UMD’s Jobst-Smith, Soderberg prep for Olympic trials during 3 week break

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Scoring a total of ten goals over the weekend the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) women’s hockey team earned back-to-back shut out wins in their first-ever meeting with the University of St. Thomas.

The Bulldogs will ride their season’s first Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) sweep into a three week pause they’re dubbing the "Olympic break". Senior goalie Emma Soderberg is heading to Sweden while sophomore defenseman Nina Jobst-Smith is flying to Germany to take part in Olympic trial tournaments.

This summer Jobst-Smith also took part in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship skating for team Germany.

"In both ways there’s pressure," Jobst-Smith said. "I think there’s a lot more pressure this time obviously, with three games determining something you’ve dream of your whole life. It is different but I think I should just go into everything with the same mindset of just focusing on what I can do and what I can contribute to the team."

UMD (4-4) will return to action November 19th visiting Bemidji State University.