Gophers earn a split with Duluth

The University of Minnesota womenâÄôs hockey team is 2-0. In shootouts. No. 3 Duluth (16-6-4 overall, 11-5-4-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Associatio n) broke No. 1 MinnesotaâÄôs (21-3-2, 16-2-2-2 ) 16-game winning streak Friday night, but the Gophers won in a shootout Saturday. The shootout-win kept the Gophers tied for first with Wisconsin. Duluth entered the game missing junior All-American goaltender Kim Martin due to a sprained knee. The Gophers on the other hand were able to add senior captain Gigi Marvin to the lineup after an injury to her shoulder. The injury didnâÄôt slow Marvin as she scored the first goal for the Gophers on a pass from sophomore Jen Schoullis. After Duluth tied the game, junior Jaimie Horton got a rebound goal to put the Gophers up 2-1. Two minutes later, the Bulldogs responded with three goals in three minutes, two on power plays to put the game at 4-2. Head coach Brad Frost said the second period was the weakest period for the Gophers. âÄúWe need to re-evaluate and look at what we didnâÄôt do well tonight,âÄù Frost said. âÄúThe kids need to come back and respond tomorrow.âÄù Less than 24 hours later, the Gophers got their chance to respond. With a âÄúcarbon copy of the first game,âÄù Marvin said the Gophers came out strong and scored the first goal when Schoullis took a slap shot to score. The second period was different than FridayâÄôs, as Minnesota allowed only one Duluth goal and scored two of their own . Sophomore Emily West redirected first-year Monique LamoureuxâÄôs shot to the back of the net. Three minutes later, Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux took the puck to the net where Monique scored, making the score 3-1 . âÄúJocelyne went to the net and took the defender with her, so she should get just as much credit for that goal as I do,âÄù Monique said. Duluth gained momentum in the third and scored two goals on 11 shots to tie the game 3-3. The Gophers were unable to score on two power plays, and the game went to overtime where neither team put a point on the board, sending the game to a shootout. Sophomore Jenny Lura was in net and she blanked both Duluth shooters. First-year Sarah Erickson and Marvin scored for Minnesota to win it. This was LuraâÄôs first shootout of the year, and she said she was glad she didnâÄôt have to face some of the Minnesota shooters. âÄúWe have a lot of very tricky, very good shooters on our team, and I know that theyâÄôre going to pull it through,âÄù she said. âÄúI know my job. I have to stop the puck.âÄù Frost said he was happy with the result of the shootout and knows the Gophers now know what it takes to win big games. âÄúItâÄôs going to take more than talent. ItâÄôs going to take 60 minutes of really aggressive hockey, minimizing our mistakes,âÄù he said. âÄúThere is so little that separates the top three teams. I think you saw that tonight.âÄù