Live Blog: Gophers women’s hockey vs. Minnesota State-Mankato

John Hageman

Gophers win 4-1. 7:27-The Mavericks will have a 5-3 advantage for about 20 seconds after Seeler gets called for elbowing. 8:46-The penalty box is getting crowded as Schleper heads to the box for high-sticking. 9:25-Minnesota will have a 4-3 advantage after MSUM’s Emmi Leinonen heads to the box for tripping. 9:42-West makes a move to the net, knocks over Alterman and gets called for interference. MSUM’s Lauren Smith then pushed West in the back of the head after the whistle was blown. She will also head to the box. 12:06-Erickson adds to the Gophers’ lead scoring her 11th goal of the year. Francis and Bozek get the assists. Gophers lead 4-1 13:09-Big collision in front of the Maverick net between West and MSUM’s Holly SNyder. West was slow to get up and Snyder headed to the bench after a couple of minutes on the ice. She gets the penalty for body checking. 14:42-Sarah Erickson heads to the box to give the Mavericks another shot on the power play. 18:53-The Mavericks cut the lead to two on the power play. Gophers lead 3-1. 19:21- The Mavericks will be on the ppower play once again as Emily West heads to the box for roughing. The Gophers found a way to score in the second period and didn’t let up. All three of the Gophers’ goals came within the last 8:36 of the period. Raty made a few great plays on the puck and had 11 saves in the period, just as many as MSUM’s Altmann. The Gohers had 14 shots on goal in the period to MSUM’s 11. The Mavericks hurt themselves with 8 minutes in the box in the period, 6 more than the Gophers. Francis becomes the first Gopher to reach the 100-point mark since Gigi Marvin in 2007-08 with an assist on the first goal of the night. There are a few Gopher fans in the crowd tonight here in Mankato, and they are making their voices heard with the Minnesota rouser on every goal. 53.8-Minnesota tacks on another to lead 3-0. Emily West scored the one-on-one goal as Erickson and Schleper get the assists. 2:53-Gophers take advantage of MSUM’s miscues and add to the lead as Anne Schleper scores the power-play goal while Kelly Seeler and Sarah Erickson get the assists. Gophers lead 2-0 3:12-The Mavericks fail to even it up. The Gophers will now have a 5-3 advantage as MSUM’s Christina Lee and Amy Udvig head to the box. 6:23- The Mavericks will look to respond as freshman Megan Bozek heads to the box for two minutes. 8:36-Gophers finally get on the board as senior Kelli Blankenship slides the puck past Altmann after great assists from Francis and West. Francis gets her 100th point of her career. Gophers lead 1-0. 11:53-Minnesota fails to cconvert on another power play, as Raty made a nice one-on-one save to prevent the short-handed goal. 13:32-The Gophers will get another chance at the power play as MSUM’s Moria O’ Conner heads to the box. 14:57-Gophers fail to convert on the power play as MSUM was actually able to keep it in the Gophers’ zone for most of the two minutes. 16:57-The Gophers will get a chance on the power play after MSUM’s Jenna Hewitt heads to the box for body checking. Minnesota heads into the locker room after one period deadlocked at 0-0 with the Mavericks. The Gophers have been able to outshoot MSUM 13-8 including 7 power-play shots to the Mavericks’ 0. MSUM’s goalie, sophomore Alli Altmann, has looked solid so far, but it will be difficult for the Mavericks to stay in it if the Gophers keep up the attack. Senior Brittany Francis is looking for her 100th career point tonight. She has seven so far this year. She would become the 16th Gopher in history to accomplish that goal. The team welcomes back Noora Raty and Mira Jalosuo after they missed the second game against Wisconsin two weeks ago to represent Finland, their home country, in the Four Nations Cup. The Finnish team took fourth place while Canada took home the gold for the 11th time in the 14 years the event has been held. 9:34-The Gophers will have a 4-3 advantage for about 11 seconds and will have a power play for another 1:49 afterward to try and break up this tie as MSUM’s Kathleen Rosso heads to the box for hooking. 11:24-Both teams are down a player as Maunu and MSUM’s Smith head to the box. Still 0-0. 13:00-Gophers come up with nothing during the power play. MSUM goalie Alli Altmann was able to make a few good saves on some opportunities to break up the tie. 15:39-Both teams have had chances so far, but neither have put one in the back of the net. Gophers will try to change that as they go on the power play.

Starting lineup for the Gophers:

#17 Emily West

#4 Sarah Erickson

#10 Brittany Francis

#2 Kelly Seeler

#26 Michelle Maunu

#41 Noora Raty