Two Becomes One: Gophers Take Top Spot
Feb. 9, 2009
Courtesy of Minnesota
Emily West scored the game-tying goal at 18:04 in the third period to tie No. 1 Wisconsin, 3-3, today at Ridder Arena.
With the tie and the win yesterday, the Golden Gophers (24-3-3, 19-2-3) move into sole possession in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings with 43 points. Wisconsin, who lost to the Gophers, 4-2 yesterday, won the shootout and remain one point behind the Gophers with 42 points. Minnesota Duluth rounds out the top three with 33 points.
The Golden Gophers got on the board when they converted a goal on a 5-on-3 attempt at 7:34 in the first. Anne Schleper scored her seventh goal of the season when she fired a shot toward the left post. Monique Lamoureux set up Schleper, who was at the other point, while Jen Schoullis tallied the second assist. Jocelyne Lamoureux provided a great screen in front of the net as Wisconsin goalie Jessie Vetter didn't have time to react.
Wisconsin retaliated when it scored two goals within 1:09 to go ahead, 2-1 after two. The Badgers had a goal from Jasmine Giles at 18:07, while Hilary Knight scored at 19:16 during a two-on-one attempt to put the Badgers up one heading into the third period.
Minnesota fought back when Jocelyne Lamoureux scored her third goal of the weekend just :45 into the third stanza. After Schleper banked the puck off across the ice to the blueline, Monique Lamoureux was waiting and picked up the puck, bringing it deep into the zone. She waited patiently to center the puck until sister Jocelyne could move deep into the slot as she fired the puck past Vetter for her 21st goal of the season. Megan Duggan scored on a Gopher defensive breakdown in front of the net at 14:11 in the third.
With a minute 56 seconds remaining, Emily West scored the game-tying goal. Between her and Francis, the two fired off three shots in a matter of seconds. West had the first shot, Francis followed with the rebound and West banked home the third shot on goal.
The two teams headed into overtime. During that five-minute span, Wisconsin only attempted four shots, two of which were on goal. Minnesota attempted three shot, two of which were on goal, but neither team could score. In the shootout, the Gophers elected Sarah Erickson, Monique Lamoureux and Gigi Marvin, while Wisconsin had Knight, Brooke Ammerman and Duggan for the shootout. Erickson went first and her shot rang off the left pipe. Grogan then made a save on Knight's attempt. Lamoureux attempted her shot and hers went off the left pipe as well. Ammerman's deked from right to left and her shot went off the left pipe and slid across the goal line. Marvin attempted a shot high, which was saved by Vetter. Duggan lifted the puck past Grogan to win the shootout.
Minnesota closes out the regular season with its three of four games at home. The Gophers host North Dakota Feb. 13-14 and have a home-and-home against St. Cloud State, Feb. 20-21. Friday's game against UND is slated for a 6:07 p.m. start, while Saturday's tilt is at 4:07 p.m.