MINNEAPOLIS - Going to overtime for the third time in four meetings between the schools this season, No. 2 Minnesota fell at home to Minnesota Duluth Saturday afternoon, 3-2.
The Gophers (24-4-1, 14-4-1-0 WCHA) held a notable 44-24 edge in shots on goal and got goals from junior Sarah Potomak and sophomore Grace Zumwinkle, while Alex Gulstene made 21 saves in net. The Bulldogs (12-11-2, 8-7-7-2), meanwhile, got 42 saves from Maddie Rooney in posting their first victory over the Gophers this year.
"Overall, I thought we played really well and had a solid game," Minnesota head coach Brad Frost said. "Rooney was dialed in and made some great saves, and we had some great opportunities to win that game and we didn't. They're a very good team. It wasn't the outcome that we wanted, but we still played really well."
The overtime-winner came with 1:21 to play. Kailee Skinner took a shot from the blue line that was saved by Gulstene. Unfortunately, the rebound kicked away and Naomi Rogge was able to lift it past a diving Gulstene to record her 10th goal of the year and cap off a back-and-forth contest.
Minnesota got the game's first goal with 6:05 to play in the opening period.
Bulldogs defenseman Jalyn Elmes tried to make a pass in front of her own net, but Gophers freshman Taylor Heise and was able to get her stick on the puck and disrupt the play. Potomak took advantage of the loose puck and one-timed it past Rooney for her fifth goal of the season. Heise was credited with her 18th assist of the season on the play.
Exactly four minutes later, Minnesota Duluth notched the equalizer.
Defenseman Lizi Norton connected on a cross-ice diagonal pass with Kylie Hanley, who skated up along the boards on the right side and backhanded a shot. Gulstene was able to get a piece of the shot, but not could not prevent it from sliding across the goal line.
UMD then pulled ahead 2-1 less than two minutes into the second period when Gabbie Hughes took possession in the Gophers' offensive end and skated up the ice while fending off three Gophers en route to her team-leading 14th goal of the season.
Approaching the midway point of the period, Zumwinkle knotted the game up at 2-2.
Coming off a faceoff in the UMD end, senior Nicole Schammel poked the puck out ahead to Zumwinkle. Skating up the right side, the Excelsior, Minn., native wristed a shot that Rooney saved but didn't secure. Zumwinkle regained possession and buried it for her team-best 22nd goal of the season with 11:33 left in the second stanza. The assist was the 27th of the year for Schammel, also most on the team.
Neither team was able to score in the third period, though Minnesota owned a 12-4 advantage in shots on goal. The Bulldogs nearly won it in regulation, however, when Maggie Flaherty's dump-in deflected off a Minnesota player and off the pipe with just seconds remaining before the overtime period.
"We stuck to our team values and did all that we could, and that's what matters the most," Potomak said postgame. "We have another shot tomorrow to play hard and try again."
The two teams will conclude the series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Ridder Arena.