Minnesota looks off but still gets the win

After an emotional weekend, the Gophers start weak

Even though the Minnesota womenâÄôs hockey team looked a little off, it didn’t prevent them from getting done what needed to be done. The No.1 Gophers (25-3-3 overall, 20-2-3-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Assocation) beat North Dakota (13-14-4, 9-13-3-0) 4-0 on Friday night at Ridder Arena, bringing them just three wins away from a conference championship. Minnesota came out sluggish in the game, starting off playing in their defensive end. âÄúWe didnâÄôt come out the way I thought we would,âÄù Frost said. âÄúA lesson was learned tonight. From the rest of the way out, we need to play our best hockey.âÄù The first goal of the game came five minutes into the match up when first-year Kelly Seeler rifled a slap shot from the point. Frost said the goals in the second got the team going again before they coasted home in the third. In the second, on a power play, first year Jocelyne Lamoureux scored on a one-timer and Seeler scored her second goal on an identical play as her first: a slap shot. Emily West assisted on Seeler’s second goal, increasing her point-streak to 17 games. She started her streak in November and it has survived a series against defending National Champions Duluth and a tough series against Wisconsin. The fourth goal was an empty-net affair by first-year Jocelyne Lamoureux in the third as North Dakota pulled their goalie to try to get on the board. Senior Dagney Willey said the team might have been a little tired from last weekendâÄôs emotional series. âÄúWeâÄôre coming back firing tomorrow and weâÄôre not going to quit,âÄù she said.