Women’s hockey vs Duluth: Gophers tie 3-3; Minnesota wins shootout

Heidi Hanse

No one scored in the five minute overtime, so the game went into a shootout- the first one at Ridder since the exhibition game against Team USA. In net for Minnesota is Lura and Ellison is in net for Duluth. Minnesota will shoot first, with Sarah Erickson scoring. Lura denied Duluth’s first shooter. Monique Lamoureux’s shot was saved. Duluth’s Haley Irwin’s shot was saved. Gigi Marvin went third and scored to win the shootout for Minnesota 2-1. After third: For the first time at home this season, the Gophers have gone into overtime. Duluth scored two goals on two rebounds in front of the net to tie the game. It was a reminder of last night’s comeback. Even with two Duluth penalties in the last three and a half minutes, the Gophers were unable to put the winning goal in the net. The Bulldogs will start overtime shorthanded. After the second: The Gophers started the second with a penalty kill for 25 seconds and than started their offense. After another Gopher penalty, Duluth scored to tie the game. The Bulldogs are 3-9 on the power play so far this weekend and added a short handed goal last night. Monique Lamoureux responded for the Gophers on a shot from the blue line and it was redirected by Emily West to make the score 2-1. Without skipping a beat, Monique and Jocelyne took the puck in on a two-on-one, with Monique dekeing the goalie and finding the back of the net, three minutes later. Duluth only got four shots this period with Minnesota taking 14. After the first: The Gophers once again scored the first goal of the game. Jen Schoullis got the puck after a Bulldog turnover and riffled a slap shot to the back of the net. Minnesota continued to out shoot Duluth, taking 11 shots to the Bulldog’s five.

Pre-game:

Less than 24 hours later, the Gophers are back on the ice, warming up to take on Duluth.

There have been a couple changes in the Gophers line up. The first line stayed the same, with Brittany Francis takng Alexandra Zebro’s spot on the line up, skating at left wing on the second line. Terra Rasmussen moved up to the third line and Laura May will skate today after sitting out last night.

Here are the lines:

West-Schoulllis-Marvin

Francis-J. Lamoureux-M. Lamoureux

Rasmussen-Erickson-Blankenship

May-Horton-Jones

Gagnon-Seeler

Drazan-Maunu

Schleper-Willey

The Gophers started last night on a good note, scoring the first goal.  The game continued to get faster and more physical. The Bulldogs will most likely pick up where they left off last night while Minnesota needs to pick up the pace in order to have success.

Wisconsin beat St. Cloud State 5-1last night and 6-3 earlier today, putting them two points ahead of Minnesota in the WCHA standings.