Gophers ruin Duluth’s party with weekend sweep

The sweep is the first time Duluth has been swept at home since 2002

The Minnesota womenâÄôs hockey team spoiled the celebrations in Duluth this weekend. Not only was the BulldogâÄôs 2008 NCAA championship banner being raised to the rafters, but it was also DuluthâÄôs homecoming weekend. The Gophers (2-0-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association, 3-1-0 overall) swept No. 1 Duluth (0-2-0, 2-2-0) by winning 4-3 in overtime on Friday night and 2-0 on Saturday. This is the second season in a row that the Gophers handed the Bulldogs their first loss of the season, and the first time Duluth has been swept at home since they played Wisconsin Jan. 6-7, 2002. On Friday night, the game started with the banner being raised and ended with senior captain Melanie GagnonâÄôs game-winning overtime goal. In the first period, the Gophers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after two power-play goals by sophomore Emily West and first-year Monique Lamoureux , which was her first collegiate goal and was assisted by her sister Jocelyne. After a Gophers bench penalty for too many players on the ice, the Bulldogs scored nine seconds into the third period to bring the score to 3-2. They tied the game four minutes later, after another Gophers penalty. Senior captain Gigi Marvin said that DuluthâÄôs comeback was due to Minnesota miscues. âÄúThere wasnâÄôt a breakdown. There were two mistakes,âÄù she said. âÄúThey came out and capitalized on those mistakes. They are a good team and that is what a good team is going to do against you.âÄù In overtime, Duluth received a checking penalty and the Gophers capitalized to win the game. SaturdayâÄôs game had more penalties but less scoring than FridayâÄôs battle. After netting four power-play goals the night before , Minnesota scored both goals on Saturday night at even strength . The Lamoureux sisters each scored a goal to lead the Gophers to a 2-0 win. The Gophers had 12 penalties on Saturday, with a total of 20 penalties both games. The Bulldogs took 13 penalties the whole weekend. The rivalry between the two teams led to physical play and penalties, Monique Lamoureux said. DuluthâÄôs crowd added fuel to the fire by rooting loudly against the Gophers, but it didnâÄôt faze Lamoureux. âÄúEven when theyâÄôre cheering against you, it still pumps you up,âÄù she said. First year Alyssa Grogan started in net on Friday and faced 36 shots . Sophomore Jenny Lura saw 34 shots on Saturday . Head coach Brad Frost said the goalies switched because the team doesnâÄôt have a No. 1 goalie, but two top goalies. He said Grogan gave the Gophers a chance to win and Lura played really strong. âÄúI thought Alyssa [Grogan] played really well last night and kept us in the game, made some great saves to keep us in the game. I thought Jenny [Lura] made the saves that she had to, a couple big ones,âÄù he said. The Gophers plan to take the momentum from this past weekend into their upcoming games, but Marvin said it feels good to leave Duluth with four points. âÄúItâÄôs a great feeling any time you can get it done, especially in Duluth,âÄù Marvin said.