Gophers prevent St. Cloud comeback in second game of series

Lindsay Agnew and Sydney Baldwin had two goals each.

The Gopher women's hockey team watches on as senior defenseman Sydney Baldwin brings the puck down the ice on Dec. 1, 2017 at Ridder Arena.

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The Gopher women’s hockey team watches on as senior defenseman Sydney Baldwin brings the puck down the ice on Dec. 1, 2017 at Ridder Arena.

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Forward Lindsay Agnew and defensemen Sydney Baldwin helped lead Minnesota to a bounce back victory over St. Cloud in game two of the weekend series. 

Minnesota (20-8-3) defeated St. Cloud (6-18-5) 5-2 on Saturday afternoon at the Herbs Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn. 

The Gophers built off an early lead. Minnesota denied any chance of a second comeback from St. Cloud. The Huskies were held to 11 shots on net for the whole game. 

Last night, Minnesota lost a two-goal lead with less than five minutes left in the third period. Later, the Gophers lost in a shootout. Saturday afternoon was a different story. 

Agnew scored 1:55 into the first period after Taylor Williamson wrapped around the net and found Agnew for the opening goal. St. Cloud came back five minutes later and tied the game 1-1 on a power play. Agnew earned her second goal two minutes alter after Williamson passed the puck to her once again. Agnew beat the goaltender for the second time in the period. 

In the second period, the Gophers created plenty of chances and eventually, Baldwin scored her ninth goal of the year on a rebound shot. Forward Cara Piazza also scored her ninth goal of the year as the line of Piazza, Caitlin Reilly and Nicole Schammel continued to create chances. 

St. Cloud added one more goal with less than four minutes left in the game, but it could not mount the full comeback.