Women’s hockey loses, has Harvard rematch cancelled due to ice condidtions

Monica Wright

Despite outshooting Brown 38-32 and leading for much of the game, the Minnesota women’s hockey team couldn’t repeat its national championship win over the Bears Saturday, losing 3-2 in overtime.
Fourth-ranked Brown jumped to an early lead when sophomore Kim Insalaco scored just under ten minutes into the first period off a shot deflected from a Gopher defender.
But junior Laura Slominski struck back quickly, answering Insalaco’s goal just four minutes later and senior Tracy Engstrom added an insurance goal in the second period, giving the Gophers the lead.
Minnesota remained ahead until just three minutes remained, when Brown’s Melissa Rennison slapped in a pass from Kathleen Kauth, forcing the game into overtime, a first for the Gophers this season.
While regulation time was riddled with penalties for both teams, overtime saw clean play with no scoring until Kauth tipped the winning goal past goaltender Erica Killewald with just 1:12 left in the overtime period.
The loss left the second-ranked Gophers an uncharacteristic zero for seven on the power play, but with a strong zero for five penalty kill against the Bears.
Minnesota traveled to Boston Sunday to take on fifth-ranked Harvard, a team that handed the Gophers their worst home loss last season with an 8-3 win.
Harvard suffered a 3-1 loss at home Saturday at the hands of sixth-ranked University of Wisconsin.
Sunday’s Minnesota-Harvard game was cancelled because of poor ice conditions. No make-up dates or times were announced.

Monica Wright covers women’s hockey and welcomes comments at [email protected]