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College women's hockey: Bulldogs clinch home-ice playoff spot

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Lake County News Chronicle
College women's hockey: Bulldogs clinch home-ice playoff spot
Two Harbors Minnesota 109 Waterfront Dr. 55616

Minnesota Duluth goaltender Kayla Black kept Bemidji State off the scoreboard until the final 13 seconds Saturday as the Bulldogs clinched a home-ice spot in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association women's playoffs with a 2-1 victory over host Bemidji State.

Freshman Ashleigh Brykaliuk, who scored two goals in Friday's 5-3 win, netted her 10th of the season to break a scoreless standoff with 2:01 remaining in the second period.

Junior Zoe Hickel made it 2-0 with a power-play goal -- also her 10th of the season -- 11:17 into the third period. Junior Jenna McParland assisted on both goals to give her 18 assists and 28 points, both highs for the Bulldogs (13-10-5 overall, 11-8-5-3 WCHA).

Black kept the Beavers (9-16-3, 6-14-2-1) scoreless until Kaitlyn Tougas scored with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker with 13 seconds to play.

UMD hosts North Dakota next weekend in its final regular-season series at Amsoil Arena, but the Bulldogs clinched a spot among the conference's top four and will host a WCHA first-round playoff series.

Minnesota Duluth 0-1-1--2

Bemidji State 0-0-1--1

First period -- No scoring.

Second period -- 1. UMD, Ashleigh Brykaliuk 10 (Emma Stauber, Jenna McParland), 17:59.

Third period -- 2. UMD, Zoe Hickel 10 (McParland), 11:17 (pp); 3. BSU, Kaitlyn Tougas 6, 19:47 (extra attacker).

Saves -- Kayla Black, UMD, 8-10-8--26; Brittni Mowat, BSU, 5-6-9--20.