Oct. 8, 2010

Carlton, Minn. - The No. 1 University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team, with help from senior goaltender Martin, stifled the No. 8/10 University of North Dakota Friday night in Grand Forks, ND by a 4-0 score in season-opening Western Collegiate Hockey Association action. UMD, which scored four different goals from four different players, silenced the fourth-highest women's hockey crowd of 2,366 fans in Ralph Engelstad Arena to pick up its first win in its first regular season game of the year.

"Great first WCHA win for this team,'' said head coach Shannon Miller after the game. "The score was a good reflection of the game because the Torpedo is designed to create more offense, which it did for us scoring four goals. We played pretty good defensively, but North Dakota did mount good offense and were just simply denied by Martin."

Already tied as the third-highest point scoring blueliner in Bulldog history entering Friday's contest, senior defenseman Jocelyne Larocque netted the first goal of the young season at 10:36, capitalizing on a UND turnover behind its own net.

The Bulldogs rode their slim 1-0 lead into the second period , but after playing 13 minutes with the one-goal advantage, UMD exploded offensively. Sophomore Jessica Wong buried the puck behind Sioux netminder Jorid Dagfinrud, finishing off a rebound that had come off of Dagfinrud's left pad as a result of Pernilla Winberg's initial shot attempt. Wong's goal - which came at 3:23 of the second stanza - was quickly followed a mere 35 seconds later when senior forward Laura Fridfinnson slid a pass in front of Dagfinrud to Audrey Cournoyer, who netted her first tally of the new season at 3:58, giving UMD the 3-0 lead.

Bulldog forward Haley Irwin extended the Maroon and Gold's lead to 4-0 at 8:16, scoring yet another UMD goal off a Sioux turnover behind the goal. With three goals in the second period alone, the Bulldogs and UND played to a scoreless final stanza, but not without the help of Martin.

Despite five Sioux power-plays, Martin and the UMD penalty-kill kept UND off the scoreboard, and in return, tallied two power-play goals on its own in three opportunities against the Sioux. Martin finished the game with 23 saves, earning the 12th shutout of her career and 54th win. Dagfinrud had 32 stops for UND, which falls to 1-2-1 overall and 0-1-0 in WCHA play.

The Bulldogs (1-0-0, 1-0-0) will face the Sioux again Sunday afternoon to wrap up the opening league series. Game-time in Grand Forks is slated for 2:07 p.m.