|1st||6:26||MNS||1-0||PP||Hannah Davidson (7)||-|
|3rd||6:22||MIN||1-1||PP||Lee Stecklein (6)||Kate Schipper/17, Kelly Pannek/16|
|3rd||12:27||MIN||2-1||EV GW||Megan Wolfe (4)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota State (3-19-2)||1/1||4/8||0|
|Minnesota State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Brianna Quade (L, 3-18-2)||59:37||2||18||15||15||48|
|Sidney Peters (W, 5-0-0)||60:00||1||1||2||4||7|
MINNEAPOLIS - Defensemen Megan Wolfe and Lee Stecklein scored third-period goals to lift the No. 3 Golden Gopher women's hockey team to a 2-1 win over Minnesota State at Ridder Arena Sunday afternoon.
Minnesota State (3-19-2, 0-17-1-0 WCHA) led 1-0 most of the game on a first-period power-play goal by Hannah Davidson, but Stecklein scored the game-tying goal on the power play at 6:22 of the third period and Wolfe scored her second-straight game-winner with 7:33 remaining to give Minnesota its 20th win of the season (20-3-0, 15-3-0 WCHA).
"What a hockey game here tonight," head coach Brad Frost said. "I'm just so proud of our team and the way they battled. I'm not sure we could've played much better.
"We attempted 117 shots, had a ton on net, had the puck a lot, and when there was an opportunity to get frustrated being down one to nothing going into the second period, I thought our team just continued to do what they were doing. They stayed together. They did the things that are necessary to be successful."
Wolfe broke a 1-1 tie with 7:33 remaining, scoring the game-winner off a feed from Kelly Pannek and Stecklein. Pannek found Wolfe at the top of the slot, where she ripped a slapshot past MSU goaltender Brianna Quade.
Stecklein tied the game 6:05 earlier on a power play goal. Pannek dug the puck out from behind the Mavericks' net and fed Kate Schipper along the far boards. Schipper then sent a cross-ice pass to Stecklein, who one-timed it past Quade on her stick side.
"Kate Schipper made one heck of a pass to Lee Stecklein, and she banged it home," Frost said. "That was a huge goal for us."
The Mavericks held the Gophers scoreless on Minnesota's first three power plays of the game despite the Maroon & Gold recording 11 shots on goal with the man advantage. Stecklein's power-play tally moved the Gophers to one-for-four on the day while MSU was one-for-one on the power play.
The Gophers outshot the Mavericks, 50-8, including a 33-4 advantage through the first two periods. Quade finished with 48 saves while Sidney Peters made seven saves for Minnesota.
"We talked a lot before the game about playing with a lot of passion, a lot of conviction, and a lot of desperation today and I thought we did that," Frost said. "Whether we had won the game or not, regardless of the big scoreboard, I would have been really proud of our team. I thought they played exceptionally well."
Minnesota travels to St. Cloud State next weekend for a Friday-Saturday series. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m. CT both days at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.