Live Blog: Women’s hockey vs. Bemidji State

by John Hageman

Gophers win 3-1 1:21-Gophers extend the lead as Bozek knocked the puck to the left side of the goal, where Rasmussen put it in. Gophers lead 3-1. 3:34-Minnesota gets called for too many players on the ice, but Bemidji gives away the power play after Visser got called for body checking. 5:57-BSU will have a power play in 34 seconds after Kortum gets called for body checking. 7:23-Minnesota will now have a 5-3 advantage for about a minute as Keirstin Visser goes to the box. 8:19-Minnesota goes on the power play to try to extend the lead. 18:59-Rasmussen would have a breakaway opportunity, but Francis was offsides. Still 2-1. Bemidji will have 1:58 on the power play leftover from Jones’ high sticking call late in the second period. Minnesota goes into the final period in the lead for the 11th time this year. Rasmussen said last night that the key to beating Tomcikova would be to get that first goal on her, and the rest would come. That seemed to be the case last night when Tomcikova shutout the Gophers until two minutes into the second. She has kept up her strong play tonight, but the Gophers continue to outshoot Bemidji 20-14 between the two periods. Both goals for the Gophers tonight have come on the power play, only needing one shot on goal in their fourth power play to get the goal. Coming into tonight, Minnesota was second in power play percentage in the WCHA behind Ohio State at 19.1 percent. 1.7-Jones will head to the box for high sticking. 4:48-Tomcikova makes a great save, snagging the puck out of the air on a Jones breakaway. 6:40-Gophers survive the power play with no harm done. 8:40-Zebro gets called for obstruction hooking. 14:37-Gophers are in the lead for the first time tonight as Emily West knocks in the shot. Schleper and Bozek get the assists. The shot bounced off the top bar, and was rebounded back into the net. Gophers lead 2-1. 16:12-Bemidji’s Erika Wheelhouse gets called for slashing. It will be four-on-four for about 35 seconds. 17:34-Chelsey Jones gets called for tripping. Bemidji will start out the second with 37 seconds with an advantage, as Kortum is still serving her time from a hooking penalty at the end of the first. Tie game after one. Minnesota is 0-1-1 with a shootout victory this year when opponents score first, but 2-0-0 when tied after the first period. Räty is starting in her fourth straight game, her longest streak all year. Minnesota is outshooting the Beavers 10-5 so far, including five power-play shots. Freshman Megan Bozek had 41 shots on goal this season coming in to tonight, and finally got her first goal on a power play to tie it up. 1:22-Kortum will head to the box, giving BSU a chance to break up the tie on a power play. 6:33-Minnesota ties it up on a rocket from Bozek that seemed to bounce off of Tomcikova’s leg and into the goal. It is Bozek’s first goal as a Gopher. 7:55-Bemidji’s Franny Dorr gets called for slashing. 11:27-Minnesota will get another power-play opportunity as Lexy Parenteau heads to the box. 16:57-Beavers get on the board first with a breakaway goal by Emily Erickson. 17:38-The Beavers will have a power play in about a minute as Kortum gets called for interference. 18:33-Minnesota will go on an early power play as BSU’s Erin Johnson heads to the box. Starting for the Gophers: G-#41 Noora Räty D-#19 Megan Bozek D-#8 Mira Jalosuo F-#25 Terra Rasmussen F-#9 Jaimie Horton C-#7 Kelli Blankenship

The No. 2 Minnesota women’s hockey team will look to sweep the visiting Beavers here at Ridder Arena tonight. The game is slated for 4:07.

Last night, the Gophers took the victory 4-2, but were kept on their toes until the very end when Bemidji broke up the 3-0 shutout at 12:46 in the third, and cut the lead to one at 18:31. Junior Emily West was able to break free and score the open-net goal at 19:19 to put BSU away.

Minnesota head coach Brad Frost said he was impressed by the play of his third line last night. Senior Kelli Blankenship scored the first goal of the game at 2:46 in the second on an improbable shot that appeared to bounce off of BSU’s goalie Zuzana Tomcikova’s arm and into the goal. Junior Terra Rasmussen scored the Gophers third goal of the night at 5:18 in the third. Jaimie Horton also had six of Minnesota’s 38 shots on goal last night.

Sophomore Sarah Erickson continues to lead the WCHA in goals this year, scoring her 12th in 13 games at 15:55 in the second last night. With the win last night, Minnesota freshman goalie Noora Räty improves her record to 7-1-1, best in the WCHA.