Minnesota comes out to make statement

After a sub-par showing last night, the Gophers picked up the pace and a win

Minnesota did a 180 tonight to earn their win. âÄúWe were fortunate to get the win last night and I think tonight we earned it,âÄù coach Brad Frost said. The No.1 Gophers (26-3-3 overall, 21-2-3-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Assocation) beat North Dakota (13-15-4, 9-14-3-0) by a score of 5-0 on Saturday. âÄúWe had a talk after the game last night about things we need to do better,âÄù Frost said. âÄúThe kids are the ones that shared what we needed to do better. It was on their shoulders today and they wanted to make a statement after a poor effort last night.âÄù Minnesota came out strong and had a goal waived off in the first period at the end of one of their power plays but first-year Jocelyne Lamoureux made up for it. Senior captain Melanie Gagnon kicked the puck to first-year Monique Lamoureux who gave it to Jocelyne. Monique put the puck in the net but it was waived off because her sister was in the crease. First-year Sarah Erickson got the goal back a minute later as she shot and put her own rebound away. Erickson said the effort in FridayâÄôs game was all mental and tonight the team was ready. âÄúThe biggest thing was that we picked it up in the end and got the points we wanted,âÄù she said. Later, on a penalty kill, Gagnon passed to first-year Kelly Seeler, who took a slap shot at the blue line. The rebound was grabbed by Jocelyne and put in the net. To keep her streak alive, sophomore Emily West earned a breakaway and put the puck through the goalie’s five hole to end the second period with a score of 4-0. North Dakota got a power play with a minute left and pulled their goalie for a 6-on-4 advantage. They were unable to put the puck in the net, but Gigi Marvin was. She scored an empty netter with 18 seconds left in the game to end the game at 5-0. âÄúWe obviously didnâÄôt play to 100 percent of our potential like we did last weekend but weâÄôre ready to put that aside and look to our next game, really focus on these next two because theyâÄôre even more important,âÄù West said.