Gophers sweep St. Cloud State in home-and- home

The Minnesota womenâÄôs hockey team swept their third team in four weeks. The Gophers (6-1-1-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association, 7-2-1 overa ll) played St. Cloud State University (1-4-1-1, 4-4-2 ) in a home-and-home series. The Gophers won both games; 2-1 on Friday in Ridder Arena and 6-2 on Saturday in St. Cloud. Friday night, the Gophers, second in the WCHA by one point , came out slow and only took four shots. First-year Alyssa Grogan said the team knew they came out slow and werenâÄôt happy about it. âÄúWe knew we had a lot more in us and we could have played a lot better,âÄù she said. âÄúWe were lucky to come out still tied. It was a rough start but I think we need to learn to deal with that, get over it and donâÄôt let it happen again.âÄù Coach Brad Frost said the team had a couple bad practices the week leading up to the games and it showed in the first period. âÄúWe only had three days of practice before the game tonight and, quite honestly, Tuesday and Wednesday werenâÄôt real good,âÄù he said. âÄúYesterday we had a great practice so I was hoping that would carry over but [St. Cloud] absolutely took it to us in the first.âÄù The pace changed in the second when the Gophers scored twenty-one seconds into the period as sophomore Emily West went top shelf to score the GophersâÄô first goal. The Huskies matched MinnesotaâÄôs quick scoring and tied the game eight seconds into the third on a power play against Grogan in ne t. The Gophers bounced back as senior captain Gigi Marvi n pushed the game winning goal into the net after it slipped through St. CloudâÄôs goalieâÄôs legs. Both teams had 11 penalties but only St. Cloud was able to capitalize. MinnesotaâÄôs opponents average 17.5 minutes in the box per game. However, the Gophers managed six shots and no goals during nine power plays Friday night . Saturday night the Gophers didnâÄôt have that problem. The Gophers went 4-for-12 on the power play. Frost said it was the cause for the offensive power from the Gophers. âÄúTonight our power play was dialed in,âÄù Frost said. âÄúThe last few games we havenâÄôt scored on the power play. That was the difference tonight.âÄù First-year Jocelyne Lamoureux and Marvin both scored twice as the Gophers, who were down 2-1 after the first period, fought their way back into the game. The Gophers also beat the Huskies as far as amount of penalties. Even though the Huskies took 26-minutes worth of penalties, the Gophers were in the box for a total of 33 minutes and Frost said that is something his team needs to work on. âÄúWe need to be more disciplined and need to think before we do some things,âÄù he said. The Gophers need to come out and play hard for all sixty minutes, West said. âÄúFrom the drop of the puck to when we are congratulating our goalie, we canâÄôt take a shift off, we canâÄôt underestimate any opponent,âÄù she said. âÄúWe just have to go into every game knowing we have to work our tails off to get that âÄòWâÄô in this conference.âÄù