Live Blog: Women’s hockey vs. Minnesota State-Mankato

John Hageman

Raty gets the save on her side to give the Gophers the 2-1 shootout win. Schleper gets the first goal of the shootout. Raty stops another Francis misses wide left Raty with another save Raty gets the save, but West fails to get pat Altmann Erickson could not get past Altmann Ovetime was not enough for these two teams, as we head to a shootout. 1:22-Timeout MSUM. Both teams have had opportunities, but still no victor. OT-We’re going to need more than 60 minutes to decide this one as we head to overtime here in Mankato. 2:30-Minnesota can’t convert on the power play. Score still tied 1-1. 5:38-The Gophers will have another power-play opportunity as Ashley Young gets called for roughing. 7:27-Maunu will head to the box giving MSUM the advantage. 8:29-Minnesota ties it up on a Anne Schleper power-play goal. Assists by West. 8:57-The Gophers fail to convert on the 5-3 but will get another power play opportunity after Tikkinen gets called for high-sticking. 11:53-The Gophers will now have a 5-3 advantage as MSUM’s Lauren Smith heads to the box. 12:16-The Gophers will get another shot at the power play as MSUM’s Jenna Hewitt gets called for interference. 13:08-Mavericks fight off the Gopher attack. Still 1-0. 15:10-The Gophers will have a power play in 23 seconds as Tikkinen gets called for hooking. 16:52-Kortum will head to the penalty box for high-sticking. The Mavericks will have the advantage. The Gophers still trail after two periods 1-0. Minnesota was able to stay out of the penalty box a lot more than the first period, but still were not able to light the lamp. The Mavericks had only one power-play opportunity in the second period to Minnesota’s three. Minnesota outshot MSUM on power plays 8-1 in the period. Captain Brittany Francis talked last night about the importance of taking advantage of the Mavericks’ miscues, which is something the team has not been able to do yet. The Gophers owned the last part of the game last night, scoring all four of their goals within the last half of the game. The Gophers have trailed going into the third period only twice this year, both losses to Wisconsin. 30.9-The Gophers fail to convert on the power play still 1-0. 3:33-The Gophers will get another chance at the power play as Rosso heads to the box once again. 7:39-The Gophers will have a 5-3 advantage for 25 seconds as MSUM’s Rosso heads to the box. 9:14-Erickson gets back in the game quickly, as the Gophers will get their second power-play opportunity to try and tie the game up. 12:30-The Mavericks come up with nothing on the power play. Erickson was slow to get up after a collision with Maunu and headed to the bench. 15:47-Seeler heads to the box again, giving the Mavericks get their fifth power-play opportunity of the game. The Gophers head into he second period trailing 1-0. Minnesota has only trailed after the first once this year, a loss in Wisconsin. The Gophers have been in and out of the penalty box in the first period, which has forced the team to constantly fend off MSUM’s attacks. It will be hard for the Gophers to pull off the sweep if they let MSUM have the advantage for 8 minutes like they did in the first. No doubt that Minnesota head coach Brad Frost is saying something similar to his team right now. Noora Raty gets the second straight start after getting last night’s win. Usually she splits the weekend series with Alyssa Grogan. The last time she played in both games in a weekend was against UMD on Oct.16-17. She has looked solid so far, tallying 13 saves while only allowing one breakaway goal 5 minutes into the game. MSUM has 14 shots on goal to Minnesota’s 10. 39.0-The Gophers will get their first power-play opportunity of the game. 2:58-Gophers back to full stength. 4:58-The Mavericks will have another shot on the power play as Kelly Seeler heads to the box for cross-checking. 7:30-Megan Bozek will head to the box for body checking. This is the third MSUM power play. The Gophers have not had the advantage so far. 9:48-Gohpers back to full strength. 11:57-The Gophers get back to full strength but quickly give the advantage back to MSUM as Zebro heads to the box for hooking. 14:10-The Mavericks will get a chance to extend the lead on the power play as Schleper gets called for roughing. 14:51-The Mavericks get on the board first as Nina Tikkinen scores the one-on-one goal on Raty. Kala Buganski had the assist. The Gophers will look to sweep Minnesota State-Mankato here at All Seasons Arena. The game is slated for 3:07 p.m.

Gophers starters:

#17 Emily West

#4 Sarah Erickson

#10 Brittany Francis

#22 Anne Schleper

#20 Alexandra Zebro

#41 Noora Raty

Mavericks starters:

#7 Kala Buganski

#8 Nina Tikkinen

#25 Lauren Smith

#29 Jackie Otto

#9 Ariel Mackley

#1 Alli Altmann