The Gophers score five goals in third period, pull away from Catamounts

Nicole Schammel scored two goals in the second game of the series

Max Biegert


The floodgates opened for the Golden Gophers in the third period of Saturday night’s game.  

The Gophers (16-6-2) beat Vermont (6-14-4) 6-1 in game two of the weekend series against the Catamounts at Ridder Arena on Saturday night. The game was tied at one after two periods. However, it was all Gophers in the third period, as they score five goals to put away the Catamounts and split the series. Alex Gulstene had 16 saves and Nicole Schammel had two goals. The Gophers outshot Vermont 43-17. 

The Gophers came out a different team in the third period. Just 45 seconds into the period Taylor Wente scored her ninth goal of the year. The Gophers were not done yet, Schammel slid across the net and had enough strength to get it past Scobee for the score. Lindsay Agnew then added her third goal of the year to extend the lead to 4-1. Schammel then tipped in another goal to put the game out of reach. By the 10-minute mark in the third the Gophers had opened up a four goal lead. Sydney Baldwin added one more goal with six minutes left in the game.   

In the first minute of the first period, Vermont’s Mackenzie Macneil scored to grab the early lead. The Gophers, unlike Friday night, had an answer. Olivia Knowles was able to tie the game up a few minutes later with a wrist shot that squeaked through to the back of the net. That was her sixth goal of the year. 

Neither team scored in the second period. However, Minnesota had plenty of chances. Both Schammel and Woken missed on 2 on 1 advantages. The Gophers outshot Vermont 14-7, but Sydney Scobee held strong against the Gophers rush and the game stayed tied at one.