UMD women's hockey: Bulldogs bolster depth at goaltender with transfer from Vermont

Blanka Skodova, who has played for Czechia's national team, gives the Bulldogs some added depth and experience in net after UMD lost two goalies to the transfer portal.

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Minnesota Duluth goaltenders Emma Soderberg (30), Holly Gruber and Jojo Chobak seen at practice on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pennsylvania.
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Minnesota Duluth has secured a third goaltender for the 2022-23 season via the transfer portal.

Czechia national team goalie Blanka Skodova will join the Bulldogs as a graduate transfer after playing four seasons for Vermont. She posted a .900 save percentage and 1.99 goals against average in 11 games a year ago as a senior and leaves the Catamounts with a .901 save percentage and 2.30 GAA in 53 career games.

Skodova, who last played for Czechia in 2020, was in a backup role in three of her four seasons at Vermont. She will likely be in that role again with Swedish Olympian Emma Soderberg returning to UMD for a fifth season in 2022-23 after backstopping the Bulldogs to the NCAA championship game a year ago at Penn State.

The Bulldogs are also bringing in a freshman goalie, Hailey Macleod, who was part of Canada’s team that won gold recently at the 2022 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship in Madison, Wisconsin.

UMD lost two goaltenders to the transfer portal this spring after Soderberg decided to return to the Bulldogs for a fifth season. Sophomore Jojo Chobak — who filled in as the starter for Soderberg during the 2022 Olympics in Beijing and beyond — has transferred to St. Cloud State and freshman Holly Gruber transferred to Clarkson.


Defensemen Charlotte Akervik and Anna Wilgren, forwards Kelsey King and Jamie Nelson and goaltender Calla Frank asked to be in Buffalo, N.Y., for the event. The U.S. Women's National Team and Collegiate Select Team will be named at the conclusion of the event.

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