UMD. "They came ready to play. We spotted them a couple before we really got our feet going.

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"They were doing what we talked about. I thought we got better as the game went on. It will be interesting to see how we come back tomorrow."

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JoJo Chobak, a junior from Chicago, made 23 saves for the Huskies against her old team. Chobak transferred to SCSU after playing two seasons for the Bulldogs.

"I wish we had given her a little more run support off the hop," Idalski said. "That's a super emotional game going back and playing against your old club. We wanted to get that out of the way on Friday, so she could get it behind her.

"I thought she did great, playing with probably a little more nerves than a normal game for her."

Chobak is 3-3-0 with a 2.07 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in seven games this season.

No. 7/8 UMD 2, SCSU 0

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SCSU 0-0-0—0

First period scoring — 1. UMD, Clara Van Wieren 6 (Mannon McMahon 7) 6:23; 2. UMD, Anneke Linser 4 (Danielle Burgen 1, Gabbie Hughes 13) 11:51. Penalties — None.

Second period scoring — No scoring. Penalties — SCSU, Addi Scribner (hooking) 7:47; SCSU, Grace Wolfe (tripping) 11:49.

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Third period scoring — No scoring. Penalties — UMD, Mary Kate O'Brien (holding) 9:29.

Goalie saves — UMD: Emma Soderberg 4-3-7—14 (0 GA); SCSU: JoJo Chobak 13-1-9—23 (2 GA).

Penalties-minutes — UMD 1-2, SCSU 2-4.

Power plays (shots) — UMD 0-2 (1 shots); SCSU 0-1 (0 shots).

Faceoffs — SCSU 26-19.

Three stars of the game — 1. Van Wieren (UMD), 2. Linser (UMD), 3. Regan Bulger (SCSU).

Attendance — 120.

Referees — Denny Schult, Mike Paulson.

Linesmen — Haley Ludwig, Doug Durgin.

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Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com
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