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New Year, New Confidence for Bulldogs

Updated: January 22, 2020 09:20 PM

The new year for the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) women's hockey team has consisted of winning the Minnesota Cup and downing Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) foe Bemidji State three times. Two of those games were shut out victories. The team said with their start they've found a new kind of confidence.

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"I think the consistency we're playing with right now allows you to build from game to game and day to day, so it's in a good place and we got to keep it going," said UMD head coach Maura Crowell.

"I just think everyone is just really focused and wanting to play our best hockey," added sneior forward Sydney Brodt. We've become really close as a group and we have a pretty decent group of seniors and we all want to get it done.

In the midst of the wins, senior netminder Maddie Rooney surpassed the all-time saves record covering up save number 2,999. Rooney had no idea she was near the record. She earned 59 saves on the weekend.

"I had no idea that record was coming, so when they announced it over the scoreboard I was kind of in shock," explained Rooney. "Obviously it's super special to now hold that record and again with the shutout, it was another team shutout like how it was in the Minnesota Cup. It's just really special to share that with my teammates."

The Bulldogs sit tied with Bemidji State for fourth place in the WCHA standings. UMD will hit the road for another conference match up against St. Cloud State this weekend.

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