Freshman goalie Sofia Carlstrom of Stockholm, Sweden, had a successful college debut Saturday afternoon as Minnesota Duluth defeated St. Cloud State 4-1 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association women’s game in front of 291 fans at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.
Carlstrom made 28 saves and the Bulldogs scored three first-period goals on the way to a series sweep. UMD (5-6-1 and 4-5-1 in WCHA) also won 4-1 Friday and has its first back-to-back victories in a month. Freshman Kayla Black had started UMD’s first 11 games.
Brienna Gillanders and Jenna McParland had power-play goals less than three minutes apart early in the opening period for a 2-0 lead, and Zoe Hickel pushed that to 3-0 a minute later.
St. Cloud State (4-9-1 and 2-8) broke Carlstrom’s shutout bid on Lisa Martinson’s first goal of the season 1:53 into the third period.
The Bulldogs led 36-29 in shots on goal.
UMD stays on the road this weekend at No. 10-ranked North Dakota.
Minnesota Duluth……………. 3-0-1—4
St. Cloud State………………… 0-0-1—1
First period — 1. UMD, Brienna Gillanders 2 (Brigette Lacquette, Shara Jasper), 5;12 (pp); 2. Jenna McParland 4 (Lacquette, Dana Gallop), 7:51 (pp); 3. UMD, Zoe Hickel 4 (Tea Villila, Jessica Wong), 8:41. Penalties — Hickel, UMD (hooking), 1:00; Kylie Lane, St. Cloud State (interference), 4:17; Abby Ness, St. Cloud State (cross-checking), 7:12; Katie Allen, St. Cloud State (hooking), 13:12; Jordan Krause, UMD (roughing), 17:48; Amy Olson, St. Cloud State (roughing), 17:48.
Second period — No scoring. Penalties — None.
Third period — 4. St. Cloud State, Lisa Martinson 1, 1;53; 5. UMD, Pernilla Winberg 3 (McParland), 7:49. Penalties — Lacquette, UMD (hooking), 6:55; Ness, St. Cloud State (interference), 7:45; Allen, St. Cloud State (tripping), 10:01; Haylea Schmid, St. Cloud State (checking), 18:50; Aleksandra Vafina, UMD (interference), 19:49.
Shots on goal — UMD 14-10-12–36, St. Cloud State 6-13-10–29. Goalies — Sofia Carlstrom (1-0), UMD (29 shots-28 saves); Katie Fitzgerald (1-3), St. Cloud State (36 shots-32 saves). Power plays — UMD 2-of-6, St. Cloud State 0-of-2. Referees — Ron Story, Tom Lund. Linesmen — Alicia Hanrahan, Mike Forys. A — 291.