Gophers come out firing on Saturday to complete sweep

Even though the University of Minnesota womenâÄôs hockey team looked a little off, they still got the sweep. The No. 1 Gophers (26-3-3 overall, 21-2-3-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association ) beat North Dakota (13-15-4, 9-14-3-0 ) 4-1 Friday night and 5-0 Saturday. Minnesota came out sluggish in FridayâÄôs game, starting off playing in their defensive end. Coach Brad Frost said the Gophers didnâÄôt start out the way he thought they would. âÄúA lesson was learned tonight. From the rest of the way out, we need to play our best hockey,âÄù Frost said. Last weekendâÄôs emotional and physical games against Wisconsin took their toll on the players, and some after-effects carried over to this weekendâÄôs games. The quick turnaround and the two teams the Gophers played might be reasons the Gophers didnâÄôt come out looking their best, Frost said. âÄúThey obviously had a great weekend [against Wisconsin], and we gave them Monday off, but, to be honest, our week in practice was terrible,âÄù he said. âÄúIt was hard to get the kids going again because it was so mentally and physically taxing, but thatâÄôs no excuse. YouâÄôve got to come out and play.âÄù Two first-year players each scored two goals this weekend. Kelly Seeler scored on two slap shots from the point Friday night, while Jocelyne Lamoureux put two in Saturday . Sophomore Emily West tallied an assist Friday and a goal Saturday to extend her point streak to 18-straight games . SeelerâÄôs first goal came five minutes into the contest and Jocelyne increased the lead with a power play goal. First-year Monique Lamoureux put the game away with an empty netter as North Dakota pulled their goalie to try to get on the board. Senior Dagney Willey said the team was all a little disappointed in the way they played Friday night, but the Gophers did a 180 on Saturday to earn their win. âÄúWe were fortunate to get the win last night, and I think tonight we earned it,âÄù Frost said. Minnesota came out strong in the second period, scoring three goals, including a breakaway-goal by West with 40 seconds left in the period. With the score at 4-0, North Dakota got a power play with a minute left in the game and pulled their goalie for a 6-on-4 advantage . They were unable to put the puck in the net, but senior captain Gigi Marvin was. She scored an empty netter with 18 seconds left in the game to end the game at 5-0 . Sophomore Jenny Lura earned her second shutout of the season as she stopped all 16 shots from North Dakota. West said the team learned not to take any team lightly. âÄúWe obviously didnâÄôt play to 100 percent of our potential like we did last weekend, but weâÄôre ready to put that aside and look to our next game âÄî really focus on these next two because theyâÄôre even more important,âÄù West said.