Alder – the goalkeeper of the Swiss national team who won the Olympic bronze medal in 2014 in Sochi with former Bulldog Lara Stalder – blocked 21 of 22 shots she faced in a first period that ended tied at 1-1.
Naomi Rogge, the second-year Bulldogs striker, gave UMD (13-13-2 overall, 9-9-2 WCHA) a quick lead of 1-0 at 3:45 with her 11th goal from the season, but freshman Jenniina Nylund replied for the Huskies (10-21-1, 5-17) less than a minute later to tie the game.
St. Cloud led 3-1 with a goal scored by junior forward Kayla Friesen six-and-a-half minutes into the second period and a power-play goal by second-year defenseman Taylor Wemple early in the second half. the third. Wemple's goal was scored during a major Bulldogs penalty that started in the final minutes of the second period when junior defender and co-captain Jalyn Elmes was sent off for verification from the back.
Freshman forward Anneke Linser scored his seventh goal of the season midway through the third period to allow the UMD closer.
Rookie Emma Soderberg, the goalkeeper of the Swedish national team who won her first three starts as a Bulldog, made 26 saves on her fourth start.
The Bulldogs once again lost their leader in goals, assists and points – rookie forward Gabbie Hughes – who injured his training in the days leading up to the Huskies weekend series.
UMD, WCHA's No. 4 seed, beat the Huskies 4-2 on Friday without Hughes to move within two points of Ohio State's third place in the league standings. At two weeks of the regular season, the gap returned to five points after the Buckeyes saved a home separation with Bemidji State.
UMD have two games in hand against the Buckeyes – who are starting this week – with Wisconsin, ranked second, at the Amsoil Arena. The Bulldogs close in Minnesota State-Mankato, while the Buckeyes go to Wisconsin.
St. Cloud State 1-1-1-3
Minnesota Duluth 1-0-1-2
First period – 1. UMD, Naomi Rogge 11 (Maggie Flaherty), 3:45; 2. CSUS, Jenniina Nylund 8 (Julia Tylke, Taytum Geier), 4:32.
Second period – 3. SCSU, Kayla Friesen 4 (Hallie Theodosopoulos), 6:31.
Third Period – 4. SCSU, Taylor Wemple 3 (Theodosopoulos, Brooke Kudirka), 2:37 (pp); 5. UMD, Anneke Linser 7 (Flaherty, Ryleigh Houston), 11:23.
Safeguard – Janine Alder, 21-15-12-51; Emma Soderberg, UMD, 12-8-6-26.
St. Scholastica 8, Aurora 2
Alexia Klaas and Kayla Kasel scored two goals each to give the Saints their fifth consecutive victory.
One night after defeating the Spartans 2-0, St. Scholastica (15-6-1 in total, 13-3 NCHA) paved the way for his attack, building an 8-0 lead and winning despite a touchdown 27. -25. Rachel Anderson and Kennedy Houge each recorded three helpers.
St. Scholastica 5, Lawrence 4
The Saints started the second period with a 2-1 loss before scoring four consecutive goals to win the NCHA match in Appleton, Wisconsin, and finish their season on a positive score.
St. Scholastica (11-13-1, 6-11-1 NCHA) was 9-3-2 and ranked 10th in Division III after a win over Wisconsin-Superior on December 30th. The Saints, however, finished the year by winning two of their last 12 games.