MANKATO, Minn. — No. 9 Minnesota-Duluth beat Minnesota State-Mankato 4-2 Friday night despite having to play without head coach Shannon Miller. She was serving a one-game suspension from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
The win improved UMD’s record to 10-8-1 overall and 7-7-1 in the WCHA.
With assistant coach Laura Schuler at the helm, Bulldog sophomore forward Jamie Kenyon – playing in only her third game back from injury – scored her second goal in as many games just 50 seconds into the contest.
The Mavericks responded 2:40 later on a score from Melissa Klippenstein to even the game at 1-1, but UMD would take the lead again at the 10:15 mark of the first period. Shara Jasper scored the goal, her second of the year.
The Bulldogs added to their lead at 8:29 of the second period on a score from senior forward Haley Irwin, who connected for her seventh goal of the season and also had an assist in the game. The Bulldogs outshot MSU 14-5 in the second stanza, but both teams attempted 10 shots in both the first and third periods.
Irwin scored her second goal of the night 5:53 into the final period. Rookie blueliner Brigette Lacquette recorded her second assist off of the goal.
UMD goaltender Jennifer Harss made 24 saves and the Bulldogs were 0-of-4 on the power-play. Alli Altmann had 31 saves for the Mavericks, who fell to 6-13-0 overall and 2-11-0 in the WCHA.