UMD women's hockey: Rogge, Van Wieren lead Bulldogs to 8-1 win over St. Thomas
Naomi Rogge and Clara Van Wieren finished with two goals each as Minnesota Duluth sweeps the season series against St. Thomas
DULUTH — Fourth-ranked Minnesota Duluth got two goals each from redshirt senior forward Naomi Rogge and sophomore forward Clara Van Wieren to finish off a weekend and season sweep of St. Thomas via an 8-1 win on Saturday at Amsoil Arena.
Rogge finished with two goals and two assists for a four-point afternoon, scoring both of her goals in the third period. The first came 10 seconds into the period and the other — her 13th of the season — with just under six minutes to play in the game.
Van Wieren had a three-point day via two goals and an assist to extend her point streak to seven games. She scored bar-down 11:41 into the second period to put UMD ahead 3-1 and then picked up her eighth goal of the season with less than five minutes to play in regulation.
"We know that we can score like this. Rogge has been doing it for longer than I can even fathom," Van Wieren said. "It's great the bounces are finally going in and we're getting scoring from the freshmen, too."
Anneke Linser, Taylor Anderson, Elizabeth Giguere and Gabby Krause also had goals for the Bulldogs on Saturday. Anna Klein had two assists.
Linser and Krause — the lone goalscorers in Friday's 2-1 win — finished with two goals each on the weekend against St. Thomas as the Bulldogs saw their offense expand beyond just the vaunted top line of Giguere, Klein and Gabbie Hughes.
"Coach says all the time, 'When we come in waves, it's hard to defend," Rogge said. "I think it's super-important to have multiple lines score. That's what good teams do."
Sophomore goaltender Jojo Chobak improved to 7-2 as the Bulldogs starter, making just four saves on five shots before freshman Holly Gruber made her Bulldogs debut late in the third. Gruber stopped all five shots she faced in relief.
Bulldogs coach Maura Crowell said Saturday that senior goaltender Emma Soderberg will be returning early next week to the Bulldogs from her stint with Sweden's Olympic team. Crowell said the team will let Soderberg get reacclimated to college life before throwing her back in net.
"We'll let her get her feet under her when she gets back here," Crowell said.
The Bulldogs have three games remaining in the regular season, all next week and all against St. Cloud State. The first game is Tuesday in St. Cloud before the Huskies come to Duluth on Friday and Saturday.