|1st||3:55||MND||1-0||EV||Lara Stalder (5)||-|
|1st||7:21||MIN||1-1||PP||Cara Piazza (2)||Kate Schipper/2, Sydney Baldwin/3|
|1st||8:11||MND||2-1||EV||Lara Stalder (6)||Katherine McGovern/5|
|3rd||2:08||MIN||2-2||PP||Kelly Pannek (1)||Megan Wolfe/2, Lee Stecklein/5|
|OT||3:57||MIN||3-2||EV GW||Sarah Potomak (4)||Kelly Pannek/7, Kate Schipper/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota Duluth (3-2-1)||0/5||4/8||0|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Maddie Rooney (L, 3-2-1)||63:57||3||18||8||14||2||42|
|Sidney Peters (W, 5-1-0)||63:57||2||4||2||6||3||15|
MINNEAPOLIS - Sarah Potomak scored the game-winner with 1:03 remaining in overtime to secure a 3-2 win and a series sweep for the No. 3 Golden Gopher women's hockey team over No. 4 Minnesota Duluth at Ridder Arena Saturday evening.
Minnesota (5-1-0, 3-1-0 WCHA) received goals from Cara Piazza and Kelly Pannek during regulation before Potomak scored her team-leading fourth goal of the year to seal the win in extra time. Sidney Peters made 15 saves as the Gophers outshot the Bulldogs, 45-17.
Goaltender Maddie Rooney led UMD with 42 saves, and Lara Stalder scored both goals for Minnesota Duluth (3-1-1, 2-1-0 WCHA).
"What a game," head coach Brad Frost said. "It was one of those nights where standing on the bench in overtime, (I was) just thinking regardless of what happens, how proud we are of our team for the way they battled and gutted it out, and found a way to get one there in the third and extend it to overtime. Obviously we carried the play and had a lot of great chances; it was just a matter of finding a way to get that puck in the net.
"Defensively, I thought we were as sound as we've been all year, blocking shots with our bodies, sticks, paying the price that way. When you play a great team like that, you have to do that. I think our team is starting to form a good identity as to who we are and how we are going to play."
The Bulldogs took the lead twice in the game, but Minnesota responded each time.
"What you saw tonight defensively in regards to blocking shots, bodies, sticks, and that passion, often times I think is reserved for the playoff run," Frost said. "It's not because they don't want to play like that, things are just amped up in the playoffs. This is who we are going to be, we've got some kids who can put the puck in the net. Defensively, we are going to have to really do well in front of Sid to keep that puck out of the net."
The Gophers blocked 20 shots, including a team-high five by Pannek, and held Minnesota Duluth scoreless on five power play opportunities. Meanwhile, the Maroon & Gold went two-for-four with the man advantage.
Stalder put the Bulldogs on the board first, marking the third-straight game Minnesota has surrendered the first goal of the game. The UMD senior beat Peters on an unassisted effort at the 3:55 mark of the first period.
"We started quick tonight, and for the third game in a row gave one up within four minutes, which is incredibly disappointing," Frost said. "Again, the team fought back and I thought they responded a lot better today, which is something that we were talking about. Second, third and overtime Sid made the saves she needed to, to keep it a one goal game."
Piazza tied the game at 1-1 with a power-play goal at the 7:21 mark of the opening period, converting on Minnesota's first of four power plays in the game. Sydney Baldwin and Kate Schipper assisted on the play, but the Bulldogs regained the one-goal lead on Stalder's sixth goal of the season just 50 seconds later.
Minnesota Duluth held onto its 2-1 lead through two periods after a scoreless second period saw the teams fail to convert on a combined four power-play opportunities during the middle frame.
However, early in the third period, the Gophers again found the equalizer. Pannek scored her first goal of the season at the 2:08 mark; the power-play goal was Pannek's 100th career point as a Gopher, and Megan Wolfe and Lee Stecklein picked up assists on the play.
"It was pretty cool, pretty special," Pannek said of her 100th point. "Just to be on a list with really special players who have done that, it's pretty cool. I get a lot of the easy job of passing to my teammates; they get to score, so I thank them obviously. Just to know that you're part of that group is pretty cool."
Minnesota outshot the Bulldogs 15-6 during the final stanza but required overtime to solve Rooney a third time. Potomak scored her second game-winner in as many games, giving Minnesota six WCHA points on the weekend. Pannek and Schipper assisted on the game-winner.
"I think these games have been more exciting, and as a team, we are going to get every other team's best game, so it's going to be a battle for us every single night," Potomak said. "I was really impressed with our effort, we never gave up and ended up coming out on top. Schipper made a beautiful pass, and I just tried to put it in the net the best I could. Without (Schipper and Pannek), I wouldn't have gotten that goal."
"It was just awesome to see Kelly get her 100th point there, but I think that assist for her 101st point was as nice as you'll see all year on Potty's goal," Frost said. "Really happy with the win, six points and looking forward to getting on the road."
Up next for the Gophers is a trip to Columbus, Ohio, for a series with Ohio State under the direction of Minnesota alumna and former Gopher assistant coach Nadine Muzerall. Game time is set for 5 p.m. CT Friday, Oct. 21 and 2 p.m. CT Saturday, Oct. 22.