Minnesota Duluth Shuts Out Bemidji State 8-0
Friday, February 13, 2004
Feb. 13, 2004

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Jenny Potter and Caroline Ouellette each tallied hat tricks, as three-time defending national champion Minnesota Duluth blanked the Bemidji State women’s hockey team 8-0 tonight at the John Glas Fieldhouse. UMD improves to 19-0-1 all-time against the Beavers.

The Bulldogs struck early and often in the opening period, scoring first just over one minute into the game, as frosh Jessica Koizumi netted her 15th goal of the season to put UMD up 1-0.

After being whistled for an interference penalty at 14:56 of the first period, Minnesota Duluth turned what could have been a disaster into two shorthanded scores. Jenny Potter lit the lamp for the 25th and 26th time of the season, once at 15:07 and again at 16:21, giving the Bulldogs a 3-0 advantage. Caroline Ouellette notched her 20th marker of the year at 19:58 of the first session, spotting the visitors a 4-0 lead after the first intermission.

Minnesota Duluth shut the door on the Beaver offensive attack in the second stanza, as the Bulldogs outshot BSU 14-1. Despite the substantial shot advantage, UMD scored just once in the period, when Ouellette scored again at the 15:46 mark.

In the final period of regulation Julie Fearing recorded her first goal of the season at 3:43, while Potter and Ouellette each secured hat tricks with lamplighters at 9:11 and 15:01 to solidify a 8-0 victory. The last time an opponent had two players score a hat trick against BSU came on Feb. 23, 2002, when Minnesota Duluth’s Maria Rooth and Krista McArthur each achieved the feat in Duluth.

For the game, Ouellette Potter compiled three goals and four assists.

UMD finished with 29 shots to BSU’s 11.

Netminder Jill Luebke made 21 saves in a losing effort and her record is now 3-13-1 this season. The eight goals allowed by the sophomore are the most she has surrendered during her career at Bemidji State. Her previous high of seven was set earlier this season at Minnesota (12-5-03).

Bemidji State falls to 5-23-1 overall and 3-16-0 in WCHA play. Minnesota Duluth improves to 14-9-2 on the season. The two teams will play the rematch Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. in the John Glas Fieldhouse.

Scoring Summary
First Period: UMD, Jessica Koizumi (15) ES (Caroline Ouellette, Jenny Potter), 1:16
First Period: UMD, Jenny Potter (25) SH (Caroline Ouellette), 15:07
First Period: UMD, Jenny Potter (26) SH (Caroline Ouellette), 16:21
First Period: UMD, Caroline Ouellette (20) ES (Jessica Koizumi, Jenny Potter), 19:58
Second Period: UMD, Caroline Ouellette (21) ES (Jenny Potter, Tricia Guest), 15:46
Third Period: UMD, Julie Fearing (1) ES (Suvi Vacker, Nora Tallus), 3:43
Third Period: UMD, Jenny Potter (27) ES (Juliane Jubinville, Caroline Ouellette), 9:11
Third Period: UMD, Caroline Ouellette (22) ES (Jenny Potter, Julianne Vasichek), 15:01

UMD - Riitta Schaublin - 5-1-2-8
Anna-Kaisa Piiroinen - 0-0-3
BSU - Jill Luebke 5-13-3-21