DULUTH, Minn. - The No. 5/6 Golden Gopher women's hockey team scored two first period goals and held the lead the rest of the way for a 3-1 win over No. 6/7 Minnesota Duluth in game one of this weekend's series at AMSOIL Arena on Friday evening.
Minnesota (1-2-0) used two first period goals and a solid defensive effort to take down Minnesota Duluth (1-2-0) for its first win of season 25. Audrey Wethington's second career goal got the Gophers started with her second career goal less than three minutes into the game. Freshman Ella Huber buried her first career goal, and the eventual game-winner, with a nifty move late in the first.
Lauren Bench recorded her first win of the season for the Maroon & Gold, making 24 saves on 25 shots faced. The Bulldogs led 25 to 24 in shots on goal.
Minnesota Duluth's only goal of the game came from Elizabeth Giguere late in the second. Bulldog goaltender Emma Soderberg made 21 saves.
"Great team win here tonight," said head coach Brad Frost. "Some big blocked shots down the stretch, some really nice goaltending from Lauren Bench, and we were able to apply some pressure. All in all, a really good hockey game and really fun to get our first win of the season. Ella Huber getting her first goal and having that milestone was pretty fun too. We're looking forward to resting up here and getting back at it tomorrow."
Minnesota's rookies have now scored in two of the team's first three games. Peyton Hemp notched her first tally on opening night last weekend while Huber scored her first tonight.
The Gophers and Bulldogs wrap up this weekend's series at 3:00 p.m. CT Saturday at AMSOIL Arena.