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UMD steps out of conference to compete in D.C.

Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 11:26 PM CST
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DULUTH, MN. (CBS 3 Duluth) - It’s that time of year again, turkey tourney time for the lady Bulldogs on the ice. For the first time this season, UMD will lace up their skates and pack up their gear to compete outside of the WCHA in the nation’s capitol to face off with Penn State and St. Lawrence.

The Bulldogs are traveling with an abundance of confidence after their dominating series sweep over Bemidji State last weekend.

Upon their annual Thanksgiving trip, these squads have a bit of history. The only time the Nittany Lions have seen a series with UMD, the Bulldogs swept them back in 2017.

On the Saints’ side of the puck, UMD has not seen them since 2007 and holds a 9-3-0 all-time advantage, including UMD’s first-ever NCAA national championship title back in 2001.

With a solid practice week under the Bulldogs’ belts, head coach Maura Crowell says they are ready for some fantastic hockey and quality team bonding.

“The bonding that we get to have, I think we are usually able to have a big Thanksgiving dinner where parents have been there and different family, and it’s just a lot of bonding between everyone as a whole. We like to think that bulldog family includes our parents and our siblings as well,” said Rogge.

“I think it’s good for us. They do some things different than the teams in our league from what we’ve seen on video, and I think that just makes us better hockey players. We will adjust our game slightly, but not too much because we’re the same; our concepts, our values, our systems are the same no matter where we go,” said Crowell.

Bulldogs took flight Wednesday afternoon. Puck drops on Friday with Penn State at 3:00 central. On Saturday, UMD will face off with the Saints at 1:30 central.

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