2020-21 WCHA Game Recap

Senior forward Grace Zumwinkle scored both goals for the Gophers
Zumwinkle Scores Twice To Lift Minnesota To 2-1 Win Over St. Cloud State
Senior forward Grace Zumwinkle scored both her goals in the third period for the Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS -- Grace Zumwinkle scored both goals to lead the No. 2 University of Minnesota women's hockey team to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over visiting St. Cloud State at Ridder Arena on Thursday afternoon.

Minnesota (6-1-0, 6-1-0 WCHA) extended its current winning streak over the Huskies to 15 games but had to rally from a one-goal deficit to get there. St. Cloud State (2-5-0, 2-5-0 WCHA) got on the board first when Olivia Cvar scored on the power play -- the first power-play goal allowed by the Maroon & Gold this season -- at 18:21 of the second period.

Zumwinkle responded with a pair of third-period goals, marking her second two-goal game of the season. She solved SCSU netminder Emma Polusny on an unassisted tally at the 1:41 mark of the final stanza before burying a feed from Anne Cherkowski for the game-winner with 6:35 remaining in the game.

Lauren Bench made 24 saves while Polusny had 40 for the Huskies as Minnesota had the advantage in shots on goal at 42-25.


Thursday's game marked the 100th meeting in program history between Minnesota and St. Cloud State as the Gophers improved to 94-3-3 all-time against the Huskies in a series dating back to November 1997. The Gophers are 45-0-2 against the Huskies at Ridder Arena, and Minnesota has now won 15-straight games over SCSU.

Up Next

The Gophers and Huskies face off in a home-and-home series this weekend. Puck drop is at 4:07 p.m. CT Saturday at Ridder Arena before the teams conclude the three-game week at 3:07 p.m. CT Sunday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.

Game Summary

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Game statistics
25 Shots 42
1 / 2 Power Plays 0 / 2
2 / 4 PIM 2 / 4
2-5-0 Records 6-1-0
St. Cloud State Minnesota
Olivia Cvar (1)
2nd/18:21 PP
Grace Zumwinkle (6)
Grace Zumwinkle (7)
3rd/14:25  GW
St. Cloud State Minnesota
Emma Polusny
57:50, 40 Saves, 2 GA
(L, 1-3-0)

Empty Net
2:10, 0 GA
Lauren Bench
60:00, 24 Saves, 1 GA
(W, 5-1-0)