Women’s hockey blows two leads, hangs on for tie

Minnesota won in a shootout following overtime.

Samuel Gordon

It looked like Emily West was going to be the hero for the second straight night.

With the score tied at two, Kelly Terry stole the puck near center-ice and set West up with a short-handed breakaway opportunity and the senior beat Bemidji State goalie Zuzana Tomcikova for the go-ahead goal with 5:13 left in the third period.

But the Beavers, known to be one of the hardest working groups in the conference, tied the game with less than a minute remaining.

BSU pulled its goalie with just more than a minute remaining in the third period for an extra skater, and Erika Wheelhouse tied it up with 53 seconds left in the game.

Neither team scored in overtime and the game finished in 3-3 tie. However, the Gophers won a shootout, 2-0, to secure an additional point in the WCHA standings.

“It hurts to give one up there in the last minute, to let them tie it,” Minnesota head coach Brad Frost said, “but I’m proud of the way our kids responded to get the shootout win.”

Jen Schoullis scored twice in 39 seconds to give the Gophers a 2-0 lead midway through the second period.

“We needed a goal, we were playing against a really good goalie this weekend,” Schoullis said. “Both of my goals were just getting her moving laterally.”

But the Beavers clawed back. Sadie Lundquist scored a power play goal from point-blank range with just over three minutes left in the period. 4:55 into the third and the teams were tied again when Kristin Huber scored a power play goal of her own.

West and Amanda Kessel scored in the shootout for Minnesota. The Gophers will travel to Mankato for a series with Minnesota State next weekend.