Minnesota reaches 600 wins in program history with overtime goal against Bemidji State

Sydney Baldwin netted the game winner in overtime on Saturday.

Gophers defenseman Sydney Baldwin maneuvers the puck toward the net at Ridder Arena on Nov. 20, 2015.

Gophers defenseman Sydney Baldwin maneuvers the puck toward the net at Ridder Arena on Nov. 20, 2015.

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Captain and senior Sydney Baldwin sent the Gophers home happy after her overtime goal gave Minnesota the sweep against the Beavers. 

The Gophers traveled north to face WCHA foe Bemidji State in a two-game series at the Sanford Center. Friday night, the Gophers beat the Beavers 3-1 and followed up with an overtime win Saturday night, marking their 600th win as a program.

“I think our team came a long way this weekend,” said head coach Brad Frost. “Doing some great things, coming together as a team – our compete level was great.”

Baldwin gave Minnesota the decisive goal to give Minnesota the sweep. She added an assist to a busy two-point day for her.

Sidney Peters picked up her second win of the weekend with 20 saves, including two saves in overtime.

“To go into overtime two weeks in a row and win this one was a lot of fun,” Frost said.

Bemidji State struck first in what would turn out to be a back-and-fourth game all night. Nicole Schammel netted her third goal of the year to tie the score up with 3.2 seconds left in the first. Patti Marshall tallied her first goal of the year to give the Gophers their first lead.

Goals from Bemidji’s Mak Langei and Gophers’ Caitlin Reilly in the second period brought the score to 3-2, which held until the Beaver’s Emma Terres scored with 4:44 to go.

Taking game one

In Friday night’s game, the Gophers jumped out to an early lead after Grace Zumwinkle scored her NCAA leading fourth power play goal of the season. Cara Piazza scored a goal to extend the lead to 2-0.

With 7:06 left in the third period, BSU was able to get one goal closer, but the Gophers held off the Beavers’ three power play opportunities, including a 5-on-3. The Gophers added one more goal when the Beavers pulled their goalie.

Peters had 27 saves and the Gophers were outshot 28-27 in the game.

“I’m really proud of our team, especially after last weekend,” Frost said. “To come out here and compete and battle and just lay it on the line the way they did was great against a really, really good team.”