Feb. 7, 2009

 

Courtesy of Minnesota

The No. 2 University of Minnesota women’s hockey team earned a 4-2 win over the No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers, today, at Ridder Arena. With the win, the Gophers improve to 24-3-2 overall and 19-2-2 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Wisconsin was handed just its second loss of the season, sitting at 24-2-3 overall.

It is the first time the Gophers defeated the Badgers in six tries on their home ice. The last time the Gophers defeated Wisconsin at Ridder dates back to Jan. 30, 2005.

Minnesota got on the board early when Jocelyne Lamoureux scored her 19th goal of the season with the assists from Brittany Francis and Rachael Drazan at 1:27 in the first period. Lamoureux got the puck off the boards and used her backhand as it went off a Wisconsin defenseman. Minnesota almost added to its lead near the 4:30 mark when Emily West had an open-net rebound attempt, but a Wisconsin player stepped in between the pipes just as West fired a shot. During the period, Minnesota outshot 11-5 and did not allow a shot on goal for the first five minutes of the game.

West scored her 14th goal of the season at 3:44 in the second period to put the Gophers up, 2-0. Jocelyne Lamoureux blocked Wisconsin shot from the point and got it out of the zone where sister, Monique, was there to bring it into the zone. As the Lamoureux twins were creating a two-on-one, Badger goalie Jessie Vetter took a gamble and left the goal area in an attempt to poke-check the puck. However, the puck went off Jocelyne Lamoureux and West batted in the puck for the goal. Minnesota held a 3-0 lead when Jocelyne Lamoureux capitalized on a costly Wisconsin turnover right in front of its net. Lamoureux stepped into the play and was left all alone in front of the goal and placed the puck, top-shelf, for her second goal of the game at 11:29 in the second.

Wisconsin cut the lead back to two when Brooke Ammerman scored her 22nd goal of the season, beating Gopher goalie Alyssa Grogan on the short-side at 14:14 in the second.

Melanie Gagnon put the game back at a three-goal deficit when she rifled a shot from the point during a Gopher power play at 4:42 in the third. Marvin and Francis tallied the power-play assists. It was Gagnon’s third goal of the season.

Wisconsin, however responded with a goal at 6:15 in the third when Megan Duggan converted on a Minnesota turnover and scored on an unassisted breakaway to put the game at 4-2. Wisconsin attempted the comeback when it called a timeout at 18:58 in the third and then pulled Vetter with 27 seconds remaining in the game, but the Gophers were able to hold off the Badgers during that time.

Grogan was stellar in net for the Maroon and Gold. She had five saves in the first, seven in the second and five in the third for a three-period save total of 17. With the win, Grogan improves her record to 11-1-1 overall in 14 games played.

The Gophers and Badgers battle again tomorrow at 2:07 p.m.