Live Blog: Women’s hockey vs. Clarkson

John Hageman

Gophers win 2-0. 37.8-Minnesota will get a 5-3 advantage. 2:13-Minnesota will get an opportunity to extend its lead on the power play. 7:03-Clarkson will get another power play as Seeler gets called for high sticking. 12:12-Clarkson’s Thibault gets called for hooking. 13:52-Blankenship gets called for high sticking. 15:10-Räty makes a couple great saves to keep the Gophers up 2-0. One shot may have missed just wide on the right side of the net on a great opportunity for Clarkson to get back in the game. Minnesota holds on to a 2-0 lead going into the final period, but continues to find themselves in the box. The Gophers have tallied seven penalties to Clarkson’s three. But due to the strong play of the Minnesota penalty kill, the Gophers still hold on to the shutout. The Gophers are outshooting Clarkson 25-19 so far, keeping the pressure on Dahm. Frost talked eariler in the week about how important this series was going to be in determining NCAA seedings, and if the Gophers hold on here, it will definitely be a boost to the team’s outlook in the postseason. If history repeats itself, the Gophers will come away with the victory today, as the Gophers still have not lost all year when leading after two periods. Correction: Jalosuo gets an assist for Minnesota’s first goal of the game. 46.4-West gets called for cross checking. 4:02-Minnesota will have a power play in 13 seconds as Clarkson’s Brittany Mulligan heads to the box for slashing. 5:49-Jalosuo will head to the box, and the Gophers will be one down. 7:46-West will head to the box after getting called for holding. Clarkson’s Danielle Boudreau gets called for interference. West got roughed up just before that, but there was no call. 10:32-Both teams fighting to light the lamp, but these goalies are showing why they are two of the best in the country. Still 2-0 Gophers. 18:40-Gophers back to full strength. Still 2-0. Clarkson begins the period with a 5-3 advantage. Minnesota is looking good so far, despite early penalties. They take the lead 2-0 going into the second period. The Minnesota penalty kill has been strong so far, only allowing one shot on goal and scoring a short-handed goal late in the period. That goal would be reviewed because it looked like West should have been called for high sticking, but the goal stood. The teams are actually tied at nine shots on goal through one, despite the Gopher lead. This could be attributed to the strong play of Räty, who has made several impressive saves in crowds to keep the Gophers on top. 43.0- Francis gets called for hooking. Clarkson will have a 5-3 advantage. 1:17-Jones gets called for high-sticking just as the Gophers return to full strength. 3:15-Gophers add on another as West scores a short-handed goal off a Francis rebound out of the air through Dahm’s legs. Goal was reviewed but stands as called. Gophers up 2-0. 5:48-Clarkson has woken up recently, and have kept up the pressure in Minnesota’s zone. Still 1-0 Gophers 9:20-Clarkson back to full strength. 11:20-Clarkson’s leading scorer Dominique Thibault gets called for body checking. 13:42-West gets the Gophers on the board first. She made a couple great moves in the Clarkson zone, weaving past defenders. Blankenship gets the assist. 16:57-Zebro heads to the box for cross-checking. Räty just made a great save. As the puck sat just in front of her, she outstretched her left pad to make the save from her back. Starting for the Gophers: #41 Noora Räty #19 Megan Bozek #8 Mira Jalosuo #17 Emily West #10 Brittany Francis #4 Sarah Erickson

The No.2 Gophers women’s hockey team will look for a sweep against No. 3 Clarkson after taking the vicotry last night 4-0 here at Ridder Arena. Today’s game is slated for 3:07 p.m. Both teams were deadlocked going into the second period when junior Terra Rasmussen broke up the tie at 11:53 in the second. Seeler, Francis and West added goals in the third to give the Gophers the convincing win. Minnesota head coach Brad Frost called last night’s game the best 60 minutes of consecutive hockey the team has played all year. Noora Räty came away with the shutout, tallying 20 saves. Clarkson was limited to just three shots on six power-play opportunities last night.

 

Minnesota’s 39 shots on goal last night were the most Clarkson had allowed all year. The Golden Knights tallied only 20 shots of their own. Rasmussen has been on a roll lately, scoring three goals in her last three games. The Gophers were able to get by one of the best goalies in the country last night in Clarkson’s Lauren Dahm. The junor is currently third in the nation in save percentage, just behind Minnesota’s Räty.