Gophers women’s hockey team loses WCHA season opener 4-3

Nate Gotlieb

The Gophers women’s hockey team lost to North Dakota 4-3 tonight in their WCHA opener. 

Minnesota (3-1-0, 0-1-0 in the WCHA) saw their streak of 28 consecutive victories over North Dakota (3-2-0, 2-1-0 in the WCHA) snapped tonight as the Gophers could never recover after defenseman Jordan Slavin put UND up 4-3 with 19:28 left in the game. 

Things look promising for the Gophers early on as Becky Kortum scored 80 seconds into the first period.

But UND, as they would the entire night, answered right back. 

A goal by Margot Miller 2:01 through the first period UND tied the game at one.  The Gophers scored on a one-timer from Jen Schoullis 7:57 through the first, but three penalties in a three-minute span allowed UND a five on three opportunity and gave way to Monique Lamoureux’s game-tying goal late in the first.

Freshman Kelly Terry added her first goal of the season when she broke away from the Fighting Sioux defense at 10:20 mark in the second period.  UND would answer four minutes later, however, as Sara Dagenias scooped up a loose puck off a Gopher turnover and slid it through the five hole of goalie Alyssa Grogan. 

The Gophers attempted just eight shots in the third period and never developed a viable scoring threat near the end.

A post game quarrel between a few veterans of both sides inflated the number of penalty minutes to 92 combined for the two teams.  The Gophers Kelley Seller and UND’s Alyssa Wiebe were assessed five-minute slashing penalties while Jen Schoullis and Sarah Erickson along with Sara Dagenais and Ashley Holmes of UND received hitting-after-the-whistle along with game-misconduct penalties.