Women drop two, but could gain confidence

UND became victim No. 29 and No. 30 in a row for the Minnesota women’s hockey team, which is in the midst of an incredible run.

But as frustrating as it may have been for UND to go out there and drop a couple of 6-3 games, there were plenty of good signs that the team is about to turn the corner as the stretch run hits.

Minnesota, 22-0, had been so dominant that it only trailed for 39 seconds all season coming into the weekend. UND led on Saturday afternoon for nearly 30 minutes.

Minnesota had not been outshot yet this season, yet only managed to outshoot UND in one of the six periods during the weekend. UND outshot the Gophers by 10 on Friday night.

Minnesota goalie Noora Raty had not allowed more than two goals in any game this season. UND scored three both nights.

Freshman Meghan Dufault is coming alive for UND. After tallying 5 goals and 8 points in her first 17 games, she has 6 goals and 10 points in the last four games.

UND will need to be on top of its game this weekend. Wisconsin, one of the teams that UND will be battling for an NCAA tournament spot, is in town. The Badgers swept UND earlier this season in the Kohl Center and it would be big for UND to get those two games back.

If the NCAA tournament started today, UND would be out. There’s ground to make up. But there’s a chance that, after last weekend, UND could be on its way to doing so.

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