2020-21 WCHA Game Recap

Senior forward Grace Zumwinkle scored the game-winning goal for the Gophers
Minnesota Edges Minnesota State, 2-1, To Sweep Weekend Series
Senior forward Grace Zumwinkle scored the game-winning goal for the Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS -- The No. 3 University of Minnesota women's hockey team skated to a 2-1 win over visiting Minnesota State to earn its second-straight WCHA sweep on Friday night at Ridder Arena.

Minnesota (5-1-0, 5-1-0 WCHA) took a 1-0 when Audrey Wethington scored her first collegiate goal at the 12:58 mark of the first period. A. Wethington stuffed the puck past Minnesota State goaltender Lauren Barbro off a feed from her sister Madeline Wethington and Olivia Knowles. Grace Zumwinkle then doubled the Gophers' lead with a power-play goal from Crystalyn Hengler and Emily Oden in the second stanza.

Minnesota State (1-5-0, 1-5-0 WCHA) answered with a goal from Brittyn Fleming with 29 seconds remaining in the middle frame, and the teams played a scoreless third period as the Gophers closed out the series sweep.

Makayla Pahl earned the win in net for the Maroon & Gold, making 18 saves in her first game of the season, while the Mavericks received 29 saves from Barbro. The Gophers had a 31-19 advantage in shots on goal after being out-shot 41-28 in game one of the series on Thursday despite winning 5-1.


- A. Wethington became the fourth Minnesota rookie to score her first collegiate goal, joining Anne Cherkowski, Abbey Murphy, and Josey Dunne.

- Zumwinkle's goal marked her team-leading fifth goal of the season.

- The Gophers went two-for-two tonight to improve to a perfect 16-for-16 on the penalty kill this season.

- Minnesota extended its current winning streak against Minnesota State to 50-0-0, dating back to January 2010.

Up Next

Friday's game marked Minnesota's last game of the first half of the season. League play for the second half of the 2020-21 WCHA season will resume as early as Jan. 1, 2021. The post-holiday league schedule, along with the format for the 2021 WCHA Final Faceoff, will be announced at a later date.

Game Summary

Friday, December 11, 2020

Game statistics
19 Shots 31
0 / 2 Power Plays 1 / 4
4 / 8 PIM 2 / 4
1-5-0 Records 5-1-0
Minnesota State Minnesota
Audrey Wethington (1)
Grace Zumwinkle (5)
2nd/14:47 PP GW
Brittyn Fleming (1)
Minnesota State Minnesota
Lauren Barbro
58:33, 29 Saves, 2 GA
(L, 0-2-0)

Empty Net
1:27, 0 GA
Makayla Pahl
59:52, 18 Saves, 1 GA
(W, 1-0-0)

Empty Net
0:08, 0 GA