Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs women's ice hockey

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Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs
Current season
Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs athletic logo
University University of Minnesota, Duluth
Conference WCHA
Head coach Maura Crowell
Second year, 40–28–6
Arena AMSOIL Arena
Capacity: 6,800
Location Duluth, Minnesota
Colors Maroon and Gold[1]
         
NCAA Tournament Champions
2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
NCAA Tournament Appearances
2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2017
Conference Tournament Champions
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010
Conference Regular Season Champions
2000, 2003, 2008, 2010

The Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs women's ice hockey team plays for the University of Minnesota Duluth at the AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minnesota. The team is a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the Division I tier. The Bulldogs have won five NCAA Championships.

History[edit]

On September 10, 1997, University of Minnesota Duluth Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin and Athletic Director Bob Corran announced that women's Division I hockey would be making its debut at UMD for the 1999-2000 season. On April 20, 1998, Shannon Miller, head coach of Team Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympics, was hired as the head coach.

On October 1, 1999, the Bulldogs played their first exhibition game in Salt Lake City, Utah, against the Olympic Oval Team from Calgary, Alberta. This game opened the new hockey facility for the 2002 Olympic Games.[2]

The Bulldogs played the Wisconsin Badgers on October 8, 1999 in the first women's WCHA conference game at the Kohl Center in Madison, WI. It was the highest attended game of the season (3,892) and resulted in an 8-0 defeat of the Badgers.[3] Forward Maria Rooth (Ängelholm, Sweden) was selected as Player of the Week in the WCHA on November 22, 1999, the first for UMD.

The Bulldogs season-starting winning streak of 12 games was snapped by Princeton University with a 2-2 tie in Princeton, NJ on December 10, 1999. UMD won the Lake Placid Tournament hosted by St. Lawrence University on January 22, 2000. Freshman goalie Tuula Puputti, freshman forward Hanne Sikio and junior defenseman Brittny Ralph were named to the All-Tournament Team. Sikio was also selected as the Tournament Most Valuable Player.[4] The Minnesota Gophers hand the Bulldogs their first conference loss 4-3 in a sold out game at Pioneer Hall (Duluth, MN) on February 11, 2000.

The Bulldogs clinched the women's WCHA regular season championship on February 26, 2000 with a sweep of Minnesota State-Mankato and earned the number one seed for the 2000 WCHA playoffs.

UMD took the inaugural NCAA Division I national championship on March 25, 2001 by defeating St. Lawrence University by a score of 4-2. This marked the first NCAA team championship for the Bulldogs. Maria Rooth was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament while her teammates Tuula Puputti and Brittny Ralph were named to the All-Tournament team.[5] On June 25, 2001 the Bulldogs were honored at the White House by President George W. Bush, the first women's hockey team to be invited to the White House.[6]

Five Bulldogs traveled to Salt Lake City to compete with their national teams at the 2002 Winter Olympics. From the 2001-2002 roster, forwards Maria Rooth and Erika Holst played for bronze medal winner Sweden while forward Hanne Sikio and goaltender Tuula Puputti skated for fourth-place Finland. Kristina Petrovskaia finished fifth with Team Russia. UMD also had two players in the Olympic final game, 2001-2002 newcomer and Olympic gold medalist Caroline Ouellette (Canada) and returning Bulldog and 2002 Olympic silver medalist Jenny Potter (USA).

The Bulldogs, 2002 NCAA national women’s hockey champions, were recognized by the Minnesota Twins baseball team at the H.H.H. Metrodome in Minneapolis on May 6, 2002.[7] Jenny Potter set an NCAA record (since tied) for most goals in one game with 6. This was accomplished on December 18, 2002 versus St. Cloud State.[8] Ouellette set an NCAA record for most shorthanded goals in one game with 2. This was accomplished on November 14, 2003 versus North Dakota.[8]

On March 22, 2010 Duluth Mayor Don Ness presented Shannon Miller with a proclamation declaring Friday, March 26, 2010 as "Shannon Miller Day."[9]

On January 21, 2011, The top-ranked Badgers defeated the Bulldogs on the opening night of AMSOIL arena in front of 1,639 fans. The Badgers defeated the Bulldogs 4-1, extending their 11 game-winning streak, best in the NCAA. The Bulldogs still lead the all-time series 26-21-9.[10] A ceremonial puck drop featured Bulldog legends Jenny Potter, Caroline Ouellette and Maria Rooth. In both games, the Bulldogs wore special edition black jerseys.[11] The following day (January 22), for only the second time this season, the Bulldogs found themselves in a two-goal deficit after the first period of play. Despite trailing the No. 1 University of Wisconsin by two goals in each of the three periods, the Bulldogs scored three goals in the final 11 minutes of regulation to earn a 4-4 draw with the top-ranked Badgers in AMSOIL Arena.[12]

Rivalries[edit]

Minnesota–Duluth, a traditional rival to the Minnesota Golden Gophers in men's hockey, would start its own rivalry in the women’s game. The school gave a three-year, $210,000 contract to Shannon Miller, who coached Canada to the 1998 Olympic final in Nagano. Miller recruited players from Canada, Finland and Sweden, including four Olympians. The rivalry grew as Miller recruited a pair of players away from Minnesota: star forward Jenny Schmidgall, (whose 93 points in 1999-2000 would lead the nation), and defenseman Brittny Ralph, who would serve as the Bulldogs' first ever captain. In the first season, Duluth would lose just once to the Gophers in their first five meetings, which included a 2-0 Bulldogs victory in the final of the WCHA tournament.[13]

Attendance[edit]

When the program still played at the DECC, despite the team's success, UMD women's hockey rarely drew a large crowd to its home ice. According to the website US College Hockey Online, the women's hockey team averaged 610 people out of an official 5233 seats, an 11.6% capacity.[14] Even while winning five national titles, more than any other program, the Bulldogs averaged sixth in attendance in women's Division I hockey. The men's team, however, averaged an attendance of 4253 per game having won one national title, an 86.2% capacity rating.[15] They moved in with the men's team in 2010 to the new AMSOIL Arena.

Season by season results[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Won Championship Lost Championship Conference Champions League Leader
Year Coach W L T Conference Conf.
W
Conf.
L
Conf.
T
Finish Conference Tournament NCAA Tournament
2015-16 Maura Crowell 15 21 1 WCHA 10 17 1 6th WCHA Won Quarterfinals vs. Bemidji State (5-1, 2-1 OT)
Lost Semifinals vs. Wisconsin (0-5)
Did not qualify
2014-15 Shannon Miller 20 12 5 WCHA 14 10 4 4th WCHA Lost Quarterfinals vs. Bemidji State (2-3, 2-0, 1-2 OT) Did not qualify
2013-14 Shannon Miller 15 15 6 WCHA 11 11 6 4th WCHA Won Quarterfinals vs. Ohio State (1-0, 2-3, 5-2)
Lost Semifinals vs. Minnesota (1-4)
Did not qualify
2012-13 Shannon Miller 14 16 4 WCHA 13 13 2 4th WCHA Lost Quarterfinals vs. Ohio State (2-4, 0-3) Did not qualify
2011-12 Shannon Miller 21 14 1 WCHA 15 12 1 4th WCHA Won Quarterfinals vs. Ohio State (4-3, 3-2 OT)
Won Semifinals vs. Wisconsin (3-1)
Lost Championship vs. Minnesota (0-2)
Did not qualify
2010-11 Shannon Miller 22 9 3 WCHA 18 7 3 3rd WCHA Won Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota State (3-0, 5-0)
Lost Semifinals vs. Minnesota (2-4)
Lost First Round vs. Wisconsin (1-2)
2009-10 Shannon Miller 31 8 2 WCHA 20 6 2 1st WCHA Won Quarterfinals vs. North Dakota (6-2, 4-1)
Won Semifinals vs. Bemidji State (7-3)
Won Championship vs. Minnesota (3-2)
Won First Round vs. New Hampshire (2-1)
Won Frozen Four vs. Minnesota (3-2)
Won Championship vs. Cornell (3-2 3OT)
2008-09 Shannon Miller 26 9 4 WCHA 18 6 4 3rd WCHA Won Quarterfinals vs. North Dakota (7-0, 4-0)
Lost Semifinals vs. Wisconsin (1-3)
Won First Round vs. New Hampshire (4-1)
Lost Frozen Four vs. Wisconsin (1-5)
2007-08 Shannon Miller 34 4 1 WCHA 24 4 0 1st WCHA Won Quarterfinals vs. Bemidji State (6-0, 5-1)
Won Semifinals vs. St. Cloud State (9-0)
Won Championship vs. Wisconsin (5-4 OT)
Won First Round vs. Mercyhurst (5-4)
Won Frozen Four vs. New Hampshire (3-2)
Won Championship vs. Wisconsin (4-0)
2006-07 Shannon Miller 24 11 4 WCHA 19 6 3 2nd WCHA Won Quarterfinals vs. St. Cloud State (4-3, 1-3, 5-1)
Lost Semifinals vs. Minnesota (2-3 OT)
Won First Round vs. Mercyhurst (3-2 OT)
Won Frozen Four vs. Boston College (4-3 2OT)
Lost Championship vs. Wisconsin (1-4)
2005-06 Shannon Miller 22 9 3 WCHA 18 7 3 3rd WCHA Won Quarterfinals vs. Bemidji State (7-2, 3-0)
Lost Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota (1-2)
Lost First Round vs. St. Lawrence (0-1)
2004-05 Shannon Miller 26 6 2 WCHA 22 4 2 2nd WCHA Won Quarterfinals vs. North Dakota (3-2 OT)
Lost Semifinals vs. Wisconsin (2-3 OT)
Lost First Round vs. St. Lawrence (2-3 OT)
2003-04 Shannon Miller 20 12 2 WCHA 15 8 1 3rd WCHA Won Semifinals vs. Wisconsin (3-1)
Lost Championship vs. Minnesota (2-4)
Did not qualify
2002-03 Shannon Miller 31 3 2 WCHA 21 2 1 1st WCHA Won Semifinals vs. Ohio State (6-1)
Won Championship vs. Minnesota (5-3)
Won Frozen Four vs. Dartmouth (5-2)
Won Championship vs. Harvard (4-3 2OT)
2001-02 Shannon Miller 24 6 4 WCHA 16 5 3 2nd WCHA Lost Semifinals vs. Wisconsin (1-4) Won Frozen Four vs. Niagara (3-2)
Won Championship vs. Brown (3-2)
2000-01 Shannon Miller 28 5 4 WCHA 15 5 4 2nd WCHA Won Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota State (10-1)
Won Semifinals vs. Wisconsin (6-5)
Won Championship vs. Ohio State (3-0)
Won Frozen Four vs. Harvard (6-3)
Won Championship vs. St. Lawrence (4-2)
1999-00 Shannon Miller 25 5 3 WCHA 21 1 2 1st WCHA Won Semifinals vs. Ohio State (7-1)
Won Championship vs. Minnesota (2-0)
Lost First Round vs. Minnesota (2-3)

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Olympians[edit]

Postseason history[edit]

  • Won the first three NCAA Division I women's ice hockey national championships in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
  • On March 18, 2007 the Bulldogs lost in the NCAA Frozen Four championship game to Wisconsin 4-1.
  • The Bulldogs won their fourth national title in 2008 by defeating two-time defending champion Wisconsin 4-0 in Duluth. The victory capped a memorable season for UMD, which went 33-4-1 and also scored an overtime victory over Wisconsin to win the title of the WCHA Final Face-off, the league playoff championship.[20]
  • Won their fifth NCAA Division I women's ice hockey national championship in 2010.

Notable players[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Jessica Koizumi, 2007 NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team
  • Maria Rooth, Player of the Week in the WCHA on November 22, 1999
  • Emmanuelle Blais, 2010 NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team
  • Jessica Wong, 2010 NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team
  • Laura Fridfinnson, 2010 NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team

All-Americans[edit]

Division I Player of the Month[edit]

  • Lara Stalder, Women's Hockey Commissioners' Association National Division I Player of the Month, January 2017 [22]

Patty Kazmaier Award nominees[edit]

  • Noemie Marin, Top 10 Finalist, 2006 Patty Kazmaier Award[23]
  • Noemie Marin, Top 10 Finalist for 2007 Patty Kazmaier Award [24]
  • Riitta Schaublin, Top 3 Finalist, 2006 Patty Kazmaier Award[23]
  • Emmanuelle Blais, 2010 Patty Kazmaier Award nominee
  • Laura Fridfinnson, 2010 Patty Kazmaier Award nominee[25]

Statistical leaders[edit]

  • Caroline Ouellette, NCAA leader, 2003-04 season, Points per game, 2.38
  • Caroline Ouellette, NCAA leader, 2003-04 season, Assists per game, 1.47
  • Patricia Sautter, NCAA leader, 2001-02 season, Goalie winning percentage, .868

WCHA All-Star teams[edit]

  • Brigette Lacquette, 2015 ALL-WCHA SECOND TEAM
  • Zoe Hickel, 2015 ALL-WCHA SECOND TEAM

Retired numbers[edit]

  • Maria Rooth is one of two University of Minnesota Duluth female athlete in any sport to have her jersey number retired.[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  22. ^ "MINNESOTA DULUTH'S STALDER WINS INAUGURAL NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE MONTH AWARD - Princeton Netminder Neatby Named National Rookie of the Month for January 2017". WCHA ice hockey. 2017-02-08. Retrieved 2017-02-09. 
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  26. ^ "Rooth was named an assistant coach for the 2010-11 season, replacing former Bulldog Michelle McAteer who left the program to assume head coaching duties at Augsburg College". Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs athletics. May 6, 2010. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 

External links[edit]

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