Champs! Minnesota women clinch regular season title

The Minnesota womenâÄôs hockey team is the Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular season champion. With thirty seconds left on the clock, the Gophers were jumping around on the bench as the noise in Ridder Arena got louder. That should come as no surprise since a banner hasnâÄôt been hung in Ridder since the 2006 NCAA runner-up was placed there. The senior class finally gets to add something to their legacy, senior Gigi Marvin said. After winning 7-0 against St. Cloud on Friday night, Saturday night was a different story. The Gophers had to work harder to earn the 3-1 win. On only their second shot of the night, St. Cloud scored the first goal of the game five minutes into the contest. Marvin put the Gophers on the board on the power play with a wrist shot from the top of the circle. Twenty-one seconds later, first year Sarah Erickson unintentionally hooked St. Cloud’s Danielle Hirsch, who went into the corner knee first and was carried off in a stretcher. Hirsch is the younger sister of former Gophers menâÄôs hockey player Tyler Hirsch. Tyler walked onto the ice at one point to check on his sister and than accompanied her to the hospital with her mom and dad. Erickson received a hooking penalty on the play. Coach Brad Frost said Minnesota had a sluggish first period but responded in the second and saw more chances to score. Erickson capitalized on one of those chances and scored what would be the winning goal. In the third period, things got rough. The referees made a call after Jocelyne Lamoureux got pushed by a St. Cloud player and sent both to the box. A little later, Jenny Lura froze the puck and Felicia Nelson came through and knocked her. It went uncalled. A minute later Monique Lamoureux scored and had some words for the surrounding St. Cloud players before celebrating with her team. Sophomore Emily West was kept off of the score sheet, ending her 19-game point streak. Marvin said this banner was on the teamâÄôs list of goals but there are still two more up for grabs that Minnesota wants.