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2009–10 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs women's ice hockey season

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  • May 21: The school has announced that eight players have signed national letters of intent to attend UMD in the fall of 2009. The signees include forward Jessica Wong, goaltender Jennifer Harss, forward Andrea Lanzl, defenseman Mariia Posa and forward and Duluth native Gina Dodge. The five signees will join forward Audrey Belanger-Cournoyer, forward Vanessa Thibault and forward Katherine Wilson (Winnipeg, Manitoba) who all inked letters with the Bulldogs last November.
  • June 24: Former Bulldogs hockey player and assistant coach Caroline Ouellette has been selected the Most Valuable Player for the 2008-09 Canadian Women's Hockey League season.[1] Ouellette led her team to a first-place finish with a league-record 25 wins. She led the league with 33 assists
  • August 19: Shannon Miller, who has guided the University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team to four NCAA national titles, has inked a contract-extension that will keep it that way through 2012-13 season.[2]
  • September 9: The WCHA announced that Minnesota Duluth defenseman Jaime Rasmussen and forwards Emmanuelle Blais and Laura Fridfinnson have been named as WCHA All-Stars. The three players are among 22 players from the conference to face the 2009-10 U.S Women’s National Team in St. Paul, Minn. on September 25. [3]

Regular seasonEdit

  • October 5: The Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team was ranked No. 6 in the country. The officials revealed it in their first Top-10 Women’s Hockey Poll of the season. Minnesota Duluth accumulated 63 points.[4]
  • October 31: Number 1 ranked Mercyhurst College suffered its first loss of the season to the hands of fifth-ranked Minnesota Duluth. The Bulldogs skated away to a 4-3 win and a split of the two-game series at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. With the loss, the Lakers fall to 7-1 on the season while the Bulldogs improve to 6-4 overall. [5]
  • December 9: Jennifer Harss was named the Co-WCHA Defensive Player of the Week.[6] She made her first appearance in the Kohl Center on Dec. 4 and made 40 saves on 42 shots on goal in a 3-1 loss to Wisconsin. Harss then made 33 saves on December 6 in UMD’s 2-2 overtime tie with the host Badgers.
  • January 13: Senior Saara Tuominen and freshman Mariia Posa were named to Team Finland’s 2010 Olympic roster. Bulldog alum Heidi Pelttari has also been added to the team.[7]
  • February 11: Former Bulldog Leah Wrazidlo has been selected as a referee for women’s games at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. As a sidenote, she became the first woman to referee an international men's hockey game in 2005, as France met Italy on Nov. 12, 2005, in Turin, Italy.[8]
  • February 25: Former Bulldogs player Caroline Ouellette (Team Canada assistant captain) and redshirt Bulldogs player Haley Irwin both won gold medals with Team Canada in women’s hockey. Ouellette won her third gold medal and became the Bulldog with the most gold medals. Team USA forward Jenny Potter won the silver and became the most decorated Olympic medalist in Bulldogs hockey history. Current Bulldogs Saara Tuominen and Mariia Posa won bronze with Finland. In total, seven active or former Bulldogs won Olympic medals. [9] Alumnus Heidi Pelttari, and Maria Rooth also won bronze with Finland. The Swedish team included former Bulldog Erika Holst and four redshirted Bulldogs. The redshirted Bulldogs representing Sweden were Elin Holmlöv, Pernilla Winberg, Jenni Asserholt and Kim Martin.


Conference Overall
Minnesota 22 17 2 3 3 40 79 29 28 21 3 4 93 34
Minnesota-Duluth 22 15 5 2 1 33 68 42 28 19 7 2 88 57
Wisconsin 22 12 9 1 0 25 63 49 28 15 10 3 81 61
Bemidji State 22 7 8 7 3 24 41 48 28 8 13 7 50 70
St. Cloud State 22 8 10 4 3 23 49 61 28 11 11 6 70 81
Ohio State 22 10 10 2 0 22 70 71 28 13 11 4 91 84
Minnesota State 22 2 15 5 3 12 36 74 26 4 17 5 45 87
North Dakota 22 4 16 2 0 10 31 63 26 5 17 4 45 74


Number Name Position Height Class
3 Jocelyne LarocqueD 5-6 Junior
11 Kacy AmbrozF 5-7 Sophomore
12 Haley IrwinF 5-7 Junior
13 Tara GrayD 5-10 Junior
14 Libby GuzzoF 5-7 Junior
19 Laura FridfinnsonF 5-8 Junior
20 Torri ShelafoeF 5-3 Sophomore
22 Sarah MurrayD 5-3 Senior
23 Saara TuominenF 5-6 Senior
26 Heidi PelttariD 5-5 Senior
29 Justine FisherF 5-4 Sophomore
30 Kim MartinG 5-5 Senior
31 Lana SteckG 5-6 Sophomore
47 Emmanuelle BlaisF 5-4 Senior
51 Pernilla WinbergF 5-5 Sophomore
72 Elin HolmlovF 5-9 Senior
84 Jenni AsserholtD 5-8 Sophomore
88 Jaime RasmussenD 5-8 Senior


Senior Emmanuelle Blais had 12 points over the last five games of the season, and ended her NCAA career on a five-game scoring streak. [10]

Date Location Opponent Score Notes
Feb. 26 Heritage Center North Dakota 6-2 Emmanuelle Blais scores 4 goals[11]
Feb. 27 Heritage Center North Dakota 3-1 Sweep series
  • March 7: The Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers 3-2 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis to win the WCHA FINAL FACE-OFF playoff championship. It is the Bulldogs fifth WCHA playoff championship. This was their first postseason victory over the Golden Gophers since 2003. In addition, the Bulldogs lost three previous league playoff games against the Gophers at Ridder Arena. [12]

NCAA TournamentEdit

  • March 8: Two teams from the WCHA will compete for the 10th NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship. The University of Minnesota will be the host school for the 2010 Frozen Four, to be held March 19 and 21 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. WCHA Tournament champion University of Minnesota Duluth, and at-large selection Minnesota will be two of eight competing teams.

Minnesota Duluth (28-8-2) is seeded Number 2 and the Bulldogs will host the New Hampshire Wildcats (19-8-5) on Saturday, March 13 at 2:00 pm central standard time. The Golden Gophers (25-8-5) are the number 3 seed, and will host the Clarkson Golden Eagles (23-11-5), on March 13 at 4:00 pm central standard time. Minnesota Duluth won the Forzen Four for the first three years that the tournament was held (2001, 2002 and 2003). The Golden Gophers proceeded to win the next two Frozen Four tournaments (2004 and 2005). [13] Neither team has won since.

  • March 21: The Bulldogs defeated Cornell 3-2 in overtime to win its fifth Frozen Four. Jessica Wong scored the game winning goal in overtime. Saara Tuominen and Jaime Rasmussen were the only players to have had two points in the championship game.

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Emmanuelle Blais, WCHA Offensive Player of the Week (Week of October 26) [15]
  • Emmanuelle Blais, Patty Kazmaier Award nominee[16]
  • Emmanuele Blais, 2010 Women's RBK Hockey Division I All-America First Team[17]
  • Audrey Cournoyer, WCHA Rookie of the Week (Week of November 9)[18]
  • Laura Fridfinnson, Patty Kazmaier Award nominee[19]
  • Jennifer Harss, WCHA Co-Defensive Player of the Week (Week of December 7)[20]
  • Jaime Rasmussen, WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (Week of October 26)

Preseason honorsEdit

  • WCHA Preseason Player of the year finalist: Saara Tuominen, Minnesota Duluth[21]
  • WCHA Preseason Rookie of the year finalist: Jennifer Hars, Minnesota Duluth [22]

Regular season honorsEdit

  • Katherine Wilson, WCHA Rookie of the Week (Week of October 12)[23]
  • Jessica Wong, Minnesota Duluth, WCHA Rookie of the Week(Week of January 20)[24]

All-WCHA TeamEdit

  • Emmanuelle Blais, F, All-WCHA First Team[25]
  • Jaime Rasmussen, D, All-WCHA First Team

Postseason honorsEdit

  • Emmanuelle Blais, Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player
  • Emmanuelle Blais, Frozen Four Tournament Team
  • Laura Fridfinnson, Frozen Four Tournament Team
  • Jessica Wong, Frozen Four Tournament Team

Postseason newsEdit

  • Sports Illustrated listed Emmanuelle Blais as one of its "Faces In The Crowd" (in its April 19, 2010 issue). Part of the recognition is attributed to Blais earning the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four's Most Outstanding Player award on March 21. Blais is also a 2009-10 RBK First Team All-American. Her 1.59 points per game was the fifth highest total in the country. Her 32 goals led the NCAA, and she had a career high of 65 points. [26]
  • March 22: The Mayor of Duluth Don Ness presented head coach Shannon Miller with a proclamation declaring Friday, March 26, 2010 as "Shannon Miller Day'".[27]
  • April 12: Emmanuelle Blais was a co-winner of the University of Minnesota Duluth's Outstanding Female Senior Athlete Award. The award was shared by four winners: the others being Jheri Booker (basketball), Clare Dahmen (soccer) and Kristin Danielson (softball).[28]
  • June 7: Jessica Wong was named Nova Scotia's Female Team Athlete of the Year by Sport Nova Scotia. Wong was given the Ricoh Sport Award. She scored a goal to win the 2010 NCAA title in triple-overtime, and she scored two goals to earn an Under-22 Women's World Championship gold. [29]


  26. Blais is no longer just a Face in the Crowd. Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs athletics (Thursday, April 15, 2010). Retrieved on 2 August 2010.
  27. A celebration to honor the 2010 NCAA Champions will take place Friday. Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs athletics (Monday, March 22, 2010). Retrieved on 2 August 2010.
  28. Blais named Co-Winner of UMD’s outstanding female senior athlete for 2009-10. Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs athletics (Monday, April 12, 2010). Retrieved on 2 August 2010.
  29. Wong named Nova Scotia’s Female Athlete of the Year. Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs athletics (Monday, June 7, 2010). Retrieved on 2 August 2010.
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