UMD women flying high off sweep into Bemidji, Soderberg named to Goalie of the Year Watch List

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The No. 6 University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) women’s hockey team couldn’t have asked for a better start to the second half of their season.

They waltzed into LaBahn Arena stealing two wins from then-number two Wisconsin after only allowing one goal.

Head coach Maura Crowell credits staunch defense for the top ranked win. “When we defend really well, we get our opportunities offensively so if we keep our focus on that area I think it helps us almost relieve pressure on the offensive side of the puck.”

“It taught us so much about ourselves and how good of a hockey team we are, just keep riding off that confidence but not getting complacent,” Anneke Linser added, a fifth year forward at UMD.

Netminder Emma Soderberg has also played a big part in the Bulldogs’ recent success. Wednesday she was one of 27 named to the Women’s Hockey Commissioners Association National Women’s Goalie of the Year watch list after stopping 72 of 73 shots faced over the weekend.

“I think it’s fun for me when I get a lot of shots because you get into the rhythym of things,” Soderberg shared. “When it goes long periods of time without getting a shot you get a little colder, but now I was in it the whole time so I just went with the feeling I had.”

In 19 starts this season Soderberg has registered a league-leading .929 save percentage, with 1.69 goals against average.

Soderberg and the 15-9-1 Bulldogs are back in action this weekend hosting Bemidji State University.